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Utah couldn't finish — again — in loss to Gaels in NIT

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  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 19, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    These articles about Utah seem to be pouring salt in the wound. I think we get it. Utah can't win on the road, Utah can't finish close games, Utah's crowning achievement year in and year out is to beat BYU. Let's move on to something else. I hear Utah has a terrific women's gymnastics team.

  • Dave Matthews Sammamish, WA
    March 19, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    But Krystkowiak said We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas to get better.’’

    Maybe that should include scheduling and playing games on the road in the preseason. I'd put the failure of this team on the Athletic Director and the Coach for not preparing the team to play on the road. I understand padding your schedule with cupcakes at home but it comes back to bite you hard. 15 of 16 preseason games all at home. Hardly preparation to learn to play in a hostile environment. Two road wins all season long. Pathetic.

  • spokaloo White Salmon, WA
    March 19, 2014 9:29 p.m.

    Utah seems to get up for BYU in football and basketball, and not very many other teams. I wish BYU cared about beating Utah the way Utah cared about beating BYU.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Spokaloo, but don't you see that when they plays BYU, that IS their Bowl game! And when they play Bball, they can pretend they are playing in the big boys tourny because BYU goes there so often. That is Y they "get up" for those games. BYU has bigger fish to fry and a reputation to keep and earn. Again, respect is earned in the long run. BYU has it and the u does not. The way the records in both sports read of recent years just shows where the two teams are headed. Very opposite directions!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 19, 2014 10:24 p.m.

    @Dave Matthews:

    Quite often an early easy schedule is beneficial:

    * builds momentum
    * gives time for a team to gel
    * gives a winning attitude

    The utes were much improved this year.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 19, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    Saint Marys is just better.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    I really had no emotional connection to this game, and I as watched it, it looked the teams didn't either. Emotionally, they looked like two of the lower level NBA teams playing out the string in a season that had lost it's meaning weeks ago.
    BTW, they play in a high school size gym and still had plenty of "fans" dressed as empty seats.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:13 a.m.

    @ Eddie

    Utah plays plenty of tournament teams each season; teams that actually win when they get there too. Like it or not, BYU's reputation is tournament futility. I like their chances of keeping that reputation.

  • slcftball Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    @eddie and spookglu

    Non ute here...but you look foolish making fun of Utah when they continually seem to dominate BYU on the courT and football field. Why don't you beat them first...until then take a break.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    I hope there is now more respect for the caliber of teams that BYU play in the WCC. This is not a "Mickey Mouse" league and BYU fought hard to beat St. Mary's twice this year. There are other respectable and difficult leagues in the NCAA besides the PAC12. Sorry loss for the Utes. No pumping of fists on this one!

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 7:53 a.m.

    So after Ute fans have been saying BYU plays in a weak conference, they get bounced out of the NIT by one of the teams in that so called "weak" Conference. Poetic Justice. And most likely BYU will be knocked out today by a very good Pac12 Oregon team. So each hated foe will be knocked out by the others conference member. Irony, I believe is an appropriate word for this....

    Heres to hoping I am wrong and BYU pulls off the upset!

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Tough loss. I watched this and I thought there was no way the utes could lose, they totally dominated for the first 30 minutes. Tough one. As for the scheduling, it is hard to say what is better for which team. Sometimes a nonconference schedule like the Utes had can build confidence and a winning attitude. Who knows, if they scheduled tougher, maybe they would have lost more later. It is hard to say. Overall though, a good year for the Utes and they certainly seem to be heading in the right direction.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    @slcftball

    "but you look foolish making fun of Utah when they continually seem to dominate BYU on the courT and football field."

    Uh....utah just beat BYU "on the courT" for the first time after 7 straight losses and only the second time in the last 14 games. Yes utah is enjoying a nice run over BYU in football but winning for the first time in about half a decade in basketball is hardly "domination", in fact trying to claim that it is makes you look foolish.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Seems the only posts are from BYU fans. Where are those Ute fans that were talking smack about the lowly WCC Conference? Chris B are you in mourning? You can count on this, Chris B will be posting smack about the Pac-10+2 if the Ducks beat the Cougars.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    slcftball
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Well said. Usually people don't have a lot of comments about teams that they didn't beat. That doesn't stop Cougar fan though because every loss by the Cougars is a fluke.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    March 20, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    And I just noticed that Oregon State, another member of the "Conference of Champions," lost in the first round of the CBI at home to something called a "Radford," which apparently participates in basketball in the "Big South Conference." Where did it finish the season? Tied for fourth (with four other schools) in conference standings. Who was first and second? Coastal Carolina, High Point and Virginia Military. I did not make any of this up.

    "Conference of Champions" . . some of you keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    CougarSunDevil, MurrayMike, et al,

    Nobody likes to have salt rubbed in an open wound and it is a poor sport who revels in doing so.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 20, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    @CougarSunDevil

    These articles about Utah seem to be pouring salt in the wound. I think we get it. Utah can't win on the road, Utah can't finish close games, Utah's crowning achievement year in and year out is to beat BYU.

    ------------

    Yes, if you ignore Stanford in football and UCLA in basketball. But hey whatever makes you feel special.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    March 20, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    Slcfball:
    I'm glad duck said it, but I'll repeat it; Utah has NOT dominated BYU on the court, unless in uteville you call losing 12 of 14 domination. BYU has utterly OWNED Utah on the hardwood, far more than Utah fball has ever owned BYU. Who looks foolish? If Utah can beat BYU at the MC (LOL), and have 12 of 14 victories against the Cougs maybe you can say something (won't happen). Who does the parenthesis and LOLs remind everyone of? Since he's disappeared I thought I would impersonate him so y'all didn't miss him

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    March 21, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    @spokaloo:

    "Utah seems to get up for BYU in football and basketball, and not very many other teams. I wish BYU cared about beating Utah the way Utah cared about beating BYU."

    Utah gets up for all their games as does BYU. What a ridiculous statement. These college KIDS get up for every game on their schedules, especially against a team 50 miles away playing in a major conference.

    Kyle Van Noy referred to the Utah vs. BYU football game as BYU's Super Bowl. As an independent, BYU has to win all their games to qualify for the NCAA football playoffs or in the past, a BCS Bowl game.

    Utah has dominated BYU in football winning 9 of the last 12 and 14 of the last 21. BYU has dominated the basketball series winning 12 of the last 14. Should I make a ridiculous statement

    If the game is more important to one team over the other, it's now more important for the independent football team.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    to UtesBy5,
    It is not true that teams get up for all games. I played college football and teams definitely get more up for certain teams. When I played at byu, we did not get up for Utah, in fact it was a downer game. Utah was not challenging for conference championships and we did not care. The game was a lose/lose for us. If we win, we never won by a large enough margin and if we lose, we should have won. We got up for teams in the race for the conference championship. In my experience, the byu/Utah game has never been as important (at least in the last 40 years or so) as it is to the utes. Most of my teammates were from out of state and didn't care about Utah at all. Part of why it means more to the Utes now is that Whit played at BYU so I think it means more to him personally. BYU cares, just not as much.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 24, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    Of course the utes wanna sweep this latest NIT loss to a lowly in their opinions WCC team. That way they can continue to spin the Stanford and Byu fluke wins all day long.