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LA Ute
01-27-2015, 08:56 AM
I just realized we have no thread for this week's games. We need to sweep this road trip!

Sadly, I will be traveling Thursday night and can't get to the UCLA game in Pauley. I hate the idea of not being there for a Ute win on the Bruins' home floor.

311ute
01-27-2015, 09:54 AM
Goal for this 3 game road trip (including the CU game next week) is get 2 of 3. Can't go 1 and 3. Win all 3 and I'm resetting my expectations to 16-2 or 15-3 in conference and a possible 2 seed come selection Sunday.

SeattleUte
01-27-2015, 10:59 AM
Goal for this 3 game road trip (including the CU game next week) is get 2 of 3. Can't go 1 and 3. Win all 3 and I'm resetting my expectations to 16-2 or 15-3 in conference and a possible 2 seed come selection Sunday.

3-0 is certainly possible. That's my "goal". My goal in Arizona was 1-1 as a win in Tuscon was unlikely. 3-0 now is not unlikely.

LA Ute
01-27-2015, 11:22 AM
3-0 is certainly possible. That's my "goal". My goal in Arizona was 1-1 as a win in Tuscon was unlikely. 3-0 now is not unlikely.

For what it's worth, the environments in Pauley and the Galen Center are not all that intimidating or difficult, IMO. Good places for the Utes to get two straight wins. (They won easily at Galen last year.)

sancho
01-27-2015, 11:32 AM
3-0 is certainly possible. That's my "goal". My goal in Arizona was 1-1 as a win in Tuscon was unlikely. 3-0 now is not unlikely.

Agreed. I don't think we lose any of these three.

SeattleUte
01-27-2015, 11:41 AM
For what it's worth, the environments in Pauley and the Galen Center are not all that intimidating or difficult, IMO. Good places for the Utes to get two straight wins. (They won easily at Galen last year.)

yes. And the other thing about the Arizona trip is that ASU is a very tough venue. I was happy with a split there.

sancho
01-27-2015, 11:44 AM
yes. And the other thing about the Arizona trip is that ASU is a very tough venue. I was happy with a split there.

CU is a tough place to play as well. I'm sure where things are now, but I think the Buffs led the conference in attendance last year.

chrisrenrut
01-27-2015, 12:19 PM
Agreed. I don't think we lose any of these three.

Your use of "don't think we lose" instead of "think we will win" belies your defeatest attitude :)

#1 Utefan
01-27-2015, 12:37 PM
CU is a tough place to play as well. I'm sure where things are now, but I think the Buffs led the conference in attendance last year.

CU's facility only holds 10-11k. Pretty sure they were 3rd or 4th in attendance last year behind Arizona, Utah, and possibly UCLA.

311ute
01-27-2015, 12:42 PM
CU is a tough place to play as well. I'm sure where things are now, but I think the Buffs led the conference in attendance last year.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/Reports/attend/2014.pdf

You're right, Colorado has a solid fan base and shows up well... they were 3rd in the conference last year in attendance at about 9,600. A quick glance at the numbers this year and it looks about the same despite their disappointing performance on the court. Their student section is usually pretty full as well.

Here are last year's attendance numbers in the conference:

Arizona 14,375
Utah 10,311
Colorado 9,635
UCLA 8,136
Oregon 7,783
Cal 7,754
ASU 6,687
Washington 6,582
Stanford 4,924
USC 4,413
OSU 3,913
WSU 2,825


**side note... Utah's current attendance average for this year is 11,322. With four Pac-12 games remaining (including UofA), it's safe to assume the season total will be more than that, probably somewhere close to 12,000.

311ute
01-27-2015, 12:45 PM
This should maybe go on a different thread, but I saw these numbers recently... below is Utah's season average in attendance by year going back to 1990:





1990

10,395



1991

12,492



1992

14,038



1993

13,230



1994

12,993



1995

13,447



1996

14,281



1997

14,047



1998

13,818



1999

13,987



2000

13,248



2001

12,236



2002

11,890



2003

11,518



2004

10,901



2005

10,776



2006

10,481



2007

9,522



2008

9,979



2009

9,913



2010

9,202



2011

8,422



2012

8,394



2013

8,611



2014

10,311

concerned
01-27-2015, 01:28 PM
think how good our attendance would be if we didnt have 3 Sunday home games.

SoCalPat
01-27-2015, 01:56 PM
CU is a tough place to play as well. I'm sure where things are now, but I think the Buffs led the conference in attendance last year.

If Josh Scott can be at 80 percent, I think it's a mistake to assume a win in Boulder. Xavier Johnson will play more than 6 minutes, too. And without those guys, they put up nearly 100 points against Wazzu.

concerned
01-27-2015, 02:07 PM
I dont think UO, OSU, Colorado, or UCLA are gimmes away. UW either, if they still had Upshaw.

LA Ute
01-27-2015, 02:12 PM
I dont think UO, OSU, Colorado, or UCLA are gimmes away. UW either, if they still had Upshaw.

I agree and that's why I think these games will tell everyone a lot about these Utes, one way or the other.

SeattleUte
01-27-2015, 04:27 PM
I dont think UO, OSU, Colorado, or UCLA are gimmes away. UW either, if they still had Upshaw.

Nobody is saying they are gimmes, counselor. Our "goal" is to win all three.

U-Ute
01-27-2015, 06:04 PM
think how good our attendance would be if we didnt have 3 Sunday home games.

The WSU game had 13,000+.

#1 Utefan
01-27-2015, 07:05 PM
The WSU game had 13,000+.

There were actually 14k+ for Wichita St .

UtahsMrSports
01-29-2015, 08:09 AM
Big game tonight. Looking forward to it!

chrisrenrut
01-29-2015, 08:30 AM
Big game tonight. Looking forward to it!

I'm excited! ESPN2, with Bill Walton doing color. I didn't realize that we haven't won at UCLA since 1961. Time to break that losing streak.

Mormon Red Death
01-29-2015, 08:35 AM
I'm excited! ESPN2, with Bill Walton doing color. I didn't ralize that we haven't won at UCLA since 1961. Time to break that losing streak.
6.5 point favorites tonight.

LA Ute
01-29-2015, 10:11 AM
Big game tonight. Looking forward to it!

I can't even go, and it's in my town. I'll be in NorCal. Ugh.

Applejack
01-29-2015, 12:03 PM
I love everything about the Pac-12 except for two things:

1. Steve Alford
2. Late night tip-offs.

Old Standing ute
01-29-2015, 04:42 PM
6.5 point favorites tonight.

seems low;
they beat USC & Cal--so what & Stanford in 2OT

Then lost by double digits at Ore & OSU.

mUUser
01-29-2015, 08:43 PM
Just got home to tune in. We're in black....crap. Aren't we 0-2 in our black unis?

chrisrenrut
01-29-2015, 08:50 PM
Delon's A/TO ratio is taking a hit.

Mormon Red Death
01-29-2015, 08:53 PM
Too many turnovers

Diehard Ute
01-29-2015, 09:11 PM
Why can't Loveridge make a 5 footer?

Diehard Ute
01-29-2015, 09:13 PM
And just as I say that Delon and Taylor take bad 3's. Not playing our usual smart brand of ball.

Mormon Red Death
01-29-2015, 09:21 PM
Ogbe 0-1 bad defense and a turnover

Solon
01-29-2015, 10:03 PM
Ogbe 0-1 bad defense and a turnover
Ugly game tonight.
i hope the team can learn from this. We're just not there yet when it comes to playing on the road.

Mormon Red Death
01-30-2015, 07:22 AM
Ugly game tonight.
i hope the team can learn from this. We're just not there yet when it comes to playing on the road.

This game was brutal. Way too many turnovers. In watching this team I have noticed. As Loveridge scoring goes so does the team. In the 3 losses that he played in he couldnt hit the proverbial fat man in the ass with a bag of sand. The start of the second half was more proof. He started out by missing to two 3 footers and an open 3 pointer. If this team is going to do anything we are going to need Loveridge's scoring.

UTEopia
01-30-2015, 08:25 AM
I guess this was bound to happen at some point. It looked to me that there was no urgency, no passion, no fight until they were down 12-15 with 7 minutes late. Unfortunately, by the time they did start to play with urgency, passion and fight UCLA was playing well and the hill was to tall to climb. It really looked to me that this was the second leg of the weird 2 game thing they do in soccer where you basically accumulate the scores of both games to determine a winner and the Utes thought all they had to do was not lose by more than 30.

One thing the conference season has taught me is that Poetle is in no way ready for the NBA. He would not get minutes right now on the Jazz. The other thing I think the Utes need to do is try to establish more of an inside presence. In my opinion they have not even tried to establish an inside game.

Oh well, this is still a fun year and hopefully this will be a lesson that pays dividends the rest of the way.

concerned
01-30-2015, 08:29 AM
Oh well, this is still a fun year and hopefully this will be a lesson that pays dividends the rest of the way.

We should have learned that lesson at Arizona. If we havent learned it yet . . . .

UtahsMrSports
01-30-2015, 09:10 AM
Its funny how quickly things change.

Just two short years ago, we would have been, if not excited, at the very least somewhat encouraged by a 10 point loss in Pauley. Now, its a big time letdown. Its just good to keep some perspective.

I really have a tough time tossing any criticism Loveridge's way, but the kid is still inconsistent.

We went to the free throw line 9 times. That tells me we were not nearly aggressive enough.

Our centers combined for 4 rebounds......pathetic.

Outside of loveridge, we actually shot really really well. Just too many turnovers.

Finally, a big shout out and congratulations to the Pac-12 schools from California! It took six tries, but you guys finally managed to beat the Utes at something! I can understand that though, seeing as how Utah gets its pick of 4 and 5 star recruits and you Cali guys have to fight over the leftover 2 and 3 stars. Way to go, little brothers!

sancho
01-30-2015, 09:20 AM
I really have a tough time tossing any criticism Loveridge's way, but the kid is still inconsistent.


Loveridge's role has changed, I think for the better. He is now just a shooter. We traded some of the other things - rebounding and getting to the line - for shooting. I think it was a good trade. But we have to accept that shooters are always inconsistent, especially on the road.

concerned
01-30-2015, 09:28 AM
Loveridge's role has changed, I think for the better. He is now just a shooter. We traded some of the other things - rebounding and getting to the line - for shooting. I think it was a good trade. But we have to accept that shooters are always inconsistent, especially on the road.

His role is changing, and is being supplanted by Dakari T.

Utebiquitous
01-30-2015, 09:31 AM
The problem Red Death is that Jordan is only that scorer at home. He does not perform well on the road. What's more, he simply refuses to put significant effort into defending and rebounding - at home or on the road. If Jordan would change his approach and remake himself into a hard-nosed player, he might just meet the potential we all saw in him coming out of high school. It just kills me to continue to see a kid with his body content to shoot spot up threes and shy away from carving out space down low for rebounds.

We really have some wusses on this team and Jordan's wuss number one.

While I'm ranting, I'm tired of the whining that starts up from this team if they're struggling. Delon started whining before ten minutes had even passed last night. Dallin's whining, wounded face and gestures after he was hit in the nose were just ridiculous. Whether it was a good basketball play or a cheap shot can be left to the referees but be tough and stoic in the face of opposition. There's a little bit of "do you know who we are?" that's entering the fabric of this team. Not good. Just play hard. I get that the road is tough. I'll take a split on all road trips in the Pac-12 but is it too much to expect effort?

It will take a significant effort to beat USC Sunday.

sancho
01-30-2015, 09:31 AM
His role is changing, and is being supplanted by Dakari T.

If he keeps shooting 50% from beyond the line, he won't be supplanted by anyone. Big if, maybe. Just imagine how nice it would be to have a stronger post presence to feed all these three-point shooters!

DrumNFeather
01-30-2015, 09:49 AM
The problem Red Death is that Jordan is only that scorer at home. He does not perform well on the road. What's more, he simply refuses to put significant effort into defending and rebounding - at home or on the road. If Jordan would change his approach and remake himself into a hard-nosed player, he might just meet the potential we all saw in him coming out of high school. It just kills me to continue to see a kid with his body content to shoot spot up threes and shy away from carving out space down low for rebounds.

We really have some wusses on this team and Jordan's wuss number one.

While I'm ranting, I'm tired of the whining that starts up from this team if they're struggling. Delon started whining before ten minutes had even passed last night. Dallin's whining, wounded face and gestures after he was hit in the nose were just ridiculous. Whether it was a good basketball play or a cheap shot can be left to the referees but be tough and stoic in the face of opposition. There's a little bit of "do you know who we are?" that's entering the fabric of this team. Not good. Just play hard. I get that the road is tough. I'll take a split on all road trips in the Pac-12 but is it too much to expect effort?

It will take a significant effort to beat USC Sunday.

Makes me wonder if Larry needs to tinker with the lineup a little on the road. Maybe bring Loveridge off the bench on the road. Something. Larry looked pissed last night, so hopefully we'll see that in the way we play on Sunday.

LA Ute
01-30-2015, 11:09 AM
I am glad I missed this game due to a sudden attack of employment. I don't think I'll watch my recording of it.

Utebiquitous
01-30-2015, 12:23 PM
Sancho,
Jordan's becoming too one-dimensional. Even though I think the coaches (and Jordan) want him to move to the three meaning more outside shooting, they don't want him too become just a three-point shooter. I think he'd be difficult too supplant if his shooting on the road was equal to his shooting at home; but it isn't. To be valuable to this team the rest of the season and going into next, Jordan will have to pass, rebound and defend better. He's on the verge of becoming a specialist. If he continues that direction, he will be supplanted.

sancho
01-30-2015, 12:31 PM
He's on the verge of becoming a specialist.

I think he's already there. Has he been anything more than a 3 point specialist this season?

Solon
01-30-2015, 12:42 PM
I am glad I missed this game due to a sudden attack of employment. I don't think I'll watch my recording of it.

Yeah, go straight to "delete" with that one.

these games happen (they're just kids, after all). The way they bounce back (or don't) with tell us a lot.

SeattleUte
01-30-2015, 12:55 PM
The problem Red Death is that Jordan is only that scorer at home. He does not perform well on the road. What's more, he simply refuses to put significant effort into defending and rebounding - at home or on the road. If Jordan would change his approach and remake himself into a hard-nosed player, he might just meet the potential we all saw in him coming out of high school. It just kills me to continue to see a kid with his body content to shoot spot up threes and shy away from carving out space down low for rebounds.

We really have some wusses on this team and Jordan's wuss number one.

While I'm ranting, I'm tired of the whining that starts up from this team if they're struggling. Delon started whining before ten minutes had even passed last night. Dallin's whining, wounded face and gestures after he was hit in the nose were just ridiculous. Whether it was a good basketball play or a cheap shot can be left to the referees but be tough and stoic in the face of opposition. There's a little bit of "do you know who we are?" that's entering the fabric of this team. Not good. Just play hard. I get that the road is tough. I'll take a split on all road trips in the Pac-12 but is it too much to expect effort?

It will take a significant effort to beat USC Sunday.

This post is oddly comforting. Thank you for lambasting them. They deserve it.

I hope talk of JP as a lottery pick will be suspended for a while. It isn't really that I want him to stay. I'd love him to really get good enough to be a lottery pick. But it bothers me when people blithely assume that the one in several million type of achievements are easier than they actually are.

chrisrenrut
01-30-2015, 04:01 PM
I'll take the blame for this and the Arizona game. For both I had a commitment, so I recorded, avoided all information about the game, and then watched later. Never again!

There are some times when this team plays like they have 45 pound plates strapped to their back. 1st half of the Kansas game, the entire Arizona game, and from 5 minutes left in the 1st half to 7 minutes left in the 2nd half last night. I don't get what it is, and Larry, Delon, or Brandon needs to figure out how to address it.

I liked that Larry had them start pressing on defense and attacking the basket with about 7 minutes to go in the 2nd half. That at least seems to have stopped the bleeding, but was too little to late to overcome the deficit. Forcing the team to be agressive on defense might be what he needs to do when we go into a 5 minute swoon.

U-Ute
01-30-2015, 04:05 PM
I'll take the blame for this and the Arizona game. For both I had a commitment, so I recorded, avoided all information about the game, and then watched later. Never again!

There are some times when this team plays like they have 45 pound plates strapped to their back. 1st half of the Kansas game, the entire Arizona game, and from 5 minutes left in the 1st half to 7 minutes left in the 2nd half last night. I don't get what it is, and Larry, Delon, or Brandon needs to figure out how to address it.

I liked that Larry had them start pressing on defense and attacking the basket with about 7 minutes to go in the 2nd half. That at least seems to have stopped the bleeding, but was too little to late to overcome the deficit. Forcing the team to be agressive on defense might be what he needs to do when we go into a 5 minute swoon.

One nice side effect of a press, besides speeding up the other team, is that it can sometimes energize the team doing the pressing if they are being lethargic.

I think that's what we saw last night.

LA Ute
01-30-2015, 04:09 PM
I hope talk of JP as a lottery pick will be suspended for a while. It isn't really that I want him to stay. I'd love him to really get good enough to be a lottery pick. But it bothers me when people blithely assume that the one in several million type of achievements are easier than they actually are.

:clap:


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U-Ute
01-30-2015, 05:55 PM
This post is oddly comforting. Thank you for lambasting them. They deserve it.

I hope talk of JP as a lottery pick will be suspended for a while. It isn't really that I want him to stay. I'd love him to really get good enough to be a lottery pick. But it bothers me when people blithely assume that the one in several million type of achievements are easier than they actually are.

Counselor, you should be able to parse the difference between "being ready" and "being drafted".

They are two completely different concepts and rarely does one infer the other.

UTEopia
01-30-2015, 06:26 PM
We should have learned that lesson at Arizona. If we havent learned it yet . . . .

I didn't see a lack of energy, urgency and passion against Arizona. I saw Arizona's bigger, longer, more physical players were bigger, longer and more physical.

Applejack
01-30-2015, 08:14 PM
We have seen the Achilles heel of this team: long, athletic teams on the road. That presents a problem in the tournament when every team out of the first game will be long and athletic and we will be, at best, on a neutral floor.

I actually like two suggestions from previous posters (citations omitted): throw an occasional press look and start Dakarai over JLover. The press reinforces our defensive strength and makes the other team play fast, which we thrive against. I love JLover, but he's a sixth man. Bring him off the bench with Brekkott and switch from defense to offense in a heartbeat.

LA Ute
01-30-2015, 09:04 PM
We have seen the Achilles heel of this team: long, athletic teams on the road. That presents a problem in the tournament when every team out of the first game will be long and athletic and we will be, at best, on a neutral floor.

I actually like two suggestions from previous posters (citations omitted): throw an occasional press look and start Dakarai over JLover. The press reinforces our defensive strength and makes the other team play fast, which we thrive against. I love JLover, but he's a sixth man. Bring him off the bench with Brekkott and switch from defense to offense in a heartbeat.

I like your ideas but along with length and athleticism you left out Utah's softness. If I were an opposing coach against the Utes I'd tell my guys to "go out there and hit someone," to borrow LK's phrase. Of course when you do that, you're betting that the refs won't call a tight game. I suspect Larry saw this weakness and that's why he arranged the Seal training. They are not there yet.


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Diehard Ute
01-30-2015, 09:21 PM
Per the Trib boys, Larry had the team watch 45 clips from the game today.

He didn't break down the plays. He gave the controller to the players and let them do it. Said almost to a T each player called out their mistakes and owned them, without prompting.

sancho
01-30-2015, 09:22 PM
start Dakarai over JLover

I guess I'm fine with this, but I'm not sure what it accomplishes.

Applejack
02-01-2015, 01:28 PM
USC is just awful. Their coach is definitely gone this year, right? I mean, woof. They are hard to watch. I have no idea if they have talent or not, because they just play terrible basketball. Julian Jacobs regrets his choice.

Nice to be up 32-12 at the half. Poeltl shouldn't play in the second half, and once Delon sits at the 14 minute mark he shouldn't come back either. We got some good run for the young guys in the first half and the second half will be their showcase.

A couple of first half points:

- Delon is just a terrible shooter. I don't think there is anything to be done. He just has no feel on his jumper. It will be interesting to see if he can stick around in the NBA with no jump shot.
- Poeltl is really shifty for such a big guy. He will eventually develop some slinky post moves where he slips past people. I hope he develops them at Utah.
- Kuzma is not a heady player. He does stupid things like tip out rebounds instead of grabbing them, travelling at the top of the key, forcing jumpers, etc. he must make Larry crazy.
- Brekkott has been less aggressive on the road. It's probably just a freshman thing, but he needs to be a guy that thrives on adversity.
- Ogbe getting a lot of run today. I'm still not sure what his role is on this team.

sancho
02-01-2015, 01:32 PM
- Ogbe getting a lot of run today. I'm still not sure what his role is on this team.

I think his role is to get a lot of run on days like today.

Old Standing ute
02-01-2015, 01:32 PM
Ogbe is a really good defender. And adecent shooter. Needs to be more aggressive & he only starting playing hoops at age 15 so this is his 4-5 year. Appears he is still learning the game.
Kuzma acts like a teenager--which he is. But he has so much physical talent.
Brekkott needs to take over games--he will next year & then who knows.

why did Enfield pick USC when he was a hot topic??

sancho
02-01-2015, 01:33 PM
why did Enfield pick USC when he was a hot topic??

USC was by far better than anything else he was going to get. The real question, which most of us asked at the time, was why USC would overreact to one fortunate tournament run?

Applejack
02-01-2015, 01:41 PM
USC was by far better than anything else he was going to get. The real question, which most of us asked at the time, was why USC would overreact to one fortunate tournament run?

Exactly. Talk about a short-sighted hire. The guy never won his league at Florida Coastal but he made the sweet sixteen on a run-and-gun hot streak so he gets hired at USC? Stupid Trojans.

Applejack
02-01-2015, 01:43 PM
Time to get the starters out. Up 42-14. I don't want to see Jakob for the rest of the game. Same for Delon.

Applejack
02-01-2015, 02:00 PM
We haven't seen Brekkott this half. Injury?

LA Ute
02-01-2015, 02:02 PM
It wouldn't be a Utah game without a long, frustrating scoring drought and a concurrent run by the opponent. Is that a thing with this team?


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Applejack
02-01-2015, 02:08 PM
It wouldn't be a Utah game without a long, frustrating scoring drought and a concurrent run by the opponent. Is that a thing with this team?


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They had to have some sort of run. I loved when they put up the "Tale of Two Halves" graphic and it showed USC shooting 33% in the second half. Way to go, Trojans!

Applejack
02-01-2015, 02:12 PM
We haven't seen Brekkott this half. Injury?

He' OK!

Applejack
02-01-2015, 02:14 PM
HAHHAHAHA. That was the play of the year by Delon. Gets the steal, doubles over the defender and is fouled, then he flips the ball behind his head and off the glass. It won't count, but it was jordanesque.

Applejack
02-01-2015, 02:18 PM
Brandon Taylor breaking ankles.

#1 Utefan
02-01-2015, 02:32 PM
We haven't seen Brekkott this half. Injury?

I think K benched Chapman because he was lazy and gave up a couple offensive rebounds on the 1st half. Don't know for sure but don't think he was injured.

Old Standing ute
02-01-2015, 03:06 PM
That is why he pulled him for Kuzma in 1st half.
Loved the fact he pulled Kuzma in 2nd half in semi-garbage time for getting beat off the dribble--talked to him & then put him back in.
He has so much potential, but then does something dumb.

LA Ute
02-01-2015, 03:12 PM
I think K benched Chapman because he was lazy and gave up a couple offensive rebounds on the 1st half. Don't know for sure but don't think he was injured.

In the post-game interview LK said Brekott has been sick

Diehard Ute
02-01-2015, 03:38 PM
In the post-game interview LK said Brekott has been sick

He also tweaked his ankle per Goon.

Poeltl is fighting ankle inflammation and several players have been sick. (Also per Goon)

UtahsMrSports
02-01-2015, 10:00 PM
He also tweaked his ankle per Goon.

Poeltl is fighting ankle inflammation and several players have been sick. (Also per Goon)

Sounds like the "bye week" is coming at the right time!

U-Ute
02-02-2015, 09:38 AM
One thing I like about this team is that they don't get the "bad loss hangover", and let one loss turn into two.

The team has responded well to losses this year.

Applejack
02-02-2015, 09:53 AM
One thing I like about this team is that they don't get the "bad loss hangover", and let one loss turn into two.

The team has responded well to losses this year.

It's hard for me to judge this. To me, they've simply beaten bad teams after losses. We have a very clean resume - very few good wins, almost no bad losses. We really just have a solid defense so we don't lose to teams we shouldn't lose to, but our offensive droughts cost us against really good teams.

Oh, and we're really tough at home and just meh on the road.

U-Ute
02-02-2015, 09:55 AM
It's hard for me to judge this. To me, they've simply beaten bad teams after losses. We have a very clean resume - very few good wins, almost no bad losses. We really just have a solid defense so we don't lose to teams we shouldn't lose to, but our offensive droughts cost us against really good teams.

Oh, and we're really tough at home and just meh on the road.

True. My only reason for saying this is the effort they showed against USC. They looked very lethargic against UCLA but seemed energized against USC. But looks can be deceiving.

Applejack
02-02-2015, 10:09 AM
True. My only reason for saying this is the effort they showed against USC. They looked very lethargic against UCLA but seemed energized against USC. But looks can be deceiving.

Especially when USC is soooooo bad. That team needs a lot of help.

U-Ute
02-02-2015, 10:11 AM
Anyone have a .gif of Wright's circus shot that didn't count?

Rocker Ute
02-03-2015, 10:10 AM
Just had a hardcore USC fan walk into my office and say, "I never thought I'd see the day where Utah owned us in every athletic aspect..." It hadn't dawned on me, but we've had a complete sweep of USC this year.

That being said, watching this year's USC team reminded me an awful lot of Utah 3 years ago. They suck but you can see some good things going on on the floor. I expect Enfield to have them contending in 3 or 4 years. This USC fan seemed to think they had the patience for him to develop the program, saying what we all know that "basketball has always been a sort of step-child to football at USC."

#1 Utefan
02-03-2015, 12:47 PM
Just had a hardcore USC fan walk into my office and say, "I never thought I'd see the day where Utah owned us in every athletic aspect..." It hadn't dawned on me, but we've had a complete sweep of USC this year.

That being said, watching this year's USC team reminded me an awful lot of Utah 3 years ago. They suck but you can see some good things going on on the floor. I expect Enfield to have them contending in 3 or 4 years. This USC fan seemed to think they had the patience for him to develop the program, saying what we all know that "basketball has always been a sort of step-child to football at USC."


Remind him we have been better than USC in basketball for decades so that is nothing new. As for Enfield, if they don't see significant improvement next year, he won't be there for the following years.

I also kind of disagree with you about them resembling Utah 3-4 years ago. They have a lot more talent right now than Utah had in Coach K's first two years. While Utah was short on talent, those teams played their butts off and particularly in year two, we're competitive in most of their games. I don't see theat same type of discipline and fight in this USC team. That is one of the reasons I don't think Enfield survives to see his fourth year.

It is kind of funny considering the Jacobs kid let his relatives get on his ear that Utah wasn't good enough for him. Wonder if he ever thinks about what could have been. Then again, it was fortuitous for Utah he did decommit. If he doesn't, I'm not sure Utah continues to recruit and lands Delon.

concerned
02-03-2015, 12:50 PM
It is kind of funny considering the Jacobs kid let his relatives get on his ear that Utah wasn't good enough for him. Wonder if he ever thinks about what could have been. Then again, it was fortuitous for Utah he did decommit. If he doesn't, I'm not sure Utah continues to recruit and lands Delon.

If I were Coach K, I would politely remind him every time they shake hands at game end. It is true that we went after Delon because he decommitted.