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Thread: Rocky Mountain High - Utah vs. Colorado 2018

  1. #31
    This team is so maddeningly up and down. At times we have looked like not only a tournament team but a team that could make some noise. At other times, we look like a team that will have no postseason opportunities.

    An at large bid is all but gone (I think at this point it would take 7-0 and some luck and that ain't happening) .

  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by UtahsMrSports View Post
    This team is so maddeningly up and down. At times we have looked like not only a tournament team but a team that could make some noise. At other times, we look like a team that will have no postseason opportunities.

    An at large bid is all but gone (I think at this point it would take 7-0 and some luck and that ain't happening) .
    I think that probably all depends on how soft the bubble is. Let's assume for a second that the Utes can finish 6-2 (dropping one to either StanFord, one of the SoCal Schools, or Washington - I know, we're leaping here).

    That would put them at 11-7 in the league and 19-10 overall. They may still be very much in play for a first round bye, and if not, would probably be the 5th seed, which would give them a shot at winning 2 games in Vegas, and playing Arizona for a shot to go to the Pac 12 title game. So that then potentially gives them 3 wins in Vegas (22-10) and almost certainly an RPI top 25 win, plus the win earlier in the year over Missouri, which continues to look good (current RPI of 33). Again, we're stretching, but it isn't impossible.

    Look at what everyone else around us in the standings has as well:

    USC (@UCLA, @Arizona, @ASU, vs. OSU, vs. Oregon, @Utah, @Colorado, vs. UCLA)
    UCLA (vs. USC, @ASU, @Arizona, vs. Oregon, vs. OSU, @Colorado, @Utah, @USC)
    Wash (vs. Arizona, @Oregon, @ OSU, vs. Utah, vs. Colorado, @Stanford, @Cal, vs. OSU, vs. Oregon)
    Stanford (vs. Oregon, @Utah @Colorado, @Cala, vs. Wash, vs. Wazzu, @Arizona, @ASU)
    Oregon (@Stanford, vs. Wash, vs. Wazzu, @UCLA, @USC, vs. ASU, vs. Arizona, @ Wazzu, @Wash)
    ASU (@Wazzu, vs. USC, vs. UCLA, vs. Arizona, @Oregon, @OSU, vs. Cal, Vs. Stanford)
    Colorado (vs. Cal, vs. Stanford, @Wazzu, @Washington, vs. USC, vs. UCLA, @Utah)

    All of this is a long way of saying that pretty much everyone we're bunched up with has a challenging path down the stretch. Arizona is the only lock. Even USC, who looks good right now has 3 games they could drop on the road. Even so, they'll probably be the 2 seed unless they fall apart. If they were to only lose their remaining road games, they too would finish 11-7.

    Keep hope alive!
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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    I think that probably all depends on how soft the bubble is. Let's assume for a second that the Utes can finish 6-2 (dropping one to either StanFord, one of the SoCal Schools, or Washington - I know, we're leaping here).
    At this point, it's more likely we get lucky and win 3-4 in a row in Vegas.

    We have 7 games left. Three are against teams that have already routed us. Two others are against teams ahead of us in the standings. We'll be lucky to finish 4-3.

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    At this point, it's more likely we get lucky and win 3-4 in a row in Vegas.

    We have 7 games left. Three are against teams that have already routed us. Two others are against teams ahead of us in the standings. We'll be lucky to finish 4-3.
    so we really have to win 6 of 7 if we want the first round bye. Thankfully 5 of the 7 are at go home and the road games are 2 teams we have beaten. Yeah we were routed by 3 teams but they were all on the road.

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  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormon Red Death View Post
    so we really have to win 6 of 7 if we want the first round bye. Thankfully 5 of the 7 are at go home and the road games are 2 teams we have beaten. Yeah we were routed by 3 teams but they were all on the road.

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    I think (hope) it will be to our benefit to get Stanford first, coming off their big win and us having to sit on our poor shooting performance in Boulder. That game will be very telling as to where this team is at mentally. They have to know they've got an opportunity here.

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  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    That game will be very telling as to where this team is at mentally. They have to know they've got an opportunity here.
    I don't know how much is mental and how much is just the fact that our offensive identity (if we have one) is about generating three point shots for streaky shooters. When the shots go down, we are in the game. When they don't, we have no chance.

    Also, our defensive identity is about allowing the other team to get open looks from three. If they hit their shots, we are out.

    The good news is that we shoot better at home, and other teams shoot worse on the road. UCLA and USC clobbered us in CA. I still think we have a shot against them - but luck will play as large a role as anything else.

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