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  1. #121
    According to the press conference this morning, Larry made it sound like Jones’ injury isn’t cooperating. Don’t think we see him tomorrow. Not sure about Saturday. The two week break will serve him well.


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  2. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    According to the press conference this morning, Larry made it sound like Jones’ injury isn’t cooperating. Don’t think we see him tomorrow.
    This is sad news. I was looking forward to this week's games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    This is sad news. I was looking forward to this week's games.
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    Rylan Jones participated in practice this afternoon, but only did some running. That means he didn't go full, so it's tough to see how he plays against Kentucky. Story coming.

  4. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    This is sad news. I was looking forward to this week's games.
    I guess he did practice a bit today, so there is a chance he goes for a couple stretches tomorrow night but my guess is still no.


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  5. #125
    So maybe we are better than we think
    "Be a philosopher. A man can compromise to gain a point. It has become apparent that a man can, within limits, follow his inclinations within the arms of the Church if he does so discreetly." - The Walking Drum

    "And here’s what life comes down to—not how many years you live, but how many of those years are filled with bullshit that doesn’t amount to anything to satisfy the requirements of some dickhead you’ll never get the pleasure of punching in the face." – Adam Carolla

  6. #126
    Since no one beside me watched I'll just say ... Hell yeah!
    "Be a philosopher. A man can compromise to gain a point. It has become apparent that a man can, within limits, follow his inclinations within the arms of the Church if he does so discreetly." - The Walking Drum

    "And here’s what life comes down to—not how many years you live, but how many of those years are filled with bullshit that doesn’t amount to anything to satisfy the requirements of some dickhead you’ll never get the pleasure of punching in the face." – Adam Carolla

  7. #127
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormon Red Death View Post
    Since no one beside me watched I'll just say ... Hell yeah!
    Like the BYU game I didn’t think we had a chance, and so I didn’t feel like skipping Wednesday night pick-up ball to watch the game. Someone had it on their phone, and would shout out updates. I kept thinking they were just kidding me. Then when I confirmed, I assumed this young team would fold down the stretch.

    I’m going to have to rethink my position on this team. I think they’ll still lose some games they shouldn’t and win some more they shouldn’t. But they are further ahead than I thought they’d be at this point.
    “To me there is no dishonor in being wrong and learning. There is dishonor in willful ignorance and there is dishonor in disrespect.” James Hatch, former Navy Seal and current Yale student.

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    "Be a philosopher. A man can compromise to gain a point. It has become apparent that a man can, within limits, follow his inclinations within the arms of the Church if he does so discreetly." - The Walking Drum

    "And here’s what life comes down to—not how many years you live, but how many of those years are filled with bullshit that doesn’t amount to anything to satisfy the requirements of some dickhead you’ll never get the pleasure of punching in the face." – Adam Carolla

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    I thought OOC the ceiling for this team was 5-7 wins. They have greatly exceeded my expectations.

  10. #130
    Given that Utah was projected by KenPom to lose its next 8 in a row, this is a nice way to start that stretch.

    Utah's resume now includes:

    Wins vs. Kentucky, Minnesota, BYU, Nevada, and sure, Ohio. Not too bad for a young squad.
    “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    Kentucky is staying in Las Vegas, they face Ohio St at T-Mobile arena on Saturday

  12. #132
    I think playing one-and-done programs in Nov/Dec is not a bad idea. If these teams ever gel, it's not until conference play. Kentucky will surely be a very good team in March. Playing a team that relies on upperclassmen, on the other hand, seems like a bad idea. Gonzaga is rolling over all their freshmen opponents.

  13. #133
    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    I think playing one-and-done programs in Nov/Dec is not a bad idea. If these teams ever gel, it's not until conference play. Kentucky will surely be a very good team in March. Playing a team that relies on upperclassmen, on the other hand, seems like a bad idea. Gonzaga is rolling over all their freshmen opponents.
    St. Mary's is thumping teams too. They blew out ASU in Phoenix last night. Makes you wonder what took Randy Bennett so long to actually schedule some teams?
    “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  14. #134
    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    St. Mary's is thumping teams too. They blew out ASU in Phoenix last night. Makes you wonder what took Randy Bennett so long to actually schedule some teams?
    It's trickier with Randy and St Mary's. Gonzaga has been genuinely great for a long time. They can schedule anyone without fear, knowing that they will win enough to get into the tournament.

    St Mary's has been a bubble team for the past forever. If they schedule tough and lose, they risk missing the tournament. If they schedule weak and win, they leave no room for error in WCC play. They don't have any real opportunities in conference play to pad their resume other than the annual two Gonzaga losses.

  15. #135
    Cal has some nice things to say about the Utes at the beginning of this.

    “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  16. #136
    What's the deal with Saturday's game? It's in LA, but we're listed as the home team?

  17. #137
    Quote Originally Posted by sancho View Post
    What's the deal with Saturday's game? It's in LA, but we're listed as the home team?
    It’s the basketball hall of fame classic, guessing we’re the designated hone team for the game


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  18. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by Diehard Ute View Post
    It’s the basketball hall of fame classic, guessing we’re the designated hone team for the game
    Thanks! It's a great opportunity. If we follow up the Kentucky game with an SDSU win, we will be solidly on the map.

  19. #139
    I’m sticking my neck out and predicting the Utes win this. That spread and the ESPN predictor seem crazy. The Utes are on a roll, and they have some very underrated players.
    One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike -- and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

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    The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.

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  20. #140
    Just couldn't score tonight
    "Be a philosopher. A man can compromise to gain a point. It has become apparent that a man can, within limits, follow his inclinations within the arms of the Church if he does so discreetly." - The Walking Drum

    "And here’s what life comes down to—not how many years you live, but how many of those years are filled with bullshit that doesn’t amount to anything to satisfy the requirements of some dickhead you’ll never get the pleasure of punching in the face." – Adam Carolla

  21. #141
    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleUte View Post
    I’m sticking my neck out and predicting the Utes win this. That spread and the ESPN predictor seem crazy. The Utes are on a roll, and they have some very underrated players.
    Don't ever do this again!

  22. #142
    Quote Originally Posted by UTEopia View Post
    Don't ever do this again!
    That is what good defense looks like.
    One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike -- and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

    --Albert Einstein

    The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.

    --Richard Dawkins

    Be kind to all, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

    --Philo

  23. #143
    The wins against Minnesota, BYU and Kentucky were awesome, but if I am honest with myself, the SDSU outcome is closer to what I expected going into the season and what I expect once we hit PAC play.

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