I’m not calling for Larry’s head but I think next season heads need to roll on his assistants. Tommy, Slocum, Hill should not all be here next season. From what I know I want Tommy and Hill gone. Those two are over the guards and don’t recruit as hard as the other assistants.
Well whomever it was at least they were optimistic. While it was mathematically possible the probability of it happening was about equal to me finding Kate Upton next to me this morning instead of one of the wives
Seriously. Simply a terribly executed play by Barefield at the worst possible time. Devin Daniels was wide open and should have been passed the ball. Incredibly stupid play by Barefield there. It literally cost them the game because if we inbound the ball, Oregon State has to foul and we are at the free throw line. Instead, they get the ball back withOUT us scoring and it gives them the game. Simply an incredibly terrible play.
While poor decision making and head scratching shot selection late in games might point to the players, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Larry K’s teams have had systematic failures late in games since his arrival. With the exception of a senior heavy 2015-16 team Utah has been abysmal in games decided by 4 points or less under the current staff. Assuming my quick look back is decently accurate, the season break down is as follows…
Utah has invented ways to lose games over the past six seasons, it’s cost them a trip to the NCAA Tournament and if it doesn’t get cleaned up it could cost them an invite to the NIT…
I still put some of the blame on coach K. I don’t think you have Barefield, a newcomer this year, handle the inbounds pass in that important situation.
Bonam is the percentage choice. He is a Senior, and has much more game experience. I think it is this type of situational coaching that really separates average and above average coaches.
The thing is, the Utes have been running that same in-bounds play all season long in that situation because it’s a good play to use to get a player open if the defense is denying the in-bounds pass. This really was the FIRST TIME that it didn’t work out ALL SEASON. Personally, I think that it was a really quick 5 second call. The Utes should have taken a timeout. My question is, why in God’s name were we not double teaming Stephen Thompson Jr.? He was their ONLY offensive threat and he consistently got open time after time after time.
I rolled it back several times, it was 4 seconds, 1 for him to receive it and 3 until the whistle. But any player should know that at about 3 seconds if you havev’t inbounded, call a timeout. You can’t leave it in the hands of the officials in that situation. Incredibly stupid, especially when you KNOW you are already getting jobbed because that mugging no call was a joke.
These last few weeks didn’t remind you of that November we had to endure? Larry K and Whittingham go to the same school of thought when it comes to leads. HOLD FAST!!
Right. No improvement. No learning. You expect new players to be green but by the end of the season they should have improved.
Guys, we reassembled this team and had a cream puff early schedule. Team was gelling, but eventually the wall hit after the FUCLA game and OU game at home. It seems the heart is just not there. Bonam has really taken a step back and he needed to be the floor general that he has not been. Tough to swallow but the signs have been there for over a month. Yes we have only one blowout loss and the players and coaches have been p**s poor closing out games. The defense is not really good and the TOs are a huge factor. Offensively we actually solid but in the end defense,FT% and TOs are our demise.
This shut to door on any hopes of an NCAA bid. Just a sorry effort down the stretch.
But we have beaten people. It was almost as if the announcers were CHEERING for Oregon State to get their first conference win because it was their real last chance to do it (their final three games are on the road). We lost to that same Oregon State team the exact same way last year in Corvallis (by 1 point actually) and the same kid scored the points at the end to give Oregon State the win.
It wasn’t just the announcers, I have no doubt in my mind that the officials thought “Ok, if it’s close down the stretch, we’ll give them some calls and try to get them a W so they aren’t winless on the season. If they pull it off, tough s**t Utah, beat them by 15 like you are supposed to, then we don’t matter anyway, right?” To that I say, yup, that’s exactly right.
I’m not going to say this lightly. We need to look for another head coach. Coach K took us out of a bad place and I’m grateful. But I no longer think that he can coach us to where we want to go.
Larry has demonstrated a consistent inability to win close games. He is a really poor game coach. And Connor is right there with him – has been all along.
That said, it is not even close to time to look for a new coach. This team is going to be good next year. And Larry is very good at getting talent to come here.
The no-call at the end when Bonam was driving and the guy reached was terrible.
It wasn’t as bad as the absolute mugging that Barefield (I think it was him) took a couple of plays earlier. That one was really incredible. Their big guy, can’t remember which one full on brought both his arms down and smothered him. And the announcers said something to the effect of “that’s what you need to do, just stay straight up”. I almost lost my mind right there.
Kuzma’s the only reason we were even in that game. He’s not the one who made the terrible plays. Hell, he hit a huge three pointer that gave the Utes the lead.