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  • Ute Fan Board

    Tale of Two teams/fans while at the game last night

    Regardless of being one of the few Utah fans at the game last night it was a great game. However, it was painful after that showing in the first half going into halftime. Especially since it was pretty clear that the fans were confident that they were going to destroy us. Kudos to the team coming out completely prepared the second half. You could hear the energy bleed out of the crowd slowly with the exception of Carter’s jam towards the end of the second half.  Couldn’t believe the Husky fans actually started leaving with more than three minutes left of the game. It was also nice to be on that side of the game at Washington especially after the collapse we had in football earlier this fall. Go Utes!

    By the way, if you are ever in this area when the  Utes are here again I would strongly recommend that you go to the game. It’s a great venue for basketball. 

  • Tony
    1

    Behind enemy lines…

  • RedUte

    It was a rather lite night for Utah fans there. Used to seeing a lot more show up

  • SifuUteman

    I made it to the game as well and I completely agree. It was nice to see the team completely take the crowd out of it in the second half. Kudos the husky fans (around me at least) very courteous. Had some really good conversations with many throughout as well. I’d recommend a trip up there for anyone. 

  • Damn.

    We’re gonna make the tournament. Who saw that comin’?

    Well done guys. 

    Damn. 

  • Larry B
    2 4

    There’s still way too much basketball to be played. I could see this team finishing the season anywhere from 0-4 to 4-0.

    • I totally disagree with you. Utah’s going to win out and finish 20-9 (12-6). They’re going to finish in 2nd place overall in the Pac-12 with that record by my projection. This is possible because we play both UCLA and USC next week, who are both just one game ahead of us in the standings presently (9-5 for both of them vs. 8-6 for us). However, if we beat Wazzu on Saturday and then sweep the LA schools next week, Utah will be no worse than a tie in the loss column with both of them. The only way then for Utah to not finish in 2nd place is if UCLA were to win @ both Colorado and USC because they won @ Arizona. Otherwise, Utah would be in the drivers’ seat.

  • IglooDweller
    2

    Oh pshaw. They’re in a zone.

    • Tony

      Can they stay in it or will they drop a WTF game or two?

      • IglooDweller
        5

        They stay disciplined even when they’re playing poorly.
        We literally have no stars on this team and they still win.

  • BattleGroundUte
    2

    So I have win, loss, loss and win still making it?

    • IglooDweller
      3

      I have win, win, win, win, win, win, win. Yes.

    • You really think that we’re going to lose both USC and UCLA at home? Are you nuts? Utah’s going to beat both of those teams in the Huntsman Center. Neither USC nor UCLA are nearly as good on the road as they are at home.

  • I did because this was our year to make the tournament. We have a lot of senior leadership, and we did win 20 games last season with basically the same core of players. Utah’s definitely looking like a NCAA Tournament team this year.

    • Tony
      4

      Except for the NBA rookie of the year. 

  • gothamute
    4

    For what it’s worth (which is not much), ESPN’s BPI projects us to win all four remaining games. If that plays out, finishing 2nd in the league and making the Tourney during a rebuilding year would be a pretty amazing outcome no one really saw coming (don’t lie now that it looks possible, you know you didn’t see this happening!)… remember the comments on this board a few weeks back about whether Coach K had plateaued or whether he was the right guy for the job?

    • ironman1315
      2

      Honestly, I figured this team a NIT bound preseason. I hope I’m wrong. 

      • gothamute

        Same here

      • Staples

        I’m still setting my expectations as an NIT bid, but boy are things setting up nicely. I figured 4-1 would be a solid finish to the season, assuming we’d lose to the Huskies. Now that we’ve won …. just have to take care of business.

  • GameForAnyFuss
    2

    Our RPI went from 60 to 50 last night.

  • Puget Ute
    1

    If (WHEN) they win out, is there any question that Larry Krystkowiak is the Coach of the Year?  He has done a marvellous job this year.

  • Hal Evans

    Where is Pace the mouth????? A week ago he was telling us coach K was do dog meat…….oh how I miss his rants….not

  • Utes Win!!!

    Nice win to recover from that stretch at the end of the 1st half to dominate the 2nd half.

    Really neutralized Dickerson.  Great defense all-around!

  • Tony

    You posted that before the game was over!  haha.  Nice win.

  • When they break the trap they gotta make ’em pay

    Go for the dunk or layup right away.

    Dang, looking pretty good until 10-0 run at the end of the half…

    Recall the CU game went this way.

    Don’t seem to have good methods to break the zone other than long 3-pointers.

  • bopahull
    1

    Ball didn’t go in the hoop.

  • Tony

    Somehow we stopped doing what was working. Rawson was killing the zone.

  • Tony

    Jayce needs to get a little bit of mean in him. He could be good.

  • Tony
    2 2

    Yay!

    No Bill Walton.

  • Tony

    Strange camera angle in this game. It’s way low and close to the court.

    • THEeyepatch

      Bibbins with zero points, what’s going on? Overall, Utah is 3-13 from 3-point, horrible.

      • Tony

        Rawson playing well.  Seeley and Tillman missed a few gimmes. Van Dyke missing most of his 3’s as usual.

  • IglooDweller
    4 1

    Boo! I could listen to Walton calling a turtle race.

    • Tony
      1

      Maybe we can get him to leave pac-12 coverage to do that.

  • THEeyepatch

    ESPN continues…

    It’s downward trajectory. I liked watching ESPN at one time, now I couldn’t tell you a show that’s on there. Enjoy. 

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/02/15/as-fox-televises-the-draft-espn-continues-to-lose-control-of-the-event-it-built/

  • Tony
    1

    I lost interest in the sports talking heads long, long ago.

  • Staples
    1

    The fact the NFL draft will now be on 3 networks is crazy. It has to some kind of sign of the apocalypse that there is enough viewership for an event that consists of a draft pick being named, then 15 minutes of guys throwing out their opinions on who should get picked next (generally with a pointless interview thrown in there), followed by those opinions being wrong as team X goes in a different direction. Then they give draft grades, not based on actual results, but on how well teams essentially matched up with the popular opinion of draft “experts.” And yet like every year, I’ll watch at least some of it and wonder to myself why I’m doing it.

  • Bracketology

    The most recent Bracketology (2/15) by Joe Lunardi has the Utes in the “Next 4 Out”. While being listed out isn’t a good thing, it’s cool to see that Utah still has a real chance of making the tournament. Another big plus is Lunardi has 5 teams from the PAC-12 making the tournament. With 5 games left of the regular season plus the PAC-12 tournament, the Utes are still much alive for an at large bid.

  • Staples
    1

    A win tonight would be big, but it’s also probably the only game remaining that we could lose and still maintain a slim chance of getting in. Can’t go worse than 4-1 in these last 5 and I have to think a road loss at a decent Washington team would be looked on more kindly than a loss to Wazzu (death knell to a bid) or a loss at home.

    • Tony
      4

      The problem is we have not proven we can go 5 games without a WTF game. 

  • Hammer
    2 1

    Hoping coach K can recruit and develop 7-4" Matt Van Komen from PG – Class '19

    https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Matthew-Van-Komen-109136/RecruitInterests

     

    I’d sure like to see him get the chance.

  • concerned
    1

    according to cougarboard, he is a Gonzaga lean at the moment, maybe a strong lean.

    • ironman1315

      According to that site down south Utah is the luckiest team in the world to have never lost to them in 3,001 days.

    • PlainsUte

      Lean seems to be the operative word so far with this guy.   Hopefully Coach Krysko can land him and keep him from becoming the second coming of Shawn Bradley.

      • cicampbe

        Bradley was a pretty good college player.

        • Hammer
          11

          He was? Josh Grant says otherwise (with video below): 

          • Tony
            2

            Such fun.

          • Johnny80
            1

            Hammer, if I could thumbs up that a million times I would. I was there at Utes home game when that went on. Josh Grant, Juimmy Soto, Paul Afiaki, all heroes to me as a kid. 

            • Tony
              1

              Yep I was there too. Not sure I’ve ever heard the Huntsman any louder than that.

    • FtheY

      The idiot board also calls him “Coach 80k”.

  • BattleGroundUte
    2

    Jazz with 11 in a row into the All Star break.

    They have the easiest schedule with a 90% probability of making the playoffs now.  They seemed to play terrible against sub .500 teams and better vs the over .500 teams.  Good read.

    Gnashing our teeth over Hayward leaving and look at them now! 43-45 wins isn’t that bad for a team who got a kick in the nuts. 

  • Utah
    1

    Very true. It’s super bitter sweet. If Hayward was on this team, especially with Crowder, we’d be a top 3 team. BUT, Mitchell is something else. He is so fun to watch. 

    • BattleGroundUte

      Yes my man crush is starting up pretty strong. I would buy his signature shoe if he gets them. He currently wears Dame 4’s Those red ones he wore for the city unis are sweet.

      That turn around three he had was super sick.

    • noneyadb
      1

      Or Jazz would be in the same or worse position cuz 1- Hayward hasn’t played all year due to injury (still could have happened) and 2- his contract would have limited the FO flexibility at the trade deadline, and going into next season.

      • Staples
        1

        And most likely Mitchell doesn’t develop as he has if Hayward’s in the lineup. He’s certainly not getting the end of game shots that he has.

        • noneyadb

          I doubt Utah could have signed Ingles, Sefolosha, or brought on Crowder had Hayward stayed… Personally I’ll take Ingles over Hayward.

  • TheNuschler

    I grew up in the Bay Area, big Chris Mullin and Timmy Hardaway fan. The Dubs are still my team but this run the Jazz are making is really exciting stuff. They are every bit as exciting to watch as the Dubs during the streak minus the very punchable faces. Donovan is going to be legit.

    • FtheY
      2

      Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover were money.

  • Virginia Ute

    Great article.  The video of the ESPN honks talking about the Jazz, though, pretty lame.  Saying they’re not a playoff team, and that they are “getting as much hype as they deserve.”  BS.  If this was the Lakers with Ball taking them on a 10 game win streak, the place would be going nuts.  

    • BattleGroundUte
      1

      I really can’t remember when a team that looked to be firmly in the lottery turned it around this quickly before the break. It feels unprecedented especially considering the challenges Utah has faced. Mitchell was out for a road game and it was against a lot of very good teams. 

      Crowder is paying off more than I expected to be honest so soon. You have two rookies performing well above average. It is amazing on a coaching/GM level in the NBA. 

      • Virginia Ute
        1

        And they’ve beaten both of the best teams in Toronto and GS, also SA x 2.  Just remarkable.  

  • TheNuschler
    2

    Ingles keeps getting better, he’s pretty old to be getting that much better. I think Quinn Synder is a genius at getting the very most out of every player individually and as a team. I think players notice coaches that maximize their talents, I could see the Jazz start attracting better free agents cause of Quinn as well.