The announcers talked about how Sean Miller is the coach of the year, but I think it's Larry at this point. He's taken a team with three returners (one who played less than 5 mpg last year) and turned it into a legitimate contender for the PAC 12.
1, I thought that Parker Van Dyke would finally find his role as a 5-6 minutes a game guy, who can hold things together long enough to get some valuable rest for his teammates. I was wrong. He's also bad at that. What the hell was he thinking, dribbling once and taking a 19 foot two-pointer?
2, How many games do we let Barefield jack up 12 shots and make 4 before coach reels him in? 1-7 from three? Isn't that what he's supposed to be good at?
3, I think David Copperfield must have had something to do with the disappearance of Bonam.
4, Arizona is a very good team. They have two legit 7 footers, one of which was high on Utah's recruiting radar. They play very good defense, and they are very well coached. Miller made some nice in-game adjustments.
5, Re: #4: Utah played right with Arizona tonight. And had they made 35% of their threes instead of 19%, this game may well have gone the other way. Many of those missed threes were wide-ass open too.
6, Daniels is a stud.
7, Rawson is a stud, but has no chance to guard inside against a team like Arizona.
8, Kuzma was rushing things. Had a bad case of the yips.
9, Coach K has publicly stated that he doesn't like wearing a suit to the games, but he desperately needs to wear a suit. The golf shirts look like sh!t. Just quit it coach. Probably why we lost, really.
10, There were a few calls along the way that greatly benefitted the home team. The 4th on Collette was rough. Almost no contact at all and guys do that all the time. That said, David reached on that and gave the ref the opportunity to call it. There was another where Arizona's Parker Hyphen Hyphen tipped a ball away from Daniels, then rode him to the ground chasing the loose ball that should have been called a foul but ended up a jump ball turnover. Home cooking. Total foul count: Utah 17, Arizona 8.
8 Fouls for the whole game!
11, Johnson had some nice moments, but also some silly fouls. He's like a very young malamute who doesn't really know how to control his body yet. I still have a lot of faith that, by his senior year, we are really going to like him.
12, If Utah can split this road trip, it will be a huge win. But don't sleep on ASU. They are better than their record and have several "quality" losses. They beat Colorado by one point tonight. They are beatable, but this will be no cakewalk.
13, This Ute team has a lot of potential, and will pick up a big win or two against a better team somewhere along the way. It will probably also lose a head scratcher or two. Probably won't get blown out much. (Reminds me of the great quote by Urban Meyer, "Potential is not a word you want associated with your name.")
14, If Utah can somehow find a way to start league play at 3-2, I'll be stoked.
Hope you weren't planning on skiing or attending your kids' basketball games (or whatever). You choose - family or any of the awesome things this town has to offer, or Ute basketball on a "day-killer" schedule for the next three months.
Basketball games should start at 7:30 p.m. Late enough to finish up with skiing and kids activities, then have dinner and go out. I will be there, but I don't blame fans for choosing not to attend. I realize this has something to do with the league and the TV deal, but come on - every damn week?
First of all, Butler is a great basketball team. Don't forget they just beat #8 Arizona. Butler plays basketball like Rick Majerus' teams used to play. They take away your best offensive guys, they rotate perfectly on defense, they box out, and they execute offensive plays. Their guard, #1, was like a coach on the floor. He basically ran the team. Several times, he recognized the defense, called an "audible", and set his team up with an easy basket.
I'm guessing that a lot of Butler's opponents this year will claim that they just didn't have their "A game" when explaining why they lost and shot only 32%.
Consider me a Butler fan for the rest of the season.
As for the Utes - there is talent, but not talent like we've enjoyed for the last two seasons. Bonham and Kuzma are good college players, but not NBA first rounders like Wright and Poeltl. Kuzma ended up with nice stats. 21 and 10. Bonham got 17 points, but had 6 turnovers to 1 assist. The point guard must do better.
Utah had 4 assists for the game. -->4! I wonder if that's a record low.
Jayce Johnson has been a pretty severe disappointment so far. He's poor at defensive rotation, staying in position, and for a 7 footer, he's not much good at getting rebounds. (3 total last night in 14 minutes.) His touch around the basket is almost laughable. Larry is a good big man coach - hope he can develop Jayce. Don't forget though, Jayce has already been with the program for a year and a half, so development is moving at a pretty slow pace.
Devon Daniels is like a modern-day Cedric Martin. He's got enough skills and physical tools to play some minutes, but doesn't stand out. He was the third leading scorer last night.
I'm going to start a Tyler Rawson fan club. That guy is a baller. He doesn't have all the physical attributes, but he finds himself in good places, he's excellent on defense and defensive help, he's got a nose for the ball, and he's got a surprisingly nice touch around the rim.
Parker Van Dyke. I know he's local and he's a true Ute, but he's just not good enough to play at this level. He'd be a very good guard on a team like Southern Utah University. 21 minutes, 3 points, 2 rebounds 1 assist. He's listed for 0 turnovers, but I remember him losing the ball at least twice. He can't break anyone down off the dribble, he doesn't have good court vision, and he can't shoot the three when even sort of closely guarded.
JoJo Zamora - another random guard. Played 29 minutes, scored zero points, had 1 assist and 1 turnover. He's got pretty good handles. He looks a bit like Lawrence Borha, so we've started calling him JoJo Zaborha.
Gabe Bealer - A guy who looks like a baller, but just isn't. He is long, athletic, and smooth. He's got a nice three-point stroke, but it's slow, so he needs tons of time to get it off. He's buried deep on the bench and played a grand total of 6 minutes last night.
And the rest, here on Giliigan's Isle.
All in all, this team, as is, will win 17 games this year (that includes the extra-weak non-conference schedule).
But wait! Things are going to improve. Two saviors are on the bench and only two weeks away from joining the team. Sedrick Barefield (soph) and David Collette (junior) are going to come in and save the day and the season. Barefield will take pretty much all of Van Dyke's minutes. Collette will fight with Rawson for minutes at the four, and he'll win. Rawson will be a quality backup four and perhaps even a stretch three if the Utes want to go big. The addition of Collette will also free up Johnson for some weak side chippies and rebounds. This team will get much better.
My Olympics viewing experience: Tune in, watch NBC yammer on about some American athlete for 8 minutes, watch said athlete finish second (presumably there are other athletes involved, such as the one who finished first, but they don't get mentioned), inordinate number of commercials, frustration, switch to Netflix.
I recently bought a retired box van and want to convert it to a sort of RV. My insurance guy says that it can only be insured as a commercial vehicle, on a separate commercial policy from my regular car, which is way more expensive than just an additional personal vehicle.
I don't own a business and this vehicle will only ever be used for personal use. it doesn't seem right that I should have to insure it as such. Anybody know what options are out there?
Which traffic laws do you wish police would focus more on?
by loyter 2016-05-09 09:07:31
For me, it's the "No vehicles towing trailers in left two lanes" on the freeway" signs that seem to be completely ignored, both by motorists and police.
Also, the people who miss their exit, but still force it to happen by crossing the solid lines, barely missing the barriers, kicking up a bunch of gravel, etc... They did a poor job of planning ahead, they should just proceed to the next exit.
Arizona fans complain about every call. They are annoying.
Colorado isn't very good. I'm not impressed with Boyle's coaching. Interestingly, had they won at Utah last week, it would have been their 22nd regular season win - a school record. A record? Digest that and appreciate Utah's basketball tradition.
Don MacLean is a terrible color man. Goes way out of his way to be non-controversial, which results in indescribable boredom. Sad they couldn't get Bill Walton.
The first two games today featured 89 fouls. Geez.
Tourney has gone exactly to seeding so far. Hopefully, that trend continues for one more game.
Why is 1998 the benchmark? 1997 was all the same players, plus all-American Keith Van Horn.
by loyter 2016-03-01 15:47:37
That's a bit facetious. The point is that the team will be measured by its accomplishments in the tournament. If this team gets ousted in the second round like the 1999 team, there will be no further arguments about which is better.
Ahh, the tournament. The greatest event in all of sports.
One thought on the game. Utah was cruising in the first half, but I think it could have been a proper blowout had one thing happened - Tucker makes one or two of those wide open threes.
If Tucker makes those, it opens up everything Utah does on offense. They can't keep sagging to Poeltl, which takes away the quick big-to-big pass as well. Tucker eventually abandoned the three altogether, which rendered him a non-threat on the offensive end.
This team has a ton of character, though, and they found a way to get it done. What a fun ride. Go Utes!
I like Wildcat and what he adds to our board, but I'll go ahead and lump him in with AZ fans in general. They are annoying and boisterous and overly confident that their team is the greatest thing. Now, they have a ton of basketball tradition that's led to those attitudes, but I find it off-putting. They are like the Boise State fans of the PAC 12. Sadly, like Boise State, they've owned Utah since that wondrous game in '98.
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