Utah Basketball: It Hinges on This

The Utah basketball fan base has been so bleak I question whether writing this blog post is worth my time. However, here I go…

Many may have not noticed, but the Runnin’ Utes Basketball program looks to actually be turning around. My ears first started to peak up when I heard some kid named Jordan Loveridge had decided to commit to the Utes instead of the other more established basketball programs. It also helped that this kid was one of the top recruits in Utah. Yet, did this make me want to watch a game or even attend one? Nope.

The Utes started of the season with 2 wins over teams a fan would plan on beating. Then they lost to Sacramento State and I personally thought, “Here comes the rollercoaster this year. No reason to watch yet.” That is how this season has gone up to this point. 2 wins, 1 loss, 3 wins, 1 losss, 2 wins, 1 loss,1 win, 1 loss, 1 win. What a rollercoaster right?

Then the BYU game happened. Ute fans only know that the past couple years have been bad versus the Utes. If you want scores and margin of victory go to a BYU fan. But, needless to say the basketball rivalry games have been nothing worth watching.  This year was a completely different story. I even went through the effort of hooking up my rabbit ears to be able to watch the game. The Utes held a lead on the team down south until the final minutes of the game. Yes, the Utes gace up the game, but it wasn’t a 20 point loss.

Now the Utes and Coach Krystkowiak start PAC-12 play. My interest in this team (and I imagine many other fans) will hinge on the next 3 games. The Utes will face ASU, Arizona, and UCLA. Now, by no means do I have an expectation of the Utes winning all 3 othe these game. If they were to win 1 of the 3 my interest would same the same. They are still developing and on the right track. But, if they win 2 or all of the games, start building the bandwagon because it will be needed for all the Ute fans that will climbing aboard

No matter what happens, right now I do not think the Utes will be finishing last in the PAC-12. But, don’t listen to me. I am a fan.


About the author

Grant Bagby

Since moving to Utah in 2005, I have changed from following all sports in D.C/Virginia to following all sports in Utah. I am a Chicago Bulls fan first (Born and raised by my father), but I am also a hardcore Jazz fan with 7 years of being a season ticket holder under my belt. I started TornBySports to write about the BYU/Utah Rivalry after Max Hall ran his mouth.