Utah Utes: Cautiously Hopeful

The Oregon State game is another chance for the Utah Utes to win a consecutive PAC-12 game. Another chance for the basketball program to show that it is continually improving.However, after the last time the Utes had this opportunity they quickly lost 3 in a row. With the three losses climaxing in a huge loss to Stanford. The loss to Stanford really had Utah fans and optimist reeling.

So, I don’t know what else to think. I don’t know if this team’s spirit is broken and we’re now at the point where they’ve just given up. I don’t know if it was just the perfect storm (literally, and figuratively) that did this team in. I don’t know if we should just accept our fate and concede Utah basketball will never be relevant again. – JazzyUte, BlockU

I am hoping that tomorrow’s result will bring cause for Ute fans to a least take off any paper bag mask they may be wearing. Maybe Utah fans may even be able to go into work with their heads held high.

As far as this guy, I am going to put my red glasses on and talk about why the Utes will win against Oregon State. Efficiency. In the past I have pushed for a so called “big” line-up. I have constantly pushed for Bachinski to start along side Washburn. I didn’t exactly get my wish, but the big guys of Washburn, Bachinski, and Olsen played a lot with each other. Apparently I wasn’t the only person that liked the way the big guys played.

I liked the twin towers lineup. It gave us some flexibility out there, and I thought we got the ball inside a lot. We had some success there. – Larry Krystkowiak

The other change that I hope is permanent is inserting Brandon Taylor into the starting lineup. Which appears to be the case.

Brandon did an excellent job of running the offense and getting us into our stuff and getting guys shots. He has to do it consistently, and he has to do it at the end of games, and there was a lesson learned with that. Toward the end, he dribbled the ball a little too much, but I was very happy with his performance. – Larry Krystkowiak

It is nice to see the coach is willing to make changes in an effort to improve this young team. Also, with the development of Jeremy Olsen, Jordan Loveridge, and Brandon Taylor, I am gaining more confidence in Coach K’s ability to teach and grow young talent.

So, why not win a game against Oregon State? At least for right now I am hopeful. But, that could end in the 1st half of the game.

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.