Utah basketball: Better days may be ahead for Runnin’ Utes

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The infamous streak is over.

The Runnin’ Utes finally ended their program-record 10-game losing streak last week with an 84-59 victory over another struggling team, Oregon State.

Could this mark a turning point for Utah?

Although the Utes fell to Oregon 80-77 days later, they scared the Ducks.

“They play with a lot of spirit. And that’s a hard thing to define. Spirit is an amazing thing. And I think you can feel it,” first-year coach Craig Smith said. is what I said to the guys afterwards. I don’t know how to describe it, but something really good is happening right now, and we’ll see where it goes.

Although it’s been a tough season for Utah, there are signs of better days ahead. The Runnin’ Utes can build momentum for next season.

For now, Utah felt immense relief after ending the losing skid. The Utes also avoided being the only Utah team to lose five straight games at home.

“It’s amazing. I can smile now,” said first-year guard Lazar Stefanovic, who scored 15 points in the win over the Beavers.

“Well, I like February much better than January,” Smith said.

Numbers game

3: Number of former Utes — Eric Weddle, Matt Gay and Terrell Burgess — who will play for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

7,756: Crowd announced for Utah’s basketball game against Oregon last Saturday.

ten: Perfect score recorded by Utah gymnast Grace McCallum on the uneven bars against UCLA – the top 10 of her college career.


Bonus points

  • 3 reasons to support the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl 2022 (Deseret News)
  • It took a perfect 10, season-high scores and a walk-in beam routine, but Utah beat rival UCLA (Deseret News)
  • Highest-rated 2022 recruiting class ever for Utah, Utah State (Deseret News)
  • How National Recruiting Expert Rates Utes Class of 2022 (Deseret News)
  • University of Utah takes steps to build new indoor training facility for football program (Deseret News)
  • Utah women’s basketball: Utes upset Washington State to keep NCAA hopes alive (Deseret News)


Comments from Deseret News readers

“Not too long ago, Utah was recruiting Utah State, California and Hawaii, and that was about it. Now we have players from across the country – great job, coaches! Washington to Florida, Hawaii to Indiana (and last year, Ohio, with Tavion Thomas). Kids in Florida, Georgia and Alabama will be able to play in front of their loved ones when we open in Gainesville next fall, Texas continues to produce, California will always be a great talent garden and some of the best players in the Utah will be on the next grave hill. Logan Kendall’s coach said he understands he wants to transfer to Utah and is looking forward to watching it on Sunday. Continue the transfer pipeline, coaches! We need more Kendalls, Pledgers and Thomases! Who doesn’t like Rising and its surprising accelerations? But Nate Johnson with his 10.5 100M speed will be the fastest QB in Utah history. (Sorry, Huntley – 10.5 is the pinnacle. Let’s see how Ludwig and Rising help young Nate reach his potential.)”

— 10CC


February 12 | 6:00 p.m. | men’s basketball | against Colorado | @Boulder, Colorado | Pac-12 network

February 9 | 2 p.m. | Women’s basketball | against USC | @Salt Lake City | Utah Live Stream

February 11 | 8 p.m. | Women’s basketball | against Stanford | @Stanford, CA | Pac-12 network

February 12 | 5:00 p.m. | Gymnastics | vs. California | @Berkeley, CA | Cal Live Stream

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