Utah v Arizona After A Night’s Sleep


Feb 19, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) moves the ball against Utah Utes center Dallin Bachynski (31) during overtime at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Arizona Wildcats won the game in overtime 67-63. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

After ranting about last nights game and then reading everyone’s opinions, I think it’s important to remember one thing: it is ok to hold two opposing view points in your mind on one subject.

For example, I can say Roman Polanski makes great films but he’s also a pedophile who should be in prison.

So take our Runnin’ Utes. No please take them now. (a joke get a sense of humor you people)

I am very happy that they are not 1-27, but am wildly frustrated that we’re near the end of season three and Larry’s teams have no clue on how to finish.

I love that we came from 12 back in the second half to force overtime.  I’m sick to my stomach that I keep watching variations of a theme of unique ways to shit the bed.

At the end of the day, or after a nights sleep in this case, when I attempt to come to one rational conclusion about all of this, it feels like coming close was a real last year kind of thing and that this team should be able to finish just once.

Or at least you shouldn’t lose because your best free throw shooter misses four straight free throws and your star chucks a ball into the stands when a wide open player just might dunk and win you the game.  I’ll accept a buzzer beater, but to come all the way back just to do that, well it’s emotionally unsatisfying to say the least.

Some other takeaways from that game…

I don’t know what goes on with Jordan Loveridge, but we have to have more consistency from him.  And he might need to have a better understanding of when he should and should not shoot.  He must escape the mind prison he seems locked in right now.

I would say more about Brandon Taylor but I can’t imagine anyone feels worse than him.  What went on with him is just another example of what happens to everyone on this team when the chips are down.

Where is Ahmad Fields?  How is he not on the court more.  He gives us 16 big minutes against Colorado that was nearly enough to turn the tide.  Then only 13 over the next two games and then a DNP coaches decision on the L.A. road trip.  He’s athletic, tough and fearless and this Ute team can use a dose of all three.

Please no more Renan Lenz ever.  Remember when we switched our overseas trip to Brazil just to land this guy? That really happened.

So looking at all this, my conclusion is that I’m glad were not piss poor; but it’s time we have something more than moral victories.

If you don’t win, you don’t win.