Focus now turns to Utah basketball - even if reluctantly

I really had hoped to put off basketball talk as much as possible. If you've caught this year's Utes, you know why - they're abysmal. 

Their performance over the last week, though, takes the cake.

In the preseason Diamond Head Classic, played in gorgeous Hawaii, Utah produced its worst preseason tournament in program history - losing to Butler, Hawaii and then, shockingly, to San Diego. 

I say shockingly because the Toreros owned absolutely zero wins over D1 programs. Their lone two victories prior to Saturday night came against Occidental and La Verne. La Verne! Their best win entering the Christmas day game came against Penny Marshall! 

With the losses in Hawaii, the Runnin' Utes now sit at 7-6 on the season. 

Not what I expected when 2010-11 kicked off earlier last month. Of course, I knew this would be a rebuilding season for Jim Boylen - but this is ridiculous.

Which brings us to the big question: Is Jim Boylen the guy? 

I have my doubts. His record is now statistically worse than Ray Giacoletti and worse, he continually underperforms against bad teams. It's not just this year, either. 

It's what doomed last year's team and, unless something changes in the next couple of months, will doom this team, as well. 

Now hopefully Boylen can figure this out and San Diego is the last head-scratching loss of the year. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Block U

You must be a member of Block U to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Block U. You should read them.

Join Block U

You must be a member of Block U to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Block U. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker