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Thoughts on the New Mexico game

  • I'm still trying to figure out why Giacolettit did not tell Nevill to miss his final free throw. After sinking the first, with 2.4 seconds left on the clock, the Utes were up 1. The Lobos had zero time outs and if Nevill would have missed the free throw, it would have been improbable for the Lobos to get down the court and get off a good shot before the buzzer sounded. Instead Nevill made the free throw and the Lobos had a few seconds to set something up. They actually almost came away with a foul, on a three point shot, that would have most likely won them the game. Luckily for Utah, they missed. But the fact Utah put themselves in position to allow New Mexico to set something up just floors me. No matter what, New Mexico would have been forced to most likely shoot a three, since they had to inbound the ball under Utah's basket. So the Lobos were positioned to win with a three, why not give them a far more difficult shot at the game winner than what they had at the end? It seems like a no brainer to me.
  • I'm glad Nevill played Saturday because if he didn't, the Utes would be looking at the bottom of the conference. At least now both New Mexico and TCU are beneath them, which could be interpreted as mild success. I'm also glad Utah kept their home dominance against New Mexico going. Already this year BYU won their first game in Salt Lake since 1994 and I don't think I could take giving the Lobos their first win in Utah in 17 years.
  • Utah shot the ball very well, shooting 56% from the field. Yet their defense was just putrid as they allowed the Lobos to shoot 51% from the field and a blistering 63% from behind the arc. New Mexico connected on 17 of 27 three pointers, that's just ridiculous. How in the hell do you allow a team like New Mexico, not very good from three point range, come into your house and shoot 63% from downtown? Utterly incompetent defense that nearly cost Utah a game they should have won going away.
  • Johnnie Bryant will be a solid player for Utah next year and I believe with competent coaching he could be one of the best players in the conference. Against New Mexico he scored 23 points on 8-12 shooting, including 5 of 9 from three-point range. Hopefully he's putting up these types of numbers next year for the Utes. It's just a shame he couldn't have been more consistent during the season.
  • Utah plays San Diego State Tuesday, which is Senior Night. Of course the only senior on this year's team is Ricky Johns, but that shouldn't deter any fans from going out. We need to pack in the Huntsman Center and give Johns a final home game to remember. And who knows, maybe Utah can upset the Aztecs. Wait, what am I smoking? That probably won't happen, but it'd still be great to show Johns some support, even if he only spent two years at Utah.