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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.