The 2014-2015 season proved to be the most successful season for the Runnin' Utes since 04-05. As good as the Utes were this past season, there were some lowlights as well. Here is a look at the bottom 5 moments for the Runnin Utes in 2014-15.
Delon Wright's 3rd foul against Duke
The score was 19-17 in Duke's favor, but Utah had just fought back from an early 6 point deficit. Momentum was beginning to shift Utah's way when...bam! Two fouls calls on Delon Wright within a minute of each other. The third foul was questionable at best, as Wright dove for a loose ball. All of a sudden the star guard was sitting on the bench with 4:57 to go in the first half. Duke would consequently go on a momentum changing 8-0 run. In the second half, saddled with 3 fouls, Wright was not able to play in his usual aggressive defensive style as Duke went on to win 63-57.
Joseph Young's buzzer beater in the Pac-12 tourney.
The Utes were already a lock for the NCAA tournament, but were still looking to strengthen their resume for a higher seed. The Utes had gone 3-3 in their last six matchups and were hoping to get some momentum going, not to mention make their inaugural appearence in a Pac-12 title game. The Ducks, whom Utah had lost to just a few weeks earlier, had other plans. Delon Wright had just made a free throw to tie the game and with just 7 seconds remaining, Joseph Young went the length of the court and left no doubt who the Pac-12 player of the year was.
Embarrased in Tucson
The Runnin' Utes actually came into this game ranked higher (8th) than Arizona (10th) was at the time. Utah was 14-2 and the national media was just starting to pay some serious attention to the Utes after knocking off Witchita State. There were some picking this as a game where Wright would put together an All-American performance and lead the Utes to an upset in Tucson. The Utes started the game of strong early, before Arizona woke up and proceeded to dismantle Utah. T.J. McConnell had one of the best games of his career, scoring 16 points while playing smothering defense and Arizona cruised to a 69-51 win.
Utes get Gossed
The 13th ranked Utes came to Seattle still in the mix to snag a three seed. Their opponent was a downtrodden Washington team that had lost 10 of it's last 11 games. The result was an embarrassing 77-68 defeat. The Utes let Huskies point guard Nigel Williams Goss have his way, finishing with 28 points on 11-18 shooting from the field. The good news for the Utes? Goss is in the process of transferring from Washington, so hopefully Utah won't have to face him again.
Gabe York's put back in Salt Lake
This was the Runnin' Utes chance to avenge their embarrassing defeat against the Wildcats earlier in the season. The Utes had the lead with 1:39 remaining and Arizona's Gabe York at the line. York's second free throw was off the mark as it left his hand. The Utah bigs boxed their men out underneath, but no one accounted for the shooter. York darted down the lane, rebounded his own shot and got the put back, giving the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish.
In spite of these forgettable moments, the Utes were able to have a resoundingly successful season. With key players such as Brekkott Chapman, Kyle Kuzma Brandon Taylor returning, the Runnin' Utes can hopefully learn from these moments and build upon them for another successful campaign next season. Oh and Jakob Poeltl deciding to return helps too.