That NIT win at St. Mary’s was pretty exciting. I remember Bibbins hit some big shots. Utah also played there in the 2014 NIT (Delon Wright’s first year) and lost in the first round. Didn’t play really well. If memory serves me, the Utes also played at St. Mary’s in the early 2000s toward the end of the Majerus era. Utah won in a super low-scoring game—something like 38-35.
Is Bennett still at St Mary’s. I seem to remember that Utah and Bennett kicked each others’ tires over the years. I don’t recall how close we were to getting him or at which coaching search it was. I think it was during the Boylen search, or possibly LK that we got in some more serious talks with him. I wonder where we’d be if he was heading us up.
I’m amazed at what a blur of mediocrity Ute basketball has been since the Majerus era ended. A couple of bright spots, but it’s all hard to remember now because it all seems so same-samey.
In any event, good luck to the Utes tonight. It’d be nice to get a win under our belt, but I have my doubts. I’m also hoping we see Keita and Exacte. We HAVE TO turn our fortunes around at some point, right? Right!?
Nice road win against a quality opponent. Defense smothered the Gaels at the start of the half, then we had a great stretch of foul shooting (think it was 10 of 11 over about 4 minutes) to pull ahead.
Glad to see Keita back who had a very strong presence.
Pathetic of ESPN to have remote announcers. At times wasn’t sure who a foul was on until I checked my phone app.
Hawaii next in the Delta Center on Thursday. Tickets are very cheap to sit in close seats that usually cost at least a Ben Franklin for Jazz games. Hope we get a good turnout like we did for TCU last season.