Monday, January 28, 2013
What's wrong with the Utes?
By Joe Kaiser
A win over previously unbeaten Washington in Seattle nine days ago had the look of the type of victory that could serve as a turning point for Utah's program. Two straight losses to Cal and Stanford in the nine days since, however, indicate that the Utes still have a long ways to go.
The problem in the Utes' embarrassing 31-point home loss to Stanford on Sunday was a lack of effort, Utah's second-year coach Larry Krystkowiak tells The Salt Lake Tribune.
"That’s the million dollar question," Krystkowiak said. "We got our butts kicked in every phase of the game. The one thing we’re going to do for the rest of the season is play hard. We got out-physicaled in every phase against Stanford. We’re just not dialed in."
Utah has now dropped seven of eight Pac-12 games, and the most alarming part of the loss to the Cardinal is that it came to an undersized team not known for its toughness or tenacity.