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Last Updated Mar 1, 2015 09:19PM

This was everything the Utah Utes could have wanted Saturday night, except for the ending. A frenzied atmosphere in the Huntsman Center, an epic defensive performance and a late lead over No. 7 Arizona converged to give the Utes a …

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  • Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, front, grabs a rebound as Arizona State forward Jonathan Gilling (31) defends second half in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Pac-12 title would mean everything to Utes
    After his team throttled Arizona State in epic fashion and made those questions about overlooking the Sun Devils seem silly, Utah guard Delon Wright j...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) and Arizona State Sun Devils forward Eric Jacobsen (21) during the game at the Huntsman Center Thursday February 26, 2015.  Utah is winning 41-9 at halftime. Kragthorpe: Utah Utes ready for Arizona after rout of ASU (with video)
    Judging by what unfolded Thursday night at the Huntsman Center, the Utah Utes are primed for No. 7 Arizona’s visit. Or maybe they should have saved t...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 12:16 am   |     |   Share
  • BYU's Tyler Haws, left, drives past Pepperdine's Shawn Olden during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Kragthorpe: BYU star Tyler Haws deserves another NCAA shot
    Tyler Haws’ record-breaking shot probably won’t be spectacular. During a game Thursday night at Portland, the BYU guard will hit a pull-up jumper or a...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder shouts to his team in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s win over Spurs shows progress (with video)
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder absolutely would not overreact to another victory over the NBA’s defending champions. Too much time spent immersed in the San A...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 11:25 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Oregon's Joseph Young is hoisted by fans after Oregon defeated No. 9 Utah 69-58 in the NCAA basketball game at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Young scored 14 points in the game. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson) Kragthorpe: Share of Pac-12 title still in play for Utes
    Larry Krystkowiak never will say his Utah basketball program has arrived, and that's a healthy approach. In a weird way, though, Sunday's loss at Oreg...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • You know basketball is his life when you enter coach Craig Drury's office at Provo High School.    Hartmann/photo Kragthorpe: Provo basketball coach earns one last title shot
    Provo Ideally, this is how Craig Drury’s coaching career should have ended, with his wife and seven daughters joining him on the sideline Friday as ...
    Updated Feb 21 2015 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) is introduced before the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday March 1, 2013. Kragthorpe: Jazz keep deferring payoff of D-Will trade
    Oklahoma City is widely considered the biggest winner of the NBA's trade-deadline day. That doesn't necessarily mean the Jazz were huge losers Thursda...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 10:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s four-part recipe for respectable finish
    This is right about the time the Jazz’s season turned ugly last year. In those days, the sign raised by the Bear mascot to exhort the EnergySolutions...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 09:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Near the 12th hole at Glendale Golf Course, Sunday, February 15, 2015. Kragthorpe: Salt Lake City’s rich golf history worth preserving
    The cast included a golfer whose game-improvement gadgets were suited to a lumberyard or hardware store, a surgeon who overanalyzed his swing and an e...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utes Chris Reyes, left, and Jakob Poeltl lays defense on Golden Bear's David Kravish  at the Huntsman Center Sunday Feb. 15. Kragthorpe: Utes dominate another Pac-12 visitor
    The California Bears arrived at the Huntsman Center as the Pac-12’s hottest team, made a 10-0 run midway through the first half, produced two scorers ...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • From left to right, Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Al Horford celebrate after setting a franchise record by defeating the Oklahoma Thunder 103-93 in an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT  Kragthorpe: Atlanta Hawks’ success should lift Utah Jazz’s hopes
    The NBA cleverly went to the heart of the Atlanta Hawks’ success, without actually stealing Real Salt Lake’s theme. The Team is the Star? I’d say so....
    Updated Feb 14 2015 07:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bronco Mendenhall head coach at BYU speaks to media during national signing day Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Sammy Jo Hester) Kragthorpe: Bronco should address status of BYU recruit charged with assault
    BYU’s 6-foot-7, 410-pound recruit lasted exactly eight days as the Cougars’ biggest story of National Signing Day. Thursday’s news reports of running...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Kelly Shorts

Copper Hills High School basketball player Stockton Shorts, meeting Karl Malone. Kragthorpe: Stockton Malone Shorts comes to life at Copper Hills
    West Jordan Copper Hills High School’s sophomore forward can Google his name and find nearly half a million mentions. Some of them even have to do w...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 25, 2008, file photo, Billy Casper attends the Pro-Am round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. Casper, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour whose career was never fully appreciated in the era of the Kragthorpe: Billy Casper’s golf legacy is secure, if underappreciated outside Utah
    Billy Casper’s greatest triumph is remembered in golf history as Arnold Palmer’s most disappointing defeat. Casper was born in an era that produced p...
    Updated Feb 14 2015 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • From left to right, Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Al Horford celebrate after setting a franchise record by defeating the Oklahoma Thunder 103-93 in an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT  Kragthorpe: Atlanta Hawks’ success should lift Utah Jazz’s hopes
    The NBA cleverly went to the heart of the Atlanta Hawks’ success, without actually stealing Real Salt Lake’s theme. The Team is the Star? I’d say so....
    Updated Feb 14 2015 07:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bronco Mendenhall head coach at BYU speaks to media during national signing day Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Sammy Jo Hester) Kragthorpe: Bronco should address status of BYU recruit charged with assault
    BYU’s 6-foot-7, 410-pound recruit lasted exactly eight days as the Cougars’ biggest story of National Signing Day. Thursday’s news reports of running...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Kelly Shorts

Copper Hills High School basketball player Stockton Shorts, meeting Karl Malone. Kragthorpe: Stockton Malone Shorts comes to life at Copper Hills
    West Jordan Copper Hills High School’s sophomore forward can Google his name and find nearly half a million mentions. Some of them even have to do w...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 25, 2008, file photo, Billy Casper attends the Pro-Am round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. Casper, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour whose career was never fully appreciated in the era of the Kragthorpe: Billy Casper’s golf legacy is secure, if underappreciated outside Utah
    Billy Casper’s greatest triumph is remembered in golf history as Arnold Palmer’s most disappointing defeat. Casper was born in an era that produced p...
    Updated Feb 14 2015 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill speaks at a news conference, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Logan, Utah, where he announced that he will retire at the end of the season. (AP Photo/The Herald Journal, Eli Lucero) Kragthorpe: Morrill positioned for strong career finish at Utah State
    One month ago, Stew Morrill announced his plans to retire after this season, and then he was off to practice. He mentioned during the news conference ...
    Updated Feb 09 2015 09:50 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: 50 years later, Wayne Estes’ Utah State legacy lives on
    Logan For years, the spot where Wayne Estes launched the last shot of his life was stuffed in a closet. Jim Laub knew former Utah State coach and at...
    Updated Feb 07 2015 04:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States' Lindsey Vonn trains for the women's downhill at the alpine skiing world championships, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Kragthorpe: Former Utahn’s ski racing book captures Vonn, Miller
    Growing up in Salt Lake City, Nathaniel Vinton always hoped that ski racing would take him somewhere. Around the world, as it turns out. His own skii...
    Updated Feb 07 2015 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Brighton running back Osa Masina tries to sweep around the end during first half action in the 5A championship football game against Bingham at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, November 22, 2013. Kragthorpe: Utah, BYU must protect borders better (with video)
    When the last of this year’s local recruiting announcements concluded, the good-natured teasing began. Corner Canyon offensive lineman Branden Bowen ...
    Updated Feb 04 2015 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham shouts as he runs onto the field in the first quarter during an NCAA football game against Idaho State in Salt Lake City. Utah and Whittingham have agreed to the terms of a new four-year deal that could keep him with the program through 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Kragthorpe: Nothing’s new about Ute coordinators, but that’s OK
    No matter how Utah coach Kyle Whittingham filled his latest offensive coordinator vacancy, the new/old guy would be an upgrade over Dave Christensen, ...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with actor Mark Wahlberg after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 28-24. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Kragthorpe: Super Bowl gives us much to discuss for seven months
    Even after some time enables everyone to process all that happened at the end of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, that coaching decision remains inexplicable...
    Updated Feb 02 2015 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gestures during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Carolina Panthers in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Kragthorpe: Seahawks will win again, in honor of ape
    The play-by-play account of last February’s Super Bowl includes an understated line: “P. Manning short pass middle to D. Thomas to Den 40 for 2 yards ...
    Updated Jan 31 2015 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Kragthorpe: Styles of Tom Brady, Russell Wilson converge in Super Bowl
    Phoenix The past and the future of NFL quarterbacking will converge in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. It’s impossible to think about New England’s Tom B...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 11:14 pm   |     |   Share