MEN'S BASKETBALL • The Runnin Utes struggled to close all season, particularly on the road. Once again — with Saint Mary's on the ropes in the first round of the NIT — the Utes played foil in a dramatic rally by the Gaels to lose 70-58 and end Utah's season. The good news: Most of the core returns next year, including, according to Tribune reporter Tony Jones, All-Pac-12 junior Delon Wright.
ON DECK: Season over
FOOTBALL • The first three days of spring camp are over, with the defense ahead of the offense as new coordinator Dave Christensen installs his scheme using a 20-second play clock, and junior quarterback Travis Wilson sheds some of the rust from a four-month injury hiatus.
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ON DECK: Days 5-6 (Tuesday and Thursday 3-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-noon, either at the practice field or Rice-Eccles Stadium)
SWIMMING AND DIVING • The Utah women were first up at NCAAs and doubled the school's all-time number of swimming All-Americans. Only three Ute women had earned that distinction before senior Tracie Swartz (100 free), freshman Stina Colleou (200 breast) and junior Kersten Merry (platform diving) did so Thursday through Saturday in Minneapolis. Merry is the first female diver with All-American honors.
ON DECK: The men's NCAA Championships (Thursday through Saturday in Austin, Texas)
BASEBALL • Hopes to improve on last year's 7-23 Pac-12 record are not bolstered by early results. No. 4 Oregon State finished off a three-game sweep last Sunday, and No. 9 Oregon did the same this Sunday to put the injury-riddled Utes in an 0-6 hole. The bright side: Only one other Pac-12 team (UCLA) is ranked, so it gets easier.
ON DECK: vs. BYU (Tuesday at 7 p.m., Smith's Ballpark), at. Cal (Friday through Sunday)