Runnin Utes always on alert as COVID-19 once again causes college basketball cancellation


Utah will play at Missouri on Saturday as several popular games have been postponed due to the COVID-19 incident

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah coach Craig Smith as the Utah Utes hosts the Westminster Griffins, NCAA basketball tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

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University of Utah Men’s Basketball The team was scheduled to draw up a binding charter for Columbia, Mo., Friday afternoon before the game against the University of Missouri on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. SEC Network).

That simple fact is remarkable because not every college basketball team was as lucky as it is now.

One year later The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the season significantly, cases increased again, Omicron variant are passing through the United States, and all of which are threatening the normality of a season.

On Thursday alone, a climactic game between Ohio State and Kentucky on Saturday in Las Vegas was postponed as the Buckeyes deal with COVID troubles. The same goes for another exciting Saturday neutral ground game at Madison Square Garden between Seton Hall and Iona. UCLA’s COVID problems cost it a game against Alabama State on Wednesday. The Bruins’ game against North Carolina, originally scheduled to be part of a doubles game against Ohio State-Kentucky in Vegas, was postponed Friday morning, by which time no less than 10 Division I teams had been cancelled. match or pause COVID. .

In contrast to last season, when games were sometimes hastily arranged at short notice, Kentucky will now play on North Carolina’s Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas (3:30 p.m., CBS).

Runnin’ Utes coach Craig Smith said he addressed the growing troubles of the COVID-19 and Omicron variant with his team after it beat Manhattan College last Saturday at the Huntsman Center. Smith’s entire program, not just the players, but everyone involved with the show, is fully vaccinated. Furthermore, Smith told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday that Utah’s athletic training director, Trevor Jameson, has arranged to have booster shots made within the next week for anyone who wants them.

“We talked to our guys after that win about what was going on in our country, whether it was the NFL team, the NBA team, you look at college basketball, the what’s going on and the numbers are going up.” “We told you, there’s no way to stop it completely, you don’t know how you’re going to achieve it, but be aware of what’s going on right now and try.” diligent about it.

“Live your life, but just be aware and aware of what’s going on. You try to be careful in that respect.”

Just as the near-daily game cancellations and postponements occurred in college basketball a year ago, the situation is now being watched following this week’s peak cancellations.

In addition to Saturday in Missouri, Utah is home to Fresno State on Tuesday before Pac-12-play resumes December 30 in Oregon State and January 1 in Oregon.

What do I think, Utah or otherwise

A week ago in this space, we’ve put together the legitimate contenders for Utah football’s best ever team, and asked readers to vote. The results of that vote are below.

The TribUte newsletter asked readers which Utah team was the best ever.

Personally, I think it’s been hot through 2008 and 2021, and the majority of voters agree. I think there’s a case to be made for 2021 even if these Utes lose the Rose Bowl, but beating Ohio State on New Year’s Day should end the debate in my opinion.

• A certain Pac-12 Network analyst you are all familiar with said a number of times this week that if Utah wins, Rose bowl, it opens in 2022 ranking in the top 5. Of course, that doesn’t take into account who might come back and who else might leave. If some player decision is in Utah’s favor, I won’t contest the top 10, top 12 pre-season ratings. Ranking in the top 5 shows too much ambition.

• Ohio State’s broad receivers (if some or all of them don’t opt ​​out) versus Utah’s thin, inexperienced, young high schoolers. That’s the game I’ve been thinking about for the past two weeks. Runnin Utes always on alert as COVID-19 once again causes college basketball cancellation

Beth Allcock

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