In this episode, listen to audio from Jakob Poeltl's press conference where he announces his decision to opt for the NBA after two seasons with the Utah Runnin' Utes, plus where he's projected to go.
Apr 13, 2016
Ryan McDonald and Kincade Upstill discuss Utah Jazz's playoff odds after a disappointing loss, as well as Golden State chasing history.
Apr 12, 2016
DeseretNews.com writer Ryan McDonald and contributor Kinkade Upstill discuss Utah Jazz's important matchup with Houston on Wednesday and the future of point guard Shelvin Mack.
Mar 23, 2016
March Madness is finally here! And with that, Utah and Weber State will represent the state in this year's tournament field, with Utah receiving a No. 3 seed, facing No. 14 Fresno State in Denver on Thursday. Weber State, the Big Sky Conference champions, received a No. 15 seed and will play No. 2 Xavier on Friday. In this week's episode, DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams takes a deeper look at Utah and its analytical tournament odds, where Utah is the probability favorite to make it to the Sweet 16 from the Denver pod of the Midwest Region. Also, listen to audio from Utah players Brandon Taylor, Kyle Kuzma, Jakob Poeltl and Jordan Loveridge as they reacted to the news on Sunday, as well as head coach Larry Krystkowiak. Utah, of course, made it to the Sweet 16 last year before losing out to eventual champion Duke. This year the team is looking for more with experience under its belt. "I think it's big difference as in we've been (to the tournament) before, I think that's the biggest thing for us," Utah forward Kyle Kuzma said on Sunday. "We have at least seven guys that have played for us in the dance. I think that'll help out big time for us." Finally, Carter chats with Mountain West Connection writer Matthew Kenerly to get a better picture of the Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State Bulldogs (25-9). Fresno State comes into Thursday's matchup on a nine-game winning streak, and guard Marvelle Harris leads the way averaging 20.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game this season. Kenerly says Fresno State isn't the best jump shooting or 3-point shooting team and could struggle in the paint against Poeltl, but the key to success this season and especially down the stretch has been forcing turnovers, which the Bulldogs lead the conference in steals at 8.2 per game and with a +4.29 turnover margin, and a better shot selection. "I feel like theyâve been more successful when theyâve avoided the temptation to throw up a lot of 3-pointers," he says. He adds Fresno State is a team that knows how to rally, which makes it a difficult team to play. "This is a team that (if they get) down, you're not going to see any panic on the court," Kenerly say. "This is a team that has three or four guys that can score, two or three guys that can rebound, that can play defense and that can work their way back into a game and make it competitive. They found a way to come back, I believe, six times on the season from double-digit deficits, so even if Utah gets ahead at any point, I wouldn't get too comfortable because Fresno State is a team that can come back." This and much, much more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!
Mar 14, 2016
Selection Sunday is just days away and in this week's episode, national college basketball analytics expert Ken Pomeroy joins DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams in Las Vegas to answer questions about the Pac-12 Tournament, where Utah, California, Oregon and Arizona each advanced to the semifinals. Pomeroy also discusses the NCAA teams in the Pac-12 and across the country on the bubble and who he believes will get in and who can make an impact within the Pac-12 and country. That includes bubble teams such as Wichita State, Monmouth, Valparaiso and Syracuse. It has been a wild ride during the conference tournament season, where teams other than the No. 1 seed won 11 of the first 12 conference tournaments played. Will that upset-heavy trend carry into the NCAA Tournament? Pomeroy answers that too. As well as the teams starting to pull away as national title favorites. This and much, much more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!
Mar 11, 2016
A look into how Utah has won six straight and 11 of 13. The argument is also made on why Jakob Poeltl could be Pac-12 player of the year, as the sophomore center enters the week leading the conference in player efficiency rating and field goal percentage, while second in scoring and third in rebounding. Diving into BYU basketball headed to Las Vegas and Kyle Collinsworth winning the player of the year in the conference. Williams and Judd also make their WCC tournament predictions. With BYU spring football underway, Judd talks about Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill returning to practice, as well as the status of center Tejan Koroma. In addition, hear from Hill and head coach Kalani Sitake as they prepare for the 2016 season.
Mar 2, 2016
Now that Taysom Hill is back for one more season, what should BYU do with him? That's the question Carter and Brandon discuss in this week's episode. There's also audio from offensive coordinator Ty Detmer as he addressed that situation in a press conference. Brandon and Carter also give a brief primer about locals in the NFL Combine, and, in switching gears, Carter gives an update on the Utah basketball team with 3 weeks left in Pac-12 play.
Feb 17, 2016
Tune in every week as DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams and contributor Jay Yeomans discuss the hottest topics in Utah sports and in the country.
Feb 4, 2016
Anyone that has paid attention to the post-season all-star college football games has likely noticed that the state of Utah has been represented well. From Tevin Carter to Bronson Kaufusi, Gionni Paul, Kyler Fackrell and much, much more to Southern Utah University's James Cowser, LeShaun Sims and Miles Killebrew. Cowser (East-West Shrine Game) and Killebrew (Senior Bowl) have garnered some of the state's top attention as the NFL Draft process begins, and are expected to add to the Thunderbirds lone draft pick in history (Brad Sorensen, 2012). In fact, NFL.com's Chase Goodbread even listed Killebrew as a potential 1st-round pick, among those participating in the Senior Bowl this weekend. What do the trio of Cowser, Killebrew and Sims have in common? They were all recruited and/or coached by Demario Warren, who was promoted from SUU's secondaries coach to defensive coordinator in 2014 to head coach in January after Ed Lamb left to take an assistant head coach job at BYU. In this weeks episode, Warren joins DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams to discuss his path to coaching, being a part of the process of finding those diamonds in the rough garnering NFL attention, taking over the helm of the Thunderbirds, which won the 2015 Big Sky Conference title and have appeared in the FCS playoffs twice in the last three years. Warren describes some of the recruiting process, including when SUU nearly lost out on FCS's all-time sack leader Cowser to Weber State because of not initially offering a full scholarship. "I just remember the whole recruiting process because we offered him something when he was on his (visit to SUU) and he went home and I think at the time Weber State offered him more (scholarship) money," Warren recalls. "Our coaching staff really, really wanted Cowser, so we talked to Lamb and Lamb was like we need to go out there. I think it was Justin Ena and coach (Ryan) Hunt, coach Lamb and some of the other guys went up there (to Davis County) and said 'that was our mistake, we're going to offer you full (scholarship) and we want you to come down to Southern Utah.'" Meanwhile, Warren also discusses the future of the T-Birds, including an impending quarterback battle between BYU transfer McCoy Hill and Tannon Pedersen, while the team also adds linebacker Zak Browning, the team's leading tackler (115 tackles) in 2012 as a freshman and second-leading tackler (106 tackles) in 2013 that returned off his LDS mission this offseason. This and more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!
Jan 28, 2016
In this week's edition of the Deseret News Sports Podcast, DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams chats with first-year Utah women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts about the Utes' turnaround from a 9-22 (3-15 in conference) team last season to a 12-5 start (4-2 in conference) this season heading into a crucial stretch that begins with a five-game home stand. "I think change is sometimes good," Roberts says. "I think it can give you a shot of adrenaline just as a program. I think it was just kind of maybe jolt — change is leadership sometimes makes everybody work a little bit harder — kind of get after it more. â¦ and we got some players that had been injured back healthy and thatâs been huge." Roberts also discusses her path the coaching, which began with an interest in science (following the footsteps of her brothers who finished off post-doctorate degrees) before taking multiple jobs to help her pay through graduate school. "My passion was definitely basketball and I was a college basketball player, so I loved that," she recounts. "I kind of bounced around major wise and couldnât really sink my teeth into anything. Then my college coach, who is now the coach at Boise State, he said 'you ought to think about coaching' and I said 'all right.'" She also shares the funny story behind why her office in the Jon Huntsman Basketball Facility became soundproofed because of her upstairs neighborâs loud musical selection. This and more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!
Jan 21, 2016