While select groups of Utah fans continue to cling to the delusional idea that Las Vegas would be a better market for the Big 12 Basketball Tournament, Utes fans proved themselves wrong with an alarming post on Friday night.
KSLNewsRadio’s Nate Slack shared a photo from Friday’s matchup between Utah and No. 8 Arizona that featured some severely empty seats at the Huntsman Center, the home of Utah basketball.
Despite the fact that tickets for a game featuring the nation’s eighth-ranked team were listed as single-digit prices, Utah fans invalidated their criticism of the Big 12 Tournament taking place in Kansas City by not even showing up for their own home games.
While the fans who did decide to make the trip were rewarded with an exciting overtime game against Arizona, the Utes eventually went on to fall 105-99. To make matters worse for Utah, the Utes sported a perfect 12-0 record on their home court this season heading into the game with wins over some impressive teams including No. 13 BYU.
Even though Utah’s fanbase has bounced back and forth on the idea of claiming the Big 12 Conference as their own following the collapse of the PAC-12, it is absolutely ludicrous for fans of a program that can’t sell out five-dollar seats for Top-10 opponents to expect anyone, most importantly Brett Yormark, to willingly agree to switch venues and gameday environments for a team that has yet to play a single game in the league.