It's fair to deem the University of Utah Men's Basketball 2011-12 season, well, horrid.
The Runnin' Utes put up an all-time school-low record of 6-25. Amazingly, they finished second to last in the Pac-12 standings, thanks to USC.
Many factors played into the almost comically poor production on the hardwood, including a first-year head coach Larry Krystkowiak, just four total returners and the mid-season dismissal of the team's top scorer and assist leader Josh Watkins.
Utes basketball fans, who had become accustomed to perennially dominant teams, have had more than a little to be discouraged about the past few seasons.
However, sometimes it takes hitting the proverbial "rock bottom" before positive things happen.
Here are five rays of hope Utes basketball fans can look towards this upcoming season.