Jan. 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Idaho (6-6, 2-0 WAC) at Utah State (12-1, 3-0 WAC)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KMYU TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball wraps up a busy stretch of four games in a week to kick off Western Athletic Conference action by hosting Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). It is the middle game of a three-game homestand for the Aggies. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on KMYU TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and there will also be live video streaming available.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,491-1,023 (.593) in its 2,514 games played.
USU has won 11 games in a row, and Utah State's 12-1 start to the 2012-13 season is the third-best in school history, trailing the 2008-09 team that started the year with a 24-1 mark and the 2003-04 squad that began the year with a 20-1 record.
USU's 11-game win streak is its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, ranking as the seventh-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the ninth-longest in school history along with the 1966-67 and 1970-71 teams. A win Saturday would tie for the seventh-longest in school history and tie for the sixth-longest under Morrill.
Utah State will also be aiming to start WAC play with a 4-0 mark for the second time in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies opened league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. A win Saturday would give USU its fourth 4-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.
Utah State is 8-1 at home this year and USU has won 57 of its last 63 games (.905) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 93 of its last 100 home games (.930).
USU has won 92.0 percent of its home games (218-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 112-9 (.925) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 512-112 (.821) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 246 of their last 267 games (.921) in the Spectrum, including 124 of their last 135 (.919) home games against league competition, including 49 of its last 53 (.925).
Utah State has won 40 of its last 47 WAC games (.851) and is 65-15 (.813) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 86-27 (.761) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 89-26 (.774) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 52-4 (.929) record at home. The Aggies are 7-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 141-52 (.731) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is playing on Jan. 5 for the second-straight year, facing Fresno State in the Aggies' WAC opener last season, and Utah State is 10-4 (.714) all-time in known games played on Jan. 5.
Utah State has started its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, and after facing three-straight league newcomers, the Aggies will be hosting old conference foe Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 5 to cap a busy stretch of four games in a week,in 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Saturday's game between the old foes Aggies and Vandals will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, and live stats will also be available through GameTracker link on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU will wrap up its three-game homestand by hosting San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
Saturday's Utah State game will be aired in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Saturday's game between the Aggies and Vandals will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary.
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is starting play in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has an 86-27 (.761) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 40 of its last 47 WAC games (.851) and is 66-15 (.815) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is off to just its third 12-1 start in school history, winning its 11th game in a row with a 75-66 victory over Seattle on Thursday, improving to 3-0 in WAC play. Utah State entered Thursday having shot over 50 percent from the field in each of its last three games and in seven of its last eight games overall, but shot just 43.1 percent (25-58) against Seattle as it made 51.7 percent of its shots in the first-half (15-29), but just 34.5 percent in the second half (10-29).
USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 15.3 points per game, adding 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Medlin also leads the team by making 26 three-pointers this season, shooting 26-of-64 (40.6 percent) behind the arc, netting 47.4 percent (65-of-137) from the field in addition to 82.7 percent (43-of-52) at the free throw line. On Thursday against Seattle, Medlin scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game and 42nd time in his Utah State career with 18 points, as he was 5-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Medlin also added five assists and a career-high tying three steals in the game. Junior forward Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, adding 1.4 blocks per game as well. Shaw tallied six points, seven rebounds and three blocks in Thursday's win over Seattle. He now has at least seven rebounds in nine games this season, including four double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting 54.0 percent (67-of-124) from the field in addition to 72.7 percent (32-of-44) at the free throw line.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.3 ppg, pulling down 6.9 rpg as well to go with 1.6 blocks per game. Reed registered 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and third of his career, going 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line for his 20 points, marking the third time this year and sixth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. Reed also is shooting at a 62.5 percent (60-of-96) clip from the field.
After scoring 14 points in each of his last three games played, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield topped that with 18 points in the win at Texas State, added a career-high nine assists to go with six rebounds and one steal. In Thursday's win over Seattle, Butterfield tallied seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 86 points in the seven games at starter, averaging 12.3 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-40), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making 47.5 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.7 ppg on the season, making 59.3 percent (32-of-54) of his field goals, as well as 40.9 percent (9-of-22) behind the arc and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) at the free throw line. Davis also averages 3.0 assists per game, dishing out six in the win at Texas State and then tying a season-high with seven against Seattle to go with 13 points.
USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN FIVE CATEGORIES
Utah State is tops in the WAC statistics for overall games in five categories, leading the league in field goal percentage (.504), three-point field goal percentage (.390), scoring margin (+9.5), rebounding margin (+9.2) and assists (16.77).
USU is also second in the league in scoring (72.3 ppg), fourth in scoring defense (62.8 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.410), fourth in free throw percentage (.696), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.340), sixth in rebounds (36.8 rpg), eighth in steals (5.85) and fifth in blocks (4.23).
AGGIES TOP FOUR WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
USU leads the WAC in conference only games in four lists, topping the league in scoring (75.7 ppg), scoring margin (+12.3), field goal percentage (.516) and steals (7.67).
The Aggies are also fifth in scoring defense (63.3 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.408), fifth in free throw percentage (.650), second in three-point field goal percentage (.400), sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.347), fifth in rebounds (34.0 rpg), fourth in rebounding margin (+1.3), second in assists (16.0) and seventh in blocks (3.33).
MEDLIN, REED AND DAVIS TOP WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin currently leads the league in scoring in WAC only games, netting 21.0 ppg. Senior forward Kyisen Reed tops the league in conference only action for both field goal percentage (.714) and steals (2.67) while freshman guard Marcel Davis is first in WAC only contests in assists (5.67).
Utah State is currently on an 11-game win streak, its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
12 (1) - 2000-01
11 (1) - 2012-13
10 (1) - 2007-08
LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 11-game win streak is currently tied for tied for the ninth-longest in school history along with the 1966-67 and 1970-71 teams. A win Saturday would tie for the seventh-longest in school history.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (1) - 1974-75
12 (2) - 1959-60, 2000-01
11 (3) - 1966-67, 1970-71, 2012-13
10 (1) - 2007-08
UTAH STATE DURING 11-GAME WIN STREAK
USU has averaged 75.1 points per game during its 11-game win streak, while allowing 63.8 ppg for a +11.3 scoring margin. The Aggies are also shooting 52.8 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent at the free throw line, while holding the opponent to 40.7 percent field goal shooting, 34.0 percent behind the arc and 65.7 percent at the charity stripe. USU has a +7.9 rebounding margin, averaging 35.7 rebounds per game while the opponents are averaging 27.8 rpg. The Aggie defense is forcing 10.7 turnovers per game while blocking 4.2 shots per game.
Individually, four players are averaging double-figures during the 11-game win streak, led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 16.2 ppg, while junior center Jarred Shaw nets 12.8 ppg, senior forward Kyisean Reed is posting 12.5 ppg and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield nets 10.0 ppg. Shaw leads the team with 7.6 rpg while Reed adds 7.0 rpg. Medlin is averaging 2.1 three-pointers per game during the 11 games, making 23-of-58 (39.7 percent) total, while Butterfield is averaging 1.6 treys, draining 16-of-36 (44.4 percent) total while junior guard Marvin Jean is 10-of-22 (45.5 percent). Freshman guard Marcel Davis leads the team with 3.5 assists per game (39 assists) during the streak, while Medlin also averages 3.5 apg (38 total).
A LOOK BACK AT THE SEATTLE GAME
Senior forward Kyisean Reed had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah State men's basketball to a 75-66 Western Athletic Conference win against Seattle Thursday night inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State improves to 12-1 on the season for just the third time in school history and 3-0 in WAC play with the win. USU also improved to 8-1 at home this year and is now 218-19 at home in 15 years under Morrill. In WAC play, Utah State has now won 40 of its last 46 games. Seattle, who falls to 5-7 on the year and 0-2 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Deshaun Sunderhaus who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Reed, who recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career, was 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line for his 20 points, marking the third time this year and sixth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. Junior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game and 42nd time in his Utah State career with 18 points, as he was 5-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Medlin also added five assists and a career-high tying three steals in the game. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 13 points and a season-high tying seven assists, as he was 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Utah State entered Thursday having shot over 50 percent from the field in each of its last three games and in seven of its last eight games overall, but shot just 43.1 percent (25-58) against Seattle as it made 51.7 percent of its shots in the first-half (15-29), but just 34.5 percent in the second half (10-29). USU also shot 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 82.6 percent at the free throw line (19-23) for the game. Seattle shot 46.4 percent overall (26-56), which is a season-high for a USU opponent, after converting 50.0 percent of its attempts (16-32) in the second-half. SU also shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc (10-24), but was just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line for the game. After out-rebounding its first nine opponents of the season, including its first seven by double-digits, Utah State was out-rebounded for the third time in the last four games as Seattle won the battle of the boards, 34-31, as the 34 rebounds was a season-high for a USU opponent. The Redhawks also had four more assists (23-19) in the contest, but also committed 10 more turnovers (18-8) as USU's eight giveaways are its second-fewest this year while the 18 turnovers is the most forced by the Aggie defense this season. Seattle scored the first five points of the game and held an early 7-2 lead before Utah State went on a 12-0 run, which included nine-straight points by Reed, to take a 14-7 advantage early on. USU's lead eventually swelled to 11 at 34-23 with 2:28 to play in the half following a layup from sophomore forward Ben Clifford, but Seattle scored the final five points to close to within 34-28 at the break. Seattle's run continued in the second half as it scored the first nine points for a 14-0 run going back to the first half and led 37-34 with 15:48 remaining. The Redhawks would maintain its slim lead until the 12:24 mark when Reed tied it on a pair of free throws. SU regained the lead on a three-pointer by Prince Obasi before USU finally made its first basket of the second half at the 11:46 mark on a Davis trey, snapping a field goal drought of 10:42 between the first half and second as Seattle out-scored USU, 19-5 during that stretch. The lead changed hands six times over the next 4:58 before Utah State took the lead for good on a three-pointer from junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 5:08 to play as the Aggies went on a 20-5 run during a 5:04 stretch late in the game to turn a 53-50 deficit into a 70-58 advantage with just under a minute to play as Medlin scored nine of his 18 points during the run. In the final minute, USU made 7-of-8 free throws to post the 75-66 win.
REED GOES ANIMAL STYLE IN SEATTLE GAME
Senior forward Kyisean Reed got in touch with his inner In'N'Out, posting a double-double with a side of dunk, logging 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career, throwing down three dunks in the game. Reed has now recorded a team-high 13 dunks on the season. Reed added two steals and one block in the game.
DAVIS DISHES `EM OUT
Freshman guard Marcel Davis tied a season-high by dishing out seven assists Thursday. It was his seventh game this season with three or more helpers.
MEDLIN LIVING UP TO PRESEASON WAC PLAYER OF YEAR BILLING
Junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and has lived up to the billing so far in conference play, after posting 18 points, five assists and three steals in Thursday's win over Seattle. In USU's three WAC games so far, Medlin is averaging a WAC-best 21.0 ppg, draining 3.3 three-pointers, hitting 10-of-23 (.435) so far, hitting 21-of-42 (.500) from the field, including 11-of-13 (.846) at the free throw line, ranking second in WAC only games.
SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 86 points in the seven games at starter, averaging 12.3 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-40), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making a team-best 47.5 percent behind the arc. The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last eight games, and have five multi three-pointer games, including season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State. He posted seven points and three assists against Seattle. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists Monday at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.
OTHER NOTES FROM SEATTLE GAME
USU's 82.6 percent (19-of-23) free throw shooting percentage, was its second-best percentage at the charity stripe this season and third game making at least 80 percent of its free pitch shots.
Seattle's 46.4 field goal percentage (26-of-56) was a season-high by a USU opponent.
USU had its second lowest turnover outing with eight, its third single-digit turnover outing and fewest since six vs. UC Davis.
The Aggie defense forced a season-high 18 turnovers, its most turnovers forced since 22 against Loyola Marymount in last season's CIT.
USU had a 26-6 points off turnovers advantage, a season-high for both points off turnovers and scoring margin for points off turnovers, its most points of turnovers since 26 against Idaho State on Dec. 21, 2010 and Thursday's +20 scoring differential was the largest since a +23 (24-1) vs. Troy on Dec. 23, 2010.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis played a season-high 29 minutes and tied a season-high with two steals.
With a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line Thursday, Medlin now has seven games this season making all of his free throws and 18 in his career.
Sophomore center Matt Lopez snared a career-high five rebounds.
Junior center Jarred Shaw tied a career-high with three blocked shots, and has at least one rejection in each of USU's 13 games this season and Thursday was his third game with multiple rejections.
The Vandals won at San Jose State, 64-55, Thursday night for Idaho's second win in a row, third in the last four and fifth in the last seven games, improving to 6-6 overall and Idaho is 2-0 in WAC play. In Thursday's win at SJSU, senior center Kyle Barone posted his third-straight double-double and fifth of the season with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Barone was one of three Vandals in double-digits, joined by junior guard/forward Stephen Madison with 15 points and senior guard Mike McChristian with 10 points. For the season, Barone leads Idaho and is fourth in the WAC in scoring with 16.3 ppg, as well as ranking third in the league by making 59.7 percent (71-of-119) of his field goals, adding 72.0 percent (54-of-75) at the free throw line. Barone also is third in the WAC in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is eighth in the league in blocked shots (1.3 bpg). Madison is second on the team and seventh in the conference in scoring (15.0 ppg), and is also sixth in the WAC in free throw percentage (.778). Sophomore guard Connor Hill adds 9.7 ppg, leading the team with 29 three-pointers, ranking fourth in the WAC in three-point percentage (.446). McChristian is 13th in the league in assists (2.92 apg).
As a team, Idaho is fifth in the WAC in scoring (68.8 ppg), ranking sixth in the league in scoring defense (66.5 ppg), for a +2.3 scoring margin, ranking sixth in the conference. The Vandals are second in the league in field goal percentage (.468) while ranking seventh in field goal percentage defense (.436). UI is fourth in both three-point field goal percentage (.352) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.311). The Vandals are third in free throw percentage (.708), as well as fifth in rebounding margin (+6.8). Idaho also is third in assists (16.0), third in assist/turnover ratio (1.13), seventh in blocked shots (3.3) and 10th in steals (4.1).
Idaho head coach Don Verlin is in his fifth season at the helm of the Vandals' program, after spending 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State. Verlin has compiled a 75-66 record at Idaho.
UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 50th time this weekend in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against the Vandals was during the 1945-46 season.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 50th time this weekend with the Aggies holding a 35-14 all-time advantage, which includes a 17-1 record at home. The first game played in the series was during the 1945-46 season with the Vandals recording a 55-33 win. Overall, USU has won 30 of the last 35 games played in the series including 10 straight at home. The two teams split its regular season series last year as Idaho won, 57-54, in Moscow on Jan. 21 and USU won in Logan, 67-50, on Feb. 24, and then the Aggies beat the Vandals, 76-56, in the second round of the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament on March 17, 2012. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 25-5 against Idaho at USU and 28-15 against the Vandals all-time.
MORRILL VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State is 54-9 (.857) versus teams from the state of Idaho under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 25-5 record against Idaho and an 11-0 record versus Idaho State.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 206-116 (.640) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane dished out a career-high 11 assists and sophomore shooting guard Preston Medlin scored 17 points in leading Utah State to a convincing 76-56 home win against Idaho on March 17, 2012 in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). With the win, Utah State advances to the quarterfinals of the CIT and will play on Wednesday, March 21 against Loyola Marymount. Overall, Utah State has now won five of its last six games and moves four games over .500 for the first time this year with its 19-15 record. Idaho ends its season with a 19-14 ledger. Junior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for the second time in as many games for Utah State as he finished the night with 15 points and a team-high tying five rebounds. Medlin also had five boards to go along with four assists. Junior center Kyle Barone had nine points and seven rebounds to lead Idaho as no player scored in double-figures for the visitors. Utah State never trailed in the game as it scored the first four points on layups by Reed and Pane and later took its first double-digit advantage of the night at 13-3 on a layup from freshman center Jordan Stone. USU's lead swelled to 16 at 19-3 following a layup from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel and the home team led by as many as 24 in the first-half before taking a commanding 39-16 cushion into intermission. Utah State stayed on the offensive as it scored the first seven points of the second-half to take its largest lead at any point this season at 46-16 with 18:17 to play. The Vandals answered with a mini 7-0 run but never got closer than 18 points the rest of the game as USU coasted to the 20-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 49.2 percent (29-59), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14). After shooting just 27.3 percent in the first half (6-22) as it missed its first seven shots, Idaho made 51.9 percent of its field goals (14-27) in the second-half and finished the game shooting 40.8 percent (20-49). The Vandals were also 4-of-14 (.286) from behind the arc and 12-of-18 (.667) at the free throw line. Idaho did out-rebound Utah State by three (33-30), marking just the third time in its last 13 games that USU has been beaten on the glass. The Aggies did dish out 21 assists, its second-most in a game this year.
LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING VERSUS IDAHO
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 32 points, including an amazing 27 during the second-half alone, in singlehandedly leading Utah State to a come-from-behind 67-50 home win against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. In all, Utah State finished the game on a 53-21 run during the final 23 minutes as it out-scored Idaho 45-21 in the second-half and wrapped up the first half with an 8-0 run after trailing 29-14. Medlin, who finished the night shooting 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-for-5 at the free throw line, singlehandedly out-scored Idaho in the second-half as the Vandals had just 21 points after scoring 29 in the first-half. During the final 20 minutes, Medlin was 9-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from behind the arc, and 4-for-5 at the line. Those 32 points for Medlin are the most scored by an Aggie since Gary Wilkinson had 33 points in an 83-77 overtime win at Fresno State on Jan. 31, 2009. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 12 points and seven assists, while Medlin added eight rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Morgan Grim also had eight rebounds for Utah State to go along with six points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Deremy Geiger, who spent his freshman season at Utah State, was the only Idaho player to score in double-figures with 13 points. Utah State shot a blistering 75.0 percent from the field (15-20) and 71.4 percent from three-point range (5-7) in the second-half, while converting 10-of-13 (.769) free throws after intermission. Overall, USU shot 46.2 percent for the game (24-52), including 47.4 percent from three (9-19) and 76.9 percent at the line (10-13). After making 10 of its first 19 shots, Idaho finished the game shooting just 36.0 percent from the field (18-50) and made just eight of its final 31 attempts. UI was also 6-of-15 (.400) from behind the arc and 8-of-15 (.533) at the free throw line. USU also had a 36-30 advantage on the boards. Idaho scored the first five points of the game and took a quick 10-2 lead before Utah State got five quick points from Medlin to get within three at 10-7. The Vandals then out-scored the Aggies 19-7 over the next six-plus minutes to take a commanding 29-14 lead with 4:19 to go in the half. USU then closed the half on an 8-0 run in the final three minutes as Pane hit back-to-back three-pointers and freshman forward Ben Clifford added a layup to get the home team within 29-22 at the break. Utah State began the second-half on a 6-0 run and then took its first lead of the night with 16:32 to play on a three-pointer from Medlin to make the score 34-32. USU extended its advantage to eight at 42-34 with 12:31 remaining following a pair of free throws from Pane. Utah State continued to pull away from Idaho as it later led by 16 at 57-41 following 11 straight points from Medlin. The Aggies largest lead of the night came with 2:32 to play following a free throw from Berger to make the score 64-46 and Medlin capped the night with a three-pointer with 1:05 left to make the final score 67-50.
MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.
Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.
LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team.
350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 357-120 (.748) at USU.
AGGIES SLIPPED BELOW DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE FOR FIRST TIME, RANKED 14TH IN NCAA
As of the Jan. 4 NCAA stats, Utah State leads not only the WAC, but is 14th in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies also have a single-digit rebounding margin after having a double-digit rebounding margin up until now. USU is now 14th in the NCAA with a +9.2 rebounding margin. Missouri leads the nation with a +14.2 margin.
USU NINTH IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 23RD IN ASSISTS PER GAME, 24th IN ASSIST-TO MARGIN
The Aggies also lead the WAC and are ninth in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.504). USU also is tops in the league and 23rd in the nation for assists per game (16.8). Utah State also is 24th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.32).
SHAW IN TOP 50 IN NCAA FOR FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 40th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.540). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 62.5 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 13th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 10-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 10-0 when shooting better from the field; 2-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 8-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 4-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 9-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 9-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-0 when getting out-rebounded; 10-1 when having more assists; 8-1 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 10-0 this year and has won 76 of its last 78 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 283-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year.
UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 89-26 (.774) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 52-4 (.929) record at home. The Aggies are 7-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 141-52 (.731) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is playing on Jan. 5 for the second-straight year, facing Fresno State in the Aggies' WAC opener last season, and Utah State is 10-4 (.714) all-time in known games played on Jan. 5.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 9-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 85 of its last 90 games (.944) when reaching 70 points and is 227-30 (.883) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-0 this season and has won 117 of its last 122 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 182-15 (.924) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has seven games with three or more assists, including dishing out season-high seven twice, first in Nicholls State game and then in Seattle game, adding six at Texas State in between... Averaging 9.3 ppg on 84 total points in last nine games after posting 11 points in his previous five games... Leads WAC in league only games for assists (5.67), ranking tied for 10th overall (3.00), also leads WAC overall in assist-turnover ratio (2.17) and fifth in WAC only games (2.83).
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Recorded second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Registered third and fourth double-doubles of year in back-to-back games with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Utah Valley and career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State... Was one rebound shy of fifth double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds at UTSA, then added 17 points at Texas State... Has scored in double-figures in nine games and had double-digit rebounds in four games, posting his double-doubles all four times... Led USU in rebounding in seven of 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and then matched it Seattle game and has at least rejection in each of USU's 12 games... Ranks fifth in the WAC and 49th in NCAA in field goal percentage (.540)... Also ranks fifth in the WAC in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and 13th in scoring (12.8 ppg), along with seventh in blocked shots (1.38), as well as 14th in free throw percentage (.727).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 50th consecutive start and played in 72nd career game in UTSA contest... Led USU in scoring for the sixth time this season and 28th time in last two seasons with season-high 24 points in win at UTSA and 21 at Texas State... Scored in double-figures 10 times this season and 41 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 16 of his last 18 games played... Has 44 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high five at Texas State, as well as four against UC Davis, and three in back-to-back games against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 7 with 136 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.4 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 316 passing former teammate Jared Quayle (2010-11)... Ranks sixth in the WAC overall in scoring (15.3 ppg) but leads the league in WAC only games (21.0), as well as second overall in free throw percentage (.827), also ranking sixth in three-point percentage with a Montana area code .406, along with sixth in both assists (3.38) and assist-turnover ratio (1.63)... Also tied for first in WAC in minutes played (35.38).
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Missed Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Netted a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 86 points in the seven games at starter, averaging 12.3 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg... Ranks second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-40), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making a team-best 47.5 percent behind the arc... The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last eight games, and have five multi three-pointer games, including season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State... He posted seven points and three assists against Seattle. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists Monday at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season... Ranks third in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.475), ranking tied for sixth for WAC only games (.455), as well as sixth in field goal percentage both overall (.507) and WAC only (.619)... Also fourth in assists in WAC only games (4.33) and seventh in WAC only assist-TO ratio (2.17).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 49th career game and has made 40 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 25 times in his career including three of last six games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State and then posted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Seattle game... Recorded a blocked shot in 34 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections against Nicholls State, adding two each against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Has at least one blocked shot in 11 games this season and 15 of his last 18 career games played, including seven games with multiple blocks... Posted 29 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding five times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 9 with 62, and needs to play in one more game to qualify for the career blocked shots per game and would be No. 3 with 1.3 bpg... Also tied for No. 3 on USU's career field goal percentage (.617)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... Leads the league in WAC only games field goal percentage (.714) and second in the WAC in overall field goal percentage (.625) and would rank 13th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Also leads conference in WAC only games in steals (2.67) and fourth overall (1.92)... Ranks sixth overall in blocks (1.62) and tied for 10th in WAC only games (1.00), as well as eighth overall in rebounds (6.9) and sixth for WAC only games (7.3).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Posted season-high 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Added five points in Seattle game and four against Southern Illinois... Snared season-high five rebounds at Utah Valley and added four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 20 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.
#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with then-season-high four against Southern Illinois and matched that with four at Texas State, before bettering season-best with five against Seattle.
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes and tying a season-high for the third-straight game and fourth time this season with eight points, hitting two three-pointers for the third game in a row and four total times this season... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds in three games, most recently at Texas State, and added four in Southern Illinois contest... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game... Made first free throw of USU career in UTSA game... Tallied five points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal against Seattle.
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Netted a season-best 11 points in coming off bench in UC Davis game, tying a season-high four rebounds and also dished out four assists, for his sixth game with four or more assists... Has dished out two or more assists in eight games, including career-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 43 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 212 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range (136-322) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 316, tying another former teammate, Jared Quayle (2009-10).
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 369 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 283 3. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 237 4. Jay Goodman 1991-93 209 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 194 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 183 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 136 8. Brian Green 2010-11 129 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 10. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 322 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268
Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .422 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has a 61.1 career field goal percentage (195-of-316), vaulting to tie for the No. 3 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Nate Harris 2003-06 .641 2. Greg Houskeeper 1988-89 .622 3. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 .617 Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. .617 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 .597 6. Gary Wilkinson 2008-09 .582 7. Cass Matheus 2005-06 .580 8. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 .579 9. Dean Hunger 1977-80 .577 10. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 .570REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 62 rejections, moving up to tie for the No. 10 spot. Reed is also closing in on qualifying for the blocks per game average, needing 50 career games, and he currently has his 62 blocks in 49 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, that would rank him third on USU's career blocks per game list.
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Total Blocks (50-plus) Name Years Blk 1. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 155 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 148 3. Tai Wesley 2008-11 144 4. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 117 5. Nate Harris 2003-06 90 6. Brady Jardine 2009-12 70 7. Greg Grant 1983-86 63 Cass Matheus 2005-06 63 9. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 62 Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 62 11. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 56 12. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 55 13. Donnie Johnson 1998-99 53 14. Eric Franson 1991, 94-96 52
Blocks PER GAME ( Min 50 Games) Name Years Avg. 1. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 1.8 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 1.6 3. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 1.3 4. Tai Wesley 2008-11 1.0 5. Cass Matheus 2005-06 0.9 6. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 0.8 Rod Hay 1992-93 0.8 Randy Funk 1990-91 0.8 -- Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 1.3 62 blocks/ 49 car. gm
Utah State is 342-107 (.762) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156). Medlin was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
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Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
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