USU Men's Basketball's Enters Saturday's Game at Nevada Ranked In Top 10 Of Three NCAA Statistics
Jan. 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's basketball enters its Mountain West Conference match-up against Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 11 ranked in the top 10 of three NCAA statistical categories, as the NCAA stats were released Friday afternoon.
USU is fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.430), fifth in assists per game (18.4) and sixth in rebounding margin (+11.3). The Aggies are also in the top 25 of three other categories, ranking 13th in field goal percentage (.495), 16th in assist-turnover ratio (1.56) and 19th in total assists (257). Additionally, USU is 37th in free throw percentage (.743), 42nd in scoring margin (11.4) and 46th in won-lost percentage (.786).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is fifth in the country in assist-turnover ratio (3.87), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 27th in assist-turnover ratio (2.94). Medlin also is 14th in three-point field goal percentage (.473) and 74th in three-point field goals per game (2.5). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 46th in the nation in double-doubles with five, and 58th in rebounding (8.8).
Utah State (11-3, 1-1 MW), which is in its first season in the Mountain West, will face a former Western Athletic Conference foe for the second game in a row, as the Aggies will tangle with Nevada (8-8, 3-0 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 11. The match-up between the Aggies and Wolf Pack tips off at 6:05 p.m. (MT) at Nevada's Lawlor Events Center (11,536).
Saturday's match-up between USU and Nevada will not be televised, but will be video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State and Nevada will be playing for the 47th time this week in what is the 18th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against Nevada was during the 1935-36 season. The Aggies own a 31-15 advantage, which includes a 13-11 road record. Overall, USU has won nine of the last 13 games played in the series, including three of the last four in Reno, as the last meeting there, on Feb. 2, 2012, snapped USU's three-game win streak there.
The Wolf Pack have won the last two meetings, sweeping the season series in 2011, winning at Logan on Jan. 7, 2012, 78-71, snapping Utah State's school-record 33-game WAC home winning streak, and at Reno on Feb. 2, 2012, 53-52. The last time Utah State won a game in the series was on Feb. 2, 2011, winning 67-45. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 21-14 all-time against Nevada, which includes a 14-8 record at Utah State.
USU leads the Mountain West Conference overall statistics in rebound margin (+11.3), field goal percentage (.495), three-point field goal percentage (.430), assists (18.4) and assist-turnover ratio (1.6). The Aggies are also third in scoring margin (+11.4) and free throw percentage (.743), while ranking fourth in scoring (76.6), scoring defense (65.3) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.304). USU is also fifth in blocks (4.6), tied for fifth in rebounds (38.0), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.418) and 11th in steals (3.6).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (3.9), while ranking third in assists (4.1), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.473), fifth in three-point field goals made (2.5), seventh in free throw percentage (.808) and 16th in scoring (14.2). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is eighth in three-point field goals made (2.3), 14th in rebounds (6.4) and 17th in scoring (14.1). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.7) and eighth in rebounds (8.8). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.9) and ninth in assists (3.4).
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in scoring (79.0), scoring margin (+9.0), field goal percentage (.505), three-point field goal percentage (.488), assists (21.5) and assist-turnover ratio (2.0). USU is also second in rebound margin (+8.0), third in free throw percentage (.743), fourth in scoring defense (70.0) and tied for fourth in steals (5.5). Additionally, USU is sixth in rebounds (34.0), 10th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.412) and 11th in field goal percentage defense (.462).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is first in the league in assists (6.0), tied for first in assist-turnover ratio (6.0), second in field goal percentage (.611), tied for third in three-point field goal percentage (.500), tied for seventh in free throw percentage (.875), tied for eighth in three-point field goals made (2.5) and 13th in scoring (17.0). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is tied for first in assist-turnover ratio (6.0), tied for eighth in three-point field goals made (2.5), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.417) and 18th in scoring (15.0).
Senior guard TeNale Roland is first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.700), along with third in three-pointers made (3.5), and part of a four-way tie for first in assist-turnover ratio (6.0). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is third in the conference in rebounds (11.5) and tied for fourth in blocks (2.5), while fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is fifth in assists (4.0) and tied for fourth in steals (2.0).
Senior guard Deonte Burton leads Nevada and the MW in scoring at 22.3 ppg, ranking fifth in the league in field goal percentage at 47.2 percent (117-of-248), also shooting 33.0 percent (29-of-88) from three-point range and 75.6 percent (93-of-123) at the free throw line. He also leads the league in minutes played (38.7), along with ranking fourth in the conference in assists at 3.7 apg, ninth in assist-turnover ratio (1.7) and tied for fifth in steals (1.6 spg), adding 3.9 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr., is second on the team and 20th in the MW in scoring at 13.3 ppg, shooting 46.5 percent (67-of-144) from the floor, netting 33.9 percent (19-of-56) behind the arc and 78.0 percent (46-of-59) at the charity stripe. Evans, Jr., is also 15th in the conference in rebounding at 6.3 rpg. Junior guard Michael Perez and sophomore forward Cole Huff are the other half of the four Nevada players in double-digits, with Perez tallying 12.3 ppg and Huff at 10.1 ppg. Huff is also 20th in the league in rebounding at 5.3 rpg. Junior forward AJ West has played in the last five games and starting the last four games after being cleared to play by the NCAA, and is averaging 9.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. West registered a double-double against Wyoming with 12 points and 12 rebounds, just missing two more double-doubles with 15 points and nine rebounds at San José State and adding 11 points and nine boards Wednesday night at UNLV.
Nevada is seventh in the MW overall in scoring offense (74.8) and 11th in scoring defense (76.2), ranking 10th in scoring margin (-1.5). The Wolf Pack is also sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.451), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.345) and second in free throw percentage (.743), along with ninth in rebounding (34.6), eighth in rebound margin (+1.8), sixth in assists (3.8), eighth in steals (5.1), fifth in turnover margin (-0.5), 11th in assists (10.7) and 11th in assist-turnover ratio (0.9).
In MW only stats, the Wolf Pack lead the league in scoring defense (59.7), while ranking ninth in scoring offense (65.7), to ranking third in scoring margin (+6.0). Nevada also is fifth in field goal percentage (.444), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.283) and ninth in free throw percentage (.723). Defensively, Nevada is first in field goal percentage defense (.366) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.269). The Wolf Pack also are fourth in rebounding (36.7), sixth in rebounding margin (+2.7), tied for first in blocked shots (6.0), ninth in assists (10.0), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.2), tied for sixth in turnover margin (+0.0) and 11th in steals (3.0).
Utah State returns home to host Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in a notable match-up. Morrill was head coach at CSU for seven seasons prior to coming to USU, while Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was USU head coach from 1994-98. It will be Morrill's second match-up against his former team, while it will be Eustachy's first time facing the Aggies for the first time from the opposition's bench. The Aggies-Rams match-up will not be televised, but digitally streamed through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
All USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. Single-game tickets cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium game against UNLV (Feb. 15).
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