Utah State Men's Basketball Hits Road To Battle Boise State Saturday
Jan. 17, 2014
Utah State and Boise State will be meeting for the 37th time this weekend, in what is the 20th longest rivalry in USU's history. The Aggies own a 28-8 all-time record against the Broncos, which includes a 17-0 record at home, an 8-7 record on the road and a 3-1 record on neutral courts. USU has won six straight games in the series including three times in the 2010-11 season, with a 68-59 win in Boise and a 77-49 win in Logan, followed by a 77-69 win in the WAC Tournament Championship game on March 12, 2011, which is the last meeting between USU and BSU. The last time Boise State won a game in the series was on Feb. 14, 2009 in Boise, 66-56, to snap Utah State's school-record tying 19-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won 22 of the last 27 games played in the series.
Utah State improved to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West action with a hard-fought, 57-50 win over Colorado State Wednesday night. A double-double from senior center Jarred Shaw as part of three players in double-digit points propelled USU to the victory. Shaw posted his third double-double of the season and 12th of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds, adding a season-high three blocked shots. He was one of three players in double-digit points, joined by 17 from fellow seniors, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 17 points and guard Preston Medlin with 12 points. Butterfield hit a career-high five three-pointers, adding five rebounds, one blocked shot, one steal and one assist. Medlin hit three treys of his own and also tied a career-high with eight assists, adding two rebounds and one steal.
USU leads the Mountain West Conference overall statistics in rebound margin (+10.3), three-point field goal percentage (.420), assists (17.9) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). The Aggies are also second in free throw percentage (.741), as well as third in scoring defense (64.1), scoring margin (+9.9), field goal percentage (.475) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.300). Additionally, USU is fourth blocks (4.6), along with fifth in field goal percentage defense (.415) and rebounds (38.2), while ranking sixth in scoring (74.1) and 11th in steals (3.8).
Individually, Medlin is first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (3.5), while ranking second in assists (4.2), tied for sixth in three-point field goals made (2.4), 10th in free throw percentage (.804) and 18th in scoring (13.6). Butterfield is 17th in scoring (13.9), 15th in rebounding (6.4) and tied with Medlin for sixth in three-point field goals made (2.4). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.7) and eighth in rebounds (8.6). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.1) and tied for eighth in assists (3.3).
The Broncos are now 12-5 overall and 2-2 in MW play after a 74-65 win at Nevada on Tuesday, dealing the Wolf Pack their first league loss of the season. Junior guard Derrick Marks led four BSU players in double-digit scoring with a game-high 21 points, while junior forward Anthony Drmic added 17 points, senior forward Ryan Watkins logged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman forward Nick Duncan came off the bench to score 10 points.
Drmic leads BSU and ranks third in the MW in scoring at 19.2 points per game, also ranking sixth in the conference in field goal percentage (.466, 102-of-219), as well as fourth in the league in steals (1.6) and eighth in minutes played (33.6). Marks is 11th in the conference in scoring (15.5), also ranking second in the league in steals (1.8), eighth in free throw percentage (.813, 74-of-91) and ninth in field goal percentage (.448, 91-of-203). Watkins leads the Broncos and ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (9.4), along with ranking 10th in blocks (1.1) and adds 10.3 ppg. Senior guard Jeff Elorriaga is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.500, 44-of-88), and third in three-pointers per game (2.8), averaging 9.6 ppg. Sophomore guard Mikey Thompson is seventh in the conference in free throw percentage (.814, 48-of-59).
As a team, Boise State leads the MW in scoring offense (79.3) and is fifth in scoring defense (68.1), to rank third in scoring margin (+9.9). The Broncos also lead the conference in free throw percentage (.754), ranking fourth in field goal percentage (.465) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.384). Defensively, BSU is eighth in field goal percentage defense (.432) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.327). Boise State is also seventh in rebounding offense (35.5), fifth in rebounding margin (+5.3), 11th in blocked shots (2.2), ninth in assists (12.2), second in steals (7.1), third in turnover margin (+2.9) and fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.1).
The Aggies continue on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Las Vegas, Nev., playing at UNLV in a 9 p.m. (MT) tip-off in a nationally-televised game on CBS Sports Network. Utah State returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a two-game homestand, starting with San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 25 and New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 28, both at 9 p.m. (MT) tip-offs.
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USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets are now 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).
To order a package or for more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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