USU Men's Basketball Plays At UNLV Wednesday
Utah State (12-5, 2-3 MW) men's basketball plays the second of its two-game road stretch, playing at UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip-off from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 9:05 p.m. (MT). The clash between the Aggies and Runnin' Rebels will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan handling play-by-play duties, while Pete Gillen will provide analysis. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network.
 
Utah State (12-5, 2-3 MW) men's basketball plays the second of its two-game road stretch, playing at UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip-off from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 9:05 p.m. (MT). The clash between the Aggies and Runnin' Rebels will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan handling play-by-play duties, while Pete Gillen will provide analysis. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network.
 
 

Jan. 20, 2014

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Utah State (12-5, 2-3 MW) at UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 • 9:05 p.m. (MT) • Las Vegas, Nev.
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Aggie Sports Radio Network • Al Lewis - Play-By-Play
CBS Sports Network • Dave Ryan - Play-By-Play/Pete Gillen - Analysis

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (12-5, 2-3 MW) men's basketball plays the second of its two-game road stretch, playing at UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip-off from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 9:05 p.m. (MT). The clash between the Aggies and Runnin' Rebels will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan handling play-by-play duties, while Pete Gillen will provide analysis. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,512-1,037 (.593) in their 2,549 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are 2-3 in their inaugural season in the conference.

• USU is 2-3 on the road this season, losing three in a row after winning its first two road games of the year, and Utah State has won 30 of its last 51 road games (.588) and is 108-89 (.548) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• UNLV head coach Dave Rice was an assistant under USU head coach Stew Morrill during the 2004-05 season, when the Aggies posted a 24-8 overall and 13-5 Big West record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Morrill is already 1-0 this season against his former assistants, beating Weber State who is coached by Randy Rahe.

• Las Vegas is the hometown of USU freshman guard Viko Noma'aea,graduating from Sierra Vista Mountain HS, as well as USU radio play-by-play announcer Al Lewis, who graduated from Valley HS.

• Utah State and UNLV will be meeting for the 21st time this week, and for the first time since March 2, 1996, with the Aggies trailing the series, 27-3, just one of two Mountain West foes that USU has a losing record against, posting a 2-11 record in Logan, 1-14 in Las Vegas and 0-2 on neutral courts. USU and UNLV first met on the court on Jan. 6, 1983. The Aggies have won three of the last five match-ups after the Runnin' Rebels had won the first 25 meetings. USU won the last meeting, on March 2, 1996, 82-69, which was in Logan, while UNLV won the last meeting in Las Vegas, 66-57, on Jan. 4, 1996. The Aggies' only win at UNLV was on Feb. 16, 1995, winning 76-72.

• Utah State is 35-40 (.467) overall against teams from the state of Nevada, posting a 32-15 record against Nevada, as well as 3-27 against UNLV. The Aggies are 29-36 (.446) overall on Nevada soil, registering a 13-6 neutral record in Reno, 13-11 at Nevada, 2-5 neutral court record in Las Vegas and 1-14 at UNLV, for a 3-19 mark overall in Las Vegas.

• Utah State is 94-33 (.740) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 56-6 (.903) record at home and a 37-26 (.587) road record. This is USU's third game on a Wednesday this season, logging a 1-1 ledger on Wednesday, losing at Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 1 before bouncing back to beat Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 57-50. USU is 34-12 (.739) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. USU is playing on Jan. 22 for the first time since 2011, when USU won the all-Aggie clash with New Mexico State, 59-59. Utah State is a walkie-talkie friendly 10-4 (.714) all-time in known games played on Jan. 2.

• The Aggies are 3-1 this season and 77-29 (.724) during the last 14 years following a loss.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and now with 1,203 career points, Medlin has climbed up to No. 24, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, as well as the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters Wednesday's game needing 12 points for the No. 23 spot held by Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (12-5, 2-3 MW) men's basketball plays the second of its two-game road stretch, playing at UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip-off from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 9:05 p.m. (MT). The clash between the Aggies and Rebels will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan handling play-by-play duties, while Pete Gillan will provide analysis. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network. Live stats will also be available through the "GameTracker" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a two-game homestand, starting with No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 25 and New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 28, both at 9 p.m. (MT) tip-offs and both nationally televised on ESPNU. The 7th-ranked Aztecs will be the first ranked opponent to visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since 10th-ranked Nevada on March 1, 2007, that USU upset, 79-77 in OT. SDSU will also be the Aggies' highest ranked opponent since facing No. 6 Kansas on March 20, 2003 in the NCAA Tournament, falling 64-61, and will be the highest ranked opponent to visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since No. 4 Utah on Nov. 26, 1996, won by Utah, 61-40.

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, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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.

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.

ON TV
Wednesday's clash between the Aggies and Rebels will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221), with Dave Ryan handling play-by-play duties, while Pete Gillan will provide analysis.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
There will be no Internet streaming available for Wednesday's game.

LIVE STATS
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.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

VOTE FOR UTAH STATE FOR NCAA'S 6TH FAN CONTEST
The NCAA has launched the NCAA 6th Fan contest, an exciting nationwide online competition that will determine which Division I school has the most school pride and supportive fans. Utah State fans can learn all the details at www.ncaa.com/6thfan, including how to win great fan prizes and how to help Utah State be awarded over $100,000 in general scholarship contributions.

Utah State fans can vote at www.ncaa.com/6thfan by casting votes directly, or votes can be submitted through ncaa.com to Facebook and Twitter. Fans also can vote directly on Twitter by Tweeting or Retweeting the #6thFan hashtag and Utah State's hashtag: #UTST.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies slid to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in Mountain West play after rallying from down by as much as 12 points late in the first half, Utah State fought back and took the lead late in the game, but couldn't hold on as Boise State overtook the Aggies, 78-74, Saturday night at BSU's Taco Bell Arena. The Aggies were down 12 points late in the first half, but bounced back and clawed away at the deficit, taking a 74-70 lead with 1:23 to play after senior guard Preston Medlin hit his third three-pointer in as many attempts in the final three minutes. However, BSU's Derrick Marks capped his stretch of 11-straight points with a free throw then back-to-back buckets, the latter with 24 seconds left on a layup that went around and around the rim before rolling through, that came after blocking a shot at the Aggies' hoop, giving the Broncos a 75-74 lead. USU had a chance for the go-ahead basket with four seconds left, but senior center Jarred Shaw's jumper from the middle of the key rolled off the rim and BSU secured the win with three free throws in the waning seconds. The loss offset Shaw tying a season-high 24 points, including a stretch of 12 of USU's points in a row overlapping the end of the first half and the start of the second half. Medlin netted 14 of his 16 points in the second half, hitting four three-pointers. Fellow guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 10 points, and sophomore Kyle Davis logged nine points to go with his team-high eight rebounds.

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 16.3 points per game, while Medlin notches 13.7 ppg and Butterfield nets 13.6 ppg. Shaw also averages 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Shaw is shooting 51.0 percent (78-of-153) from the field, as well as a team-best 84.8 percent (39-of-46) from the free throw line. Shaw was suspended for a violation of team rules and missed five games from 12/14/13 - 1/1/14, but was reinstated on Jan. 3 and returned to action against San José State on Jan. 4. Butterfield and Medlin are each shooting over 47 percent from three-point range shooting better from outside the arc than inside it, and both shooting over 77 percent at the free throw line. Medlin is netting 47.7 percent (42-of-88) behind the arc, as part of 46.2 percent (73-of-158) overall field goal shooting, adding 77.6 percent (45-of-58) at the charity stripe. Medlin is also averaging 4.2 assists and has a 3.38 assist-turnover ratio. Butterfield is shooting 47.1 percent (40-of-85) from distance and 46.5 percent (79-of-170) field goal shooting, along with 82.9 percent (34-of-41) at the free pitch stripe. Additionally, Butterfield averages 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis adds 9.6 ppg, and leads the team with 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Kyle Davis is shooting 61.3 percent (57-of-93) from the field, along with 40-of-67 (59.7 percent) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 74.1 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 47.8 percent (439-of-919), including 42.4 percent (129-of-304) from beyond the arc, as well as 73.9 percent (252-of-341) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 64.9 ppg, while holding them to 41.6 percent (384-of-922) field goal shooting, including just 30.5 percent (97-of-318) from three-point range, as well as 71.6 percent (239-of-334) at the charity stripe. USU has a +9.0 rebounding margin (37.3-28.3), while averaging 17.9 assists, 4.4 blocks and 3.6 steals per game, as well as committing 11.5 turnovers per contest.

DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME WINS
Utah State's 57-50 win over Colorado State on Jan. 15 was the Aggies' 10th home win this season, improving to 10-1 at home this year. It is USU's 21st-straight season that they have won double-digit home games, as well as the 43rd time since the 1957-58 season.

SHARING THE SCORING LEAD
USU has had six different players lead or share the team lead in scoring in a game, after senior guard TeNale Roland led the Aggies in the scoring category for the first time this season with his career-high 20 points in the win over San José State on Jan. 4. Senior center Jarred Shaw has led the team or shared the team lead in scoring in each of the last three games, and now tops the team with seven games leading the team in scoring. Senior guard Preston Medlin has led the team in scoring six times, followed by three times by senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield. Junior forward Danny Berger and sophomore forward Kyle Davis are joined by Roland in leading the team in scoring once each.

TOP REBOUNDER HONORS
The Aggies have had five different players lead or share the honor of top rebounder, with sophomore forward Kyle Davis have top honors in 10 games, while senior center Jarred Shaw has led the team in rebounding in six games. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, has led in two games, while junior forward Danny Berger and freshman forward Jalen Moore have led in one game apiece.

DISHING THEM OUT
USU has had seven different players lead the team as the top assist man, with senior guard Preston Medlin leading the way with seven games, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is close behind with six. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led the team in three games, while junior forward Danny Berger, sophomore forward Kyle Davis, freshman forward Jalen Moore and senior guard TeNale Roland with one game each.

AGGIES LEADING MW OVERALL STATISTICS IN FOUR CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West Conference overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.424), rebound margin (+9.0), assists (17.9) and assist-turnover ratio (1.6). The Aggies are also second in free throw percentage (.739) and field goal percentage (.478), as well as third in scoring defense (64.9), scoring margin (+9.1) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.305). Additionally, USU is fifth in scoring (74.1), field goal percentage defense (.416), rebounds (37.3) and blocks (4.4), while ranking 11th in steals (3.6).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the conference in both assists (4.2) and assist-turnover ratio (3.38), while ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (2.5) and 18th in scoring (13.7). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 19th in scoring (13.6), 16th in rebounding (6.1) and tied for sixth in three-point field goals made (2.4). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.6) and eighth in rebounds (8.6). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (3.41), as well as seventh in assists (3.4).

USU FIRST IN TWO DIFFERENT MW ONLY STATISTICS CATEGORIES
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in three-point field goal percentage (.438) and assists (18.2), while ranking second in assist-turnover ratio (1.7), along with third in field goal percentage (.443). USU is also fourth in both scoring defense (66.0) and rebound margin (+2.2), while ranking fifth in scoring (68.6) and scoring margin (+2.6). Additionally, the Aggies are sixth in free throw percentage (.726) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.353), along with seventh in both field goal percentage defense (.430) and blocks (3.8), while ranking eighth in steals (4.6).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in assists (5.0), fifth in assist-turnover ratio (3.1), sixth in three-point field goals made (2.5) and 19th in scoring (13.6). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.419) and fifth in three-point field goals made (2.6).

Senior guard TeNale Roland leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (8.5), along with tied for seventh in three-pointers made (2.2). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is sixth in blocks (1.8) and tied for sixth in rebounds (9.0), while fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is second in assist-turnover ratio (4.8), sixth in assists (3.8) and eighth in steals (1.5).

UTAH STATE AMONG TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST IN REBOUNDING PERCENTAGES
In addition to leading the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+9.0), USU is second in offensive rebounding percentage, gathering 201 offensive rebounds while their opposition has 330 defensive rebounds, for a 37.9 offensive rebounding percentage. The 330 opponents defensive rebounds are the fewest in the league. The Aggies are also second in defensive rebounding percentage, collecting 433 defensive rebounds, while their opponents have just 151 offensive rebounds, for a 74.1 defensive rebounding percentage. The 151 opponent offensive rebounds are second in the league.

THREE TOP 10 MARKS HIGHLIGHT USU'S NCAA STATS RANKINGS
Utah State has three top 10 marks in the recent NCAA statistical categories, released Jan. 20, including ranking second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 42.4 percent.

The Aggies trail Gonzaga, who is shooting 42.5 percent from distance. Additionally, USU is fifth in assists per game (17.9) and 10th in rebounding margin (+9.0). The Aggies also have two other top 25 marks, ranking 14th in assist-turnover ratio (1.56) and 17th in total assists (3050). Utah State is also 41st in free throw percentage (.739), 42nd in field goal percentage (.478), 51st in both three-point field goal percentage defense (.305) and scoring defense (64.9), 56th in scoring margin (+9.1) and 65th in won-lost percentage (.706).

Individually, sophomore guard Marcel Davis and senior guard Preston Medlin are sixth and seventh in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.41 and 3.38, respectively. Medlin is also 77th in three-point field goals per game (2.47), while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 94th in three-point field goals per game (2.35). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 61st in rebounds per game and 70th in double-doubles (5).

SCOUTING UNLV
The Runnin' Rebels are 11-7 overall and 2-3 in MW action after losing at #10 San Diego State, 63-52, Saturday afternoon. UNLV was led by 15 points by junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, while junior guard Deville Smith added 13 points and junior forward Roscoe Smith posted his 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. SDSU pulled away with a 19-2 run in the first half, and UNLV shot 30.0 percent (21-of-70) for the game, including 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from three-point range.

Smith leads not only the MW, but the NCAA in rebounding at 12.4 per game and is second in the country in double-doubles with 12. He adds 12.0 points per game on 54.0 percent (81-of-15) field goal shooting, adding 65.0 percent (52-of-80) at the free throw line. Dejean-Jones is 14th in the MW in scoring (15.0), along with ninth in assists (3.2). He is shooting 42.8 percent (89-of-208) from the field, as well as 24.5 percent (13-of-53) behind the arc and 66.7 percent (64-of-96) at the charity stripe. Junior forward Khem Birch leads the MW in blocked shots (3.6), as well as ranking fourth in the league in rebounds (9.6), adding 11.2 ppg on 50.4 percent (64-of-127) field goal shooting and 65.0 percent (52-of-80) at the free throw line. Senior guard Kevin Olekaibe is the fourth UNLV player in double-digits, netting 10.4 ppg, ranking fifth in the league in three-pointer per game (2.4), shooting 38.1 percent (43-of-113) from distance as part of 38.0 percent (62-of-163) field goal shooting.

In MW only stats, Dejean-Jones is third in scoring (21.0), while Smith in third in rebounding (10.4). Dejean-Jones is also 10th in field goal percentage (.430, 34-of-79). Birch in fourth in rebounding (10.0), as well as second in blocked shots (3.2) and fifth in free throw percentage (.895). Junior guard Deville Smith is fifth in steals (1.6).

As a team, UNLV is eighth in the MW in scoring offense (73.4) and fourth in scoring defense (65.6), to rank fourth in scoring margin (+7.9). The Runnin' Rebels are also ninth field goal percentage (.441), 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.319) and 10th in free throw percentage (.650). Defensively, UNLV is third in field goal percentage defense (.395) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.264), leading the league in blocked shots (6.7), as well as defensive rebounds (28.6), while ranking sixth in steals (5.3). The Runnin' Rebels also rank sixth in rebound margin (+4.1), fourth in assists (13.6), along with seventh in both turnover margin (-1.1) and assist-turnover ratio (1.1).

In MW only stats, the Runnin' Rebels rank sixth in scoring offense (68.4) and seventh in scoring defense (69.4), to rank ninth in scoring margin (-1.0). UNLV also is fifth in free throw percentage (.742), 10th in field goal percentage (.395) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.229). Defensively, UNLV is fourth in field goal percentage defense (.410), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.299), tied for second in blocked shots (5.2) and third in steals (5.6). UNLV is also seventh in rebounding margin (-0.2), ninth in assists (10.0), sixth in turnover margin (+0.0) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.1).

FAMILIAR FACES IN DIFFERENT UNIFORMS
While USU hasn't faced UNLV in some time, the Aggies have faced a couple of the Runnin' Rebel players, as the Aggies played UNLV senior guard Kevin Olekaibe when he was at Fresno State from 2010-11 - 2012-13 before transferring to UNLV. Olekaibe averaged 13.5 ppg in four games against USU, including 26 points on Feb. 4, 2012 in Fresno State's 60-54 win over Utah State. USU has also faced UNLV junior guard Deville Smith, who played at Mississippi State as a freshman in 2011-12, before transferring to SW Mississippi CC in 2012-13, then to UNLV. Utah State played at Mississippi State on Dec. 31, 2011, and Smith scored seven points and had four assists and one turnover against the Aggies.

HOME OF NOMA'AEA
USU freshman guard Viko Noma'aea is a Las Vegas, Nev., native, graduating from Sierra Vista Mountain HS. Noma'aea joined the Aggies after serving his LDS Church Mission in Paris, France. He was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain HS and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista.

USU radio play-by-play announcer Al Lewis, is also a graduate of the Las Vegas school system, graduating from Valley HS, the same high school that produced Aggie football great Kerwynn Williams, who is currently on the San Diego Chargers, as well as Kerwynn's little brother, Kennedy, currently a sophomore running back on the Aggie football team.

DAVISES VS. SMITHS
While it's the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, Wednesday's game pits the Davises vs. the Smiths. Utah State has two unrelated players with the last name of Davis in the sophomore duo of guard Marcel Davis (American Fork, Utah) and forward Kyle Davis (Draper, Utah). Meanwhile, UNLV has three unrelated players with the last name of Smith in junior guard Deville Smith (Jackson, Miss.), freshman guard Kendall Smith (Antioch, Calif.) and junior forward Roscoe Smith (Baltimore, Md.).

MORRILL FACING FORMER ASSISTANT IN UNLV'S Dave Rice
UNLV head coach Dave Rice was an assistant under USU head coach Stew Morrill during the 2004-05 season, when the Aggies posted a 24-8 overall and 13-5 Big West record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Morrill is already 1-0 this season against his former assistants, beating Weber State who is coached by Randy Rahe.

MORRILL VS UNLV
While Wednesday is the first meeting between USU under Stew Morrill, the Aggie head coach is 3-2 overall vs. UNLV, posting an 0-1 mark against the Runnin' Rebels while at Montana and a 3-1 mark while at Colorado State.

UTAH STATE-UNLV SERIES
Utah State and UNLV will be meeting for the 21st time this week, and for the first time since March 2, 1996, with the Aggies trailing the series, 27-3, just one of two Mountain West foes that USU has a losing record against, posting a 2-11 record in Logan, 1-14 in Las Vegas and 0-2 on neutral courts. USU and UNLV first met on the court on Jan. 6, 1983. The Aggies have won three of the last five match-ups after the Runnin' Rebels had won the first 25 meetings. USU won the last meeting, on March 2, 1996, 82-69, which was in Logan, while UNLV won the last meeting in Las Vegas, 66-57, on Jan. 4, 1996. The Aggies' only win at UNLV was on Feb. 16, 1995, winning 76-72.

AGGIES AGAINST SILVER STATE TEAMS
Utah State is 35-40 (.467) overall against teams from the state of Nevada, posting a 32-15 record against Nevada, as well as 3-27 against UNLV. The Aggies are 29-36 (.446) overall on Nevada soil, registering a 13-6 neutral record in Reno, 13-11 at Nevada, 2-5 neutral court record in Las Vegas and 1-14 at UNLV, for a 3-19 mark overall in Las Vegas.

LAST MEETING VERSUS UNLV - MARCH 2, 1996
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State sent UNLV out of the Big West with a loss. UNLV, which dominated the Big West Conference and was a perennial national power through most of the 1980s and early `90s, closed the book on its BWC tenure with its March 2, 1996 loss at Utah State, 82-69. The Runnin' Rebels are joining the Western Athletic Conference starting with the 1996-97 academic year. They still had an outside shot at qualifying for the Big West Tournament going into their final game, but the Aggie victory knocked them out of contention for one of the top six spots. UNLV won every Big West Conference regular-season championship outright from 1983-92 with the exception of 1990, when it tied New Mexico State for the title. The Runnin' Rebels won seven postseason tournament titles from 1983-91. UNLV posted an .808 all-time Big West winning percentage, which is the best in league history, as are its 27 BWC Tournament victories. Four Aggies posted double-figures, led by 22 by Jon Wickizer, while Eric Franson added 17 points. Duane Rogers logged 13 points off the bench, while Justin Jones tossed in 12. Silas Mills snared a game-high 10 rebounds, while Antwan Smith added eight, helping USU out-rebound UNLV, 42-25. The Runnin' Rebels were led by 22 points by Tony Lane, while Clayton Johnson and Jermaine Smith posted 15 points apiece, while Warren Rosegreen registered six boards. USU shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field, including 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from three-point range, as well as 78.8 percent (26-of-33) at the free throw line. UNLV was 43.3 percent (26-of-60) field goal shooting, including 28.0 percent (7-of-25) behind the arc and 52.6 percent (10-of-19) at the charity stripe.

LAST MEETING VS. UNLV AT LAS VEGAS - JAN. 4, 1996
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UNLV scored the game's final nine points as the Runnin' Rebels snapped the Aggies' three-game winning streak with a 66-57 win in Las Vegas on Jan. 4, 19996. Clayton Johnson, who was 4-of-20 in the game, hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining to give UNLV the lead for good,. Jermaine Smith and Tony Lane each scored 17 for the Runnin' Rebels, while Johnson added 12. Eric Franson led all scorers with 20 points for USU, and Silas Mills posted 17. USU was out-rebounded, 40-29, the largest rebound margin by a USU opponent in the Larry Eustachy era. Excluding Franson and Mills who were 15-of-22 from the floor, the Aggies made just 7-of-23 (30.4 percent). They converted just four of 17 three-point tries (23.5 percent) and went 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) at the free throw line.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a combined 253-178 (.587) record against current Mountain West Conference teams. The Aggies have a winning record against eight of the 10 other teams, ironically the first eight of the alphabetical list, while trailing to the bottom two teams on the list, UNLV and Wyoming. USU has posted a 10-3 (.769) mark against Air Force, 28-9 (.757) record against Boise State, a palindromic 53-35 (.602) ledger versus Colorado State, 31-20 (.608) record versus Fresno State, 31-16 (.660) record against Nevada, 19-4 (.826) mark versus New Mexico, 3-0 (1.000) against San Diego State, 52-21 (.712) versus San José State, 3-27 (.100) ledger against UNLV and 23-43 (.348) against Wyoming.

USU IN JANUARY
Utah State is 94-33 (.740) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 56-6 (.903) record at home and a 37-26 (.587) road record. This is USU's third game on a Wednesday this season, logging a 1-1 ledger on Wednesday, losing at Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 1 before bouncing back to beat Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 57-50. USU is 34-12 (.739) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. USU is playing on Jan. 22 for the first time since 2011, when USU won the all-Aggie clash with New Mexico State, 59-59. Utah State is a walkie-talkie friendly 10-4 (.714) all-time in known games played on Jan. 2.

A LOOK BACK AT THE BOISE STATE GAME
LOGAN, Utah - Down by as much as 12 points late in the first half, Utah State men's basketball fought back and took the lead late in the game, but couldn't hold on as Boise State overtook the Aggies, 78-74, Saturday night at BSU's Taco Bell Arena. USU fell to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in MW action, losing its third-straight road league game. BSU improved to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in conference action. Saturday's loss snaps USU's six-game win streak in the series, and the Aggies still hold a 28-9 all-time record against the Broncos, and is BSU's first win in series since Feb. 14, 2009. USU is now 17-0 at home, 8-8 on the road and 3-1 on neutral courts. Overall, the Aggies have won 22 of the last 28 games in the series. USU head coach Stew Morrill is now 18-5 against Boise State while at USU and 24-11 all-time against the Broncos. The Aggies were down 12 points late in the first half, but bounced back and clawed away at the deficit, taking a 74-70 lead with 1:23 to play after senior guard Preston Medlin hit his third three-pointer in as many attempts in the final three minutes. However, BSU's Derrick Marks capped his stretch of 11-straight points with a free throw then back-to-back buckets, the latter with 24 seconds left on a layup that went around and around the rim before rolling through, that came after blocking a shot at the Aggies' hoop, giving the Broncos a 75-74 lead. USU had a chance for the go-ahead basket with four seconds left, but senior center Jarred Shaw's jumper from the middle of the key rolled off the rim and BSU secured the win with three free throws in the waning seconds. The loss offset Shaw tying a season-high 24 points, including a stretch of 12 of USU's points in a row overlapping the end of the first half and the start of the second half. Medlin netted 14 of his 16 points in the second half, hitting four three-pointers. Fellow guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 10 points, and sophomore Kyle Davis logged nine points to go with his team-high eight rebounds. BSU had four players in double-digits, led by Marks with 19, posting 16 in the second half, including his stretch of 11 points in a row. Nick Duncan tallied 17 points off the bench, hitting five three-pointers, while Ryan Watkins logged a double-double with 16 rebounds and 15 points, and Anthony Drmic added 10 points. BSU shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field, which is its eighth game making at least half of its field goals, but was the first loss when doing so, as the Aggies are now 7-1 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. The Aggies were also 50.0 percent (9-of-18) three-point shooting, which was the sixth game making at least half of their three-pointers and was the first loss doing so, as USU is now 5-1 when making at least 50 percent behind the arc. Utah State was also 75.0 percent (9-of-12) at the free throw line. BSU made 43.9 percent (25-of-57) of its field goals, including 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) behind the arc and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) at the charity stripe. The Broncos took an 18-10 lead after a Duncan three-pointer at the 11:55 mark of the first half. After USU closed to 22-19 on a Butterfield trey with 8:07 to go, BSU went on a 12-2 run to take a 34-22 lead with 3:38 left in the half on a trey by Thomas Bropleh. However, that would be the home team's last points of the half, as the Aggies closed out the half with 9-0 run, with eight points by Shaw during the streak, to close to 34-31 at intermission. The second half started just like the first ended with consecutive baskets by Shaw and USU had its first lead since 4-3 in the early going, at 35-34 just 1:31 into the second stanza. The Broncos countered with a 16-4 run, taking a 50-39 lead with 14:07 to go after another Duncan trey. USU was later down 61-53 with 7:14 left, but went on an 10-1 streak, starting by a pair of Butterfield free throws, then back-to-back three-pointers junior forward Ben Clifford and senior guard TeNale Roland and Shaw capped the streak with a jumper for a 63-62 lead with 5:01 left. The Aggie streak reached 18-5 after two Medlin treys and a Shaw layup put USU ahead, 71-66 with 2:54 to play, setting up the final drama for Boise State's win.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM BOISE STATE GAME
TEAM NOTES
• Utah State is now 2-3 in Mountain West play and 12-5 overall.
• USU is now 1-4 this season when trailing at halftime, falling to 48-88 when trailing at intermission under head coach Stew Morrill.
• USU is now 2-3 on the road this season, having lost its last three after starting 2-0 on road, and Utah State has won 30 of its last 51 road games and is 108-89 in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.
• Saturday's loss snaps USU's six-game win streak in the series, and the Aggies still hold a 28-9 all-time record against the Broncos, and is BSU's first win in series since Feb. 14, 2009. USU is now 17-0 at home, 8-8 on the road and 3-1 on neutral courts. Overall, the Aggies have won 22 of the last 28 games in the series. USU head coach Stew Morrill is now 18-5 against Boise State while at USU and 24-11 all-time against the Broncos.
• USU is now 114-37 against known teams from the state of Idaho, as well as 31-22 in known games played on Idaho soil. Utah State is 56-10 versus teams from the state of Idaho under head coach Stew Morrill.
• Utah State is 94-33 during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 56-6 record at home and a 37-26 road record. This was USU's 10th game on a Saturday, its most-played on day of the week so far this season, posting a 6-4 mark on Saturdays, as part of 152-59 in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU played on Jan. 18 for the first time since 2007, when the Aggies also played Boise State, winning, 80-79. Utah State is now 9-7 in known games played on Jan. 18.
• USU's 23 rebounds Saturday were a season-low and the Aggies are now 3-2 this season when get out-rebounded, having had fewer rebounds than the opponent in each of the last two games and are 1-1 in those two game, beating Colorado State, 57-50, on Jan. 14, despite getting out-rebounded, 37-31.
• BSU's 78 points scored is tied for the second-most allowed by USU, matching the 78-68 loss to Pacific on Dec. 7, and behind the 85 scored by BYU on Nov. 30.
• Utah State is now 9-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points, having now won 101 of last 110 games when netting 70 or more and is 243-34 under head coach Stew Morrill when reaching 70 points.
• USU's 51.9 percent (28-of-54) field goal shooting was its eighth game making at least half of its field goals, but was the first loss when doing so, as the Aggies are now 7-1 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
• Utah State's 50.0 percent (9-of-18) three-point shooting was its sixth game making at least half of its three-pointers and was its first loss doing so, as USU is now 5-1 when making at least 50 percent behind the arc.

PLAYER NOTES

• Senior center Jarred Shaw has now scored in double-digits in 10 games this season and 36th of his career, including his third 20-point game of season and 7th of career with his season-high tying 24 points Saturday.
• With his five rebounds Saturday, Shaw has now snared five or more boards in his last seven games played and 11 times this season.
• Senior guard Preston Medlin logged his 13th double-figure game this season and 58th of his career with his 16 points Saturday night.
• Medlin also became the 24th player in Aggie history to surpass the 1,200 career points plateau, as he now has 1,203 points, and he needs just 13 points for the No. 23 spot held by Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points.
• Medlin's four three-pointers Saturday night was the ninth game in his last 10 with multiple three-pointers and his 13th multi-trey game this season and 58th of his career... It was also his fifth game with four or more triples this season.
• Medlin now has 185 career three-pointers, moving up to No. 6 on USU's career three-pointers list, passing Justin Jones (1996-98) with 183.
• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's 10 points Saturday was his 14th double-digit scoring outing this season and 33rd of his career.
• Sophomore forward Kyle Davis led USU in rebounding for the team-leading 10th time this season with his eight boards Saturday... Davis now has collected six or more rebounds in each of his last 11 games and 12 times overall this season.
• Sophomore guard Marcel Davis led USU in assists for the sixth time this season with five assists Saturday... It was his seventh game this season distributing four or more helpers.

ASSISTING AGGIES
According to BasketballState.com, Utah State currently leads the nation in percentage of baskets assisted at 69.7 percent.

DISHING `EM OUT
USU is averaging 17.9 assists per game, ranking first in the Mountain West and fifth in the NCAA. The Aggies have six games with 20 or more assists, including four of the last six games, as well as just shy of 20 with 19 at Boise State, having a streak of four in a row halted with a season-low 14 helpers in the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11. USU is 5-1 when dishing out 20 or more assists, as well as 9-3 overall when having more assists than the opposition.

DOWNTOWN AGGIES
Utah State is first in the Mountain West and second in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.424), boosted by shooting 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from distance at Boise State (1/18).

The Aggies have shot over 40.0 percent behind the arc in nine games this season as well as over 50.0 percent in each of the last two as part of six total games this season. USU has made a season-high 71.4 percent twice, first against Western Illinois (5-of-7) on Dec. 19, and again versus San José State (10-of-14) on Jan. 4.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 245 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.

NO THREES FOR YOU
Utah State has limited the opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from three-point range in 12 of the 17 games, including eight games holding the opponent below 30.0 percent shooting from behind the arc.

USU is currently third in the Mountain West and 51st in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.305).

Utah State limited Troy to just 2-of-19 from three-point range for just 10.5 percent on Dec. 21, the fewest three-point percentage since holding Seattle to just 10.0 percent (2-20) last season on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The two three-pointers is tied for the fewest allowed by the USU defense this season, matching the two made by BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12).

USU kept the opponent below 35.0 percent for the first seven games of the season before Pacific broke through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage on Dec. 7, a season-high for a USU opponent and then UCSB on Dec. 20 with 42.9 percent (9-of-21) and San José State on Jan. 4 at 42.9 percent (15-of-35). SJSU also had a season-high 15 three-pointers on Jan. 4.

The Aggies also held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24), Southern Utah (11/12) was limited to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), as was Western Illinois (12/19) to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), Utah Valley was held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU). San Diego Christian netted 34.6 percent (9-of-26) on Dec. 28. The Aggies held Nevada to 27.8 percent (5-of-18) on Jan. 11 and limited Colorado State to 26.3 percent (5-of-19) on Jan. 15, before Boise State broke through with 35.7 percent (10-of-28).

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU is 9-3 this season when netting 70 or more points. The Aggies won their first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, but then bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, and then UC Santa Barbara, Troy and San Diego Christian. USU then lost at Air Force when scoring 72, but then beat San José State in scoring 84 before losing at Boise State with 74 points. USU went 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 101 of its last 110 games (.918), when reaching 70 points and is 243-34 (.877) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 1-1 this season, having scored less than 60 in each of the last two games, and 27-51 (.338) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 5-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 125 of its last 131 games (.954) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 190-16 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in 12 of its 17 games this season and is 11-1 this season when leading at intermission. USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' lone loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 95 of its last 98 games (.969) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 302-26 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-4 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State (11/26), while falling at home to Pacific (12/7), at Air Force (1/1), at Nevada (1/11) and at Boise State (1/18) after being behind at the break. USU is 48-88 (.353) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 363-121 (.750) during the last 14 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.

AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU's 77-71 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20 was the Aggies' first extra session game this season and USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won eight of its last 10 extra session games and Utah State is 55-41 (.573) all-time in overtime games.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better once so far in three games this season, making 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. Last season, USU was 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe in 10 games, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+9.0), as well as 10th in the NCAA stats as of Jan. 20.

Utah State has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. USU has out-rebounded its opponent in 12 of the 17 games so far this season, and the Aggies are 9-3 when having more rebounds than the opposition.

After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies have bounced back to have a positive rebounding edge in the next 10 games, before getting out-rebounded in the blowout win over Troy on Dec. 21 (30-29), but then dominating the glass in the win over San Diego Christian (56-17). The Aggies were out-rebounded by Air Force, 30-26, on Jan. 1, before bouncing back with a +20 rebounding advantage (42-22) against San José State on Jan. 4 and a +13 (48-35) at Nevada on Jan. 11. USU was out-rebounded in back-to-back games, by Colorado State on Jan. 15, 37-31, and by Boise State on Jan. 18, 35-23, for the Aggies' largest margin getting out-rebounded this season for the second game in a row.

USU doubled-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific, then posted a +18 (39-21) against Utah Valley and +16 (34-18) against Western Illinois and a +11 (40-29) advantage over UC Santa Barbara.

The17 rebounds by San Diego Christian are a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest since last season when Idaho had 16 on Jan. 13, 2013. USU's +39 rebounding advantage against San Diego Christian was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).

USU's REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State snared a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over San Diego Christian, out-rebounding SDCC, 56-17, for a +39 rebounding advantage. Both the 56 rebounds and +39 rebounding advantage are the Aggies' largest since they had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 and the largest rebounding advantage since +48 in the same game against Chaminade (65-17).

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 39 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 25 times, including nine total times this season including six of the last eight games. Utah State is 20-5 (.800) during those 25 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 11-1 when leading at halftime; 1-4 when trailing at halftime; 11-2 when shooting better from the field; 1-3 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 3-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 6-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 6-3 when shooting worse from the charity stripe than the opponent; 9-3 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-2 when getting out-rebounded; 6-1 when blocking more shots; 4-2 when blocking fewer shots; 2-2 when blocking the same number of shots; 10-5 when dishing out more assists; 2-0 when having fewer assists; 3-1 when having more steals; 7-4 when having fewer steals; 2-0 when swiping the same amount of steals and 8-2 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench while 4-3 when bench is out-scored by the opposition's bench.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,203 career points and climbed to No. 24 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 92 career games, to nearly match his jersey number with a 13.1 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has climbed up to No. 24, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points and the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters Wednesday's game needing 12 points for the No. 23 spot held by Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points.

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MEDLIN AND BUTTERFIELD AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield are making their marks in the USU three-point shooting record books. Medlin is currently No. 6 on USU's career three-pointers made list with 185, passing Justin Jones (1996-98) with 183, while Butterfield has 88 career three-pointers, needing 24 to crack the top 11. Butterfield is shooting 44.4 percent (88-of-198) from three-point range, ranking No. 5 on USU's career three-point percentage list, while Medlin is shooting 42.6 percent from three-point range (185-of-434) during his Utah State career to rank sixth 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 178 passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the seventh player with 400 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 6 with 434. *** See notes for complete list

BUTTERING UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-figures in 13 of the Aggies' 16 games, including netting a career-high 31 points in USU's 77-71 OT win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, at one point scoring seven of USU's points in a row. Butterfield's 31 points are the most points scored by an Aggie since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012.

Butterfield's scoring in double-figures 14 times this year is part of 32 times in his career. His 31 points against UCSB was also the second time this year and fifth time in his career he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Butterfield added a season-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and eighth of his career. He also has eight career double-figure rebounding games.

SHAW BLOCKING WAY UP CAREER LISTS
Senior center Jarred Shaw is closing in on the USU career blocked shots lists, as he currently has 47 blocked shots in 43 career games, for a 1.09 blocks per game average. Shaw needs three more rejections to crack the top 15 of the Aggies' career total blocks list and his 1.09 bpg average ranks fifth on USU's career blocks per game average.

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DAVIS ON SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS LISTS
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is closing in on the Aggies' single-season blocked shots list, as he has 26 blocks so far this season. Davis also has climbed his way into the USU single-season blocks per game average, as his current average of 1.7 blocks per game is tied for third.

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DAVIS AND DAVIS BOARDING AND DISHING FOR AGGIES
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis has recorded double-digit rebounding outings in three of the last six games as part of five of last eight. In all, he has six double-figure rebounding games this season, which have come in last 12 games. Headlining those numbers is a career-high 15 boards as part of a double-double with 15 points in USU's win over San Diego Christian. He has five double-doubles, as the UC Santa Barbara game was the first time this season that he did not get log a double-double with double-figure rebounds, as he was limited to four points while snaring 10 rebounds, adding 11 points and 11 rebounds at Air Force, then 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over San José State.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Marcel Davis tied his career-high with eight assists vs. UCSB, and followed that up with six assists at Air Force, which all came in the first four minutes on USU's first six baskets of the half. He has distributed at least five assists in five games this season and 14 in his career.

BENCH TORCHES NETS
USU's bench had a 45-9 bench-points scoring advantage in the Troy game on Dec. 21. It was a season-high scoring outing for the Aggies' bench, and the fourth time this season that the USU reserves had scored more than 20 points.

The 45 bench points was USU's most since scoring 48 against Montana Wester on Feb. 16, 2011, a span of 86 games.

Overall, the Aggies' bench has netted 20 or more points a total of seven times, with 32 vs. Southern Utah (11/12), 24 vs. Mississippi State (11/23), 23 vs. Pacific (12/7), 45 against Troy (12/21), 21 vs. San Diego Christian (12/28), 24 against Air Force (1/1) and 34 vs. San José State (1/4).

FOLLOWING A LOSS
USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. After the loss at Air Force on Jan. 1, followed by the win over San José State on Jan. 4, then following the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11 with a win over Colorado State on Jan. 15, the Aggies are 3-1 this season and 77-29 (.724) during the last 14 years following a loss.

AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of six newcomers, with one sophomore and five freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The five freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by BYU's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore. Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 23
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 23 for the week of Dec. 15-22. Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) was named the Tournament MVP of the Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, leading USU to a 3-0 record on the weekend, beating Western Illinois, 68-52, on Dec. 19, then rallying to beat UC Santa Barbara, 77-71 in OT on Dec. 20, and then capping the weekend with a 71-50 win over Troy on Dec. 21. In what ended up being the game for the Classic championship against UC Santa Barbara, Butterfield netted a career-high 31 points, tallying 24 points after halftime. He spearheaded USU's rally from down, 60-52, with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime, as he had seven-straight points on a pair of free throws, then a three-pointer and capped by a steal and layup to tie the game at 62-all with 1:44 left. Butterfield then scored seven of USU's 12 points in OT on a three-pointer, a layup and two more free throws to secure the victory. Butterfield's 31 points were the most by an Aggie player since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. With his season-high 10 rebounds, Butterfield collected his first double-double of the season and his eighth of his career. He added three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play. In the win over WIU, Butterfield posted 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes of play. In the victory over Troy, he capped off the weekend with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. For the week, Butterfield averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range as part of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) field goal shooting, along with 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships 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 run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 378-134 (.738) at USU.

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.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State) Dave Rice (UNLV) Don Verlin (Idaho)

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montgomery (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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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 the 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).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 596-272 (.687) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 481-254 (.654) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 440-276 (.615) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 124-67 (.649) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force		 14-3
vs. Boise State		 24-11
vs. Colorado State	  2-2
vs. Fresno State	 16-12
vs. Nevada		 21-15
vs. New Mexico	 	  3-9
vs. San Diego State	 11-2
vs. San José State	 23-1
vs. UNLV	 	  3-2
vs. Wyoming	 	  7-10
Total		        124-67 - 191 games / .649

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