Jan. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked in the top 30 in four categories in the NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday, highlighted by ranking 14th in field goal percentage.
USU is making 48.8 percent of its field goals, ranking first in the Western Athletic Conference and 14th in the NCAA. The Aggies are also 21st in the nation in both three-point field goal percentage (.385) and rebounding margin (+7.8). USU is also 29th in the nation in won-lost percentage at 82.4 with its 14-3 record. Utah State is also 39th in assist-turnover ratio (1.24) as well as 40th in assists per game (15.6).
In addition to field goal percentage, the Aggies are also tops in the WAC statistics for three-point field goal percentage and rebounding margin, while ranking third in both scoring (70.4) and scoring margin (+6.6) while ranking fourth in scoring defense (63.8). USU is also third in free throw percentage (.711), while ranking second in the league in both assists (15.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.24). Additionally, USU ranks fifth in blocked shots (3.94), seventh in rebounding (35.9) and ninth in steals (5.12).
In conference only games, Utah State is third in both scoring offense (69.0 ppg) and scoring defense (65.3 ppg), also ranking third for scoring margin (+3.7). USU is also second in three-point field goal percentage (.384) and assist/turnover ratio (1.16), while ranking third in assists (13.57), fourth in field goal percentage (.469) and fifth in both free throw percentage (.713) and rebounding margin (+2.6). The Aggies are also sixth in blocked shots (3.14), seventh in rebounding (33.4) and tied for eighth in steals (4.86).
Utah State is 14-3 overall and 5-2 in WAC action after having its 13-game win streak snapped with a pair of losses on the road, getting nipped at New Mexico State on Thursday, 64-51, and losing at Denver on Saturday, 68-57.
The Aggies return home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host UT Arlington (8-8, 3-4 WAC) on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Louisiana Tech (16-3, 7-0 WAC) on Saturday, Jan. 26. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT).
Both games will also be televised on KMYU TV (Comcast Ch. 22; Dish Network Ch. 12; DirecTV Ch. 12; Over-the-Air 2.2 in Cache Valley).
For USU 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.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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