Jan. 21, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Fans will have several options to follow Wednesday's Utah State men's basketball game at UNLV, including watching on national television.
The Aggies and Rebels tip-off at 9 p.m. (MT) in Las Vegas, Nev., from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Mountain West battle between the Aggies and Runnin' 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.
Utah State men's 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 director of basketball operations, Lance Beckert, will be providing analysis.
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.
There will be no Internet streaming available for Wednesday's game, but live stats for Wednesday's game are available via the "Gametracker" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Game updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.
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.
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).
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.
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).
USU 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.
The seventh-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.
Saturday's game against San Diego State is a "White Out," with USU Athletics encouraging all Aggie fans to wear white to the game.
In addition to the "White Out," USU will be honoring the Aggie football team, and they will be signing autographs before the game from 8-8:45 p.m. The first 2,500 fans with a ticket to the men's basketball game will receive a commemorative poster celebrating the Aggies' Mountain Division and Poinsettia Bowl Championships.
January 24-26 is also National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And SneakersTM Awareness Weekend. USU head coach Stew Morrill and his staff will be wearing sneakers to show their support for Coaches vs. Cancer - a joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
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.
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.
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, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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