Jan. 24, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball will host its first nationally-ranked team since 2007 when the Aggies welcome the seventh-ranked Aztecs of San Diego State to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. (MT) and will be nationally televised on ESPNU, with Steve Quis handling play-by-play and Dan Dickau providing analysis.
The game will also be streamed online through Watch ESPN, as well as 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.
Saturday's game against San Diego State is a "White Out," with USU Athletics encouraging all Aggie fans to wear white to the game.
Utah State and San Diego State will be meeting for the first time since Nov. 24, 1998 and just the fourth time ever. The Aggies lead the all-time series, 3-0, with the 1-0 mark in Logan, a 1-0 mark in San Diego, won by USU 63-60 on Nov. 24, 1998, and 1-0 on a neutral court, meeting in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6, 1997, with the Aggies winning, 64-61. The three meetings is the fewest played series between USU and a Mountain West opponent, with the 14 meetings with Air Force the Aggies' next fewest played series.
The seventh-ranked Aztecs are 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.
USU suffered a 62-42 loss at UNLV Wednesday night. With the loss, the Aggies are now 12-6 overall and 2-4 in Mountain West action, being dealt back-to-back losses for just the second time this season, falling to 3-2 this season following a loss.
USU leads the Mountain West Conference overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.408), rebound margin (+7.7), assists (17.2) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). The Aggies are also second in free throw percentage (.741), as well as third in scoring margin (+7.5), field goal percentage (.469) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.306). Additionally, Utah State is fourth in scoring defense (64.8), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.415), sixth in both rebounds (36.8) and blocks (4.2), eighth in scoring (72.3) and 11th in steals (3.6).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is third in the league in both assists (4.0) and assist-turnover ratio (3.00), while ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (2.3) and 20th in scoring (13.1). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 18th in scoring (13.3), 15th in rebounding (6.0) and fifth in three-point field goals made (2.3). 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 eighth in assists (3.2).
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in three-point field goal percentage (.389), while ranking second in assists (15.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5), along with fourth in scoring defense (65.3) and rebound margin (-0.7). USU is also fifth in field goal percentage (.422), and three-point field goal percentage defense (.348), while ranking sixth in both free throw percentage (.735) and field goal percentage defense (.421), seventh in blocks (3.5), eighth in rebounds (33.2) and steals (4.3) and ninth in both scoring (64.2) and scoring margin (-1.2).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in assists (4.3) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (2.4). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is tied for seventh in three-point field goals made (2.3). Senior center Jarred Shaw is seventh in field goal percentage (.471), ninth in free throw percentage (.842) and 10th in scoring (16.0).
Senior guard TeNale Roland leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (6.0). 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) and tied for ninth in assists (3.2).
Utah State has five top 20 marks in the recent NCAA statistical categories, released Jan. 24, including ranking ninth in the nation in both three-point field goal percentage (.408) and assists per game (17.2).
Additionally, USU is 15th in rebounding margin (+7.7), 16th in assist-turnover ratio (1.51) and 19th in total assists (309). The Aggies also are 34th in free throw percentage (.741), 46th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.306), 51st in scoring defense (64.8), 64th in field goal percentage (.469) and 73rd in scoring margin (+7.5).
Individually, sophomore guard Marcel Davis and senior guard Preston Medlin are sixth and 18th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.41 and 3.00, respectively. Medlin is also 99th in three-point field goals per game (2.33). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 63rd in rebounds per game and 76th in double-doubles (5).
The seventh-ranked Aztecs improved to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in MW action when they ran their win streak to 16 in a row with a 75-50 win at San José State Wednesday night, boosted by a pair of 16-points runs in the second half to extend the second-longest winning streak in SDSU's history. Four Aztec starters posted double-digit points, led by 15 from senior guard Xavier Thames, while sophomore forwards Skylar Spencer and Winston Shepard notched 12 points apiece and senior forward Josh Davis logged a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. SDSU's 6-0 league start is its best since 1966-67, when they starting 7-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Thames is seventh in the MW in scoring (16.9 ppg), as well as ranking second in steals (1.8), ninth in free throw percentage (.811) and 10th in three-point field goals made (2.0). In MW only games, Thames is tied for third in scoring (19.3), third in steals (1.8) and 10th in free throw percentage (.833). Overall, Thames is shooting 42.8 percent (89-of-208) from the field, 45.6 percent (36-of-79) from three-point range and 81.1 percent (90-of-111) at the free throw line, adding 2.6 assists per game. Davis is second in the MW overall and third in the NCAA in rebounding (11.5), as well as second in conference only games (12.5), he also is tied for third in the MW and tied for 21st in the NCAA in double-doubles (8). Davis is netting 9.1 ppg, making 44.7 percent (59-of-132) of his field goals and 47.4 percent (36-of-76) at the free throw line. Shepard is averaging 13.1 ppg, shooting 43.0 percent (68-of-158) from the field and 65.9 percent (83-of-126) at the charity stripe. In MW only games, Shepard is ties for 17th in scoring (14.0) and 18th in rebounding (5.8).
As a team, SDSU leads not only the MW but the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.353), as well as leading the league and ranking second in the country in scoring defense (55.4), while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring offense (74.2) to lead the league and rank fourth in the nation in scoring margin (+18.8). The Aztecs are first in the league in field goal percentage defense (.353) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.259).SDSU is also 11th in the MW in free throw percentage (.647), eighth in field goal percentage (.439) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.384). Additionally, the Aztecs lead the league in both steals (7.7) and turnover margin (+3.9), while ranking second in both rebounding margin (+6.8) and blocked shots (7.7), along with ninth in assist-turnover ratio (1.0) and 11th in assists (10.6).
In MW only stats, the Aztecs are first in scoring margin (+10.7), ranking second in scoring defense (60.2) and third in scoring offense (70.8). SDSU is also seventh in field goal percentage (.405), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.306) and 11th in free throw percentage (.647). Defensively, the Aztecs are second in field goal percentage defense (.387) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.255), along with first in steals (6.5), second in rebounding margin (+2.4) and third in blocked shots (5.7). SDSU also leads the league in turnover margin (+3.3), ranking 11th in assists (8.5) and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (0.9).
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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