Utah State Hosts New Mexico Tuesday Night In Nationally Televised Men's Hoops Contest
Jan. 27, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - To wrap up its quick two-game homestand and for its third game in six days, Utah State (12-7, 2-5 MW) men's basketball will host New Mexico (15-4, 6-1 MW) on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Lobos are one of five teams receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll. Tip-off from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) is slated for 9:05 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.
Utah State and New Mexico will be meeting for the first time since any of the players involved in Tuesday's game were born, as the last time the Aggies and Lobos tangled on the hardwood was Dec. 29, 1979 in Albuquerque, winning 117-83. Tuesday is New Mexico's first visit to Logan since the 1961-62 season. The teams first met in the 1951-52 season. USU has won the last four meetings and 12 of the last 13 meetings, and the Aggies own a 19-4 series advantage, including 5-0 in known home games.
While USU and UNM haven't faced each other of late, USU veteran head coach Stew Morrill is 3-9 all-time against the Lobos, with all 12 meetings during his tenure at Colorado State from 1992-98.
The Aggies are 12-7 overall and 2-5 in Mountain West play after USU's upset bid of seventh-ranked San Diego State came up short Saturday night, falling, 74-69, in overtime. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield drained a three-pointer from the right wing with two seconds left in regulation to send the game to OT knotted at 57. However SDSU out-scored USU, 17-12, in the extra session, hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line and 4-of-5 field goals to pull away for the win. Butterfield tallied 19 points and eighth rebounds, leading the Aggies in both categories, hitting three three-pointers on the night. Freshman forward Jalen Moore netted a career-high 16 points and played a career-high 38 minutes in making his third start, including second in a row in place of injured sophomore forward Kyle Davis. Senior guard Preston Medlin added 12 points, with all his points coming on four three-pointers. Medlin now has 1,218 points in his career to move ahead of Jay Goodman (1,215) and rank 23rd all-time at USU in scoring. Senior guard TeNale Roland dished out a career-high nine assists, as USU had 21 helpers on the night. Moore and senior center Jarred Shaw snared seven rebounds apiece, while junior center Jordan Stone snared five boards, pacing the Aggies to a 36-33 rebounding advantage, their first rebounding edge in the last four games.
USU leads the Mountain West overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.413), rebound margin (+7.4) and assists (17.4). The Aggies are also second in assist-turnover ratio (1.5), while ranking third in free throw percentage (.732), field goal percentage (.472) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.304), as well as fourth in scoring defense (65.3) and scoring margin (+6.8). USU is also fifth in field goal percentage defense (.415) and rebounds (36.8), sixth in blocks (4.2), ninth in scoring offense (72.1) and 11th in steals (3.5).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is third in the league in both assists (4.1) and assist-turnover ratio (3.3), while ranking tied for third in three-point field goals made (2.4) and 20th in scoring (13.1). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 17th in scoring (13.6), 14th in rebounding (6.1) and fifth in three-point field goals made (2.3). Senior guard TeNale Roland is second in assist-turnover ratio (3.5) and 10th in assists (3.1). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.6) and eighth in rebounds (8.6). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is fourth in assist-turnover ratio (2.9), as well as eighth in assists (3.2).
Utah State has five top 20 marks in the recent NCAA statistical categories, released Jan. 27, including ranking sixth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.413) and eighth in assists per game (17.4).
Additionally, USU is 15th in both assist-turnover ratio (1.49) and total assists (330), as well as ranking 16th in rebounding margin (+7.4). The Aggies also are 44th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.304), 55th in field goal percentage (.472), 56th in scoring defense (65.3) and 60th in free throw percentage (.732).
Individually, senior guard TeNale Roland is eighth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.47), while senior guard Preston Medlin is 11th (3.00) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 21st (2.90). Medlin is also 85th in three-point field goals per game (2.42). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 60th in rebounds per game and 84th in double-doubles (5).
Utah State is the only team with more than one player in the top 30 of the NCAA stats for assist-turnover ratio, and the Aggies have three players, all in the top 21, of the rankings. Senior guard TeNale Roland is eighth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.47), while senior guard Preston Medlin is 11th (3.00) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 21st (2.90).
The Lobos ran their record to 15-4 overall and 6-1 in MW play after winning at Colorado State, 68-64, Saturday afternoon, bouncing back from being down 63-60 with 2:33, closing the game with an 8-1 run. UNM was without junior center Alex Kirk due to a foot injury, but senior guard Kendall Williams netted 23 points, hitting five three-pointers, and senior forward Cameron Bairstow added 19 points to go with six rebounds.
UNM is one of five teams to receive one vote each in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, ranking New Mexico tied for 35th. The Lobos have won their last three in a row and eight of their last nine.
Bairstow is second in the MW in scoring (20.3) and 11th in rebounding (6.9), in addition to leading the league in field goal percentage (.563, 130-of-231) and ranking seventh in blocked shots (1.4). Bairstow is shooting 74.4 percent (125-of-168) at the charity stripe and adds 1.9 assists per game. Williams is fourth in the MW in scoring (18.4), as well as leading the league in assists (5.5), second in steals (1.8), third in minutes played (35.7), fourth in free throw percentage (.831, 133-of-160), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (2.3) and 10th in three-pointers made per game (2.1). Williams is shooting 43.8 percent (85-of-194) from the field, including 44.9 percent (40-of-89), a mark that would rank third in the MW but doesn't meet the league minimum. Kirk is 16th in the league in scoring (14.0) and seventh in rebounding (8.9), as well as second in blocked shots (2.9) and sixth in field goal percentage (.464, 98-of-211). Junior guard Hugh Greenwood leads the MW in assist-turnover ratio (3.5), ranking 11th in the league in assists (3.1).
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Utah State returns to the road to open the second month of the calendar year, playing at border-foe Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip-off from Laramie, Wyo., is slated for 4 p.m. (MT) and will be nationally televised on ROOT Sports.
The Aggies return home to open the second half of conference play, hosting Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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.
Utah State has also been nominated as one of the top college basketball student sections in the country and is now asking for fan support in helping it win the prestigious title. Aggie fans can have a say in determining the most deserving student section by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award daily via social media platforms.
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USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets are now on sale. Single-game tickets cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium game against UNLV (Feb. 15).
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