Jan. 28, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked in the top 40 in three categories in the NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday, highlighted by ranking 15th in rebounding margin.
USU has a +8.3 rebounding margin, leading the Western Athletic Conference and ranking 15th in the NCAA, bolstered by a +19 rebounding advantage in Saturday's loss to Louisiana Tech, snaring a season-high 50 total rebounds.
The Aggies are also 30th in field goal percentage (.469) and 34th in three-point field goal percentage (.377). USU is additionally 45th in assist-turnover ratio (1.21) and 46th in assists per game (15.4).
Individually, junior center Jarred Shaw is 41st in the NCAA in double-doubles (7.0), as well as 72nd in rebounds per game (8.4) and 79th in field goal percentage (.505).
In addition to leading the WAC statistics for rebounding margin, the Aggies are also tops in the conference statistics for three-point field goal percentage (.377). USU also ranks second in field goal percentage (.469) and assist/turnover ratio (1.21), while ranking third in scoring (69.1), scoring margin (+5.4), free throw percentage (.715) and assists (15.37). Additionally, the Aggies are fourth in blocks (4.21), fifth in scoring defense (63.6), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.420) and rebounds (36.9), while ranking ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.343) and steals (5.05).
In conference only games, Utah State is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.11), as well as ranking third in free throw percentage (.722), three-point field goal percentage (.368), rebound margin (+4.7) and assists (13.56). USU also is tied for fourth in rebounds (36.1), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (64.7), scoring margin (+1.9), field goal percentage (.434) and blocks (3.89). The Aggies are additionally seventh in scoring (66.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.348), while ranking eighth in field goal percentage defense (.431) and ninth in steals (4.78).
Shaw is fourth in the league overall in rebounds (8.4), while ranking second in WAC only games for rebounds (8.0). Shaw also is 10th in scoring overall (12.7), while ranking 11th in WAC only games (12.1), as well as fifth in overall field goal percentage (.505), eighth in overall blocked shots (1.21), 10th in WAC only blocks (1.11), while also ranking 15th in overall free throw percentage (.727) and 14th in league games (.690).
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is second in the WAC in both overall free throw percentage (.830) and overall three-point field goal percentage (.433), while also ranking fourth in WAC only free throw percentage (.844) and 13th in league only three-point field goal percentage (.395). He also is ninth in conference only games for scoring (12.9), as well as ranking ninth in overall field goal percentage (.480) and 11th in league games field goal percentage (.493). In three-pointers made, Butterfield is 10th overall (1.61) and tied for 11th in WAC only games (1.67), and he is also 12th in league games for rebounding (6.3) and tied for 13th in conference games for assists (2.89).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (1.85) as well as ranking fifth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.86). Davis also is third in WAC only games in assists (4.33), while ranking tied for seventh overall (3.21).
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.432), while ranking 12th in WAC only games (.400). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is tied for 13th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).
USU is 14-5 overall and 5-4 in WAC action and the Aggies will open a two-game road trip this weekend as part of a three-game road swing at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off from the Cowan Spectrum (6,000) at Moscow, Idaho is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Vandals will be televised by ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online.
The Aggies then play at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. and at San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 8, also at 8 p.m. USU then returns home to host Denver on Thursday, Feb. 14 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16.
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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