Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Jan. 29, 2001
Jan. 29, 2001
Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F # 5 Shawn Daniels 6-6 260 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. 11.7 6.4 1.6* F #22 Curtis Bobb 6-5 210 Sr. Aurora, Colo. 11.3 5.3 1.6 C #14 Dimitri Jorssen 7-0 245 Sr. Theux, Belgium 9.4 4.2 1.0* G #10 Bernard Rock 5-10 155 Sr. New York, N.Y. 11.0 3.1 4.3 G #31 Tony Brown 6-3 195 Jr. Hyrum, Utah 12.0 2.9 3.8vs. UC Irvine (15-2, 7-0)
Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F #24 Sean Jackson 6-5 210 Sr. Seaside, Calif. 8.1 3.0 1.4 F #45 Ben Jones 6-7 220 Sr. La Habra, Calif. 11.9 4.9 1.5 C #55 Adam Parada 7-0 240 Fr. Alta Loma, Calif. 7.9 5.9 1.5* G # 5 Jerry Green 6-3 190 Jr. Pomona, Calif. 17.7 4.2 3.4 G #11 Malachi Edmond 6-1 185 Sr. Long Beach, Calif. 8.4 3.92.5 *blocks per gameUp Next: Utah State will hit the road this week for a pair of games at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Both games will begin at 8 p.m. (MST).
Scouting UC Irvine: UC Irvine is tied with Utah State at the top of the Big West standings with a 7-0 league record. The Anteaters are 15-2 overall on the year with its two losses coming at UCLA (65-60) and to San Diego (63-60). UCI has won its last 11 games. Junior guard Jerry Green leads the team with 17.7 points per game, and is averaging 21.7 points in league play. Senior forward Ben Jones is the only other player who averages 10 or more points for the Anteaters as he is scoring 11.9 points a contest. As a team, UCI averages 70.1 points per game and allows 60.2. Irvine is shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, while its defense limits opponents to just 38.6 percent shooting. Head coach Pat Douglass is in his fourth season at UC Irvine and has an overall record of 44-54. In 19-plus years as a head coach, he is 420-172. Irvine returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-14 overall and 7-9 in the Big West.
Versus The Anteaters: Utah State is 23-22 all-time versus UC Irvine, with USU winning the last four meetings. The Aggies are 8-13 all-time against the Anteaters on the road. The last time USU played in Irvine was on Feb. 12, 1998, with USU posting a 60-51 win. The last time USU lost in Irvine was on Feb. 26, 1996, by a final score of 81-76.
Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
Category Utah State UC Irvine CS Fullerton Games 20 17 17 Points 73.3 70.1 59.9 Points Allowed 59.0 60.2 72.1 FG Pct. 50.3 46.2 43.4 FG Pct. Def. 38.9 38.6 46.7 3FG Pct. 40.8 40.0 31.8 3FG Pct. Def. 33.1 32.8 36.6 FT Pct. 67.7 72.8 67.6 Rebounds 35.5 35.2 28.6 Reb. Margin +5.6 +2.3 -5.2 Assists 15.9 13.3 11.2 Turnovers 15.4 14.5 18.4 TOs Forced 15.2 16.1 14.5 Blocks 4.2 3.0 2.2 Steals 6.0 6.4 5.2
Winning Record Versus Every Team In The Big West: Utah State is the only team in the Big West Conference that has a winning record versus every team in the league. The following is a list of USU's record versus each team in the Big West Conference. USU's Record Versus Current BWC Members:
Boise State USU leads 15-4 Cal Poly USU leads 6-0 Cal State Fullerton USU leads 28-15 Idaho USU leads 13-10 Long Beach State USU leads 24-20 Pacific USU leads 38-17 UC Irvine USU leads 23-22 UC Santa Barbara USU leads 28-21 Total USU leads 175-109 (.616)
26 And Counting: Utah State has won its last 26 games versus Big West competition as the Aggies went a perfect 16-0 in league play last year and then won three games in the conference tournament. Utah State has also won its first seven league games of the 2001 season. That 26-game winning streak in the Big West is the second-best all-time behind UNLV who won 40 games in a row from 1990-93.
Third Most Wins In The Country: As of Jan. 29, 2001, Utah State has the third most wins in the country with 18. Only Stanford (19-0) and Duke (19-1) have won more games so far this year than Utah State.
Twelve In A Row: Utah State is on a 12-game winning streak since losing at BYU in December. That 12-game streak is tied for the third-longest in school history. The following is a list of the longest winning streaks in USU history. The 1999-2000 team holds the school record with 19 straight wins, while the 1974-75 team won 13 in a row. The 1959-60 team won 12 games in a row, as has this year's team.
Fourth In The Nation: Utah State has the fourth-longest winning streak in the country right now at 12 games, trailing Stanford (19), North Carolina (14), Fresno State (13), and Utah State (12).
Tied For Best Start Ever: With Utah State's 18-2 record thus far this year, the Aggies now have the tied the 1959-60 team for the best start in school history. That 1959-60 team also opened its season with an 18-2 record.
Double-Digit Wins: Since joining the Big West Conference prior to the 1978-79 season, no Aggie team has opened up league play by defeating its first seven opponents by 10-plus points, until this year. In its first six league games, USU has defeated its opponents by 13, 22, 16, 14, 18, 11, and 14 points respectively, for an average margin of victory of 15.4 points.
Overpowering As Of Late: Utah State has been dominating its opponents since losing to BYU on Dec. 16, 2000. Since that game, USU has won its last 12 games, beating 11 of those opponents by at least 10 points. The only game that USU did not record a double-digit win during its winning streak was when the Aggies defeated Air Force in the championship game of the Gossner Foods Classic 59-50. (Utah State held a 22-point advantage over the Falcons in the second-half.)
Fast Starts In League: Just like last season, Utah State is off to another fast start in the Big West Conference, with its 7-0 league mark. It is the third time that USU has opened league play with a 7-0 record. The other teams to accomplish the feat were the 1998 and 2000 teams.
League Road Streak Still Going: Utah State will be looking to continue its winning ways on the road against Big West competition this week at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. The Aggies have won its last 12 games on the road in league play.
On The Road Again: Utah State has won 14 of its last 15 road games over the past two seasons, with its only loss being a two-point defeat at BYU on Dec. 16, 2000. The Aggies won ten games in a row on the road before losing at BYU. That 10-game road winning streak by the Aggies is a school record, breaking the old mark of six set during the 1961-62 season. Thus far this year, USU is 5-1 on the road and has won its last four road games.
Deadly Combination: Utah State is on pace to become the only team in school history to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and hold its opponents below 40 percent. Half-way through the 2001 season, USU is shooting 50.3 percent and holding its opponents to 38.9 percent.
Last Meeting With UC Irvine: The last time USU and UCI meet was on the first weekend of league play last season. Utah State outscored the Anteaters by 22 in the second-half en route to a 35-point win. The Aggies shot 55.4 percent in the game and held UCI to 36.4 percent. Former Aggie Troy Rolle had 18 points, while Curtis Bobb added 13 as every player on the USU roster scored. Current senior Sean Jackson led Irvine with 13 points.
Morrill Versus UC Irvine: Stew Morrill is 3-0 all-time against UC Irvine. He went 1-0 versus the Anteaters at Montana, and is currently 2-0 versus UCI while at Utah State.
Last Meeting With CS Fullerton: Utah State opened the Big West season last year against Cal State Fullerton in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, as the Aggies notched a 12-point win. Troy Rolle had 24 points, while Bernard Rock and Dimitri Jorssen had 13 each, and Shawn Daniels added 11. The Titans had five players score in double-figures led by Kenroy Jarrett's 17. USU shot 50 percent in the game, while Cal State Fulleton shot 48 percent.
Morrill Versus Cal State Fullerton: Stew Morrill is 3-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton. He went 1-0 versus the Titans while at Montana, and is currently 1-1 against CSF at Utah State.
Scouting The Titans: Cal State Fullerton is 3-14 on the season and 2-5 in the Big West. The Titans have defeated Idaho (64-53) and Cal Poly (85-77) on the road for its two league wins. CSF is 1-6 at home on the season with that win coming over the College of Notre Dame. In league play, Cal State Fullerton is 0-2 thus far. Junior guard Kevin Richardson leads the team with 11.9 points per game. Head coach Donny Daniels is in his first-year as a head coach. The Titans return three starters and four letterwinners from last year's team that went 8-19 overall and 3-13 in league play.
Versus The Titans: Utah State is 28-15 all-time versus Fullerton. The Aggies have won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two schools. In Fullerton, Utah State is 8-12. USU lost the last time it played in Titan Gym by a final score of 88-78.
Versus The State Of California: Utah State will be looking to keep its streak of beating teams from the state of California alive this week as the Aggies travel to UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. USU has won its last 18 games versus teams from the Golden State, including wins over Santa Clara (76-67), UC Riverside (76-62 and 75-45), Cal Poly (82-69), Long Beach State (76-60), and Pacific (73-59 and 62-51), this season. Last season, USU went 11-0 versus school's from the state of California. The last time the Aggies lost to a team from California was in the first round of the 1999 Big West Tournament to UC Santa Barbara 75-74. All-time, Utah State is 256-169 (.602) versus teams from California.
Recapping The Idaho Game: Behind a season-high 21 points from senior guard Bernard Rock, Utah State improved to 18-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big West Conference with a 71-57 win over Idaho at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night. The Aggies have now won 26 games in a row against Big West competition and 12 in a row on the season, which is the fourth-longest winning streak in the country. Utah State jumped on the Vandals early, building a 28-13 lead mid-way through the first-half. However, from that point on, the Aggies seemed to lose its energy and struggled with the Vandals the remainder of the game. Idaho outscored USU 17-10 in the final eight minutes of the first-half to close the gap to eight points at 38-30 at half-time. USU never seemed to get into a flow in the second-half and rather maintained its lead throughout the game before going up 16 points with just over a minute remaining. Along with Rock's 21, senior forward Curtis Bobb added 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior center Dimitri Jorssen scored 12 points. Shawn Daniels only scored eight points in the game, but added four rebounds, four assits, four blocks, and three steals in a great all-around effort. For the game, Utah State shot just 44.4 percent from the field, but did hit on 53.3 percent of its three-pointers. Idaho shot 35.8 percent in the game despite recording 16 offensive rebounds. Utah State blocked 11 shots in the game, marking the second time this year that USU has blocked 11 shots in a single game.
Just Block It: Utah State has had tremendous success over the past two seasons when it blocks more shots than its opponents. Over the past two seasons, USU is a perfect 36-0 when it records more blocks than its opponent. Thus far this year, only three teams have blocked more shots than the Aggies in a game, while two teams have blocked as many shots as USU in the same game. The last time the Aggies lost a game when it blocked more shots than its opponent was agaisnt UC Santa Barbara in the first-round of the 1999 Big West Conference Tournament.
Backcourt Tandem: Utah State has quite possibly the best backcourt in the Big West Conference, and the numbers back that up. Utah State is a perfect 16-0 on the season when Bernard Rock and Tony Brown score more points than its opponents. In fact, USU has won its last 31 games when Rock and Brown outscore their counter parts in a game. The last time USU lost a game when its backcourt scored more points than the opponent's backcourt was against Weber State on Dec. 21, 1999.
Keep It Under 60: Utah State has been unbeatable as of late when its opponents score less than 60 points in a game. Thus far this year, USU is 10-0 when its opponents score less than 60 points, and the Aggies were 12-0 last season when its opponents didn't hit 60. The last time USU lost a game when its opponent didn't score 60 points was a 55-52 loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 25, 1999. Utah State is 22-0 since that game when allowing fewer than 60 points and 26-1 in two plus years under head coach Stew Morrill.
Living At The Line: Over the past six games that Utah State has played, the Aggies have been making at living a the free-throw line, while its opponents have not. In the past six games for USU, the Aggies are 115-167 (.689) from the charity stripe, while its opponents are 43-68 (.633). During that stretch, Utah State has made 72 more free-throws and attempted 99 more free-throws than its opponents. USU is averaging 27.8 free-throws per game during its last five games to just 11.3 for its opponents.
Over At The Half: Utah State had made a habit of winning games on a regular basis when leading at half-time over recent years. In fact, USU had won 39 games in a row when leading at the half before letting a 10-point halftime advantage slip away against Austin Peay State on Nov. 19, 2000. USU has however compiled a 55-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 57 games, and is 13-1 this season when leading at the half.
19-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 19 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to Jan. 8, 2000. USU's last loss at home was a 82-73 decision to BYU. USU has won 31 of its last 32 games at home. In league play, Utah State has won its last 18 home games and 35 of its last 36. That 19-game winning streak at home is tied for the seventh longest streak in the country with Southern Utah. Michigan State leads the country with a 40 game winning streak at home, while Iowa State has won 30 in a row, Alcorn State 28 in a row, Detroit and Texas 24 in a row, and Indiana State 21 in a row.
Dominating At Home In League: Utah State has been dominating at home in the Big West Conference over the past two seasons compiling a 13-0 record. During that stretch, USU has won 12 of those 13 games by 10 or more points. The only time USU did not defeat a league opponent at home by 10 or more points over the last two seasons was when the Aggies beat Pacific by nine in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Feb. 17, 2000.
Home Sweet Home: Utah State has had tremendous success at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since the building was opened for the 1970-71 season. In its first 30 years, USU has had only one losing season at home, with a 3-8 record during the 1981-82 year. All-time, Utah State is 333-96 (.777) at home. Over the past three-plus seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 54-3 (.947) record at home. USU has won 64 of its last 67 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to the 1996-97 season.
Morrill Comfortable At Home: Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is very comfortable at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and his record would confirm that fact. Since becoming USU's head coach prior to the 1998-99 season, Coach Morrill is 38-3 (.927) at home.
Long Range Bomber: Junior Tony Brown is on pace to become Utah State's all-time three-point shooter before his career is over. Brown is currently fourth all-time at USU in three-pointers made and attempted. The following is a breakdown of where Brown stands as of date on the USU career charts.
3-Pt. FG's Made 3-Pt. FG's Attemtped 1. Reid Newey 237 1. Jay Goodman 580 2. Jay Goodman 209 2. Reid Newey 572 3. Justin Jones183 3. Tony Brown 426 4. Tony Brown 173 4. Justin Jones408 5. Troy Rolle 112 5. Troy Rolle 304Shifting Gears: When Utah State was going undefeated in the Big West Conference last season, the Aggies always seemed to get off to a quick start, build a big half-time lead, then watch that lead shrink before closing the game out in the final five minutes. Well this season as been a complete opposite in that the Aggies have not gotten off to quick starts, but rather ran away from teams in the second-half. That trend maybe in large part to the depth that USU has on its bench this year and its ability to wear teams down. Over the past seven games, Utah State has outscored its opponents by an average of 42.3 to 28.1 in the second-half. The following is a breakdown of what USU had done in the second-half as of late.
Opponent 2nd Half FGs FG Pct. Opp. FG Opp. FG Pct. Idaho 53-25 17-22 .773 10-25 .400 Long Beach State41-31 15-27 .556 10-26 .385 Pacific 41-30 12-23 .522 12-29 .414 UC Riverside 46-29 13-24 .542 10-30 .333 Boise State 45-29 13-21 .619 10-28 .357 Pacific 37-26 11-19 .579 12-28 .429 Idaho 33-27 9-20 .450 8-26 .308 Totals 296-197 90-156 .577 72-192 .375