Utah State Men's Basketball Faces Wyoming In Border Battle Saturday
Utah State (12-8, 2-6 MW) men's basketball opens the second month of the calendar year and closes out the first half of Mountain West action by hitting the road to take on Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW) on Saturday, Feb. 1. The border battle between the Aggies and Cowboys will tip off at 4:05 p.m. (MT) from UW's Arena-Auditorium (15,000), in a game nationally televised on ROOT Sports.
 
Utah State (12-8, 2-6 MW) men's basketball opens the second month of the calendar year and closes out the first half of Mountain West action by hitting the road to take on Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW) on Saturday, Feb. 1. The border battle between the Aggies and Cowboys will tip off at 4:05 p.m. (MT) from UW's Arena-Auditorium (15,000), in a game nationally televised on ROOT Sports.
 
 

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Utah State (12-8, 2-6 MW) at Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 • 4:05 p.m. (MT) • Laramie, Wyo.
Arena-Auditorium (15,000)
Aggie Sports Radio Network • Al Lewis - Play-By-Play
ROOT Sports • Jerry Schemmel - Play-By-Play/Marty Fletcher - Analysis

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Aggies Buck Cowboys, 90-85, In OT Thriller To Capture Duel In The Desert Title
Wednesday night's finale of the Duel in the Desert, sponsored by Gossner Foods was a doozy, as Utah State beat Wyoming, 90-85, in overtime, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (12-8, 2-6 MW) men's basketball opens the second month of the calendar year and closes out the first half of Mountain West action by hitting the road to take on Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW) on Saturday, Feb. 1. The border battle between the Aggies and Cowboys will tip off at 4:05 p.m. (MT) from UW's Arena-Auditorium (15,000), in a game nationally televised on ROOT Sports. Jerry Schemmel will provide play-by-play, with analysis from Marty Fletcher. The live stream of Saturday's game will not be available within the regional ROOT Sports coverage area. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,512-1,040 (.592) in their 2,552 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are 2-6 in their inaugural season in the conference.

• USU is 2-4 on the road this season, losing four in a row after winning its first two road games of the year, and Utah State has won 30 of its last 52 road games (.577) and is 108-90 (.545) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• The Aggies are 3-4 this season and 77-32 (.706) during the last 14 years following a loss.

• Utah State and Wyoming will be meeting for the first time since 2008, but will be meeting for the 68th time, which will tie for the seventh-most rivalry in school history, tying with Pacific, who USU faced for the 68th time in school history earlier this season. The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 44-23, just one of two Mountain West teams that Utah State has a losing record against. Saturday will be USU's first visit to Laramie since Dec. 3, 1997, won by the Cowboys, 67-61. The teams first met on Jan. 15, 1926, also won by Wyoming, 54-18. Utah State has won three of the last five meetings, including the last meeting on Dec. 31, 2008, 90-85 in OT. USU is 6-26 at Laramie, last winning there on Feb. 16, 1962, losing the last three visits there.

• While USU and Wyoming haven't faced each other of late, USU veteran head coach Stew Morrill is 7-10 (.412) all-time against the Cowboys, as his three head coaching positions have been in three of the six states bordering Wyoming, posting an 0-2 record at Montana (1987-91), a 6-8 ledger at Colorado State (1992-98) and a 1-0 mark at USU (1999-pres.).

• Saturday will be USU's first of eight games in the month of February. The Aggies are 76-32 (.704) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 30-25 (.545) record on the road. This is USU's 12th game on a Saturday, its most-played on day of the week so far this season, posting a 6-5 mark on Saturdays, as part of 152-60 (.717) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Feb. 1 for the first time since 2004. USU is 6-5 (.545) all-time in known games played on Feb. 1, winning its last two games on the date.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and now with 1,231 career points, Medlin has climbed up to No. 23 and enters Tuesday's game needing five points for the No. 22 position, currently held by Max Perry (1959-61) with 1,236 points, seven points for the No. 21 spot, held by Jim Boatwright (1972-74) with 1,238 points and 24 points to crack the top 20, as Rich Haws (1973-75) holds the No. 20 position with 1,255 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (12-8, 2-6 MW) men's basketball opens the second month of the calendar year and closes out the first half of Mountain West action by hitting the road to take on Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW) on Saturday, Feb. 1. The border battle between the Aggies and Cowboys will tip off at 4:05 p.m. (MT) from UW's Arena-Auditorium (15,000), in a game nationally televised on ROOT Sports. Jerry Schemmel will provide play-by-play, with analysis from Marty Fletcher. The live stream of Saturday's game will not be available within the regional ROOT Sports coverage area. The game will also be 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.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies open up the second half of their Mountain West schedule with another two-game homestand, hosting Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in a 7 p.m. tip-off, in a game nationally televised on ROOT Sports. USU then hosts Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 8 in a 4 p.m. tip-off, in another nationally televised game, airing on CBS Sports Network

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State 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 head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
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.

ON TV
Saturday's border battle between the Aggies and Cowboys will be nationally televised on ROOT Sports Network TV (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687). Jerry Schemmel will provide play-by-play, with analysis from Marty Fletcher.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Internet live video streaming for Saturday's game will be available by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com. The live stream of Saturday's game will not be available within the regional ROOT Sports coverage area.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games and most road games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

VOTE FOR UTAH STATE FOR NCAA'S 6TH FAN CONTEST
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.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 12-8 overall and 2-6 in Mountain West play after Tuesday's 78-65 loss to New Mexico. Down by double-digits early in the second half, Utah State closed to 54-52 with 7:43 to go, but New Mexico closed out the game with a 24-13 scoring spurt to pull away for the win. Senior center Jarred Shaw posted a team-high 15 points, adding seven rebounds, to share team-leading honors with senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, while senior guard Preston Medlin notched 13 points to go, netting three three-pointers to go with dishing out a career-high nine assists. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench, in his first action since Jan. 18 due to a knee injury. Shaw and Davis also logged two blocks apiece.

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 15.2 points per game, while Butterfield tallies 13.3 ppg and Medlin adds 13.1 ppg. Shaw is also averaging 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He is shooting 49.2 percent (90-of-183) from the field, in addition to a team-high 84.2 percent (48-of-57) at the free throw line. Shaw was suspended for a violation of team rules and missed five games from 12/14/13 - 1/1/14, but was reinstated on Jan. 3 and returned to action against San José State on Jan. 4. Butterfield and Medlin are each shooting over 46 percent from three-point range, shooting nearly identical from outside the arc than inside it, and both shooting over 75 percent at the free throw line. Butterfield is shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95) from distance and 46.7 percent (93-of-199) field goal shooting, along with 83.7 percent (36-of-43) at the free pitch stripe. Additionally, Butterfield averages 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Medlin is netting 46.7 percent (49-of-105) behind the arc, as part of 45.9 percent (83-of-181) overall field goal shooting, adding 75.4 percent (46-of-61) at the charity stripe. Medlin is also averaging 4.35 assists and has a 3.35 assist-turnover ratio. Davis, who missed the UNLV and San Diego State games with an injury before returning in the New Mexico game, adds 9.6 ppg, and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Davis is shooting 61.2 percent (60-of-98) from the field, along with 44-of-71 (62.0 percent) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 71.8 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 46.9 percent (507-of-1080), including 41.6 percent (146-of-351) from beyond the arc, as well as 73.7 percent (275-of-373) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 65.9 ppg, while holding them to 41.7 percent (457-of-1096) field goal shooting, including just 31.0 percent (116-of-374) from three-point range, as well as 72.2 percent (288-of-399) at the charity stripe. USU has a +6.8 rebounding margin (36.5-29.7), while averaging 17.4 assists, 4.2 blocks and 3.4 steals per game, as well as committing 11.6 turnovers per contest.

DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME WINS
Utah State's 57-50 win over Colorado State on Jan. 15 was the Aggies' 10th home win this season, improving to 10-1 at home this year. It is USU's 21st-straight season that they have won double-digit home games, as well as the 43rd time since the 1957-58 season.

SMALL SCREEN SUPERSTARS
The Aggies will be playing on national television for the fourth-straight game and the seventh of 15 times this season. So far Utah State is 2-4 in nationally televised games, beating USC, 78-65 on Nov. 8 (CBS Sports Network) and Southern Utah, 90-57, on Nov. 12 (ROOT Sports), while losing at Air Force, 73-72 on Jan. 1 (ROOT Sports) and at UNLV, 62-42, on Jan. 22 (CBS Sports Network), along with at home to No. 7 San Diego State, 74-69, on Jan. 25 (ESPNU) and home to New Mexico, 78-65 on Jan 28 (ESPNU).

SHARING THE SCORING LEAD
USU has had six different players lead or share the team lead in scoring in a game, after senior guard TeNale Roland led the Aggies in the scoring category for the first time this season with his career-high 20 points in the win over San José State on Jan. 4. Senior center Jarred Shaw has led the team or shared the team lead in scoring in each of the last five games, and now tops the team with nine games leading the team in scoring. Senior guard Preston Medlin has led the team in scoring six times, followed by four times by senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield. Junior forward Danny Berger and sophomore forward Kyle Davis are joined by Roland in leading the team in scoring once each.

TOP REBOUNDER HONORS
The Aggies have had five different players lead or share the honor of top rebounder, with sophomore forward Kyle Davis have top honors in 10 games, while senior center Jarred Shaw has led the team in rebounding in eight games. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led in four games, while junior forward Danny Berger and freshman forward Jalen Moore have led in one game apiece.

DISHING THEM OUT
USU has had nine different players lead the team or share the team lead as the top assist man, with senior guard Preston Medlin leading the way with 10 games, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is close behind with six. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led the team in three games, senior guard TeNale Roland in two games, while junior forward Danny Berger, sophomore forward Kyle Davis, freshman forward Jalen Moore, junior forward Ben Clifford and freshman guard JoJo McGlaston and with one game each.

AGGIES LEADING MW OVERALL STATISTICS IN FOUR CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.416), rebound margin (+6.7), assists (17.4) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). The Aggies are also second in free throw percentage (.737), while ranking third in field goal percentage (.469) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.310), as well as fourth in scoring defense (65.9). USU is also fifth in scoring margin (+5.8), field goal percentage defense (.417) and rebounds (36.5), along with sixth in blocks (4.2), eighth in scoring offense (71.8) and 11th in steals (3.4).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in assists (4.4) and third in assist-turnover ratio (3.3), while ranking tied for third in three-point field goals made (2.5). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 12th in the conference in scoring (15.2), ranking third in free throw percentage (.842), fourth in field goal percentage (.492), eighth in blocks (1.3) and ninth in rebounding (7.7). Fellow senior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 20th in scoring (13.6), 14th in rebounding (6.2) and seventh in three-point field goals made (2.2). Senior guard TeNale Roland leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (3.6). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.6) and eighth in rebounds (8.4). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is fourth in assist-turnover ratio (2.9), as well as seventh in assists (3.2).

TEAM FOR THREE
While Utah State leads the MW team stats in three-point field goal percentage at 41.6 percent, the Aggies do not have a single player in the individual three-point field goal percentage rankings. Senior guard Preston Medlin is netting a team-high 46.7 percent (49-of-105) behind the arc and fellow senior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95), which would hold the first two spots in the league stats, respectively, but they don't reach the minimum requirement of 2.5 makes per game, as Medlin has 49 treys in 20 games (2.5) and Butterfield has 44 three-pointers in 20 games (2.2 pg).

USU FIRST IN TWO DIFFERENT MW ONLY STATISTICS CATEGORIES
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in three-point field goal percentage (.413) and assists (16.8), as well as second in assist-turnover ratio (1.5). USU is also fourth in field goal percentage (.435), fifth in free throw percentage (.724) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.349), in addition to sixth in field goal percentage defense (.426). Utah State is also seventh in scoring defense (68.0), rebound margin (-0.9) and blocks (3.6), as well as eighth in rebounds (33.1), ninth in both scoring offense (64.9) and scoring margin (-3.1), along with 11th in steals (3.5).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the conference in assists (5.1) and fifth in assist-turnover ratio (3.2), along with tied for fifth in three-point field goals made (2.4). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is tied for eighth in three-point field goals made (2.1). Senior center Jarred Shaw is seventh in field goal percentage (.438), ninth in free throw percentage (.808), 10th in rebounds (7.7) and 15th in scoring (14.1).

Senior guard TeNale Roland leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (7.5) and is tied for fourth in assists (3.8). Sophomore guard Marcel Davis is sixth in assist-turnover ratio (2.8).

UTAH STATE AMONG TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST IN REBOUNDING PERCENTAGES
In addition to leading the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+6.7), USU is second in offensive rebounding percentage, gathering 227 offensive rebounds while their opposition has 403 defensive rebounds, for a 36.0 offensive rebounding percentage. The 403 opponents defensive rebounds are the fewest allowed in the league. The Aggies are also fourth in defensive rebounding percentage, collecting 502 defensive rebounds, while their opponents have just 191 offensive rebounds, for a 72.4 defensive rebounding percentage. The 191 opponent offensive rebounds are third in the league.

FIVE TOP 20 MARKS HIGHLIGHT USU'S NCAA STATS RANKINGS
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).

AGGIES ONLY TEAM WITH MULTIPLE PLAYERS IN TOP 30 OF ASSIST-TO
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).

SCOUTING WYOMING
The Cowboys are 13-7 overall and 4-3 in MW play, having their four-game win streak snapped with a 67-62 loss at Fresno State Wednesday night. In Wyoming's last home game on Jan. 25, the Cowboys knocked off Nevada, 64-62, in OT. Junior forward Larry Nance, Jr., led UW with a double-double in the Nevada game with 19 points and 12 rebounds, adding 20 points and five boards in the Fresno State loss. Junior guard Riley Grabau netted 13 points and sophomore guard Josh Adams added 12 points in the win over Nevada, while Grabau tallied 14 points in the loss at Fresno State.

Nance is ninth in the league in scoring (16.4) and fourth in rebounding (9.3), along with second in field goal percentage (.556, 120-of-216), also ranking fourth in blocks (2.0), sixth in steals (1.4) and eighth in minutes played (34.5). He adds 74.8 percent (80-of-107) at the free throw line, along with 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Adams averages 11.8 ppg, shooting 49.7 percent (82-of-165) from the field, 27.9 percent (12-of-43) from three-point range and 72.8 percent (59-of-81) at the charity stripe, and leads the team with 2.7 assists per game. Grabau adds 10.9 ppg, ranking fifth in the MW in three-pointers per game (2.3), netting 46.5 percent (46-of-99) from distance as part of 44.9 percent (61-of-136) overall field goal percentage. With a 90.7 percent (49-of-54) free throw percentage, Grabau would lead the league, but just barely doesn't reach the minimum of 2.5 per game, as he averages 2.45 makes per game.

In MW only stats, Nance is ninth in scoring (16.6) and tied for fifth in rebounds (9.0), as well as fourth in field goal percentage (.506, 43-of-85), third in both free throw percentage (.848, 28-of-33) and steals (1.7), tied for third in blocks (3.0) and leading the league in minutes played (40.0), also known as playing all 280 minutes of Wyoming's seven league games.

Adams is 19th in the league only stats in scoring (13.0), along with ranking sixth in minutes played (36.7), seventh in assists (3.6) and 10th in assist-turnover ratio. Grabau is tied for 10th in three-pointers made per game (2.0).

As a team, Wyoming is second in the MW overall in scoring defense (61.0) and 10th in scoring offense (66.7), to rank sixth in scoring margin (+5.7). The Cowboys lead the league in field goal percentage (.489), while ranking fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.369) and sixth in free throw percentage (.724). Defensively, UW is fourth in both field goal percentage defense (.401) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.320), along with 10th in rebound margin (-0.5), seventh in blocked shots (3.8) and 10th in steals (4.4). The Cowboys are also sixth in assists (12.9), eighth in turnover margin (-1.2) and seventh in assist-turnover ratio (1.1).

In MW only stats, the Cowboys are tops in the conference in scoring defense (61.0), while ranking 10th in scoring offense (62.6), to rank sixth in scoring margin (+1.6). Wyoming is first in free throw percentage (.760), second in field goal percentage (.478) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.340). Defensively, UW is fifth in field goal percentage defense (.424) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.345), along with sixth in both blocked shots (3.9) and steals (4.9), in addition to ninth in rebounding margin (-4.7). The Cowboys are also fifth in both assists (11.9) and turnover margin (+0.3) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.1).

UTAH STATE VS. WYOMING RIVALRY TIED FOR SEVENTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Wyoming will be meeting for the 68th time in school history, which will tie for USU's seventh-oldest rivalry in school history, tying with Pacific, who USU faced for the 68th time in school history earlier this season. The Aggies and Cowboys first met during on Jan. 15, 1926, won by Wyoming, 54-18.

UTAH STATE-WYOMING SERIES
Utah State and Wyoming will be meeting for the first time since 2008, but will be meeting for the 68th time, which will tie for the seventh-most rivalry in school history. The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 44-23, just one of two Mountain West teams that Utah State has a losing record against. Saturday will be USU's first visit to Laramie since Dec. 3, 1997, won by the Cowboys, 67-61. The teams first met on Jan. 15, 1926, also won by Wyoming, 54-18. Utah State has won three of the last five meetings, including the last meeting on Dec. 31, 2008, 90-85 in OT, in the final game of the 2008 Duel In The Desert. USU is 6-26 at Laramie, last winning there on Feb. 16, 1962, losing the last three visits there.

MORRILL VS WYOMING
While USU and Wyoming haven't faced each other of late, USU veteran head coach Stew Morrill is 7-10 (.412) all-time against the Cowboys, as his three head coaching positions have been in three of the six states bordering Wyoming, posting an 0-2 record at Montana (1987-91), a 6-8 ledger at Colorado State (1992-98) and a 1-0 mark at USU (1999-pres.).

HOME STATERS
Utah State has six players from the state of Utah including junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

Wyoming has two players on its roster from the Cowboy State in sophomore guard Aaron Tyser (Buffalo/Buffalo HS/Sheridan College [Wyo.]) and sophomore guard Jason McManamen (Torrington/Torrington HS).

Neither USU nor Wyoming have any players from the other's state.

ALL-TIME AGGIE GREATS FROM THE STATE OF WYOMING
Utah State men's basketball all-time leading scorer Jaycee Carroll headlines the list of USU greats who hail from the state of Wyoming. Carroll, a native of Evanston, was a two-time Associated Press All-American (2007, 2008) and the 2008 WAC Player of the Year, and is USU's all-time leading scorer with 2,522 career points, while ranking first all-time in school history in nine other categories. USU football players from the state of Wyoming including defensive end Ben Crosland (Kemmerer) who was named the 1997 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News. Defensive end John Chick (Gillette) earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2005; offensive guard Joe Crum (Rawlins) earned first-team all-Big West Conference honors in 1981 and second-team honors in 1982; and defensive back Paul Gustafson (Casper) earned second-team all-Big West honors in 1994. Aggie women's soccer player Jayme Gordy (Cheyenne) earned first-team all-Big West honors in 1999 and 2000, while earning second-team honors in 1998 and honorable mention honors in 1997, and ranks second all-time in school history in goals in a season (13) and career (35).

OTHER USU-WYOMING CONNECTIONS
USU Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, Doug Hoffman, is a Thermopolis, Wyo., native and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Hoffman was also a graduate assistant in the media relations office at Wyoming from 1994-97.

LAST MEETING VERSUS WYOMING - DEC. 31, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's finale of the Duel in the Desert, sponsored by Gossner Foods was a doozy, as USU beat Wyoming, 90-85, in overtime at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Dec. 31, 2008. USU improved to 12-1 on the season with the win, capturing the tournament title with a 3-0 record. The Cowboys fall to 11-3 with the loss. The Aggies also moved to 34-1 all-time in tournaments it hosts, after posting a 26-0 ledger in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-72, 1982). USU junior guard Jared Quayle was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Aggie teammates senior forward Gary Wilkinson and sophomore forward Tai Wesley. Wyoming's Brandon Ewing and Tyson Johnson were also selected, in addition to Houston Baptist's Gordon Watt. Quayle led USU with his second double-double as an Aggie, tying a game-high as well as logging a new career-best with 24 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds. Wilkinson tallied 20 points and eight rebounds, while Wesley added 18 points and six boards. Sophomore guard Tyler Newbold tossed in 15 points. Johnson led five Wyoming players in double-figures, matching Quayle with 24 points, while Brandon Ewing tallied 20 points, 16 after halftime, including a three-pointer at the regulation buzzer to force overtime. Sean Ogirri added 15 points, Afam Muojeke tossed in 12 points and Adam Waddell notched 10 points. Djibril Thiam pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds as Wyoming had a 36-35 rebounding edge, including 17 on the offensive glass. The Cowboys were ahead 72-68 with 2:57 to play after consecutive Johnson layups but a tip-in from Quayle, followed by two free throws each from Wesley and Wilkinson gave USU a 74-73 lead. Quayle hit a pair of shots from the charity stripe with 4.1 seconds left before Ewing's long three-pointer from the top of the arc forced OT. Two free pitch shots from Wilkinson and a layup from sophomore guard Pooh Williams gave the Aggies an 80-76 lead in the extra frame and they never looked back. A layup from Ewing drew the Cowboys to 82-80 at the 2:29 mark, but Newbold drained a trey from the top of the arc for a five-point cushion and USU prevailed. Wyoming stormed out to a 14-8 lead in the first five minutes of the game, making seven of their first nine shots. USU later trailed, 19-15, before going on a 12-2 run, capped by a Wesley layup. The Aggies took a 36-31 lead into intermission and were ahead for a good portion of the second half until the Cowboys took a 55-54 lead with 9:52 on the clock after a three-pointer by Ogirri, setting up the back-and-forth battle to the end of regulation. USU ended the night shooting 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the floor, hitting just 3-of-12 (25.0 percent) of its three-pointers, all by Newbold. The Aggies also were 25-of-32 (78.1 percent) at the free throw line. Wyoming was 33-of-72 (45.8 percent) from the field, and 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) behind the arc, as Ogirri and Ewing made three each. At the free throw line, the Cowboys were 11-of-16 (68.8 percent).

LAST MEETING AT WYOMING - DEC. 3, 1997
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Utah State dropped a 67-61 decision at Wyoming on Dec. 3, 1997. The Aggies had three players score in double-figures as Marcus Saxon had 18, Justin Jones 17, and Brandon Birth 16. However, only two other Aggies scored in the game including Donnie Johnson (seven) and Tyrone Allick (three). USU led just one time in the game after Marcus Saxon hit two free throws to make it 51-49 with 8:15 left in the game. UW went on a quick 6-0 run before USU cut it to 56-55. USU held Wyoming to just 38.5 percent shooting, but the Aggies made only 42.0 percent and committed 15 turnovers to four by Wyoming. UW also enjoyed a 22-of-31 night at the free throw line, while USU was 13-of-17. The Aggies did out-rebound Wyoming 38-29.

SECOND COMING OF Marcel Davis
Utah State will have a Marcel Davis on the roster both in its last visit to Laramie in 1997 and this weekend. The 1997-98 Marcel Davis was a junior forward while the 2013-14 Marcel Davis is a sophomore guard. The 1997-98 Marcel Davis did not see any action in the Dec. 3, 1997 meeting.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a combined 253-185 (.578) record against current Mountain West Conference teams. The Aggies have a winning record against eight of the 10 other teams, ironically the first eight of the alphabetical list, while trailing to the bottom two teams on the list, UNLV and Wyoming. USU has posted a 10-3 (.769) mark against Air Force, 28-9 (.757) record against Boise State, a palindromic 53-35 (.602) ledger versus Colorado State, 31-20 (.608) record versus Fresno State, 31-16 (.660) record against Nevada, 19-5 (.792) mark versus New Mexico, 3-1 (.750) against San Diego State, 52-21 (.712) versus San José State, 3-28 (.097) ledger against UNLV and 23-44 (.343) against Wyoming.

USU IN FEBRUARY
Saturday will be USU's first of eight games in the month of February. The Aggies are 76-32 (.704) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 30-25 (.545) record on the road. This is USU's 12th game on a Saturday, its most-played on day of the week so far this season, posting a 6-5 mark on Saturdays, as part of 152-60 (.717) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Feb. 1 for the first time since 2004. USU is 6-5 (.545) all-time in known games played on Feb. 1, winning its last two games on the date.

A LOOK BACK AT THE NEW MEXICO GAME
LOGAN, Utah - Down by double-digits early in the second half, Utah State closed to 54-52 with 7:43 to go, but New Mexico closed out the game with a 24-13 scoring spurt to pull away for a 78-65 win Tuesday night in Mountain West men's basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU, which was playing its second game in four days and its third in six days, falls to 12-8 overall and 2-6 in Mountain West action. New Mexico, who is receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, won its fourth in a row and ninth in the last 10 in improving to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in MW play, remaining in second-place in the league standings behind seventh-ranked San Diego State, who is 7-0 in conference play and 18-1 overall. UNM improved to 5-0 in road league games and 6-1 overall on the road. Tuesday night was the first meeting between the Aggies and Lobos since 1979, and was New Mexico's first visit to Logan since the 1961-62 season. The loss snapped USU's four-game winning streak in the series, as it was UNM's first win in the series since 1960-61, as well as the Aggies' first known home loss in the series, which USU now leads 19-5 overall and 5-1 in known games in Logan. Senior center Jarred Shaw posted a team-high 15 points, adding seven rebounds, to share team-leading honors with senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, while senior guard Preston Medlin notched 13 points to go, netting three three-pointers to go with dishing out a career-high nine assists. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench, in his first action since Jan. 18 due to a knee injury. Shaw and Davis also logged two blocks apiece. New Mexico was led by 22 points by Cameron Bairstow, adding six rebounds and four blocks. He is the brother of Utah State women's basketball sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow. Kendall Williams recorded 16 points to go with three assists, three steals and three rebounds. Cullen Neal notched 13 points, netting three three-pointers, while Deshawn Delaney added 12 points. Hugh Greenwood snared a game-high 10 rebounds, helping UNM to a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Utah State shot 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field, making half of its three-pointers (6-of-12). USU made 86.7 percent (13-of-15) of its free throws, the Aggies' second-highest percentage of the season, bouncing back from a season-low 28.6 percent in their last game. Utah State netted its first 11 free throws of the night before missing a pair in the final minute. New Mexico drained 45.8 percent (27-of-59) of its field goals, logging 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from three-point range, in addition to 84.2 percent (16-of-19) at the charity stripe. USU and UNM combined to make their first 13 free throws of the game, as the Aggies were 4-of-4 in the first half and the Lobos were 9-of-9 before Williams missed two with 55 seconds left in the half. The visiting Lobos scored the game's first five points before USU scored the next eight, starting with a trey by Medlin, then a triple by senior guard TeNale Roland and bucket by Shaw for an 8-5 Aggie advantage exactly three minutes into the game. USU later had an 11-7 lead after a three-pointer from the right wing by freshman forward Jalen Moore with 16:22 to go. That would be the Aggies' largest lead of the night, as the Lobos reeled off a 7-0 run, capped by a layup by Williams for a 14-11 lead with 15:09 on the first half clock. USU countered with a 10-6 scoring streak, with freshman guard Viko Noma'aea netting a three-pointer and then Medlin drained a triple for a 21-20 Aggie lead with 9:39 to go. However, that would be the home team's last lead of the night, as the Lobos scored 15 of the next 19 points to take a 35-25 lead after a trey by Neal at the 5:50 mark and the visitors took a 41-33 lead into halftime. New Mexico took a 47-35 lead with 17:19 to play in the second stanza, but Utah State closed to 54-52 following a trey by Medlin with 9:44 left. The Lobos took a timeout and promptly scored the next five points of the game on a pair of Bairstow free pitches and another Neal trey for a 59-52 lead with 7:59 remaining. USU got within 61-57 at the 7:19 mark after two free throws by Moore, but UNM notched the next seven points of the game to open a 68-57 lead and pulled away for the 78-65 win.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO GAME
TEAM NOTES
* Utah State is now 10-3 at home on the season and has won 73 of its last 85 home games. Overall, USU is now 234-25 at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 129-15 record in conference games.
* Utah State is now 3-4 on the season and 77-32 during the last 14 years following a loss.
* Utah State is now 94-36 during the month of January under Morrill, including a 56-8 home record.
* Utah State is now 1-7 on the season when trailing at the half.
* Utah State shot 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) marking the eighth time this year it has shot at least 50.0 percent from behind the arc.
* Utah State is now 3-4 on the season when it gets out-rebounded as UNM had a 36-30 advantage on the glass.
* Utah State had just nine turnovers marking the eighth time this year it has had single-digit turnovers.
* Utah State had five blocked shots marking the 10th time this year it has had at least five blocked shots in a game.
* Utah State shot 86.7 percent from the free throw line (13-15), which is its second-highest shooting percentage of the season from the line as it shot 89.5 percent (17-19) from the line at UC Santa Barbara.
* New Mexico had 14 offensive rebounds marking the fifth-straight game and ninth game this year that USU has allowed double-digit offensive rebounds.
* New Mexico's 78 points are tied for the most allowed by Utah State at home this year along with Pacific.

PLAYER NOTES
* Senior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the 15th time this year and 60th time in his career with his 13 points. Overall, Medlin now has 1,231 points in his career to rank 23rd all-time at USU in scoring. Medlin also had a career-high nine assists in the game.
* Senior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the 12th time this year and 38th time in his career with his 15 points. Shaw also had two blocked shots in the game to give him 50 blocked shots in his career to become the 15th player in school history to record at least 50 blocks.
* Sophomore forward Kyle Davis scored in double-figures for the ninth time this year with his 10 points.
* Senior guard TeNale Roland played a season-high 33 minutes.
* Freshman guard Viko Noma'aea tied his season-high with three points.

ASSISTING AGGIES
According to BasketballState.com, Utah State currently leads the nation in percentage of baskets assisted at 68.8 percent (games through 1/29/14).

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DISHING `EM OUT
USU is averaging 17.4 assists per game, ranking first in the Mountain West and eighth in the NCAA as of the Jan. 27 rankings. The Aggies have seven games with 20 or more assists, including five of the last eight games, as well as just shy of 20 with 19 at Boise State on Jan. 18, having a streak of four in a row halted with a then-season-low 14 helpers in the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11, before being limited to just four assists at UNLV on Jan. 22. USU is 5-2 when dishing out 20 or more assists, as well as 9-4 overall when having more assists than the opposition.

DOWNTOWN AGGIES
USU leads the Mountain West and is sixth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.416), boosted recently by netting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) against Colorado State (1/15) as well as shooting 50.0 percent both at Boise State (1/18) and home versus San Diego State (1/25), hitting an identical 9-of-18 in both games, adding 50.0 percent at home against New Mexico (1/28), netting 6-of-12.

The Aggies have shot over 40.0 percent behind the arc in 11 games this season as well as over 50.0 percent in four of the last five as part of eight total games this season. USU has made a season-high 71.4 percent twice, first against Western Illinois (5-of-7) on Dec. 19, and again versus San José State (10-of-14) on Jan. 4.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 248 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

NO THREES FOR YOU
USU has limited the opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from three-point range in 14 of the 20 games, including nine games holding the opponent below 30.0 percent shooting from behind the arc.

The Aggies are currently third in the Mountain West and 44th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.310).

Utah State limited Troy to just 2-of-19 from three-point range for just 10.5 percent on Dec. 21, the fewest three-point percentage since holding Seattle to just 10.0 percent (2-20) last season on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The two three-pointers is tied for the fewest allowed by the USU defense this season, matching the two made by BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12).

USU kept the opponent below 35.0 percent for the first seven games of the season before Pacific broke through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage on Dec. 7, a season-high for a USU opponent and then UCSB on Dec. 20 with 42.9 percent (9-of-21) and San José State on Jan. 4 at 42.9 percent (15-of-35). SJSU also had a season-high 15 three-pointers on Jan. 4. New Mexico shot 42.1 percent (8-of-19) on Jan. 28.

The Aggies also held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24), Southern Utah (11/12) was limited to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), as was Western Illinois (12/19) to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), Utah Valley was held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU). San Diego Christian netted 34.6 percent (9-of-26) on Dec. 28. The Aggies held Nevada to 27.8 percent (5-of-18) on Jan. 11 and limited Colorado State to 26.3 percent (5-of-19) on Jan. 15, before Boise State broke through with 35.7 percent (10-of-28) on Jan. 18, but then USU held UNLV to 31.8 percent (7-of-22) on Jan. 22 and limited San Diego State to 26.7 percent (4-of-15) on Jan. 25.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU is 9-3 this season when netting 70 or more points. The Aggies won their first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, but then bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, and then UC Santa Barbara, Troy and San Diego Christian. USU then lost at Air Force when scoring 72, but then beat San José State in scoring 84 before losing at Boise State with 74 points. USU went 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 101 of its last 110 games (.918), when reaching 70 points and is 243-34 (.877) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 1-2 this season, having scored less than 60 in three of the last four games, and 27-52 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 5-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 125 of its last 131 games (.954) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 190-16 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in 12 of its 18 games this season and is 11-1 this season when leading at intermission. USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' lone loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 95 of its last 98 games (.969) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 302-26 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-7 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State (11/26), while falling at home to Pacific (12/7), at Air Force (1/1), at Nevada (1/11), at Boise State (1/18) and at UNLV (1/22), along with home versus San Diego State (1/25) and New Mexico (1/28) after being behind at the break. USU is 48-91 (.345) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 363-124 (.745) during the last 14 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU's 77-71 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20 was the Aggies' first extra session game this season and then Utah State went extra time with No. 7 San Diego State on Jan. 25, falling 74-69. The Aggies are now 1-1 in OT this season after going 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won eight of its last 11 extra session games and Utah State is 55-42 (.567) all-time in overtime games.

TWICE OVER 80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better in three games this season, including two in the last three games, sandwiched around a season-low 28.6 percent vs. San Diego State (1/25). USU's season-high is 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. The Aggies shot 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at UNLV on Jan. 22 and 86.7 vs. New Mexico (13-of-15) on Jan. 28.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+6.7), as well as 16th in the NCAA stats as of Jan. 27.

Utah State has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. USU has out-rebounded its opponent in 13 of the 18 games so far this season, and the Aggies are 9-4 when having more rebounds than the opposition.

After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies have bounced back to have a positive rebounding edge in the next 10 games, before getting out-rebounded in the blowout win over Troy on Dec. 21 (30-29), but then dominating the glass in the win over San Diego Christian (56-17). The Aggies were out-rebounded by Air Force, 30-26, on Jan. 1, before bouncing back with a +20 rebounding advantage (42-22) against San José State on Jan. 4 and a +13 (48-35) at Nevada on Jan. 11.

The Aggies have been out-rebounded six total games, including four of the last five, by Colorado State on Jan. 15, 37-31, by Boise State on Jan. 18, 35-23, then at UNLV on Jan. 22, 44-29 (-15), for the Aggies' largest margin getting out-rebounded this season for the third game in a row. USU bounced back with a +4 edge (36-33) in the San Diego State game on Jan. 25 before getting out-rebounded by New Mexico on Jan. 28, 36-30.

USU doubled-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific, then posted a +18 (39-21) against Utah Valley and +16 (34-18) against Western Illinois and a +11 (40-29) advantage over UC Santa Barbara.

The 17 rebounds by San Diego Christian are a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest since last season when Idaho had 16 on Jan. 13, 2013. USU's +39 rebounding advantage against San Diego Christian was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).

USU's REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State snared a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over San Diego Christian, out-rebounding SDCC, 56-17, for a +39 rebounding advantage. Both the 56 rebounds and +39 rebounding advantage are the Aggies' largest since they had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 and the largest rebounding advantage since +48 in the same game against Chaminade (65-17).

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 40 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 25 times, including nine total times this season including six of the last eight games. Utah State is 20-5 (.800) during those 25 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 11-1 when leading at halftime; 1-7 when trailing at halftime; 11-3 when shooting better from the field; 1-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-4 when shooting better from three-point range; 3-4 when shooting worse from three-point range; 6-4when shooting better from the free throw line; 6-4 when shooting worse from the charity stripe than the opponent; 9-4 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-4 when getting out-rebounded; 6-2 when blocking more shots; 4-4 when blocking fewer shots; 2-2 when blocking the same number of shots; 10-7 when dishing out more assists; 2-1 when having fewer assists; 3-1 when having more steals; 7-6 when having fewer steals; 2-1 when swiping the same amount of steals and 8-4 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench while 4-4 when bench is out-scored by the opposition's bench.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,231 career points and climbed to No. 23 on the USU career scoring list, passing Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points. Medlin has played in 95 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has climbed up to No. 23, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points and the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters Saturday's game needing five points for the No. 22 position, currently held by Max Perry (1959-61) with 1,236 points, seven points for the No. 21 spot, held by Jim Boatwright (1972-74) with 1,238 points and 24 points to crack the top 20, as Rich Haws (1973-75) holds the No. 20 position with 1,255 points.

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MEDLIN AND BUTTERFIELD AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield are making their marks in the USU three-point shooting record books. Medlin is currently No. 6 on USU's career three-pointers made list with 192, passing Justin Jones (1996-98) with 183, while Butterfield has 92 career three-pointers, needing 20 to crack the top 11. Butterfield is shooting 44.2 percent (92-of-208) from three-point range, ranking No. 5 on USU's career three-point percentage list, while Medlin is shooting 42.4 percent from three-point range (192-of-453) during his Utah State career to rank sixth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 189 passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the seventh player with 400 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 6 with 453.

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BUTTERING UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-figures in 13 of the Aggies' 16 games, including netting a career-high 31 points in USU's 77-71 OT win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, at one point scoring seven of USU's points in a row. Butterfield's 31 points are the most points scored by an Aggie since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012.

Butterfield's scoring in double-figures 15 times this year is part of 33 times in his career. His 31 points against UCSB was also the second time this year and fifth time in his career he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Butterfield added a season-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and eighth of his career. He also has eight career double-figure rebounding games.

BUTTERFIELD AND MEDLIN MAKING MARK ON SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE LIST
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and fellow senior, guard Preston Medlin are also leaving their marks on the Aggies' single-season three-point shooting percentage list. Medlin is netting 46.7 percent (49-of-105) from distance, tying for the No. 5 spot. Butterfield currently is shooting 46.3 percent (44-of-95), good for No. 8 on USU's single-season list.

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SHAW BLOCKING WAY UP CAREER LISTS
Senior center Jarred Shaw is closing in on the USU career blocked shots lists, as he currently has 50 blocked shots in 46 career games, for a 1.09 blocks per game average. Shaw broke into the top 15 of the Aggies' career total blocks list and his 1.09 bpg average ranks fifth on USU's career blocks per game average.

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DAVIS ON SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS LISTS
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is closing in on the Aggies' single-season blocked shots list, as he has 26 blocks so far this season. Davis also has climbed his way into the USU single-season blocks per game average, as his current average of 1.7 blocks per game is tied for third.

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DAVIS AND DAVIS BOARDING AND DISHING FOR AGGIES
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis has recorded double-digit rebounding outings in three of the last seven games he has played in as part of five of last nine. In all, he has six double-figure rebounding games this season, which have come in last 13 games. Headlining those numbers is a career-high 15 boards as part of a double-double with 15 points in USU's win over San Diego Christian. He has five double-doubles, as the UC Santa Barbara game was the first time this season that he did not get log a double-double with double-figure rebounds, as he was limited to four points while snaring 10 rebounds, adding 11 points and 11 rebounds at Air Force, then 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over San José State.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Marcel Davis tied his career-high with eight assists vs. UCSB, and followed that up with six assists at Air Force, which all came in the first four minutes on USU's first six baskets of the half. He has distributed at least five assists in five games this season and 14 in his career.

BENCH TORCHES NETS
USU's bench had a 45-9 bench-points scoring advantage in the Troy game on Dec. 21. It was a season-high scoring outing for the Aggies' bench, and the fourth time this season that the USU reserves had scored more than 20 points.

The 45 bench points was USU's most since scoring 48 against Montana Wester on Feb. 16, 2011, a span of 86 games.

Overall, the Aggies' bench has netted 20 or more points a total of seven times, with 32 vs. Southern Utah (11/12), 24 vs. Mississippi State (11/23), 23 vs. Pacific (12/7), 45 against Troy (12/21), 21 vs. San Diego Christian (12/28), 24 against Air Force (1/1) and 34 vs. San José State (1/4).

FOLLOWING A LOSS
The Aggies are 3-4 this season and 77-31 (.713) during the last 14 years following a loss. USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. USU lost at Air Force on Jan. 1, but followed that with a win over San José State on Jan. 4, then following the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11 with a win over Colorado State on Jan. 15. After losing at Boise State on Jan. 18, USU lost at UNLV on Jan. 22, for its second two-game losing skid of the season, and then lost at home to No. 7 San Diego State on Jan. 25 and to New Mexico for its first four-game losing skein of the season.

AGGIES CLIMBING TEAM BESTS MARKS
The 2013-14 edition of Aggie basketball is leaving its mark in several of USU's single-season team bests lists:

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AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of six newcomers, with one sophomore and five freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The five freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by BYU's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore. Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 23
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 23 for the week of Dec. 15-22. Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) was named the Tournament MVP of the Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, leading USU to a 3-0 record on the weekend, beating Western Illinois, 68-52, on Dec. 19, then rallying to beat UC Santa Barbara, 77-71 in OT on Dec. 20, and then capping the weekend with a 71-50 win over Troy on Dec. 21. In what ended up being the game for the Classic championship against UC Santa Barbara, Butterfield netted a career-high 31 points, tallying 24 points after halftime. He spearheaded USU's rally from down, 60-52, with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime, as he had seven-straight points on a pair of free throws, then a three-pointer and capped by a steal and layup to tie the game at 62-all with 1:44 left. Butterfield then scored seven of USU's 12 points in OT on a three-pointer, a layup and two more free throws to secure the victory. Butterfield's 31 points were the most by an Aggie player since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. With his season-high 10 rebounds, Butterfield collected his first double-double of the season and his eighth of his career. He added three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play. In the win over WIU, Butterfield posted 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes of play. In the victory over Troy, he capped off the weekend with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. For the week, Butterfield averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range as part of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) field goal shooting, along with 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 378-137 (.734) at USU.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montgomery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for the award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 596-275 (.684) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 484-254 (.656) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 440-277 (.614) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 124-70 (.639) all-time against Mountain West teams.

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