Feb. 4, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 24 No. 21/22 Utah State (21-2, 10-0) vs. Boise State (12-10, 5-5) Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Radio Network CW30
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,449-1,004 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 17 years.
Utah State's 21-2 record this year is its third-best start to a season in school history trailing the 2003-04 and 2008-09 teams that each won 25 of its first 27 games, and all three of those teams were under the direction of current head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State has won 27 straight home games, which is the third-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Duke (31) and Kentucky (29). Overall, USU has won 79 of its last 81 home games with its last loss coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 as the Gaels snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State has won 29 straight Western Athletic Conference games at home, which is a school record, and 38 of its last 39 overall. The last WAC team to beat USU at home was Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007.
Utah State is 189-13 (.936) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill, which includes a 97-8 (.924) record against conference opponents and a 42-3 (.933) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 484-106 (.820) in this its 41st year in the building.
Utah State has won a WAC record 24 straight league games, including 11 straight on the road. Overall, USU has won 42 of its last 46 WAC games and is 50-8 (.862) in WAC play during the last four years. Those 24 consecutive conference wins is also a school record.
Utah State has won a season-high 16 straight games and 36 of its last 38 regular season games dating back to the 2009-2010 campaign with both of those losses coming against ranked teams as it lost at No. 23 BYU (78-72) and lost at No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) this year.
Utah State's current 16-game winning streak is the third-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Ohio State (23) and Coastal Carolina (19), while its 21 wins are tied for the third-most in the nation behind Ohio State (23) and San Diego State (22). USU is also one of just eight teams in the nation with two or fewer losses joining Ohio State (23-0), San Diego State (22-1), Kansas (21-1), BYU (21-2), Coastal Carolina (21-2), Duke (20-2) and Pittsburgh (20-2).
As of Friday, Feb. 4, Utah State has an RPI of 28 and a strength of schedule of 157 according to RealTimeRPI.com, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 15th.
Utah State (21-2, 10-0), who is ranked No. 21 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 22nd in this week's Associated Press Poll, hosts Boise State (12-10, 5-5) on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally on CW30 with Mychal Clanton (color) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be aired live on KVNU 610 AM/95.9 FM in Cache Valley and 1320 AM along the Wasatch Front.
UTAH STATE VS. BOISE STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Boise State will be playing for the 35th time this weekend in what is the 20th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against BSU was on March 2, 1974.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State continued its climb up the national polls this week and is now ranked 21st in the nation in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll released Monday and 22nd in the latest Associated Press poll. USU was ranked 25th in last week's coaches' poll and 30th in the AP poll. For Utah State, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons it has been ranked in both polls as it was most recently ranked during the 2008-09 season, climbing as high as 17th in the coaches' poll and 21st in the AP poll. Utah State also spent six straight weeks in the top 25 during the 2003-04 season as it climbed as high as 19th in the AP poll and 21st in the coaches' poll. Prior to that, USU's last national ranking was during the 1977-78 season when it finished the year ranked 17th in the United Press International poll.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD AS A RANKED TEAM UNDER MORRILL
With its No. 21/22 national ranking this week, Utah State has now been ranked during three different seasons (2004, 2009, 2011) under head coach Stew Morrill. In those three seasons, Utah State has played a total of 21 games as a top 25 team and went 8-3 as a ranked team during the 2003-04 season, 4-3 during the 2008-09 campaign and 3-0 thus far this year for a combined record of 15-6 (.714) as a top 25 team.
UTAH STATE PLAYING FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT WAC TITLE
Utah State is looking to win its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship this year after sharing the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, and winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
UTAH STATE'S THREE-STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS A SCHOOL RECORD
Utah State's current run of winning three-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history. The previous record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE NOTCHES 12TH STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON AND 21ST 21 WIN SEASON ALL-TIME
With its 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i, Utah State has now won 20 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons to extend its current school record. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, it is the 26th time in school history that USU has won 20 games and the 21st time in has won at least 21 games in a season.
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS ACROSS THE NATION UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY
With its 10-0 start to Western Athletic Conference play, Utah State is one of just nine teams across the nation yet to loss a league game along with Duquesne of the Atlantic-10, Texas of the Big 12, Coastal Carolina of the Big South, Ohio State of the Big Ten, Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania of the Ivy League, and Oakland of The Summitt League. For USU, it is the second time in its six years in the WAC that it is 10-0 in league play joining the 2008-09 team that won its first 12 WAC games. Overall, it is the fourth time in school history that USU has started conference play with 10 straight wins (2001, 2004, 2009, 2011), all under Morrill.
CURRENT SENIOR CLASS WINNINGEST GROUP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current senior class that includes four-year players Matt Formisano, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams are the winningest players in school history with a four-year record of 102-26 (.797). Nate Harris (2003-06) was the winningest player in school history as he had a four-year record of 96-30 (.762).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 21-2 on the season and 10-0 in the Western Athletic Conference following its 67-45 home win against Nevada Wednesday. USU is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 59.9 percent from the field and 69.1 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green is averaging 11.5 points and shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists and shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 23.0 percent from three-point range and 79.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams is averaging 8.9 points and shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent at the free throw line. And junior forward Brady Jardine is averaging 8.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, while shooting 56.0 percent from the field and 63.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 71.9 points and shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.6 points and its opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT 16-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current 16-game winning streak, which is a season-high, Utah State is averaging 74.9 points, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from three-point range and 73.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.0 points during its last 16 games while its opponents are shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from three-point range and 63.5 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE'S 16-GAME WINNING STREAK FIFTH-LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current 16-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in school history trailing the 1999-2000 and 2008-09 teams that won 19 straight games, and the 2003-04 and 2009-10 teams that won 17 straight games.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is averaging 74.6 points during its last five games, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three-point range and 77.5 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 60.0 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 39.9 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent at the line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Feb. 4, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (58.6), first in scoring margin (+13.3), first in assists (15.04), first in field goal percentage (.467), first in rebound margin (+8.7), second in three-point field goal percentage (.372), second in free throw shooting (.721), second in field goal percentage defense (.387), second in rebounding (37.7), fourth in scoring (71.9), fifth in blocked shots (3.39) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.321). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks third in field goal shooting (.599), fifth in rebounding (7.8), sixth in blocked shots (0.96) and eighth in scoring (14.0). Senior guard Brian Green ranks first in three-point shooting (.471), ninth in overall shooting (.481) and 14th in scoring (11.5). Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks first in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.79) and sixth in assists (3.13). Junior guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in free throw shooting (.794), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10) and seventh in assists (3.00). Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks second in blocked shots (1.26), fourth in rebounding (7.9) and fourth in field goal shooting (.560), and senior guard Pooh Williams ranks 10th in three-point shooting (.384).
UTAH STATE RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN REBOUND MARGIN
As of Friday, Feb. 4, Utah State ranks sixth in the nation in rebound margin (+8.7), fourth in winning percentage (.913), 10th in scoring defense (58.6), 13th in field goal percentage defense (.387), 16th in scoring margin (+13.3), 30th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28), 34th in fewest turnovers per game (11.8) and 46th in overall shooting (.467).
NEWBOLD RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION IN ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO
Senior guard Tyler Newbold currently ranks third in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.79-to-1.00. As a sophomore in 2008, Newbold finished the year with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.96-to-1.00 setting a still-standing NCAA single-season record.
UTAH STATE ONE OF JUST SEVEN TEAMS TO WIN 20-PLUS GAMES IN EACH OF THE LAST 11 YEARS
Entering the 2009-10 season, Utah State was one of just three teams across the country to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. Furthermore, USU entered the 2009-10 season as one of just eight teams to win at least 20 games in each of the last 11 years along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Syracuse and Texas.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and its current 16-game winning streak this year.
GREEN NAMED WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Brian Green has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday as he led Utah State to a pair of road wins at San Jose State (84-65) and at Hawai'i (89-84 2OT). It is the first time in his career that Green has been named WAC Player of the Week and the fourth time that a Utah State player has received the award this year as senior forward Tai Wesley has won it twice and junior forward Brady Jardine won it once. Against the Spartans, Green scored a career-high 25 points and tied his career-high with six rebounds as he was 8-of-9 from the field, 5-of-5 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Green also tied a school record for shooting percentage from three in the game. Against the Rainbow Warriors, Green scored 22 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists in a career-high 38 minutes. In the game, Green hit a pair of game-tying shots as he tied it at 66-all to send it into overtime on a long two-pointer, and then hit a 30-footer late in the first overtime to tie it at 73, sending it into another extra period. Green than sank four straight free throws in the final six seconds of the second overtime to seal the win. For the week, Green averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and shot 68.2 percent from the field (15-22), 61.5 percent from three-point range (8-13) and 90.0 percent at the free throw line (9-10).
UTAH STATE'S BENCH RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN SCORING
Utah State's bench had an outstanding weekend last week as it scored a season-high 42 points at San Jose State and then scored 37 points at Hawai'i. On the season, USU is now 15-2 when its bench outscores its opponents bench and 6-0 when its bench is outscored. Through 23 games, Utah State's bench is averaging 23.5 points and 11.3 rebounds, and those 23.5 points rank second in the WAC behind Fresno State's bench (23.95).
AGGIES SCORE 80-PLUS POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK ROAD GAMES
Traditionally, Utah State teams coached by Stew Morrill use defense and limit possessions to win games on the road, but last weekend it was the Aggies' offense that produced its two wins as USU scored a season-high 84 points at San Jose State and then topped that with a season-high 89 points at Hawai'i. During its two road games last week, USU averaged 86.5 points and shot 46.3 percent from the field (56-121), 48.6 percent from three-point range (18-37) and 79.6 percent from the free throw line (43-54). For Utah State, it is the second-time this year that it has scored 80-plus points in back-to-back games, but the first time it has done it on the road since the 2004-05 season.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 14-0 this year and has won 22 straight games dating back to last season when allowing fewer than 60 points. The last time USU lost a game when allowing fewer than 60 points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52. Overall, USU is 171-9 (.950) under Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points.
LEADING AT THE HALF
Utah State is 18-0 this year and has won 42 straight games when leading at the half. The last time USU lost when leading at the half was on Nov. 21, 2009 at Northeastern. Overall the last 12 years, USU is 250-23 (.916) when leading at the half and 41-61 (.402) when trailing at the half.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO DOMINANT THE GLASS
Utah State continues to be one of the best rebounding teams in the Western Athletic Conference as it is 18-0 this year when it out-rebounds its opponents. On the year, USU has a rebound margin of plus 8.7 boards per game to lead the WAC and rank sixth nationally.
AGGIES HAVE HAD SEVEN DIFFERENT PLAYERS LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING THIS YEAR
Utah State has had seven players lead the team in scoring this year led by senior guard Brian Green and senior forward Tai Wesley who have led the team six times each. Junior guard Brockeith Pane has led the team in scoring five times, senior guard Pooh Williams has led the team in scoring three times, while senior forward Nate Bendall, senior guard Tyler Newbold and junior forward Brady Jardine have led the team in scoring once each.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-pointer in 151 straight games and the last time it did not make a three-pointer was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62.
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN THREE-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State is one of nine teams in the nation to win at least three-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 10 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with six straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won four-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy), Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Robert Morris (Northeast Conference) and Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have all won three-straight league titles.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 14-1 this year and has won 55 of its last 57 games when scoring at least 70 points.
RECAPPING THE NEVADA GAME
Junior guard Brockeith Pane provided a game-high 18 points to lead No. 21/22 Utah State to a 67-45 triumph over Nevada Wednesday night. The 47 points by Nevada is its fewest overall points scored since December, 2001. Pane was joined in double-digits by junior forward Brady Jardine with 14 points and was one rebound shy of his fourth double-double of the season with a team-leading tying nine boards. The senior duo of forward Tai Wesley and guard Pooh Williams added eight points apiece with Wesley matching Jardine's nine rebounds. Senior guard Tyler Newbold collected seven rebounds and dished out a game-high four assists, part of the Aggies' 15 helpers on the night. USU had a 42-33 rebounding advantage. Nevada was led by Deonte Burton with 11 points while Olek Czyz, Dario Hunt and Malik Story all added seven points each. Hunt notched game highs of 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Aggie defense forced 13 Wolf Pack turnovers while only committing seven miscues, paving the way for a 19-1 points off turnovers advantage. Wednesday was Utah State's fifth single-digit turnover outing of the season, winning on all five occasions. USU shot 26-of-63 (.413) from the field, including 5-of-22 (.227) from three-point range, while making 10-of-13 (.769) at the free throw line. Nevada shot 32.7 percent (18-55) field goal shooting, making a paltry 2-of-17 (.118) behind the arc, as well as hitting 63.6 percent (7-11) at the charity stripe. The 11.8 three-point percentage is a new season-low for a USU opponent. Wednesday's battle started with seven lead changes and two ties in the first seven minutes of the game before USU overcame an 11-10 deficit with five unanswered for a 15-11 lead. Pane gave the Aggies the lead for good at 12-11 on a coast-to-coast rebound and fast break layup at the 13:23 mark and Jardine ended the spurt with a layup with 11:44 on the clock. A three-pointer from the top of the arc by Williams followed by a pair of Pane free throws gave USU a 27-19 lead with 4:40 left in the half, but Nevada closed out the half with a 9-2 spurt to close to 29-28 at the break. Czyz hit a three-point play on a dunk and was fouled with 46 seconds left and Burton netted a pair of free pitch shots with two ticks to play to pull with Wolf Pack within one. The one-point halftime margin would be the closest that Nevada would get. The Aggies opened the second stanza with a Willams three-pointer from the left corner, to spark a 12-3 streak that opened a 10-point lead, and Jardine scored on a putback to cap the run for a 41-31 Aggie advantage and Nevada never got within eight points again. Jardine later scored on a layup for USU's first 20-point lead at 62-41 with 3:38 left and senior forward Matt Formisano hit a baseline jumper with 1:28 to play for the Aggies' largest lead of the night at 67-43 before Devonte Elliott hit a layup with 22 seconds left for the final score.
AGGIES HOLD WOLF PACK TO LOWEST POINT TOTAL IN A DECADE
For the fifth time this year, Utah State held an opponent under 50 points as it defeated Nevada, 67-45, Wednesday. Those 45 points scored by the Wolf Pack are its fewest in a game since December, 2001 when it scored 40 points against Hawai'i. Last season, Utah State held six opponents under 50 points.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE NEVADA GAME
Utah State had single-digit turnovers for the fifth time this year with seven miscues... Nevada's nine blocks are a season-high for a USU opponent, while its 11.8 percent shooting from three (2-17) is a season-low for a USU opponent... Senior forward Tai Wesley took one charge to give him a team-leading 11 this season and had his fifth dunk of the season... Senior forward Nate Bendall took his fourth charge of the season... Sophomore guard E.J. Farris took his second charge of the season.
UTAH STATE WINS DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAGUE GAMES AGAIN
With its 10-0 Western Athletic Conference record, Utah State has now won at least 10 league games in each of the last four seasons and in 11 of the last 12 seasons overall. The only time USU has not won 10 or more league games in the past 12 years was during the 2006-07 WAC season when it finished with a 9-7 conference mark. Overall, it is the 16th time in the last 18 years and the 22nd time in school history that Utah State has won at least 10 conference games
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State is 92-70 (.568) in road games under Morrill including a 65-40 (.619) record against conference opponents and a 28-17 (.622) WAC record. During the last four years, Utah State is 27-10 (.730) on the road and 31-14 (.689) away from home. USU is 8-2 on the road this year and those eight road wins are tied for the eighth-most in school history.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last six years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
DID YOU KNOW?
The last time Utah State lost a Western Athletic Conference game was on Jan. 4, 2010 at Louisiana Tech, 82-60.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE
Boise State is 12-10 on the season and 5-5 in the Western Athletic Conference following a 73-66 home loss to Hawai'i Thursday. The Broncos are 6-6 on the road this year and are led by senior guard La'Shard Anderson who is averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 assists per game, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Robert Arnold is averaging 14.0 points and senior forward Daequon Montreal is averaging 10.5 points per game. As a team, Boise State is averaging 74.6 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, BSU is allowing 68.4 points and its opponents are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent at the free throw line. The Broncos return three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-17 and finished in eighth-place in the WAC with a 5-11 league mark. Leon Rice is in his first year as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES
Utah State and Boise State will be meeting for the 35th time this weekend with the Aggies owning a 26-8 all-time record against the Broncos, which includes a 16-0 record at home. USU has won four straight games in the series including a 68-59 win in Boise earlier this year. The last time Boise State won a game in the series was on Feb. 14, 2009 in Boise, 66-56, to snap USU's school-record tying 19-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won 20 of the last 25 games played in the series. Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 16-4 against Boise State while at USU and 22-11 against the Broncos all-time.
VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Under head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State is 47-7 (.870) versus teams from the state of Idaho, which includes a 16-4 record against Boise State, a 22-3 record against Idaho and a 9-0 record versus Idaho State.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has one player on its current roster who is from the state of Idaho in junior forward Brady Jardine. Jardine prepped at Twin Falls HS and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2005 as he averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading them to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship in 32 years.
UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is 64-24 (.727) in the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 39-4 (.907) record at home. The Aggies have won 16 straight home games in February with its last loss coming to Nevada, 75-57, on Feb. 25, 2006. USU is also 121-44 (.733) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 10-3 (.769) all-time in known games played on Feb. 5.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 221-106 (.676) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. And in 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 131-77 (.630) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 70-20 (.778) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 134-70 (.657) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 105-32 (.766) record at USU.
LAST MEETING AGAINST BOISE STATE
Junior guard Brockeith Pane had 19 points and eight rebounds and senior reserve guard Brian Green scored 16 points to lead Utah State to a turnover filled 68-59 road win at Boise State on Jan. 13, 2011. Utah State committed a season-high 22 turnovers including 14 in the final 20 minutes. Pane finished the game shooting 8-of-14 from the field for his 19 points, while Green was 5-of-7 overall including making 5-of-6 from three-point range for his 16 points. Senior guard Tyler Newbold finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three assists for Utah State, while junior forward Brady Jardine had eight points and five boards. Robert Arnold led all scorers with 20 points for Boise State and Westly Perryman had 12. Utah State held a 33-21 lead at the half but quickly saw that margin cut to three points as Boise State started the second-half on a 9-0 run. USU regrouped and extended its lead back to 11 at 44-33 on a layup by Jardine only to see the Broncos go on a 7-0 run to get within four as the Aggies committed turnovers on three-straight possessions against Boise State's full-court press. BSU closed to within two points at 52-50 with 7:32 to play but could get no closer as the Aggies maintained a six to nine point lead for the remainder of the game en route to its 68-59 win. Utah State shot 51.0 percent overall (26-51), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (9-21) and 58.3 percent at the free throw line (7-12). USU also out-rebounded the Broncos by five (41-36) improving to 14-0 on the season when it wins the battle of the glass. Boise State finished the game shooting just 32.3 percent (20-62), including just 20.8 percent from behind the arc (5-24) and 60.9 percent at the charity stripe (14-23). Boise State scored the first six points of the game as Utah State missed its first eight shots and didn't score until 14:50 to play in the half on a three-pointer from Newbold. USU took its first lead of the half at 14-13 on a layup by Pane and then went on an 11-0 run to turn a 17-17 tie into a 28-17 advantage for the visitors. USU finished the half making four-straight treys as it took a 33-21 lead into the locker room Green led Utah State with 12 first-half points as he was 4-of-4 from three-point range. In the first-half, USU shot 44.8 percent from the field (13-29) and 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15). The Aggies did not attempt a free throw in the first half.
LAST MEETING AGAINST BOISE STATE IN LOGAN
Junior reserve guard Brian Green led five Aggie players in double-figures with a career-high 14 points as Utah State coasted to an easy 81-59 win against Boise State on Jan. 16, 2010 in Logan. Junior forward Tai Wesley had 13 points and seven rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Jared Quayle flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes of action. Junior guard Tyler Newbold scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds, while sophomore forward Brady Jardine also had 10 points and five boards. Robert Arnold was the only Boise State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 12 points. Utah State scored the first seven points of the game on a pair of layups from Wesley and junior guard Pooh Williams, with a three-pointer from Quayle in between before Boise State scored the next seven points to tie the game. USU then used a 13-2 run later in the half to take a 33-18 lead with 4:35 to play and went into the locker room up 17 at 42-25 following a layup from Jardine at the buzzer. Green had 12 of his 14 points in the first 20 minutes as he was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Quayle had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first half. In the first half, USU shot 54.8 percent (17-31) and was 5-of-10 from three-point range. Boise State made one final run at Utah State, scoring 11 of the first 13 points in the second half to get within eight at 44-36, and trailed by 11 at 49-38 with 13:12 to play before USU went on an 8-0 run to lead by 19. The Aggies went on another 8-0 run minutes later and took its biggest lead of the game at 79-49 with 2:14 remaining following a layup from freshman forward Tyrone White. The Broncos then finished the game on a 10-2 run to make the final margin 22. Utah State finished the game by shooting 52.6 percent overall (30-57), including 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (14-21). Boise State shot 40.8 percent from the field (20-49), was 4-of-13 (.308) from behind the arc and 15-of-25 (.600) at the charity stripe.
THREE AGGIES RANK AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES PLAYED
Seniors Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams all rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games played as Newbold and Wesley have both played in 128 games to rank second all-time in school history behind Jaycee Carroll (134), while Williams has played in 120 games to rank tied for sixth all-time with Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05). Newbold also ranks second all-time at USU in games started with 118 behind Carroll (132), while Wesley ranks third with 117.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY AND IN THE NATION
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,569 career points, 782 career rebounds, 335 career assists and 130 career blocks and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career. Entering the 2010-11 season, there were only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Keith Benson of Oakland and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. In the 48-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico's Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah's Josh Grant (1988-93).
WESLEY RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN NUMEROUS CATEGORIES
Senior forward Tai Wesley ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in numerous categories and the following is a list of where Wesley ranks all-time in school history in each category.
Third all-time with 129 career blocks and 19 blocks away from tying Nate Wickizer (1992-95) for second with 148 career blocks. Wesley's career average of 1.02 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Fourth all-time with 90 double-figure scoring games, which is tied with Brian Jackson (1978-81). Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) holds the school record with 121 double-figure scoring games.
Fourth all-time with a career field goal shooting percentage of 59.6 percent (593-995), which also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
Seventh all-time with 593 career field goals and 35 made field goals shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for sixth all-time with 629 career made field goals.
Seventh all-time with 3,439 career minutes played and trailing current teammate Tyler Newbold for sixth all-time.
Eighth all-time with 782 career rebounds and 18 rebounds shy of tying Spencer Nelson (1999, 03-05) for seventh-place all-time with 800 career rebounds.
Eighth all-time with 335 career assists and trailing current teammate Tyler Newbold for seventh with 342 career assists.
Eighth all-time in scoring with 1,569 career points and 205 points shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for seventh all-time with 1,774 career points. In 128 career games, Wesley is averaging 12.26 points per game.
Ninth all-time with 543 career free throw attempts and four free throw attempts shy of tying Kevin Nixon (1985-88) for eighth all-time with 547 career free throw attempts.
11th all-time with 97 steals and one steal shy of tying Silas Mills (1995-96) for 10th all-time with 98 career steals.
11th all-time with 379 career free throws made and two made free throws shy of tying Cornell Green (1960-62) for 10th all-time with 381 career made free throws.
NEWBOLD RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES
Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in several categories and the following is a list of where Newbold ranks all-time in school history in each category. Fifth all-time with 439 career three-point attempts.
Sixth all-time with 181 made three-pointers and two treys shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth all-time with 183 career made threes.
Sixth all-time in minutes played with 3,614 and 60 minutes shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for fifth all-time with 3,674 career minutes.
Seventh all-time with 342 career assists and 22 assists shy of tying Jay Goodman (1991-93) for sixth all-time with 364 career assists.
Eighth all-time in three-point shooting at 41.2 percent (181-439).
NEWBOLD CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS AND 500 CAREER REBOUNDS
Senior guard Tyler Newbold is closing in on a couple of milestones as he currently has 937 career points and 479 career rebounds and is 63 points shy of becoming the 35th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Newbold is also 21 rebounds shy of 500 for his career.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 64 career blocks and is now 26 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks.
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 48.5 percent (110-227). Green also ranks ninth all-time at USU in three-pointers made with 110. Last year, Green set the single-season school record for three-point shooting at 50.0 percent (53-106).
WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE AND ATTEMPTED
Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks ninth all-time at Utah State with 267 three-point attempts and 10th all-time with 99 made three-pointers, as he is shooting 37.1 percent from three for his career.
GREEN SCORES 20-PLUS POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Senior guard Brian Green scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games last weekend as he had a career-high 25 points at San Jose State and 22 points at Hawai'i. Against the Spartans, Green was 8-of-9 from the field, 5-of-5 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Overall, it was his third career 20-point game as he had 23 points against Troy earlier this year. Green has now scored in double-figures 11 times this year and 19 times in his USU career. Green is also the first Aggie to score 20-plus points in consecutive games since Tai Wesley had back-to-back 20 point games in the final two regular season games of the 2009-10 campaign.
GREEN TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR THREE-POINT SHOOTING IN A GAME
Senior guard Brian Green tied the Utah State single-game record for three-point shooting as he was a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the arc against San Jose State. Green is now the fifth player in school history to shoot perfect from behind the arc in a game with a minimum of five attempts.
GREEN HAS MADE AT LEAST ONE THREE-POINTER IN 37 STRAIGHT GAMES
Senior guard Brian Green has been instant offense off the bench for Utah State during his two-year Aggie career and has made at least one three-pointer in 37 straight games. The last time Green did not make a three in a game was on Jan. 23, 2010 at Idaho as he was 0-of-1 from behind the arc. This year, Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game and is the first Aggie reserve to average double-figures since Jeff O. Anderson averaged 13.0 points off the bench during his senior season of 1987-88. During his last five games, Green is averaging 14.4 points and shooting 56.8 percent from the field (25-44), 46.4 percent from three-point range (13-28) and 90.0 percent at the free throw line (9-10).
WESLEY HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 12 TIMES IN HIS LAST 16 GAMES
Senior forward Tai Wesley has scored in double-figures 12 times in his last 16 games after scoring 12 points at Hawai'i. Overall, Wesley has scored in double-figures 17 times this year and 90 times in his career. He also has 11 career 20-point games, including three this season, to go along with 13 career double-doubles and 14 career double-figure rebounding games. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field (21-44) and 67.9 percent at the free throw line (19-28).
PANE HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 11 TIMES IN HIS LAST 14 GAMES
Junior guard Brockeith Pane has scored in double-figures 11 times in his last 14 games, and in 14 games this year. Overall, he has now scored in double-figures in each of his last three games. During his last five games, he is averaging 11.0 points and 5.4 assists, while shooting 39.5 percent from the field (17-43) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (21-27). During his last five games he has 27 assists and just 12 turnovers.
JARDINE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Junior forward Brady Jardine has now scored in double-figures in each of his last three games after scoring 14 points against Nevada. During his last five games, Jardine is averaging 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 54.1 percent from the field (20-37) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (12-15). Overall, Jardine has scored in double-figures eight times this year and 16 times in his career. He also has three double-doubles this year, to go along with six double-figure rebounding games. For his career, Jardine has seven career double-figure rebounding games.
WILLIAMS PLAYING WELL DURING LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams has played well for Utah State during its last five games as he has scored in double-figures twice and is averaging 9.4 points during his last five games, while shooting 34.9 percent from the field (15-43), 39.1 percent from three-point range (9-23) and 88.9 percent at the free throw line (8-9). Williams has now scored in double-figures six times in his last 15 games and has scored at least six points in 16 of his 18 games. Overall, Williams has scored in double-figures eight times this year and 30 times in his career.
NEWBOLD HITTING THE BOARDS IN LEAGUE PLAY AND HITTING HIS TREYS
Senior guard Tyler Newbold has been doing a great job rebounding the ball since WAC play began and is averaging 6.3 rebounds in league play to rank 12th in the conference. Newbold has also been shooting the ball very well from three-point range as of late as he has made at least one three-pointer in 15 straight games and is shooting 42.4 percent from behind the arc (25-59) during that stretch. Newbold, who has scored in double-figures six times in his last 14 games and 39 times in his career, is averaging 7.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists during his last five games, while shooting 35.5 percent from the field (11-31), 42.9 percent from three-point range (9-21) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8).
BENDALL HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOUR TIMES THIS SEASON
Senior forward Nate Bendall has scored in double-figures four times this season and has posted two double-doubles including 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State. Those 16 rebounds are the most by an Aggie since Shawn Daniels had 17 rebounds at Cal Poly on Jan. 22, 2000. Bendall also played a career-high 36 minutes against the Bulldogs. Overall, Bendall has scored in double-figures 21 times in his career and has five career double-doubles. He also has three double-figure rebounding games this year and six in his career. During his last five games, he is averaging 5.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 44.4 percent (12-27).
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#3 Brockeith Pane - Scored a season-high 23 points against Weber State and had a season-high nine rebounds at Denver... Had a season-high nine assists against Louisiana Tech... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.794), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10) and seventh in assists (3.00)... Shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 23.0 percent from three... Averaging 11.2 points in 27.6 minutes per game.... Has scored in double-figures 14 times this season.
#5 Pooh Williams - Has played in 120 games during his Aggie career, including 88 starts... Scored a career-high 19 points against Long Beach State... Had a career-high seven assists at Nevada... Has 30 career double-figure scoring games, including eight this year... Averaging 8.9 points and shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent at the free throw line... Playing 26.2 minutes per game... Ranks 10th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#14 E.J. Farris - Scored a season-high six points at Georgetown... Also had season-highs with three rebounds and 19 minutes played against the Hoyas... Averaging 1.7 points in 7.9 minutes per game off the bench... Shooting 30.8 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range... Is 2-of-2 at the free throw line.
#15 James Walker III - Made his first career start against Cal State Bakersfield and had season-highs with 20 minutes, four assists and three rebounds... Scored a season-high seven points against Long Beach State... Averaging 2.0 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game... Shooting 27.6 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent at the free throw line... Has not played in USU's last four games.
#21 Morgan Grim - Had career-highs with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and 22 minutes played against Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocks at BYU and played a career-high 24 minutes against the Cougars... Averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line... Playing 9.3 minutes per game.
#22 Brady Jardine - Recorded his third career double-double against Northeastern as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds, while playing a career-high 34 minutes... Also tied his career-high with three blocks against Northeastern... Had his second career double-double against Utah as he had a career-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds... Has seven career double-figure rebounding games and 15 career double-figure scoring games... Ranks second in the WAC in blocked shots (1.26), fourth in rebounding (7.9) and fourth in overall shooting (.560)... Averaging 8.5 points and playing 22.9 minutes per game... Shooting 63.9 percent from the free throw line.
#23 Brian Green - Scored a career-high 25 points against San Jose State and tied his career-high with six rebounds against the Spartans... Had career-highs in both three-pointers made (6) and attempted (12) against Troy as he scored 23 points... Has scored in double-figures in 11 games this year and in 19 games in his career... Has three career 20-point games... Ranks first in the WAC in three-point shooting (.471), ninth in overall shooting (.481) and 14th in scoring (11.5)... Shooting 76.9 percent from the free throw line... Playing 25.6 minutes per game.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State Bakersfield and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds against Louisiana Tech... Has started 118 straight games for Utah State and has played in 128 during his Aggie career... Has scored in double-figures six times this year and 39 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Also has three career double-figure rebounding games and one career double-double... Playing 28.9 minutes per game to lead the team... Averaging 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent at the free throw line... Ranks first in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.79), and sixth in assists.
#35 Nate Bendall - Posted his second double-double of the season and the fifth of his career with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State... Played a career-high 36 minutes against the Bulldogs... Had a season-high 13 points to go along with 14 rebounds against Cal State Bakersfield... Has started 46 games at USU in his career... Averaging 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 65.6 percent from the free throw line... Playing 19.1 minutes per game... Has scored in double-figures 21 times during his career.
#42 Tai Wesley - Posted his fourth double-double of the season against Hawai'i as he tied his career-high with 27 points and had 13 rebounds... Played a career-high 38 minutes against the Rainbows... Has played in 128 career games at Utah State, including 117 career starts... Has started 98 games in a row... Has 90 career double-figure scoring games and 11 career 20-point games... Also has 14 career double-figure rebounding games and 13 career double-doubles... Ranks third in the WAC in field goal shooting (.599), fifth in rebounding (7.8), sixth in blocked shots (0.96), and eighth in scoring (14.0)... Playing 28.9 minutes per game.
#44 Matt Formisano - Averaging 6.3 minutes off the bench... Scored a season-high four points against Long Beach State... Has played in 94 games during his Aggie career... Averaging 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 71.4 percent at the free throw line.
USU HAS 13TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 11 season as it has played in seven NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 11 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 22 with 18 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 21 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 19 with 18 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Maryland (14-NCAA, 3-NIT) and Syracuse (13-NCAA, 4-NIT) are tied for fourth with 17 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks sixth with 15 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is seventh with 14 straight (10-NCAA, 4-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT) and Gonzaga (12-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for eighth with 13 straight postseason trips. Florida (10-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (12 NCAA) and Wisconsin (12-NCAA) are all tied for 10th with 12 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (6-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 12 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 300-88 (.773) record. Those 300 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.3 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.837), Kansas (.822) and Gonzaga (.791). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last six years with a 70-20 (.778) mark. During its first five years in the league, Utah State has won three regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game four times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010, while the other eight teams in the WAC combined for 13.
JARDINE AND NEWBOLD NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball players Brady Jardine and Tyler Newbold were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team it was announced on Feb. 3. Jardine and Newbold join Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State as the only players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors. The Aggie duo is also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Newbold is earning academic all-district honors for the second straight year, while Jardine is receiving the award for the first time. Along with being academic all-district recipients, Newbold is also a three-time academic all-WAC honoree, while Jardine has earned academic all-WAC honors twice. Jardine, a 6-7, 220-pound junior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho (Twin Falls HS), has a cumulative 3.71 grade-point average in finance. Newbold, a 6-5, 210-pound senior guard from Payson, Utah (Payson HS), has a cumulative 3.45 grade-point average in public relations. The academic all-district team was selected by members of CoSIDA from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Academic nominees must be at least a sophomore academically, contribute as a starter or significant reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 overall grade point average. Jardine and Newbold will now be placed on the national ballot with the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team being announced later this season.
UTAH STATE TO PLAY AT SAINT MARY'S IN ESPNU BRACKETBUSTER GAME
For the second time in the last three years, Utah State will travel to Moraga, Calif., and play Saint Mary's as part of the ninth annual ESPNU BracketBuster on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU's contest against the Gaels will be one of 11 games televised on the ESPN family of networks. Utah State is 4-1 all-time in BracketBuster games as it defeated Northwestern State (66-63) at home during the 2005-06 season, won at Oral Roberts (71-65) during the 2006-07 campaign, defeated UC Santa Barbara (72-59) at home during the 2007-08 season, lost at Saint Mary's (75-64) in 2008-09 and defeated Wichita State (68-58) at home last year. Saint Mary's is 18-4 on the season and in first-place in the West Coast Conference with a 6-1 league record. The Gaels, who are 11-0 at home this year, return three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 28-6, finished in second-place in the WCC with an 11-3 league record, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with wins against Richmond (80-71) and Villanova (75-68). Utah State and Saint Mary's will be meeting for the eighth time ever with the Aggies owning a 4-3 all-time advantage. The Gaels have won the last two meetings between the schools including a 68-63 win in Logan on Dec. 5, 2009, snapping USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak. The last time the two teams played in Moraga was on Feb. 21, 2009 as part of BracketBuster with SMC winning, 75-64. All nine Western Athletic Conference teams will be involved in this year's event, but Utah State is the only WAC school to have a televised game.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 315-101 (.757) record, including a 162-48 (.771) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-7, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 11 years at 77.3 percent with an overall record of 300-88. Against conference opponents, Utah State has an 185-55 (.771) record with six regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game nine times in the last 11 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 11 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 11 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2009-10 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and the 2008-09 team won its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 11th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2010. Overall, Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 18 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 13 years, USU is an amazing 189-13 (.936) at home, which includes a 97-8 (.924) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 533 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.0 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC) four times in his 12 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 533-239 (.690).
Head coach Stew Morrill (315-101) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (416). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (13 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 315-101 (.757) overall record, a 162-48 (.771) conference record and a 23-7 (.767) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 533-239 (.690) record in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 533 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 69.0 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 10 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the sixth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009 and 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and co-Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and five at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 130-77 (.628).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year five times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2010 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 18 times. 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 and Tai Wesley.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 15 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 25 times.
Utah State is 189-13 (.936) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 14 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.
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