Aggie Men Begin Season-Best Five-Game Homestand Against Louisiana Tech Thursday Night In Regionally Televised Game
Feb. 7, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Game Notes vs. Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech (11-12, 3-5) vs. Utah State (12-12, 4-5)
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: Altitude 2
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,470-1,018 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is 10-2 at home this year and has won 93 of its last 97 home games. Overall, USU is 203-15 (.931) at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 103-9 (.920) record against conference opponents and a 48-4 (.923) mark against WAC teams. All-time, Utah State is 497-108 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State has won 44 of its last 46 WAC home games and is 48-4 all-time at home against teams from the WAC. The only WAC teams to beat Utah State at home have been New Mexico State, 83-77, on Feb. 11, 2006; Nevada, 75-57, on Feb. 25, 2006; Fresno State, 71-66, on Mar. 3, 2007; and Nevada, 78-71, on Jan. 7, 2012.
Utah State has lost back-to-back games for the fourth time this year and for just the 20th time in the last 13 years. Overall, USU is 7-4 on the season and 66-23 (.742) during the last 13 years following a loss. USU has also won 28 straight home games following a loss and the last time it lost at home following a loss was on March 1, 2003 against Idaho, 52-51. Furthermore, the last time USU lost at home after dropping two or more games in a row was during the 1992-93 season.
Utah State will be looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 2007-08 season when it lost at Nevada, Hawai'i and San Jose State, a span of 136 games. In fact, Utah State has only lost back-to-back-to-back games once in the last 13 years, and just four times in Morrill's 14 years at Utah State.
Utah State has won 31 of its last 38 WAC games and is 58-14 (.806) against teams from the WAC during the last five seasons.
Utah State's 12-12 record through 24 games is its worst since the 1995-96 season when that team was also 12-12 through its first 24 games of the year.
Utah State has a losing record in league play for just the sixth time in Morrill's 14 years at USU as the Aggies were 0-2 in the WAC in 2009-10 before finishing 14-2; 0-2 in the WAC in 2006-07 before finishing 9-7; 1-2 in the WAC in 2005-06 before finishing 11-5; 0-1 in the Big West Conference in 2004-05 before finishing 13-5; and 4-6 in the Big West in 1998-99 before finishing 8-8.
Utah State (12-12, 4-5) will begin its season-long five-game homestand against Louisiana Tech (11-12, 3-5) on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised regionally by ESPN and broadcast on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682) with Trey Bender (play-by-play) and Steve Cleveland (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com and is part of the ESPN Full Court package.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast live on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, 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 with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 12-12 on the season and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference play following a pair of road losses at Nevada (53-52) and Fresno State (60-54) last weekend. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.4 points and 3.7 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.3 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 66.8 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.1 points and its opponents are shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 66.9 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 2-3 during its last five games and is averaging 63.8 points, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 78.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 61.4 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT TWO-GAME LOSING STREAK
During its current two-game losing streak, Utah State is averaging 53.0 points, while shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 28.1 percent from three-point range and 73.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 56.5 points during its last two games while its opponents are shooting 38.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Feb. 6, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313), second in scoring defense (64.1), second in field goal percentage (.469), second in field goal percentage defense (.408), third in scoring margin (+2.6), third in free throw shooting (.709), third in three-point field goal percentage (.367), and sixth in blocked shots (3.33).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Feb. 6, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third in the WAC in three-point shooting (.425), sixth in scoring (15.2), eighth in assists (2.96), eighth in free throw shooting (.769), and 11th in overall shooting (.484). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.615), sixth in blocked shots (1.09), and 13th in rebounding (5.0). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks fourth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.802), sixth in assists (3.67), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14), and 13th in scoring (12.4). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks sixth in the WAC in rebounding (6.5), eighth in overall shooting (.536), and eighth in blocked shots (0.83), and sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 13th in assists (2.50).
UTAH STATE RANKS 54TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Monday, Feb. 6, Utah State ranks 54th in the nation in field goal percentage (.469), 61st in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313), 68th in three-point field goal percentage (.367), 69th in field goal percentage defense (.408), and 71st in turnovers per game (12.6).
As of Monday, Feb. 6, Utah State has an RPI of 146 and a strength of schedule of 120, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 13th overall. USU also has a sagarin rating of 127.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has three of the top 11 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 61.5 percent to rank second, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 53.6 percent to rank eighth, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 48.4 percent to rank 11th. In WAC games, Grim is shooting 62.5 percent to rank second, while Reed is shooting 62.1 percent to rank third.
LOOKING BACK AT THE FRESNO STATE GAME
Once again Utah State dropped a close road game, this time 60-54 at Fresno State, as the Aggies lost back-to-back games for the fourth time this year in falling to 12-12 on the season and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference play. Fresno State improved to 11-14 with the win, including a 3-6 mark in league action. Fresno State also snapped its 10-game losing streak to Utah State with the win, as the Aggies are now 2-10 on the road this season. Senior forward Morgan Grim led Utah State with 13 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin also scored 13 points and senior point guard Brockeith Pane added 11 points. Kevin Olekaibe had a game-high 26 points to lead three Fresno State players in double-figures. Utah State never led in the game, but did tie it at 34-34 with 11:04 to play following a three-pointer from sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger. From there, USU had four chances to either tie the game or take the lead but committed three turnovers on those four possessions. Then Fresno State made all six of its free throws in the final 37 seconds to claim the six-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 41.7 percent (20-48), including 22.2 percent from three-point range (4-18) and a season-best 90.9 percent at the free throw line (10-11). Fresno State shot just 38.9 percent overall (21-54), including 33.3 percent from three (5-15) and 76.5 percent at the free throw line (13-17). For the second-straight game, Utah State dominated its opponent on the glass as the Aggies out-rebounded Fresno State by 16 (40-24). However, USU lost the turnover battle for the second time in as many games as it committed 16 miscues as compared to just three for FS leading the home team to a 16-0 advantage on points off turnovers. Fresno State scored the first four points of the game and took an early 15-4 lead before Utah State finished the half on a 12-6 run to trail 21-16 at intermission. Utah State shot just 29.2 percent (7-24) in the first-half, including 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (1-2). Fresno State shot 37.5 percent (9-24), including 16.7 percent from three (1-6) and 50.0 percent at the line (2-4).
NOTABLES FROM THE FRESNO STATE GAME
Utah State's 16 first-half points were a season-low and the fewest since scoring 16 first-half points at Utah on Dec. 3, 2003... USU shot a season-high 90.9 percent at the free throw line (10-11)... USU had 11 offensive rebounds in the game and has now recorded double-digit offensive rebounds in each of its last three games after grabbing double-digit offensive boards just five times during its first 21 games... USU turned the ball over 16 times for the second-straight game which is tied for the third-most turnovers in a game on the season... USU did not have a steal for the first time in a game this year.
UTAH STATE DOMINATING THE GLASS DURING ITS LAST THREE GAMES
After being out-rebounded by 20 (48-28) in its 77-72 home win against Hawai'i, Utah State has out-rebounded each of its last three opponents, marking the first time this year that USU has out-rebounded three-straight teams. During its last three games, USU out-rebounded San Jose State by eight (38-30), Nevada by 16 (43-27), and Fresno State by 16 (40-24) and is out-rebounding its last three opponents by 40 boards (121-81) for an average of plus 13.3 rebounds per game (40.3-27.0).
UTAH STATE SCORES UNDER 60 POINTS IN EACH OF ITS LAST TWO GAMES
After scoring 77 points against Hawai'i and a season-high 82 points against San Jose State in its last two home games, Utah State scored a season-low 52 points at Nevada and 53 points at Fresno State in its last two games, which were on the road. On the season, Utah State is 8-2 when it scores 70 or more points in a game and just 4-10 when it scores less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 69 of its last 73 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 211-29 (.879) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-45 (.366) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
UTAH STATE GETTING DEFENSIVE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
After allowing season-highs in overall shooting (.532) and three-point shooting (.571) in a 73-66 loss at Seattle, Utah State has played very good defense during its last five games as its opponents are averaging 61.4 points and shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE ALMOST AUTOMATIC FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AS OF LATE
After shooting just 68.9 percent from the free throw line (266-386) during its first 18 games of the year, Utah State has been almost automatic during its last six games as it is shooting 79.3 percent from the charity stripe (73-92).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has scored 70-plus points in each of its last eight home games, while scoring less than 70 points in each of its last seven road games including less than 60 points in each of its last three road games. During its last eight home games, USU is averaging 75.8 points while shooting 51.8 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent at the free throw line. During its last seven road games, USU is averaging 59.9 points while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from three-point range and 69.2 percent at the free throw line.
MEDLIN HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST SEVEN GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last seven games after scoring 13 points in his last outing at Fresno State. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures 19 times this year, including in 17 of his last 19 games, to go along with six career 20-point games. For his career, Medlin has 20 career double-figure scoring games. During his last five games, Medlin is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field (27-58), 35.5 percent from three-point range (11-31) and 90.9 percent from the free throw line (20-22).
MEDLIN HAS MADE AT LEAST ONE THREE-POINTER IN ALL BUT TWO GAMES THIS YEAR
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 12 games and in all but two games on the season as he was 0-of-1 from behind the arc at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and against Saint Peter's.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 17TH TIME THIS YEAR WITH 11 POINTS AT FRESNO STATE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 17th time this year and 39th time in his career with 11 points at Fresno State. Pane also has four 20-point games this year and seven in his career. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while shooting 39.7 percent from the field (23-58), 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (4-5). Overall, Pane has scored in double-figures in eight of his last nine games.
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 11TH TIME THIS YEAR WITH 13 POINTS AT FRESNO STATE
Senior forward Morgan Grim scored in double-figures for the 11th time this year and for the second time in his last three games with his 13 points at Fresno State. Grim has also recorded three double-doubles this year including a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points against Kent State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field (16-27) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (8-12).
REED SCORES 20-PLUS POINTS FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
For the second time this year, junior forward Kyisean Reed scored 20-plus points in a game as he had 21 points against San Jose State as he was 7-of-9 from the field and 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Overall, Reed has now scored in double-figures 11 times in his last 18 games and 12 times this year. Reed also has one double-double this year as he had 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high three blocked shots against Fresno State. During his last five games, Reed is averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (18-30) and 92.9 percent at the free throw line (13-14).
REED PERFECT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed has been automatic from the free throw line as of late as he has made each of his last 13 free throws as his last missed charity toss was in the second-half against Idaho.
BRUNEEL SCORES CAREER-HIGH 15 POINTS AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel had his best offensive game of the season against San Jose State as he scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line. Those 15 points for Bruneel are the most for an Aggie reserve this year and marks the 10th time this season that a USU bench player has scored in double-figures. Bruneel entered the game against San Jose State having scored a total of seven points in his previous five games. During his last four games, Bruneel is averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (5-10), 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-7) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (2-4).
CLIFFORD RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS WITH 11 POINTS AND FOUR BLOCKS AGAINST HAWAI'I
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had one of his best games of the season against Hawai'i as he scored a career-high 11 points and blocked a career-best four shots. For Clifford, it was the second time in his career that he has scored in double-figures. During his last five games, Clifford is averaging 5.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field (9-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8).
BERGER TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH 12 POINTS AGAINST HAWAI'I
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 12 points against Hawai'i as he played a career-high 36 minutes. Overall, Berger has now scored in double-figures six times this year. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 6.8 points, while shooting 36.7 percent from the field (11-30), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (5-10). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific.
DID YOU KNOW?
Junior forward Kyisean Reed's 92.3 percent shooting percentage (12-13) against Kent State ranks as the fourth-best single-game effort in the NCAA this year, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin's eight made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for the 11th-most in the NCAA this year behind three players who made 10 and seven players who made nine.
JARDINE UNABLE TO CONTINUE BASKETBALL CAREER DUE TO FOOT INJURY
Utah State announced Monday, Feb. 6 that senior forward Brady Jardine will have career-ending foot surgery from an injury that was sustained on Nov. 19, 2011 against Southern Utah. Jardine sustained a Lisfranc sprain, a tearing of the ligaments that support the mid-foot, early on during Utah State's third game of the 2011-12 season at home against Southern Utah. Jardine started three games during his senior season as he had 12 points and eight rebounds against BYU and nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State before injury his foot in the fourth minute at home against Southern Utah. During his Utah State career, Jardine played in 94 games and averaged 5.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. As a junior, Jardine averaged 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. While at Utah State, Jardine helped the Aggies to an 87-17 (.837) overall record and a 43-5 (.896) conference mark, including three regular season WAC titles , two tournament championships and three-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Jardine, who ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks, had 18 career double-figure scoring games during his career including a career-high 20 points in a home win against Utah during his junior season as he was named the WAC's Player of the Week. He also had three career double-doubles and eight career double-figure rebounding games during his career. Jardine, who was named to the WAC's preseason all-second team entering his senior year, earned academic all-WAC honors in each of his first three years at USU along with being named academic all-district as a junior. Jardine will graduate from Utah State University this spring with a dual degree in finance and economics.
TWO AGGIES HAVE EARNED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS THIS YEAR
Utah State has had two players earn WAC Player of the Week honors this year as senior point guard Brockeith Pane won the award on Nov. 14 after leading USU to a season-opening home win against BYU as he had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC Player of the Week on Jan. 30 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Hawai'i and San Jose State. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game as he had 25 points against the Rainbow Warriors and 15 against the Spartans.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-2 on the season when leading at the half; 11-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 10-5 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 11-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 10-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 9-2 when it has more assists than its opponent; 9-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 7-4 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
FROM THE BENCH
Utah State's bench has been very productive for the most part this year as it has scored in double-figures in all but seven games and is averaging 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Overall, USU's bench scoring ranks sixth in the WAC behind Louisiana Tech (24.8), Hawai'i (210.7), New Mexico State (18.5), Idaho (18.3), and San Jose State (17.3). Fresno State's bench is averaging 14.4 points to rank seventh in the WAC and Nevada's bench is averaging 11.8 points to rank eighth overall.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won 19 of its last 32 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 97-81 (.545) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 68-45 (.602) record against conference opponents and a 31-22 (.585) mark against WAC teams. USU is 2-10 on the road thus far this year.
AT THE HALF
Utah State is 11-2 this year and has won 60 of its last 62 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 267-25 (.914) when leading at the half and 43-72 (.374) when trailing at the half.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY HAS SUCCESS WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-3 this year and has won 110 of its last 115 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 175-15 (.921) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE HAS 12 STRAIGHT 23-WIN SEASONS
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
AGGIES HAVE RECORDED A 10-GAME WINNING STREAK IN EACH OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS
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 a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
Louisiana Tech is 11-12 on the season and 3-5 in Western Athletic Conference play following its 83-72 road loss at New Mexico State Saturday. The Bulldogs, who are 3-7 on the road and 4-8 away from home this year, are led by freshman guard Raheem Appleby who is averaging 14.2 and shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line. Louisiana Tech has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Trevor Gaskins is averaging 10.5 points, while sophomore guard Cordarius Johnson is averaging 10.3 points per game. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 68.7 points and shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three-point range and 63.2 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, LTU is allowing 69.6 points and its opponents are shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 67.2 percent at the free throw line. The Bulldogs return three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 12-20 overall and finished in ninth-place in the WAC with a 2-14 record. Michael White is in his first year as a collegiate head coach at Louisiana Tech.
UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH SERIES
Utah State and Louisiana Tech will meet for the 16th time this week with the Aggies owning a 13-2 all-time advantage, which includes a 6-0 record at home. USU has won each of the last five games played in the series including a 69-65 road win on Jan. 14 in the first meeting between the two teams this year in Ruston. The last time LTU won a game in the series was on Jan. 4, 2010 when it posted an 82-60 home win.
VERSUS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
Utah State is 22-8 (.733) all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana as it is 13-2 against Louisiana Tech, 2-1 against Centenary, LSU and Tulane, 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-0 against Grambling, 1-1 against Northwestern State and 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
Utah State is 69-27 (.719) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 43-4 (.915) home record. The Aggies have won 20 straight home games in February with its last loss coming to Nevada, 75-57, on Feb. 25, 2006. USU is also 85-18 (.825) in games played on Thursday under Morrill and 8-2 (.800) all-time in known games played on Feb. 9.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 205-103 (.666) 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 again advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game. 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. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 140-82 (.631) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 79-25 (.760) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 116-65 (.627) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 93-33 (.738) record at USU.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 186 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored a career-high 24 points to lead Utah State to a 69-65 road win against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 14, 2012. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds for Utah State, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with 11 points and eight boards. USU also got 18 points from its bench, including a 16-3 edge in the second-half, as freshman forward Ben Clifford scored eight and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored five including a three-pointer midway through the second-half that turned a one-point Aggie deficit into a two-point advantage. Kenyon McNeail had 19 points to lead Louisiana Tech. Trailing 31-29 at halftime, Utah State opened the second-half on a 12-0 run to take a 41-31 lead with 16:56 to play. Louisiana Tech, however, scored the next 10 points to tie the game and eventually regained the lead at 51-50 with 9:16 to play before Bruneel's three. With the game tied at 53-53, USU went on a 12-2 run to go up 65-55 with 4:18 left, but the Bulldogs fought back to within two at 66-64 with 39 seconds remaining. From there, Medlin made a pair of free throws and Pane connected on 1-of-2 free pitches as USU held on for the 69-65 win. Utah State, who shot 52.0 percent from the field in the second-half (13-25), finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (26-53). USU also shot 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9) and 65.2 percent at the free throw line (15-23) as its two made treys ties its season-low. Louisiana Tech shot 38.7 percent (24-62), including 41.4 percent from behind the arc (12-29), but made just 5-of-10 (.500) free throws. LTU out-rebounded USU by three (39-36) and had nine more assists (17-8), while both teams finished with 14 turnovers. Louisiana Tech raced out to an early 9-0 lead before senior forward Morgan Grim got the Aggies on the board with a layup three minutes into the game. The Bulldogs took its largest lead of the night at 20-8 with 13:12 to play in the half and later led 22-10 before Utah State fought back to close with 31-29 at the half as Pane scored USU's final 10 points. Pane had 12 first-half points for Utah State, while Reed added nine points and six rebounds to go along with two dunks. USU shot 46.4 percent in the first-half (13-28), including 60.0 percent from the free throw line (3-5), but was 0-of-3 from three-point range. Louisiana Tech shot 36.4 percent in the first 20 minutes (12-33), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (7-14) as the Bulldogs began the game by making six of their first eight treys. LTU did not attempt a free throw in the first half.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH AT HOME
Senior forward Tai Wesley had 14 points to lead five Aggies in double-figures as Utah State ran past Louisiana Tech 74-57 at home on Jan. 20, 2011 to set a Western Athletic Conference record with its 20th-straight league win. Utah State began the game on a 16-2 run and was never threatened as it maintained a double-digit advantage for the entire second-half including its largest lead of the game at 20 points following a layup from senior forward Nate Bendall with 13:28 to play to make the score 56-36. Utah State finished the game shooting 46.6 percent (27-58), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16) and a season-high 88.9 percent from the free throw line (16-18).Louisiana Tech shot 42.9 percent (24-56), including 28.6 percent from three (6-21), but was just 3-of-4 at the free throw line, both of which are season-lows for a USU opponent. Utah State dominated the glass as it had a 44-21 advantage, including a 16-5 edge on the offensive end which led to an 18-3 discrepancy for the home team in second-chance points. Senior guard Pooh Willams and junior guard Brockeith Pane each scored 11 points for Utah State, while Bendall and senior guard Brian Green added 10 each to give the Aggies five double-figure scorers for the first time this year. Pane added a career-high nine assists to go along with seven rebounds, while Bendall had six boards. Senior guard Tyler Newbold finished with a career-high tying 11 boards and three steals to go along with his five points, while junior forward Brady Jardine had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks. DeAndre Brown had a game-high 19 points to lead Louisiana Tech as he was the only Bulldog to score in double-figures. Utah State scored the first four points of the game and lead 16-2 with 12:33 to play in the half following a Bendall layup. USU held Louisiana Tech to just 1-of-9 shooting from the field during the first 8:36 of the game to build its double-digit lead. The Bulldogs got within eight at 21-13 on a jumper by Brown, but the Aggies answered with a 9-3 run to go up 14. Green scored eight of his 10 points in the first half as Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (16-32), 40.0 percent from three-point range (4-10) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Louisiana Tech shot 46.2 percent in the first 20 minutes (12-26), but was just 2-of-8 (.250) from behind the arc.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored in double-figures for the 11th time this year with 13 points at Fresno State... Recorded his third career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Kent State... Scored a career-high 20 points and played a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Had a career-high three blocks against Fresno State and at Louisiana Tech... Has played in 56 games at Utah State with 24 starts and in 97 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 12th time this year with 21 points against San Jose State, which was his second 20-point game of the season... Recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds against Fresno State to go along with a career-high three blocks... Scored a career-high 27 points against Kent State... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a career-best 10 rebounds.
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Had a season-high six rebounds at Idaho and against Hawai'i... Has started 56 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 58... Has scored in double-figures in 17 games this year and in 39 games in his career... Also has four 20-point games this season and seven in his career... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Tied his career-high with 12 points against Hawai'i for his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season... Had career-highs with seven rebounds and two steals against Seattle, to go along with a career-high six assists against Kent State... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 27 points and had a career-high eight assists against UT Arlington... Had a career-high nine rebounds at Louisiana Tech... Has scored in double-figures 19 times this year and 20 times in his career... Has six career 20-point games... Has scored in double-figures in 18 of his last 20 games... Has played in 46 games at Utah State with 24 starts.
OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Scored a career-high 11 points and had a career-high four blocks against Hawai'i... Has made four of his last seven three-point attempts... Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at No. 15 Mississippi State... Has started two games this year and played in 23.
G #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in 19.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Scored a career-high nine points against Fresno State and Seattle...Tied his career-high with five rebounds at Fresno State and against San Jose State... Played a season-best 18 minutes against Saint Peter's... Has played in 41 games during his Aggie career.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Scored a career-high 15 points against San Jose State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high six rebounds at Nevada... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started seven games during the season and played in 23.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had a season-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in 21... Has 11 rebounds in his last four games.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Scored his first points as an Aggie at Louisiana Tech as he was 1-of-1 from the field... Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game... Has played in eight games overall this year.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 336-115 (.745) record, including a 171-54 (.760) 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 first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, 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 13 years at 75.9 percent with an overall record of 321-102. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 196-61 (.763) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 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, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 203-15 (.931) at home, which includes a 103-9 (.920) 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 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 554 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.6 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-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, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 554-253 (.686).