Feb. 9, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
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Utah State (18-6, 8-2) vs. Boise State (11-12, 2-8)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 7:05 p.m. (MT) Boise, Idaho
Taco Bell Arena (12,380) Aggie Radio Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 105th season of basketball and has an overall record of 1,419-1,000 (.587). USU hasn't had a losing season since the 1992-93 campaign, a span of 16 years, when that team finished with a 10-17 record.
Stew Morrill (285-97) will coach his 383rd game at Utah State Thursday night against Boise State and move ahead of E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) for the most games coached in school history. Morrill, who is the winningest coach in school history, is also the second-longest tenured coach at USU (12th season) behind Romney's 22 years.
Utah State is riding a season-high eight-game winning streak and has won 12 of its last 14 games after starting the year with a 6-4 record. USU's eight-game winning streak is currently tied for the seventh-longest in the nation with Cornell and Sam Houston State. Siena has the nation's longest winning streak at 15 straight, followed by Butler (13), Murray State (13), Morgan State (10), Syracuse (10) and Kansas (9).
Utah State has won three straight road games and is 5-5 on the road this year. Overall, USU is 81-68 (.544) on the road under Coach Morrill, which includes a 57-40 (.588) record against conference opponents and a 20-17 (.541) WAC record. During the last three years, Utah State is 16-8 (.667) on the road and 18-10 (.643) away from home.
Utah State has won 27 of its last 31 WAC games dating back to the 2007-08 season as it has won back-to-back WAC Championships sharing the regular season title in 2008 with a 12-4 record and winning the outright title in 2009 with a 14-2 mark. During the last three years, USU is 34-8 (.810) in WAC play.
Under Coach Morrill, Utah State is 43-7 (.860) versus teams from the state of Idaho, which includes a 13-4 record against Boise State, a 22-3 record against Idaho and an 8-0 record versus Idaho State.
As of Feb. 9, Utah State has an RPI of 53 and a strength of schedule of 108 according to RealTiimeRPI, while the WAC is ranked 10th as a conference. USU also has a sagarin rating of 45 according to USAToday.com.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 10 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 10 years, Utah State has averaged 25.2 wins per season.
Utah State (18-6, 8-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with its final two-game road trip of the season as it plays at Boise State (11-12, 2-8) on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., and at San Jose State (12-11, 5-6) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. (MT). There will be no television for either game this week.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 18-6 on the season and 8-2 in the Western Athletic Conference following its 76-65 home win against Nevada Saturday night. USU is led by junior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 56.2 percent from the field and 72.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Jared Quayle is averaging 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent at the free throw line, and junior forward Nate Bendall is averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 58.5 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 73.7 points and is shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 60.0 points per game and its opponents are shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT EIGHT-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current eight-game winning streak, Utah State is scoring 77.5 points and shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 48.5 percent from three-point range and 76.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 57.6 points during its last eight games and its opponents are shooting 38.6 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point range and 62.7 percent at the free throw line. USU is also out-rebounding its opponents by 8.3 boards (37.4-29.1) during its eight-game winning streak and out-scoring its opponents by 19.9 points.
UTAH STATE'S EIGHT-GAME WINNING STREAK TIED FOR 16TH-LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current eight-game winning streak is tied for the 16th-longest in school history along with the 1916-17, 1961-62, 1979-80 and 2006-07 teams. USU's longest winning streak is 19 games which was set during the 1999-2000 season and tied during the 2008-09 campaign.
UTAH STATE WINNING STREAKS UNDER COACH MORRILL
Under current head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State has had winning streaks of at least eight games eight times during his 12 years at USU. In the first 93 years of Aggie Basketball, USU had a total of 13 winning streaks that were at least eight games. USU's winning streaks under Morrill include eight games in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2009-10, 10 games in 2007-08, 12 games in 2000-01, 17 games in 2003-04 and 19 games in 1999-2000 and 2008-09.
UTAH STATE HAS WON SIX STRAIGHT GAMES BY DOUBLE DIGITS
During its current eight-game winning steak, Utah State has won seven of those games by double digits, including each of its last six. The last time a USU team defeated six straight opponents by double digits was during the 2007-08 season, while the 2004-05 team is the last to beat seven straight opponents by double digits.
AGGIES ALMOST UNBEATABLE WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State has traditionally been very successful when holding its opponents under 60 points as it is 10-1 this year with its one loss coming at New Mexico State, 55-52. In fact, USU has won 83 of its last 85 games when allowing fewer than 60 points and is 148-12 (.925) when holding its opponents under 60 points under Coach Morrill.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Feb. 9, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (60.0), scoring margin (+13.6), field goal percentage defense (.404), free throw shooting (.774), three-point field goal percentage (.416), rebound margin (+6.5) and assists (16.21). USU is also second in field goal percentage (.482) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.329), and fourth in blocks (3.67). Individually, senior guard Jared Quayle ranks first in free throw shooting (.917), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.34), third in three-point shooting (.447) and fifth in assists (4.29). Junior forward Nate Bendall ranks third in field goal shooting (.585), eighth in free throw shooting (.817), 11th in blocked shots (0.91) and 13th in rebounding (5.9). Junior forward Tai Wesley ranks sixth in field goal shooting (.562), eighth in blocked shots (1.33), 10th in rebounding (6.8) and 13th in scoring (13.2). Junior guard Brian Green ranks second in three-point shooting (.478), junior guard Pooh Williams ranks 10th in three-point shooting (.412), junior guard Tyler Newbold ranks 14th in three-point shooting (.390) and sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranks 14th in blocked shots (0.71).
UTAH STATE RANKS AMONG TOP 21 IN THE NATION IN NINE DIFFERENT STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
As of Feb. 8, Utah State ranks among the top-21 in the nation in nine different statistical categories including being second in free throw shooting (.774) and third in three-point shooting (.416). USU also ranks seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.50), 11th in turnovers per game (10.8), 14th in scoring margin (+13.6), 19th in scoring defense (60.0), 19th in field goal shooting (.482), 19th in rebounding margin (+6.5) and 21st in assists per game (16.2). Individually, junior forward Tai Wesley ranks 14th in field goal shooting (.562) and senior guard Jared Quayle ranks 40th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.34).
RECAPPING THE NEVADA GAME
Junior forward Tai Wesley netted 19 points, while junior guard Pooh Williams chipped in with 16 points to lead Utah State to a 76-65 home win against Nevada Saturday night. Sophomore forward Brady Jardine came off the bench to post 13 points, while senior guard Jared Quayle netted 12 points and tied a game-high with nine rebounds as he shared top rebounding honors with Wesley and Nevada's Luke Babbitt, who led all scorers with 20 points before fouling out. Armon Johnson netted 14 points in the first half for Nevada, but was held scoreless until 5:55 was left in the game, finishing the night with 19 points to go with his team-leading five assists. Joey Shaw added 14 points for the Wolf Pack, who played only seven players. Nevada entered the game leading the WAC in scoring at 81 points per game, but the Utah State defense held the Wolf Pack 16 points below their average, in scoring their second-fewest points on the season. USU attempted a season-high 68 shots, shooting 27-of-68 (.397), just the third time this season that the Aggies shot under 40 percent and the first time to win when doing so. Utah State also set a new season-high with 21 offensive rebounds in tying a season-best with 43 total rebounds. The Aggies' efforts on the offensive glass was rewarded with a 20-11 second-chance points advantage, going with a 14-4 points off turnovers edge. The USU bench out-scored its counterparts, 16-3, including 9-0 in the second half. Utah State was also 6-of-17 (.353) from three-point range and 16-of-18 (.889) at the free throw line. Nevada shot 26-of-59 (.441) from the field, hitting 6-of-20 (.300) behind the arc and 7-of-8 (.875) at the charity stripe. Utah State made more free throws than its opponent attempted for the eighth time this year, moving to 8-0 when doing so. The Aggies also committed a season-low four turnovers, while Nevada only committed seven miscues. The Wolf Pack added nine blocked shots, while the Aggies had three swats. Utah State took an 11-6 lead at the 15:30 mark on a Quayle three-pointer from the top of the arc, before Nevada charged back to take a 16-14 lead on a Johnson layup with 13:11 on the clock. The Wolf Pack later led 33-31 with 5:22 to go after another layup from Johnson, but that would be their last lead of the night, as Williams netted a three-pointer to start an 8-0 Aggie run, giving USU the lead for good at 34-33 with 3:47 left in the half. After another Williams trey, Wesley hit a jumper to cap the streak and put USU ahead 39-33 with 1:29 remaining. Babbitt hit a jumper with 1:05 left leaving USU with a 39-35 halftime lead. The Aggie advantage grew to 58-44 with 8:47 to go on a Jardine put-back, capping a run of 10-2 by USU, which had scored 17 of the game's last 23 points. The Wolf Pack got within 69-62 with 1:06 to go after a three-pointer by Shaw from the corner, but couldn't get any closer as the Aggies sandwiched five-of-six free throws around a Williams dunk in the waning seconds to secure the victory.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE NEVADA GAME
Utah State swept its season series with Nevada for the first time in its five years in the WAC... USU shot under 40 percent (.397) for just the third time this year... USU committed a season-low seven fouls and had a season-low four turnovers... USU shot a season-high 88.9 percent from the free throw line (16-18)... Sophomore forward Brady Jardine played a career-high 26 minutes.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH PLAYING WELL DURING EIGHT-GAME WINNING STREAK
Utah State's bench has been playing very well during its eight-game winning streak as USU's reserves are averaging 24.3 points and 12.8 rebounds over the last eight games, while shooting 54.3 percent from the field (76-140) and 58.3 percent from three-point range (21-36).
UTAH STATE HAS SEASON-HIGH 21 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS AGAINST NEVADA
Utah State recorded a season-high 21 offensive rebounds against Nevada in its last game and tied its season-high with 43 total rebounds. Those 21 offensive rebounds are the most for USU since Dec. 7, 2002 when the Aggies had 27 offensive rebounds in a 63-57 loss at Jackson State. On the year, Utah State has out-rebounded 22 of its 24 opponents, including each of its last eight. The Aggies also have a rebounding margin of +6.5 on the season to rank 19th in the nation.
AGGIES CONTINUE TO PLAY SOLID DEFENSE
Utah State has been playing great defense as of late as it has held its last six opponents to under 31.0 percent shooting from three-point range and six of its last eight opponents under 42.0 percent shooting from the field. During its last six games, USU is allowing just 55.8 points and its opponents are shooting 39.1 percent from the field and 27.0 percent from three-point range. During its last eight games, USU is allowing 57.6 points and its opponents are shooting 38.6 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from three-point range.
UTAH STATE'S MAGIC NUMBER AS OF LATE HAS BEEN FIVE
Utah State's magic number as of late has been five, as in five made three-pointers. During its last 18 games, USU is 14-0 when making at least five three-pointers in a game, but 0-4 during that time period when it makes less than five treys in a game.
DID YOU KNOW?
During its eight-game winning streak, Utah State has six players averaging at least nine points in junior forward Tai Wesley (12.9), senior guard Jared Quayle (12.5), junior guard Pooh Williams (11.1), sophomore forward Brady Jardine (9.8), junior guard Brian Green (9.8), and junior forward Nate Bendall (9.5), while junior guard Tyler Newbold is averaging 7.3 points.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE
Boise State is 11-12 on the season and 2-8 in the Western Athletic Conference following a 79-55 home loss to Idaho Saturday night. The Broncos, who are 6-5 at home on the year, are led by senior forward Ike Okoye who is averaging 12.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, while junior guard La'Shard Anderson is averaging 11.1 points and 3.8 assists per game, and junior forward Robert Arnold is averaging 11.0 points. As a team, Boise State is scoring 72.9 points per game and shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, BSU is allowing 72.6 points and its opponents are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 68.6 percent at the free throw line. The Broncos return three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 19-13 overall and finished in a tie for third-place in the WAC with a 9-7 league record. BSU ended its season with a 96-76 loss at Stanford in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Greg Graham is 138-107 in his eight year at Boise State and 156-112 in nine years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. BOISE STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Boise State will be playing for the 32nd time this week in what is the 20th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against BSU was on March 2, 1974.
UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES
Utah State and Boise State will be meeting for the 32nd time this week with the Aggies owning a 23-8 all-time record against the Broncos, which includes a 6-7 road record. USU won the first meeting between the two teams this year, 81-59, on Jan. 16 in Logan. 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 17 of the last 22 games played in the series. Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 13-4 against Boise State while at USU and 19-11 against the Broncos all-time.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has one player on its current roster who is from the state of Idaho in sophomore 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 59-24 (.711) in the month of February under Coach Morrill, which includes a 24-20 (.545) road record. Utah State is also 3-6 (.333) in known games played on Feb. 11 and 75-15 (.833) in games played on Thursday under Morrill.
VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 204-104 (.662) 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. And 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.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 115-77 (.599) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 54-20 (.730) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 116-69 (.627) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes an 87-31 (.737) record at USU.
LAST MEETING AGAINST BOISE STATE
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 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST BOISE STATE IN BOISE
No. 17/21 Utah State committed 19 turnovers and shot a season-low 36.5 percent from the field as it lost its first game in over two months, 66-56, to Boise State at Taco Bell Arena in Boise on Feb. 14, 2009. Utah State had its 19-game winning streak snapped as well as its 16-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak. It was also USU's first road loss of the season. Senior forward Gary Wilkinson led Utah State with 12 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Jared Quayle also had 12 points, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Pooh Williams also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Mark Sanchez had a game-high 20 points for Boise State and Anthony Thomas finished with 18 points. Utah State rallied from an early 7-4 deficit with a 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 14-9 just seven minutes in. BSU then went on a 7-2 run to get back within one and neither team led by more than three points the rest of half as the Broncos went into the locker room with a 27-25 advantage after Thomas hit a three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer. Williams scored all 10 of his points in the first-half to lead Utah State, while Thomas had 10 for Boise State. USU shot 42.3 percent from the field (11-26) in the first 20 minutes, while BSU shot 35.7 percent (10-28). The Broncos, however, were 5-of-7 (.714) at the free throw line as compared to just 1-of-2 (.500) for the Aggies. Boise State opened the second-half with an 8-1 run to take a 35-26 lead and extended its margin to 12 at 41-29 with 14:10 to play. Utah State then went on a 9-2 run to get within five at 43-38 following a three-pointer from freshman guard Jaxon Myaer, but the Broncos scored six of the next seven points to increase its lead back to 10. The Aggies made one more run at BSU and got within six at 60-54 with 1:21 to play following a put-back from freshman forward Brady Jardine, but the Broncos made six straight free throws in the final 74 seconds to notch the win. Boise State finished the game by shooting 41.8 percent from the field (23-55), 27.8 percent from three-point range (5-18), and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (15-20). USU shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc (5-15) and 61.9 percent from the free throw line (13-21).
TWO OF THE TOP FOUR SHOOTERS IN LEAGUE GAMES COME OFF UTAH STATE'S BENCH
Two of the Western Athletic Conference's top four field goal shooters during league play are reserve players for Utah State as sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranks second in WAC games in shooting at 66.1 percent (39-59), while junior guard Brian Green is shooting 59.6 percent (31-52) to rank fourth. Junior forward Nate Bendall is close behind, shooting 57.8 percent (37-64) to give Utah State three of the top five shooters in the WAC in league games.
GREEN LEADS THE WAC IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior reserve guard Brian Green is torching the nets in conference play as he is shooting 66.7 percent from three-point range (20-30) and 59.6 percent overall (31-52) to rank first and fourth in the WAC, respectively. Overall, Green is shooting 47.8 percent from behind the arc (32-67) this year to rank second in the conference.
GREEN HAS BEEN INSTANT OFFENSE FOR UTAH STATE OFF THE BENCH
Junior guard Brian Green has been instant offense for Utah State when he enters the game as of late as he is averaging 11.0 points during his last six games, while shooting an unbelievable 58.5 percent from the field (24-41) and 65.2 percent from three-point range (15-23). Overall, Green has scored in double-figures six times this year and has scored at least eight points in five of his last six games.
JARDINE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN SHOOTING IN LEAGUE GAMES
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine is playing the best basketball of his career during USU's 10 WAC games as he is averaging 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, while shooting 66.1 percent from the field (39-59) to rank second in the WAC. Jardine also ranks 10th in the WAC in blocked shots during league games. Prior to WAC play beginning, Jardine played in 14 games and averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field (16-34) in 11.1 minutes.
JARDINE HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FOUR OF HIS LAST SIX GAMES
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine has scored in double-figures in four of his last six games for Utah State including a career-high 17 points against San Jose State. During his last six games, Jardine is averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 67.4 percent from the field (29-43).
BENDALL MISSES TWO GAMES DUE TO HEART SURGERY
Junior forward Nate Bendall missed two games (Weber State - 12/23; Western Oregon - 12/29) due to heart surgery on December 23 as he had a minor procedure called a heart ablation to treat an atrial flutter. Since returning from his surgery 10 games ago, Bendall has scored in double-figures four times and is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 57.8 percent from the field and 83.3 percent at the free throw line.
WILLIAMS PLAYING WELL DURING WINNING STREAK
Junior guard Pooh Williams has played solid basketball for Utah State during its eight-game winning streak as he has scored at least eight points in seven of those contests and has scored in double-figures four times, including each of his last three games. During his last eight games, Williams is averaging 11.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field (33-68) and 41.9 percent from three-point range (13-31). Overall, Williams has scored at least eight points in 12 games this year and has scored in double-figures eight times.
WESLEY SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 20TH TIME THIS YEAR
Junior forward Tai Wesley scored in double-figures for the second straight game and for the seventh time in his last eight games as he had 19 points and nine rebounds against Nevada. Overall, Wesley has now scored in double-figures 20 times this year and 64 times in his career. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field (25-45) and 58.8 percent at the free throw line (10-17).
QUAYLE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Senior guard Jared Quayle has scored in double-figures in each of his last two games as he had 11 points against Idaho and 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists against Nevada. Overall, Quayle has scored in double-figures 15 times this year and 40 times in his career, to go along with three 20-point games this year and eight in his career. During his last five games, Quayle is averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game, and is shooting 38.0 percent from the field (19-50), 48.1 percent from three-point range (13-27) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8).
MORRILL RECORDS 500TH CAREER WIN
Stew Morrill became one of just 19 active coaches, and one of just 73 coaches all-time at the Division I level, to record 500 wins when USU won at Idaho, 60-48, on Jan. 23, 2010. Morrill is now 503-235 (.682) in 24 years as a collegiate head coach and 285-97 (.746) in 12 years at USU.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 13-2 this season when senior guard Jared Quayle scores in double-figures, but just 5-4 when he doesn't. Furthermore, USU is 10-1 when Quayle has at least five assists in a game.
UTAH STATE HAS FOUR OF THE TOP 14 THREE-POINT SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State, statistically, has four of the top 14 three-point shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior guard Brian Green ranks second (.478), senior guard Jared Quayle ranks third (.447), junior guard Pooh Williams ranks 10th (.412) and junior guard Tyler Newbold ranks 14th (.390).
FOUR RETURNING STARTERS IN THE LINEUP
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has started 84 straight games at Utah State, which is the longest streak on the team. Junior forward Tai Wesley has started 64 straight games and 83 of the last 84 overall. Senior guard Jared Quayle has started 57 straight games and junior forward Pooh Williams has started 55 games during his career.
WESLEY RANKS 27TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Junior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada on Jan. 13, 2010 to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,086 career points to rank 27th all-time in scoring at USU and is now just nine points shy of tying Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) for 26th-place with 1,095 career points. In 94 career games, Wesley is averaging 11.55 points.
WESLEY ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
In his third season at Utah State, junior forward Tai Wesley has 1,086 career points, 533 career rebounds and 230 career assists and is among some elite company as he is one of just seven players in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-08), Greg Grant (1983-86), Nate Harris (2003-06), Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05), Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) and Marvin Roberts (1969-71). If you added Wesley's 94 career blocks to the equation, Wesley is one of just two players in school history with 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 200 career assists and 90 career blocks along with Nate Harris who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career.
WESLEY ABOUT TO ENTER TOP 20 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN REBOUNDING
Junior forward Tai Wesley has 533 rebounds in his career and is just 10 rebounds shy of tying Ed Gregg (1975-76 for 20th-place all-time at Utah State with 543 career boards.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Junior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 59.6 percent from the field (400-671) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In 94 career games, junior forward Tai Wesley ranks fourth all-time at Utah State with 94 career blocks. Wesley is now 23 blocks shy of tying Shawn Daniels (2000-01) for third all-time with 117 blocks. His average of 1.00 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
NEWBOLD RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Tyler Newbold is shooting 41.8 percent (133-318) from three-point range during his career, which ranks fourth all-time at Utah State. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) is the school's all-time leader in three-point shooting at 46.5 percent.
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has made 133 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time in school history. He also ranks sixth all-time in three-point attempts with 318. Newbold is now 50 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and 90 three-point attempts shy of tying Jones for fifth-place all-time with 408 three-point attempts.
QUAYLE RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Jared Quayle is shooting 41.2 percent from three-point range (105-255) during his USU career to rank eighth all-time in school history.
QUAYLE RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Jared Quayle ranks eighth all-time at Utah State in three-pointers made with 105 and is tied for eighth-place all-time with 255 three-point attempts. Quayle is now seven made three-pointers shy of tying Troy Rolle (1999-2000) for seventh-place in career made three-pointers with 112 and one three-point attempt shy of moving ahead of Curtis Bobb (2000-01) for eighth-place in that category.
QUAYLE RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior guard Jared Quayle is shooting 91.7 percent from the free throw line (55-60) this year, which would rank third all-time at Utah State for a single-season behind Tony Brown who shot 92.1 percent during the 1998-99 seasons and Jaycee Carroll who shot 91.9 during the 2007-08 season. Overall, Quayle ranks ninth all-time at USU in free throw shooting at 81.4 percent (149-183).
QUAYLE, NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 25 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Utah State has three players on its current roster who rank among the top-25 all-time at Utah State in assists as senior guard Jared Quayle has 236 career assists to rank 21st, junior guard Tyler Newbold has 232 career assists to rank 22nd and junior forward Tai Wesley has 230 career assists to rank 23rd all-time.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Scored in double-figures for the eighth time this year and 16th time in his career with 16 points against Nevada... Had a career-high tying 17 points against Southern Utah... Tied his career-high with six assists against Idaho at home... Made a career-high four three-pointers against SUU... Averaging 8.6 points and 2.8 assists per game, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range and 55.0 percent at the free throw line... Has started 55 games during his USU career... Ranks 10th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#12 Brian Green - Scored a season-high 17 points at Fresno State... Had a season-high four rebounds against the Wolverines... Had season-highs with four assists and three steals against Southern Utah... Averaging 7.0 points and shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent at the free throw line... Ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#13 Preston Medlin - Scored a career-high 17 points against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Averaging 4.1 points and shooting 40.3 percent, including 39.5 percent from three-point range.
#15 Modou Niang - Had career-highs with 13 points and seven rebounds against Weber State... Made his first career start against Western Oregon and played a career-high 26 minutes... Tied his career-high with three blocks against Idaho... Averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field and 54.5 percent at the free throw line.
#21 Jared Quayle - Scored a career-high 27 points at Utah and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds against the Utes to notch his fourth double-double... Also had 10 rebounds against Northeastern for his fifth-career double-figure rebounding game... Had a season-high seven assists against Boise State, Idaho State and Morehead State... Has scored in double-figures 15 times this year and 40 times in his career... Has eight career 20-point games... Averaging 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the free throw line... Currently ranks first in the WAC in free throw shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.34), is third in three-point shooting and fifth in assists... Has started 57 straight games for USU.
#22 Brady Jardine - Scored a career-high 17 points against San Jose State... Tied his season-high with eight rebounds against Nevada... Had a season-high two blocks against Utah Valley, Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State... Has scored in double-figures five times in his career... Averaging 5.8 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 81.1 percent at the free throw line... Ranks 14th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.70).
#23 Tyrone White - Has played in 14 games this year and is averaging 4.5 minutes per contest... Tied his season-high with two points against Boise State.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Recorded his first career double-double against Western Oregon with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 11 boards at Nevada... Averaging 8.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent at the free throw line... Scored a season-high 15 points at Weber State, and against Morehead State and Hawai'i... Has scored in double-figures 10 times this year and 30 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Has started 84 straight games for USU which is the longest active streak on the team... Ranks 14th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#25 Jaxon Myaer - Scored a season-high nine points at Northeastern as he tied his career-high with three made treys against the Huskies... Averaging 2.1 points and is shooting 39.0 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent at the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures twice in his career.
#35 Nate Bendall - Had a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high tying 10 rebounds against San Jose State for his third career double-double... Had a career-high five blocks against Morehead State... Posted his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Utah... Had 14 points and 10 rebounds against BYU... Has scored in double-figures 12 times this year... Averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 58.5 percent from the field and 81.7 percent at the free throw line... Ranks third in the WAC in field goal shooting, eighth in free throw shooting, 11th in blocked shots (0.91) and 13th in rebounding.
#42 Tai Wesley - Scored a season-high 22 points at Long Beach State.... Recorded his first double-double of the season at Cal State Bakersfield as he had 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds... Averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.2 percent from the field and 72.4 percent from the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures 20 times this year and 64 times in his career... Has scored 20-plus points six times in his career and has seven double-doubles... Has started 64 straight games and 83 of its last 84 overall... Ranks sixth in the WAC in field goal shooting, eighth in blocked shots (1.33), 10th in rebounding and 13th in scoring.
#44 Matt Formisano - Made his first career start against Weber State... Scored a season-high seven points against Morehead State... Had a season-high four rebounds against BYU and Saint Mary's... Averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 80.0 percent at the free throw line.
AGGIES GETTING SOLID PRODUCTION FROM ITS BENCH
Utah State is 15-3 on the year when its bench out-scores its opponent's bench and 3-3 when its bench is out-scored. Overall, USU's bench is averaging 21.5 points (517) and 9.2 rebounds (220) and had season-highs of 39 points against Southern Utah and 18 rebounds versus Idaho State.
UTAH STATE PLAYING SOLID DEFENSE WITHOUT FOULING
One of Utah State's trademarks under head coach Stew Morrill is to play solid defense without fouling and that is exactly what this year's team is doing. During its first three games of the year, USU was averaging 20.7 fouls per game, but during its last 21 games it is averaging just 15.8 fouls and had a season-low seven fouls against Nevada at home. On the season, USU is 9-0 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents.
UTAH STATE RANKS 11TH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVERS PER GAME
After averaging 16.3 turnovers during its first three games, Utah State is averaging just 10.0 turnovers during its last 21 games and just 10.8 turnovers per game on the season which ranks 11th in the nation. Overall, USU has committed single-digit turnovers in seven games this year.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED WHEN SHOOTING 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD THIS YEAR
Utah State has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in four of its last five games, and in 10 games on the season, and is undefeated (10-0) this year when shooting 50 percent.
AGGIES AT THE HALF
Utah State is 16-2 this year and 224-23 (.907) over the last 11 years when leading at the half. Conversely, USU is 2-4 this year and 39-58 (.402) during the last 11 years when trailing at the half.
UTAH STATE IN CLOSE GAMES
Utah State is 0-4 on the season in games decided by five or fewer points as it lost to Utah by one point (68-67), Northeastern by three points (64-61), New Mexico State by three points (55-52) and Saint Mary's by five points (68-63). Prior to its one point loss to Marquette (58-57) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Utah State had won 10 of its previous 12 games decided by two or fewer points including five straight wins in games decided by just one point.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Utah State is 4-2 this year and 56-18 (.757) over the last 11 years following a loss, and has dropped back-to-back games just 15 times during that time period. The last time USU lost three straight games was during the 2007-08 season when it dropped road games at Nevada (85-80), Hawai'i (71-66) and San Jose State (70-67). Overall, USU has lost three consecutive games just once in the last 11 years.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 119 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had six players earn academic all-WAC honors during the 2008-09 season (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Jared Quayle, Gary Wilkinson, Stavon Williams), while the other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC honorees.
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 270-84 (.763) record. Those 270 wins are tied for the sixth-most in the country, while the 76.3 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.829), Kansas (.813), and Gonzaga (.801). 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 WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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 second-best record in WAC games during the last five years with a 54-20 (.730) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
AGGIES LEAD THE NATION IN SHOOTING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
Utah State shot 49.6 percent from the field during the 2008-09 season to lead the nation for the second straight year (USU shot 51.4 percent in 2008 to lead the nation). USU also led the nation in field goal shooting during the 2004-05 season as it shot 52.5 percent. Utah State is the first team to lead the nation in shooting in consecutive seasons since UCLA did it in 1996 and 1997, and just the eighth team in the history of the NCAA to accomplish the feat. George Washington is the only school to lead the nation in three straight years as it accomplished that feat from 1954-56. USU's current run of being the top shooting team in the nation in three of the last five years is the best-ever streak in the history of NCAA Division I basketball.
UTAH STATE'S FALL SIGNING CLASS RANKED BEST IN THE WAC BY ESPN.COM
Utah State's fall recruiting class has been tabbed as the best in the WAC according to ESPN.com. The results are based solely on high school players. Utah State announced three players during the early signing period including a pair of prep stars in Ben Clifford and James Walker. USU also signed one junior college player in Brockeith Pane. Clifford is a 6-8, 215-pound senior forward at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah and Walker is a 6-2, 180-pound senior guard at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif. Both players will enroll as freshman at USU in the fall of 2010. Scouts Inc.'s Paul Biancardi, Joel Francisco, Reggie Rankin, Michael LaPlante, John Stovall and Adam Finkelstein all contributed to the ESPN.com report.
AGGIES WIN OLD OQUIRRH BUCKET FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR AND NINTH TIME OVERALL
Following its 85-73 win against Weber State on Dec. 23, Utah State's men's basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 5-1 record against in-state opponents to win the Old Oquirrh Bucket for the second-straight season and ninth time overall. Utah State's other in-state wins this year include victories against Weber State (66-60), Southern Utah (89-49), Brigham Young (71-61) and Utah Valley (87-56), while its only loss was at Utah (68-67). The Old Oquirrh Bucket (named after the Oquirrh Mountains located to the west of Salt Lake City) is the symbol of in-state basketball supremacy in Utah. Every year since the 1974-75 season the trophy has been awarded to the in-state college team (Brigham Young, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State), which has the best winning percentage against in-state competition. Of Utah State's nine Old Oquirrh Bucket titles, four have come under the direction of current head coach Stew Morrill (2002, 2005, 2009, 2010). USU also won the title three straight years under Rod Tueller (1983, 1984, 1985) and Dutch Belnap's 1975 and 1976 teams won the first two titles in the trophies history. Utah has won the bucket 14 times, followed by Utah State and BYU with nine victories each, and Weber State with four.
AGGIES INSIDE THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 172-13 (.930) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes an 89-8 (.918) record against conference opponents and a 34-3 (.919) mark against WAC teams. USU has won 21 straight WAC games at home and 30 of its last 31 at home overall. Utah State has won 10 straight home games and 62 of its last 64 home games overall dating back to the 2005-06 season with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's, 68-63, on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State, 71-66, on March 3, 2007. Overall, USU is 465-106 (.814) in this its 40th year in the building.
AGGIES WILL HOST WICHITA STATE IN ESPNU BRACKETBUSTER GAME
Utah State will host Missouri Valley Conference member Wichita State in the eighth annual ESPNU BracketBusters on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 9:59 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU's contest against the Shockers will be one of 11 games televised on the ESPN family of networks. Utah State is 3-1 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 and lost at Saint Mary's (75-64) last year. Wichita State is 19-4 on the season and in second-place in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 8-3 league record. The Shockers, who are 5-3 on the road this year, return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 17-17 and finished tied for fifth-place in the MVC with an 8-10 league record. Utah State and Wichita State will be meeting for the 10th time with the Aggies owning a 5-4 all-time advantage. The last time the two teams played one another was on Nov. 24, 1995 in Hilo, Hawai'i as the Shockers won in double overtime, 63-61. This will be just the second time that WSU has traveled to Logan, as USU defeated Wichita State, 102-83, on Dec. 16, 1967 at the old Nelson Fieldhouse. All nine Western Athletic Conference teams will be involved in this year's event. Other televised games involving WAC schools include Nevada at Missouri State, Louisiana Tech at Northeastern and New Mexico State at Pacific.
QUAYLE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Jared Quayle was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Jan. 18, 2010. It is the first time this year and second time in his career that Quayle has been awarded the league's top weekly honor. It is also the second time this year that USU has earned WAC Player of the Week accolades as junior forward Tai Wesley was honored on Dec. 28, 2009. Quayle led Utah State to a 3-0 record during the week with home wins against Hawai'i (98-54) and Boise State (81-59), and an overtime win at Nevada (79-72). Quayle's best game of the week was against Nevada as he scored 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 42 minutes. Against the Wolf Pack, Quayle was 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also had 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals against the Rainbow Warriors in just 22 minutes. He then finished his week with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes against the Broncos. For the week, Quayle averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (16-29), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Tai Wesley was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference player of the week on Dec. 28 after leading the Aggies to wins against Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73) in its own Basketball Travelers Invitational last week en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors. It is the first time in his career Wesley has been awarded the league's top weekly honor. Against the Eagles, Wesley had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as he was 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Against the Titans, he scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and had a season-high three blocks. And against the Wildcats, he scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting at the free throw line, to go along with eight rebounds and a season-high six assists. For the tournament, Wesley averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (17-26) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23).
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which ranks tied for the fourth-most by any current Division I coach in college basketball. Morrill's former assistants who are current head coaches include Terry Dunn (Dartmouth), Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho). Arizona State's Herb Sendek has the most assistants who are currently Division I head coaches with eight, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino with seven and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun with six. Other coaches with five assistants as current Division I head coaches include Ben Braun of Rice, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Jay Wright of Villanova.
UTAH STATE GRADUATES WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN
Utah State lost three lettermen from last season, including one starter in Gary Wilkinson who was named the WAC's Player of the Year as he averaged 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and shot 58.0 percent from the field and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. USU also lost the WAC Player of the Year in 2008 in guard Jaycee Carroll who averaged 22.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, and shot 52.6 percent from the field, 49.6 percent from three-point range and 91.9 percent from the free throw line.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 24th season as a collegiate head coach and 12th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 285-97 (.746) record, including a 146-48 (.753) 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 11 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 10 straight 23-win seasons and 10 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-6, 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 76.3 percent with an overall record of 270-84. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 167-54 record with five regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game eight times in the last 10 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 10 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 10 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 2008-09 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its second straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and 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 last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 10th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Gary Wilkinson was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2009, while Jaycee Carroll was named the league's MVP in 2008. Overall, Morrill has coached 11 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 16 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 12 years, USU is an amazing 172-13 (.930) at home, which includes an 89-8 (.918) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 14 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 73rd all-time with his 503 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.2 percent ranks 28th among active coaches and 100th all-time. He is also one of just 13 active coaches to notch at least 14 20-win seasons. His current streak of 10 straight 20-win seasons ranks ninth among active coaches and is tied for the 13th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC) three times in his 11 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 503-235 (.682).