Feb. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked in the top 25 in three categories of the most recent NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday by the NCAA.
USU is ranking eighth in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+9.1), and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin is bolstered by having posting a double-digit rebounding advantage in the last four games, most recently with a +14 advantage in Friday's win at San Jose State. On the season, USU has had a double-digit rebounding advantage in 13 games.
The Aggies also are 20th in field goal percentage (.477), along with 25th in three-point field goal percentage (.386). Utah State is additionally 63rd in assist-turnover ratio (1.15) and 64th in assists per game (14.7).
Individually, junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 48th in field goal percentage, in addition to ranking 66th in double-doubles (7.0) and 89th in rebounds per game (8.2).
In addition to leading the WAC in rebounding margin, the Aggies also are tops in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.386), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.477) and assist-turnover ratio (1.15). USU is also third in scoring (69.1), scoring defense (61.7), scoring margin (+7.4), free throw percentage (.720) and assists (14.68). The Aggies are also fourth in blocks (3.86), while ranking sixth in field goal percentage defense (.413) and rebounds (36.8), as well as eighth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.333) and ninth in steals (4.91).
For WAC only games, USU is first in rebounding margin (+7.2), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.387). The Aggies are third in scoring margin (+6.3), free throw percentage (.730) and assist-turnover ratio (1.03), while also ranking fourth in scoring (67.2), scoring defense (60.9), field goal percentage (.457) and assists (12.75). Additionally, USU is fifth in rebounds (36.2), along with ranking sixth in field goal percentage defense (.415), three-point field goal percentage defense (.329) and blocks, while ranking ninth in steals (4.58).
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is first in the WAC for overall in free throw percentage (.830), while ranking third in WAC only games (.842). He also is second in the league for over three-point field goal percentage (.450) and fourth in conference only games (.431). Additional, Butterfield is sixth in overall field goal percentage (.494) and 10th in WAC only games (.509), while ranking 13th in overall scoring (11.1) and eighth in league contests (13.5), as well as seventh in three-pointers made (1.71) and sixth in WAC only games (1.83). Butterfield also is 10th in rebounds overall (6.0) and eighth in league games (7.3), in addition to ranking 15th in WAC only assists (2.75).
Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.533), while ranking ninth in conference only games (.511), as well as eighth in overall scoring (13.5) and seventh in league games (13.7). He also is fifth in the league in rebounding both overall (8.2) and conference games (8.0), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.14) and 10th in conference games (1.00), while ranking 13th in overall free throw percentage (.729).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.70), while ranking seventh in league games (1.64). Davis also is ninth in overall assists (3.09) and fourth in league games (3.83). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.436), while ranking eighth in WAC only games (.417). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is 13th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).
Utah State is 17-5 overall and 8-4 in WAC play, currently in fourth-place in the standings. Fresh off their three-game road win streak, the Aggies return home to host Denver on Thursday, Feb. 14 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16. Denver and NMSU are both tied for second in the WAC standings with 11-2 league ledgers. NMSU is 17-8 overall while DU is 15-8 overall.
Thursday's game is slated for a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off, while Saturday's game is a 9 p.m. tip. Thursday's game will be televised regionally on KMYU TV while Saturday's game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
For USU men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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