Feb. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Kyisean Reed is a finalist for the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition, Intersport announced Monday. "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta.
The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 5 p.m. (MT), on April 4 on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeSlam).
Each of the 16 finalists are slotted against another Dark Horse Dunker candidate in our bracket. Fans can access the bracket, watch video of each dunker, and vote for their favorite starting Monday at noon. They will be able to vote one time per day, so it's important that they share their vote with their friends and help share the word. The first round will last TWO weeks until Monday, February 25 at 11:59 am CT. At that time, the dunker with more votes in each match-up with move on to the second round.
Ultimately, the dunker left standing at the end of our competition on March 18 will be invited to join us in Atlanta Final Four weekend for the College Slam Dunk contest on ESPN.
Reed is out for the season with a knee injury sustained on Jan. 17.
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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