Aggie Men's Basketball Opens Two-Game Homestand Against Pioneers Of Denver Thursday
Fresh off its three-game road win streak, Utah State men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) to host an important two-game homestand, starting with Denver in a Valentine's Day match-up on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).

 
Fresh off its three-game road win streak, Utah State men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) to host an important two-game homestand, starting with Denver in a Valentine's Day match-up on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).
 
 

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Denver (15-8, 11-2 WAC) at Utah State (17-5, 8-4 WAC)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network • KMYU TV

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Aggie Men Dropped By Pioneers, 68-57, Saturday Afternoon
Utah State men's basketball was short-handed without two injured starters and came up on the short-end of a 68-57 score at Denver Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference play at DU's Magness Arena.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Fresh off its three-game road win streak, Utah State men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) to host an important two-game homestand, starting with Denver in a Valentine's Day match-up on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the fourth-place Aggies and tied for second-place Pioneers will be regionally televised by KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,496-1,027 (.593) in its 2,523 games played.

• Utah State is now 7-2 on the road this season and has won 28 of its last 43 road games (.651) and is 106-83 (.561) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, including 75-47 (.615) record against conference opponents and a 38-22 (.633) mark against WAC teams.

• USU has won 45 of its last 56 WAC games (.804) and is 71-19 (.789) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 91-31 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 10-3 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 67 games (.894) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 95 of its last 104 home games (.922).

• USU has won 91.7 percent of its home games (220-21) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 271 games (.919) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 57 (.911) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 139 (.913). USU has registered a 514-114 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.

• Utah State is 2-0 in the second month of the year and is 74-29 (.718) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 46-6 (.885) home record. USU is 3-3 this season on Thursday's and 90-22 (.804) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Valentine's Day for the second year in a row, beating Montana Tech, 70-58, last year and are 9-5 (.643) all-time in known games played on Feb. 14.

• Thursday's match-up between Utah State and Denver will be the 91st time in series history, which is the fourth-oldest rivalry in USU history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season. The Aggies hold a 54-37 all-time series lead, but the Pioneers have won the last two meetings after USU had won the previous nine meetings.

THIS WEEK
Utah State men's basketball hosts a pair of important Western Athletic Conference games this weekend, as the fourth-place Aggies host the two teams that are tied for second in the standings, hosting Denver on Thursday, Feb. 14 in a Valentine's Day night match-up at 7 p.m. (MT), regionally televised on KMYU. USU then hosts New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16 in an all-Aggie clash, nationally televised on ESPNU. Both games will be video streamed on the Internet, and the games will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live audio streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU hosts New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Following this weekend, the Aggies play at in-state foe BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., nationally televised on BYU-TV.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on 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. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

Thursday's Utah State game will be aired in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
Thursday's match-up between the Aggies and Pioneers will be regionally televised on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has a 91-31 (.746) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 45 of its last 56 WAC games (.804) and is 71-19 (.789) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies won three games on the road, improving to 17-5 overall and 8-4 in WAC play, with the most recent winning coming last Friday at San Jose State, as the Aggies speared the Spartans by a palindromic 63-36 score. USU used a smothering defensive effort, a 16-0 run in the first half and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's fifth double-double in a row to propel them to the victory. Butterfield tallied game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds, including posting 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The USU defense posted a season-low for points allowed for the second game in a row after allowing 46 points last Saturday at Seattle and then 36 points at San Jose State Friday night. The 36 points is a not just a season-low for the USU defense, but also the fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points in a 72-30 win. The Aggies had a 38-24 rebounding advantage, giving Utah State a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fourth-straight game and the 13th time this season. USU is now 14-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last six games (3-3). With its 51.9 percent (27-of-52) field goal shooting, Utah State has now shot better than 50 percent in two of its last three games and 10 times total this season. The Aggies' 47.1 percent (8-of-17) behind the arc was its third game in a row with +40 percent as USU has now made six or more treys in its last three games, as well as six of its last seven.

MEDLIN, REED SUFFER INJURIES
Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced an update on a pair of players who suffered injuries in the Aggies' game at New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee. Medlin's injury happened in the first half, but he played the rest of the game, while Reed's injury happened late in the second half against NMSU and he did not return to action.

Medlin was averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He was shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, including 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin was averaging 16.3 ppg, as well as shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, 39.3 percent (33-of-84) behind the arc and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. He was averaging 2.06 made three-pointers per game. Medlin was also leading the conference in minutes played (36.06).

Reed averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, and still holds the team lead for both blocked shots (28 total) and steals (26 total). At the time of the injury, he was netting a team-high 58.2 percent (71-of-122) field goal shooting, as well as 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. Reed averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.75 blocked shots and 1.63 steals per game. Reed made 58.2 percent (71-of-122) of his field goals, netting 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. He averaged 30.4 minutes per game.

THREE RETURNING STARTERS, OUT WITH THREE DIFFERENT MEDICAL SITUATIONS
USU entered this season with three returning starters and all three are now not in action due to medical situations. Junior forward Danny Berger collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night. Berger will miss the remainder of the season. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist sustained on Jan. 17, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee.

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, adding 1.2 blocks per game as well. Shaw has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games, netting 12 points at San Jose State, adding five rebounds and one assist. He has a team-leading seven double-doubles this season. Shaw topped his career-high in back-to-back games, posting 21 points to go with 14 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech and then netted a career-best 27 points at Idaho, adding nine rebounds. He has at least seven rebounds in 15 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 53.3 percent (122-of-229) from the field in addition to 72.9 percent (51-of-70) at the free throw line. After having at least one blocked shot in USU's first 14 games of the season, Shaw did not register a blocked shot in the next four games before bouncing back with a career-high four blocks against LA Tech and added one each at Idaho and Seattle, but did not have one at SJSU.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has posted five-straight double-doubles, tallying game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds, including posting 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half in Friday's win at SJSU. Butterfield averages 11.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington, then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in loss to LA Tech. Butterfield logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before his 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU. Butterfield now has 12 double-digit scoring outings in the last 16 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last eight games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 208 points in 16 games as a starter, averaging 13.0 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 36 made three-pointers (36-of-80), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 45.0 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 7.0 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.1 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in nine of the last 14 games. He now has 58 assists in 16 games as a starter (3.6) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in place of Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 7.0 ppg on 42 points in the last six games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA. Jean is shooting 1.3 percent better behind the arc (43.6 percent) than his overall field goal percentage (42.3 percent), making 24-of-55 from distance and 33-of-78 in total field goals. Jean was a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games.

USU MEN'S BASKETBALL RANKED AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN NCAA STATISTICS
Utah State 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 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).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
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).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+9.1) and USU also tops the league in three-point field goal percentage (.386).

The Aggies also rank 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).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In 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).

BUTTERFIELD LEADS WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
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). Additionally, 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).

Junior center Jarred 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).

DOUBLE-BUTTER
USU junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's streak of five double-doubles is among the most in the NCAA among players with double-doubles this season. As of Monday, Butterfield is one of only two players in the country with active streaks of five or more, joined by Jarnell Stokes of Tennesse, and one of five active streaks of four or more:

7	O.D. Anosike - Siena
	Earl Brown - Saint Francis (PA)

6 Jerrelle Benimon - Towson Josh Davis - Tulane Shawn Long - La.-Lafayette Edward Daniel - Murray State Augustine Rubit - South Alabama

5 *Spencer Butterfield - Utah State Mike Muscala - Bucknell Colton Iverson - Colorado State *Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse^ Desharick Guidry - McNeese State

4 *Jack Cooley - Notre Dame *Isaiah Austin - Baylor *Josh Huestis - Stanford

All points/rebounds unless noted w/ ^ for points/assists * = active as of 2/11

BUTTERING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is now tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list.
Consecutive Double-Doubles
	Name 	          Years 	 Games
1.  Marvin Roberts 	  1970-71 	 17
2.  Marvin Roberts 	  1969-70 	 13
3.  Shaler Halimon 	  1967-68 	 11
4.  Greg Grant 	          1984-85 	 10
5.  Mike Santos 	  1976-77 	  9
    Mike Santos 	  1976-77 	  9
    Ed Gregg 	          1975-76 	  9
8.  Silas Mills 	  1994-95 	  6
    Marvin Roberts 	  1968-69 	  6
10. Spencer Butterfield	  2012-13	  5
    Eric Franson 	  1995-96 	  5
    Eric Franson 	  1993-94 	  5
    Bob Lauriski 	  1971-72 	  5

SCOUTING DENVER
The Pioneers are 15-8 overall and tied for second in the WAC standings with an 11-2 league mark. DU has won its last four games since a 53-42 loss at New Mexico State on Jan. 23, as the Pioneers have topped the 70-point mark in each of those four wins. In its most recent action, Denver beat Seattle, 72-55, on Thursday and routed Idaho, 74-58, on Saturday. In Thursday's win over Seattle, junior forward Chris Udofia netted a game-high 23 points, hitting 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 behind the arc. Freshman guard Jalen Love added 11 points while senior guard Chase Hallam tossed in 10. Udofia and sophomore forward Royce O'Neale led DU with four rebounds each, while O'Neale and sophomore guard Cam Griffin dished out five assists apiece. Love led the Pioneers in their win over Idaho with 22 points, draining four treys, while Udofia tallied 13 points, O'Neale logged 12 points and six boards, and sophomore guard Brett Olson added 11 points, hitting three triples.

DU leads the WAC in scoring defense, holding the opposition to 55.3 ppg, while ranking eighth in scoring at 64.3 ppg, to ranking second in scoring margin (+9.0). The Pioneers also lead the league in field goal percentage (.478), rank third in three-point percentage (.365) and are second in free throw percentage (.731). DU is 10th in rebounding (25.5 rpg) and ninth in rebounding margin (-5.3). The Pioneers also top the conference in assists (16.13), assist-turnover ratio (1.40) and steals (9.00), while ranking second in turnover margin (+4.43) and third in blocked shots (4.39).

Individually, Udofia is ninth in the WAC overall in scoring (12.5), while ranking 11th in WAC only games (12.2). O'Neale is 11th in overall scoring (11.6), while Olson is 14th in league only scoring (11.2). O'Neale also is 13th in rebounding overall (5.8), while ranking 10th in conference games (6.2). Udofia is fifth in the league overall for field goal percentage (.505), while Hallam is 11th (.472), O'Neale is 13th (.452) and Olson is 15th (.444). In WAC only field goal percentage, Love leads the league (.620), while Udofia is seventh (.521), Hallam is 12th (.495) and Olson is 14th (.477). Hallam leads the league in steals (2.26), while Udofia is tied for fifth (1.57), Griffin is seventh (1.52) and O'Neale is eighth (1.48). O'Neale is tied for sixth in assists (3.26), while Udofia is eighth (3.13).O'Neale also is second in free throw percentage (.793). Olson is fourth in three-point percentage (.415), while ranking second in three-pointers made (2.43) and Hallam is fifth in three-point percentage (.387) to go with 10th in three-pointers made (1.57). Udofia is second in blocked shots (2.39), while ranking fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.57).

DU head coach Joe Scott (Princeton, 1987), is in his sixth season at the reins of the Pioneers' program, posting a 95-82 (.537) ledger.

SCORCHING THE NETS
Denver and Utah State are ranked 1-2, respectively, in the WAC stats for field goal percentage, as the Pioneers have made 533-of-1116 from the field, for an average of 47.760 percent while the Aggies are right behind at 539-of-1131, an average of 47.657 percent.

VALUING THE ROCK
The Pioneers and Aggies are also the top two teams in the league for assist-turnover ration, as DU is first with a 1.40 ratio while USU is second with 1.15.

NO REBOUNDS FOR YOU
Utah State and Denver are additionally first and second in WAC only stats for rebounding defense, as the Aggies limit their opposition to just 29.0 rebounds per game (348 in 12 games) while Denver only allows 30.0 rpg (390 in 13 games).

UTAH STATE'S RIVALRY WITH DENVER THE FOURTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Denver will be playing for the 91st time in series history on Thursday, which is the fourth-oldest rivalry in USU history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season.

UTAH STATE-DENVER SERIES
Utah State holds a 54-37 all-time series lead, as the USU-DU series is the fourth-oldest rivalry in school history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season. The Aggies had won nine in a row over the Pioneers prior to DU winning the last two meetings, at Logan last season, 67-54, and at Denver, 68-57, on Jan. 19. Utah State has won 18 of the last 25 meetings. USU holds a 19-3 advantage at Logan, as last year's loss to DU snapped the Aggies' five-game home win streak against the Pioneers, as prior to the 2010 meeting at Denver, the teams hadn't met since 1978, which was Utah State's last home win over Denver, on Feb. 3, 1978.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 211-120 (.639) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 153-87 (.638) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 91-31 (.746) record at Utah State and a 62-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST DENVER
Utah State men's basketball was short-handed without two injured starters and came up on the short-end of a 68-57 score at Denver on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 19 in Western Athletic Conference play at DU's Magness Arena. In a nationally televised game on ROOT Sports, USU played the game without starters senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior guard Preston Medlin due to injuries sustained in USU game at New Mexico State on Jan. 17. It was the Aggies' second loss in a row after its 13-game win streak was snapped with the loss at NMSU two nights earlier. Utah State is now 14-3 overall and 5-2 in WAC play. With the loss, USU lost in back-to-back games for just the 21st time in the past 13 years and the first time since at Nevada and Fresno State in the same weekend on Feb. 2 and 4, 2012, respectively. DU won its seventh game in a row to improve to 11-7 overall and 7-1 in conference action, remaining in second-place behind league-leader Louisiana Tech. It was also USU's second loss in a row to DU after a nine-game win streak in the series by the Aggies. Utah State now holds a 54-37 all-time series lead, as the USU-DU series is the fourth-oldest in USU history. Utah State was led by junior guard Marvin Jean's career-high 14 points, hitting a career-high four three-pointers, topping his previous season-high scoring output of eight points which he had done four previous times. Junior center Jarred Shaw was one rebound shy of his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and game-high nine rebounds, helping USU to a 27-17 rebounding advantage, for USU's first double-digit rebounding margin since Jan. 5 against Idaho and was the Aggies' ninth double-digit rebounding margin this season, including the first seven games of the year. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior guard TeNale Roland netted nine points apiece for the Aggies while sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points. Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out a game-high tying four assists, while Butterfield notched three helpers. Four Pioneer players netted double-digits, led by Brett Olson's 18 points while Chase Hallam added 14 points and Chris Udofia tallied 13 points and Jalen Love tossed in 10 points. Hallam also led DU with four rebounds. Denver darted out to an 11-3 lead at the 14:32 mark after a layup by Cam Griffin. USU pulled within five on two different occasions as both Butterfield and Roland were fouled on three-point attempts and both promptly drained all three free throw attempts, the last by Roland with 11:17 to go, pulling USU within 14-9. That would be the closest the Aggies would get, as the Pioneers opened their largest first half lead at 32-18 with 3:44 left on a Love trey, and DU took a 36-25 lead into halftime. Love hit an old-fashioned three-point play with 12:07 on the clock to give the Pioneers their largest lead of the night at 53-31, and the 22-point deficit was USU's largest of the season. The Aggies whittled away at the gap and trimmed it down to 10 points three different times, the last with 2:18 remaining on a pair of Shaw free throws, but couldn't get any closer.

LAST MEETING VERSUS THE PIONEERS AT LOGAN
Utah State men's basketball's 33-game home winning streak came to a halt with a 67-54 loss to Denver on Nov. 30, 2011 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Pioneers shot a scorching 52.1 percent from the field for the game in dealing the Aggies their first home loss since Dec. 5, 2009, breaking USU's 33-game home win streak which was the third-longest in the country entering Wednesday. The 33-game win streak was the second-longest in school history behind the 37-straight victory streak that was snapped by St. Mary's in that Dec. 5, 2009 game. USU has won 85 of its last 88 home games and is now 195-14 at home under head coach Stew Morrill. Utah State evened its record at 3-3 on the season while Denver, who will be joining the Western Athletic Conference next year, improved to 5-1 with the win. DU was 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) in the first half, hitting 5-of-11 three-pointers, in taking a 34-29 lead. The Pioneers led by 17 at 31-14 with 5:17 remaining until halftime, before the Aggies closed out the half on a 15-3 run, sparked by freshman center Jordan Stone and senior guard Brockeith Pane, to close to 34-29 at the break. Denver opened the second stanza with a 12-2 run to open a 46-31 lead with 15:33 to go on a three-pointer by Brett Olson from the left wing. USU got within 53-43 with 9:24 left on a layup by sophomore guard Mitch Brunel, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer. The Pioneers took their biggest lead of the game at 65-45 with 2:31 remaining on a dunk by Chris Udofia, for DU's first win over USU since 1974, snapping the Aggies' nine game win streak in the series. Udofia and Rob Lewis led Denver and shared game-high honors with 15 points apiece while Brian Stafford added 12 points and Chase Hallam tossed in 11. Udofia snared a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 13 points, hitting the Aggies' only two three-pointers of the night. Pane scored 12 points and senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 27-22 rebounding edge. Pane has scored in double-digits in all six of the Aggies' games this season and his last nine games played dating back to last season, while Grim has tallied double-figures the last three in a row and four of the last five. DU shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field, finishing with 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) from three-point range. The Pioneers hit 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) at the free throw line. USU made 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) of its field goal shots, making 2-of-4 (50.0 percent) behind the arc and the Aggies were 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers hit nine of their first 11 shots, in turning a 4-2 USU lead after a pair of Pane free pitch shots, into a 23-12 lead, as Justin Coughlin hit a layup. DU stretched its advantage to 31-14 on a layup by Blake Foeman, with 5:17 on the first half clock. Stone then scored four straight points and Medlin hit a three-pointer from the left wing with just under four minutes to go. After a three-pointer by Hallam from the left corner, junior forward Kyisean Reed hit a layup, then Pane netted a runner to cut the gap to single-digits at 34-25 with 2:29 to play. Stone hit a pair of free throws with 1:53 and got the rebound on the defensive end and quickly dished to Pane, who drove the length of the court and hit a layup with 1:15 left to pull USU within 34-29, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer in the second half. It was USU's worst home loss since a 75-57 home loss to Nevada on Feb. 25, 2006. The loss also snapped the Aggies' 17-game home non-conference game win streak snapped.

DURING WIN STREAK
Utah State is out-scoring the opposition 208-149, by an average of 69.3-49.7, during its three-game win streak, with all three wins coming on the road. USU is also out-rebounding its opponents by 14.7 (36.3-21.7) during the streak as well. The Aggies are shooting 52.6 percent (80-of-152) from the field in the last three games, as well as making 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from distance and 77.1 percent (27-of-35) at the free throw line. USU's defense is holding opponents to just 36.4 percent (56-of-154) from the floor, making 27.1 percent (16-of-59) behind the arc and 65.6 percent (21-of-32) at the charity stripe.

Three Aggies are averaging double-figures during the three-game win streak, led by junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, who has posted a double-double in all three games. Butterfield is averaging a double-double with 15.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg, shooting an identical 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from three-point range as his 54.8 percent (17-of-31) overall field goal percentage, leading the team in three-pointers made and percentage. Junior center Jarred Shaw is netting 18.3 ppg, adding 7.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, leading the team with 66.7 percent (26-of-39) field goal shooting. Freshman guard Marcel Davis is averaging 13.0 ppg, adding a team-high 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) at the free pitch stripe. Butterfield, Davis and junior guard/forward Marvin Jean are all averaging 2.3 assists per game during the streak. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford adds 6.0 rpg in the last three games.

SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has posted a double-double in each of the last five games. Butterfield has scored 208 points in 16 games as a starter, averaging 13.0 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 36 made three-pointers (36-of-80), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 45.0 percent behind the arc. Butterfield now has 12 double-digit scoring outings in the last 16 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last eight games. He started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington, then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in loss to LA Tech. Butterfield logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before his 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU, to register a total of 12 double-figure scoring outings this season.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 games and has 10 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and San Jose State. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.

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).

DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING AND DIME-DROPPING DAVIS
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has scored in double-digits in the last three games with 12 points at SJSU and now has seven double-figure scoring games this season.

He has distributed at least four assists in nine of the last 15 games. Included in that stretch are two games of his season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle while dishing out six at Texas State, but then limited to just two at NMSU, before bouncing back with four in the Denver, UTA and LA Tech games, before being only credited with one at Idaho and then tallying three each at Seattle and SJSU. Davis now has 54 assists in the last 15 games, averaging 3.6 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.1 apg on the season.

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).

CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-figure scoring for the fourth-straight game and 17th of the season with 12 points at SJSU, adding five rebounds. He also tallied a game-high 16 points at Seattle to go with seven rebounds, and that game came on the heels of his career-high 27 points at Idaho, just missing his eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds, but topping the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. Shaw has led USU in scoring in six games this season. He also had the Aggies' lone blocked shot in both the Idaho and Seattle games and now has at least one rejection in 17 games this season.

ROLAND ROLLING ON THE ROAD
Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points in last week's win at Seattle, netting 5-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and added four assists. Roland most recently tallied seven points, four rebounds and two assists in the win at San Jose State, and also drained back-to-back crucial three-pointers at Idaho as part of his eight points. Roland is averaging 7.1 ppg on 64 points in nine road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.0 ppg in 13 home games, netting eight or more points only twice, including his previous season high 11 vs. UC Davis. On the flip side, Roland is averaging 1.3 assists per game on the road, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle, while posting 2.8 apg in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

JEAN MACHINE
In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points at Denver and then 11 points vs. UT Arlington. Jean had netted his previous high of eight points four different times. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, topping his previous high of two also reached four times. Jean was held scoreless against LA Tech, but did snare four rebounds, marking the third-straight game with four boards. Against Idaho, Jean netted a pair of treys for six points, and added five points at Seattle on a three-pointer and a pair of free throws, then logged six points on a pair of three-pointers at SJSU, giving him 42 points in the last six games as a starter (7.0 ppg).

Jean also swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle and tied a career-high with four assists.

Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.436), while ranking eighth in WAC only games (.417), highlighted by netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.

CLIFFORD THE BIG BLUE AGGIE
With the recent injuries, sophomore forward Ben Clifford has the most playing time of any active player in an Aggie jersey, having now played in 58 games in his two-year career. Clifford had a career night against UT Arlington, tying a career-best in points (12), while snaring a then-career rebounds (9) and posting a new career-best in blocks (4). He then topped his career-high in rebounds with 10 at Seattle, playing a new career-high 35 minutes as well.

Clifford has scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds six times this season and 19 times in his career.

DOUBLE-THREAT SHAW
Junior center Jarred Shaw logged his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech, adding a career-high four blocks as well. Shaw leads the team with seven double-doubles this season and all seven have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds. He just missed another double-double on the season with his career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho, marking the third time this season that he was one board shy of a double-double, with a 10-point, nine-rebound game at Denver, an 11-point, nine-rebound outing at UTSA and also had two 15-point, eight-rebound games in a row (at Santa Clara, vs. Western Oregon), as well as an eight-point, nine-rebound game in the season-opener vs. Idaho State.

DOUBLING UP ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw both registered double-doubles against LA Tech, with Butterfield tallying 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds while Shaw logged a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. It was the second time this season that the Aggies had two players log double-doubles in the same game as Shaw and senior forward Kyisean Reed posted double-doubles in the Nicholls State game on Dec. 20, with Reed tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds while Shaw recorded 19 points and 11 boards.

A LOOK BACK AT THE SAN JOSE STATE GAME
Behind a smothering defensive effort for the second-straight game, a 16-0 run in the first half and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's fifth double-double in a row, Utah State's men's basketball speared the Spartans of San Jose State Friday night by a palindromic 63-36 score at the Event Center at SJSU. The win was USU's third in a row, all on the road in improving to 17-5 overall and 8-4 in Western Athletic Conference action. SJSU dropped its eighth-straight in falling to 9-14 overall and 3-9 in WAC play. USU has won its last five at San Jose, winning the last 12 overall match-ups to improve to 51-21 all-time against San Jose State in Utah State's sixth-oldest rivalry in school history. Butterfield tallied game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds, including posting 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The junior sharpshooter also hit three three-pointers Friday for the second-straight game and his 10th multi-three-pointer game. It was also his sixth game with three or more treys. Junior center Jarred Shaw and freshman guard Marcel Davis tallied 12 points apiece. Junior guard TeNale Roland added seven points off the bench, and junior guard/forward Marvin Jean drained a pair of three-pointers for six points on the night. Utah State made 51.9 percent (27-of-52) of its field goals, netting 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) behind the arc and were a season-low 1-of-3 (33.3 percent) at the free throw line. The USU defense posted a season-low for points allowed for the second game in a row after allowing 46 points last Saturday at Seattle and then 36 points at San Jose State Friday night. The 36 points is a not just a season-low for the USU defense, but also the fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points in a 72-30 win. USU's defense also held the opposition to a season-low field goal percentage in as many games as well after holding Seattle to 31.0 percent last week and then 26.5 percent by SJSU Friday night, on 13-of-49 field goals. SJSU was also 4-of-20 (20.0 percent) behind the three-point line and were 6-of-9 at the free throw line. D.J. Brown led SJSU with 16 points, while Chris Cunningham added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Aggies had a 38-24 rebounding advantage, giving Utah State a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fourth-straight game and the 13th time this season. USU is now 14-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last six games (3-3). The Spartans took a 9-6 lead on a three-pointer by Brown with 16:15 to play, and then USU scored the next nine points, sparked by a Butterfield trey and ended with a Roland layup for a 15-9 lead with 12:06 left. Xavier Jones hit a jumper for SJSU to close to 15-11, but then the Aggies went on a 16-0 run to open a 31-11 lead with 2:57 on the clock after a Butterfield bucket and USU never looked back. Davis drained a trey at the one minute mark in the half to give USU a 34-16 halftime lead. Utah State's 18-point lead Friday night was its highest in a WAC game and its second-largest of the year behind a 21-point lead vs. Nicholls State. Utah State is 14-0 this year and has won 80 of its last 82 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 287-25 when holding a lead at intermission. Butterfield netted another three-pointer at the 15:48 mark for a 43-21 Aggie advantage. The Spartans sliced the gap to 17 at 43-26 with 11:22 remaining after a putback dunk by Alex Brown, but that would be the closest the home team would get. A three-pointer from Jean gave USU its largest lead of the night of 29 points at 63-34, and the Aggies coasted to their seventh road win this season.

D-SPEARING THE SPARTANS
• Utah State's defense posted a season-low for points allowed for the second game in a row after allowing 46 points last Saturday at Seattle and then 36 points at San Jose State Friday night. The 36 points is a not just a season-low for the USU defense, but also the fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points in a 72-30 win.

• USU's defense also held the opposition to a season-low field goal percentage in as many games as well after holding Seattle to 31.0 percent last week and then 26.5 percent by SJSU Friday night.

• The 13 field goals by San Jose State is another season-low for the USU defense, and is also the lowest since 10 by Louisiana Tech on March 5, 2011 in its 72-30 win.

REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
• With its +14 rebounding advantage at 38-24, Utah State had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fourth-straight game and the 13th time this season.

• USU is now 14-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last six games (3-3).

OTHER NOTES FROM SAN JOSE STATE GAME
• With its 34-16 halftime lead, USU's 18-point lead Friday night was its highest in a WAC game and its 2nd-largest of the year behind 21 point lead vs Nicholls State.

• USU's 1-of-3 night at the free throw line ties a season-low for fewest free throws made and is a new season-low for fewest free throws attempted.

• With its 51.9 percent (27-of-52) field goal shooting, USU has now shot better than 50 percent in two of its last three games and 10 times total this season.

• The Aggies' 47.1 percent (8-of-17) behind the arc was its third game in a row with +40 percent as USU has now made six or more treys in its last three games, as well as six of its last seven.

• USU has won its last five at San Jose, winning the last 12 overall match-ups, improving to 51-21 (.708) all-time against San Jose State in USU's sixth-oldest rivalry in school history.

• Junior center Jarred Shaw's 12 points gives him four double-digit games and 17 this season.

• Shaw also took a charge for the third straight game, giving him three for the season.

• Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored in double-digits for the third consecutive game and now has seven double-figure scoring games this season.

• Davis also dished out three assists for the second game in a row and has 14 games this season with three or more helpers, including five of the last six games.

• Junior guard TeNale Roland scored seven points Friday night, and is now averaging 7.1 ppg on road in nine road games, compared to 3.0 ppg in 13 home games.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 14-0 when leading at halftime; 1-4 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 14-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 11-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 12-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 14-4 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 13-3 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 13-2 when having more assists; 13-2 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 14-0 this year and has won 80 of its last 82 games (.976) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 287-25 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 47-79 (.373) when trailing at the half including a 1-4 (.200) record this year, having the smaller number on the halftime scoreboard in each of the last two games. The Aggies are now 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.

UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is 2-0 in the second month of the year and is 74-29 (.718) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 46-6 (.885) home record. USU is 3-3 this season on Thursday's and 90-22 (.804) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Valentine's Day for the second year in a row, beating Montana Tech,70-58, last year and are 9-5 (.643) all-time in known games played on Feb. 14.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 11-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 87 of its last 92 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 229-30 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 6-1 this season and has won 119 of its last 125 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 184-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU is now 2-0 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28. USU has now won seven of its last eight extra session games and Utah State improved to 54-40 (.574) all-time in overtime games.

UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season at the time and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has distributed at least four assists in nine of the last 14 games... Included in that stretch are two games of his season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle while dishing out six at Texas State, but then limited to just two at NMSU, before bouncing back with four in the Denver, UTA and LA Tech games... Posted double-digits in the last three games with 12 points at SJSU and now has seven double-figure scoring games this season... Averaging 8.4 ppg on 151 total points in last 18 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.70), while ranking seventh in league games (1.64)... Also is ninth in overall assists (3.09) and fourth in league games (3.83).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Posted a career night against UT Arlington in making his first start at home this season and third start of the year, tying a career-best in points (12), rebounds (9) and blocks (4)... All of which are also season-highs and he also tallied a then-season-high 33 minutes of action against UTA, bettering previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block... He then topped his rebounding mark with a career-best 10 boards at Seattle in playing a new career-high 35 minutes... Added eight points, six boards, two assists and one block in LA Tech game... Has scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds six times this season and 19 times in his career, most recently in the game at SJSU with five boards... Made first start of season in the Santa Clara game... Ranks 15th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.67).

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Tallied career-highs in back-to-back games with 21 points against LA Tech and topping that with 27 points at Idaho, then posted game-high 16 points at Seattle and 12 at SJSU to give him 17 games with double-figure scoring... Leads USU with seven double-doubles this season, logging them against Saint Mary's (17 pts./15 reb.), Weber State (16p/12r), Utah Valley (12p/11r), Nicholls State (19p/11r) and back-to-back games against Idaho (12p/12r) and San Jose State (12p/10r), then against LA Tech (21 p/14r), just missing another double-double at Idaho with 27 points and nine rebounds... Netted career-high 27 points at Idaho while posting career-best 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's game, career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Has double-digit rebounds in seven games, posting his double-doubles all seven times... Led USU in rebounding in 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a new career-high with four blocked shots in LA Tech game after not having a swat in any of the previous four games... Added three blocked shots in Weber State and Seattle games and has at least rejection in 17 games... Ranks 48th in the NCAA in field goal percentage, in addition to ranking 66th in double-doubles (7.0) and 89th in rebounds per game (8.2)... In the WAC stats, ranks 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)... 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).

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, has stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points at Denver and then 11 points vs. UT Arlington... Did not score in LA Tech game, but netted pair of treys at Idaho and scored five points at Seattle, then drained to three's at SJSU for six points, to give him 42 points in the last six games as a starter (7.0 ppg) after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench... Had netted his previous high of eight points four different times... Also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, topping his previous high of two also reached four times... Netted 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games... Swatted a career-high three blocks in UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games... Swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle and tied career-high with four assists... Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes, tallying eight points with two three-pointers... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds in three games, most recently at Texas State, and added four each in Southern Illinois, Denver and LA Tech contests... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game... Ranks third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.436), while ranking eighth in WAC only games (.417).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Has posted a double-double in each of the last five games, posting a career-high 23 points to go with a then-career-high 11 rebounds in UTA game, adding 16 points and new career-best 15 rebounds against LA Tech... Then tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho to go with 13 points, before posting a game-high 13 boards at Seattle and then logged games highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds at San Jose State to earn the WAC Player of the Week Award on Feb. 11... Has started last 16 games played in, missing the Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Logged a then career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as he has scored 208 points in 16 games as a starter, averaging 13.0 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 36 made three-pointers (36-of-80), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 45.0 percent behind the arc... Has scored in double-digits in 12 of his last 16 games played... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 games and has 10 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and SJSU... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season... Leads the WAC for overall in free throw percentage (.830), while ranking third in WAC only games (.842)... Is also second in the league for over three-point field goal percentage (.450) and fourth in conference only games (.431)... Additionally, 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)... 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).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with then-season-high four against Southern Illinois and matched that with four at Texas State, before bettering season-best with five against Seattle both at home and at Seattle... Added four points and three rebounds in Denver game, as well as three boards in UTA game.

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Netted career-high 12 points at Seattle, tallying two three-pointers, before tallying seven points, four rebounds and two assists at SJSU... Also hit back-to-back treys on pivotal possessions in win at Idaho... Averaging 7.1 ppg on 64 points in nine road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.0 ppg in 13 home games, netting eight or more points only twice, including his previous season high 11 vs. UC Davis... On the flip side, is averaging 1.3 assists per game on the road, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle and adding three at SJSU, while posting 2.8 apg in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Has started in six games of Aggie career... Has seven total games with four or more assists... Tallied nine points and three rebounds at Denver then notched season-high five rebounds in UT Arlington game, adding three assists.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 51 career games... Netted a season-high six points in UT Arlington game, pulling down five rebounds as well... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four each at SJSU and vs. TAMU-Corpus Christi contests and has a total of 18 career games with three or more rebounds... Has nine career games with five or more points, including adding five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games... Came up big in Idaho home game, blocking one shot and snaring three rebounds in critical times, and then was huge in win at Idaho, scoring four points, including first dunk of season, and played a huge role in defensive success in last three road wins.

UTAH STATE INJURED PLAYERS

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks, but most likely the remainder of the season... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games played, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Out 6-8 weeks with fractured wrist suffered in New Mexico State game on Jan. 17... Made 53rd consecutive start and played in 75th career game at NMSU contest... Needs 30 points to become 36th player in school history with 1,000... Led USU in scoring for the ninth time this season and 31th time in last two seasons with season-high 25 points against SJSU and then 14 against NMSU... Scored in double-figures 13 times this season and 44 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 19 of his last 21 games played... Has 46 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high five at Texas State, as well as four against UC Davis, and three in back-to-back games against Southern Illinois and UTSA, adding three against Idaho... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 7 with 143 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 41.3 percent, as well as moving into No. 7 on career three-point attempts list with 346... Ranks fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg), while leading the league in conference only games (20.7 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818) while ranking seventh in WAC only games (.816). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh in overall games (.393) and 14th in league only games (.395), as well as sixth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06) and second in WAC only games (2.83). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played both overall (36.06) and league only games (37.67).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Out for remainder of season with torn ACL injury in knee suffered in New Mexico State game on Jan. 17... Played in 52 career games and made 43 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Scored in double-figures 27 times in his career including five of last nine games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State and then posted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Seattle game, adding 17 points against Idaho and 10 vs. SJSU... Recorded a blocked shot in 36 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections each against Nicholls State and San Jose State, adding three against Idaho... Has at least one blocked shot in 13 games this season and 17 of his last 21 career games played, including nine games with multiple blocks... Posted 30 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding five times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 7 with 69, and No. 3 on the USU career blocks per game list with 1.4 bpg... Also No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.608)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... At time of injury, ranked 14th in the WAC in scoring both overall (12.1 ppg) and league games (11.3), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 11th in league only games (6.0). He also ranks second in overall field goal percentage (.582) while ranking fourth in league games (.553). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots both overall (1.75) and conference only games (1.67), as well as seventh in steals for both overall (1.63) and league games (1.5).

OTHER USU SEASON NOTES

NUMBER FIVE FOR THREE
Junior center Jarred Shaw not only attempted but made his first three-pointer of his USU career, with a trey from the top of the arc in the waning seconds of the first half at New Mexico State on Jan. 17. It was his first made three-pointer of his college basketball career and second attempted trey, with one three-point attempt during his freshman season at Oklahoma State.

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 362-124 (.744) at USU.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 221 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.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FEB. 11
Utah State's Spencer Butterfield has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10, announced by the conference office. Butterfield, a junior forward from Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), posted his fifth-straight double-double with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead USU to its palindromic 63-36 road win at San Jose State on Friday. He also added one steal and one assist in the victory. Butterfield's 22 points were one shy of his season-high 23 points, and came off a season-high nine made field goals on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Butterfield averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game heading into Friday's match-up with San Jose State. He topped that average and nearly had a double-double in the first half with 13 points and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly matching SJSU's 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. During USU's 25-2 run that broke the game open in the first half, Butterfield started the spurt with a three-pointer and later netted six of the last nine points in the streak for USU's 31-11 lead.

Butterfield now has 12 double-figure scoring outings and five double-digit rebound games, posting double-doubles in all five. Butterfield netted three three-pointers for the second-straight game and it was his 10th multi-three-pointer game. It was also his sixth game with three or more treys, including second game going 3-for-3 from distance.

With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is now tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list. This is Butterfield's first career WAC Player of the Week accolade. It is USU's third WAC Player of the Week honor this season, joining senior forward Kyisean Reed on Dec. 23 and junior guard Preston Medlin on Jan. 7.

MEDLIN SHINES IN BEARD OUT
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in the win over SJSU, which was declared a "Beard Out" by the USU students, with fans wearing beards to match Medlin's beard. Medlin's streak of 20-point games was halted at two in a row with only 14 at New Mexico State, but Medlin has hit for 20 or more points in five of the last eight games, and 19 times in his career. Against SJSU, he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in five of the Aggies' last eight games. Medlin tied a single-game school record in free throw-percentage as he went 11-11 from the charity stripe. It is the 30th time that an Aggie player has been perfect at the line with 10 or more attempts, and the first since Tai Wesley vs. Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Medlin's 11-of-11 effort is the ninth time that an Aggie player went 11-of-11, also first since Wesley. It was also a season-best in free throws made for Medlin and the third-most attempts and makes of his career, going 13-of-14 twice last season (vs. Hawai'i and vs. Loyola Marymount). It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that he made all of his free throws and 19th time in his career. Medlin also dished out five helpers to his teammates for the fourth time this season and it was the 12th time in his career that he has dished out five or more assists.

MEDLIN LIVING UP TO PRESEASON WAC PLAYER OF YEAR BILLING
Junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and has lived up to the billing so far in conference play, after posting 18 points, five assists and three steals in the win over Seattle, and adding a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals against Idaho. Medlin then scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in win over SJSU. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career he has scored 20-plus points as he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. Medlin also added five assists in the game.

MEDLIN EARNS TRIO OF PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete Of The Week for his performance during the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 6 in leading USU to three wins.

Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), helped Utah State post a 3-0 WAC record last week with a road win at Texas State (81-57), and home wins against Seattle (75-66) and Idaho (82-75 OT). Against the Bobcats, Medlin scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Against the Redhawks, he had 18 points to go along with five assists and a season-high tying three steals. And against the Vandals, he scored 22 points and hit the tying three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where he scored nine of USU's 13 points. Medlin, who scored all but three of his points following intermission, added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist against Idaho. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-24) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-of-23). Medlin's three-pointer against Idaho marked the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78.

This is Medlin's first WAC Player of the Week honor this season and second of his career, also collecting the accolade on Jan. 30, 2012. Medlin has earned the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season, also earning the honor on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. It is Medlin's seventh career USU honor, earning the award four times last season.

MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.

Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.

LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks.

GOING STREAKING
Utah State's 13-game win streak was its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, and ranking as the sixth-longest under Morrill, and the longest since the 2010-11 squad won 17-straight.

19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (1) - 2012-13
12 (1) - 2000-01
10 (1) - 2007-08
LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 13-game win streak also tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (2) - 1974-75, 2012-13
12 (2) - 1959-60, 2000-01
11 (2) - 1966-67, 1970-71
10 (1) - 2007-08
MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 30 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 970 career points. He has played in 75 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would become the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range (143-346) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 340.

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has a 60.2 career field goal percentage (206-of-342), holding down the No. 4 spot.

REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 69 rejections, moving up to the No. 7 spot. Reed has qualified for the blocks per game average, playing in his 50th career game against Idaho, and he currently has his 69 blocks in 52 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, ranking him third on USU's career blocks per game list.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 346-111 (.757) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5-ppd/Feb. 19), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11, Feb. 8

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

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