Feb. 21, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball hosts Fresno State on Saturday, Feb. 22 in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and the Aggies enter the game with five top 20 marks in the recent NCAA statistical categories, as the NCAA statistics were updated and released on Friday.
USU is ranked third in the country in three-point field goal percentage (.413), 11th in assists per game (16.3), 16th in total assists (425), 17th in assist-turnover ratio (1.44) and 17th in rebounding margin (+6.7). The Aggies also are 25th in free throw percentage (.745), 51st in three-point field goal percentage defense (.314), 77th in turnovers per game (11.4), 81st in scoring defense (66.6) and 82nd in field goal percentage (.461).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 17th in the nation in assist-turnover margin (2.95), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 25th (2.81). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 80th in rebounding (8.1) and 98th in double-doubles (6).
Utah State is the only team with more than one player in the top 30 of the NCAA stats for assist-turnover ratio, and the Aggies have two players in the top 25 of the rankings. Senior guard Preston Medlin is 17th in the nation in assist-turnover margin (2.95), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 25th (2.81).
Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Bulldogs will not be televised, but will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders by going to www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. Steve Klauke will provide play-by-play with analysis from Kris Johnson. Saturday's game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network through USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through the "GameTracker" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.
Utah State men's basketball was beaten by No. 6/7 San Diego State, 60-45, Tuesday night at a sold-out SDSU Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. USU slides to 15-11 overall and 5-9 in Mountain West action with the loss. Tuesday was the Aggies' second-straight loss in the series to the Aztecs, trimming USU's lead to 3-2 all-time, as the Aggies were making their first visit to SDSU since Nov. 24, 1998, which was the fourth game of USU head coach Stew Morrill's first season at the helm of the Aggie program.
Now in his 16th season, Morrill remains at 599 career wins, seeking to become the 14th active Division I head coach with 600 career wins.
Utah State and Fresno State will be playing for the 52nd time this weekend in what is the 15th-oldest rivalry in school history, with the Aggies owning a 31-20 all-time advantage, which includes a 21-5 home record. The last meeting between the two was on Feb. 4, 2012 in Fresno, with the Bulldogs winning, 60-54, snapping USU's 10-game win streak in the series, including the last meeting in Logan on Jan. 5, 2012. USU has won the last five meetings in Logan, with the last FS win in Logan coming on March 3, 2007, 71-66.
USU head coach Stew Morrill is a combined 16-12 all-time against Fresno State, which includes a 1-0 mark while at Montana (1987-91), a 3-7 record while at Colorado State (1992-98), and an 12-5 record at USU (1999-pres.).
Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes played basketball at Fresno State from 1984-85, and averaged 7.4 rebounds during his senior year to lead the team. He also earned second-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association honors as a senior. Barnes also still ranks eighth all-time in FS history with 92 career blocks and 11th all-time in shooting percentage at 51.9 percent.
USU leads the Mountain West overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.413), rebound margin (+6.7) and assists (16.3), as well as ranking second in free throw percentage (.745), field goal percentage (.461) and assist-turnover ratio (1.4). The Aggies are also fourth in both scoring defense (66.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.314). USU is also fifth in rebounds (36.3), as well as sixth in field goal percentage defense (.424), along with seventh in blocks (3.9) and scoring margin (+3.7), eighth in scoring (70.3) and 11th in steals (3.3).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in both assists (4.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.9), while ranking tied for fourth in three-point field goals made (2.3). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 13th in the conference in scoring (14.5), ranking fourth in field goal percentage (.484) and fifth in free throw percentage (.827), as well as eighth in both rebounds (8.1) and blocks (1.2). Fellow senior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 19th in scoring (13.3), 14th in rebounding (6.1) and seventh in three-point field goals made (2.2). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is seventh in blocks (1.3) and 10th in rebounds (7.4). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis, is third in assist-turnover ratio (2.8) and ninth in assists (3.0). Senior guard TeNale Roland has a 3.09 assist-turnover ratio, which would rank second in the league, but he doesn't meet the minimum requirement of 3.0 assists per game, currently at 2.62.
Fresno State had its five-game win streak snapped by a 72-66 loss at Wyoming on Tuesday. Senior guard Tyler Johnson led three Bulldog players in double-digits with 24 points, adding seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Marvelle Harris added 18 points and sophomore guard Cezar Guerrero netted 13 points.
Johnson leads the Bulldogs and ranks eighth in the MW in scoring at 16.4 ppg, while ranking 11th in the league in rebounding (7.4), as well as fifth in field goal percentage (.482), and third in free throw percentage (.833). Harris is 12th in the conference in scoring (14.7) and 19th in rebounding (5.4), along with fifth in minutes (35.1). Guerrero is 15th in the league in scoring (14.0), while ranking fourth in assists (3.9), fifth in steals (1.5), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and eighth in three-point field goals made (2.1). Junior forward Alex Davis is fifth in blocked shots (1.7).
As a team, Fresno State is third in scoring offense (73.7) and 10th in scoring defense (71.6), to rank eighth in scoring margin (+2.1). The Bulldogs are also eighth in field goal percentage (.436), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.350) and seventh in free throw percentage (.725). Fresno State's defense is eighth in field goal percentage defense (.431), sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.322), 11th in rebounding margin (-2.2), fifth in blocked shots (4.3) and second in steals (6.5). The Bulldogs are also seventh in assists (12.4), fourth in turnover margin (+1.1) and fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.2).
USU plays its final two road games of the regular-season next week, playing at New Mexico on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (MT) in a game nationally televised on CBS Sports Network and then at San José State on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. (MT), in another nationally televised game, on ROOT Sports. The Aggies then return home to host Wyoming on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. in USU's regular-season and home finale.
For Utah State 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.
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