Utah State Men's Basketball Hosts Illinois State Saturday In ESPNU BracketBusters Game
In its second-straight non-conference game and to conclude its busy stretch of four games in nine days, Utah State men's basketball (18-7, 9-5 WAC) will host Illinois State (16-12, 7-9 MVC) on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the annual ESPNU Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
 
In its second-straight non-conference game and to conclude its busy stretch of four games in nine days, Utah State men's basketball (18-7, 9-5 WAC) will host Illinois State (16-12, 7-9 MVC) on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the annual ESPNU Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
 
 

Feb. 22, 2013

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Utah State Men's Basketball Notes vs Illinois State - ESPNU BracketBusters Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
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March 19, 2008
Normal, Ill.
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Illinois State (16-12, 7-9 MVC) at Utah State (18-7, 9-5 WAC)
ESPNU Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network • No TV

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• In its second-straight non-conference game and to conclude its busy stretch of four games in nine days, Utah State men's basketball (18-7, 9-5 WAC) will host Illinois State (16-12, 7-9 MVC) on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the annual ESPNU Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). While there is no television for Saturday's game, action between the Aggies and Redbirds will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as 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 1,497-1,029 (.593) in its 2,525 games played.

• Utah State had its two-game BracketBusters win streak snapped last year with a 72-64 loss to UC Santa Barbara after earning a 75-65 road win at No. 24 Saint Mary's in 2010-11. USU is 1-0 against Missouri Valley Conference schools in BracketBusters action as the Aggies defeated Wichita State (68-58) at home during the 2009-10 season. USU also lost at Saint Mary's (75-64) in 2008-09, defeated UC Santa Barbara (72-59) at home during the 2007-08 season, won at Oral Roberts (71-65) during the 2006-07 campaign, and defeated Northwestern State (66-63) at home during the 2005-06 season.

• Utah State, who is 5-2 all-time in BracketBusters, will be playing its second non-televised game in the event in this its eighth year of participation.

• Utah State is 11-4 at home this year and USU has won 60 of its last 69 games (.870) 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 96 of its last 106 home games (.906).

• USU has won 90.9 percent of its home games (221-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 249 of their last 273 games (.912) in the Spectrum, including 52 of its last 59 (.881) home games against league competition as part of 127 of their last 141 (.901). USU has registered a 515-115 (.817) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.

• Utah State is 3-2 so far this season in the second month of the year and is 75-31 (.714) during the month of February under Morrill, includes a 47-7 (.870) home record. The Aggies are 9-3 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last two games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 144-54 (.727) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. USU is playing on Feb. 23 for the first time since 2006, and the Aggies are 5-3 (.625) in known games played on Feb. 23.

• Utah State and Illinois State will be meeting for just the sixth time in school history, with Illinois State leading the all-time series, 3-2, including 1-1 at Logan and 1-2 at Normal. Saturday is the third regular-season meeting between the Aggies and Redbirds in the series, which also includes two match-ups in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

THIS WEEK
Utah State plays its second non-conference game, hosting Illinois State on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the annual ESPNU Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters game at 7 p.m. (MT). Saturday's game wraps up a busy four-game in nine-day stretch for USU, who played at BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 19, falling 70-68, on a buzzer-beater shot, USU's second loss in a row on a buzzer-beater. Saturday's game will not be televised, but will video streamed on the Internet, and 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 resumes Western Athletic Conference action with its final regular-season road trip, heading to league-leading Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Ruston, La. and at Arlington, Texas against UT Arlington on Saturday, March. 2. Both contests tip-off at 6 p.m. (MT).

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. Saturday's game will feature former USU director of basketball operations Lance Beckert as analyst, filling in for Coach Tueller.

Saturday's Utah State game will air 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
Saturday's game will not be televised.

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 92-32 (.742) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 46 of its last 58 WAC games (.793) and is 72-20 (.783) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

A QUICK GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies bring an 18-7 record into Saturday's ESPNU BracketBusters game, after suffering its second buzzer-beater loss in as many losses, falling at BYU on Tuesday, 70-68, as BYU's Craig Cusick scored the winning basket with 0:00.2 remaining following an offensive rebound. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 21 points including two free throws to tie the game at 68-all in the final minute. Butterfield also added 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double in the last eight games, and added five assists Tuesday, as he shot 6-of-16 from the field, 2-of-8 from three-point range and 7-for-8 at the free throw line. Junior center Jarred Shaw added 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while junior guard Marvin Jean scored 11 points to go along with four rebounds and a season-high tying four assists. Sophomore center Jordan Stone added a career-high nine points to go along with a career-best four blocked shots. Tuesday was USU's third-straight game decided by four points or less and was USU's second loss in a row on a shot in the final second of the game, after getting beat on a buzzer-beat against Denver, 63-60 in OT, on Feb. 14. USU has out-rebounded its opponent in each of the last nine games (4-5), and is 15-6 on the season when out-rebounding its opposition. USU's 44.2 percent field goal shooting Tuesday marks its sixth game in a row making better than 40 percent of its field goals, doing so for the 21st total time. After going 14-0 when shooting better then the opponent, Utah State has now lost two of the last occasions when doing so, as the Aggies also shot better than Denver in the Feb. 14 OT loss, and USU is now 15-2 on the season when having a better field goal percentage. USU's bench out-scored BYU's reserves, as the three Aggie bench players combined for 14 points while BYU's seven reserves tallied 10 points.

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. USU has also been without the services of junior forward Sean Harris, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his knee during preseason workouts.

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 14.0 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 seven games, tallying 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the loss at BYU after logging game-bests of 24 points and eight rebounds, adding two blocks and one assist in the NMSU win. He also tallied a game-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds against Denver, just missing his eighth double-double, as 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 18 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 54.4 percent (147-of-270) from the field in addition to 67.5 percent (56-of-83) 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 nor against DU, before posting two each against NMSU and BYU

Last week's WAC Player of the Week, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had his streak of five-straight double-doubles halted in the loss to DU, with 16 points and six rebounds, adding three assists and two steals, but bounced back to register 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal against NMSU and then his sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds at BYU, adding five assists and one steal. Butterfield averages 12.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 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 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU. Butterfield now has 15 double-digit scoring outings in the last 19 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 11 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 262 points in 19 games as a starter, averaging 13.8 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 41 made three-pointers (41-of-98), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 41.8 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.9 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in 11 of the last 17 games, including six against both Denver and NMSU and he now has five games with six or more assists. He now has 70 assists in 19 games as a starter (3.7) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has replaced Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 6.8 ppg on 61 points in the last nine games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA and at BYU, for an overall season average of 4.7 ppg. Jean is shooting 1.4 percent better behind the arc (41.4 percent) than his overall field goal percentage (40.0 percent), making 26-of-65 from distance and 41-of-99 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, updated and released Monday by the NCAA. USU is ranked sixth in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+9.3), and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies also are 21st in field goal percentage (.477), along with 35th in three-point field goal percentage (.378). Utah State is additionally 57th in assists (14.8) and 55th in assist-turnover ratio (1.17).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 42nd in field goal percentage (.544), in addition to ranking 80th in double-doubles (7.0) and 86th in rebounds per game (8.3).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+9.3). USU is also ranking second in the league in field goal percentage (.476), three-point field goal percentage (.371) assists (14.80) and assist-turnover ratio (1.15).

The Aggies are also third in scoring (68.8), scoring margin (+6.4) and free throw percentage (.712), while ranking fourth in scoring defense (62.4) and blocks (4.00). USU is also fifth in field goal percentage defense (.412), tied for fifth in rebounds (37.0), as well as sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.327) and ninth in steals (4.76).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, USU is first in rebounding margin (+7.7), while ranking second in assist-turnover ratio (1.08). The Aggies are also third in scoring margin (+5.5), three-point field goal percentage (.374) and assists (13.29), while ranking fourth in scoring (67.1), scoring defense (61.6), field goal percentage (.460) and free throw percentage (.722). Additionally, USU is fifth in rebounds (36.4) and tied for fifth in blocks (3.36), while ranking sixth in field goal percentage defense (.418), three-point field goal percentage defense (.328), as well as ninth in steals (4.36).

BUTTERFIELD LEADS WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, last week's WAC Player of the Week, is first in the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.833) and WAC only games (.837). He also is second in the league for overall three-point field goal percentage (.418) and seventh in conference only games (.410). Additionally, Butterfield is seventh in overall field goal percentage (.485) and ninth in WAC only games (.508), while ranking 11th in overall scoring (12.0) and ninth in league contests (13.9), as well as seventh in three-pointers made overall (1.71), while ranking tied for sixth in WAC only games (1.79). Butterfield also is ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league games (7.1), in addition to ranking 12th in WAC only assists (2.93) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.36).

Junior center Jarred Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.544), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.533), as well as eighth in scoring overall (14.0) and sixth in league games (14.7). He also is fifth in the league in rebounding both overall (8.2) and conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.11) and tied for ninth in conference games (1.00).

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.74), while ranking third in league games (1.87). Davis also is ninth in overall assists (3.20) and fourth in league games (4.14). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is fifth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.400), while ranking tied for 10th in WAC only games (.395). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.64).

STONE LIKE A ROCK
Sophomore center Jordan Stone had a huge night against BYU, as he set four new season highs, as well as set or tying four career-best marks. Stone recorded new season-high nine points, tying his career-high, while also posting new career-bests with two assists and four blocks in a career-best 25 minutes. Stone bettered his previous season high of six points, done twice this season, against UT Arlington and New Mexico State. His previous season-high was one assist, also done twice, at Santa Clara and against UTA. He had blocked one shot in four other games this season, including the previous two, against Denver and NMSU, while his pervious high for minutes was 20, done twice in the previous three games, against SJSU and NMSU.

Stone matched his previous career-high of nine points, scored against Louisiana Tech on March 8, 2012, while he had one assists in five previous occasions, doing so three times as a freshman. Stone had accomplished his previous career-best mark of eight blocks a total of eight previous games before breaking through with four rejections at BYU. He also topped his previous career-high for minutes of 23 minutes in game at Pacific last season on Dec. 3, 2011.

BUTTERING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is 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

SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield posted a double-double in five-straight games, having his streak halted with 16 points and six rebounds in the Denver game, adding three assists and two steals, but bounced back to register 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal against NMSU and then his sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds at BYU, adding five assists and one steal. Butterfield averages 12.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 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 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU. Butterfield now has 15 double-digit scoring outings in the last 19 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 11 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 262 points in 19 games as a starter, averaging 13.8 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 41 made three-pointers (41-of-98), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 41.8 percent behind the arc. Butterfield now has 15 double-digit scoring outings in the last 19 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 11 games.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 19 of his last 20 games and has 12 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, as part of his 11 games with three or more helpers, doing so in each of the last three games with three against Denver and five each against NMSU and BYU.

Butterfield leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.833) and WAC only games (.837). He also is second in the league for overall three-point field goal percentage (.418) and seventh in conference only games (.410). Additionally, Butterfield is seventh in overall field goal percentage (.485) and ninth in WAC only games (.508), while ranking 11th in overall scoring (12.0) and ninth in league contests (13.9), as well as seventh in three-pointers made overall (1.71), while ranking tied for sixth in WAC only games (1.79). Butterfield also is ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league games (7.1), in addition to ranking 12th in WAC only assists (2.93) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.36).

CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-figure scoring for the seventh game in a row and 20th game this season with a 13-point outing at BYU, which came after posting a game highs of 24 points in the New Mexico State game and 18 points against Denver, just missing his eighth double-double with nine rebounds against DU and eight boards each vs. NMSU and at BYU. The Denver game was the fourth game this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound. In the three-game road win streak, Shaw posted 12 points at SJSU, after he 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, topping the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. Shaw has led USU in scoring in eight games this season, while topping the team in the rebounding category in 13 games. He also has at least one rejection in 18 games this season, highlighted by a career-high four blocks in the LA Tech home game, swatting two shots in both the NMSU and BYU games.

DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING AND DIME-DROPPING DAVIS
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has his streak of scoring in double-digits at three games with only five points in the Denver game, but has seven double-figure scoring games this season.

Davis has distributed at least four assists in 11 of the last 18 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 as well as in home games against Denver and New Mexico State. Davis now has 66 assists in the last 18 games, averaging 3.7 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 (1.74), while ranking third in league games (1.87). Davis also is ninth in overall assists (3.20) and fourth in league games (4.14).

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 61 games in his two-year career. Clifford has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in three of the last eight games, posting a new career-high for points with 14 against Denver, topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington, 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.

After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, Clifford now has at least one blocked shot in six of the last eight games, giving him nine total during that span, as he had his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak.

Clifford has scored in double figures three times this season and six times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds eight times this season and 21 times in his career, including most recently with seven against Denver and six versus New Mexico State.

ROLAND ROLLING ON THE ROAD
Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points in the victory 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 6.9 ppg on 69 points in 10 road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.0 ppg on 45 points in 15 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 on 13 assists in 10 road games, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle, while posting 2.5 apg on 38 assists in 15 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 and at BYU. 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 but was limited to just two points against DU. Jean then registered six points against NMSU and added 11 points at BYU, giving him 61 points in the last nine games as a starter (6.8 ppg).

Jean also swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle and tied a career-high with four assists, also dishing out three assists against New Mexico State. He also tied his career-high with four assists at BYU, adding two steals and one block.

Jean is fifth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.400), while ranking tied for 10th in WAC only games (.395), highlighted by netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in game at Denver and home against UTA. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE
The Redbirds are 16-12 overall and 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference action, losing their last two games after winning four in a row and seven of the previous eight. ISU started the season 5-0, then lost three in a row, then won four-straight, then went on a six-game losing skid before its recent spurt of wining seven of its last 10. After scoring at least 75 points during its four-game win streak, Illinois State has scored 67 and 62 points in its two losses, losing at home to Wichita State, 68-67, on Feb. 17 and at Evansville, 79-62, on Feb. 20. In the loss to Wichita State, ISU did not make a field goal in the final 6:15, but still had a 67-60 lead with 40 seconds left, but the Shockers out-scored the Redbirds, 8-0, from there on out, hitting a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left for WSU's only lead of the second half for the win. Senior forward Jackie Carmichael's jumper at the buzzer rimmed out. Carmichael ended with 12 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Tyler Brown led ISU with 17 points. Sophomore guard Johnny Hill netted 14 points, while junior guard Bryant Allen added 12 points. In the Evansville loss, Illinois State trailed from the outset, cutting the gap to six at 47-41 with 15:41 to go, but couldn't get any closer, with the deficit growing as large as 23 points late in the game. Brown again led the Redbirds, and was the only ISU player in double-digits with 21 points, netting five treys, while Carmichael snared a game-high 14 rebounds to go with seven points. In the Evansville game, Carmichael became just the seventh player in MVC history to record 1,500 points and 900 rebounds, reaching both milestones Wednesday night.

On the season, Carmichael leads the Redbirds with 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, shooting 52.7 percent from the field. Brown adds 16.8 ppg, dishing out 2.9 assists and swiping a team-high 1.5 steals per game. Brown also leads ISU with 59 three-pointers (59-of-168) and is second on the teams in three-point percentage at 35.1 percent. Allen adds 9.3 ppg, and is second on the team in made treys (43-of-131, .328) while freshman guard Nick Zeisloft tops the team with 41.9 percent from distance. Freshman guard Kaza Keane leads the team with 3.4 assists per game.

Offensively, Illinois State averages 75.2 ppg, shooting 45.8 percent from the field, as well as 34.3 percent behind the arc and 72.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Redbirds are holding their opponents to 42.4 percent field goal shooting, netting 33.9 percent from distance and 70.7 percent at the charity stripe. ISU is averaging 35.6 rebounds per game, which is the exact average of its opponents. The Redbirds average 15.5 assists, 13.3 turnovers, 7.4 steals and 4.1 blocks per game.

ISU head coach Dan Muller is in his first season as head coach of the Redbirds' program, posting a 16-12 record.

AGGIES VERSUS REDBIRDS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Illinois State will be meeting for just the sixth time in school history, with Illinois State leading the all-time series, 3-2, including 1-1 at Logan and 1-2 at Normal. Saturday is the third regular-season meeting between the Aggies and Redbirds in the series, which also includes two match-ups in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). ISU won the first two meetings before USU won the next two and then ISU was victorious in the last meeting, on March 19, 2008, winning 61-57, in the first round of the NIT. The last time the two teams met in Logan was on Nov. 29, 2003, with USU notching an 89-84 win. Illinois State's lone Logan win came in the first round of the 1995 NIT, defeating Utah State, 93-87, in overtime.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
Saturday is USU's second meeting this season with a member of the Missouri Valley Conference team, beating Southern Illinois, 70-58, on Dec. 22 in the final game of the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Overall, the Aggies are 17-15 (.531) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference as it is 1-2 against Bradley, 2-2 against Creighton, 2-1 against Drake, 2-0 against Evansville, 2-3 against Illinois State, 1-0 against Indiana State, 1-2 against Southern Illinois and 6-5 against Wichita State. Prior to this season's earlier meeting with Southern Illinois, the last time Utah State played a team from the Missouri Valley Conference was last season, falling at Wichita State, 83-76, on Dec. 10, 2011.

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 10-5 (.667) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, posting a 2-2 mark against Creighton, 3-1 against Drake, 3-1 vs. Illinois State, 1-0 against Southern Illinois and 1-1 against Wichita State.

VERSUS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Utah State is 5-9 (.357) all-time against teams from the state of Illinois as USU has faced Bradley (1-2), DePaul (1-0), Illinois (0-2), Illinois State (2-3) and Southern Illinois (1-2). Before this season's earlier meeting against Southern Illinois, USU's last game against a team from the Land of Lincoln State was also Illinois State, playing at Normal in the first round of the 2008 NIT, won by ISU, 61-57.

USU-ILLINOIS CONNECTIONS
While Utah State does not have any players from the state of Illinois, USU assistant media relations director Kara Fisher was born and raised in Aurora, Ill., and earned her degree from the University of Illinois.

LAST MEETING AGAINST ILLINOIS STATE
NORMAL, Ill. - Jaycee Carroll led a quarter of Utah State players in double-figures with a game-high 15 points, but it wasn't enough as Illinois State recorded a 61-57 opening round NIT win on March 19, 2008. Utah State finishes the season with a 24-11 record, while Illinois State improves to 25-9. Carroll also had six rebounds and five assists for Utah State, while Gary Wilkinson added 12 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. USU also got 22 points from its bench as Stephen DuCharme and Pooh Williams each added 10 points. Osiris Eldridge paced Illinois State with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Dinma Odiakosa had 11 points and six rebounds. Utah State battled back from an 11-point second-half deficit and had the ball down two at 59-57 with under a minute to play, but Carroll missed a three-pointer from the right corner that would have given USU its first lead since the 19:04 mark of the first half. Eldridge then hit two free throws with 14 seconds to play to seal the win for ISU. Kris Clark scored the first four points of the game for Utah State as the Aggies led 2-0 and 4-3 before Illinois State scored six straight points. USU got within one at 9-8 on a layup by Wilkinson and later tied the game at 14 on a jumper by DuCharme, before the home team hit back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to take a 23-14 led with 9:54 to play in the first-half. Utah State chipped away at the lead and got within three at 26-23 only to see ISU end the half on a 8-2 run to take a 34-25 advantage into the locker room. In the first-half, Illinois State made 7-of-12 (583) three-pointers as compared to just 1-of-5 (.200) for Utah State. USU also committed 12 first-half turnovers. Utah State scored the first five points of the second-half to get within four, but Illinois State responded with a 7-0 run to quickly push the margin back to 11. USU fought back and got within one at 49-48 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Wilkinson, but then committed back-to-back turnovers on its next two possessions as the Redbirds extended its lead back to five. With Illinois State leading 59-52 with 3:51 to play, Utah State made one final push as Carroll scored five straight points on a three-pointer from the top of the key and a runner in the lane to get the visitors with two with just over a minute to play. Utah State finished the game by shooting just 44.9 percent from the field (22-49) and were just 4-13 (.308) from behind the arc. Illinois State shot 40.4 percent overall (23-57), but made 9-of-23 (.391) three-pointers. USU did out-rebounded ISU, 36-27, but the Aggies also committed seven more turnovers (18-11) in the game.

LAST MEETING AGAINST REDBIRDS AT LOGAN
LOGAN, Utah - Mark Brown recorded career highs with 20 points and 13 assists to lead Utah State to an 89-84 victory against Illinois State on Nov. 29, 2003. The Aggies improved to 3-0, while Illinois State dropped to 1-2 on the year. Brown scored 17 of his team-best 20 points in the second half, hitting six of nine shots in the game. His 13 assists tied for fifth on the USU single-game record list and bettered his career mark of 12 set last year against Cal State Fullerton. Brown's previous scoring best was 19 at Illinois State last year. In all five Aggies scored in double figures as Cardell Butler added 14 points, Spencer Nelson 13 and Jason Williams and Nate Harris each had 11. Nelson added a game-high seven rebounds. ISU was led by 21 points from Neil Plank. The Redbirds also had five players reach double-digits in points. The Aggies shot 66.7 percent from the field, the eighth-best mark in school history, while ISU hit 58.5 percent of its attempts. ISU's 84 points were the most allowed by USU since losing 86-73 at Weber State on Dec. 21, 1999. The 84 points were the most scored against USU at home since the Aggies defeated Long Island 100-84 on Dec. 20, 1997. USU trailed 31-30 at halftime, but opened the second half with a quick Nelson layup to take a lead they would never relinquish. USU went on a 17-4 run early in the half to lead 50-37 with 13:46 left in the contest and ISU never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

A LOOK BACK AT THE BYU GAME
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 21 points including two free throws to tie the game at 68-all in the final minute, but BYU's Craig Cusick scored the winning basket with 0:00.2 remaining following an offensive rebound to lead the Cougars to a 70-68 home win against Utah State inside the Marriott Center Tuesday night. Utah State, who also lost to Denver, 63-60, on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime five days earlier, falls to 18-7 with the loss. BYU improves to 20-8 on the season with the win. Butterfield added 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double in the last eight games, and added five assists Tuesday, as he shot 6-of-16 from the field, 2-of-8 from three-point range and 7-for-8 at the free throw line. Junior center Jarred Shaw added 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while junior guard Marvin Jean scored 11 points to go along with four rebounds and a season-high tying four assists. Sophomore center Jordan Stone added a career-high nine points to go along with a career-best four blocked shots. Tyler Haws scored a game-high 27 points to lead BYU, while Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra added 10 points apiece. Trailing 60-51 with 7:54 to play, Utah State used an 11-4 run to close within 64-62 at the 3:58 mark. BYU extended its lead back to five at 68-63 with 1:48 to play only to see USU score five-straight points on a Jean three-pointer and Butterfield's two free throws to tie the game with 0:57.1 seconds to play. However, BYU never gave up possession of the ball after that as they grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final 0:32 including one that led to the winning basket. Utah State finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-of-52), including 23.8 percent from three-point range (5-of-21) and 63.0 percent at the free throw line (17-of-27). BYU shot just 35.2 percent (19-of-54), including just 19.0 percent from three (4-of-21), but shot 84.8 percent at the charity stripe (28-of-33). USU also out-rebounded BYU by six (39-33) and had six more blocked shots (8-2) to go along with four more assists (14-10), while also committing six more turnovers (18-12). The Aggies also had a 28-14 points in the paint advantage as well as a 14-10 bench points edge. In the final 20 minutes, USU held BYU to just 26.7 percent shooting (8-of-30), including just 10.0 percent from three (1-of-10), as the Aggies out-scored the Cougars, 36-29, following intermission. Utah State scored the first two points of the game on a steal and dunk by Shaw and led 4-3 after another Shaw basket. With the game tied at 7-all, BYU used a 6-0 run to go ahead 13-7 only to see USU score the next seven points to take its last lead of the game at 14-13 with 11:18 to play in the half. BYU answered USU's run with a 12-1 scoring spurt to take its largest lead of the half at 25-15 with 7:49 remaining. Utah State closed to within five at 28-23 at the 4:38 mark on a pair of TeNale Roland free throws, but couldn't get any closer as the home team went into halftime with a 41-32 advantage. Shaw led Utah State with 11 first-half points as USU shot 44.0 percent from the field (11-of-25), 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-of-13) and 53.3 percent at the free throw line (8-of-15). Haws had 17 points to lead BYU in the first 20 minutes as the Cougars shot 45.8 percent (11-of-24), including 27.3 percent from behind the arc (3-of-11) and 80.0 percent at the line (16-of-20). BYU held a lead of eight to 11 points for the first eight minutes of the second half and led 50-40 at the 13:32 mark before Utah State scored eight-straight points to get within two. BYU eventually pushed its lead back to nine at 60-51 with 7:54 to play before USU's final push to tie the game at 68-all in the final minute.

PAYING FOR WHOLE SEAT BUT ONLY NEEDING EDGE
• Tuesday was USU's third-straight game decided by four points or less and was USU's second loss in a row on a shot in the final second of the game, after getting beat on a buzzer-beat against Denver, 63-60 in OT, on Feb. 14.

• USU has had a total of five games this season decided by four points or less, and is 2-3 in those five games.

GOOD SHOOTIN' TEX
• USU's 44.2 percent field goal shooting Tuesday marks its sixth game in a row making better than 40 percent of its field goals, doing so for the 21st total time.

• After going 14-0 when shooting better then the opponent, Utah State has now lost two of the last occasions when doing so, as the Aggies also shot better than Denver in the Feb. 14 OT loss, and USU is now 15-2 on the season when having a better field goal percentage.

REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
• USU has out-rebounded its opponent in each of the last nine games (4-5), and is 15-6 on the season when out-rebounding its opposition.

21 JUMP-SHOOT
• Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his sixth double-double in the last eight games, recording a double-double in five-straight games before not doing so in the last two games.

• Butterfield matched his jersey number of 21 and Tuesday was his third 20+ points game.

• It was Butterfield's eighth game in a row with double-figure scoring and the 15th game in double-digits this season.

• Butterfield's 14 rebounds were one shy of his career-high 15 in the Louisiana Tech game on Jan. 26, and was his sixth double-figure rebound outing.

• With two three-pointers Tuesday, Butterfield now has 12 games with multi three-pointers, including the last two, as well as seven of the last nine games.

• Tuesday was the third game this season that Butterfield has been USU's leading scorer.

• Butterfield's team-leading five assists Tuesday mark the fifth time that he has led USU in assists and was also his fifth game with five or more helpers.

SHINING SHAW
• Junior center Jarred Shaw tallied double-digit points for the seventh-straight game and 20th time this season.

• Shaw also had his 10th dunk of the season.

• Shaw took his fourth charge of the year.

OTHER NOTES FROM BYU GAME
• USU's bench out-scored BYU's reserves, as the three Aggie bench players combined for 14 points while BYU's seven reserves tallied 10 points, and USU is now 8-3 when its bench out-scored the opposition's.

• Utah State has now made at least one three-point basket in 223 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.

• Sophomore center Jordan Stone tied his career-high with nine points and posted a new career-best with four blocked shots while playing a career-high 25 minutes.

• Stone jammed home his second dunk of the year Tuesday night, and both jams have come on the road, with his first dunk of the season coming at Idaho on Jan. 31.

• Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean posted double-digits for the third time this season with his 11 points.

• Jean netted multiple three-pointers for the ninth game with two treys Tuesday.

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. The Denver game was the fourth time this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound with game highs of 18 points and nine rebounds. He posted his career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho, along 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.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 15-0 when leading at halftime; 1-6 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 15-2 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 12-3 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-4 when shooting worse from three-point range; 13-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 15-6 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 14-5 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 14-3 when having more assists; 13-4 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 15-0 this year and has won 81 of its last 83 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 288-25 (.920). On the flip side, Utah State is 47-81 (.367) when trailing at the half including a 1-6 (.143) record this year. The Aggies are now 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 223 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.

UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is 3-2 so far this season in the second month of the year and is 75-31 (.714) during the month of February under Morrill, includes a 47-7 (.870) home record. The Aggies are 9-3 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last two games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 144-54 (.727) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. USU is playing on Feb. 23 for the first time since 2006, and the Aggies are 5-3 (.625) in known games played on USU associate athletic media relations director Zach Fisher's birthday of Feb. 23.

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 12-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 88 of its last 93 games (.946), when reaching 70 points and is 230-30 (.885) 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 OK IN OT
USU is now 2-1 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, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) 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 11 of the last 16 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 and home games against Denver and NMSU... Had streak of double-digit scoring snapped at three in a row in Denver game with five points, but did dish out six assists, adding nine points, six assists and four rebounds in NMSU game, logging five points, two rebounds and one steal at BYU... Has seven double-figure scoring games this season... Averaging 8.1 ppg on 170 total points in last 21 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Ranks third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.74), while ranking third in league games (1.87)... Also ranks ninth in overall assists (3.20) and fourth in league games (4.14).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in three of the last eight games, posting a new career-best for points with 14 against Denver, topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington, 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... Added eight points, six boards, two assists and one block in LA Tech game... Has scored in double figures three times this season and six times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds eight times this season and 21 times in his career, most recently in home games against Denver with seven and NMSU with six boards... Made first start of season in the Santa Clara game... Ranks 14th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.64).

#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, adding 12 at SJSU, then game-high 18 vs. Denver and game-best 24 against NMSU before posting 13 at BYU to give him 20 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 a double-double with one rebound shy four other times, most recently in Denver game with 18 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 13 games this season, including first five games of season... 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 19 games... Ranks 42nd in the NCAA stats in field goal percentage (.544), in addition to ranking 80th in double-doubles (7.0) and 86th in rebounds per game (8.3)... In the WAC stat rankings, is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.544), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.533), as well as eighth in scoring overall (14.0) and sixth in league games (14.7)... Also is fifth in the league in rebounding both overall (8.2) and conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.11) and tied for ninth in conference games (1.00).

#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. both UT Arlington and BYU... Did not score in LA Tech game, but netted pair of treys at Idaho and scored five points at Seattle, then drained two three's at SJSU for six points but was limited to two points against DU before posting six vs. NMSU and tallied 11 at BYU, to give him 61 points in the last nine games as a starter (6.8 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 previous 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, adding three helpers vs. NMSU and matched career-best with four at BYU... 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 fifth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.400), while ranking tied for 10th in WAC only games (.395).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Is last week's WAC Player of the Week... Had streak of five-straight double-doubles halted with 16 points and six rebounds in Denver game, adding three assists and two steals, then tallying 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal in NMSU game, but then posted sixth double-double of season with team-high 21 points and game-high 14 rebounds at BYU... Averages 12.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 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... Logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU... Now has 15 double-digit scoring outings in the last 19 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 11 games... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 262 points in 19 games as a starter, averaging 13.8 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 41 made three-pointers (41-of-98), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 41.8 percent behind the arc... Has 12 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, as part of his 11 games with three or more helpers, doing so in each of the last three games with three against Denver and five each against NMSU and BYU... Leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.833) and WAC only games (.837)... Is also second in the league for overall three-point field goal percentage (.418) and seventh in conference only games (.410)... Additionally, is seventh in overall field goal percentage (.485) and ninth in WAC only games (.508), while ranking 11th in overall scoring (12.0) and ninth in league contests (13.9), as well as seventh in three-pointers made overall (1.71), while ranking tied for sixth in WAC only games (1.79)... Also is ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league games (7.1), in addition to ranking 12th in WAC only assists (2.93) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.36).

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 6.9 ppg on 69 points in 10 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 on 13 assists in 10 road games, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle and adding three at SJSU, while posting 2.5 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... Pulled down four boards both at SJSU and home vs. NMSU.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Had a career night against BYU, as he set four new season highs, as well as set or tying four career-best marks. Stone recorded new season-high nine points, tying his career-high, while also posting new career-bests with two assists and four blocks in a career-best 25 minutes... Played in 54 career games, second most of any currently active Aggie player behind Ben Clifford... Has posted his season-high scoring output in last two games, as his nine points Tuesday bettered his previous season-high of six points set against New Mexico State, and also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds against NMSU and was one rebound shy of tying his career-best eight, while playing a previous season-high 20 minutes... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game, five in UT Arlington game and four each at SJSU and vs. TAMU-Corpus Christi contests and has a total of 20 career games with three or more rebounds... Has 11 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... Bettered his previous season high of six points, done twice this season, against UT Arlington and New Mexico State. His previous season-high was one assist, also done twice, at Santa Clara and against UTA. He had blocked one shot in four other games this season, including the previous two, against Denver and NMSU, while his pervious high for minutes was 20, done twice in the previous three games, against SJSU and NMSU.

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 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 363-126 (.742) at USU.

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 lived up to the billing in conference play, prior to breaking bone in wrist on Jan. 17 at NMSU and hasn't played since. Medlin posted 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 347-112 (.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.

AGGIES HAVE THREE 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) and freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS).

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 the 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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