Feb. 25, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 29 No. 23 Utah State (25-3, 12-1) vs. Idaho (16-11, 8-6) Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Radio Network CW30
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,453-1,005 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 17 years.
With New Mexico State's 72-70 overtime loss at San Jose State Wednesday, Utah State notched its third-straight outright Western Athletic Conference regular season title as it also won the league in 2009 and 2010 with identical 14-2 WAC marks. USU shared the WAC title in 2008 with a 12-4 conference mark and its current streak of four-straight regular season conference championships is the best in school history. The previous record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
Utah State has won 30 straight home games, which is the third-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Duke (35) and Kentucky (32). Overall, USU has won 82 of its last 84 home games with its last loss coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 as the Gaels snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State has won 31 straight WAC home games, which is a school record, and 40 of its last 41 overall. The last WAC team to beat USU at home was Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. FS is also the last team to sweep its season series with USU during the 2006-07 year.
Utah State is 192-13 (.937) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 99-8 (.925) record against conference opponents and a 44-3 (.936) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 487-106 (.821) in this its 41st year in the building.
Utah State's 25-3 record is the third-best start to a season in school history trailing the 2003-04 and 2008-09 teams that each won 25 of its first 27 games. A win against Idaho Saturday would tie the `08-09 team for the best start to a season in school history with identical 26-3 records.
Utah State's 25 wins are tied for the seventh-most in the nation behind San Diego State (27), Belmont (26), BYU (26), Duke (26), Kansas (26) and Ohio State (26). Utah State, Coastal Carolina and Pittsburgh all have 25 wins this year.
Utah State (25-3) is one of just seven teams in the nation with three or fewer losses along with San Diego State (27-1), BYU (26-2), Duke (26-2), Kansas (26-2), Ohio State (26-2) and Pittsburgh (25-3).
As of Friday, Feb. 25, Utah State has an RPI of 18 and a strength of schedule of 111 according to RealTimeRPI.com, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 13th.
Utah State (25-3, 12-1), who is ranked No. 23 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 26 in this week's Associated Press Poll, hosts Idaho (16-11, 8-6) on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally on CW30 with Mychal Clanton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be aired live on KVNU 610 AM/95.9 FM in Cache Valley and 1320 AM along the Wasatch Front.
Utah State will be playing its final home game of the 2010-11 season on Saturday, Feb. 26 against Idaho and will recognize its six seniors in Nate Bendall, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams prior to the game. USU is 11-1 on Senior Night under Morrill and 42-11 (.792) all-time on Senior Night dating back to the 1957-58 season.
UTAH STATE GUARANTEED POSTSEASON PLAY FOR THE 12TH STRAIGHT YEAR
By winning its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship, Utah State is guaranteed postseason play for the 12th straight year and will participate in the National Invitation Tournament if it does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. During the last 11 years, USU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times and the NIT four times.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll released Monday and 26th in the latest Associated Press poll. USU was ranked 24th in last week's coaches' poll and 25th in the AP poll. Utah State was ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll on Feb. 7, which is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll during the 2008-09 season. USU was also ranked No. 21 in the AP poll on Feb. 7, which is the highest by an Aggie team since the 2008-09 team was also ranked 21st. USU was ranked 19th in the weekly AP poll during the 2003-04 season. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD AS A RANKED TEAM UNDER MORRILL
With its No. 23 national ranking this week, Utah State has now been ranked during three different seasons (2004, 2009, 2011) under Morrill. In those three seasons, Utah State has played a total of 26 games as a top 25 team and went 8-3 as a ranked team during the 2003-04 season, 4-3 during the 2008-09 campaign and 7-1 thus far this year for a combined record of 19-7 (.731) as a top 25 team.
UTAH STATE WINS SEVENTH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER MORRILL AND 16TH ALL-TIME
With its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship this year, Utah State has now won seven league titles under head coach Stew Morrill and 16 conference championships all-time in school history (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE NOTCHES 12TH STRAIGHT 23 WIN SEASON
With its 71-55 win against Fresno State on Feb. 12, Utah State has now won 23 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons to extend its current school record. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, it is the 26th time in school history that USU has won 20 games.
UTAH STATE WINS 25 GAMES FOR SEVENTH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 75-65 win at Saint Mary's in its last game, Utah State has now won 25 games for the seventh time in school history and its 25 wins this year are tied for the fifth-most ever at Utah State. It is also the sixth time that USU has won at least 25 games under Morrill.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THREE TEAMS NATIONALLY TO NOTCH 11 STRAIGHT 23-WIN SEASONS
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State was one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. Thus far this year, USU is 25-3 overall, Kansas is 26-2 and Gonzaga is 20-9. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES REGULAR SEASON DOMINANCE
Utah State has won 40 of its last 43 regular season games dating back to last year with all three losses coming on the road at No. 23 BYU (78-72), at No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) and at Idaho (64-56).
UTAH STATE ONE WIN AWAY FROM GOING UNDEFEATED AT HOME AGAIN
Utah State is looking to record its third undefeated home season in the last four years as it is currently 16-0 at home this year. USU was 17-1 at home last year and 17-0 at home during both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and those 17 wins are the most in a single-season in school history. Overall, USU has had five undefeated seasons in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as it went 14-0 at home in 1973-74, 15-0 in 1997-98 and 2000-01, and 17-0 in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN THREE-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State was one of nine teams in the nation to win at least three-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 10 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with six straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won four-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy), Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Robert Morris (Northeast Conference) and Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have all won three-straight league titles.
CURRENT SENIOR CLASS WINNINGEST GROUP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current senior class that includes four-year players Matt Formisano, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams are the winningest players in school history with a four-year record of 105-27 (.795). Nate Harris (2003-06) was the winningest player in school history as he had a four-year record of 96-30 (.762).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 25-3 on the season and 12-1 in the WAC following its 75-65 win at Saint Mary's Saturday. USU is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 71.5 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 assists, while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 22.1 percent from three-point range and 78.1 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green is averaging 10.8 points and shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 46.8 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams is averaging 8.8 points and shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three-point range and 79.3 percent at the free throw line. And junior forward Brady Jardine is averaging 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 63.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 72.6 points and shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.8 points and its opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is averaging 75.8 points during its last five games, while shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 77.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 59.8 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 28.1 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent at the line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Feb. 25, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (58.8), first in scoring margin (+13.8), first in assists (15.18), first in field goal percentage (.472), first in field goal percentage defense (.387), first in three-point field goal percentage defense (.312), first in rebound margin (+8.8), second in three-point field goal percentage (.377), second in free throw shooting (.730), third in rebounding (37.6) and fourth in scoring (72.6). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks second in field goal shooting (.593), fourth in rebounding (8.0), seventh in scoring (14.5) and seventh in blocked shots (0.96). Senior guard Brian Green ranks second in three-point shooting (.468) and 11th in overall shooting (.481). Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks eighth in assists (2.82) and 13th in three-point shooting (.364). Junior guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in assists (3.36), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21)and sixth in free throw shooting (.781). Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks third in blocked shots (1.11), fourth in field goal shooting (.552) and sixth in rebounding (7.6). Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks 11th in three-point shooting (.382) and 14th in assists (2.32), and senior forward Nate Bendall ranks 10th in rebounding (5.6).
UTAH STATE RANKS FIFTH IN THE NATION IN SCORING DEFENSE
As of Friday, Feb. 25, Utah State ranks fourth in the nation in rebound margin (+8.8), sixth in winning percentage (.893), seventh in field goal percentage defense (.387), ninth in scoring defense (58.8), 10th in scoring margin (+13.8), 27th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28), 30th in field goal percentage (.472), 30th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.312), and 41st in fewest turnovers per game (11.9).
WESLEY RANKS 12TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Friday, Feb. 25, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks 12th in the nation in field goal shooting at 59.3 percent as he is 143-of-241 from the field this season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's senior class of Nate Bendall, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams have lost a total of one home game during their Aggie careers. During the last four years, Utah State is 67-1 (.985) inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
RECAPPING THE SAINT MARY'S GAME
Senior forward Tai Wesley had 22 points and 11 rebounds and junior guard Brockeith Pane also scored 22 points to lead No. 24/25 Utah State to a come-from-behind 75-65 win at No. 23 Saint Mary's Saturday night, snapping the Gaels 19-game home winning streak. Wesley had 17 points and six rebounds in the second-half as he was 7-of-9 from the field during the final 20 minutes after converting just 1-of-6 first-half shots. Pane scored 14 points after halftime and finished the game shooting 5-of-7 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 11-of-14 at the free throw line. He also had four assists and a career-high four steals. Mickey McConnell had 16 points to lead Saint Mary's, while Mitchell Young finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Trailing 39-29 with 18:04 to play, Utah State went on a 25-5 run during the next 10:02 to take a 54-44 lead following a pair of free throws from Pane. During its run, Pane and Wesley combined for 20 of the team's 25 points as Wesley had 12 and Pane eight. USU increased its lead to 12 at 65-53 with 3:23 to play following a steal from Pane and dunk from senior guard Pooh Williams and the Aggies coasted from there for the 10-point win. During the final 9:20 of the game, the Gaels never got closer than six points. Utah State shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field in the second half (15-27) and finished the game at 50.0 percent shooting (24-48). USU was also 25-of-32 (.781) from the free throw line for the game, including 17-of-21 (.810) after halftime. The Aggies were also 2-of-6 (.333) from three-point range overall. Utah State out-rebounded Saint Mary's by four (33-29) and had four fewer turnovers (17-13) in the game. Saint Mary's shot just 28.6 percent in the second half (8-28) and finished the game shooting 39.0 percent overall (23-59). The Gaels were also 9-of-22 (.409) from behind the arc and 10-of-13 (.769) at the charity stripe. Utah State scored the first points of the game on an old fashion three-point play from freshman guard James Walker III. USU took its largest lead of the half at 13-7 following a layup from Pane with 13:10 to play. The Aggies later led by six at 20-14 at the 10:44 mark before Saint Mary's scored seven straight points to lead, 21-20. USU got a pair of free throws from Pane only to see the Gaels score 13 straight points over the next 6:04. The Aggies finished the half on a mini 5-2 run on three free throws from Wesley and a running jumper from senior guard Brian Green to cut the deficit to nine at 36-27 heading into halftime. Pane led Utah State with eight first half points as the Aggies shot 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (8-11). USU was also 1-of-2 (.500) from three-point range. Utah State had 10 turnovers in the first-half as compared to five for the Gaels. McConnell and Young each had eight points to lead Saint Mary's in the first 20 minutes as the Gaels shot 48.4 percent from the field (15-31) and 40.0 percent from three-point range (4-10). SMC was also 2-of-2 at the free throw line. The Gaels out-rebounded USU in the first-half, 16-13.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE SAINT MARY'S GAME
Utah State improved to 5-1 all-time in BracketBuster games... USU improved to 3-2 on the season when trailing at the half... USU had a season-low eight assists and attempted a season-low six three-pointers... Senior guard Pooh Williams played a season-high tying 33 minutes and junior guard Brockeith Pane had a season-high four steals... Williams had two dunks in the game to give him six this season, while junior forward Brady Jardine had his team-leading 24th dunk... Senior forward Tai Wesley tied his career-high with 15 field goal attempts.
UTAH STATE VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
Utah State improved to 12-58 (.171) all-time against ranked teams and 6-15 (.286) against top 25 foes under Morrill following its 75-65 win at No. 23 Saint Mary's. For USU, it was its first win against a ranked team since defeating No. 9/10 Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the 2007 WAC Tournament as the Aggies had lost its previous four games. That win at Saint Mary's was also the first for Utah State on the road against a ranked team since Dec. 10, 1991 when it defeated No. 10 Utah, 74-72, in Salt Lake City.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS 50 PERCENT IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Utah State has shot 50 percent from the field in back-to-back games after shooting 56.9 percent (37-65) against Montana Western and 50.0 percent (24-48) at Saint Mary's. Overall, it was the ninth time this year that USU has shot 50 percent from the field. During its last three games, USU is shooting 52.6 percent overall (82-156), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (22-44) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (60-75).
LEADING AT THE HALF
Utah State is 21-0 this year and has won 45 straight games when leading at the half. The last time USU lost when leading at the half was on Nov. 21, 2009 at Northeastern. Over the last 12 years, USU is 252-23 (.916) when leading at the half and 42-62 (.404) when trailing at the half.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 16-0 this year and has won 24 straight games dating back to last season when allowing fewer than 60 points. The last time USU lost a game when allowing fewer than 60 points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52. Overall, USU is 173-9 (.951) under Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points.
AGGIES HARD TO BEAT WHEN SCORING 70 POINTS
Utah State is 18-1 this year and has won 59 of its last 61 games when scoring at least 70 points.
WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week Monday after leading the Aggies to a pair of wins against Montana Western (100-66) at No. 23 Saint Mary's (75-65). It is the third time this year and fifth time in his career that Wesley has been named WAC Player of the Week, and those three WAC honors this year are the most by an player in the league. In fact, no player other than Wesley has won the award more than once. Against the Bulldogs, Wesley had 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot in just 21 minutes as he was 8-of-12 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Against the Gaels, he posted his sixth double-double of the season and 15th of his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with two blocked shots and one assist, as he was 8-of-15 from the field and 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. For the week, Wesley averaged 21.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocked shots, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field (16-27) and 69.2 percent at the free throw line (9-13).
UTAH STATE WINS DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAGUE GAMES AGAIN
With its 12-1 Western Athletic Conference record, Utah State has now won at least 12 league games in each of the last four seasons and in 13 of the last 17 seasons overall. Overall, it is the 14th time in school history that Utah State has won at least 12 conference games in a season.
AGGIES HAVE HAD SEVEN DIFFERENT PLAYERS LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING THIS YEAR
Utah State has had seven players lead the team in scoring this year led by senior forward Tai Wesley who has led the team 10 times and senior guard Brian Green who has led the team eight times. Junior guard Brockeith Pane has led the team in scoring seven times and senior guard Pooh Williams has led the team in scoring three times, while senior forward Nate Bendall has led the team twice. Senior guard Tyler Newbold and junior forward Brady Jardine have led the team in scoring once each.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH SCORES SEASON-HIGH 48 POINTS AGAINST MONTANA WESTERN
Utah State's bench scored a season-high 48 points against Montana Western and USU's reserves are now averaging 23.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, and those 23.5 points rank second in the WAC behind Fresno State's bench (23.9). On the season, USU is now 16-2 when its bench outscores its opponents bench and 8-1 when its bench is outscored.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-pointer in 156 straight games and the last time it did not make a three-pointer was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State is 93-71 (.567) in road games under Morrill including a 28-28 (.500) record against non-conference opponents, a 65-41 (.613) record against league teams and a 28-18 (.609) WAC mark. During the last four years, Utah State is 28-11 (.718) on the road and 32-15 (.681) away from home. USU is 9-3 (.750) on the road this year and those nine road wins rank tied for the fourth-most in school history.
UTAH STATE TIED FOR EIGHTH-MOST ROAD WINS IN THE NATION
Utah State's nine road wins are tied for the eighth-most in the nation behind Long Island (13-3), Belmont (10-4), San Diego State (10-1), Hofstra (10-4), Vermont (10-4), Rider (10-4) and Bucknell (10-6). Overall, USU is one of 20 teams across the nation with at least nine road wins.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 223-107 (.676) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. And in 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. This year, Utah State has already won a share of its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 133-78 (.630) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 72-21 (.774) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 136-71 (.657) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 107-33 (.764) record at USU.
Idaho is 16-11 on the season and 8-6 in the Western Athletic Conference following its 67-59 win at Nevada Thursday. The Vandals are 8-6 on the road this year and are led by senior guard Jeff Ledbetter who is averaging 12.3 points, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three-point range and 84.3 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore center Kyle Barone is averaging 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, and junior forward Luiz Toledo is averaging 9.5 points per game. As a team, Idaho is averaging 67.3 points per game and shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UI is allowing 65.2 points and its opponents are shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent at the free throw line. The Vandals return two starters and three letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-16 and finished in sixth-place in the WAC with a 6-10 league mark. Don Verlin is 48-43 in his third year as a collegiate head coach at Idaho.
UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 46th time this weekend in what is the 17th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against the Vandals was during the 1945-46 season.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 46th time this weekend with the Aggies holding a 32-13 all-time advantage, which includes a 14-1 record at home. The first game played in the series was during the 1945-46 season with the Vandals recording a 55-33 win. Overall, USU has won 27 of the last 31 games played in the series, including seven in a row at home. Idaho defeated Utah State, 64-56, in the team's first meeting this year in Moscow, snapping the Aggies 11-game winning streak against the Vandals. The last time Idaho won in Logan was on March 1, 2003 by a final score of 52-51. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 22-4 against Idaho at USU and 25-14 against the Vandals all-time.
WINNING STREAKS SNAPPED AT IDAHO
Utah State saw its Western Athletic Conference and consecutive games winning streaks snapped at Idaho on Feb. 9, 201 1 as USU had won 25 straight WAC games and 17 straight games overall prior to its loss to the Vandals. That 25-game WAC winning streak is the longest in the history of the WAC and is also a USU school record. The 17-game winning streak was tied with the 2003-04 and 2009-10 teams for the third-longest winning streak in school history trailing the 1999-2000 and 2008-09 teams that each won 19 straight games. Furthermore, that 17-game winning streak ranked as the third-longest in the nation. USU had also won six straight road games and 11 straight road games in WAC play prior to its loss at Idaho.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO CONNECTIONS
Idaho head coach Don Verlin spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State. Junior Idaho guard Deremy Geiger spent his freshman season (2008-09) at Utah State as he appeared in 18 games and averaged 2.1 points in 7.4 minutes, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field (13-29), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8). His season-high was 14 points against UC Irvine.
VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Under head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State is 48-8 (.857) versus teams from the state of Idaho, which includes a 17-4 record against Boise State, a 22-4 record against Idaho and a 9-0 record versus Idaho State.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has one player on its current roster who is from the state of Idaho in junior forward Brady Jardine. Jardine prepped at Twin Falls HS and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2005 as he averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading them to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship in 32 years.
UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is 68-25 (.731) in the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 42-4 (.913) record at home. The Aggies have won 19 straight home games in February with its last loss coming to Nevada, 75-57, on Feb. 25, 2006. USU is also 124-44 (.738) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 7-7 (.500) all-time in known games played on Feb. 26.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO
Utah State shot a season-low 33.8 percent and had its 17-game winning streak snapped at Idaho, 64-56, on Feb. 9, 2011. USU entered the game having won 11 straight against the Vandals, including five straight on the road. Junior guard Brockeith Pane led Utah State with 14 points and seven assists, while senior forward Tai Wesley posted his fifth double-double of the season and 14th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Tyler Newbold finished the game with 12 points and fellow senior guard Pooh Williams had nine. Jeff Ledbetter had 14 points to lead Idaho, while Deremy Geiger scored 12 points and Kyle Barone added 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Utah State finished the game shooting 22-of-65 (.338) from the field, 5-of-28 (.179) from three-point range and just 7-of-13 (.538) from the free throw line. USU did out-rebound UI, 42-38, and entered the game with a 19-0 record on the season when out-rebounding its opponents. Idaho shot 42.3 percent overall (22-52) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-23), but was just 3-of-17 (.176) from behind the arc. Leading by three at halftime, Idaho maintained a two to five point advantage for the first 7:30 of the second half before Utah State got back-to-back baskets from junior forward Morgan Grim and Pane to tie the game at 39-39 with 12:30 to play. Idaho then went on a 12-3 run over the next 5:59 to take control of the game and USU never got closer than five points the rest of the night as the Vandals made five straight free throws in the final 58 seconds to secure the win. Idaho built an early 10-5 lead before Utah State clamped down on defense and held the Vandals without a field goal for 7:07 as USU scored eight straight points to lead 13-10. USU later led 17-14 following a layup from Wesley. With the scored tied at 19-all, Idaho scored five straight points and went into the locker with a 27-24 advantage marking the first time in its last 10 games that Utah State trailed at the half. Wesley led Utah State with nine points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Aggies shot just 31.4 percent from the field (11-35) as compared to 44.0 percent shooting for Idaho (11-25). USU was also just 1-of-14 (.071) from three-point range and 1-of-3 (.333) from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. UI was 1-of-8 (.125) from three in the first half and 4-of-5 (.800) at the charity stripe.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO AT HOME
Junior guard Brian Green's 16 points, hitting four three-pointers, led Utah State to an 80-62 rout of Idaho at home on Feb. 3, 2010. Green, who made his first five shots from the field and all four of his three-pointers, was one of five Aggies in double-figures. Junior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley added 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Wesley tallied 11 points after halftime. The guard tandem of Jared Quayle and Pooh Williams netted 11 points each, with Williams hitting three treys and dishing out a career-high tying six assists while Quayle had five helpers. Idaho was led by Marvin Jefferson's game and career-high 17 points while Kyle Barone added 14 points off the bench. Kashif Watson chipped in with 11 points. Steffan Johnson distributed six assists while Watson doled out five. Sophomore forward Brady Jardine pulled down a season-high tying eight rebounds to go with his nine points, while Wesley added five boards, helping USU to a 34-23 rebounding advantage. Utah State scorched the nets in the first half to the tune of 68.2 percent (15-22), hitting 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range in the opening stanza. The Aggies finished the night hitting half of their shots behind the arc (8-16) and ending 28-of-49 (.571) from the floor. Idaho was just 36.0 percent (9-25) from the field before halftime, missing all five of its three-pointers, before hitting 4-of-8 behind the arc in the second half, finishing at 4-of-13 (.308). The Vandals made 18-of-30 (.600) from the field after the break to end the night at 27-of-55 (.491). Utah State was 16-of-19 (.842) at the free throw line while Idaho was 4-of-10 (.400). The game's only two ties came at 2-2 and 4-4 before USU opened up a 24-11 lead with 9:10 on the clock, after Green scored 10-straight points, with a pair of free throws followed by back-to-back three-pointers from the right wing and a 15-foot jumper. Utah State's lead grew to 25 at 38-13 on a Quayle trey at the 2:25 mark, capping a 14-0 Aggie streak, and USU took a 40-21 lead into halftime. After USU took a 47-23 lead, the Vandals chopped the deficit down to 49-35 with 14:43 on the clock after a 13-2 spurt, capped by a three-pointer from Luciano de Souza. Green regained momentum for the Aggies with a three-pointer from the left wing and the Vandals never got any closer. Wesley gave USU its largest lead of the night at 28 on two different occasions, both of which resulted in old-fashioned three-point plays, and the Aggies coasted to the victory.
THREE AGGIES RANK AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES PLAYED
Seniors Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams all rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games played as Newbold and Wesley have both played in 133 games to rank second all-time in school history behind Jaycee Carroll (134), while Williams has played in 125 games to rank sixth all-time. Newbold also ranks second all-time at USU in games started with 123 behind Carroll (132), while Wesley ranks third with 122.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY AND IN THE NATION
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,654 career points, 825 career rebounds, 347 career assists, 135 career blocks and 103 career steals and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career. Entering the 2010-11 season, there were only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Keith Benson of Oakland and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. In the 48-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico's Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah's Josh Grant (1988-93).
WESLEY RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN NUMEROUS CATEGORIES
Senior forward Tai Wesley ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in numerous categories and the following is a list of where Wesley ranks all-time in school history in each category.
Third all-time with 135 career blocks and 13 blocks away from tying Nate Wickizer (1992-95) for second with 148 career blocks. Wesley's career average of 1.02 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Third all-time with 95 double-figure scoring games. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) holds the school record with 121 double-figure scoring games.
Fourth all-time with a career field goal shooting percentage of 59.5 percent (624-1,049), which also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
Sixth all-time with 401 career free throws made and 19 made free throws shy of tying Greg Grant (1983-86) for fifth all-time with 420 career made free throws.
Sixth all-time with 569 career free throw attempts along with Cornell Green (1960-62) and 24 free throw attempts shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for fifth all-time with 593.
Seventh all-time with 624 career field goals and five made field goals shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for sixth all-time with 629 career made field goals.
Seventh all-time with 3,577 career minutes played and trailing current teammate Tyler Newbold for sixth all-time with 3,753 career minutes.
Seventh all-time with 825 career rebounds and 15 rebounds shy of tying Brian Jackson (1978-81) for sixth-place all-time with 840 career rebounds.
Eighth all-time in scoring with 1,654 career points and 120 points shy of tying Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) for seventh all-time with 1,774 career points. In 133 career games, Wesley is averaging 12.44 points per game.
Eighth all-time with 347 career assists and trailing current teammate Tyler Newbold for seventh with 349 career assists.
10th all-time with 103 career steals and two steals shy of tying Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) for ninth all-time with 105 career steals.
NEWBOLD RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES
Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in several categories and the following is a list of where Newbold ranks all-time in school history in each category. Fifth all-time with 457 career three-point attempts.
Fifth all-time with 189 made three-pointers and 20 treys shy of tying Jay Goodman (1991-93) for fourth all-time with 209 career made threes.
Fifth all-time in minutes played with 3,753 and 15 minutes shy of tying Brian Jackson (1978-81) for fourth all-time with 3,768 career minutes.
Sixth all-time in three-point shooting at 41.4 percent (189-457) along with Reid Newey (1984, 87-89).
Seventh all-time with 349 career assists and 15 assists shy of tying Jay Goodman (1991-93) for sixth all-time with 364 career assists.
NEWBOLD CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS AND 500 CAREER REBOUNDS
Senior guard Tyler Newbold is closing in on a couple of milestones as he currently has 976 career points and 494 career rebounds and is 24 points shy of becoming the 35th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Newbold is also six rebounds shy of 500 for his career.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 66 career blocks and is now 24 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks.
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND THE WAC IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 48.2 percent (119-247), which also ranks first all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference. Green also ranks eighth all-time at USU in three-pointers made with 119. Last year, Green set the single-season school record for three-point shooting at 50.0 percent (53-106).
WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE AND ATTEMPTED
Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks ninth all-time at Utah State with 291 three-point attempts and 10th all-time with 108 made three-pointers, as he is shooting 37.1 percent from three for his career.
WESLEY SCORES 20 POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Senior forward Tai Wesley has scored 20 points in each of his last two games as he had 22 points and 11 rebounds against Saint Mary's and 20 points and eight rebounds against Montana-Western. Overall, Wesley has now scored 20-plus points six times this year and 14 times in his career. He has also scored in double-figures 22 times this year and 95 times in his career. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 17.0 points and 8.6 rebounds, while shooting 57.4 percent from the field (31-54) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (22-26).
WESLEY RECORDS 15TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AT SAINT MARY'S
Senior forward Tai Wesley recorded his sixth double-double of the season and 15th of his career at Saint Mary's with 22 points and 11 rebounds, which was his 16th career double-figure rebound game.
PANE HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN SIX OF HIS LAST EIGHT GAMES
Junior guard Brockeith Pane has scored in double-figures six times in his last eight games and in 14 of his last 19 games overall as he had 22 points at Saint Mary's in his last game, which was his third 20-point game this year. On the season, he has scored in double-figures 17 times to rank second on team behind Wesley (22). During his last five games, Pane is averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (15-30) and 74.2 percent at the free throw line (23-31).
WILLIAMS PLAYING WELL DURING LAST 10 GAMES
Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams has played well for Utah State during its last 10 games as he has scored in double-figures four times. Overall, Williams has scored in double-figures 10 times this year and 32 times in his career and has scored at least six points in 20 of his last 23 games. During his last five games, Williams is averaging 8.2 points, while shooting 39.5 percent from the field (15-38), 37.5 percent from three-point range (9-24) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (2-3).
JARDINE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FOUR OF LAST EIGHT GAMES
Junior forward Brady Jardine has scored in double-figures four times in his last eight games giving him nine double-figure scoring games this year and 17 in his career. He also has three double-doubles this year, to go along with six double-figure rebounding games. For his career, Jardine has seven career double-figure rebounding games. During his last five games, Jardine is averaging 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field (15-29) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).
NEWBOLD HITTING THE BOARDS IN LEAGUE PLAY
Senior guard Tyler Newbold has been doing a great job rebounding the ball since WAC play began and is averaging 5.5 rebounds in league play to rank 14th in the conference. Newbold had also made at least one three-pointer in 19 straight games before going 0-of-1 from behind the arc at Saint Mary's. Newbold, who has scored in double-figures seven times in his last 19 games and 40 times in his career, is averaging 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds during his last five games, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field (12-25), 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8).
GREEN SCORES 20 POINTS IN FOURTH GAME THIS YEAR
Senior guard Brian Green scored 20 points in a game for the fourth time this year with 20 points against Montana Western as he was 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range. Green has now scored in double-figures 13 times this year and 21 times in his career. During his last five games, Green is averaging 7.6 points and shooting 48.0 percent from the field (12-25), 45.0 percent from three-point range (9-20) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (5-7).
GREEN INSTANT OFFENSE OFF THE BENCH FOR UTAH STATE
Senior guard Brian Green has been instant offense off the bench for Utah State during his two-year Aggie career. This year, Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game and is the first Aggie reserve to average double-figures since Jeff O. Anderson averaged 13.0 points off the bench during his senior season of 1987-88.
BENDALL PLAYING WELL IN HIS LAST THREE GAMES
Senior forward Nate Bendall has played well for Utah State in his last three games as he had eight points and six rebounds in his last game against Saint Mary's, had a season-high 15 points and nine rebounds against Montana Western, and 13 points and eight rebounds against Fresno State. During his last three games, Bendall is averaging 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field (13-23) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-12). Overall, Bendall has scored in double-figures six times this year and 23 times in his career. Bendall has also posted two double-doubles this year including 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State. Those 16 rebounds are the most by an Aggie since Shawn Daniels had 17 rebounds at Cal Poly on Jan. 22, 2000. Overall, Bendall has three double-figure rebounding games this year and six in his career to go along with five career double-doubles.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#3 Brockeith Pane - Scored a season-high 23 points against Weber State and had a season-high nine rebounds at Denver... Had a season-high nine assists against Louisiana Tech... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in assists (3.36), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21) and sixth in free throw shooting (.781)... Shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 22.1 percent from three-point range... Averaging 11.1 points in 27.6 minutes per game.... Has scored in double-figures 17 times this season.
#5 Pooh Williams - Has played in 125 games during his Aggie career, including 93 starts... Scored a career-high 19 points against Long Beach State... Had a career-high seven assists at Nevada... Has 32 career double-figure scoring games, including 10 this year... Averaging 8.8 points and shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three-point range and 79.3 percent at the free throw line... Playing 26.4 minutes per game... Ranks 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting and 14th in assists (2.32).
#14 E.J. Farris - Had a season-high six points against Georgetown and Montana Western... Averaging 2.0 points in 7.3 minutes per game... Shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range.
#15 James Walker III - Made his first career start against Cal State Bakersfield and had season-highs with 20 minutes, four assists and three rebounds... Scored a season-high seven points against Long Beach State... Averaging 2.1 points in 10.0 minutes per game... Shooting 31.0 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent at the free throw line.
#21 Morgan Grim - Had career-highs with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and 22 minutes played against Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocks at BYU and played a career-high 24 minutes against the Cougars... Averaging 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 68.8 percent at the free throw line... Playing 9.2 minutes per game.
#22 Brady Jardine - Recorded his third career double-double against Northeastern as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds, while playing a career-high 34 minutes... Also tied his career-high with three blocks against Northeastern... Had his second career double-double against Utah as he had a career-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds... Has seven career double-figure rebounding games and 16 career double-figure scoring games... Ranks third in the WAC in blocked shots (1.11), fourth in overall shooting (.552) and sixth in rebounding (7.6)... Averaging 8.4 points and playing 22.6 minutes per game... Shooting 63.9 percent from the free throw line.
#23 Brian Green - Scored a career-high 25 points against San Jose State and tied his career-high with six rebounds against the Spartans... Had career-highs in both three-pointers made (6) and attempted (12) against Troy as he scored 23 points... Has scored in double-figures in 13 games this year and in 21 games in his career... Has four career 20-point games... Ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.468) and 11th in overall shooting (.481)... Shooting 76.1 percent from the free throw line... Averaging 10.8 points in 25.1 minutes per game.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State Bakersfield and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds against Louisiana Tech... Has started 123 straight games for Utah State and has played in 133 during his Aggie career... Has scored in double-figures seven times this year and 40 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Also has three career double-figure rebounding games and one career double-double... Playing 29.1 minutes per game to lead the team... Averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 75.6 percent at the free throw line... Ranks eighth in the WAC in assists and 13th in three-point shooting.
#35 Nate Bendall - Had a season-high 15 points against Montana Western... Posted his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State... Played a career-high 36 minutes against the Bulldogs... Has started 51 games in his career... Averaging 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 71.7 percent from the free throw line... Playing 19.4 minutes per game... Has scored in double-figures 23 times during his career... Ranks 10th in the WAC in rebounding.
#42 Tai Wesley - Posted his sixth double-double of the season at Saint Mary's with 22 points and 11 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 27 points against Hawai'i... Played a career-high 38 minutes against the Rainbows... Has played in 133 career games at Utah State, including 122 career starts... Has started 103 games in a row... Has 95 career double-figure scoring games and 14 career 20-point games... Also has 16 career double-figure rebounding games and 15 career double-doubles... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.593), fourth in rebounding (8.0), seventh in scoring (14.5) and seventh in blocked shots (0.96)... Playing 28.6 minutes per game.
#44 Matt Formisano - Averaging 6.2 minutes off the bench... Scored a season-high four points against Long Beach State... Has played in 97 games during his Aggie career... Averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #35 Nate Bendall (6-9, 250, Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) - Has started 21 games this year... Is 16-of-30 (.533) from the field in his last five games... Is 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line in his last 10 games... Has recorded at least six rebounds in each of his last five games and is averaging 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds during his last five games... Has scored at least six points in six of his last seven games.
F #42 Tai Wesley (6-7, 240, Sr., Provo, Utah) - One of two players along with Tyler Newbold to start all 28 games this year... Leads the team in field goals made (143) and attempted (241)... Also leads the team in both free throws made (118) and attempted (165)... Ranks second on the team in blocked shots (27) and is third in steals (18)... Ranks second on the team in minutes played (28.6) and is fourth in assists (64)... Has 23 offensive rebounds in his last seven games and seven steals in his last six games... Has recorded at least eight rebounds in each of his last four games... Leads the team with 12 charges taken this year.
G #3 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Jr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 27 games this year at the point... Ranks first on the team in assists (94) and steals (28)... Is second on the team in free throws made (100) and attempted (128), and field goals attempted (226)... Has 52 assists and 27 turnovers in his last 10 games... Has scored in double-figures 17 times this year to rank second on the team behind Tai Wesley (22)... Also has three 20-point games this year ranking third on the team behind Wesley (6) and Green (4)... Is shooting 52.5 percent from the field (21-40) during his last six games.
G/F #5 Pooh Williams (6-4, 190, Sr., Federal Way, Wash.) - Has started 27 games this year... Ranks second on the team in three-pointers made (42) and attempted (110)... Is third on the team in assists (65)... Had made at least two 3-point field goals in each of his last eight games before going 0-of-1 from three against Saint Mary's... Has 21 assists and just nine turnovers in his last nine games... Has scored in double-figures four times in his last 10 games and 10 times this year.
G #24 Tyler Newbold (6-5, 210, Sr., Payson, Utah) - One of two players along with Tai Wesley to start all 28 games this year... Ranks first on the team in minutes played (29.1)... Is second on the team in assists (79) and second in steals (21)... Is 12-of-14 (.857) from the free throw line in his last seven games... Has 25 assists and 11 turnovers in his last nine games.
OFF THE BENCH
F #15 James Walker III (6-2, 180, Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) - Has played as the backup point guard in each of the team's last five games after not playing in the previous four games... Is 5-of-12 (.417) from the field and 2-of-5 (.400) from three-point range in his last five games... Has five assists, three steals and two blocks in his last two games.
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-8, 230, Jr., Riverton, Utah) - Is shooting 56.3 percent from the field (9-16) in his last seven games.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Jr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Leads the team with 31 blocks and is fourth with 17 steals... Has a team-leading 24 dunks... Leads the team with 154 defensive rebounds and is second with 60 offensive boards... Has recorded nine rebounds in four of his last seven games... Made his first career three-pointer against Montana Western.
G #23 Brian Green (6-1, 200, Sr., Kaysville, Utah) - Leads the team in three-pointers made (66) and attempted (141)... Has 14 assists in his last seven games and just four turnovers in his last 10 games.... Has recorded at least one steal in six of his last nine games... Is shooting 70.6 percent from the field (12-17), 64.3 percent from three-point range (9-14) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line in his last three games, while averaging 12.7 points.
USU HAS 13TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 11 season as it has played in seven NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 11 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 22 with 18 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 21 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 19 with 18 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Maryland (14-NCAA, 3-NIT) and Syracuse (13-NCAA, 4-NIT) are tied for fourth with 17 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks sixth with 15 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is seventh with 14 straight (10-NCAA, 4-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT) and Gonzaga (12-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for eighth with 13 straight postseason trips. Florida (10-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (12 NCAA) and Wisconsin (12-NCAA) are all tied for 10th with 12 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (6-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 12 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 304-89 (.774) record. Those 304 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.4 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.839), Kansas (.822) and Gonzaga (.791). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last six years with a 72-21 (.774) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game four times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010, while the other eight teams in the WAC combined for 13.
GREEN, JARDINE AND WESLEY ALL NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK THIS SEASON
Utah State has had three players (Brian Green, Brady Jardine, Tai Wesley) earn Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors a total of four times this season as Wesley has won it twice, while Green and Jardine have won it once each. Green is the most recent Aggie to earn WAC Player of the Week honors as he won the award on Jan. 31 after leading Utah State to a pair of road wins at San Jose State (84-65) and at Hawai'i (89-84 2OT). Wesley won his first weekly WAC award on Dec. 13 after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Long Beach State (81-53) and Cal State Bakersfield (77-58), and his second award came on Jan. 3 as he led the Aggies to a pair of home wins against Hawai'i (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71). Jardine won the award on Nov. 29 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54)
JARDINE AND NEWBOLD NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball players Brady Jardine and Tyler Newbold were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team it was announced on Feb. 3. Jardine and Newbold join Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State as the only players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors. The Aggie duo is also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Newbold is earning academic all-district honors for the second straight year, while Jardine is receiving the award for the first time. Along with being academic all-district recipients, Newbold is also a three-time academic all-WAC honoree, while Jardine has earned academic all-WAC honors twice. Jardine, a 6-7, 220-pound junior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho (Twin Falls HS), has a cumulative 3.71 grade-point average in finance. Newbold, a 6-5, 210-pound senior guard from Payson, Utah (Payson HS), has a cumulative 3.45 grade-point average in public relations. The academic all-district team was selected by members of CoSIDA from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Academic nominees must be at least a sophomore academically, contribute as a starter or significant reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 overall grade point average. Jardine and Newbold will now be placed on the national ballot with the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team being announced later this season.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Utah State improved to 59-19 (.756) over the last 11 years following a loss including a 3-0 record this season with its 71-55 win against Fresno State in its last game. USU has also won 24 straight home games following a loss dating back to the 2003 season. During the last 11 years, USU has lost back-to-back games just 16 times and three games in a row just once during the 2007-08 season.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Utah State entered the 2010-11 season as one of the most experienced teams in the country as its six seniors are tied for the third-most in the country with Texas State. St. John's leads the nation with 10 seniors, while Cincinnati has seven seniors.
AGGIES ROSTER FULL OF SENIORS
After having just one senior on each of its last two teams, Utah State has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams also had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last six years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 319-102 (.758) record, including a 164-49 (.770) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-7, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 11 years at 77.4 percent with an overall record of 304-89. Against conference opponents, Utah State has an 187-56 (.770) record with seven regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game nine times in the last 11 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 11 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 11 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2009-10 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and the 2008-09 team won its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 11th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2010. Overall, Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 18 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 13 years, USU is an amazing 192-13 (.937) at home, which includes a 99-8 (.925) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 537 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.1 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC) four times in his 12 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 537-240 (.691).
Head coach Stew Morrill (319-102) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (421). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (13 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 319-102 (.758) overall record, a 164-49 (.770) conference record and a 23-7 (.767) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 537-240 (.691) record in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 537 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 69.1 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 10 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the sixth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009 and 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and co-Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and six at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 132-78 (.629).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year five times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2010 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 18 times. 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 and Tai Wesley.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 15 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 25 times.
Utah State is 192-13 (.937) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 14 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.
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