Feb. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked sixth in the nation in rebounding margin as part of ranking in the top 40 in three categories of the most recent NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday by the NCAA.
USU's +9.0 rebounding margin ranks the team sixth in the NCAA, and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin is helped by out-rebounding each of its last 10 opponents, improving to 16-6 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent.
The Aggies are also 18th in the country in field goal percentage (.477), as well as 39th in the nation in assists per game (15.1). Utah State also is 47th in won-lost percentage (.731), 56th in assist-turnover ratio and 60th in three-point field goal percentage (.367).
Individually, junior center Jarred Shaw is 37th in field goal percentage (.544), as well as 68th in double-doubles (8.0) and 79th in rebounds per game (8.3).
Besides leading the WAC in rebounding margin, the Aggies also are tops in the conference in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.1 rebounds per game. USU also is second in the league in field goal percentage (.477), assists (15.12) and assist-turnover ratio (1.18), while ranking third in scoring (69.3), scoring margin (+6.5), free throw percentage (.710) and three-point field goal percentage (.367). The Aggies are also fourth in blocks (3.92), as well as ranking fifth in scoring defense (62.7), field goal percentage defense (.410) and rebounds (38.0), while ranking sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.328) and ninth in steals (4.88).
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).
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is first in the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranks 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.2), while ranking ninth in league games (13.9). He also is third in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.420), while ranking seventh in conference games (.410), in addition to seventh in overall three-pointers made (1.68) and tied for sixth in WAC only games (1.79). Butterfield also ranks sixth in field goal percentage overall (.498) and ninth in league games (.508), as well as 10th in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league contests (7.1), in addition to 12th in WAC only assists (2.93).
Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.544), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.533), as well as seventh in overall scoring (14.2) and sixth in league games (14.7). He also is fifth in the league in rebounding both overall (8.3) and conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.12) and tied for ninth in conference games (1.00).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio both overall (1.76) and league only (1.87). Davis also is seventh in overall assists (3.38) and fourth in league games (4.14). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is sixth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.384), while ranking tied for 10th in WAC only games (.395). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.64).
The Aggies are 19-7 overall and 9-5 in WAC play, currently tied for fourth-place in the standings. USU plays at league-leading Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (MT). LA Tech is ranked No. 25 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Thursday's battle between the Aggies and Bulldogs will be televised on ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450), as well as video streamed on the Internet through ESPN3.com. USU will then head to Arlington, Texas to tangle with UT Arlington, who the Aggies are tied with in the WAC standings, on Saturday, March 2, also tipping off at 6 p.m. (MT). Saturday's game will not be televised.
Both games will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live audio streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
After Saturday's game at UT Arlington, USU returns home for its final two regular-season games, hosting Texas State on Thursday, March 7 and UTSA on Saturday, March 9. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
For USU men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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