Aggie Men's Hoops At No. 25 Louisiana Tech Thursday In Regionally Televised Game
Returning to Western Athletic Conference action, Utah State men's basketball (19-7, 9-5 WAC) will hit the road for its final regular-season road trip, heading to Ruston, La., to take on league-leading and 25th-ranked Louisiana Tech (24-3, 14-0 WAC) on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tip-off from LA Tech's Thomas Assembly Center (8,000) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT).
 
Returning to Western Athletic Conference action, Utah State men's basketball (19-7, 9-5 WAC) will hit the road for its final regular-season road trip, heading to Ruston, La., to take on league-leading and 25th-ranked Louisiana Tech (24-3, 14-0 WAC) on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tip-off from LA Tech's Thomas Assembly Center (8,000) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT).
 
 

Feb. 26, 2013

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Utah State (19-7, 9-5 WAC) at #25 Louisiana Tech (24-3, 14-0 WAC)
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 • 6 p.m. (MT) • Ruston, La.
Thomas Assembly Center (8,000) • Aggie Sports Network
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Returning to Western Athletic Conference action, Utah State men's basketball (19-7, 9-5 WAC) will hit the road for its final regular-season road trip, heading to Ruston, La., to take on league-leading and 25th-ranked Louisiana Tech (24-3, 14-0 WAC) on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tip-off from LA Tech's Thomas Assembly Center (8,000) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT). The battle between the Aggies and Bulldogs will be televised on ESPN Regional and will air on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450). It will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through ESPN3.com.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,498-1,029 (.593) in its 2,526 games played.

• Utah State's next win will be its 20th win this season, marking the 14th-straight year that USU has won at least 20 games in a season. If USU wins its 20th game, it would be one of just six teams in the country to win at least 20 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it would be the 28th time in school history that USU has won 20 games. Under Morrill, Utah State is 13-4 (.765) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 27-12 (.692) all-time when going for its 20th win of the year.

• Utah State is 16-93 (.147) all-time against Associated Press ranked teams including a 5-15 (.250) record under Morrill. The last time USU played an AP Top 25 team was on Dec. 31, 2011 when it lost at No. 15 Mississippi State, 66-64. Overall, USU has lost each of its last six games against AP Top 25 teams with its last win coming against No. 10 Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the 2007 WAC Tournament. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State did win at Saint Mary's, 75-65, as the Gaels were ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and received votes in the AP poll ranking them 27th that week.

• Utah State has now won 46 of its last 58 WAC games (.793) and is 72-20 (.783) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 92-32 (.742) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• USU is 7-3 on the road this season, having won its last three league road games as part of winning 28 of its last 44 road games (.636) and is 106-84 (.558) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, including 75-47 (.615) record against conference opponents and a 38-22 (.633) mark against WAC teams.

• Utah State is 4-2 so far this season in the second month of the year and is 76-31 (.710) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 30-24 (.556) record on the road. USU is 3-4 this season on Thursday's and 90-23 (.796) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on the final date in February for the first time since 2009 and USU is USU is also 4-11 (.267) all-time in known games played on Feb. 28.

• USU and LA Tech will be meeting for the final time in the regular season as conference foes, as both are leaving the WAC after this season, with USU joining the Mountain West, while Louisiana Tech is moving to Conference USA.

THIS WEEK
After a week-long and two-game hiatus from conference action, Utah State returns to Western Athletic Conference action with its final regular-season road trip, opening at league-leading Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tip-off from LA Tech's Thomas Assembly Center is slated for 6 p.m. (MT) and the battle between the Aggies and Bulldogs will be televised on ESPN Regional, airing on Altitude 2, as well as video streamed on the Internet through ESPN3.com. USU will then head to Arlington, Texas to tangle with UT Arlington 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.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
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.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

Thursday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, while Saturday's game will air on both KSNZ (97.5 FM) and KZNS (1280 AM), as well as in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

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

ON TV
Thursday's game at LA Tech will be televised on ESPN Regional TV and will air on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450). It will also be video streamed online through ESPN3.com. Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties and Stephen Howard will provide color commentary.

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

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

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

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

EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has a 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 are 19-7 overall and 9-5 in WAC play, going 1-1 last week in a pair of non-conference games. USU lost 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. 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. On Saturday, USU topped Illinois State, 80-71, in the ESPNU BracketBusters game. Shaw led four Aggies in double-figures and posted his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Butterfield scored in double-figures for the ninth-straight game and 16th time this year with 16 points, while junior guard TeNale Roland scored a season-high 13 points, netting a season-high three three-pointers. Jean added 10 points for the home team and tied his season-high with four assists, while freshman guard Marcel Davis had season-highs with eight assists and six rebounds to go along with his nine points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points, while sophomore center Jordan Stone finished with six points and five boards for USU.

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 GOING FOR 14TH-STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON
Utah State's next win will be its 20th win this season, marking the 14th-straight year that USU has won at least 20 games in a season. If USU wins its 20th game, it would be one of just six teams in the country to win at least 20 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it would be the 28th time in school history that USU has won 20 games. Under Morrill, Utah State is 13-4 (.765) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 27-12 (.692) all-time when going for its 20th win of the year.

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, adding 1.1 blocks per game as well. Shaw has scored in double-figures in each of the last eight games, logging his team-leading eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Illinois State. He also tallied 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. 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 19 games this season, including eight double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 54.4 percent (153-of-281) from the field in addition to 68.1 percent (62-of-91) 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, before posting two each against NMSU and BYU.

The WAC Player of the Week for Feb. 4-10, 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. He then recorded 16 points and six rebounds in the win over Illinois State, adding two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. 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 16 double-digit scoring outings in the last 20 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 12 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 278 points in 20 games as a starter, averaging 13.9 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 42 made three-pointers (42-of-100), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.0 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 7.0 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.4 assists per game. Davis has now tallied at least four helpers in 13 of the last 19 games, including a career-high eight against Illinois State and six against both Denver and NMSU, and Davis now has six games with six or more assists. He now has 78 assists in 20 games as a starter (3.9) 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 7.1 ppg on 71 points in the last 10 games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 each vs. UTA and at BYU and 10 vs. Illinois State, for an overall season average of 4.9 ppg. Jean is shooting 39.6 percent (44-of-111) from the field, including making 38.4 percent (28-of-73) from distance. 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 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).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 37th in field goal percentage (.544), as well as 68th in double-doubles (8.0) and 79th in rebounds per game (8.3).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+9.5) and 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).

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, leads 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).

Junior center Jarred 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).

REED ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS OF STATE FARM DARK HORSE DUNKER COMPETITION
Utah State's Kyisean Reed advanced to the quarterfinals of the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition, Intersport announced Monday. "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta.

The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta on April 4 on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers began the competition and eight remain in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeSlam).

Reed moves on to face off against Elizabeth City State's Angelo Sharpless in the quarterfinals. To watch Reed and Sharpless in action and to vote for them or any of the other competitors visit (facebook.com/CollegeSlam). Voting for the quarterfinals ends Monday, March 4.

SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
The league-leading and No. 25 nationally ranked Bulldogs are 24-3 overall and 14-0 in WAC play, bringing a 16-game overall win streak and a 14-game WAC win streak into Thursday's game. Louisiana Tech is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the 1984-85 season. LA Tech is second in the nation in winning percentage (.889), just behind No. 2 Gonzaga with a 93.1 winning percentage (27-2). Louisiana Tech also stepped out of conference action last week, playing NAIA Central Bible College, winning in a rout, 118-48. A total of 15 different Bulldog players saw action with 14 scoring, including seven in double figures, led by sophomore guard Raheem Appleby with 15 points. Freshman forward Gilbert Talbot tallied a double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds to go with 10 points. Sophomore guard Kenneth Smith and freshman guard Alex Hamilton dished out 10 assists each.

LA Tech leads the league and ranks 19th in the nation in scoring margin (+12.0), also topping the conference and ranking 41st in the NCAA in scoring offense (73.9), while ranking third in the league in scoring defense (61.9). Defensively, the Bulldogs are also first in the conference and sixth in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense (.284), ranking second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.394), as well as first in the conference and 15th in the country in steals (9.15). Louisiana Tech also leads the league and is fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+5.33), while also ranking second in the conference and 37th in the country in blocks (4.93). Offensively, LA Tech is sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.410), fifth in three-point percentage (.323) and fourth in free throw percentage (.706), while also ranking third in rebounding (39.3), sixth in rebounding margin (+1.0) fourth in assists (13.89) and third in assist-turnover ratio (1.13).

Individually, Appleby leads LA Tech and is sixth in the WAC in scoring (14.7), while also ranking 11th in the league in three-pointers per game (1.44). Sophomore Michale Kyser leads the WAC and ranks 16th in the NCAA in blocked shots per game (2.78), while ranking 14th in the league in rebounds (5.5). Smith leads the league and ranks 39th in the nation in assists (5.41), while also ranking third in the conference in steals (1.85).

LA Tech head coach Michael White is in his second season at the leash of the Bulldogs' program, posting a 42-19 record.

USU AGAINST TEAMS WITH NUMBERS IN FRONT OF THEIR NAME
Utah State is 16-93 (.147) all-time against Associated Press ranked teams including a 5-15 (.250) record under Morrill. The last time USU played an AP Top 25 team was on Dec. 31, 2011 when it lost at No. 15 Mississippi State, 66-64. Overall, USU has lost each of its last six games against AP Top 25 teams with its last win coming against No. 10 Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the 2007 WAC Tournament. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State did win at Saint Mary's, 75-65, as the Gaels were ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and received votes in the AP poll ranking them 27th that week.

CODY CONNECTION
Utah State director of basketball operations Cody Fueger served the same role at Louisiana Tech for four years under then head coach Kerry Rupp, from 2007-11, before serving as director of operations for one season at UC Riverside and then starting at USU this summer.

UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH SERIES
Utah State and Louisiana Tech will meet for the 19th time this week with the Aggies owning a 14-4 all-time advantage, but the Bulldogs have bounced back to win the last two match-ups after a six-game USU win streak in the series. Utah State swept last year's season series with the Bulldogs as it posted a 69-65 road win on Jan. 14 and a 77-63 home win on Feb. 9, before LA Tech won in the first round of the WAC Tournament, 72-70, on March 8, snapping a six-game Aggie win streak in the series. The Bulldogs then snapped another streak with this season's first meeting, as LA Tech's 51-48 win at Logan on Jan. 26 was their first win in Logan. USU is 5-2 overall at Ruston and 2-1 on neutral courts with all three meetings happening in the WAC Tournament.

VERSUS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
Utah State is 25-10 (.714) all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana as it is 14-4 against Louisiana Tech, 2-1 against Centenary, LSU and Tulane, 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-0 against Grambling, Louisiana-Monroe and Nicholls State, 1-1 against Northwestern State and 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

USU is 7-4 (.636) all-time in games played on Louisiana soil, as the Aggies are 5-2 at Louisiana Tech, 1-0 at New Orleans, 1-1 at LSU and Tulane, and 0-1 at both Centenary and Northwestern State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw combined for 37 points and 29 rebounds, but the Aggies were unable to send the game into overtime as a three-pointer from sophomore forward Ben Clifford hit the front of the rim at the buzzer in a 51-48 home loss to league-leading Louisiana Tech on Jan. 26 inside a spirited Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State falls to 14-5 overall and 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, while Louisiana Tech improves to 18-3 on the season and 9-0 in league with the win, its first in Logan in eight tries. Overall, LA Tech has now won nine-straight games. Shaw recorded his seventh double-double of the season for Utah State and scored in double-figures for the 14th time with a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shaw also added a career-high four blocked shots as he was 9-of-16 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line. Butterfield posted his second double-double in as many games as he scored 16 points to go along with a career-best 15 rebounds, giving him nine double-figure scoring games this year. Clifford finished with six points and eight rebounds. USU also got three points from junior guard TeNale Roland and two points from sophomore center Jordan Stone. Brandon Gibson scored 20 points to lead Louisiana Tech, while Raheem Appleby added 10 points off the bench as the Bulldog reserves had a 34-5 advantage in bench points. Utah State trailed 48-40 with 6:42 to play in the game before Shaw and Butterfield each scored four points to tie the game at 48-all with 1:42 remaining. On Louisiana Tech's next possession, Appleby hit a three-pointer from the right corner to give the visitors a 51-48 lead. Butterfield had his three-pointer blocked on USU's next possession, but the Aggies were able to hold LA Tech without scoring, giving Clifford his three-point attempt at the buzzer. In the final 20 minutes, Utah State held Louisiana Tech to just 18.5 percent shooting from the field (5-27) and just 16.7 percent shooting from three-point range (2-12) as the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs by 10 points (26-16) after intermission. USU also held LA Tech without a field goal for 6:33 late in the game before Appleby's deciding three-pointer. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 27.3 percent from the field (15-55), including just 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14), but did convert on 88.2 percent of its free throws (15-17). Louisiana Tech shot just 33.3 percent (19-57), which is also season-low for a USU opponent, but the Bulldogs did make 9-of-27 (.333) three-pointers. LA Tech also was just 4-of-7 (.571) from the charity stripe, which is tied for a USU opponent season-low in both free throws made and attempted. Utah State dominated the glass and out-rebounded Louisiana Tech by 19 (50-31), including by 10 on the offensive end (19-9). The 50 rebounds is also a season-high for USU. LA Tech ended the game with four more assists (14-10), two more steals (5-3) and one more blocked shot (7-6), while committing seven fewer turnovers (11-4) as the Aggies had 10 giveaways in the first half and just one in the final 20 minutes. Utah State scored the first points of the game on a tip-in by Shaw before Louisiana Tech scored 12 of the next 14 points to go up 12-4 early on. USU eventually got back within four points including at 21-17 with 5:53 remaining in the half only to see LA Tech go on a 10-0 run to take its largest lead of the night at 31-17 and went into the locker room with a 35-22 advantage. Gibson had 17 of his 20 points in the first half as he was 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from behind the arc as Louisiana Tech shot 46.7 percent from both the field (14-30) and three-point range (7-15). USU shot just 29.2 percent in the first half (7-24), including 37.5 percent from three (3-8) and 83.3 percent at the line (5-6). Utah State began the second-half on an 8-0 run to get within 35-30, before Louisiana Tech scored its first points of the half on a Kenneth Smith layup at the 13:42 mark. LA Tech followed with a Gibson three to push its lead back to 10, only to see USU score the next six points to close within 40-36 at the 10:46 mark. The Aggies later trailed by four at 44-40 with 8:21 to play following two Clifford free throws, but the Bulldogs pushed its lead back to eight at 48-40 with 6:42 remaining setting up USU's final run.

LAST MEETING AGAINST BULLDOGS AT RUSTON
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored a career-high 24 points to lead Utah State to a 69-65 road win against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 14, 2012 as USU avoided its first three-game losing streak since the 2007-08 season. Utah State improves to 10-8 on the season and 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference play with the win, while Louisiana Tech falls to 8-10 overall and 0-3 in league play with the loss. With the win, USU improved to 6-2 on the season following a loss and is now 2-6 on the road this year. With his 24 points, Pane has now scored 20-plus points in two of his last three games and in three games on the season. Overall, it was Pane's sixth 20-point game of his career as he has now scored in double-figures 12 times this year and 34 times in his career. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds for Utah State, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with 11 points and eight boards. USU also got 18 points from its bench, including a 16-3 edge in the second-half, as freshman forward Ben Clifford scored eight and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored five including a three-pointer midway through the second-half that turned a one-point Aggie deficit into a two-point advantage. Trailing 31-29 at halftime, Utah State opened the second-half on a 12-0 run to take a 41-31 lead with 16:56 to play. Louisiana Tech, however, scored the next 10 points to tie the game and eventually regained the lead at 51-50 with 9:16 to play before Bruneel's three. With the game tied at 53-53, USU went on a 12-2 run to go up 65-55 with 4:18 left, but the Bulldogs fought back to within two at 66-64 with 39 seconds remaining. From there, Medlin made a pair of free throws and Pane connected on 1-of-2 free pitches as USU held on for the 69-65 win. Utah State, who shot 52.0 percent from the field in the second-half (13-25), finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (26-53). USU also shot 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9) and 65.2 percent at the free throw line (15-23) as its two made treys ties its season-low. Louisiana Tech shot 38.7 percent (24-62), including 41.4 percent from behind the arc (12-29), but made just 5-of-10 (.500) free throws. LTU out-rebounded USU by three (39-36) and had nine more assists (17-8), while both teams finished with 14 turnovers. For Utah State, it has now held 10 of its 18 opponents on the season to under 40 percent shooting. Louisiana Tech raced out to an early 9-0 lead before senior forward Morgan Grim got the Aggies on the board with a layup three minutes into the game. The Bulldogs took its largest lead of the game at 20-8 with 13:12 to play in the half and later led 22-10 before Utah State fought back to close with 31-29 at the half as Pane scored USU's final 10 points. Pane had 12 first-half points for Utah State, while Reed added nine points and six rebounds to go along with two dunks. USU shot 46.4 percent in the first-half (13-28), including 60.0 percent from the free throw line (3-5), but was 0-of-3 from three-point range. Louisiana Tech shot 36.4 percent in the first 20 minutes (12-33), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (7-14) as the Bulldogs began the game by making six of their first eight treys. LTU did not attempt a free throw in the first half.

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.

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. He posted 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the win over Illinois State. Butterfield averages 12.2 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 16 double-digit scoring outings in the last 20 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 12 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 278 points in 20 games as a starter, averaging 13.9 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 42 made three-pointers (42-of-100), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.0 percent behind the arc.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 20 of his last 21 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 12 games with three or more helpers, doing so in three of the last four games with three against Denver and five each against NMSU and BYU.

Butterfield leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). He also 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).

DOUBLE CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw logged his team-leading eighth double-double of the season overall, along with his eighth-straight double-figure scoring outing and his 21st game this season in double-digit points with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Illinois State. He also added 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 another 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 nine games this season, while topping the team in the rebounding category in 14 games, leading the team in both instances. 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 seven double-figure scoring games this season, just missing two more postings with nine points against both New Mexico State and Illinois State.

Davis has distributed at least four assists in 13 of the last 19 games. Included in that stretch are his new season-high of eight helpers against Illinois State along with two games of his previous 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 78 assists in his 20 games as a starter, averaging 3.9 helpers per game during that stretch, after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg). For the season, Davis leads USU in assists with 3.4 apg.

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).

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 62 games in his two-year career. Clifford has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in four of the last nine 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 seven of the last nine games, giving him 10 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, ROLAND, ROLAND, KEEP THEM AGGIES ROLAND
Junior guard TeNale Roland tallied a new career-high with 13 points in the win over Illinois State, draining a career-best three three-pointers as part of 4-of-7 field goal shooting, making 3-of-6 behind the arc and also snaring a career-high tying five rebounds. Roland now has three double-digit scoring outings, as his previous career-high was 12 points in the victory at Seattle, netting 5-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and adding four assists. His other double-figure points output was with 11 vs. UC Davis. Roland has also 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 3.6 ppg on 58 points in 16 home games, netting eight or more points three times.

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 40 assists in 16 in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Overall, Roland is averaging 2.0 apg.

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, then adding 10 points vs. Illinois State. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, as part of his 10 games with multiple three-pointers, including most recently with two in the Illinois State game. Jean has posted five or more points in six of the last seven games, as part of his 71 points in the last 10 games as a starter (7.1 ppg). Jean also has four or more rebounds in 11 games this season, including six of the last nine.

Jean also swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle, and has tallied two steals in each of the last two games. He has also tied his career-high of four assists in four different games, including each of the last two. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.

Jean is sixth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.384), 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.

A LOOK BACK AT THE ILLINOIS STATE GAME
Junior center Jarred Shaw led four Aggies in double-figures with 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds as Utah State defeated Illinois State, 80-71, in a BracketBusters game Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State, who has won five of its last seven games, improves to 19-7 on the season and has won three of its last four BracketBusters game in improving to 6-2 all-time in the annual event, including a 2-0 mark against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State, who lost its third-straight game after winning seven of its previous eight, falls to 16-13 with the loss. Shaw, who was 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line, recorded his eighth double-double of the year to go along with his 21st double-figure scoring game of the season with his 18 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the ninth-straight game and 16th time this year with 16 points, while junior guard TeNale Roland scored a season-high 13 points, netting a season-high three three-pointers, and tied his season-high with five rebounds off the bench as he was 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Junior guard Marvin Jean added 10 points for the home team and tied his season-high with four assists, while freshman guard Marcel Davis had season-highs with eight assists and six rebounds to go along with his nine points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points, while sophomore center Jordan Stone finished with six points and five boards for USU. Illinois State got all but 15 of its points from two players as Tyler Brown had 35 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackie Carmichael scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards. Brown and Carmichael combined to shoot 18-of-37 from the field (.486), 7-of-14 from three-point range (.500) and 12-of-17 at the free throw line (.706), while the rest of the ISU team was 6-of-28 from the field (.214) and 4-of-18 from behind the arc (.222). No one else on the Redbird team other than Brown and Carmichael attempted a free throw in the game. Utah State finished the contest shooting 51.8 percent from the field (29-of-56), marking the 11th time this year, but just the third time in its last 14 games that it shot 50.0 percent overall. USU also shot 30.0 percent from three-point range (6-of-20) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (16-of-24). Illinois State shot just 36.9 percent (24-of-65) marking the 12th time this year USU has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. ISU also shot 34.4 percent from behind the arc (11-of-32) and 70.6 percent at the line (12-of-17). Those 11 made three-pointers by ISU is tied for the most by a USU opponent this year, while its 32 three-point attempts are the most by an Aggie opponent this season. Utah State also out-rebounded Illinois State by five (40-35) and recorded seven more assists (23-16) to go along with three more steals (8-5), while committing just one more turnover (12-11). In fact, USU's 23 assists tied its season-high and marked the fourth time this year it had recorded 20-plus assists in a game. In all, USU had now out-rebounded 22 of its opponents this year, including each of its last 10. Utah State scored the first points of the game on a Butterfield jumper and led 6-4 before Illinois State went on a 17-4 run to take its largest lead of the game at 21-10 at the 12:31 mark as ISU made six of its first 10 three-point attempts. USU answered with a 13-0 run to go ahead 23-21 following a Roland trey with 8:16 to play in the half. The Aggies later used a 9-0 run to turn a 25-27 deficit into a 34-27 lead with 2:40 remaining in the half following a Stone layup, only to see the Redbirds close the half on a 5-2 run to get within 36-32 at intermission. Utah State shot 44.4 percent in the first-half (12-of-27), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and 61.5 percent at the free throw line (8-of-13). Illinois State shot just 33.3 percent in the first 20 minutes (10-of-30), including 44.4 percent from behind the arc (8-of-18) and 66.7 percent at the line (4-of-6). Illinois State scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead 38-36, but Utah State responded by scoring the next seven to take a 43-38 lead and the home team never trailed again. USU eventually built its advantage to double-digits as it led 56-46 with 9:55 remaining following a tip-in by Shaw. ISU fought back to within four points at 60-56 with 6:39 to play, but could not get any closer as the Aggies lead grew to 11 at 72-61 with 2:00 left following two Roland free throws and USU made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to post the 80-71 win. In the final 20 minutes, USU shot a blistering 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29).

GREAT 80
• The 80 points scored by USU marks the fifth time this season that the Aggies have netted 80 or more points and the first time since scoring 82 against Idaho on Jan. 5 in an 82-75 OT win.

TICKLING THE TWINE
• USU's 51.8 percent field goal shooting was its 11th game making over half its shots, as the Aggies have shot better than 40 percent in each of their last seven games and a total of 22 times this season.

• USU is now 16-2 on the season when having a better field goal percentage.

ROLL OF DIMES TO THE BANK
• The Aggies tied their season-high with 23 assists, matching the 23 helpers from the Western Oregon game on Dec. 8, and Utah State improves to 15-3 this season when dishing out more assists than its opponents.

REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
• USU improves to 16-6 when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last 10 games (5-5).

SHINING SHAW
• Junior center Jarred Shaw registered his eighth double-double of the season with team highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shaw has eight double-digit rebounding games, which have led to all eighth of his double-doubles.

• Shaw posted double figures for the 21st time this season and now takes over the team lead for topping the team in scoring with nine times, pulling away from the tie with Preston Medlin with eight.

• Shaw also led USU in rebounding for the 14th time this season with his 19th game with five or more rebounds this season.

• With two dunks Saturday, Shaw now has 12 throwdowns this year, closing the gap on team-leader Kyisean Reed's 15 rim-rocks.

• Shaw dished out two assists Saturday to match his career-high for the seventh time.

21 JUMP-SHOOT
• Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted double-digits for the ninth-straight game and the 16th time this season with 16 points.

• Butterfield also tied his season-best of two steals for the fourth time this season.

BEN THERE, DUNKED THAT
• Sophomore forward Ben Clifford jammed home his first dunk of the season with his second-half dunk Saturday.

• Clifford also tied his season and career-high of three assists for the third time this year, and he also tied his season-high with two steals Saturday.

OTHER NOTES FROM ILLINOIS STATE GAME
• Utah State is now 6-2 all-time in BracketBusters games including a 2-0 mark against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference, also beating Wichita State, 65-58, in 2009-10... USU has won three of its last four BracketBusters games.

• The USU reserves' 19-5 bench points advantage was its largest since a 17-0 advantage at Utah Valley on Dec. 15. The Aggies are now 9-3 this season when their bench out-scores the opponent's.

• Freshman guard Marcel Davis set new career-highs with eight assists and six rebounds.

• Davis also tied his career-high of two steals for the seventh time this season.

• Junior guard TeNale Roland set a new career-high with 13 points Saturday, topping his previous high mark of 12 points against Seattle on Feb. 2... It was Roland's third game in double-digit points and second at home... Roland also matched his season-high of five rebounds.

• Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean posted double-figure points for the second-straight game and the fourth time this season... Jean also tied his season-high of four assists for the third time this season.

• With his two treys Saturday, Jean drained two or more three-pointers for the 10th time this season.

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
DOUBLE-THREAT SHAW
Junior center Jarred Shaw has posted a team-high eight double-doubles on the season, posting 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Illinois State. He logged his seventh double-double of the season with a then-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 ... 16-0 when leading at halftime; 1-6 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 16-2 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 13-3 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-4 when shooting worse from three-point range; 14-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 16-6 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 15-5 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 15-3 when having more assists; 13-4 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 16-0 this year and has won 82 of its last 84 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 289-25 (.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 224 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 4-2 so far this season in the second month of the year and is 76-31 (.710) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 30-24 (.556) record on the road. USU is 3-4 this season on Thursday's and 90-23 (.796) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are playing on the final date in February for the first time since 2009 and USU is USU is also 4-11 (.267) all-time in known games played on Feb. 28.

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 13-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 89 of its last 94 games (.947), when reaching 70 points and is 231-30 (.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 seven double-figure scoring games this season, just missing two more postings with nine points against both New Mexico State and Illinois State... Has distributed at least four assists in 13 of the last 19 games. Included in that stretch are his new season-high of eight helpers against Illinois State along with two games of his previous 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... Has 78 assists in his 20 games as a starter, averaging 3.9 helpers per game during that stretch, after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg). For the season, leads USU in assists with 3.4 apg, ranking third in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio both overall (1.76) and league only (1.87), and also is seventh in overall assists (3.38) 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 four of the last nine 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... After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, now has at least one blocked shot in seven of the last nine games, giving him 10 total during that span, as he had his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak... 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 eight 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), San Jose State (12p/10r), LA Tech (21 p/14r) and Illinois State (18p/11r), 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 eight games, posting his double-doubles all eight times... Led USU in rebounding in 14 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 one rejection in 19 games... Ranks 37th in the NCAA stats in field goal percentage (.544), as well as 68th in double-doubles (8.0) and 79th 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 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).

#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 and then 10 vs. Illinois State... Also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, as part of his 10 games with multiple three-pointers, including most recently with two in the Illinois State game... Has posted five or more points in six of the last seven games, as part of his 71 points in the last 10 games as a starter (7.1 ppg)... Also has four or more rebounds in 11 games this season, including six of the last nine... Swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle, and has tallied two steals in each of the last two games... Has also tied his career-high of four assists in four different games, including each of the last two... Also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games... Ranks sixth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.384), 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.

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Was the WAC Player of the Week for Feb. 4-11... 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... Posted 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the win over Illinois State... Averages 12.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game... Started 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 16 double-digit scoring outings in the last 20 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 12 games... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 278 points in 20 games as a starter, averaging 13.9 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Recently took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 42 made three-pointers (42-of-100), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.0 percent behind the arc... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 20 of his last 21 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 SJSU... Has dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, as part of his 12 games with three or more helpers, doing so in three of the last four games with three against Denver and five each against NMSU and BYU... Leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). He also 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... 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), 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.) - Tallied a new career-high with 13 points in the win over Illinois State, draining a career-best three three-pointers as part of 4-of-7 field goal shooting, making 3-of-6 behind the arc and also snaring a career-high tying five rebounds... Now has three double-digit scoring outings, as his previous career-high was 12 points in the victory at Seattle, netting 5-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and adding four assists... His other double-figure points output was with 11 vs. UC Davis... Also 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... Averaging 6.9 ppg on 69 points in 10 road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.6 ppg on 58 points in 16 home games, netting eight or more points three times... 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, while posting 2.5 apg on 40 assists in 16 in home games, including season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Overall, is averaging 2.0 apg.

#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... 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... Logged six points and five rebounds with two assists in Illinois State game... Played in 55 career games, second most of any currently active Aggie player behind Ben Clifford... Has posted his season-high scoring output in NMSU and BYU games, as his nine points at BYU 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... Previous season-high was one assist, also done twice, at Santa Clara and against UTA... 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 364-126 (.743) 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 the 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.

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

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5-ppd/Feb. 19 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15 and at Brigham Young on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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

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

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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