USU Men's Basketball Squares Off With San Jose State Saturday
Feb. 28, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - In its last road game of the regular-season, Utah State (15-13, 5-11 MW) men's basketball plays at San José State (7-20, 1-14 MW) on Saturday, March 1 in a 6:05 p.m. (MT) tip-off from SJSU's Event Center (5,000).
Saturday's match-up between former Western Athletic Conference foes will be nationally televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687). Drew Goodman will provide play-by-play with analysis from Joe Cravens. Saturday's game will be video streamed, but the live stream will not be available within the regional ROOT Sports coverage area. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State has five top 25 marks in the recent NCAA statistical categories, updated and released on Friday afternoon, including ranking third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.409), eighth in assists per game (16.5), 12th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5), 15th in total assists (462) and 25th in rebounding margin (+5.7). The Aggies also are 46th in free throw percentage (.737), 53rd in turnovers per game (11.0), 74th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.323), 85th in field goal percentage (.460) and 95th in scoring defense (67.1).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 16th in the country in assist-turnover margin (3.0), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 25th (2.81). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 84th in overall rebounding (8.0), also ranking 39th in defensive rebounds per game (6.17). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 55th in offensive rebounds per game (3.04).
Utah State had No. 25/RV New Mexico on the ropes and on the verge of the possible upset, but the Lobos bounced back with a late run to overtake the Aggies, 67-58, Tuesday night in a hard fought Mountain West men's basketball battle at The Pit/Bob King Court. USU fell to 15-13 overall and 5-11 in Mountain West action.
USU leads the Mountain West overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.409), rebound margin (+5.7), assists (16.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5), as well as ranking second in free throw percentage (.737) and third in field goal percentage (.460). The Aggies are also fourth in scoring defense (67.1) along with fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.323) and rebounds (36.0). USU is also sixth in field goal percentage defense (.425), along with seventh in blocks (3.8) and scoring margin (+3.0), eighth in scoring (70.1) and 11th in steals (3.3).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in both assists (4.3) and assist-turnover ratio (3.0), while ranking tied for fourth in three-point field goals made (2.3). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 13th in the conference in scoring (14.3) and eighth in rebounding (8.0), also ranking third in field goal percentage (.482) and fourth in free throw percentage (.827), as well as eighth in blocks (1.3). Fellow senior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is tied for 20th in scoring (13.0), 15th in rebounding (6.1) and eighth in three-point field goals made (2.1). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is seventh in blocks (1.3) and ninth in rebounds (7.6). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis, is third in assist-turnover ratio (2.8) and ninth in assists (3.0). Senior guard TeNale Roland has a 3.39 assist-turnover ratio, which would rank second in the league, but he doesn't meet the minimum requirement of 3.0 assists per game, currently at 2.79.
The Spartans of San José State are 7-20 overall and 1-14 in MW play, earning their first league win at Nevada on Feb. 18, 66-64. After not playing over the weekend, SJSU lost at No. 7 San Diego State, 90-64, on Tuesday. In the win over Nevada, freshman guard Isaac Thornton netted a game-high 15 points, hitting three three-pointers, and snaring a team-high six rebounds, while junior forward Jaleel Williams posted 12 points and freshman guard Rashad Muhammad added 11 points. In the loss at SDSU, Williams and Muhammad tallied 14 points apiece, with Williams again leading the team in rebounding with a game-high eight boards.
Muhammad leads SJSU and ranks 16th in the MW in scoring at 13.6 ppg, coming off the bench, but playing 28.4 minutes per game. Muhammad leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.421, 69-of-164), as well as ranking second in three-pointers per game (2.6). He also is seventh in the league in free throw percentage (.819). Senior forward Chris Cunningham is 14th in the conference in rebounding at 6.2. Williams is 16th in rebounding (5.9), adding 10.6 ppg. Junior guard Devante Wilson is ninth in the league in three-point field goals made (2.0).
The Utah State-San José State is the sixth-oldest rivalry in USU history, meeting for the 74th time this week. USU's first game against SJSU was on Dec. 23, 1935 with the Aggies posting a 40-36 road win. Utah State and San José State are familiar foes, having been in not only the WAC together, but the Big West together for a stint as well. USU and SJSU will be meeting for the 74th time this week with the Aggies owning a 52-21 all-time advantage, which includes a 31-4 mark at Logan and a 16-13 ledger at San José. Utah State has won 34 of the last 38 games played in the series, including 13 straight overall and the last five in a row at San José. The last time SJSU won a game in the series was on Feb. 18, 2008 in San José, 70-67, and the last time it won in Logan was on Feb. 25, 1982 by a final score of 55-47.
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The Aggies return home to host Wyoming on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. in USU's regular-season and home finale. The Aggies will be honoring their five seniors: Spencer Butterfield, Sean Harris, Preston Medlin, TeNale Roland and Jarred Shaw.
For Utah State men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State's Big Blue Scholarship Fund's Aggie Basketball Coaches Luncheon in Salt Lake City has been moved from Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7. The luncheon, featuring USU head coach Stew Morrill, will begin at Noon and end at 1 p.m.
This is the final luncheon in Salt Lake City this season. The luncheon will be held at the Hampton Inn Downtown (425 S 300 W). Cost for the Wasatch Front Luncheon is $15 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund members and $18 for non-members.
For more information contact the Big Blue Scholarship Fund at (435) 797-2583.
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