USU Men's Basketball Plays At UT Arlington Saturday In Regular-Season Road Finale
Junior center Jarred Shaw and the USU men's basketball team will play its final regular-season road game on Saturday, March 2. A native of Dallas, Shaw is one of three players on the Aggies' roster from the state of Texas.

 
Junior center Jarred Shaw and the USU men's basketball team will play its final regular-season road game on Saturday, March 2. A native of Dallas, Shaw is one of three players on the Aggies' roster from the state of Texas.
 
 

March 1, 2013

LOGAN, Utah -

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Utah State (19-8, 9-6 WAC) at UT Arlington (16-10, 10-5 WAC)
Saturday, March 2, 2013 • 6 p.m. (MT) • Arlington, Texas
College Park Center (7,000) • Aggie Sports Network • No TV

The Last Meeting
UT Arlington74
Utah State68
January 24, 2013
Logan, Utah
Short-Handed Aggies Lose at Home to UT Arlington, 74-68, Thursday
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, but a short-handed Utah State men's basketball team that had just nine available players and played without three starters lost at home to UT Arlington, 74-68, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• In its final regular-season road game, Utah State men's basketball (19-8, 9-6 WAC) will take on the first of three-straight Western Athletic Conference rookies, playing at UT Arlington (16-10, 10-5 WAC), on Saturday, March 2, in USU's first-ever visit to UTA. The match-up between the Mavericks and Aggies is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (MT) tip-off from UTA's College Park Center (7,000). Saturday's game will not be televised, but it will 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 by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• USU will be making its first-ever trip to Arlington, Texas, as the Aggies and Mavericks will be meeting for just the third time overall, with the previous two meetings coming in Logan, first as non-conference foes on Dec. 20, 2011, with USU winning 73-69. UTA is in its first year in the WAC and met for the first time as fellow conference foes on Jan. 24, 2013, with the Mavericks collecting a 74-68 win.

• USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,498-1,030 (.593) in its 2,527 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 13-5 (.722) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 27-13 (.675) all-time when going for its 20th win of the year.

• Utah State has now won 46 of its last 59 WAC games (.780) and is 72-21 (.774) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 92-33 (.736) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• USU is 7-4 on the road this season, after Thursday's loss at Louisiana Tech snapped a three-game WAC road win streak for the Aggies. Utah State has won 28 of its last 45 road games (.622) and is 106-85 (.555) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, including 75-48 (.610) record against conference opponents and a 38-23 (.623) mark against WAC teams.

• Utah State is 51-24 (.680) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 9-4 (.692) road record. The Aggies are 12-2 in games played on Saturday this season, winning their last four games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 145-54 (.729) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on the second day of the third month for the second time in the last three years, last playing on March 2 in 2011 and winning at New Mexico State, 58-54. Overall, USU is a 10-4 good buddy (.714) all-time in known games played on March 2.

THIS WEEK
Utah State concludes its final road tip of the regular-season by making its first-ever visit to Arlington, Texas, playing at UT Arlington on Saturday, March 1 at UTA's College Park Center (7,000). USU will be looking to bounce back from an 84-61 loss at No. 25 Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. Saturday's game will not be televised, but it will 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 by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
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. Saturday's game will be Senior Night, with USU honoring its lone senior, forward Kyisean Reed.

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

Saturday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, 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
Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Mavericks will not be televised.

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

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

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

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

EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has a 92-33 (.736) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 46 of its last 59 WAC games (.780) and is 72-21 (.774) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

A QUICK GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 19-8 overall and 9-6 in WAC action, after getting topped by No. 25 Louisiana Tech, 84-61, Thursday night at Ruston, La., snapping a three-game road WAC win streak for USU. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford tied his career-high with 14 points and was matched by junior center Jarred Shaw, while junior guard TeNale Roland netted 12 points off the bench. Freshman guard Marcel Davis tallied eight points before fouling out, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield notched seven before leaving the game with an injury. Clifford led USU on the boards with nine, while Shaw snared eight rebounds, helping USU to a 41-35 rebounding edge. Utah State's 41 rebounds are its 11th game this season with 40 or more rebounds. USU is now 16-7 when out-rebounding the opposition. USU only had nine players in uniform, as freshman guard Connor Garner saw first action as an Aggie due to the short USU bench with Butterfield out with an injury and Davis fouling out. The Aggies' streak of shooting better than 40.0 percent was snapped at six in a row with its 35.7 percent shooting Thursday. USU's 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range tied its second-lowest of the season, also shooting 3-of-16 against Saint Mary's on Nov. 15 and behind its season-low 14.3 percent against Denver on Feb. 14. Utah State's 81.8 percent (18-of-22) free throw percentage was its eighth game shooting 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe. Louisiana Tech's 84 points scored were the most scored by a USU opponent this season, topping the previous high of 78 by Santa Clara (Nov. 28), and the most since by Hawai'i on Jan. 29, 2011 in an 89-84 2OT USU win. It was the most points scored in regulation since 84 by Nevada on Feb. 28, 2009, in an 84-71 USU loss. LA Tech made 11 three-pointers Thursday, tying the most by an opponent for the third time this season, most recently in last game by Illinois State on Feb. 23.

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 13-5 (.722) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 27-13 (.675) 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 ninth games, tallying 14 points to go with eight rebounds in the LA Tech loss, after 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 registering 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 20 games this season, including eight double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 54.1 percent (157-of-290) from the field in addition to 70.1 percent (68-of-97) at the free throw line, going a perfect 6-of-6 at LA Tech. 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 at home 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 Denver, 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, then posted seven points, six rebounds and one assist at LA Tech before leaving the game with an injury. 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 home 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 21 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 13 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starting forward for Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 285 points in 21 games as a starter, averaging 13.6 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 43 made three-pointers (43-of-102), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.2 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 7.0 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.3 assists per game. Davis has now tallied at least four helpers in 13 of the last 20 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 79 assists in 21 games as a starter (3.8) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has replaced Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 6.7 ppg on 74 points in the last 11 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 4.8 ppg. Jean is shooting 38.5 percent (45-of-117) from the field, including making 36.4 percent (28-of-77) 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 fifth in the nation in rebounding margin as part of ranking in the top 30 in two categories of the most recent NCAA Division I statistics, updated and released Friday by the NCAA. USU's +8.9 rebounding margin ranks the team fifth 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 11 opponents, improving to 16-7 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent.

The Aggies are also 26th in the country in field goal percentage (.473). Utah State also is 61st in won-lost percentage (.704), 61st in the nation in assists per game (14.7), 69th in assist-turnover ratio (1.14) and 76th in three-point field goal percentage (.360).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 39th in field goal percentage (.541), as well as 78th in double-doubles (8.0) and 81st in rebounds per game (8.3).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+8.9) and the Aggies also are tops in the conference in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.4 rebounds per game.

USU also is second in the league in field goal percentage (.473), assists (14.70), while ranking third in scoring (69.0), scoring margin (+5.4), free throw percentage (.714), three-point field goal percentage (.360) and assist-turnover ratio (1.14). The Aggies are also fourth in blocks (3.93), as well as ranking fifth in scoring defense (63.5), field goal percentage defense (.414) and rebounds (37.3), while ranking seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.328) and ninth in steals (4.81).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, USU is first in rebounding margin (+7.6), while ranking second in free throw percentage (.730), as well as third in three-point field goal percentage (.361) and assist-turnover ratio (1.01). Utah State also is fourth in scoring defense (63.1), scoring margin (+3.6) and field goal percentage (.453), as well as fifth in scoring (66.7), rebounds (36.7), assists (12.67) and blocks (3.40). Additionally, the Aggies are sixth in field goal percentage defense (.424) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.342), as well ninth in steals (4.27).

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 (12.0), while ranking ninth in league games (13.5). He also is fourth in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.422), while ranking sixth in conference games (.413), in addition to eighth in both overall three-pointers made (1.65) and WAC only games (1.73). Butterfield also ranks seventh in field goal percentage overall (.493) and ninth in league games (.500), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league contests (7.1), in addition to tied for 13th in WAC only assists (2.80).

Junior center Jarred Shaw is fifth in overall field goal percentage (.541), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.528), as well as seventh in overall scoring (14.2) and sixth in league games (14.7). He also is fourth in the league in rebounding overall (8.3) and tied for third in conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in both overall blocks (1.07) and conference games (0.93).

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.71) and fourth in league only (1.79). Davis also is seventh in overall assists (3.30) and fourth in league games (3.93). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is 11th in overall three-point field goal percentage (.364), while sophomore forward Ben Clifford is tied 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).

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 UT ARLINGTON
The Mavericks broke away from their fourth-place tie with USU with their 81-74 win over San Jose State Thursday, improving to 10-5 in WAC play while moving to 16-10 overall. UTA has won its last five league games as part of winning eight of its last 10 overall, starting with its win over USU on Jan. 24. The win over SJSU came on the heels of a 77-70 home loss to UC Irvine on Feb. 23 in the ESPNU BracketBusters game. In the Mavericks' win over SJSU on Saturday, four players, including three reserves, posted double-digits, led by sophomore guard Jamel Outler with 15 points off the bench. Fellow reserves, senior forward Karol Gruszecki and junior forward Greg Gainey tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, while senior forward Jordan Reves was the lone UTA starter in double-figures with 10 points, and snared a team-high nine rebounds. Outler netted three three-pointers while Gruszecki added two treys. UTA leading scorer, senior forward Kevin Butler was limited to six points.

UTA is ninth in the WAC in scoring offense (63.7), but second in scoring defense (61.3), ranking fifth in scoring margin (+2.4). The Mavericks hang their hat on their defense, as they lead the league and ranks sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.375), and UTA also is second in the conference and are 44th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense (.281). The Mavericks are also eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.406), sixth in three-point percentage (.324) and eighth in free throw percentage (.656). UTA is second in rebounding (39.5), fifth in rebounding margin (+5.0), seventh in assists (12.12), ninth in assist-turnover ratio (0.78), fifth in turnover margin (-0.31), fifth in blocked shots (3.88) and fifth in steals (7.77).

Individually, Butler is the only Mavericks player averaging double-figures with 10.5 ppg, just outside of the top 15 in the WAC. Reves is third in the WAC in rebounding at 8.7 rpg. Junior forward Brandon Edwards is second in the league in field goal percentage (.590), while Gainey is fourth (.549) and Reves is 14th (.461). Butler is 13th in the league in free throw percentage (.720) and 12th in steals (1.19). Junior guard Shaquille White-Miller is fifth in assists (3.58).

UTA head coach Scott Gross is in his seventh season as the head coach at UT Arlington and has an overall record of 119-92 (.552). He was named the Southland Conference's Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Mavericks to a 15-1 league record.

UTAH STATE-UT ARLINGTON SERIES
Utah State is 1-1 against UT Arlington, as the Aggies beat the Mavericks, 73-69, last season on Dec. 20, 2011 in Logan in the first night of the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, in the first-ever meeting between USU and UTA. This season, as fellow WAC foes, the Mavericks topped the Aggies, 74-68, on Jan. 24 in Logan. Saturday is USU's first-ever visit to UTA.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 26-11 (.714) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State, Texas Southern and WAC newcomers UTSA and Texas State, 1-1 against Houston and UT Arlington, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Saturday is USU's fourth opponent from the Lone Star State faced this season, as USU beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17, won at UTSA, 71-67, on Dec. 29 and won at Texas State, 81-57 on Dec. 31.

Overall, USU is 12-6 (.667) in games played on Texas soil, posting a record of 4-1 at North Texas, 1-0 at Texas, TCU, Lamar, Texas State and UTSA, 1-1 at Texas Tech and Houston, 1-2 at UTEP and 0-1 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

AGGIES' TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS
USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).

LAST MEETING AGAINST UT ARLINGTON
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, but a short-handed Utah State men's basketball team that had just nine available players and played without three starters lost at home to UT Arlington, 74-68, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Jan. 24. Utah State, who falls to 14-4 and 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, had its nine-game home winning streak snapped and has now lost three-straight games for the first time since February of 2008. UT Arlington improved to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in WAC play with the win, and upped its road record to 7-2 on the season. Karol Gruszecki led five UT Arlington players in double-figures with 14 points off the bench as the Maverick reserves out-scored USU's limited bench, 25-6. Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each scored 13 points for UTA. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford also had a career-night for Utah State as he had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, tying his career-high in each category. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points and added a career-high four assists, while also blocking a career-best three shots. Junior center Jarred Shaw scored nine points, freshman guard Marcel Davis had seven points and sophomore center Jordan Stone scored a season-high six points for USU. Utah State finished the game shooting just 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55), including just 32.1 percent in the second-half (9-28). USU also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-526) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (18-of-27) for the game. UT Arlington shot 40.0 percent overall (22-of-55), including 47.8 percent in the final 20 minutes (11-of-523). UTA also made 35.7 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-14) and 73.5 percent of its free throws (25-of-34). USU did out-rebound UTA by five (41-36), including by five on the offensive end (17-12), but the Aggies also had seven more turnovers (17-10). Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Shaw and Davis and held a pair of six-point leads early on at 14-8 and 16-10 before UT Arlington went on a 15-2 run over the next 3:40 to take its largest lead of the half at 25-18 with 6:57 to play. USU answered with an 8-1 run to knot the score at 26-all with 4:03 to play following a Butterfield three-pointer and went into the locker room tied at 33 following a pair of Shaw free throws with seven seconds left to play in the half. Butterfield had 11 points and seven rebounds for Utah State at intermission as the Aggies shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-of-27), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-of-9). UT Arlington shot just 34.4 percent from the field (11-of-32) in the first 20 minutes, including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (4-of-10) and 77.8 percent at the charity stripe (7-of-9) as Gruszecki led the Mavericks with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three. USU dominated the glass in the first half and out-rebounded UTA by 13 (26-13), but the Aggies also had nine more turnovers (12-3). Both teams exchanged baskets on each of their first three possessions of the second-half, culminating in a Clifford three at the 17:35 mark to give Utah State a 41-40 advantage. From there, UT Arlington scored the next five points and never trailed again. USU did tie the score one final time at 48-all at the 10:53 mark after a Butterfield trey, but UTA scored six unanswered points to regain the momentum. The Aggies fought back to within three with 5:02 to play on two free throws from Davis and trailed by just four with 0:58 remaining after a Stone layup, but couldn't get any closer as the Mavericks made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 2:16 to preserve the win.

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, then posted seven points, six rebounds and one assist at LA Tech before leaving the game with an injury. 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 home 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 21 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 13 games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starting forward for Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 285 points in 21 games as a starter, averaging 13.6 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 43 made three-pointers (43-of-102), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.2 percent behind the arc.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 21 of his last 22 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 five 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). Butterfield ranks 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.0), while ranking ninth in league games (13.5). He also is fourth in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.422), while ranking sixth in conference games (.413), in addition to eighth in both overall three-pointers made (1.65) and WAC only games (1.73). Butterfield also ranks seventh in field goal percentage overall (.493) and ninth in league games (.500), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league contests (7.1), in addition to tied for 13th in WAC only assists (2.80).

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 with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Illinois State. He then tallied his 22nd game this season in double-digit points with 14 points at LA Tech, adding eight rebounds. 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 10 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 20 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 79 assists in his 21 games as a starter, averaging 3.8 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 3.3 apg.

Davis is third in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.71) and fourth in league only (1.79). Davis also is seventh in overall assists (3.30) and fourth in league games (3.93).

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 63 games in his two-year career. Clifford has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in five of the last 10 games, posting a new career-high for points in two of those games, with 14 points each in the home game against Denver and at LA Tech, 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. Clifford tied his career-high with 35 minutes at LA Tech and also pulled down nine rebounds.

After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, Clifford now has at least one blocked shot in eight of the last 10 games, giving him 11 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 four times this season, including two in the last five games, and a total of seven times in his career as an Aggie. Clifford also has grabbed five or more rebounds nine times this season and 22 times in his career, including most recently with nine at LA Tech.

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. He followed that up with 12 points and a career-best seven rebounds at LA Tech, adding two assists. Roland has scored in double-figures in the last two games and three of the seven games, and now has four double-digit scoring outings this season. He registered 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 7.4 ppg on 81 points in 11 road games, scoring eight or more points in five 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 1.4 assists per game on the road on 15 assists in 11 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, 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 eight games, as part of his 74 points in the last 11 games as a starter (6.7 ppg). Jean also has four or more rebounds in 11 games this season, including six of the last 10.

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 two different games, first against UTA after totalling just two in the previous 18 games, and then three at LA Tech.

Jean is 11th in overall three-point field goal percentage (.364), highlighted by netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in game at Denver and home against UTA.

A LOOK BACK AT THE LOUISIANA TECH GAME
Utah State men's basketball was topped by No. 25 Louisiana Tech, 84-61, Thursday night at LA Tech's Thomas Assembly Center at Ruston, La., as the Bulldogs bolted out to a 21-7 lead that the Aggies couldn't recover from. Western Athletic Conference leading LA Tech won its 17th-straight game overall and 15th-straight WAC game in improving to 25-3 overall and 15-0 in WAC play. USU had its three-game WAC road win streak halted with the loss, in falling to 19-8 overall and 9-6 in league play. LA Tech has won the last three meetings in the series, after USU had won the previous six, closing the Aggies' lead in the series to 14-5, including 5-3 at Ruston. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford tied his career-high with 14 points and was matched by junior center Jarred Shaw, while junior guard TeNale Roland netted 12 points off the bench. Freshman guard Marcel Davis tallied eight points before fouling out, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield notched seven before leaving the game with an injury. Clifford led USU on the boards with nine, while Shaw snared eight rebounds, helping USU to a 41-35 rebounding edge. Brandon Gibson led LA Tech with 20 points, while Raheem Appleby added 15 points and Kenyon McNeail notched 10 points. Gibson drained four three-pointers, while Appleby and McNeail netted three apiece, as the Bulldogs made 11 treys on the night, tying the most allowed by USU to an opponent this season. The 84 points were also a season-high allowed by the USU defense. Cordarious Johnson pulled down a team-high five rebounds, while Alex Hamilton dished out eight assists to go with nine points, as LA Tech had 10 different players score. USU only had nine players in uniform, as freshman guard Connor Garner saw first action as an Aggie due to the short USU bench with Butterfield out with an injury and Davis fouling out. Utah State shot 20-of-56 (35.7 percent) from the field, including 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) at the free throw line and were 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) at the free throw line, the Aggies' eighth game shooting 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe this season. LA Tech scorched the nets to the tune of 57.1 percent from the field in the first half, finishing the night at 50.0 percent (31-of-62) field goal shooting. The Bulldogs shot better behind the arc then inside, making 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) from distance, including 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) in the first 20 minutes and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) in the second half. LA Tech was also 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) at the free throw line. The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game before Clifford hit USU's first bucket of the game with 16:06 on the clock. LA Tech later bolted out to a 17-4 lead after a layup by Alex Hamilton at the 10:50 mark. A three-pointer by Roland from the top of the arc pulled USU within, 17-7, at the 9:56 mark, but that would be the closest the Aggies would get in the first 20 minutes, as the Bulldogs went on an 18-7 spurt to open their first 20-point lead of the half at 35-14 with 5:16 on the first half clock. The Aggie deficit swelled to 47-18 at 1:35 on a trey by McNeail, dealing USU's largest deficit of the season up to that point. Gibson hit a putback jumper in the final second of the half for a 49-23 LA Tech lead at the break, dealing USU its largest halftime gap of the season. USU whittled the deficit to 22 on two occasions in the first four minutes of the second half, first on a pair of Clifford free throws at 51-29 with 17:06 on the clock and against at 16:24 after a jumper by Shaw. However the Aggies couldn't get any closer and Gibson later drained another three-pointer for a 64-33 Bulldog lead with 13:57 to go for LA Tech's largest lead of the night and USU's biggest deficit this season at 31. Utah State again trimmed the margin to 22 at 78-56 at the 4:55 mark after a three-point play by Davis, but again couldn't get the gap to under 22. Sophomore center Matt Lopez and Clifford both hit a pair of free throws for USU's final scores.

REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
• Utah State's 41 rebounds are its 11th game this season with 40 or more rebounds.

• USU is now 16-7 when out-rebounding the opposition.

GOOD PITCHING AT THE FREE PITCH STRIPE
• Utah State's 81.8 percent (18-of-22) free throw percentage was its eighth game shooting 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe.

CLUTCH CLIFFORD
• Sophomore forward Ben Clifford tied his career-high by netting 14 points for the second time in the last five games, also tallying 14 points vs. Denver (Feb. 14).

• Clifford tallied double-digits for the fourth time this season and seventh time of his career.

• Clifford led USU with nine rebounds, tying his second-most of his career, just behind the 10 boards he had at Seattle (Feb. 2) and matching the nine boards he posted against UT Arlington (Jan. 24) and against Loyola Marymount (March 21, 2012).

SHINING SHAW
• Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-digit points for the ninth-straight game and 22nd total time this season.

• Shaw was also 6-of-6 at the free throw line for the second time this season, matching his charity stripe effort from the Denver game on Jan. 19, and made all his free throws for the fourth time, going 2-of-2 against Weber State (Nov. 24) and 3-of-3 at Idaho (Jan. 31).

• Shaw matched his career-best of two steals, Thursday, matching his two swipes at Texas State on Jan. 31.

JUST ROLAND ALONG
• Junior guard TeNale Roland posted double-figures for the second game in a row and the fourth time this season with 12 points Thursday, just behind his career-best 13 points scored last game vs. Illinois State on Feb. 23.

• Roland also pulled down a career-best seven rebounds, bettering his pervious his of five done twice, most recently last game vs. Illinois State on Feb. 23.

OTHER NOTES FROM LOUISIANA TECH GAME
• The Aggies' streak of shooting better than 40.0 percent was snapped at six in a row with its 35.7 percent shooting Thursday.

• USU's 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range tied its second-lowest of the season, also shooting 3-of-16 against Saint Mary's on Nov. 15 and behind its season-low 14.3 percent against Denver on Feb. 14.

• Utah State's 81.8 percent (18-of-22) free throw percentage was its eighth game shooting 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe.

• Louisiana Tech's 84 points scored were the most scored by a USU opponent this season, topping the previous high of 78 by Santa Clara (Nov. 28), and the most since by Hawai'i on Jan. 29, 2011 in an 89-84 2OT USU win. It was the most points scored in regulation since 84 by Nevada on Feb. 28, 2009, in an 84-71 USU loss.

• LA Tech made 11 three-pointers Thursday, tying the most by an opponent for the third time this season, most recently in last game by Illinois State on Feb. 23.

• The Bulldogs' 52.4 three-point percentage was just shy of the season-high by a USU opponent of 52.6 percent, done twice, most recently at Idaho (Jan. 31).

• LA Tech's 26-point halftime lead was USU's largest halftime gap of the season while the Bulldogs' 31-point second-half lead in the second half was the Aggies' largest deficit 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; 1-7 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 16-2 when shooting better from the field; 3-6 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 13-3 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-5 when shooting worse from three-point range; 14-3 when shooting better from the free throw line; 16-7 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 15-6 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 1-7 (.125) this year and 47-82 (.364) when trailing at the half. 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 225 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 MARCH
Utah State is 51-24 (.680) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 9-4 (.692) road record. The Aggies are 12-2 in games played on Saturday this season, winning their last four games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 145-54 (.729) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on the second day of the third month for the second time in the last three years, last playing on March 2 in 2011 and winning at New Mexico State, 58-54. Overall, USU is a 10-4 good buddy (.714) all-time in known games played on March 2.

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 20 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... Now has 79 assists in his 21 games as a starter, averaging 3.8 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 3.3 apg... Is third in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.71) and fourth in league only (1.79)... Also is seventh in overall assists (3.30) and fourth in league games (3.93).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in five of the last 10 games, posting a new career-high for points in two of those games, with 14 points each in the home game against Denver and at LA Tech, 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)... Then topped his career-high in rebounds with 10 at Seattle, playing a new career-high 35 minutes as well... Tied his career-high with 35 minutes at LA Tech and also pulled down nine rebounds... After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, now has at least one blocked shot in eight of the last 10 games, giving him 11 total during that span, as he had his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak.... Has scored in double figures four times this season, including two in the last five games, and a total of seven times in his career as an Aggie... Also has grabbed five or more rebounds nine times this season and 22 times in his career, including most recently with nine at LA Tech... Ranked tied 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).

#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 15 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 39th in the NCAA stats in field goal percentage (.541), as well as 78th in double-doubles (8.0) and 81st in rebounds per game (8.3)... In the WAC statistics, ranks fifth in overall field goal percentage (.541), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.528), as well as seventh in overall scoring (14.2) and sixth in league games (14.7)... Also is fourth in the league in rebounding overall (8.3) and tied for third in conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in both overall blocks (1.07) and conference games (0.93).

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, has stepped up, 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 eight games, as part of his 74 points in the last 11 games as a starter (6.7 ppg)... Also has four or more rebounds in 11 games this season, including six of the last 10... 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, and added three rejections at LA Tech... Ranks 11th in overall three-point field goal percentage (.364), 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, adding seven points, six rebounds and one assist in LA Tech game before leaving with injury... Averages 12.0 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 17 double-digit scoring outings in the last 21 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last 13 games... Has filled in splendidly at starting forward for Danny Berger, as he has scored 285 points in 21 games as a starter, averaging 13.6 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as now has 43 made three-pointers (43-of-102), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.2 percent behind the arc... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 21 of his last 22 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... 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 five 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)... Ranks 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.0), while ranking ninth in league games (13.5)... Also is fourth in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.422), while ranking sixth in conference games (.413), in addition to eighth in both overall three-pointers made (1.65) and WAC only games (1.73)... Also ranks seventh in field goal percentage overall (.493) and ninth in league games (.500), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.3) and eighth in league contests (7.1), in addition to tied for 13th in WAC only assists (2.80).

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... 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 at home against UTA and at LA Tech.

#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... Followed that up with 12 points and a career-best seven rebounds at LA Tech, adding two assists... Has scored in double-figures in the last two games and three of the seven games, and now has four double-digit scoring outings this season... Registered 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... Other double-figure points output was with 11 vs. UC Davis... 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... Is averaging 7.4 ppg on 81 points in 11 road games, scoring eight or more points in five 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 1.4 assists per game on the road on 15 assists in 11 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, 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, adding three rebounds at LA Tech... Played in 56 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 364-127 (.741) 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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