March 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked sixth in the nation in rebounding margin, highlighting its two rankings in the top 40 of the recent NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday by the NCAA.
USU's +8.8 rebounding margin ranks the team sixth in the NCAA, and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin is helped by out-rebounding each of its last 12 opponents.
The Aggies are also 37th in the country in field goal percentage (.467). Utah State also is 72nd in won-lost percentage (.679), 77th in the nation in assists per game (14.4), 80th in assist-turnover ratio (1.11) and 81st in three-point field goal percentage (.358).
Individually, junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 58th in field goal percentage (.532), as well as 81st in both rebounds per game (8.3) and double-doubles (8.0).
Utah State leads the WAC statistics in rebounding margin (+8.9) and the Aggies also are tops in the conference in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.5 rebounds per game.
USU also is second in the league in assists (14.43), while ranking third in scoring (68.1), scoring margin (+4.7), free throw percentage (.713), field goal percentage (.467), three-point field goal percentage (.358) and assist-turnover ratio (1.11). The Aggies are also fourth in blocks (3.82), as well as ranking fifth in scoring defense (63.4), field goal percentage defense (.414) and rebounds (37.2), while ranking seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.340) and ninth in steals (4.79).
In WAC only games, USU is first in rebounding margin (+7.5), while ranking second in free throw percentage (.726), as well as third in three-point field goal percentage (.358). Utah State also is fourth in scoring defense (63.0), field goal percentage (.445) and assist-turnover ratio (0.97), as well as fifth in scoring (65.4), scoring margin (+2.4), rebounds (36.8), assists (12.31). Additionally, the Aggies are sixth in field goal percentage defense (.423), three-point field goal percentage defense (.351) and blocks (3.25), as well ninth in steals (4.25).
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 overall three-pointers made (1.65) and seventh WAC only games (1.73). Butterfield also ranks sixth in field goal percentage overall (.493) and ninth in league games (.500), as well as eighth in rebounds both overall (6.3) and league contests (7.1), in addition to 14th in WAC only assists (2.80).
Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.532), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.513), as well as seventh in overall scoring (14.1) and sixth in league games (14.4). He also is fourth in the league in rebounding both overall (8.3) and conference games (7.9), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.04) and 10th in conference games (0.88).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is fourth in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.65) and tied for fourth in league only (1.69). Davis also is ninth in overall assists (3.25) and fourth in league games (3.81). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is ninth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.363) and 15th in WAC only games (.356), while junior guard TeNale Roland is 13th in WAC only three-point field goal percentage (.372). Additionally, sophomore forward Ben Clifford is tied 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.63).
Utah State (19-9, 9-7 WAC) will host a pair of WAC rookies this weekend in its final two home games of the regular-season. USU will host Texas State (9-20, 4-12 WAC) on Thursday, March 7 and then UTSA (8-20, 3-13 WAC) on Saturday, March 9. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Saturday night will be Senior Night with USU honoring its lone senior, forward Kyisean Reed.
Both games will also be regionally televised by KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
For USU men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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