March 10, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball will be the fifth seed for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play fourth-seeded UT Arlington on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday's game will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network by clicking on the "Listen Live" link on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, and also video streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on USU's website.
Utah State improved to 21-9 on the season and 11-7 in league play with its 71-51 win over UTSA on Saturday night and finishes conference action tied for fourth-place with UT Arlington (17-12, 11-7 WAC). The Aggies lost both regular-season meetings with the Mavericks, losing 74-68 on Jan. 24 in Logan and 61-46 on March 2 in Arlington.
USU is entering the WAC Tournament as the fifth seed for the first time in its eight seasons in the league, and the Aggies have an overall WAC Tournament record of 12-5 (.706), advancing to the championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) in its first six years in the league, including winning the tournament championship in 2009 and 2011. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 25-8 (.758) in postseason conference tournaments and has won six tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011). During the last 13 years, USU has played in its conference's postseason tournament championship game 10 times.
The WAC Tournament tips off on Tuesday, March 12 with the first round, starting with seventh-seed Texas State (10-21, 5-13 WAC) taking on 10th-seeded Seattle (8-21, 3-15 WAC) at 7 p.m. (MT) in Game One, followed by No. 8 seed San Jose State (9-19, 3-14 WAC) facing ninth-seed UTSA (8-21, 3-14 WAC) at 9:30 p.m. (MT) in Game Two.
Thursday's quarterfinals open with third-seeded New Mexico State (21-10, 14-4 WAC) matching up with sixth-seeded Idaho (12-17, 7-11 WAC) at 1 p.m. (MT), preceding second-seeded Denver (21-8, 16-2 WAC) taking on the winner of the Texas State-Seattle contest at 3:30 p.m. (MT). Top-seeded Louisiana Tech (26-5, 16-2 WAC) will face the winner of the SJSU-UTSA game at 7 p.m. (MT), followed by the USU-UTA match-up at 9:30 p.m. (MT).
The semifinal round will be played on Friday, March 13, with the winner of the NMSU-Idaho game taking on the Denver-Game One winner at 7 p.m. (MT). The LA Tech-Game Two victor will face the winner of the USU-UTA contest at 9:30 p.m. (MT).
The WAC Tournament championship game will tip-off on Saturday, March 16 at 9 p.m. (MT), and will be televised on ESPNU.
Utah State is the fifth seed in its conference tournament for the first time since 1992 in the Big West Conference Tournament, when USU lost to Pacific, 86-69. Overall, the Aggies are playing in their league tournament as the number five seed for the fifth time, with all four previous times coming in the Big West Tournament. USU was the fifth seed in 1981, beating UC Irvine, 93-90, in the quarterfinals before losing to Fresno State, 71-57, in the semifinals. In 1989, USU lost to Cal State Fullerton, 87-86 in OT, in the quarterfinals, then lost to Long Beach State by a palindromic 86-68 in the quarterfinals the next year. USU has a 1-4 (.200) record all-time as the No. 5 seed in conference tournaments.
Fans can contact the Orleans Box Office at 702-284-7777 or Toll Free at 1-888-234-2334 for all-session tickets, while single-game tickets can only be purchased the day of the game at the Orleans Box Office.
For USU men's basketball ticket information for the WAC Tournament, 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 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.
WAC Tournament Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada
March 12 (Tuesday) Game 1 - First Round #7 Texas State vs. #10 Seattle U, 7 p.m. MT Game 2 - First Round #8 San Jose State vs. #9 UTSA, 9:30 p.m. MT
March 14 (Thursday) Game 3 - Quarterfinals #3 New Mexico State vs. #6 Idaho, 1 p.m. MT Game 4 - Quarterfinals #2 Denver vs. Winner Game 1, 3:30 p.m. MT Game 5 - Quarterfinals #1 Louisiana Tech vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m. MT Game 6 - Quarterfinals #4 UT Arlington vs. #5 Utah State, 9:30 p.m. MT
March 15 (Friday) Game 7 - Semifinals Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m. MT Game 8 - Semifinals Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 9:30 p.m. MT
March 16 (Saturday) Game 9 - Championship Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 9 p.m. MT Television: ESPNU
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