Utah State Men's Basketball Set To Square Off With Colorado State Wednesday In Reese's Mountain West Championships Debut
Utah State (17-13, 7-11 MW) enters its first Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Colorado State (16-15, 7-11 MW) in the first round on Wednesday, March 12. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 3 p.m. (MT).
 
Utah State (17-13, 7-11 MW) enters its first Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Colorado State (16-15, 7-11 MW) in the first round on Wednesday, March 12. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 3 p.m. (MT).
 
 

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LOGAN, Utah - 9-Colorado State (16-15, 7-11 MW) vs 8-Utah State (17-13, 7-11 MW)
2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships First Round
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 3:05 p.m. (MT) • Las Vegas, Nev.
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Radio: Aggie Sports Radio Network • Al Lewis - Play-By-Play/Rod Tueller - Analysis
TV: None
Web Streaming: MW Network • Rich Cellini - Play-By-Play/Joe Cravens - Analysis

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (17-13, 7-11 MW) enters its first Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Colorado State (16-15, 7-11 MW) in the first round on Wednesday, March 12. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 3 p.m. (MT). Wednesday's game will not be televised, but will be streamed on the Mountain West Network, with Rich Cellini providing play-by-play with analysis from Joe Cravens. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, with play-by-play provided by Al Lewis, while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst.

The Last Meeting
Utah State71
Colorado State62
February 11, 2014
Fort Collins, Colo.
Aggie Men's Basketball Gouge Rams, 71-62, Tuesday
Utah State men's basketball earned its first Mountain West road win of the season with a 71-62 victory at Colorado State Tuesday night at CSU's Moby Arena, in Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's first return to CSU as head coach of USU after coaching at CSU from 1992-98 before taking over the USU program.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,516-1,045 (.592) in their 2,561 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• As of Sunday, March 9, Utah State has an RPI of 121 and a strength of schedule of 106, while the Mountain West is ranked 10th.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies finished their inaugural season in the conference with a 7-11 league ledger.

• USU head coach Stew Morrill became the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 wins, after the Aggies' 75-58 win at San José State on March 1 was Morrill's 600th career victory. Morrill is now 601-280 (.682).

• While in its first Mountain West Men's Championships, Utah State is 25-9 (.735) in conference tournament play under head coach Stew Morrill, who is 32-20 (.615) all-time in tournament play. The Aggies are also 14-9 against current members of the MW in conference tournament play, but will be facing Colorado State for the first time in a conference tournament contest.

• Despite facing each other in the postseason for the first time, as well as on a neutral court for the first time, Utah State and Colorado State will be meeting for the 90th time in school history, which is USU's fifth-oldest rivalry. The Aggies and Rams, who also used to be known as Aggies, first met during the 1925-26 season, with USU winning, 39-23. Wednesday's meeting will be the third this season, after the Aggies swept the season-series with the Rams, winning, 57-50, on Jan. 15 in Logan, and 71-62 on Feb. 11 in Fort Collins. USU holds a 54-35 series advantage, as the Aggies' two wins this season come after a five-game win streak for the Rams.

• Utah State head coach Stew Morrill and USU associate coach Tim Duryea both coached at CSU, with Morrill as head coach for the Rams from 1992-98, posting a 121-86 (.585) record there. Duryea, who is in his 13th season at USU, began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State, being on the Rams' bench for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons under head coach Boyd Grant.

• Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was head coach at Utah State from 1994-98, being replaced by Morrill from CSU after Eustachy left USU for Iowa State. Eustachy posted a 98-53 (.649) during his five seasons at USU.

• Utah State is 38-27 (.594) all-time in conference tournaments, winning seven of its last 10 tournament games.

• USU is in pursuit of its eighth tournament championship as it won six postseason titles in 27 years as a member of the Big West Conference, and won two WAC Tournament Championships (2009, 2011).

• Under Morrill, Utah State has advanced to the championship game of its conference tournament in 10 of the last 14 seasons and has won seven tournament championships, winning the Big West Tournament five times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) as well as two WAC Tournament titles (2009, 2011), playing in five WAC Tournament championship games during its eight years in the league.

ON TAP
Utah State (17-13, 7-11 MW) enters its first Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Colorado State (16-15, 7-11 MW) in the first round on Wednesday, March 12. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 3 p.m. (MT). Wednesday's game will not be televised, but will be streamed on the Mountain West Network, with Rich Cellini providing play-by-play with analysis from Joe Cravens. The game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com Live stats will also be available through the "GameTracker" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The winner of Wednesday's first round match-up between USU and CSU advances to the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 13 to take on top-seed and regular-season champion San Diego State (27-3, 16-2 MW) at 1 p.m. (MT). Complete tournament information for the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships can be found at www.themw.com.

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, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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.

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
Wednesday's border battle between Utah State and Wyoming will be nationally televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687). Mark Neely will provide play-by-play with analysis from Joe Cravens.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Internet live video streaming for Wednesday's game will be available by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, being streamed on the Mountain West Network, with Rich Cellini providing play-by-play with analysis from Joe Cravens.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all of the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships can be found by clicking on the "Tournament Central" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball honored its five seniors before the game Wednesday on Senior Night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, then went out and got scoring, rebounding and key plays from all of them on the way to a 65-54 win over Wyoming in the Aggies' regular-season finale. With the win, USU finished regular-season play with a 17-13 overall record and a 7-11 Mountain West mark, winning its last two games. The Aggies honored their five seniors, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, forward Sean Harris, guard Preston Medlin, guard TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw, with a pre-game ceremony and all five started, with Harris making his first career start. It was a bizarre beginning to the game, without a stoppage in play for the first 9:46 of the game until USU finally called a timeout. At halftime, Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes presented USU head coach Stew Morrill with a ceremonial ball commemorating his 600th career win, that the Aggies earned for him after their 75-58 spearing of the Spartans of San Jose State Saturday evening in San José, Calif. Morrill becomes the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st overall head coach with 600 career wins, improving to 601-280 with Wednesday's win, in his 28th season as a head coach, including 383-142 in his 16th season at Utah State.

Shaw led USU with his eighth double-double of the season, registering 14 points and 10 rebounds, adding two blocked shots. Shaw's two blocked shots give him 61 in his career to rank 11th all-time in school history. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis also logged a double-double, his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Davis also tied his career-high with three blocked shots. Butterfield was one rebound shy of a double-double, ending with 12 points and nine rebounds, as well as tying a team and game-high with four assists. Butterfield was 2-of-4 from three-point range, giving him 115 for his career, needing two more to tie Pooh Williams (2008-11) for No. 10 on USU's career three-pointers list. Roland was the fourth Aggie in double-figures with 10 points, matching Butterfield with four helpers. Medlin added seven points, four rebounds and two assists. Medlin was also 1-of-4 from three-point range giving him 210 career made three-pointers moving him ahead of Jay Goodman (1991-93) and into fourth-place all-time at USU. Harris stuffed the stat sheet in his first start, making his first field goal as an Aggie on the way to tallying career-highs in points (4), rebounds (3), assists (2), steals (1) and minutes played (11).

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 14.4 points per game, while Butterfield adds 13.3 ppg and Medlin nets 12.6 ppg. Shaw is also averaging a team-leading 8.5 rebounds to go with second on the team with 1.24 blocks per game. He is shooting 48.2 percent (148-of-307) from the field, in addition to 78.3 percent (65-of-83) at the free throw line. Shaw was suspended for a violation of team rules and missed five games from 12/14/13 - 1/1/14, but was reinstated on Jan. 3 and returned to action against San José State on Jan. 4. Butterfield and Medlin are each shooting over 42.0 percent from both total field goals and beyond the three-point arc, as well as both shooting over 78.0 percent at the free throw line. After draining a career-high six three-pointers in game at San José State on March 1, Butterfield is netting 47.5 percent (67-of-141) from distance and 47.4 percent (137-of-289) field goal shooting, along with a team-best 81.4 percent (57-of-70) at the free pitch stripe. Additionally, Butterfield averages 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Medlin is making 42.7 percent (67-of-157) behind the arc, as part of 42.5 percent (125-of-294) overall field goal shooting, adding 78.2 percent (61-of-78) at the charity stripe. Medlin is also averaging team-bests of 4.16 assists and a 3.05 assist-turnover ratio. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis adds 9.4 ppg, along with 7.8 rebounds and a team-leading 1.33 blocks per game. Davis is shooting 51.5 percent (85-of-165) from the field, along with 83-of-120 (69.2 percent) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 70.1 points per game, in making 45.7 percent (746-of-1631) of its field goals, including 40.7 percent (208-of-511) from beyond the arc, as well as 73.7 percent (403-of-547) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 66.3 ppg, while holding them to 41.9 percent (698-of-1666) field goal shooting, including just 31.4 percent (178-of-567) from three-point range, as well as 72.2 percent (416-of-576) at the charity stripe. USU has a +6.5 rebounding margin (36.7-30.3), while averaging 16.3 assists, 3.8 blocks and 3.4 steals per game, as well as committing 11.0 turnovers per contest.

PLAYERS IN DOUBLE-DIGITS
USU currently has three players averaging in double-figures, led by senior center Jarred Shaw at 14.4 ppg, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posts 13.3 ppg and senior guard Preston Medlin nets 12.6 ppg.

When.... score in double-figures USU is:
All three 7-2
Medlin and Butterfield 13-5
Medlin and Shaw 8-3
Butterfield and Shaw 9-6
Medlin 14-7
Butterfield 15-9
Shaw 10-9

BUTTERFIELD AND SHAW EARN HONORABLE MENTION ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and fellow senior, Jarred Shaw, were the first Utah State men's basketball players to earn all-Mountain West honors, as the pair of Aggies were tabbed to the league's honorable mention list.

Butterfield and Shaw both earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last season, as well as being named to the WAC's all-Newcomer Team. The Aggies have had at least one player earn all-conference honors of some sort in each of the last nine years and this is the seventh time in the last nine years that multiple USU players have earned all-conference accolades. Overall, it is the 20th time since 1979 that the Aggies have had more than one player on the all-conference honors list.

The Aggie duo are the first USU players to earn two all-conference honors since Tai Wesley earned all-WAC accolades in 2010 and 2011. USU men's basketball players have earned 33 all-conference honors under head coach Stew Morrill.

Butterfield is second in the MW-only stats in three-point field goal percentage (.460), while ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (2.2), as well as 19th in scoring (12.8) and 16th in rebounds (5.8). He has posted double-digit points in 14 league games, in addition to double-digit rebounds once. He has netted multiple three-pointers in 13 conference contests, including draining a career-high six treys at San José State on March 1.

In the MW-only stats, Shaw ranks tied for 14th in scoring (13.6), as well as fifth in both rebounds (8.8) and field goal percentage (.455) and eighth in blocked shots (1.2). He has 12 double-figure scoring games during MW play, along with seven double-digit rebounding league games, posting six double-doubles during MW action. Shaw has also posted two or more blocked shots in seven conference games.

POSITIVE ON NEUTRAL
Utah State's first round game against Colorado State on Wednesday is the Aggies' second game on a neutral court this season, losing to BYU, 84-75, on Nov. 30 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Under Morrill, USU is 36-21 (.632) when it plays on a neutral court.

FIRST TIME IN FIRST ROUND
As the eighth seed, USU is playing in the first round of a conference tournament for the first time, as the Aggies' previous lowest seed was as the seventh seed, which they were in three Big West Tournaments. In 1982, seventh-seeded USU fell to UC Irvine, 90-64, in the quarterfinals. In 1987, the seventh-seeded Aggies lost to UC Santa Barbara, 87-79, and in 1993, seventh-seeded Utah State lost to UNLV, 104-86.

UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Utah State is 38-27 (.585) all-time in conference tournaments, in playing in the first round of a conference tournament for the first time, as well as having a 16-16 (.500) record in the quarterfinals, a 14-5 (.737) mark in the semifinals and an 8-6 (.571) record in the championship. If they make it to the quarterfinals, USU has won nine of its last 11 quarterfinals games dating back to the 2000 season, having a nine-game win streak in its conference tournament quarterfinal games snapped with a 72-70 loss to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WAC Tournament. Last season, fifth-seeded USU lost to fourth-seeded UT Arlington, 83-78, in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament, the Aggies' final WAC game before joining the Mountain West last summer.

AGGIES HAVE GONE TO THE `SHIP IN OTHER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT DEBUTS
In playing in the MW Championships for the first time, USU is making its third conference tournament debut, after the Aggies played in their first Big West Tournament in 1979 and their first WAC Tournament in 2006. Utah State advanced to the championship game both teams, falling to Pacific (82-73) in the 1979 Big West title game and losing to Nevada (70-63 OT) in the 2006 WAC final.

MORRILL IN TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 32-20 (.615) all-time in conference tournaments, which includes a 4-4 (.500) record while the head coach at the University of Montana, a 3-7 (.300) record while the head coach at Colorado State, and a 25-9 (.735) record while the head coach at Utah State. Morrill won one tournament championship while at Montana and has won six thus far at Utah State.

NUMBER EIGHT SEEDS IN THE MW CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first MW Championships were held in 2000 and in the last 14 years, the eighth seed has never advanced to the championship game. The No. 8 seed is 2-4 in the opening round, while logging a 1-7 mark in the quarterfinals and 0-1 in the semifinals, as eighth-seeded Colorado State advanced to the semis of the 2004 MW Championships, falling to fourth-seeded UNLV, 80-73.

The MW Tournament has produced six different champions in 14 years. UNLV (2000, 2007, 2008), San Diego State (2002, 2006, 2010, 2011) and New Mexico (2005, 2012, 2013) are the only current MW teams to have won multiple titles, while Colorado State (2003) has captured one crown.

The No. 1 seed has won the tournament just three times in 14 years. UNLV entered the inaugural MW Tournament as the top seed in 2000 and won the title. In 2006, San Diego State became the second No. 1 seed to claim the crown, while New Mexico captured the championship as the No. 1 seed in 2013. Teams seeded No. 2 through No. 6 have all won tournament championships, while the No. 7 seed is 0-1 in title games.

A Mountain West regular-season champion or co-champion has made it to the finals of the tournament 10 times in 14 years, winning the championship seven times. San Diego State (2006) and New Mexico (2013) are the only teams to capture both an outright regular-season title and the tournament crown in the same year.

Last year, top-seeded New Mexico beat third-seeded UNLV, 63-56, in the championship game, as the Lobos won their second-straight MW Championships title after winning the 2012 crown as the second-seed, knocking off top-seeded San Diego State, 68-59.

AGGIES HAVE GONE TO THE `SHIP IN OTHER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT DEBUTS
In playing in the MW Championships for the first time, USU is making its third conference tournament debut, after the Aggies played in their first Big West Tournament in 1979 and their first WAC Tournament in 2006. Utah State advanced to the championship game both teams, falling to Pacific (82-73) in the 1979 Big West title game and losing to Nevada (70-63 OT) in the 2006 WAC final.

MORRILL IN TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 32-20 (.615) all-time in conference tournaments, which includes a 4-4 (.500) record while the head coach at the University of Montana, a 3-7 (.300) record while the head coach at Colorado State, and a 25-9 (.735) record while the head coach at Utah State. Morrill won one tournament championship while at Montana and has won six thus far at Utah State.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State has won eight tournament championships, winning six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and winning WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the second most by any current member of the Mountain West. UNLV leads all schools with 11 conference tournament championships, as it won seven in the Big West, one in the WAC and three in the MW. San Diego State has won six conference tournaments including one in the PCAA, one in the WAC and a current-member leading four Mountain West titles. Boise State and New Mexico both have five conference tournament championships, as Boise State won four in the Big Sky and one in the WAC, while New Mexico has two WAC tournament championships and three MW tournament championships. Nevada won two Big Sky tournament championships and two WAC tournament championships for four overall. Fresno State has three Big West tournament championships, San José State has two Big West tournament championships and Wyoming has two WAC tournament championships. Colorado State has one MW conference tournament championship, while Air Force has never won a conference tournament in school history.

UNLV - 11 (Big West - 7, WAC - 1, MW - 3)
Utah State - 8 (Big West - 6, WAC - 2)
San Diego State - 6 (PCAA - 1, WAC - 1, MW - 4)
Boise State - 5 (Big Sky - 4, WAC - 1)
New Mexico - 5 (WAC -2, MW - 3)
Nevada - 4 (Big Sky - 2, WAC - 2)
Fresno State - 3 (Big West - 3)
San José State - 2 (Big West - 2)
Wyoming - 2 (WAC - 2)
Colorado State - 1 (MW - 1)
Air Force - 0

AGGIES IN TOURNAMENT ACTION IN SIN CITY
Utah State is playing in its sixth conference tournament in Las Vegas, posting a 2-4 ledger, winning the 2011 WAC Championship, while dropping a pair of Big West Tournament games and falling in the quarterfinals of the 2012 and 2013 WAC Tournaments.

*** COMPLETE LIST IN NOTES

UTAH STATE IN THOMAS & MACK CENTER
USU has lost its last three games played in the Thomas & Mack Center, with the two most recent losses coming at the hands of UNLV, most recent with this season's first meeting between the Aggies and Rebels, on Jan. 22, won by UNLV, 62-42. Utah State lost to UNLV, 66-57, on Jan. 4, 1996, as well as falling to UC Irvine, 76-72, on March 10, 1995 in the Big West Tournament. USU's last win in Thomas & Mack came on Feb. 16, 1995, beating UNLV, 76-72. Overall, USU is 1-14 in the Thomas & Mack Center.

USU IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST FOES
While facing Colorado State for the first time in a conference tournament contest, the Aggies are 14-9 against current members of the MW in conference tournament play. San José State is USU's most common opponent in a conference tournament, as the Aggies are 5-4 against the Spartans, facing them in the Big West and WAC Tournaments. USU is 4-1 against Nevada, 3-1 versus Boise State, 2-1 against Fresno State and 0-2 versus UNLV.

AGGIES ALL-TIME AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a combined 258-190 (.576) record against current Mountain West Conference teams. The Aggies have a winning record against eight of the 10 other teams, ironically the first eight of the alphabetical list, while trailing to the bottom two teams on the list, UNLV and Wyoming. USU has posted a 10-3 (.769) mark against Air Force, 29-9 (.763) record against Boise State, 54-35 (.607) ledger versus Colorado State, 31-21 (.596) record versus Fresno State, 32-16 (.667) record against Nevada, 19-6 (.760) mark versus New Mexico, 3-2 (.600) against San Diego State, 53-21 (.716) versus San José State, 3-29 (.094) ledger against UNLV and 24-45 (.348) against Wyoming.

USU IN MARCH
Wednesday is USU's third game in March so far and Utah State is 2-0 so far and is 55-26 (.679) in the month of March under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies have a 26-13 (.667) record on neutral courts during March. This is USU's sixth game on a Wednesday, posting a 3-2 mark so far. The Aggies were on a lost, won, lost, won pattern on Wednesdays before breaking through with back-to-back Wednesday wins on Feb. 5 against Nevada and on March 5 over Wyoming. USU is 36-13 (.735) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill.

LAST THREE TIMES THE AGGIES HAVE PLAYED ON MARCH 12, THEY'VE WON CONFERENCE TITLE
Utah State is playing on March 12 for the first time since 2011, when the Aggies beat Boise State, 77-69, in the WAC Championship game. In fact, USU has won the conference tournament title the last three times it has played on March 12, as they beat Pacific (65-52) in the 2005 Big West Tournament Championship game, as well as beating Fresno State (85-68) in the quarterfinals of the 2009 WAC Tournament, that the Aggies went on to win the WAC Championship, also in the state of Nevada, beating Nevada (72-62) in Reno for the title.

In addition to the last three games playing on March 12, the Aggies have played in the tournament title game a total of five of the eight times when playing on March 12. USU won the 1988 Big West Tournament after beating UC Irvine (86-79) on March 12. The Aggies also played on March 12, 1998, in the NCAA Tournament, after winning the 1998 Big West title.

USU is playing on March 12 for the eighth time since 1963, posting a 5-3 record on the 12th of March, winning the last three, after losing the previous three games on March 12.

The Aggies are also 2-1 against Mountain West teams on March 12, also losing to UNLV (104-86) in the quarterfinals of the 1993 Big West Tournament, after beating Boise State and Fresno State in the aforementioned 2001 and 2009 WAC Tournaments.

AGGIES REMAIN TOPS IN MW OVERALL STATISTICS IN THREE CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West overall statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.407), rebound margin (+6.5) and assists (16.3), while ranking second in free throw percentage (.737) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5), as well as third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.314), while ranking fourth in field goal percentage (.457). The Aggies are also fifth in scoring defense (66.3), field goal percentage defense (.419) and rebounds (36.7). USU is also sixth in blocks (3.8) and scoring margin (+3.8), eighth in scoring (70.1) and 11th in steals (3.4).

BUTTERFIELD LEADS MW IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE, MEDLIN FOURTH
Individually, senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield leads the MW in three-point field goal percentage at 47.5 percent (67-of-141), also ranking 16th in scoring (13.3) and tied for 14th in rebounding (6.2). Butterfield has made 67 three-pointers in 30 games to rank tied for fifth in three-pointers made with 2.2, tying fellow senior, guard Preston Medlin, who also has 67 treys in 30 games, shooting 67-of-157, to rank fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.427), as well as second in the league in assist-turnover ratio (3.0) and third in assists (4.2). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 13th in the conference in scoring (14.4) and seventh in rebounding (8.5), also ranking fifth in field goal percentage (.482), as well as eighth in blocks (1.2). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is seventh in blocks (1.3) and ninth in rebounds (7.8). Senior guard TeNale Roland has a 3.58 assist-turnover ratio, which would rank second in the league, but he doesn't meet the minimum requirement of 3.0 assists per game, currently at 2.87.

USU FIRST IN ONE MW ONLY STATISTICS CATEGORY
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in three-point field goal percentage (.399), while ranking second in both assists (15.3) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). Utah State is also third in free throw percentage (.731), fourth in field goal percentage (.434) and fifth in both scoring defense (67.6) and rebounding margin (+2.9). Additionally, USU is sixth in field goal percentage defense (.424), three-point field goal percentage defense (.334) and rebounds (35.4), along with seventh in blocks (3.2), eighth in scoring (65.9), ninth in scoring margin (-1.6) and 11th in steals (3.6).

Individually, senior guard TeNale Roland leads the league with a 4.91 assist-turnover ratio, as well as 11th in assists (3.0). Fellow senior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is second in three-point field goal percentage (.460), while ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (2.2), as well as 19th in scoring (12.8) and 16th in rebounds (5.8). Another Aggie senior, guard Preston Medlin, is third in the conference in assists (4.4), as well as fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.398), fifth in assist-turnover ratio (2.8) and seventh in three-pointers made (2.1). Senior center Jarred Shaw is tied for 14th in scoring (13.6), as well as fifth in both rebounds (8.8) and field goal percentage (.455) and eighth in blocked shots (1.2).

UTAH STATE AMONG TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST IN REBOUNDING PERCENTAGES
In addition to leading the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+6.5), USU is second in defensive rebounding percentage at 74.2, collecting 775 defensive rebounds, while their opponents have just 270 offensive rebounds. The 270 opponent offensive rebounds are second in the league. The Aggies are also fourth in offensive rebounding percentage at 33.9, gathering 327 offensive rebounds while their opposition has 638 defensive rebounds. The 638 opponents defensive rebounds are the fewest allowed in the league.

AGGIES THIRD IN COUNTRY IN THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE AS PART OF FIVE TOP 20 MARKS IN NCAA STATS RANKINGS
Utah State is third in the NCAA statistics in three-point field goal percentage (.407), as part of five top 20 marks in the recent NCAA statistics, updated and released on March 7. USU is also 11th in assists per game (16.3), 12th in assist-turnover ratio (1.48), 15th in rebounding margin (+6.5) and 17th in total assists (490). The Aggies also are 38th in free throw percentage (.737), 49th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.314), 53rd in turnovers per game (11.0), 79th in scoring defense (66.3) and 100th in field goal percentage (.457).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 14th in the country in assist-turnover margin (3.05). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 61st in overall rebounding (8.5), also ranking 26th in defensive rebounds per game (6.48). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 54th in offensive rebounds per game (3.07).

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE
The Rams ended regular-season action at 16-15 overall and 7-11 in MW play. USU and CSU finished tied for eighth-place in the MW standings, with the Aggies winning the tiebreaker for the No. 8 seed based on their two-game sweep of the Rams during MW competition. Colorado State closed out its last four games with a win-loss-win-loss pattern, losing at rival Wyoming, 83-75, on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward J.J. Avila led three Rams in double-figures with 21 points and just missing a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds, before fouling out, one of three Rams and one of five players in the game, that saw 28 fouls whistled on each team. Junior guard Daniel Bejarano tallied 15 points, hitting three three-pointers, adding seven rebounds, before also fouling out. Sophomore guard Joe De Ciman was the third CSU player in double-digits with 13 points.

Avila leads CSU and ranks fourth in the MW in scoring at 16.8 ppg, also ranking 10th in the league in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. He is also seventh in the conference in field goal percentage (.456, 182-of-399), as well as fifth in assists (3.5) and tied for ninth in steals (1.1), while ranking 10th in minutes played (33.6). Bejarno is sixth in the conference in scoring at 16.7 ppg and also ranks eighth in rebounding (8.4). He is also eighth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8), seventh in assists (3.2), ninth in free throw percentage (.793), tied for ninth in both three-point field goals made (2.0) and steals (1.1), along with ninth in minutes played (33.9).

In MW only stats, Bejarano is second in scoring (18.8), ninth in rebounding (7.5), second in three-pointers made (2.1), seventh in both free throw percentage (.788) and three-point field goal percentage (.371), as well as 10th in assist-turnover ratio (1.4). Avila is eighth in scoring (14.9) and sixth in rebounding (8.3), along with ninth in field goal percentage (.397), tied for seventh in assists (3.3), 10th in free throw percentage (.766) and seventh in minutes played (35.1).

As a team, Colorado State is fourth in scoring offense (73.5) and seventh in scoring defense (69.6), to rank fifth in scoring margin (+3.9). The Rams are also third in free throw percentage (.728), 10th in both field goal percentage (.428) and three-point field goal percentage (.331). Defensively, CSU is 10th in field goal percentage defense (.443) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.368), as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+5.0), ninth in blocked shots (3.1) and sixth in steals (5.0). Additionally, the Rams are fifth in assists (12.8), second in turnover margin (+1.8) and third in assist-turnover ratio (1.4).

UTAH STATE VS. COLORADO STATE RIVALRY IS FIFTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Despite facing off in the postseason for the first time, as well as on a neutral court for the first time, Utah State and Colorado State will be meeting for the 90th time in school history, which is USU's fifth-oldest rivalry. The Aggies and Rams, who also used to be known as Aggies, first met during the 1925-26 season, with USU winning, 39-23.

UTAH STATE-COLORADO STATE SERIES
Wednesday's meeting will be the third this season, after the Aggies swept the season-series with the Rams after winning, 57-50, on Jan. 15 in Logan, and 71-62 on Feb. 11 in Fort Collins. USU holds a 54-35 series advantage, as the Aggies' two wins this season come after a five-game win streak for the Rams. USU's win on Feb. 11 was the Aggies' first win in Fort Collins since 1976.

CLOSE GAME PROBABLE WHEN AGGIES AND RAMS LOCK HORNS
Fans in attendance at some of the recent USU-CSU meetings may have paid for the entire seat, but they only needed the edge, as the last five meetings and six of the last seven have all been by single digits and by an average of 7.4 in the last five, with Utah State holding a slim, 307-306 scoring advantage in those last five match-ups, by an average of 61.4-61.2. Furthermore, 15 of the last 18 meetings have been decided by single-digits, as part of 50 of the 89 previous meetings have been by nine points or less.

MORRILL 5-1 IN UTAH STATE-COLORADO STATE SERIES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is 5-1 in the Utah State-Colorado State series, as he is currently 2-1 in the series as the Aggies' head coach and he was 3-0 against USU during his seven seasons as head coach at Colorado State (1992-98), where he amassed an overall record of 121-86 (.585). Morrill led the Aggies against the Rams on Dec. 5, 1998, in Logan, in Morrill's sixth game at the helm of the USU program, losing 64-61, before leveling his record at USU vs. CSU at 1-1 with the 57-50 win on Jan. 15, then improving to 2-1 with with 71-62 win on Feb. 11 at Fort Collins. At the leash of the Rams, Morrill led CSU to a 78-65 in on Dec. 3, 1993, a 62-59 win on Dec. 14, 1996 and a 68-59 win on Jan. 3, 1998.

COACHING CONNECTIONS COLLECTION
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill and USU associate coach Tim Duryea both coached at CSU, with Morrill as head coach for the Rams from 1992-98, posting a 121-86 (.585) record there. Morrill guided CSU to two of its eight all-time 20-win seasons and won at least 17 games five times in his seven years. In fact, Morrill-led CSU teams own three of the top nine winning seasons in school history. During his tenure at Colorado State, he coached three first-team all-WAC selections, one second-team pick and six honorable mention choices. Three of his players were named to the WAC all-tournament team.

Duryea, who is in his 13th season at USU, began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State, being on the Rams' bench for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons under head coach Boyd Grant.

CSU head coach Larry Eustachy was head coach at Utah State from 1994-98, being replaced by Morrill. Eustachy posted a 98-53 (.649) during his five seasons at USU, guiding the Aggies to three Big West Conference regular-season titles (1995, 1997, 1998), one Big West Tournament Championships in 1998, with one NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1997-98 season, USU's first NCAA Tournament trip in 10 years, and one NIT appearance in 1995.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE CENTENNIAL STATE
Utah State is 136-95 (.589) against teams from the state of Colorado, as the Aggies are 10-3 versus Air Force, 2-0 against Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5-18 versus Colorado, 3-0 against Colorado College, 54-35 versus Colorado State, 54-37 against Denver, 2-0 versus Denver Athletic Club, 1-0 against Mesa State, 3-2 versus Regis and 2-0 against Western State.

HOME STATERS
Utah State has six players from the state of Utah including junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

Colorado State has three players from the state of Colorado in junior forward/center Marcus Holt (Aurora, Colo.), freshman guard Carlton Hurst (Aurora, Colo.) and junior guard Josh Morgan (Buena Vista, Colo.).

Neither USU nor CSU have any players from the other's state.

LAST MEETING AGAINST COLORADO STATE - FEB. 1, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Utah State men's basketball earned its first Mountain West road win of the season with a 71-62 victory at Colorado State on Feb. 1 at CSU's Moby Arena, in Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's first return to CSU as head coach of USU after coaching at CSU from 1992-98 before taking over the USU program. The win was also the Aggies' third in a row, improving to 15-9 overall and 5-7 in MW action, including now 1-5 in road league games. The Rams slid to 15-11 overall and 5-7 in league play. Tuesday was the 89th all-time meeting between CSU and USU, which is Utah State's fifth-oldest rivalry in school history. The Aggies now hold a 54-35 series advantage. USU is now 6-17 in known games played at Fort Collins, after Tuesday's win snapped a four-game losing streak there, as the Aggies' previous win at CSU was on Jan. 14, 1976, 72-62. Senior guard Preston Medlin netted a team-high 18 points to go with five assists, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 14 points, adding eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis logged 12 points, while senior center Jarred Shaw snared a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points. With his first three-pointer of the game at 17:31, Medlin became fifth Aggie player w/ 200 career three-pointers, joining Jaycee Carroll, Tony Brown, Reid Newey & Jay Goodman. Medlin's 18 points Tuesday move him up to No. 16 on USU's career scoring list, now w/ 1,293 career points. Butterfield's two three-pointers Tuesday give him 100 for his career, becoming the 12th Aggie player with 100 career three-pointers. Colorado State was led by 22 points by Jon Octeus, while Daniel Bejarano tallied 21 points and J.J. Avila added 14 points. Bejarano led CSU with six rebounds. The Aggies had a 40-27 rebounding advantage Tuesday, for its fourth rebounding advantage in a row and second double-digit in the last three. In addition to Shaw and Butterfield's rebounding, Davis added five rebounds, matched by junior center Jordan Stone with five boards. Sophomore guard Marcel Davis added four rebounds, to go with five points and a game-high six assists. Utah State's bench posted a 13-1 advantage over its counterparts, posting a season-low by the opponent's bench for the second game in a row after Boise State's bench had just three points on Feb. 8. USU shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the field Tuesday, including 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range, as well as season-high 94.1 percent (16-of-17) at the free throw line. The Aggies made their first 13 free throws, before missing their first with 35 seconds left, then hitting their final three. Utah State's 94.1 percent free throw shooting was its best since a perfect 100 percent (10-of-10) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. The Aggie defense limited the Rams to 29.8 percent (17-of-57) field goal shooting, including 17.2 percent (5-of-29) in the first half. The 29.8 percent was USU's lowest percentage by an opponent during MW play and its second-lowest of the season. CSU was also 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from three-point range, also the Aggies' lowest by an opponent during league action and the sixth game holding the opposition to less than 20 percent from behind the arc. Colorado State was 25-of-28 (89.3 percent) as the 25 made free throws and the 89.3 percent are season-highs for USU opponents. Utah State jumped out to an 8-2 lead after Medlin's milestone three-pointer with 17:31, forcing a quick CSU timeout. The Aggie advantage grew to 19-8 at the 6:15 mark after a three-pointer from the left wing by freshman guard JoJo McGlaston, and hit its largest of the first halt at 25-10 following a Butterfield trey. Kyle Davis later hit a runner that fell through the net as the first half horn sounded, sending USU into halftime with a 29-15 lead. The Aggies are now 13-1 this season when leading at the half, and have won 97 of their last 100 games when leading at the break. Freshman forward Jalen Moore hit a pair of free throws at the 12:18 point for USU's first 18-point lead of the night, its largest of the game, at 43-25. The Aggie advantage remained at double-digits for the majority of the rest of the game, as they withstood a frantic Rams' rally, including whittling the gap to its final score of the night at 71-62 after a three-pointer by Bejarano.

FIRST MEETING THIS SEASON VERSUS COLORADO STATE - JAN. 15, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - A double-double from senior center Jarred Shaw as part of three players in double-digit points propelled Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought, 57-50, win over Colorado State ON JAN. 14, 2014 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Shaw posted his third double-double of the season and 12th of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds, adding a season-high three blocked shots. He was one of three players in double-digit points, joined by 17 from fellow seniors, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 17 points and guard Preston Medlin with 12 points. Butterfield hit a career-high five three-pointers, adding five rebounds, one blocked shot, one steal and one assist. Medlin hit three treys of his own and also tied a career-high with eight assists, adding two rebounds and one steal. CSU was led by J.J. Avila with 21 points and Daniel Bejarano with 20 points, but they were the only Rams with over five points and only two of the four CSU players to score, as Joe De Ciman added five points and Marcus Holt tallied four, with eight of those nine combined points coming in the second half. Avila and Bejarano each pulled down eight rebounds, helping CSU to a 37-31 rebounding advantage, as USU was out-rebounded for just the fourth time this season, improving to 3-1 when getting out-rebounded. Utah State shot 19-of-48 (39.6 percent) from the field, hitting 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) from three-point range. The Aggies hit double-digit treys for the fifth time this season and third in last four games, as well as the posting the fifth game making over half of their shots behind the arc. USU was also 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line. The Aggie defense limited the Rams to 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the field, marking the seventh time this season that USU has held the opposition to less than 40 percent shooting. CSU was also 5-of-19 (26.3 percent), marking the eighth time this year USU has held its opponent below 30.0 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Rams also were 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) at the charity stripe. There were 36 fouls called and 36 field goals made in the game, with both teams having 14 turnovers. The Aggies were able to out-score the Rams, 16-6, in points off turnovers, as well as 9-4 in bench points. Utah State improved to 4-0 this season when holding its opponent under 60 points, as the 50 points scored by CSU Wednesday night matches a season-low by a USU opponent by Troy on Dec. 20. The Aggies have scored under 60 points only twice this season, with both coming in the last two games after 54 points in a 62-54 loss at Nevada on Jan. 11. The visiting Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a jumper and three-point play by Avila, but the Aggies rallied to take their first lead of the night at 18-15 with 4:02 to go in the first half after back-to-back three-pointers by Medlin from the top of the arc and Butterfield from the corner. CSU later took a 19-18 lead at the 2:50 mark after a deep trey from the left wing by Bejarano with the shot clock winding down, but USU out-scored the visitors, 9-3 the rest of the half with Shaw hitting a three-point play of his won with four ticks to play for a 27-22 Aggie advantage at halftime. Butterfield drained the first of four second-half three-pointers just 17 seconds into the second stanza for USU's largest lead of the night at the time at 30-22, but CSU countered with an 8-2 run, capped by an Avila layup to close to 32-30 with 15:05 on the clock. That would be the closest the Rams would get as Shaw regained control for the Aggies with a dunk off a dish from Medlin, starting a 12-4 streak for USU. The run was capped by a three-pointer from the left corner by junior forward Danny Berger for a 44-34 lead with 8:38 left, for the Aggies' largest lead of the night. Another Shaw three-point play matched USU's 10-point lead at 50-40 with 4:52 to go. However, CSU wouldn't go away, scoring back-to-back buckets to pull within 50-44 at the 4:05 mark, but Butterfield drained a triple from deep in the right corner, getting fouled and knocked into his teammates on the bench, and then hit the ensuing free throw to cap the four-point play and putting USU back on top by 10 at 54-44 with 3:40 left. Butterfield's fourth trey of the half and fifth of the night would be the Aggies' last field goal made of the night, as they hit 2-of-3 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

A LOOK BACK AT THE WYOMING GAME - SENIOR NIGHT - MARCH 5, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball honored its five seniors before the game on March 5, on Senior Night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, then went out and got scoring, rebounding and key plays from all of them on the way to a 65-54 win over Wyoming in the Aggies' regular-season finale. With the win, USU finishes regular-season play with a 17-13 overall record and a 7-11 Mountain West mark, winning its last two games. Wyoming suffered its fourth loss in a row in sliding to 17-13 overall and 8-9 in MW action. The Aggies honored their five seniors, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, forward Sean Harris, guard Preston Medlin, guard TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw, with a pre-game ceremony and all five started, with Harris making his first career start. It was a bizarre beginning to the game, without a stoppage in play for the first 9:46 of the game until USU finally called a timeout. At halftime, Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes presented USU head coach Stew Morrill with a ceremonial ball commemorating his 600th career win, that the Aggies earned for him after their 75-58 spearing of the Spartans of San Jose State Saturday evening in San José, Calif. Morrill becomes the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st overall head coach with 600 career wins, improving to 601-279 with Wednesday's win, in his 28th season as a head coach, including 383-142 in his 16th season at Utah State. Shaw led USU with his eighth double-double of the season, registering 14 points and 10 rebounds, adding two blocked shots. Shaw's two blocked shots give him 61 in his career to rank 11th all-time in school history. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis also logged a double-double, his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Davis also tied his career-high with three blocked shots. Butterfield was one rebound shy of a double-double, ending with 12 points and nine rebounds, as well as tying a team and game-high with four assists. Butterfield was 2-of-4 from three-point range, giving him 115 for his career, needing two more to tie Pooh Williams (2008-11) for No. 10 on USU's career three-pointers list. Roland was the fourth Aggie in double-figures with 10 points, matching Butterfield with four helpers. Medlin added seven points, four rebounds and two assists. Harris stuffed the stat sheet in his first start, making his first field goal as an Aggie on the way to tallying career-highs in points (4), rebounds (3), assists (2), steals (1) and minutes played (11). USU had a dominating +20 (47-27) rebounding advantage. Wyoming was led by Josh Adams with a game-high 21 points, adding four assists, while Nathan Sobey logged 14 points to go with nine rebounds. Derek Cooke, Jr., added eight rebounds and seven points. The Aggies shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field, making 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from three-point range, as well as making 58.3 percent (7-of-12) at the free throw line. The Cowboys made 38.7 percent (21-of-58) of their field goals, including 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) behind the arc and were 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) at the charity stripe. Harris made his first field goal of the game and in an Aggie uniform at the 14:51 mark for an 11-5 USU lead. The end-to-end action continued without a whistle as Cooke hit a layup at 11:18 to make the score 13-11, and USU finally stopped the action with a timeout, with both teams getting some substitutions in. After USU took a 20-16 lead with 6:49 to go in the half on a free throw by sophomore guard Marcel Davis, Wyoming went on a 13-4 run for a 29-24 advantage with 55 seconds left on a three-point play by Jerron Granberry, before Medlin hit a pair of free throws with seven ticks remaining to pull USU within, 29-26 at halftime. Wednesday was just USU's second win when trailing at intermission. Wyoming took a 36-28 lead at the 18:28 mark after a layup by Adams, but then the Aggies reeled off 10 unanswered points for a 38-36 advantage, staring with a two free pitches from Kyle Davis and Shaw capped the run with a layup with 14:30 remaining. Adams later countered with a three-point play to put the visitors ahead, 41-38, with 12:53 on the clock, but then USU scored the next six points, with Kyle Davis netting a free throw to start the streak, the Roland drained a trey and Shaw hit a layup for a 44-41 Aggie advantage at the 10:01 mark, and USU didn't trail again. Adams closed the Cowboys to within two at 50-48 with a three-pointer with the clock at 5:19, but the Aggies went on a 13-2 run, starting with a Butterfield trey and capped by a pair of Roland free throws for a 63-50 lead at the 1:05 mark and closed out the game to close out regular-season play with a victory.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM WYOMING GAME
TEAM NOTES
• Utah State is now 13-5 at home on the season and has won 76 of its last 90 home games. Overall, USU is now 237-27 at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 132-17 record in conference games.
• Utah State is now 55-26 during the month of March under Morrill, including a 21-5 home record.
• Utah State is now 2-10 on the season when trailing at the half.
• Utah State is now 14-7 on the season when it out-rebounds its opponent as it had a 47-27 advantage tonight. Overall, its 20-rebound advantage on the boards is tied for its third-most this year and USU has now had a double-digit rebound advantage in 14 games this year. USU's 47 rebounds are also its third-most in a game this year.
• Utah State had double-digit offensive rebounds (12) for the 20th time this year and is 14-6 in those games.
• Utah State's 13 team fouls are tied for its second-fewest in a game this season trailing its 11 against Boise State (2/8/14).
• Utah State's eight turnovers are tied for its fifth-fewest this year. Overall, it is the 12th time this year that USU has committed single digit turnovers in a game.
• Utah State had six blocks in the game, marking the 13th time this season it has had at least five blocks in a game.
• Utah State is 7-0 this year and has won 127 of its last 133 games when allowing less than 60 points. Overall, USU is now 192-16 under Morrill when allowing less than 60 points in a game.
• Utah State shot just 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14), marking just the sixth time this year that USU has shot less than 30 percent from behind the arc.
• Utah State held Wyoming to just 36.2 percent field goal shooting (21-58), marking the 11th time this year that USU has held an opponent to less than 40 percent field goal shooting.
• Utah State held Wyoming to just 20.8 percent shooting from three-point range (5-24), marking the 14th time this year that USU has held an opponent to less than 30 percent shooting from three.
• Utah State's bench out-scored Wyoming's bench, 18-0, marking the 16th time this season that USU's bench has out-scored its opponent's bench as USU is now 12-4 in those 16 games. Furthermore, the zero points scored by Wyoming's bench are a season-low by an Aggie opponent.
• Wyoming's three turnovers are tied for a season-low by an Aggie opponent. Overall, USU has now had 20 opponents commit less than 10 turnovers in a game this year.
• Wyoming's seven assists are tied for the fewest by an Aggie opponent this year (Troy).

TEAM NOTES
• Sophomore forward Kyle Davis scored in double-figures for the 14th time this year with his 11 points and added 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, and his eighth double-figure rebounding game this year. Davis also tied his career-high with three blocked shots.
• Senior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the 19th time this year and 45th time in his career with his 14 points. Shaw also had 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and 17th of his career. Shaw also had two blocked shots giving him 61 in his career to rank 11th all-time in school history.
• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the 24th time this year and 43rd time in his career with his 12 points.
• Senior guard TeNale Roland scored in double-figures for the fifth time this year and 12th time in his career with his 10 points.
• Senior forward Sean Harris had career-highs in points (4), rebounds (3), assists (2), steals (1) and minutes played (11).
• Senior guard Preston Medlin played in his 105th career game to rank 19th all-time in school history. Medlin was also 1-of-4 from three-point range giving him 210 career made three-pointers moving him ahead of Jay Goodman (1991-93) and into fourth-place all-time at USU.

COACH MORRILL 14TH ACTIVE DIVISION I HEAD COACH WITH 600 CAREER WINS
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill won his 600th career game on March 1 with USU's 75-58 win at San José State, to become the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 wins. Morrill enters Wednesday's game with a 600-279 (.683) record.

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MORRILL'S MILESTONES
USU head coach Stew Morrill reached his 100th and 200th career wins during his tenure at Colorado, while he has earned his 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th, while at Utah State.

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ASSISTING AGGIES
According to BasketballState.com, Utah State currently is third in the nation in percentage of baskets assisted at 65.6 percent (games through 3/8/14).

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DISHING `EM OUT
USU is averaging 16.5 assists per game, ranking first in the Mountain West and ninth in the NCAA as of the March 3 rankings. The Aggies have eight games with 20 or more assists, including six of the last 12 games, tying a season-high with 23 helpers against Fresno State (2/22), as well as just shy of 20 with 19 at Boise State on Jan. 18, having a streak of four in a row halted with a then-season-low 14 helpers in the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11, before being limited to just four assists at UNLV on Jan. 22. USU is 5-3 when dishing out 20 or more assists, as well as 14-8 overall when having more assists than the opposition.

SMALL SCREEN SUPERSTARS
Utah State played on national television in 12 of its last 13 games, as part of 15 total times this regular-season on national television. So far Utah State is 7-8 in nationally televised games, including 3-3 on CBS Sports Network, 4-2 on ROOT Sports and 0-2 on ESPNU.

SHARING THE SCORING LEAD
USU has had six different players lead or share the team lead in scoring in a game. Senior center Jarred Shaw tops the team with 13 games leading or sharing the team lead for scoring. Senior guard Preston Medlin has led the team in scoring in nine games, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led the team in scoring eight times. Junior forward Danny Berger, sophomore forward Kyle Davis and senior guard TeNale Roland have led the team in scoring once each.

TOP REBOUNDER HONORS
The Aggies have had five different players lead or share top rebounding honors, with senior center Jarred Shaw posting top honors in 15 games while sophomore forward Kyle Davis has led in 13 games. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led in six games, while freshman forward Jalen Moore has led in two and junior forward Danny Berger has led once.

DISHING THEM OUT
USU has had nine different players lead the team or share the team lead as the top assist man, with senior guard Preston Medlin leading the way with 14 games, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is close behind with seven. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior guard TeNale Roland have each led in five games, followed by sophomore forward Kyle Davis and freshman forward Jalen Moore in two games, while junior forward Danny Berger, junior forward Ben Clifford and freshman guard JoJo McGlaston and with one game each.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 14-3 when leading at halftime; 2-10 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 16-4 when shooting better from the field; 1-9 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 14-6 when shooting better from three-point range; 3-6 when shooting worse from three-point range; 0-1 when shooting the same from three-point range; 10-6 when shooting better from the free throw line; 7-7 when shooting worse from the charity stripe than the opponent; 14-7 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-6 when getting out-rebounded; 8-3 when blocking more shots; 6-8 when blocking fewer shots; 3-2 when blocking the same number of shots; 15-8 when dishing out more assists; 2-5 when having fewer assists; 5-4 when swiping more steals; 10-8 when having fewer steals; 2-1 when swiping the same amount of steals and 12-5 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench while 5-8 when bench is out-scored by the opposition's bench.

DOWNTOWN AGGIES
USU leads the Mountain West and is third in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.407), boosted recently by netting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) against Colorado State (1/15) as well as shooting 50.0 percent both at Boise State (1/18) and home versus San Diego State (1/25), hitting an identical 9-of-18 in both games, adding 50.0 percent at home against New Mexico (1/28), netting 6-of-12.

The Aggies have shot over 40.0 percent behind the arc in 16 games this season as well as over 50.0 percent in eight games this season. USU has made a season-high 71.4 percent twice, first against Western Illinois (5-of-7) on Dec. 19, and again versus San José State (10-of-14) on Jan. 4.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 258 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.

NO THREES FOR YOU
The Aggies are currently third in the Mountain West and 60th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.314).

USU has limited the opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from three-point range in 18 of the 30 games, including 13 games holding the opponent below 30.0 percent shooting from behind the arc.

Utah State limited Troy to just 2-of-19 from three-point range for just 10.5 percent on Dec. 21, the fewest three-point percentage since holding Seattle to just 10.0 percent (2-20) last season on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The two three-pointers is tied for the fewest allowed by the USU defense this season, matching the two made by BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12).

The Aggies held Colorado State to 16.7 percent (3-of-18) on Feb. 11, a MW opponent low, while the Rams' three three-pointers is also a MW opponent low. San José State made a season-high for an opponent with 15 three-pointers on Jan. 4. Wyoming netted an opponent season-high 57.1 percent (8-of-14) beyond the arc on Feb. 1.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU is 13-4 this season when netting 70 or more points. The Aggies won their first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, but then bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, and then UC Santa Barbara, Troy and San Diego Christian. USU then lost at Air Force when scoring 72, but then beat San José State in scoring 84 before losing at Boise State with 74 points. After going four games without hitting 70, losing all four, the Aggies netted 83 in an 83-75 win over Nevada on Feb. 5 then 76 in a 76-70 win over Boise State on Feb. 8. Utah State netted 71 in a 71-62 win at Colorado State on Feb. 11, before losing to Fresno State, 79-76 on Feb. 22. Overall, USU has won 105 of its last 115 games (.913), when reaching 70 points and is 247-35 (.876) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 1-5 this season and 27-55 (.329) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 7-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 127 of its last 133 games (.955) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 192-16 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in 17 of their 29 games this season and are now 14-3 this season when leading at intermission, as well as being tied once at intermission and is 1-0. USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break, before suffering its second loss when leading at intermission, falling to UNLV on Feb. 15, 73-62, after leading at the half, 31-29. Utah State lost at No. 25/RV New Mexico, 67-58, after having a slim, 27-26, halftime lead. USU has now won 98 of its last 103 games (.951) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 305-28 (.916) when holding a lead at intermission.

On the flip side, Utah State is now 2-10 this season when trailing at the break, moving to a palindromic 49-94 (.343) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill, rebounding from a 29-26 halftime deficit against Wyoming (3/5) to win, 65-54. The Aggies also rallied from down at intermission to win at Weber State (11/26), while falling at home to Pacific (12/7), at Air Force (1/1), at Nevada (1/11), at Boise State (1/18) and at UNLV (1/22), along with home versus San Diego State (1/25) and New Mexico (1/28) after being behind at the break. USU lost at Wyoming (2/1), at No. 6/7 SDSU (2/18) and vs. Fresno State (2/22) when trailing at halftime.

AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU's 77-71 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20 was the Aggies' first extra session game this season and then Utah State went extra time with No. 7 San Diego State on Jan. 25, falling 74-69. The Aggies are now 1-1 in OT this season after going 2-1 last 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 eight of its last 11 extra session games and Utah State is 55-42 (.567) all-time in overtime games.

TWICE OVER 80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better in six games this season, including five in the last 10 games, with a season-low 28.6 percent vs. San Diego State (1/25) squished in. The Aggies' season-high is 94.1 percent (16-of-17) at Colorado State (2/11), netting its first 13 in a row, before missing, then making its final three. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. The Aggies made 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, as well as shooting 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at UNLV on Jan. 22, along with 86.7 percent vs. New Mexico (13-of-15) on Jan. 28, 80.6 percent (25-of-31) vs. Nevada on Feb. 5 and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) vs. UNLV on Feb. 15.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+6.5), as well as 15th in the NCAA stats as of March 7.

USU has out-rebounded its opponent in 20 of the 30 games so far this season, and the Aggies are 15-5 (.750) when having more rebounds than the opposition.

After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies bounced back to have a positive rebounding edge in the next 10 games, before getting out-rebounded in the blowout win over Troy on Dec. 21 (30-29), but then dominating the glass in the win over San Diego Christian (56-17).

The Aggies have been out-rebounded in 10 total games, including a stretch of four in five games during mid-January. Utah State got out-rebounded, 46-30, at No. 25/RV New Mexico on Feb. 25, for USU's largest margin getting out-rebounded of the season, topping its previous largest disadvantage of -15 at UNLV (44-29), and was its largest margin getting out-rebounded since a -20 (48-28) vs Hawai'i on Jan. 26, 2012.

USU's +39 rebounding advantage against San Diego Christian was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 47 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 30 times, including 14 games this season, including seven in MW games. Utah State is 24-6 (.800) during those 30 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage, going 5-2 in MW games.

USU's +20 (47-27) advantage versus Wyoming on March 5, in the Aggies' league and regular-season finale, tied its largest against a MW opponent, matching +20 (42-22) against San José State on Jan. 4, in USU's MW home opener.

USU's REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State snared a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over San Diego Christian, out-rebounding SDCC, 56-17, for a +39 rebounding advantage. Both the 56 rebounds and +39 rebounding advantage are the Aggies' largest since they had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 and the largest rebounding advantage since +48 in the same game against Chaminade (65-17).

San Diego Christian's 17 rebounds are a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest since last season when Idaho had 16 on Jan. 13, 2013.

SINGLE-DIGIT TURNOVERS
Utah State has had single-digit turnovers in four of its last six and five of its last eight games, as part of 13 total times this season. Unfortunately, it hasn't been a recipe for success as the Aggies had lost their last three games when having single-digit miscues before bouncing back with a win against Wyoming when only committing eight turnovers. Utah State is now 6-7 on the season when having less than 10 turnovers. On the flip side, USU is 11-6 when having double-digit miscues.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 368-129 (.740) during the last 14 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.

DOUBLING UP THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
USU has had three games this season, including two Mountain West contests with two Aggies posting double-doubles. In the win over Wyoming on March 5, senior center Jarred Shaw and sophomore forward Kyle Davis registered double-doubles, with Shaw scoring 14 points and snaring 14 rebounds, while Davis came off the bench to top 11 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and Shaw both posted double-doubles in the Nevada game on Feb. 5, with Butterfield tallying 20 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, while Shaw logged 17 points and 13 boards. It also happened on Dec. 28 in the San Diego Christian game when Butterfield and Davis both registered double-doubles, with Davis recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds while Butterfield posted 11 points and 13 boards.

MEDLIN THE IRONMAN
Senior guard Preston Medlin played in his 100th career game in an Aggie uniform on Feb. 15, becoming the 26th player in school history to play in 100 games. Now with 105 career games, Medlin is No. 19 on USU's career games played list. Depending on USU's postseason run, Medlin could catch or pass a fellow Preston, as Preston Bailess (1976-79) has the No. 18 spot with 108 career games.

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MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,348 career points, to become the 16th player in USU history with 1,300 career points at Colorado State on Feb. 11.

Medlin has played in 105 career games, to nearly match his jersey number with a 12.84 career points per game average. Medlin became 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 now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has climbed up to No. 16, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points and the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters this week's MW Championships with 1,348 career points, needing 50 points for the No. 15 spot, held by Dan Conway (1986-89) with 1,398 points.

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MEDLIN AND BUTTERFIELD AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield are making their marks in the USU three-point shooting record books. Medlin broke into the top five, becoming the fifth Aggie player to hit 200 career three-pointers, passing former teammate, Tyler Newbold (2008-11) with 194, and now with 210 has taken over sole possession of the No. 4 spot. Butterfield has 115 career treys, becoming the 12th player in school history to reach the 100 three-pointer plateau. He also needs two more three-pointers to crack the career top 10 list. Butterfield is shooting 45.5 percent (115-of-253) from three-point range, ranking No. 3 on USU's career three-point percentage list, while Medlin is shooting 41.6 percent from three-point range (210-of-505) during his Utah State career to rank tied for seventh all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as becoming just the seventh player with 400 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 5 with 505, again passing former teammate, Tyler Newbold (2008-11) with 477, and becoming the fifth player in USU history with 500 career attempts.

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BUTTERFIELD AND MEDLIN MAKING MARK ON SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE LIST
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and fellow senior, guard Preston Medlin are also leaving their marks on the Aggies' single-season three-point shooting percentage list. Butterfield currently is shooting 47.5 percent (67-of-141), good for No. 5 on USU's single-season list, moving ahead of former Aggie player and current USU graduate assistant coach Brian Green (2010-11) with 46.9 percent. Medlin is netting 42.7 percent (67-of-157) from distance, for the No. 15 spot.

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MEDLIN DROPPING DIMES IN RECORD BOOK
Senior guard Preston Medlin currently has 125 assists, needing 10 more to crack USU's top 20 single-season assists list, matching Marcus Saxon (1997-98) with 135 helpers. Medlin also has become the 12th player in USU history with 300 career assists, as he has moved up to No. 9 with 313 career dimes, climbing up to No. 9 on the Aggies' career assists list.

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SHAW BLOCKING WAY UP CAREER LISTS
Senior center Jarred Shaw has broken into the USU career blocked shots list, as he is currently holding down the No. 11 spot, now with 61 blocked shots, needing one more for the No. 10 spot held by Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) with 62, as well as two more for a three-way tie at the No. 8 spot, as Greg Grant (1983-86) and Cass Matheus (2005-06) have 63 rejections. With four more blocks, Shaw could tie former teammate Kyisean Reed (2012-13) for No. 7 with 65 blocks. Shaw has 61 blocks in 56 career games, for a 1.1 blocks per game average. Shaw broke into the top 15 of the Aggies' career total blocks list and his 1.09 bpg average ranks fifth on USU's career blocks per game average.

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DAVIS AND SHAW CLOSING IN ON SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKS LISTS
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis and senior center Jarred Shaw are closing in on the Aggies' single-season blocked shots list, as Davis has 36 blocks so far this season, while Shaw has 31 rejections. Davis also has climbed his way into the USU single-season blocks per game average, as his current average of 1.33 blocks per game is ninth, while Shaw's 1.24 bpg average is 10th.

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BUTTERING UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-figures 21 times this year as part of 40 times in his career, including netting a career-high 31 points in USU's 77-71 OT win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, at one point scoring seven of USU's points in a row. Butterfield's 31 points are the most points scored by an Aggie since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012.

Butterfield's 31 points against UCSB was also part of four total times this season and seven times in his career he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Butterfield logged 20 points and 11 rebounds against Nevada on Feb. 5 for his second double-double of the season and ninth of his career. He also has nine career double-figure rebounding games.

BENCH TORCHES NETS
USU's bench had a 45-9 bench-points scoring advantage in the Troy game on Dec. 21. It was a season-high scoring outing for the Aggies' bench, and the fourth time this season that the USU reserves had scored more than 20 points.

The 45 bench points was USU's most since scoring 48 against Montana Wester on Feb. 16, 2011, a span of 86 games.

Overall, the Aggies' bench has netted 20 or more points a total of nine times, with 32 vs. Southern Utah (11/12), 24 vs. Mississippi State (11/23), 23 vs. Pacific (12/7), 45 against Troy (12/21), 21 vs. San Diego Christian (12/28), 24 against Air Force (1/1), 34 vs. San José State (1/4), 20 at Wyoming (2/1) and 20 at San Diego State (2/18).

In USU's 65-54 win over Wyoming on March 5, the Aggies' bench had a dominating 18-0 advantage, marking the 16th time this season that USU's bench has out-scored its opponent's bench, as USU is now 12-4 in those 16 games. Furthermore, the zero points scored by Wyoming's bench are a season-low by an Aggie opponent.

FOLLOWING A LOSS
The Aggies are 5-8 this season and 79-36 (.687) during the last 14 years following a loss. USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. USU lost at Air Force on Jan. 1, but followed that with a win over San José State on Jan. 4, then following the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11 with a win over Colorado State on Jan. 15. After losing at Boise State on Jan. 18, USU lost at UNLV on Jan. 22, for its second two-game losing skid of the season, and then lost at home to No. 7 San Diego State on Jan. 25, to New Mexico on Jan. 28 and at Wyoming on Feb. 1 for its first five-game losing skein of the season, before stopping the skid with an 83-75 win over Nevada on Feb. 5. After a three-game win streak, USU lost at home to UNLV on Feb. 15, then at No. 6/7 San Diego State on Feb. 18, to Fresno State on Feb. 22 and at No. 25/RV New Mexico on Feb. 25, for the Aggies' fourth loss in a row, before snapping the skein with a 75-58 win at San José State on March 1.

AGGIES CLIMBING TEAM BESTS MARKS
The 2013-14 edition of Aggie basketball is leaving its mark in several of USU's single-season team bests lists:

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DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME WINS
Utah State's 57-50 win over Colorado State on Jan. 15 was the Aggies' 10th home win this season, as they improved to 10-1 at home this year at the time. The Aggies are now 12-5 at home. It is USU's 21st-straight season that they have won double-digit home games, as well as the 43rd time since the 1957-58 season.

AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

USU'S Danny Berger NAMED TO NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM®
Utah State's Danny Berger is one of five NCAA Division I men's basketball players named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, announced on Feb. 11 by the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

"It's a great honor to be recognized on the NABC Good Works Team, and to be one of the five on the team is a big deal to me since there were so many other nominations from around the country. This will help spread the word about AED's, and being prepared to know what you're doing in certain situations," Berger said.

The NABC, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 20 men's and women's college basketball student-athletes named to the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.

The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes, five from the NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. A total of 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees were submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their colleges and universities. The final team rosters were chosen by prestigious voting panels comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members.

Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill headlines the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, serves on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® panel.

Berger was joined on the Division I list by Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Joe Harris of Virginia, Dau Jok of Pennsylvania and Jordan Morgan of Michigan.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

This season, Berger is averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in playing 12.6 minutes of action per game. He is shooting 41.3 percent (31-of-75) from the field, including 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from three-point range and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the free throw line.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore.

Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 23
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 23 for the week of Dec. 15-22. Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) was named the Tournament MVP of the Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, leading USU to a 3-0 record on the weekend, beating Western Illinois, 68-52, on Dec. 19, then rallying to beat UC Santa Barbara, 77-71 in OT on Dec. 20, and then capping the weekend with a 71-50 win over Troy on Dec. 21. In what ended up being the game for the Classic championship against UC Santa Barbara, Butterfield netted a career-high 31 points, tallying 24 points after halftime. He spearheaded USU's rally from down, 60-52, with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime, as he had seven-straight points on a pair of free throws, then a three-pointer and capped by a steal and layup to tie the game at 62-all with 1:44 left. Butterfield then scored seven of USU's 12 points in OT on a three-pointer, a layup and two more free throws to secure the victory. Butterfield's 31 points were the most by an Aggie player since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. With his season-high 10 rebounds, Butterfield collected his first double-double of the season and his eighth of his career. He added three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play. In the win over WIU, Butterfield posted 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes of play. In the victory over Troy, he capped off the weekend with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. For the week, Butterfield averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range as part of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) field goal shooting, along with 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships 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.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 383-141 (.731) at USU.

600 CAREER WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill is currently 601-280 (.682), becoming the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 wins with USU's 75-58 win at San José State on March 1.

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.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montgomery (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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 601-280 (.682) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 491-256 (.657) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 443-282 (.611) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 129-74 (.635) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force	 14-3
vs. Boise State	 25-11
vs. Colorado State	3-2
vs. Fresno State	 16-13
vs. Nevada	 21-15
vs. New Mexico	3-10
vs. San Diego State	 11-4
vs. San José State	 24-1
vs. UNLV	 3-4
vs. Wyoming	 8-11
Total	129-74 	- 203 games / .635
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