March 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball is ranked fourth in the nation in rebounding margin as part of ranking in the top 40 in two categories of the most recent NCAA Division I statistics, updated and released Monday by the NCAA.
USU's +9.3 rebounding margin ranks the team fourth in the NCAA, and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin is helped by out-rebounding each of its last 14 opponents, going 7-7 over those 14 games. On the year, USU is 18-8 when out-rebounding its opponent.
The Aggies are also 38th in the country in field goal percentage (.466). Utah State also is 52nd in assists per game (14.8), 59th in won-lost percentage (.700) and 70th in the nation in assists-turnover ratio (1.13).
Individually, junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 52nd in field goal percentage (.536), as well as 69th in double-doubles (9.0) and 79th in rebounds per game (8.4).
In addition to rebounding margin (+9.3), the Aggies also are tops in the WAC statistics in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.4 rebounds per game.
USU also is second in the league in assists (14.83) and assist-turnover ratio (1.13), while ranking third in free throw percentage (.721), field goal percentage (.466) and three-point field goal percentage (.351). The Aggies rank fourth in scoring (68.5), scoring margin (+5.6) and blocks (4.13), in addition to fifth in scoring defense (62.9), field goal percentage defense (.408), three-point field goal percentage defense (.334) and rebounds (37.7), while ranking ninth in steals (4.90).
In WAC only games, USU ended league play ranked first in rebounding margin (+8.5) and rebounding defense (28.4), while ranking second in scoring defense (62.2), rebounds (37.6) and free throw percentage (.739). The Aggies were also third in assists (13.22) and assist-turnover ratio (1.02), while ranking fourth in scoring margin (+4.2), field goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal percentage (.347) and blocks (3.83). USU was also fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.339), sixth in scoring (66.4) and field goal percentage defense (.413) and ninth in steals (4.50).
Individually, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranks 12th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.0), while ranking ninth in league games (13.3). He also is fourth in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.418), while ranking sixth in conference games (.408), in addition to being seventh in overall three-pointers made (1.64) and 10th in WAC only games (1.71). Butterfield also ranks sixth in field goal percentage overall (.491) and ninth in league games (.497), as well as eighth in rebounds overall (6.6) and sixth in league contests (7.6), in addition to standing 13th in the WAC overall in assists (2.71) and 10th in WAC only (3.18). Finally, he is eighth in assist-turnover ration in WAC only games (1.69), while ranking ninth in league only games for minutes played (32.53).
Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.536), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.528), as well as seventh in overall scoring (14.0) and seventh in league games (14.3). He also is fourth in the league in rebounding overall (8.4) and third in conference games (8.1), including ranking second in defensive rebounds both overall (6.10) and WAC only games (6.00). Additionally, Shaw is ninth in overall blocks (1.00) and 11th in conference games (0.83).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is seventh in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.51) and 11th in league only (1.48). He also is ninth in overall assists (3.27) and fifth in league games (3.8).
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is ninth in WAC only games in blocks per game (0.94) and 12th in all games in blocks (0.70), while junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is tied for 15th in league games for blocks (0.61).
Junior guard TeNale Roland is 15th in WAC only three-point field goal percentage (.364).
Utah State (21-9, 11-7 WAC) will be the fifth seed for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play fourth-seeded UT Arlington in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday's game will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network by clicking on the "Listen Live" link on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, and also video streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on USU's website.
Fans can contact the Orleans Box Office at 702-284-7777 or Toll Free at 1-888-234-2334 for all-session tickets, while single-game tickets can only be purchased the day of the game at the Orleans Box Office.
For USU men's basketball ticket information for the WAC Tournament, fans can also contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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