March 12, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
#5 Utah State (21-9, 11-7 WAC) vs. #4 UT Arlington (17-12, 11-7 WAC)
Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:30 p.m. (MT) Las Vegas, Nev.
The Orleans Arena (7,471) Aggie Sports Network No TV
WAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Fifth-seeded Utah State men's basketball (21-9, 11-7 WAC) will take on fourth-seeded UT Arlington (17-12, 11-7 WAC) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at The Orleans Arena (7,471) at Las Vegas, Nev. The match-up between the Aggies and Mavericks will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through wac.tv with links at USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,500-1,031 (.593) in its 2,530 games played. USU's win Saturday was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.
As of Monday, March 11, Utah State has an RPI of 104 and a strength of schedule of 166, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 12th overall.
Utah State is 12-5 (.706) all-time in the WAC Tournament and 25-8 (.758) in conference tournament play under head coach Stew Morrill, who is 32-19 (.627) all-time in tournament play. USU is also 11-8 against current members of the WAC in conference tournament play, including 6-3 in the WAC Tournament.
Utah State is 38-26 (.594) all-time in conference tournaments which includes a 16-15 (.516) record in the quarterfinals. Overall, USU is 5-1 (.833) in quarterfinal games since joining the WAC, as last year's loss to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals snapped the Aggies' nine-game win streak in its conference tournament quarterfinal games dating back to the 2000 season.
USU is looking for its eighth tournament championship as it won six postseason titles in 27 years as a member of the Big West Conference, and has won two of the last three WAC Tournament Championships (2009, 2011).
Under Morrill, Utah State has advanced to the championship game of its conference tournament in 10 of the last 12 seasons and has won seven tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011). USU has also played in five of the last six WAC Tournament championship games, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011.
Utah State's quarterfinal game against UT Arlington on Thursday is the Aggies' first game on a neutral court this season. Under Morrill, USU is 36-19 (.655) when it plays on a neutral court.
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on Saturday. 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 games, and the Aggies will be going for the 17th 22-win season with a victory on Thursday.
Utah State is 53-25 (.679) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 26-12 (.684) record on neutral courts. USU is 4-5 (.444) this season on Thursdays and 91-24 (.791) in games play on Thursdays under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are 3-3 (.500) all-time in known games played on March 14, playing on the date for the second-straight season, beating Cal State Bakersfield, 76-69, in the first round of the CollegeInsders.com Tournament last year.
Utah State heads to the 2013 WAC Tournament at The Orleans Arena (7,471) at Las Vegas, Nev., as the fifth-seed with a 21-9 overall and 11-7 WAC ledger, and will take on fourth-seeded UT Arlington (17-12, 11-7 WAC) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at The Orleans Arena (7,471) at Las Vegas, Nev. The match-up between the Aggies and Mavericks will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through wac.tv with links at USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Thursday's winner advances to the semifinals on Friday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) against the winner of top-seeded Lousiana Tech vs. the winner of eighth-seeded San Jose State and ninth-seeded UTSA, who play on Tuesday, March 12. The WAC Tournament Championship game is Saturday, March 16 at 9 p.m. (MT) on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/755 HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208 in Cache Valley).
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst.
Thursday's game, and Friday if USU wins, will be aired in Salt Lake City on KZNS (97.5 FM), and if the Aggies make it to the championship on Saturday, it would air in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM. All Utah State games will also air in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
None of the WAC Tournament first round, quarterfinals or semifinals are televised, while Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/755 HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208 in Cache Valley).
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All of the WAC Tournament games leading up to the championship game will be streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will be directed to the wac.tv site, where they will need to register and pay a small fee to watch the game(s).
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU finished with a 94-34 (.732) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.774) and is 74-22 (.771) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
A QUICK GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies closed out the regular season with a pair of home wins, winning their 20th game of the season with a 77-61 win over Texas State on Thursday. Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's 10 points and 20 rebounds. Butterfield, who added seven assists in the game, recorded his seventh double-double of the season as his 20 rebounds are the most by an Aggie since Dec. 20, 1997 when Donnie Johnson had 20 boards in a home win against Long Island. Junior center Jarred Shaw posted his ninth double-double of the season for Utah State as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward Ben Clifford scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds, while tying his career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with four each. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis also scored in double-figures with 12 points and a career-best five steals. Utah State swiped a season-high 11 steals Thursday night, bettering the 10 swipes that the Aggies had in the last meeting with Texas State, on Dec. 31, 2012 at San Marcos. The USU defense limited Texas State to 15 first-half points, which were the fewest allowed by the Aggies' defense in the first half since 15 by Louisiana Tech on March 5, 2011 in USU's 72-30 win. On Saturday, the Aggies routed the Roadrunners of UTSA, 71-51, behind sophomore forward Ben Clifford's career-high 21 points to lead four Aggies in double-figures. Junior guard TeNale Roland also recorded a career-high in the game with 14 points, all of which were scored in the second half, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield matched Roland's 14 points, as he was 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Junior center Jarred Shaw just missed posting his 10th double-double of the season as he finished the game with 11 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Marvin Jean added a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high tying four assists, while scoring three points.
52 TO 1500
Utah State's win Saturday 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
Saturday's win was Utah State's 21st of the season, marking the 14th-straight year that USU has won at least 21 games in a season. 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 games, and the Aggies will be going for the 17th 22-win season with a victory on Thursday.
UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Utah State is 38-26 (.594) all-time in conference tournaments which includes a 16-15 (.516) record in the quarterfinals. Overall, USU is 5-1 (.833) in quarterfinal games since joining the WAC, as last year's loss to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals snapped the Aggies' nine-game win streak in its conference tournament quarterfinal games dating back to the 2000 season. Prior to last season, the last time Utah State lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament was in 1999, Morrill's first year at USU, when the Aggies lost to UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the Big West Tournament, 75-74.
UTAH STATE AS THE NUMBER FIVE SEED
Utah State is the fifth seed in its conference tournament for the first time since 1992 in the Big West Conference Tournament, when USU lost to Pacific, 86-69. Overall, the Aggies are playing in their league tournament as the number five seed for the fifth time, with all four previous times coming in the Big West Tournament. USU was the fifth seed in 1981, beating UC Irvine, 93-90, in the quarterfinals before losing to Fresno State, 71-57, in the semifinals. In 1989, USU lost to Cal State Fullerton, 87-86 in OT, in the quarterfinals, then lost to Long Beach State by a palindromic 86-68 in the quarterfinals the next year. All-time, USU has a 1-4 (.200) record all-time as the No. 5 seed in conference tournaments.
NUMBER FIVE SEEDS IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT
The first WAC Tournament was held in 1984 and over the last 29 years, the fifth seed has won the tournament twice, by UNLV in 1998 as the fifth seed from the Mountain Division, and by Hawai'i in 2001, which were the only two times that the fifth seed has made it to the championship game until Louisiana Tech did it last year, before losing in the championship. The top seed has won it 11 times, the second seed has won it 10 times, the third seed has won it twice and the fourth seed has won the tournament four times. There has never been a seed lower than the fifth seed win the WAC Tournament. Last year, second-seeded New Mexico State beat fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 82-57, in the championship game. In 2011, top-seeded Utah State defeated second-seeded Boise State, 77-68, in the championship game.
AGGIES 4-6 IN THE 4-5 GAME
Utah State is 4-6 (.400) in the four-five game of conference tournaments, posting a 3-3 ledger as the No. 4 seed and 1-4 record as the No. 5 seed. In the WAC Tournament, USU is 1-1 in the four-five game, winning as the No. 4 seed in 2007, 73-70, against fifth-seeded Hawai'i, while losing as the No. 4 seed last year to fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 72-70.
MORRILL IN TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 32-19 (.627) all-time in conference tournaments, which includes a 4-4 record while the head coach at the University of Montana, a 3-7 record while the head coach at Colorado State, and a 25-8 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 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 Jose State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State leaves 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'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won its 11th WAC game of the season on March 9, 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.
MEDLIN, REED SUFFER INJURIES
Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced an update on a pair of players who suffered injuries in the Aggies' game at New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee. Medlin's injury happened in the first half, but he played the rest of the game, while Reed's injury happened late in the second half against NMSU and he did not return to action.
Medlin was averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He was shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, including 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin was averaging 16.3 ppg, as well as shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, 39.3 percent (33-of-84) behind the arc and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. He was averaging 2.06 made three-pointers per game. Medlin was also leading the conference in minutes played (36.06).
Reed averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, and still holds the team lead for both blocked shots (28 total) and steals (26 total). At the time of the injury, he was netting a team-high 58.2 percent (71-of-122) field goal shooting, as well as 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. Reed averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.75 blocked shots and 1.63 steals per game. Reed made 58.2 percent (71-of-122) of his field goals, netting 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. He averaged 30.4 minutes per game.
THREE RETURNING STARTERS, OUT WITH THREE DIFFERENT MEDICAL SITUATIONS
USU entered this season with three returning starters and all three are now not in action due to medical situations. Junior forward Danny Berger collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night. Berger will miss the remainder of the season. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist sustained on Jan. 17, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee. USU has also been without the services of junior forward Sean Harris, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his knee during preseason workouts.
INJURY COUNT SECOND IN NATION
Utah State players have missed a total of 84 games due to injuries to players on its preseason roster:
Junior forward Sean Harris (30 games) has missed the entire season after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his knee during preseason workouts
Junior forward Danny Berger (25 games) collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest and has returned to limited, controlled activity.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed (14 games) is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee sustained on Jan. 17.
Junior guard Preston Medlin (14 games) is out with a broken bone in his wrist, also sustained on Jan. 17.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (1 game) missed the UT Arlington game on March 2 due to a hip injury.
USU is also without the services this season of forward Brady Jardine, who had his Aggie career shortened after his junior season last year due to a foot injury.
Those 84 games missed are the second-most in the country behind IUPUI, who finished its season with 125 games missed due to injuries and just ahead of North Texas, who had 82 games missed due to injury. Both IUPUI and North Texas' seasons have ended with losses in their respective conference tournaments. IUPUI finished the season with a 6-26 record, while North Texas ended with a 12-20 record.
BUTTERFIELD'S 20 REBOUNDS MOST IN WAC AND AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's 20 rebounds in the Aggies' win over Texas State on March 7 was not only the most by a USU player since 1997, it was also the most by a WAC player this season, bettering the previous mark of 18 boards, done by three other players in WAC games and four other players overall. Additionally, the 20 rebounds were tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA this season, as Butterfield becomes the 12th player to do so.
USU MEN'S BASKETBALL FOURTH IN NATION IN REBOUNDING MARGIN
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 assist-turnover ratio (1.13).
AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
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).
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
The Mavericks ended the regular season with a 17-12 overall and an 11-7 WAC ledger, tying Utah State for fourth-place in the league standings, but earning the fourth seed due the tiebreaker of beating USU twice this season.
UTA had one player earn all-WAC honors, as senior guard Kevin Butler was tabbed to the third-team. Butler led UTA in scoring with 10.7 ppg overall, ranking just outside of the top 15 scorers in the league, while ranking 14th in WAC only games with 11.6 ppg. Buter also is sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.402), 13th in free throw percentage (.705) and 12th in steals (1.24).
After winning its final two home games the weekend before, including topping USU, 61-46, in its home finale, UTA lost both of its final two road games of the regular season, losing at Denver, 84-55, on Thursday and at New Mexico State, 69-66, on Saturday, as NMSU's Bandja Sy netted a game-winning three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left. The Mavericks were down by 15 points at halftime and rallied to take two leads, but couldn't hold on. Butler led UTA with 14 points while senior forward Karol Gruszecki added 11 points. Both Butler and Gruszecki netted three three-pointers each. Junior forward Greg Gainey snared a team-high nine rebounds while junior Shaquille White-Miller dished out a game-high eight assists.
The Mavericks hang their hat on their defense, as they lead the WAC and is 11th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 38.2 percent field goal shooting. UTA is also second in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 61.8 ppg, while also ranking second in the league in three-point field goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 31.4 percent. UTA is also second in the conference in rebounding (38.9). Offensively, UTA is ninth in the league in scoring offense (63.4), fifth in scoring margin (+1.6), ninth in free throw percentage (.654), eighth in field goal percentage (.405) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.338).
Individually, besides Butler's rankings, junior forward Brandon Edwards is second in the league in field goal percentage (.592), but has the fewest field goals made and attempted of anyone in the top 15. White-Miller is fifth in the league in assists (3.70), while Gruszecki is eighth in three-point percentage (.371) and 10th in three-pointers made (1.59).
UTA head coach Scott Gross is in his seventh season as the head coach at UT Arlington and has an overall record of 120-94 (.561). He was named the Southland Conference's Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Mavericks to a 15-1 league record.
AGGIES VERSUS MAVERICKS SERIES HISTORY
USU and UTA are meeting for the third time this season and the fourth meeting overall. Utah State is 1-2 against UT Arlington, as the Aggies beat the Mavericks, 73-69, last season on Dec. 20, 2011 in Logan in the first night of the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, in the first-ever meeting between USU and UTA. This season, as fellow WAC foes, the Mavericks topped the Aggies, 74-68, on Jan. 24 in Logan, and then on March 2 in Utah State's first-ever visit to Arlington, 61-46.
The Aggies are in their eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Mavericks are in their first and last season in the WAC, before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 28-12 (.700) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU, Texas and WAC rookies Texas State and UTSA, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State and Texas Southern, 1-1 against Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M and UT Arlington, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Thursday is USU's fourth-straight game and sixth game overall against an opponent from the Lone Star State this season, as USU beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17, won at UTSA, 71-67, on Dec. 29 and won at Texas State, 81-57 on Dec. 31, before losing at home to UT Arlington, 74-68, on Jan. 24 and at UTA, 61-46, on March 2, before bouncing back and defeating Texas State on March 7, 77-61, and UTSA, 71-51, on March 9.
AGGIES' TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS
USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 214-123 (.635) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST UT ARLINGTON - MARCH 2, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - An 8-2 run to close out the first half and an 11-0 second stanza spurt were too much for the short-handed Utah State men's basketball team to overcome as the Aggies lost at UT Arlington, 61-46, on March 2 at UTA's College Park Center. USU, which was making its first-ever visit to Arlington, falls to 19-9 overall and 9-7 in Western Athletic Conference action. UT Arlington won its sixth WAC game in a row as part of winning its ninth game in the 11 overall that started with its win over USU on Jan. 24 in Logan. The Mavericks improved to 17-10 overall and 11-6 in WAC play. UTA and USU will most likely finish fourth and fifth in the league standings, respectively, and if so, would face each other in the first round of the WAC Tournament on Thursday, March 14 in Las Vegas, Nev. UTA now leads the short-history series, 2-1, winning both of this season's meetings as WAC foes after USU won last year's non-conference match-up. Freshman Marcel Davis posted 15 points to lead the eight Aggie players in uniform Saturday night, as junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield did not suit up following an injury suffered in Thursday's loss at No. 25 Louisiana Tech. It was Davis' eighth game this season in double-digits and fourth with 15 or more points. Junior TeNale Roland, who started in place of Butterfield, added 12 points for his third-straight game in double-figures and fifth time this season. Roland also tied his career-high with three three-pointers, marking the second time in three games that he has hit three treys, and now has seven games with multiple three-pointers. Roland also posted his third-straight game with five or more rebounds, with six rebounds Saturday, after pulling down a career-high seven in USU's game Thursday. Junior center Jarred Shaw, a Dallas, Texas native, netted 11 points Saturday in his return to his hometown area, marking his 10th-straight game with double-figures and 23rd total double-digit outing this season this season. Shaw also led USU with eight rebounds, as the Aggies out-rebounded the Mavericks, 37-31. UTA was led by Kevin Butler with 21 points, hitting five three-pointers, while Karol Gruszecki added 14 points. Jordan Reves snared a team-high seven rebounds. The Aggies shot 14-of-46 (30.4 percent) from the field, making 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from three-point range, marking the fourth time this season that the Aggies had a better percentage behind the arc than total field goal percentage, including both meetings with UTA. Utah State was also 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line. Shaw led USU with a 5-of-5 outing at the charity stripe, marking the second game in a row that he was perfect at the free pitch stripe, going 6-of-6 in Thursday's loss at LA Tech. UT Arlington finished the night making 40.7 percent (22-of-54) of its field goals, also shooting better behind the arc by netting 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from distance, in addition to making half of its free throws (6-of-12). After USU scored the game's first bucket on a putback by junior guard/forward Marvin Jean, UTA went on a 7-0 run, capped by a layup from Cameron Catlett for a 7-2 lead at the 16:05 mark. The Aggies bounced back to knot the score at 20-20 following sophomore center Jordan Stone hitting the second of two free throw attempts with 6:13 to go in the half. From there, the Mavericks closed out the half on an 8-2 spurt, as Reves hit a layup with 36 seconds left, lifting UTA to a 28-22 halftime lead. A three-pointer by Roland pulled USU within, 30-25, at the 17:20 mark, but then the Mavericks stormed off an 11-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Gruszecki for a 41-25 advantage with 15:24 on the clock and the Aggies couldn't recover. Another Roland triple cut the gap to 48-36 at the 7:40 mark, but that would be the closest USU would get the rest of the game.
LAST MEETING VERSUS MAVERICKS AT HOME - JAN. 24, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, but a short-handed Utah State men's basketball team that had just nine available players and played without three starters lost at home to UT Arlington, 74-68, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Jan. 24. Utah State, who falls to 14-4 and 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, had its nine-game home winning streak snapped and has now lost three-straight games for the first time since February of 2008. UT Arlington improved to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in WAC play with the win, and upped its road record to 7-2 on the season. Karol Gruszecki led five UT Arlington players in double-figures with 14 points off the bench as the Maverick reserves out-scored USU's limited bench, 25-6. Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each scored 13 points for UTA. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford also had a career-night for Utah State as he had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, tying his career-high in each category. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points and added a career-high four assists, while also blocking a career-best three shots. Junior center Jarred Shaw scored nine points, freshman guard Marcel Davis had seven points and sophomore center Jordan Stone scored a season-high six points for USU. Utah State finished the game shooting just 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55), including just 32.1 percent in the second-half (9-28). USU also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-526) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (18-of-27) for the game. UT Arlington shot 40.0 percent overall (22-of-55), including 47.8 percent in the final 20 minutes (11-of-523). UTA also made 35.7 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-14) and 73.5 percent of its free throws (25-of-34). USU did out-rebound UTA by five (41-36), including by five on the offensive end (17-12), but the Aggies also had seven more turnovers (17-10). Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Shaw and Davis and held a pair of six-point leads early on at 14-8 and 16-10 before UT Arlington went on a 15-2 run over the next 3:40 to take its largest lead of the half at 25-18 with 6:57 to play. USU answered with an 8-1 run to knot the score at 26-all with 4:03 to play following a Butterfield three-pointer and went into the locker room tied at 33 following a pair of Shaw free throws with seven seconds left to play in the half. Butterfield had 11 points and seven rebounds for Utah State at intermission as the Aggies shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-of-27), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-of-9). UT Arlington shot just 34.4 percent from the field (11-of-32) in the first 20 minutes, including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (4-of-10) and 77.8 percent at the charity stripe (7-of-9) as Gruszecki led the Mavericks with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three. USU dominated the glass in the first half and out-rebounded UTA by 13 (26-13), but the Aggies also had nine more turnovers (12-3). Both teams exchanged baskets on each of their first three possessions of the second-half, culminating in a Clifford three at the 17:35 mark to give Utah State a 41-40 advantage. From there, UT Arlington scored the next five points and never trailed again. USU did tie the score one final time at 48-all at the 10:53 mark after a Butterfield trey, but UTA scored six unanswered points to regain the momentum. The Aggies fought back to within three with 5:02 to play on two free throws from Davis and trailed by just four with 0:58 remaining after a Stone layup, but couldn't get any closer as the Mavericks made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 2:16 to preserve the win.
USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+9.3) and the Aggies also are tops in the conference in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.4 rebounds per game.
USU also is second in the league in 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).
AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
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).
BUTTERFIELD LEADS WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranks 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).
Junior center Jarred 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).
USU'S BUTTERFIELD AND SHAW EARN SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC AND ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM HONORS
Utah State men's basketball players Spencer Butterfield and Jarred Shaw earned all-Western Athletic Conference second-team accolades and were both named to the conference's all-newcomer team, as the league announced its postseason awards that were voted on by the conference's coaches and announced Sunday by the league office.
With Butterfield and Shaw's honor, Utah State has now had 15 all-WAC awards, having had nine first-team all-WAC accolades and six second-team honors. This is the first time in the last 14 years that Utah State did not have a first-team all-conference selection. The Aggies have had at least one player earn all-WAC honors of some sort in each of their eight years in the league and this is the sixth time in eight years that multiple USU players have earned all-WAC accolades. Overall, it is the 19th time since 1979 that the Aggies have had more than one player on the all-conference honors list.
USU has also now had eight WAC all-newcomer team honors. This is the sixth-straight year that the Aggies have had at least one player on the all-newcomer list and the second time in that span of having two players, joining 2010 when Nate Bendall and Brian Green were both selected.
Butterfield, a 6-3 junior guard/forward from Loomis, Calif., (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), 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).
Butterfield has seven double-doubles this season, as well as 18 double-digit scoring outings, including three 20-point games. Butterfield also has seven double-figure rebounding outings, highlighted by a career-high 20 rebounds on March 7 against Texas State, which are the most rebounds by a USU player since 1997 and the most in the WAC this season, as well as the fifth-most in the NCAA this season. He has led USU in scoring three times, as well as leading the team in rebounding nine times and been the Aggies' leading assist man seven times.
Shaw, a 6-10 junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), 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).
Shaw led USU in rebounding and scoring a team-high 16 and 11 times, respectively, as well as leading the team with nine double-doubles. He has three 20-point games.
Additionally, Butterfield and Shaw were both named to the College Sports Madness all-WAC second-team list, also announced Sunday by the publication.
SHAW HAS HIGHEST REBOUNDING AVERAGE SINCE 1995-96
Senior center Jarred Shaw currently has a season average of 8.4 rebounds per game (252 rebounds in 30 games), which is the highest single-season rebounding mark since Eric Franson in 1995-96 with 8.5 rpg (282 rebounds in 33 games).
With 252 rebounds this season, Shaw needs 19 more to crack into USU's top 20 single-season rebounds list, as Tai Wesley (2010-11) and Bob Lauriski (1971-72) are currently tied for 19th with 271 rebounds.
AGGIES POSITIVE ON NEUTRAL
Utah State's quarterfinal game against UT Arlington on Thursday is the Aggies' first game on a neutral court this season. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 36-19 (.655) when it plays on a neutral court.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 18-0 when leading at halftime; 1-8 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 18-2 when shooting better from the field; 3-7 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 14-3 when shooting better from three-point range; 7-6 when shooting worse from three-point range; 16-4 when shooting better from the free throw line; 18-8 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 16-7 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 17-3 when having more assists; 15-4 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State improves to 18-0 when leading at half and has won 84 of its last 86 games (.977) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 291-25 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 1-8 (.111) this year and 47-83 (.362) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 228 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 53-25 (.679) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 26-12 (.684) record on neutral courts. USU is 4-5 (.444) this season on Thursdays and 91-24 (.791) in games play on Thursdays under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are 3-3 (.500) all-time in known games played on March 14, playing on the date for the second-straight season, beating Cal State Bakersfield, 76-69, in the first round of the CollegeInsders.com Tournament last year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 15-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 91 of its last 96 games (.948), when reaching 70 points and is 233-30 (.886) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 7-1 this season and has won 120 of its last 126 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 185-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
AGGIES OK IN OT
USU is now 2-1 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) all-time in overtime games.
80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better in 10 games, going 7-3 this season when doing so. The Aggies have shot over 80 percent in three of their last four games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on Saturday against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.
AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.3. 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.
DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the 26 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 16 times, including the first seven games of the season as well as each of the last two games. Utah State is 12-4 (.750) this season when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.
NO SUS-SPENCER IN WONDERING WHO IS THE WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of March 4-10, announced Sunday by the conference office.
Butterfield, a junior guard/forward from Loomis, Calif., (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), returned to USU's lineup after missing the last game with a hip injury, and averaged a double-double for the week with 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading Utah State to a 2-0 mark in the final weekend of the regular-season, topping Texas State, 77-61, on Thursday and routing UTSA on Saturday, 71-51.
In Thursday's win over the Bobcats, Butterfield snared a career-high 20 rebounds, for the most rebounds by a USU player since 1997 and the most in the WAC this season, as well as the fifth-most in the NCAA this season. Butterfield added 10 points for his seventh double-double of the season, going 4-of-11 from the field, 0-of-3 behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the free throw line, also dishing out seven assists while posting one block and one steal. In Saturday's rout of the Roadrunners, Butterfield netted 14 points, making 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line, also pulling down three rebounds while logging five assists, one block and one steal.
For the week, Butterfield averaged 12.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field, making 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) behind the three-point arc and 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe.
This is the second time in the last five weeks that Butterfield has been named the WAC Player of the Week, as he also collected the accolade on Feb. 11. It is also the fourth time this season that a USU player has earned the weekly conference honor, as senior forward Kyisean Reed collected the award on Dec. 23 and junior guard Preston Medlin garnered the accolade on Jan. 7.
SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield returned to the Aggies' lineup in the Texas State game on March 7 after missing the game at UT Arlington on March 2 with an injury. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has seven double-doubles, most recently with 20 rebounds and 10 points against Texas State on March 7.
Butterfield has scored 309 points in 23 games as a starter, averaging 13.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. He has a season average of 12.0 ppg.
BUTTERFIELD'S A BOARDER
Butterfield's 20 rebounds in the Aggies' win over Texas State on March 7 were tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA this season, as Butterfield becomes the 12th player to do so. The 20 boards was also not only the most by a USU player since 1997, it was also the most by a WAC player this season, bettering the previous mark of 18 boards, done by three other players in WAC games and four other players overall.
BUTTERFIELD FOR THREE
The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 22 of his last 24 games and has 13 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and San Jose State, before netting three treys in home finale vs. UTSA. He leads the team in three-pointers, now with 46 made three-pointers (46-of-110), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 41.8 percent behind the arc.
In addition to his scoring, shooting and rebounding, Butterfield also dishes out assists, distributing a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season. He has a total of 14 games with three or more helpers, doing so in five of the last seven games with three against Denver and five each against NMSU and BYU, and then seven against Texas State in his return to action before dishing out another five dimes in the UTSA game.
After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, sophomore forward Ben Clifford now has at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 13 games, with 18 total in that span, including seven in the last two games. Clifford matched his career-high with four rejections on March 7 against Texas State and followed that up with three blocks against UTSA on March 9. Clifford first posted his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak.
CLIFFORD THE BIG BLUE AGGIE
With the recent injuries, sophomore forward Ben Clifford has the most playing time of any active player in an Aggie jersey, having now played in 66 games in his two-year career. Clifford has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in seven of the last 13 games, posting a new career-high for points in three of those games, with 14 points each in the home game against Denver and at LA Tech, topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington. He then broke out with a career-high 21 points in the season-finale vs. UTSA.
Clifford has scored in double figures three times in the last four games, as part of a total of six times this season and nine total times in his Aggie career.
Clifford's average has climbed from 2.1 ppg on Jan. 11 to his current average of 5.1 ppg.
DOUBLE CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw leads USU with nine double-double this season, including two in the last five games. Shaw has posted double-figure points in each of the last 12 games, as his last single-digit scoring outing was against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 with nine, one of only two WAC games that Shaw was held below double-digits, along with the six points that Shaw was limited to against Seattle on Jan. 3.
SHAW SNARING REBOUNDS
Shaw has at least seven rebounds in 23 games this season, including 12-straight games with five or more boards. He also has nine double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles.
Shaw currently has a season average of 8.4 rebounds per game (252 rebounds in 30 games), which is the highest single-season rebounding mark since Eric Franson in 1995-96 with 8.5 rpg (282 rebounds in 33 games).
With 252 rebounds this season, Shaw needs 19 more to crack into USU's top 20 single-season rebounds list, as Tai Wesley (2010-11) and Bob Lauriski (1971-72) are currently tied for 19th with 271 rebounds.
JUST MISSING ON MORE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound a total of five times, most recently on Saturday against UTSA with 11 points and nine boards.
CASHING IN AT CHARITY STRIPE
Shaw has made 21 of his last 24 free throws since a season-low 1-of-4 outing at BYU. He was 6-of-8 against Illinois State, then was perfect in consecutive games, making 6-of-6 at LA Tech and 5-of-5 at UT Arlington. After making 1-of-2 in Texas State game, Shaw was 3-of-3 in the UTSA game, for the sixth time this season that he has made all his shots from the free pitch line, also going 2-of-2 against Weber State (Nov. 24) and 3-of-3 at Idaho (Jan. 31).
ROLAND, ROLAND, ROLAND, KEEP THEM AGGIES ROLAND
Junior guard TeNale Roland tallied a career-high 14 points in Saturday's win over UTSA, all in the second half, and also tied a career-best with one block. It is the fourth time in the last five games that Roland has tallied double-digit points and is the sixth time this season.
Prior his posting double-digit points in four of the last five games, Roland had only scored in double-digits in only two of the previous 25 games.
PUTTING THE ROAD IN ROLAND
Roland is averaging 7.8 ppg on 93 points in 12 road games, scoring eight or more points in six game, including three of his five double-digit scoring outings, compared to averaging 4.5 ppg on 81 points in 18 home games, netting eight or more points four times, with two double-figure point outings.
On the flip side, Roland is averaging 1.3 assists per game on the road on 16 assists in 12 road games, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle, while posting 2.6 apg on 46 assists in 18 home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Overall, Roland is averaging 2.1 apg.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has nine double-figure scoring games this season, most recently with 12 points against Texas State on Thursday, which followed a team-high 15 at UT Arlington on March 2. He has just missed two more postings with nine points against both New Mexico State and Illinois State.
DAVIS DROPPING DIMES
Davis has distributed at least four assists in 14 of the last 23 games. Included in that stretch are his new season-high of eight helpers against Illinois State along with two games of his previous season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle. Davis also dished out six at Texas State as well as in home games against Denver and New Mexico State, along with tallying five assists against UTSA on Saturday.
Davis now has 88 assists in his 24 games as a starter, averaging 3.7 helpers per game during that stretch, after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg). For the season, Davis leads USU in assists with 3.3 apg.
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean replaced injured guard Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 6.5 ppg on 91 points in the last 14 games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 each vs. UTA and at BYU and 10 vs. Illinois State, for an overall season average of 5.0 ppg.
Jean was a combined 7-of-13 (.538) behind the arc at Denver and home against UTA.
He has 10 games with multiple three-pointers.
STUFFING THE STAT SHEET
Jean has also stuffed the stat sheet lately, snaring a career-high 10 rebounds Saturday against UTSA. He has snared four or more rebounds in eight of the last 12 games as part of a total of 13 times this season.
Jean also swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle, and has tallied at least one steal in each of the last six games.
He has also tied his career-high of four assists in five different games, including three of the last six games.
Jean has also swatted a career-high three blocks in two different games, first against UTA after totalling just two in the previous 18 games, and then three at LA Tech. He has cracked into the WAC only stat leaders for blocks, entering the rankings at tied for 15th at 0.61 bpg.
STONE LIKE A ROCK
Sophomore center Jordan Stone made his first start of the season and third of his career in the Texas State game on March 7, and tallied six points, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist.
Stone had a huge night against BYU, as he set four new season highs, as well as set or tying four career-best marks. Stone recorded new season-high nine points, tying his career-high, while also posting new career-bests with two assists and four blocks in a career-best 25 minutes. Stone bettered his previous season high of six points, done twice this season, against UT Arlington and New Mexico State.
In the last nine games, Stone has snared at least two rebounds in each game, highlighted by a season-high seven against New Mexico State, adding five each against Illinois State, at UT Arlington, before posting six against Texas State.
Stone also shared the team-lead in assists at UTA, marking the first time this season that he has done so, tying his career-high with two assists for the third time both this season and of his career. Stone also swiped one steal at UTA and at home against TXST, tying his season-high for the third time and his career-high for the fifth time.
JORDAN THE REJECTOR
Stone is also averaging one blocked shot per game in each of the last eight games, highlighted by a career-high four blocks at BYU, adding two against Texas State.
LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks.
However, Lopez was relatively quiet in the scoring column since, scoring a total of 34 points in the 22 games since, but matched his USU career-high with eight points against UTSA, adding two blocked shots.
A LOOK BACK AT THE UTSA GAME
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford led four Aggies in double-figures with a career-high 21 points as Utah State men's basketball posted its 1,500th win in program history with a 71-51 Western Athletic Conference victory against UTSA Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in both team's regular-season finale. With the win, USU becomes the 52nd team in NCAA history to win 1,500 games. Utah State improves to 21-9 on the season and 11-7 in league play as it finishes its final season in the WAC tied for fourth-place with UT Arlington (17-12, 11-7 WAC). The Aggies will be the fifth-seed in next week's WAC Tournament and will face fourth-seeded UTA on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. UTSA falls to 8-21 overall and 3-14 in league play with the loss. USU sweeps the season-series with UTSA, winning in the first-ever meeting between the two teams, 71-67, on Dec. 29 at San Antonio. Utah State, who joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, recorded a 94-34 all-time WAC record in its eight years in the league including winning 48 of its final 62 conference games. Clifford, who was 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw line, added eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots to go along with his career-high 21 points. His previous career-high was 14 points, netted two other times. Clifford has now posted double-figure points in the last two games and three of the last four games. Junior guard TeNale Roland also recorded a career-high in the game with 14 points, all of which were scored in the second half, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield matched Roland's 14 points, as he was 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Junior center Jarred Shaw just missed posting his 10th double-double of the season as he finished the game with 11 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Marvin Jean added a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high tying four assists, while scoring three points. Sophomore center Matt Lopez also had a solid game for USU as he tied his career-highs with eight points and two blocked shots, as he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. As did Roland, Lopez scored all eight of his points after intermission, which gave the home team a 22-6 advantage in bench points. Michael Hale III led UTSA with 21 points, including scoring 16 straight at one point in the second half. Jeromie Hill added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Roadrunners. The Aggie defense held Kannon Burrage to nine points, 8.4 below his WAC-leading average entering Saturday's game. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (25-of-50), marking the 12th time this season USU has made at least half of its field goals. USU also shot 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-of-23) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (14-of-16). UTSA shot just 32.8 percent (19-of-58), including 20.8 percent from three (5-of-24) and 57.1 percent at the line (8-of-14). USU also had twice as many assists as UTSA (22-11) and tied its season-high with nine blocked shots, as compared to just three for the visitors. Clifford scored Utah State's first six points of the game to give the home team an early 6-3 advantage, before UTSA used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 12-12 with 9:09 to play in the half. USU then closed the half on a 13-5 run to take a 25-17 lead into halftime. Butterfield had 12 points in the first half and Clifford added 11 as Utah State shot just 36.4 percent (8-of-22), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-of-12) and 75.0 percent at the line (6-of-8). The only other Aggie to score in the first 20 minutes was Shaw who had two points. UTSA shot just 24.1 percent in the first half (7-of-29), including just 15.4 percent from three (2-of-13) and 50.0 percent at the line (1-of-2). Clifford continued his scoring early on in the second-half with five quick points to give Utah State its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-20 with 16:32 remaining. The Roadrunners eventually cut the deficit to six at 46-40 at the 10:13 mark, but USU answered with an 18-5 run over the next 5:10 to take a 64-45 lead with 5:15 to play following a Jean three-pointer and coasted from there for the 71-51 win. After shooting just 36.4 percent in the first half, Utah State shot a blistering 60.7 percent in the second half making 17-of-28 field goals.
REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
The Aggies' 42 rebounds are its second game in a row and fifth in the last seven with 40 or more boards and is the 13th time this season with 40 or more rebounds.
Utah State is now 18-8 when out-rebounding the opposition, doing so in each of the last 14 games.
For the second-straight game, the USU defense held the opposition to under 20 points in the first half with UTSA's 17 first-half points Saturday, after USU limited Texas State to 15 points on Thursday. It is the third time this season that the Aggies have held the opponent to less than 20 in the first half, joining the 19 by Seattle on Feb. 2. Overall it is the fourth time that USU has limited the opposition to 20 or less as the Aggies held Louisiana Tech to 19 points in the second half on Jan. 26.
USU also tied a season-high nine blocks and had its most rejections in a WAC game this year, and is the second game in a row and third in the last six games with eight or more blocks. The nine blocks Saturday ties its season-high from against Nicholls State on Dec. 20.
SHARING THE BALL
The Aggies dished out 22 assists Saturday, which are the second-most this season behind the season-high 23 done twice, but the most in a WAC game. USU's season-high 23 assists came against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and against Illinois State on Feb. 23. It was Utah State's sixth game with 20 or more assists this season.
DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw both registered double-doubles in the same game for the second time this season in the game against Texas State on March 7. Butterfield registered a new career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Shaw logged 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The duo also both recorded double-doubles against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 24, with Butterfield tallying 16 points and a then-career-high 15 rebounds while Shaw logged a then-career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds.
The Aggies have now had two players log double-doubles in the same game a total of three times this season as Shaw and senior forward Kyisean Reed posted double-doubles in the Nicholls State game on Dec. 20, with Reed tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds while Shaw recorded 19 points and 11 boards.
BUTTERING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list.
Consecutive Double-Doubles Name Years Games 1. Marvin Roberts 1970-71 17 2. Marvin Roberts 1969-70 13 3. Shaler Halimon 1967-68 11 4. Greg Grant 1984-85 10 5. Mike Santos 1976-77 9 Mike Santos 1976-77 9 Ed Gregg 1975-76 9 8. Silas Mills 1994-95 6 Marvin Roberts 1968-69 6 10. Spencer Butterfield 2012-13 5 Eric Franson 1995-96 5 Eric Franson 1993-94 5 Bob Lauriski 1971-72 5
BUTTERFIELD TABBED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK MARCH 10
Utah State's Spencer Butterfield has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of March 4-10, announced Sunday by the conference office. Butterfield, a junior guard/forward from Loomis, Calif., (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), returned to USU's lineup after missing the last game with a hip injury, and averaged a double-double for the week with 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading Utah State to a 2-0 mark in the final weekend of the regular-season, topping Texas State, 77-61, on Thursday and routing UTSA on Saturday, 71-51. In Thursday's win over the Bobcats, Butterfield snared a career-high 20 rebounds, for the most rebounds by a USU player since 1997 and the most in the WAC this season, as well as the fifth-most in the NCAA this season. Butterfield added 10 points for his seventh double-double of the season, going 4-of-11 from the field, 0-of-3 behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the free throw line, also dishing out seven assists while posting one block and one steal. In Saturday's rout of the Roadrunners, Butterfield netted 14 points, making 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line, also pulling down three rebounds while logging five assists, one block and one steal. For the week, Butterfield averaged 12.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field, making 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) behind the three-point arc and 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe. This is the second time in the last five weeks that Butterfield has been named the WAC Player of the Week, as he also collected the accolade on Feb. 11. It is also the fourth time this season that a USU player has earned the weekly conference honor, as senior forward Kyisean Reed collected the award on Dec. 23 and junior guard Preston Medlin garnered the accolade on Jan. 7.
BUTTERFIELD NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FEB. 11
Utah State's Spencer Butterfield was named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10, announced by the conference office. Butterfield, a junior forward from Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), posted his fifth-straight double-double with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead USU to its palindromic 63-36 road win at San Jose State on Friday. He also added one steal and one assist in the victory. Butterfield's 22 points were one shy of his season-high 23 points, and came off a season-high nine made field goals on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Butterfield averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game heading into the match-up with San Jose State. He topped that average and nearly had a double-double in the first half with 13 points and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly matching SJSU's 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. During USU's 25-2 run that broke the game open in the first half, Butterfield started the spurt with a three-pointer and later netted six of the last nine points in the streak for USU's 31-11 lead.
With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is now tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list. This is Butterfield's first career WAC Player of the Week accolade. It is USU's third WAC Player of the Week honor this season, joining senior forward Kyisean Reed on Dec. 23 and junior guard Preston Medlin on Jan. 7.
NUMBER FIVE FOR THREE
Junior center Jarred Shaw not only attempted but made his first three-pointer of his USU career, with a trey from the top of the arc in the waning seconds of the first half at New Mexico State on Jan. 17. It was his first made three-pointer of his college basketball career and second attempted trey, with one three-point attempt during his freshman season at Oklahoma State.
MEDLIN SHINES IN BEARD OUT
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in the win over SJSU, which was declared a "Beard Out" by the USU students, with fans wearing beards to match Medlin's beard. Medlin's streak of 20-point games was halted at two in a row with only 14 at New Mexico State, but Medlin has hit for 20 or more points in five of the last eight games, and 19 times in his career. Against SJSU, he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in five of the Aggies' last eight games. Medlin tied a single-game school record in free throw-percentage as he went 11-11 from the charity stripe. It is the 30th time that an Aggie player has been perfect at the line with 10 or more attempts, and the first since Tai Wesley vs. Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Medlin's 11-of-11 effort is the ninth time that an Aggie player went 11-of-11, also first since Wesley. It was also a season-best in free throws made for Medlin and the third-most attempts and makes of his career, going 13-of-14 twice last season (vs. Hawai'i and vs. Loyola Marymount). It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that he made all of his free throws and 19th time in his career. Medlin also dished out five helpers to his teammates for the fourth time this season and it was the 12th time in his career that he has dished out five or more assists.
MEDLIN LIVING UP TO PRESEASON WAC PLAYER OF YEAR BILLING
Junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and lived up to the billing in conference play, prior to breaking bone in wrist on Jan. 17 at NMSU and hasn't played since. Medlin posted 18 points, five assists and three steals in the win over Seattle, and adding a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals against Idaho. Medlin then scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in win over SJSU. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career he has scored 20-plus points as he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. Medlin also added five assists in the game.
MEDLIN EARNS TRIO OF PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete Of The Week for his performance during the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 6 in leading USU to three wins.
Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), helped Utah State post a 3-0 WAC record last week with a road win at Texas State (81-57), and home wins against Seattle (75-66) and Idaho (82-75 OT). Against the Bobcats, Medlin scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Against the Redhawks, he had 18 points to go along with five assists and a season-high tying three steals. And against the Vandals, he scored 22 points and hit the tying three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where he scored nine of USU's 13 points. Medlin, who scored all but three of his points following intermission, added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist against Idaho. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-24) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-of-23). Medlin's three-pointer against Idaho marked the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78.
This is Medlin's first WAC Player of the Week honor this season and second of his career, also collecting the accolade on Jan. 30, 2012. Medlin has earned the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season, also earning the honor on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. It is Medlin's seventh career USU honor, earning the award four times last season.
MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.
Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.
Utah State's 13-game win streak was its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, and ranking as the sixth-longest under Morrill, and the longest since the 2010-11 squad won 17-straight.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09 17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11 13 (1) - 2012-13 12 (1) - 2000-01 10 (1) - 2007-08
LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 13-game win streak also tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09 17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11 13 (2) - 1974-75, 2012-13 12 (2) - 1959-60, 2000-01 11 (2) - 1966-67, 1970-71 10 (1) - 2007-08
MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 30 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 970 career points. He has played in 75 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would become the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range (143-346) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 340.
REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has a 60.2 career field goal percentage (206-of-342), holding down the No. 4 spot.
REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 69 rejections, moving up to the No. 7 spot. Reed has qualified for the blocks per game average, playing in his 50th career game against Idaho, and he currently has his 69 blocks in 52 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, ranking him third on USU's career blocks per game list.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 347-112 (.757) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
AGGIES HAVE THREE PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS).
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5-ppd/Feb. 19), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11, Feb. 8
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5-ppd/Feb. 19 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15 and at Brigham Young on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 366-128 (.741) at USU.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches.
Jeff Jackson (Furman) Randy Rahe (Weber State) Dave Rice (UNLV) Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) 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 Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for the award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 155-90 (.633) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 94-34 (.734) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Against the current WAC teams, Morrill is a palindromic 82-28 (.745) at Utah State and 91-38 (.705) overall.
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