Eighth-Seeded Aggies Facing Top-Seeded Aztecs Thursday In Quarterfinals Of Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships
March 13, 2014
8-Utah State (18-13, 7-11 MW) vs 1-San Diego State (27-3, 16-2 MW)
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The Aggies have an overall record of 1,517-1,045 (.592) in their 2,562 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 Wednesday, March 12, Utah State has an RPI of 114 and a strength of schedule of 108, 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 602-280 (.683).
While in its first Mountain West Men's Championships, Utah State improved to 26-9 (.743) in conference tournament play under head coach Stew Morrill, who is 33-20 (.615) all-time in tournament play. The Aggies are also 15-9 against current members of the MW in conference tournament play, after beating Colorado State in its first postseason meeting. Utah State and San Diego State will be meeting for the first time in a conference tournament game.
Utah State and San Diego State will be meeting on a neutral court for the second time in the series history, as the Aggies and Aztecs met in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6, 1997, with USU winning, 64-61. This will be the third meeting this season between USU and SDSU, with the Aztecs sweeping the season series, as the Aggies pushed the then seventh-ranked Aztecs to overtime on Jan. 25, before falling, 74-69. On Feb. 18 in San Diego, then No. 6/7 SDSU pulled away for a 60-45 win over USU. The four meetings is the fewest played series between USU and a Mountain West opponent, with the 14 meetings with Air Force the Aggies' next fewest played series.
Utah State is 39-27 (.591) all-time in conference tournaments, winning eight of its last 11 tournament games.
USU is in pursuit of its ninth 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.
Utah State is 1-1 this season on a neutral court this season after beating Colorado State on Wednesday. In the Aggies' first game on a neutral court this season, they lost to BYU, 84-75, on Nov. 30 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Under Morrill, USU is 37-21 (.638) when it plays on a neutral court.
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