March 13, 2014
8-Utah State (18-13, 7-11 MW) vs 1-San Diego State (27-3, 16-2 MW)
2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 13, 2014 1 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: CBS Sports Rich Waltz - Play-By-Play/Steve Lappas & Doug Gottlieb - Analysis /
Lauren Gardner - Sideline
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Eighth-seeded Utah State (18-13, 7-11 MW) advances to the quarterfinals of the Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships and will take on top-seeded San Diego State (27-3, 16-2 MW) on Thursday, March 13. The Aztecs are No. 8 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) is slated for 1 p.m. (MT). Thursday's game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with play-by-play from Rich Waltz, analysis from Steve Lappas and Doug Gottlieb, and Lauren Gardner as the sideline reporter. There will be no Internet streaming available. 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 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.
Thursday's game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221), with play-by-play from Rich Waltz, analysis from Steve Lappas and Doug Gottlieb, and Lauren Gardner as the sideline reporter.
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 clicking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The winner of Thursday's quarterfinal game advances to the semifinals on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. (MT), against the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal between fourth-seeded UNLV and fifth-seeded Wyoming. Complete tournament information for the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships can be found at www.themw.com.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
There will be no Internet streaming for the game Thursday, but post-game press conferences will be streamed at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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