Aggie Men Host Idaho Saturday Night In Second Round Of CollegeInsider.com Tournament
March 15, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Game Notes vs. Idaho
Idaho (19-13) vs. Utah State (18-15)
Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,476-1,021 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is playing in its 13th straight postseason, extending its current school record, which is tied for the 11th longest active streak in the nation. During the last 13 years, USU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), the National Invitation Tournament four times (2002, 2004, 2007, 2008), and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once (2012). USU's previous school record for consecutive postseason appearances was three from 1962-64 (3-NCAA) and from 1978-80 (2-NCAA, 1-NIT).
Utah State is making its 30th postseason appearance all-time, having qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times, the National Invitation Tournament nine times and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once.
Utah State is 9-31 (.225) all-time in postseason play with a 6-22 (.214) record in 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a 2-9 (.182) mark in nine trips to the NIT, and a 1-0 record in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Overall, USU had lost 11 straight postseason games before defeating CSU Bakersfield (75-69) in the first round of the CIT Wednesday.
Utah State will be hosting a postseason game for the sixth time in school history as it went 0-4 in the National Invitation Tournament with losses to Louisiana-Lafayette (94-92) in 1984, Illinois State (93-87 OT) in 1995, Montana State (77-69) in 2002, and Hawai'i (85-74) in 2004, before defeating CSU Bakersfield 75-69 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament Wednesday.
Utah State is 14-4 at home this year and has won 97 of its last 103 home games. Overall, USU is 207-17 (.924) at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 102-7 (.936) record in non-conference games. All-time, Utah State is 501-109 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State will be playing its 19th home game of the 2011-12 season on Saturday, which will set a new single-season school record as the previous record was 18 home games during the 2009-10 campaign. Furthermore, USU's 14 home wins this year marks the 12th time in school history that USU has won at least 14 home games in a single season. Under Morrill, USU has won 14-plus home games 11 times in 14 years.
Of the 16 teams left in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, three are teams that Utah State has already played this season as it defeated Idaho (67-50) and Kent State (81-62) at home, and lost to Idaho (57-54) and Weber State (73-63) on the road.
Utah State (18-15) will continue action in its 13th-straight postseason as it hosts Idaho (19-13) in the second round of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Overall, this is USU's 30th postseason appearance in school history. The game against Idaho will not be televised, but live streaming will be available via the CollegeInsider.com Tournament web site at http://www.collegeinsider.com/tournament/.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast live on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, 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 with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
TICKETS FOR THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament are $17 for adults and $5 for USU students with a valid student ID, while current Jr. Aggie members will receive free admission with an adult ticket. Fans can also purchase tickets on-line 24 hours a day at UtahStateAggies.com.
ABOUT THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
The CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament was established in 2009 and is now in its fourth year. The CIT was created because of the great number of programs that continued to receive no consideration for postseason play. In 1985 when the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, there were 282 Division I programs. Combined with the NIT, 96 teams participated in postseason basketball. Today the number of Division I programs has grown to nearly 350. The competitive balance is better than ever and yet the number of teams participating in the NCAA and NIT has increased by only four. The year before the creation of the CIT, 67 teams that finished .500 or better did not participate in postseason play. Eleven of those 67 teams won 20 or more games, with an additional 20 teams amassing at least 18 wins.
ADVANCING IN THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
The fourth annual CollegeInsider.com Tournament will once again use the old NIT model in which matchups in future rounds are determined by the results of the previous round and as such there is no formal bracket for the tournament.
UTAH STATE VERSUS POSTSEASON TEAMS
Utah State has a combined 6-9 (.400) record against postseason teams on its 2011-12 schedule as it went 1-3 against the 68-team NCAA Tournament field (1-0 vs. BYU, 0-1 vs. Wichita State, 0-2 vs. New Mexico State); 1-3 against the 32-team NIT field (1-0 vs. UT Arlington, 0-1 vs. Mississippi State, 0-2 vs. Nevada); and 4-3 against the 32-team CIT field (1-0 vs. Kent State, 1-0 vs. Utah Valley, 1-1 vs. Idaho, 0-1 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 0-1 vs. Weber State, 1-0 vs. CSU Bakersfield).
MORRILL IN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been involved in postseason action 16 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008, and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2012.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 18-15 on the season after posting a 75-69 home win against CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday. USU finished in fourth-place in the WAC during the regular season with an 8-6 league record. Utah State is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three-point range and 78.8 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.5 points and 3.9 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 9.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.8 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.5 points and shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.4 points and its opponents are shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 4-1 during its last five games and is averaging 68.8 points, while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 62.4 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 67.0 percent at the free throw line.
As of Monday, Mar. 12, Utah State has an RPI of 144 and a strength of schedule of 127, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 12th overall. USU also has a sagarin rating of 140.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Mar. 15, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.4), second in field goal percentage (.473), second in field goal percentage defense (.418), second in three-point field goal percentage (.363), third in scoring margin (+3.1), third in free throw shooting (.704), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.328), and fifth in rebounding margin (+0.4).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Mar. 15, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.426), third in scoring (16.5), fifth in free throw shooting (.788), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73), ninth in assists (3.36), and 11th in overall shooting (.496). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.617), sixth in blocked shots (1.13), and 14th in rebounding (5.0). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks seventh in the WAC in assists (3.91), ninth in free throw shooting (.773), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fourth in the WAC in overall shooting (.555), seventh in rebounding (5.9), and eighth in blocked shots (0.88). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 15th in assists (2.33), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks 15th in blocked shots (0.47).
UTAH STATE RANKS 30TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Thursday, Mar. 15, Utah State ranks 30th in the nation in field goal percentage (.473), 50th in turnovers per game (12.0), 80th in three-point field goal percentage (.363), 97th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.07), and 100th in scoring defense (64.4).
MEDLIN RANKS 17TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Thursday, Mar. 15, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 17th in the nation in three-point shooting (.426), 60th in three-point field goals made per game (2.52), 78th in field goal percentage (.496), and 97th in scoring (16.5).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 11 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 11 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 61.7 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 55.5 percent to rank fourth, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 49.6 percent to rank 11th.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO DO A GOOD JOB TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Utah State has been doing a much better job of taking care of the ball during its last nine games as it is averaging just 10.3 turnovers per game during that time period and has recorded single-digit turnovers in four of its last seven games.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 14-2 this year and has won 63 of its last 65 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 270-25 (.915) when leading at the half and 46-75 (.380) when trailing at the half including a 4-12 (.250) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number this year appears to be 70, as in 70 points. On the season, Utah State is 12-3 when it scores 70 or more points in a game and just 6-12 when it scores less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 73 of its last 78 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 215-30 (.878) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-46 (.361) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 18-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 14-2 when leading at the half; 15-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 15-6 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 17-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 15-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 14-5 when it has more assists than its opponent; 13-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 12-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won 21 of its last 34 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 99-81 (.550) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 70-45 (.609) record against conference opponents and a 33-22 (.600) mark against WAC teams. USU is 4-10 on the road thus far this year.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 48-23 (.676) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 15-4 (.789) home record. USU is also 133-52 (.719) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 0-5 all-time in known games played on March 17.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 6-3 this year and has won 112 of its last 117 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 177-15 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
LOOKING BACK AT THE CSU BAKERSFIELD GAME
Four players in double-digits paced Utah State to a 75-69 home win against CSU Bakersfield Wednesday night in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Wednesday's victory snapped USU's 11-game postseason losing streak after dropping four NIT home games and seven straight NCAA Tournament games. USU improves to 18-15 with the win and the Roadrunners' season ends at 16-15. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led four Aggies in double-digits with 24 points, as well as dishing out six assists. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 16 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds while the senior duo of guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim tallied 15 points and six rebounds each. Reed and Grim both tied their career-highs with three blocks each as USU matched its season-high with seven rejections on the night. Zach Lamb led the Roadrunners with 31 points, including 21 in the second half, while former USU player Tyrone White added 12 points, hitting four three-pointers. Rashad Savage led CSUB with five rebounds, as the Aggies had a 36-32 rebounding edge over the Roadrunners. CSUB's reserves out-scored the USU bench, 23-1. USU netted half of its field goals (23-46), hitting just 3-of-15 (.200) behind the arc, and the Aggies were 26-of-36 (.727) at the free throw line, hitting all eight of their free throw attempts in the final minutes to secure the win. CSUB shot 23-of-58 (.397) from the field, hitting 7-of-22 (.318) of its three-pointers, as White's four treys were joined by three from Lamb. The Roadrunners nearly matched the Aggies in free throw percentage, hitting 72.7 percent (16-22). The Aggies took a 10-3 lead after an acrobatic tip-in putback by Reed at the 15:06 mark, but the Roadrunners rallied to knot the score at 12-all with 12:15 on the clock after a layup from Issiah Grayson. Leading 24-18, USU reeled off six-straight after a Medlin three-pointer and a three-point play by Grim for a 30-18 advantage with 4:43 left in the half. The Aggies went into halftime leading, 37-25, as they improved to 14-2 when have an intermission advantage. With the scoreboard reading 46-34 in USU's favor, CSUB used three-pointers from White and buckets by Lamb for a 14-0 run to take its first lead of the night at 48-46 with 10:23 remaining. USU righted the ship by scoring 10 of the game's next 14 points to take a 56-50 lead with 7:53 left after a pair of Pane free pitches. The Aggies couldn't pull away but wouldn't let the Roadrunners get closer than two points, the last with 43.4 ticks. CSUB missed on two layups and the Aggies rebounded with Medlin and fellow sophomore guard Danny Berger hitting two free throws each to seal the victory.
NOTABLES FROM THE CSU BAKERSFIELD GAME
Utah State improved to 11-4 on the season and 70-23 during the last 13 years following a loss and has lost back-to-back games just 20 times during that time period... USU improved to 7-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield including a 5-0 mark at home... USU's 17 turnovers are tied for its second-most in a game this year (18 vs. BYU), while CSU Bakersfield's 11 steals are the second-most by a USU opponent this year (12 by Fresno State)... USU's bench scored a season-low one point after scoring a season-high 38 points in its previous game... USU's 26 made free throws and 36 free throw attempts both rank as the second-most in a game this year as it was 28-of-37 at the free throw line against Seattle on Dec. 17... USU tied its season-high with seven blocked shots for the third time this year.
UTAH STATE TIES SEVERAL POSTSEASON RECORDS IN WIN AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Utah State set or tied a couple of school postseason records in its 75-69 win against CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament Wednesday. In all, USU set a new USU postseason record with its 26 made free throws and tied the postseason record with its seven blocked shots, while senior forward Morgan Grim and junior forward Kyisean Reed both tied the single-game USU postseason record for blocked shots with three.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO REBOUND THE BALL WELL AS OF LATE
Utah State continues to do a good job on the glass as it has now out-rebounded 10 of its last 12 opponents after out-rebounding CSU Bakersfield by four (36-32) in its last game. During its last 12 games, Utah State is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.8 boards per game (33.7-28.9). On the season, USU is now 12-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
AGGIES WIN CLOSE GAME
In each of its last three games, Utah State has found itself in a close game as it won at Hawai'i by one point (61-60) in its regular season finale, lost to Louisiana Tech by two points (72-70) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament, and defeated CSU Bakersfield by six points (75-69) in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. After winning two of its past three games that were decided by six or fewer points, Utah State is now 1-5 in games decided by three of fewer points and 2-7 in games decided by seven or fewer points.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
For the second time in its last four games and for the 10th time this year, Utah State shot 50 percent from the field as it was 23-of-46 (.500) shooting against CSU Bakersfield. On the season, USU is 7-3 when it shoots at least 50 percent.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 195 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'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored in double-figures for the first time in seven games and for the 13th time this year with 15 points against CSU Bakersfield... Recorded his third career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Kent State... Scored a career-high 20 points and played a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Tied his career-high with three blocks against CSUB... Has played in 65 games at Utah State with 33 starts and in 106 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 16th time this year with 16 points against CSU Bakersfield... Also had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with three blocks against CSUB... Has three 20-point games on the season... Recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds against Fresno State to go along with a career-high three blocks... Scored a career-high 27 points against Kent State... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a career-best 10 rebounds.
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with six rebounds against CSU Bakersfield... Has started 64 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 67... Has scored in double-figures in 24 games this year and in 46 games in his career... Also has five 20-point games this season and eight in his career... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Scored a career-high 17 points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament for his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season... Had a career-high eight rebounds against Idaho to go along with a career-high six assists against Kent State... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt... Has started 21 straight games and played in 27.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 32 points against Idaho... Tied his career-highs with eight assists against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament and nine rebounds against Montana Tech... Has scored in double-figures 27 times this year and 28 times in his career... Has 11 career 20-point games... Has played in 55 games at Utah State with 33 starts.
OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Scored a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Has made six of his last 11 three-point attempts... Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at No. 15 Mississippi State and at Hawai'i... Has started four games this year and played in 32.
G #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in 25.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Made his first career start against Montana Tech... Scored a career-high nine points against Fresno State and Seattle...Tied his career-high with five rebounds at Fresno State and against San Jose State... Played a season-best 18 minutes against Saint Peter's... Has played in 50 games during his Aggie career.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Scored a career-high 15 points against San Jose State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high six rebounds at Nevada... Played a season-high 25 minutes at San Jose State..Has started nine games during the season and played in 32.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Scored a career-high nine points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Tied his career-high with eight rebounds against UC Santa Barbara... Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Has started two games this year and played in 30.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Scored his first points as an Aggie at Louisiana Tech as he was 1-of-1 from the field... Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had a season-high two rebounds against Montana Tech... Has played in 11 games overall this year.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
Idaho is 19-13 on the season following its 86-83 home win against UC Santa Barbara in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday night. The Vandals, who are 7-7 on the road and 8-9 away from home this year, finished in third-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 9-5 league mark. The Vandals, who have won eight of its last 10 games, are led by senior guard Deremy Geiger who is averaging 13.2 points, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent at the free throw line. Idaho has two other players scoring in double figures as junior center Kyle Barone is averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, and sophomore forward Stephen Madison is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Idaho is averaging 70.1 points and shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UI is allowing 67.6 points and its opponents are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 67.4 percent at the free throw line. Idaho returns one starter and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-14 overall and finished in third-place in the WAC with a 9-7 record. Don Verlin is 69-59 in this his fourth year as a collegiate head coach at Idaho.
UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 49th time this weekend in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against the Vandals was during the 1945-46 season.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 49th time this weekend with the Aggies holding a 34-14 all-time advantage, which includes a 16-1 record at home. The first game played in the series was during the 1945-46 season with the Vandals recording a 55-33 win. Overall, USU has won 29 of the last 34 games played in the series including nine straight at home. The two teams split its regular season series as Idaho won, 57-54, in Moscow on Jan. 21 and USU won in Logan, 67-50, on Feb. 24. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 24-5 against Idaho at USU and 27-15 against the Vandals all-time.
UTAH STATE VERSUS IDAHO IN THE POSTSEASON
Utah State and Idaho will be playing one another in the postseason for just the second time in series history. The first-ever postseason meeting between the two teams was on March 7, 2002 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament with USU winning 61-41.
MORRILL VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State is 52-9 (.852) versus teams from the state of Idaho under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 24-5 record against Idaho and a 10-0 record versus Idaho State.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO CONNECTIONS
Idaho head coach Don Verlin spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State. Senior Idaho guard Deremy Geiger spent his freshman season (2008-09) at Utah State as he appeared in 18 games and averaged 2.1 points in 7.4 minutes, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field (13-29), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8). His season-high was 14 points against UC Irvine.
AGGIE PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has two players on its current roster who are from the state of Idaho in senior forward Brady Jardine and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel. Jardine prepped at Twin Falls HS and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2005 as he averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading them to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship in 32 years. Bruneel prepped at Eagle HS in Boise and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2008 as he averaged 23.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. As a collegiate freshman last year, Bruneel helped lead College of Southern Idaho to a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship as he averaged 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds en route to earning honorable mention Southwestern Athletic Conference Region 18 honors.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 32 points, including an amazing 27 during the second-half alone, in single-handedly leading Utah State to a come-from-behind 67-50 home win against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. In all, Utah State finished the game on a 53-21 run during the final 23 minutes as it out-scored Idaho 45-21 in the second-half and wrapped up the first half with an 8-0 run after trailing 29-14. Medlin, who finished the night shooting 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-for-5 at the free throw line, single-handedly out-scored Idaho in the second-half as the Vandals had just 21 points after scoring 29 in the first-half. During the final 20 minutes, Medlin was 9-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from behind the arc, and 4-for-5 at the line. Those 32 points for Medlin are the most scored by an Aggie since Gary Wilkinson had 33 points in an 83-77 overtime win at Fresno State on Jan. 31, 2009. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 12 points and seven assists, while Medlin added eight rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Morgan Grim also had eight rebounds for Utah State to go along with six points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Deremy Geiger, who spent his freshman season at Utah State, was the only Idaho player to score in double-figures with 13 points. Utah State shot a blistering 75.0 percent from the field (15-20) and 71.4 percent from three-point range (5-7) in the second-half, while converting 10-of-13 (.769) free throws after intermission. Overall, USU shot 46.2 percent for the game (24-52), including 47.4 percent from three (9-19) and 76.9 percent at the line (10-13). After making 10 of its first 19 shots, Idaho finished the game shooting just 36.0 percent from the field (18-50) and made just eight of its final 31 attempts. UI was also 6-of-15 (.400) from behind the arc and 8-of-15 (.533) at the free throw line. USU also had a 36-30 advantage on the boards. Idaho scored the first five points of the game and took a quick 10-2 lead before Utah State got five quick points from Medlin to get within three at 10-7. The Vandals then out-scored the Aggies 19-7 over the next six-plus minutes to take a commanding 29-14 lead with 4:19 to go in the half. USU then closed the half on an 8-0 run in the final three minutes as Pane hit back-to-back three-pointers and freshman forward Ben Clifford added a layup to get the home team within 29-22 at the break. Utah State began the second-half on a 6-0 run and then took its first lead of the night with 16:32 to play on a three-pointer from Medlin to make the score 34-32. USU extended its advantage to eight at 42-34 with 12:31 remaining following a pair of free throws from Pane. Utah State continued to pull away from Idaho as it later led by 16 at 57-41 following 11 straight points from Medlin. The Aggies largest lead of the night came with 2:32 to play following a free throw from Berger to make the score 64-46 and Medlin capped the night with a three-pointer with 1:05 left to make the final score 67-50.
LAST MEETING AT IDAHO
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 17 points and seven rebounds, but Utah State was out-scored 10-1 down the stretch in a 57-54 loss at Idaho on Jan. 21, 2012. Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger was the only other Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with 10 points, while senior forward Morgan Grim had nine points. USU also got six points and a season-high six rebounds out of senior point guard Brockeith Pane, while freshman forward Ben Clifford added six points, six rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots off the bench. Overall, the Aggie reserves were out-scored 25-7. Djim Bandoumel had 16 points, including 11 in the second-half to lead Idaho. After trailing 2-0, Utah State led for the majority of the game including at 53-47 with 3:55 remaining following a pair of free throws from Berger. However, USU turned it over on its next four possessions and Idaho regained the lead with 26 seconds to play on a three-pointer from Stephen Madison to give the Vandals a 56-54 advantage. UI then hit 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds to play and Medlin's running three-pointer bounced off the rim to make the final score 57-54. Utah State finished the game shooting 48.8 percent (21-43), but just 41.2 percent in the second-half as the Aggies were just 7-of-17 from the field in the final 20 minutes. USU also shot a season-low 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-13) as its two made treys ties its season-low. USU did shoot 71.4 percent from the free throw line (10-14). Idaho shot 40.8 percent overall (20-49), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 65.0 percent at the free throw line (13-20). Utah State out-rebounded Idaho by seven (33-26) and had six blocked shots in the game, but also committed 16 turnovers to just eight for the home team. Utah State had a good start as it lead 9-5 early on. USU later used a 6-0 run to take a 23-17 lead with 6:06 to play in the half following a Pane layup and took its largest lead of the half at 29-21 with 2:12 to play after another 6-0 run. However, Idaho scored the final four points to make the score 29-25 at the break. Utah State got six points each from Grim, Medlin and Pane in the first-half as USU shot 53.8 percent from the field (14-26), despite shooting 0-of-6 from three-point range. The Aggies were also 1-for-2 (.500) from the free throw line in the first-half. Idaho shot 41.7 percent (10-24) in the first 20 minutes, including 25.0 percent from three-point range (2-8) and 60.0 percent at the line (3-5). Utah State's largest lead of the game came at 39-30 with 15:26 to play following a three-point play from Medlin. From there, Idaho went on a 10-2 run to get within one at 41-40 and eventually tied it at 44-44. The game was later tied at 47-47 before USU scored six straight points, including four straight from Clifford to give the visitors the 53-47 advantage with 3:55 to play.
MEDLIN SCORES 500TH POINT OF THE SEASON AT HAWAI'I
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored his 500th point of the season against Hawai'i (3/3), marking the 48th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year. On the season, Medlin now has 545 points to rank 26th all-time at Utah State for single season scoring.
MEDLIN GOES OVER 20 FOR 11TH TIME THIS YEAR WITH 24 POINTS AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 24 points in his last game against CSU Bakersfield (3/14), marking the 11th time this year he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures 27 times this year and 28 times in his career. With his 24 points against CSUB, Medlin has now scored 20-plus points in five of his last nine games. During his last five games, he is averaging 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, while shooting 58.9 percent from the field (33-56), 48.6 percent from three-point range (17-35) and 82.8 percent from the free throw line (24-29).
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. Thus far this year, Medlin leads USU with 16.5 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range (98-235) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history.
MEDLIN RANKS AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE SEASON CATEGORIES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks tied for fifth all-time at USU for a single-season with 83 made three pointers along with Jaycee Carroll (2006-07) and tied for fifth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 195 along with Tony Brown (2000-01). He also ranks sixth all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,157.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 24TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 24th time this year and 46th time in his career with 15 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14) in his last game. Pane also has five 20-point games this year and eight in his career after scoring 20 points at Hawai'i (3/3) in USU's regular season finale. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 14.8 points and 4.0 assists, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (27-65), 18.8 percent from three-point range (3-16) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25).
REED RECORDS 16TH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the 16th time this year with 16 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14). Reed, who has three 20-point games this year after scoring 20 points against Louisiana Tech (2/9), also has one double-double this season as he had 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high three blocked shots against Fresno State (1/5). During his last five games, Reed is averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 56.0 percent from the field (14-25) and 63.2 percent at the free throw line (12-19).
REED CURRENTLY RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 61.7 percent from the field (119-193) to rank first in the WAC and that percentage ranks as the eighth-best single-season shooting percentage in school history.
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 13TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Senior forward Morgan Grim scored in double-figures for the 13th time this year with his 15 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14). Grim has also recorded three double-doubles this year including a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points against Kent State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 68.2 percent from the field (15-22) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (9-12).
BERGER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 17 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 17 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) for his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season. Berger also added five rebounds and a career-best three steals in the game against the Bulldogs as he was 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 5.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field (7-21), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (8-10). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
CLIFFORD SCORES CAREER-HIGH 12 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford scored a career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds against Louisiana Tech (3/8) for his third double-figure scoring game of the season. Against the Bulldogs, Clifford was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line. During his last five games, Clifford is averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (10-15), 50.0 percent from three-point range (1-2) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (2-4).
STONE SCORES CAREER-HIGH NINE POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Freshman center Jordan Stone scored a career-high nine points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) to go along with five rebounds as he was 3-of-4 from both the field and free throw line. During his last five games, Stone is averaging 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field (5-8) and 33.3 percent from the free throw line (3-9).
BRUNEEL SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR THIRD TIME WITH 12 POINTS AT SAN JOSE STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored in double-figures for the third time this year with 12 points at San Jose State (3/1). Bruneel also had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with two assists against the Spartans, while playing a career-high 25 minutes. Bruneel also scored a career-high 15 points in his first game against San Jose State (1/28). During his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 35.3 percent from the field (6-17), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-12), and 50.0 percent from the free throw line (3-6).
MEDLIN SECOND SOPHOMORE IN UTAH STATE HISTORY TO EARN FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
For just the second time in school history, Utah State had a sophomore earn first-team all-conference honors as Preston Medlin was named to the Western Athletic Conference first-team Sunday. Medlin joins Nate Harris (2003-06) as the only two Aggie sophomores ever to be named first-team all-conference as Harris was named to the Big West Conference all-first team following the 2003-04 season.
PANE NAMED TO WAC'S HONORABLE MENTION TEAM
For the second straight year, senior point guard Brockeith Pane has earned all-WAC honors as he was named to the league's honorable mention team this year. Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors as a junior in his first year at Utah State.
REED NAMED TO WAC'S ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Junior forward Kyisean Reed became the sixth Aggie in the last five years named to the WAC's all-newcomer team joining Gary Wilkinson (2008), Jared Quayle (2009), Nate Bendall (2010), Brian Green (2010) and Brockeith Pane (2011).
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO PILE UP ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
With sophomore guard Preston Medlin's first-team honor, Utah State has now had 21 first-team all-conference selections over the last 13 seasons. For USU, it is the 13th straight year it has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had nine first-team all-WAC players in its seven years in the league and 33 first-team all-conference selections in the last 34 years.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS WHILE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 21 times in his 14 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.
TWO AGGIES HAVE EARNED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS THIS YEAR
Utah State has had two players earn WAC Player of the Week honors this year as senior point guard Brockeith Pane won the award on Nov. 14 after leading USU to a season-opening home win against BYU as he had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC Player of the Week on Jan. 30 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Hawai'i and San Jose State. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game as he had 25 points against the Rainbow Warriors and 15 against the Spartans.
UTAH STATE ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES
Utah State has several categories this year that rank among the top 10 all-time in school history for a single-season as it will play its 34th game of the season Saturday which is tied for fifth. USU also ranks seventh with 107 blocks this year, and is ninth in both three-pointers made (178) and attempted (490).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had claimed player of the year honors from the WAC three times in the last four seasons as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008, Gary Wilkinson in 2009 and Tai Wesley in 2011, while Stew Morrill had won three-straight Don Haskins Coach of the Year awards prior to this season.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 342-118 (.743) record, including a 175-55 (.761) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 75.7 percent with an overall record of 327-105. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 200-63 (.760) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 13 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 13th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC in 2012. USU has also had three WAC Players of the Year under Morrill in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 207-17 (.924) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 22 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 560 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.6 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 560-256 (.686).