Aggie Men Square Off Against Oakland Sunday Afternoon in Semifinals of CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
March 23, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Game Notes vs. Oakland
Oakland (20-15) vs. Utah State (20-15)
Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012 4 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 1,478-1,021 (.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.
With its CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament wins against CSU Bakersfield (75-69), Idaho (76-56) and Loyola Marymount (77-69), Utah State has now won three-straight postseason games for the first time in school history. The previous record for consecutive postseason wins was two during the 1969-70 season as that team went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament advancing to the Regional Final. Furthermore, this year's USU team will be playing in its fourth postseason game for the first time in school history bettering the 1960 (NIT), 1962 (NCAA), 1964 (NCAA) and 1970 (NCAA) teams that all played three postseason games.
Utah State is 11-31 (.262) 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 3-0 record in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Overall, USU had lost 11 straight postseason games before recording three-straight wins in this year's CIT.
Utah State is 16-4 at home this year and has won 99 of its last 105 home games. Overall, USU is 209-17 (.925) at home under head coach Stew Morrill including a 104-7 (.937) record in non-conference games. All-time, Utah State is 503-109 (.822) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State will be playing its 21st home game of the 2011-12 season on Sunday, bettering the previous school record which was 18 set during the 2009-10 campaign. Furthermore, USU's 16 home wins this year marks the fifth-straight year that USU has won at least 16 home games. Prior to its current run, USU had never won more than 15 home games in a single season.
Utah State (20-15) will continue action in its 13th-straight postseason as it hosts Oakland (20-15) in the semifinals of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. Overall, this is USU's 30th postseason appearance in school history. The game against OU 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).
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
CollegeInsider.com announced on Thursday, March 22 that the winner of the Utah State vs. Oakland game will host the winner of the Mercer vs. Fairfield game in the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports.
TICKETS FOR THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament are $17 for adults while USU students and current Jr. Aggie members will receive free admission. Fans can 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.
UTAH STATE HOSTING FOURTH-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON GAME
Utah State will be hosting a postseason game for the eighth 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), Idaho (76-56) and Loyola Marymount (77-69) in this year's CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Prior to this season, USU had never hosted more than one postseason game in a single year.
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 20-15 on the season after defeating Loyola Marymount (77-69) in the quarterfinals 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 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.4 points and 4.1 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.9 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 68.0 points and shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.3 points and its opponents are shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 66.1 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE NOTCHES 13TH-STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON
With its 77-69 home win against Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday, Utah State won its 20th game of the season for the 13th-straight year and is one of just seven teams in the country to accomplish that feat along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Syracuse and Texas. Furthermore, it is the 27th time in school history that USU has won 20 games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Following games played on Saturday, March 24, Utah State will be one of just 15 NCAA Division I teams across the country still playing as the NCAA Tournament will be down to its final six, the NIT is down to its final four, the CIT will be down to its final three, and the CBI Tournament is down to its final two.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 4-1 during its last five games and is averaging 71.8 points, while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 27.7 percent from three-point range and 75.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 65.2 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 63.8 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE STATS DURING THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Utah State has won all three of its games thus far in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and is averaging 76.0 points, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from three-point range and 82.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.7 points during the tournament, while its opponents are shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from three-point range and 64.8 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Mar. 22, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.3), second in field goal percentage defense (.417), third in scoring margin (+3.7), third in field goal percentage (.471), third in free throw shooting (.718), third in three-point field goal percentage (.359), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.329), fifth in rebounding margin (+0.5), fifth in assists (13.03) and fifth in blocks (3.26).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Mar. 22, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.426), third in scoring (16.8), fourth in free throw shooting (.801), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66), ninth in assists (3.37), and 12th in overall shooting (.492). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.612), sixth in blocked shots (1.15), and 14th in rebounding (5.0). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks seventh in the WAC in assists (4.11), seventh in free throw shooting (.787), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks third in the WAC in overall shooting (.563), seventh in rebounding (6.0), and ninth in blocked shots (0.89), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks 15th in blocked shots (0.50).
UTAH STATE RANKS 32ND IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Thursday, Mar. 22, Utah State ranks 32nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.471), 69th in turnovers per game (12.3), 84th in free throw shooting (.718), 94th in three-point field goal percentage (.359), 95th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.06), and 96th in scoring defense (64.3).
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Thursday, Mar. 22, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.426), 56th in three-point field goals made per game (2.54), 77th in field goal percentage (.492), and 89th in scoring (16.8).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 12 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 12 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 61.2 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 56.3 percent to rank third, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 49.2 percent to rank 12th.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 16-2 this year and has won 65 of its last 67 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 272-25 (.916) 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 14-3 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 75 of its last 80 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 217-30 (.879) 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 VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 7-3 this year and has won 113 of its last 118 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 178-15 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 20-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 16-2 when leading at the half; 16-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 16-6 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 18-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 16-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 16-5 when it has more assists than its opponent; 14-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 13-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is five games over .500 (20-15) for the first time this year as it has won six of its last seven and eight of its last 11 games.
LOOKING BACK AT THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT GAME
Utah State opened a 16-point lead midway through the second half and held off a late Loyola Marymount rally as the Aggies tamed the Lions, 77-69, in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin netted a game-best 26 points, hitting three three-pointers as well as tying a season-high by hitting 13-of-14 at the free throw line, helping USU make a season-high 32 free throws in 35 attempts for a season-best 91.4 percent. It was Medlin's third-straight double-digit outing and 29th this season. Medlin also pulled down eight rebounds, helping USU to a 43-35 rebounding advantage, as the Aggies matched their season-high rebound total. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 17 points, scoring 12 in the second half, and also dished out four assists for the team-best and tying the game-high. Pane was also a perfect 8-of-8 at the charity stripe, his third perfect outing at the free pitch stripe this season, hitting 8-of-8 in all three games. Junior forward Morgan Grim added 16 points, his second game in the last three with double-figures and 14th of the year. Grim added eight rebounds while redshirt-freshman forward Ben Clifford snared a career-best nine rebounds to go with seven points. LMU was led by Anthony Ireland with 23 points while matching Pane with four assists. Ashley Hamilton added 11 points while Godwin Okonji pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. The Aggies shot 20-of-51 (.392) from the floor, hitting 5-of-21 (.238) from three-point range. The Lions made 40.9 percent (27-66) of their field goals, making 36.4 percent (8-22) behind the three-point arc. LMU connected on 7-of-14 (.500) of its charity stripe shots. The score changed hands eight times and was tied five times, all in the first half, as the Lions had two three-point leads in the early going, the last at 9-6 after a three-pointer by LaRon Armstead at the 15:26 mark. LMU led 15-14 before USU reeled off eight unanswered points for a 22-15 lead, capped by a Medlin layup with 9:34 to go. The Lions clawed back to knot the score at 26-all with 4:07 on the clock. Grim hit a layup then Medlin netted the next five points, hitting a three from just left of the top of the arc and then added a fast break layup with 46 ticks left and the Aggies took a 33-26 lead into halftime, improving to 16-2 when leading at intermission. Medlin opened the second stanza similar to how he closed the first, hitting a three-pointer from left of the top of the arc that got a shooter's roll around, rattling around the rim before falling through, capping USU's 10-0 run overlapping half. A trey by Ireland ended the spurt and pulled LMU within 36-29 at the 18:16 mark. From that point, USU went on an 18-9 run, capped by a Clifford three from the right corner for a 54-38 Aggie advantage with 11:31 to go, forcing a Lion timeout. LMU then scored 20 of the game's next 28 points to pull within 62-58 with 3:05 on the clock after an Ireland layup. That would be the closest the Lions got as the Aggies didn't attempt a field goal from that point on but drained 15-of-16 free throws, including four following a pair of technicals on the LMU bench with 1:26 to go, and then two more shortly after to give USU a 73-58 lead and clinch the win.
NOTABLES FROM THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT GAME
Utah State made a season-high 32 free throws and shot a season-high 91.4 percent from the free throw line (32-35)... USU's 43 rebounds ties its season-high (43 at Nevada), while its 22 turnovers are a season-high (18 vs. BYU)... Loyola Marymount's 14 steals are a season-high for a USU opponent... USU shot under 40 percent (.392) for just the third time this year and had lost both of those games.
UTAH STATE SETS SEVERAL POSTSEASON RECORDS AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Utah State set a couple team and individual postseason records in its last game against Loyola Marymount as its 32 made free throws set a new postseason school record, as did its 22 turnovers. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also set two postseason records in the game with his 13 made free throws and his 92.9 percent shooting from the free throw line (13-14). Wayne Estes held the previous school records with 10 made free throws and a 90.9 shooting percentage from the line against Arizona State in the first round of the 1964 NCAA Tournament. Max Perry also made 10 free throws against Villanova in the first round of the 1960 NIT.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO REBOUND THE BALL WELL AS OF LATE
Utah State continues to do a good job on the glass as of late as it out-rebounded Loyola Marymount by eight (43-35) in its last game, marking the 11th time in its last 14 outings that it has out-rebounded the opposition. During its last 14 games, Utah State is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.4 boards per game (34.1-29.6). On the season, USU is 13-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
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 including playing its 36th game of the season Sunday which will be the most in school history. USU also ranks sixth this season with 114 blocks, seventh in three-pointers attempted (527) and ninth in three-pointers made (189). Individually, senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin will both set single-season school records for games played and started at 36, as will senior guard Brockeith Pane for games played with 36.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 329-105 (.758) 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 25.3 wins during the last 13 seasons.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored in double-figures for the 14th time this year and second time in his last three games with 16 points against Loyola Marymount... 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 67 games at Utah State with 35 starts and in 108 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 17th time this year with 15 points against Idaho... Had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with three blocks against CSU Bakersfield... 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) - Dished out a career-high 11 assists in his last game against Idaho... Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with six rebounds against CSU Bakersfield... Has started 66 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 69... Has scored in double-figures in 25 games this year and in 47 games in his career... Also has five 20-point games this season and eight in his career.
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 23 straight games and played in 29.
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 29 times this year and 30 times in his career... Has 12 career 20-point games... Has played in 57 games at Utah State with 35 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 seven of his last 15 three-point attempts... Had a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount... Has started four games this year and played in 34.
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 27.
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 52 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 26 minutes against Idaho..Has started nine games during the season and played in 34.
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 32.
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 12 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.
Oakland is 20-15 on the season after recording home wins against Bowling Green (86-69), Buffalo (84-76) and Rice (77-70) in the first three rounds of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Grizzlies, who have won eight of their last 10 games, are 8-8 on the road and 8-9 away from home this year. OU finished in third-place in The Summit League this year with a 12-6 record. Oakland University is led by senior guard Reggie Hamilton who leads the nation in scoring at 26.3 points per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from three-point range and 88.5 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore guard Travis Bader is averaging 15.7 points and junior forward Drew Valentine is averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. As a team, Oakland is averaging 79.8 points and shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, OU is allowing 77.9 points and its opponents are shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent at the free throw line. The Grizzlies returns three starters and four letterwinners from last year's team that went 25-10 overall and finished in first-place in The Summit League with a 17-1 league mark. OU concluded its season with an 85-81 loss to Texas in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. OU is coached by Greg Kampe who is 490-348 in this his 28th year at the school. At the Division I level, Kampe has a 238-201 record.
UTAH STATE-OAKLAND SERIES
Utah State and Oakland will be meeting for the first time ever this weekend.
VERSUS THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Utah State is 17-2 (.895) against current members of The Summit League as it is 6-0 against Southern Utah including a 65-62 home win this year, 6-1 against Oral Roberts, 4-0 versus South Dakota State, and 1-1 against IPFW.
COMMON OPPONENTS BETWEEN UTAH STATE AND OAKLAND
Utah State and Oakland have played two common opponents this year in Utah Valley and Southern Utah. USU defeated both UVU and SUU, while Oakland defeated Utah Valley and went 2-1 against Southern Utah.
VERSUS THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
Utah State is 4-2 all-time against teams from the state of Michigan with a 2-0 record against Michigan State, a 1-0 record against Western Michigan, a 1-1 record against Detroit and an 0-1 record against Michigan. The last time USU played a team from the state of Michigan was when it lost at Michigan (68-58) in the first round of the 2007 National Invitational Tournament.
FORMER AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
According to available records that go back to the 1957-58 season, Utah State has had three players from the state of Michigan in Shaler Halimon, Jr. (Romulus), Fred Smith (Detroit) and Duane Rogers (Detroit). Halimon played at Utah State during the 1967 and 1968 seasons earning All-American honors both years, and was inducted in the USU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Smith played at USU during the 1966-67 season and Rogers played at USU during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 50-23 (.685) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 17-4 (.810) home record. USU is also 4-1 (.800) in games played on Sunday under Morrill, as the last time it played a game on Sunday was on Nov. 19, 2006 when it defeated Weber State, 68-55, in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. This will be the first time USU has ever played a home game on Sunday according to available records. USU will also being playing its first-ever game on March 25, which is the latest USU has ever played a basketball game.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 197 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's five wins during the month of March is tied for the most in a single month this year along with December. USU also won four games in January and three games in both November and February.
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 588 points to rank 17th all-time at Utah State for single season scoring.
MEDLIN SCORES 20-PLUS POINTS FOR 12TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the 29th time this year and 30th time in his career with 26 points against Loyola Marymount (3/21) in his last game marking the 12th time this year he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Overall, Medlin has scored 20-plus points in six of his last 11 games. During his last five games, he is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field (25-57), 36.4 percent from three-point range (12-33) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (30-35).
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 16.8 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.8 percent from three-point range (104-249) 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 fourth all-time at USU for a single-season with 89 made three pointers and fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 209. He also ranks third all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,227 behind Jaycee Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008 and 1,255 minutes in 2007.
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 14TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Senior forward Morgan Grim scored in double-figures for the 14th time this year, and second time in his last three games, with his 16 points against Loyola Marymount (3/21). 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 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting 72.4 percent from the field (21-29) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (8-11).
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 25TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 25th time this year and 47th time in his career with 17 points against Loyola Marymount (3/21). 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 14.4 points and 4.4 assists, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field (25-62), 20.0 percent from three-point range (3-15) and 73.1 percent at the free throw line (19-26). During his last 11 games, Pane has 56 assists and just 26 turnovers.
PANE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 11 ASSISTS AGAINST IDAHO
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane recorded a career-high 11 assists against Idaho (3/17), which are the most assists by an Aggie since David Pak had 12 assists at Fresno State on Jan. 7, 2006. Those 11 assists are also a new postseason school record, breaking the previous mark of 10 assists set by Tony Brown against Montana State in the first round of the 2002 National Invitational Tournament. Overall, Pane now has 260 assists in his career to rank 21st all-time in school history along with Rich McElrath (1979-80), while his 144 assists this year rank tied for 14th all-time at USU for a single-season along with Jared Quayle (2009-10). Pane also ranks eighth all-time at USU for a single-season with 1,131 minutes played.
REED RECORDS 17TH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST IDAHO
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the 17th time this year with 15 points against Idaho (3/17). 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 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field (14-26) and 72.4 percent at the free throw line (21-29).
REED CURRENTLY RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 61.2 percent from the field (126-206) to rank first in the WAC and that percentage ranks as the eighth-best single-season shooting percentage in school history.
CLIFFORD GRABS CAREER-HIGH NINE REBOUNDS AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in his last game against Loyola Marymount (3/21) to go along with seven points. Clifford also 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 6.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (12-24), 33.3 percent from three-point range (2-6) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (5-6).
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 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 42.1 percent from the field (8-19), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-12) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-12). 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).
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 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field (5-8) and 40.0 percent from the free throw line (4-10).
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 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 21.4 percent from the field (3-14), 11.1 percent from three-point range (51-9), and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-8).
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.
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 344-118 (.745) 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 13 straight 20-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 75.8 percent with an overall record of 329-105. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 201-63 (.761) 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 209-17 (.925) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 17 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 562 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.7 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 17 20-win seasons. His current streak of 13 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 562-256 (.687).