April 6, 2011
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UTAH STATE AGGIES MEN'S BASKETBALL (30-4, 15-1)
END OF SEASON NOTES
Utah State concluded its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,458-1,006 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State finished the year ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, marking the first time since 1978 that USU has been nationally ranked at the end of the season. It is also just the eighth time in school history that USU has finished the season nationally ranked. Utah State was ranked for nine straight weeks to end the year, which is its longest streak since the 1970-71 team was ranked for 11 straight weeks. Overall, it was the third time in the last eight years that USU has been nationally ranked.
Utah State won its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season title, including its third-straight outright championship, as it finished league play with a 15-1 record. USU also won its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
Stew Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the third straight year. Overall, it is the fifth time he has earned Coach of the Year honors at Utah State as he won the award in 2000 and 2002 while USU was a member of the Big West Conference. Morrill was also named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 while at Montana. Morrill was also named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and received first-team all-WAC honors along with junior guard Brockeith Pane who was also named to the league's all-newcomer team. For USU, it is the third time in the last four years that USU has had the WAC Player of the Year as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson in 2009. Joining Wesley and Pane on the 2011 all-WAC teams was senior guard Brian Green who earned second-team honors and senior guard Tyler Newbold who was named to the all-defensive team.
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, marking the fourth time in the last five years that USU has had a player earn All-American honors joining Jaycee Carroll (2007, 2008) and Gary Wilkinson (2009) who were also honorable mention All-Americans.
Utah State's 30 wins are tied with the 2008-09 team for most in school history and its 30-4 record is the best-ever at USU. Utah State was also one of just eight teams nationally to win at least 30 games during the year as its 30 victories rank tied for the seventh-most in the nation along with Arizona and Belmont. Kansas led the nation with 35 wins, followed by Ohio State (34), San Diego State (34), BYU (32) Connecticut (32) and Duke (32).
Along with its 30 wins, Utah State was one of just four teams in the nation to have four or fewer losses during the year along with Kansas (35-3), Ohio State (34-3) and San Diego State (34-3).
Utah State has won 23 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons, to extend its current school record, and is one of just three teams in the nation to accomplish that feat along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous school record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962-64. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State played in its 12th straight postseason, which is a school record, and tied for the 12th longest active streak in the nation. During the last 12 years, USU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) and the NIT four times (2002, 2004, 2007, 2008).
Utah State made its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history (1939, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), which is the most by any member of the Western Athletic Conference, and ninth in the last 14 years. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU appeared in its eighth NCAA Tournament in the last 12 years, including its third straight. Those eight NCAA appearances by Morrill are the most by any coach in USU history and it is just the second time in school history that USU has played in three straight NCAA Tournaments (1962, 1963, 1964).
Utah State made its 29th postseason appearance all-time, having qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times and the NIT on nine occasions. USU's overall postseason record is 8-31 (.205), which includes a 6-22 (.214) record in the NCAA Tournament.
Utah State went undefeated at home for the third time in the last four years with a 17-0 record and currently owns the nation's third-longest home winning streak at 31 straight games. USU has now won 17 home games in each of the last four years, which is a school record. Overall, it is just the sixth time ever that USU has gone undefeated at home for an entire season.
HOW THE AGGIES GOT TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Utah State received the Western Athletic Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after defeating San Jose State, 58-54, in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament and Boise State, 77-69, in the championship game. USU won the regular season by five games with a 15-1 league mark, it's fourth-straight regular season WAC Championship, to go along with its second WAC Tournament championship in the last three years.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season with a 30-4 record following its 73-68 loss to No. 21 Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Utah State was led by senior forward Tai Wesley who averaged 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.9 percent from the field and 71.1 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Brockeith Pane averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 assists, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 21.1 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green averaged 10.5 points and shot 48.2 percent from the field, 46.9 percent from three-point range and 74.5 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams averaged 8.6 points and shot 37.8 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 82.1 percent at the free throw line. And junior forward Brady Jardine averaged 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 64.7 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State averaged 72.0 points and shot 47.0 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU allowed 58.7 points and its opponents shot 38.3 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from three-point range and 67.7 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State ended the 2010-11 season ranked No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and ended the season nationally ranked for nine straight weeks, which is its longest streak since being ranked for 11 straight weeks during the 1970-71 season. That No. 25 national ranking for Utah State marks the first time it has been ranked at the end of a season since the 1977-78 USU team finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final United Press Coaches' Poll. Overall, it is just the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team has been nationally ranked at the end of the year joining the 1960 (7th), 1962 (19th), 1964 (15th), 1967 (14th), 1970 (17th), 1975 (13th) and 1978 teams (17th). Utah State entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. The Associated Press does not produce an end-of-season poll. Utah State's No. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll earlier this year and during the 2008-09 season. USU's No. 19 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since the 2003-04 season was also ranked No. 19. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD AS A RANKED TEAM UNDER MORRILL
Utah State has been ranked during three different seasons (2004, 2009, 2011) under Morrill. In those three seasons, Utah State has played a total of 30 games as a top 25 team and went 8-3 as a ranked team during the 2003-04 season, 4-3 during the 2008-09 campaign and 12-2 this year for a combined record of 24-8 (.750) as a top 25 team.
UTAH STATE WINS SEVENTH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER MORRILL AND 16TH ALL-TIME
With its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship this year, Utah State has now won seven league titles under head coach Stew Morrill and 16 conference championships all-time in school history (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE'S FOUR STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS A SCHOOL RECORD
Utah State's four consecutive regular season WAC championships is a school record and the longest streak by a WAC team since Nevada won five straight league titles from 2004-08. The previous school record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE WINS EIGHTH POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State won its eighth postseason tournament championship, and second Western Athletic Conference tournament championship this year. It is also the sixth time under Morrill that USU has won a tournament title (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011) as the first four were when the Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE NOTCHES 12TH STRAIGHT 23 WIN SEASON
With its 71-55 win against Fresno State on Feb. 12, Utah State has now won 23 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons to extend its current school record. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, it is the 26th time in school history that USU has won 20 games.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THREE TEAMS NATIONALLY TO NOTCH 12 STRAIGHT 23-WIN SEASONS
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN FOUR-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Utah State is one of five teams in the nation to win at least four-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 11 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with seven straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won five-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC) has won four-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE AMONG WAC'S ELITE TEAMS OF ALL-TIME
Utah State finished the 2010-11 WAC season with a 15-1 record to become just the seventh team in the 49-year history of the conference to lose one or fewer league games. Utah (1998-99) and TCU (1997-98) are the only teams to ever go undefeated in league play as both had 14-0 WAC marks. The only other team to go 15-1 in WAC play was Utah in 1990-91 and 1996-97, while BYU went 13-1 in 1979-80, New Mexico went 13-1 in 1977-78 and Arizona State went 9-1 in 1962-63. Furthermore, USU's 15 league wins are tied with seven other teams for the second-most in the history of the WAC behind Nevada who went 16-2 during the 2004-05 season, and its .9375 winning percentage is tied with Utah's 1990-91 and 1996-97 teams for the third-best in the history of the WAC.
UTAH STATE TIES WAC RECORD
Utah State tied the Western Athletic Conference record for largest gap between first and second-place teams in league history as the Aggies won the WAC title by five games this year as it went 15-1 and second-place Boise State finished with a 10-6 league mark. The only other time in league history that a team won the WAC by five games was the 1998-99 season when Utah went 14-0, while New Mexico and Fresno State tied for second with 9-5 records.
UTAH STATE DOMINATING WAC PLAY AS OF LATE
Utah State has dominated the Western Athletic Conference over the last few years as it is 43-5 (.896) in WAC play during the last three years and 55-9 (.859) during the last four years. The best three-year stretch in the history of the WAC was Utah from 1997-1999 as the Utes went 41-3 (.932). Utah also owns the record for best four-year stretch in conference history as it went 56-6 (.903) from 1996-1999.
UTAH STATE WINS WAC BY FIVE GAMES TO RANK FIRST IN THE NATION
Utah State won the Western Athletic Conference by five games this year which is the largest gap of any conference in the nation. Long Beach State (Big West Conference), Oakland (Summit) and Texas Southern (SWAC) all won their leagues by four games this year.
UTAH STATE'S 15 LEAGUE WINS THIRD-MOST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's 15 WAC wins this year rank as the third-most in school history trailing the 2003-04 team that went 17-1 and the 1999-2000 team that went 16-0 in the Big West Conference.
CURRENT SENIOR CLASS WINNINGEST GROUP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current senior class that includes four-year players Matt Formisano, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams are the winningest players in school history with a four-year record of 111-28 (.799). Nate Harris (2003-06) was the winningest player in school history as he had a four-year record of 96-30 (.762).
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 193-13 (.937) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record against conference opponents and a 45-3 (.938) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 488-106 (.822) in this its 41st year in the building.
UTAH STATE GOES UNDEFEATED AT HOME AGAIN
Utah State recorded its third undefeated home season in the last four years with its 84-68 win against Idaho in its last game to finish the season with a 17-0 home record. USU was 17-1 at home last year and 17-0 at home during both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and those 17 wins are the most in a single-season in school history. Overall, USU has had six undefeated seasons in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as it went 14-0 at home in 1973-74, 15-0 in 1997-98 and 2000-01, and 17-0 in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11.
DID YOU KNOW?
With its 15-1 WAC record, Utah State was one of just six teams across the country with just one league loss this year joining Xavier (Atlantic 10), Belmont (Atlantic Sun), Utah Valley (Great West), Bucknell (Patriot) and Oakland (Summit).
UTAH STATE HAS THIRD-LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK IN THE NATION
Utah State has won 31 straight home games, which is the third-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Duke (36) and Kentucky (34). Overall, USU has won 83 of its last 85 home games with its last loss coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 as the Gaels snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak. Utah State has also won 32 straight WAC home games, which is a school record, and 41 of its last 42 overall. The last WAC team to beat USU at home was Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. FS is also the last team to sweep a season series with USU during the 2006-07 year.
UTAH STATE TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR ROAD WINS WITH 11
Utah State is 95-71 (.572) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 67-41 (.620) record against conference opponents and a 30-18 (.625) WAC mark. During the last four years, Utah State is 30-11 (.732) on the road and 34-15 (.694) away from home. USU was 11-3 (.750) on the road this year and those 11 road wins are tied with the 1959-60 and 2008-09 teams for the most in school history.
UTAH STATE HAS THIRD-MOST ROAD WINS IN THE NATION
Utah State's 11 road wins this year are not only tied for the most in school history, but also tied with San Diego State (11-1) and Rider (11-4) for the third-most in the nation behind Long Island (13-3) and Belmont (12-4).
UTAH STATE TIED WITH KANSAS FOR BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN CONFERENCE GAMES DURING LAST THREE YEARS
During the past three years, Utah State has produced a 43-5 (.896) record in WAC play and that winning percentage ranks tied for first in the nation along with Kansas who is also 43-5 (.896) in the Big 12 during the last three years.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season ranking first in the WAC in scoring defense (58.7), first in scoring margin (+13.4), first in assists (14.71), first in field goal percentage (.470), first in field goal percentage defense (.383), first in rebound margin (+7.6), first in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302), second in free throw shooting (.737), second in rebounding (37.2), third in three-point field goal percentage (.367) and third in scoring (72.0). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranked second in field goal shooting (.599), fourth in rebounding (8.0), fifth in blocked shots (1.06) and sixth in scoring (14.8). Senior guard Brian Green ranked first in three-point shooting (.469) and 10th in overall shooting (.482). Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranked seventh in assists (2.76) and 15th in three-point shooting (.345). Junior guard Brockeith Pane ranked fourth in free throw shooting (.802), fifth in assists (3.41) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32). Junior forward Brady Jardine ranked sixth in blocked shots (1.00) and seventh in rebounding (7.0). Senior guard Pooh Williams ranked 12th in three-point shooting (.367) and senior forward Nate Bendall ranked 10th in rebounding (5.8).
UTAH STATE FINISHES YEAR RANKING THIRD IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season ranking third in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.383), fourth in winning percentage (.882), fifth in scoring defense (58.7), sixth in scoring margin (+13.4), eighth in rebound margin (+7.6), 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302), 28th in field goal percentage (.470), 32nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24), 40th in fewest turnovers per game (11.8) and 47th in free throw shooting (.737).
WESLEY RANKS EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Senior forward Tai Wesley finished the 2010-11 season ranking eighth in the nation in field goal shooting at 59.9 percent as he was 176-of-294 from the field this season.
FIVE AGGIES TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR MOST NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
Five members of Utah State's basketball team (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) tied the school record for most NCAA Tournament appearances joining Nate Harris who played in the 2003, 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournaments.
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINNING PERCENTAGE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season setting a school record with a winning percentage of 88.2 percent, bettering the previous record of 86.2 percent set during the 2003-04 season. USU also tied the 2008-09 team for the most wins in school history with 30. Utah State also finished the year ranking fourth all-time in school history in three-point attempts (562), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (206), sixth in blocked shots (110), eighth in total points (2,449), ninth in assists (500), ninth in free throws made (563) and ninth in free throw percentage (.737). USU also played 34 games to rank tied for fifth all-time in school history.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-pointer in 162 straight games and the last time it did not make a three-pointer was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's 32-game home WAC winning streak ranks as the second-longest active league winning streak in the nation behind Xavier who has won 39 straight Atlantic 10 home games.
RECAPPING THE KANSAS STATE GAME
Three players in double-digits was not enough for 12th-seeded Utah State as the Aggies were topped by the Wildcats of Kansas State, 73-68, on March 17, 2011 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the McKale Center at Tuscon, Ariz. In his final game in an Aggie uniform, senior forward Tai Wesley netted a team-high 18 points, while junior guard Brockeith Pane added 17 points and senior guard Pooh Williams tied a career-high with four three-pointers on the way to 16 points. Wesley and senior guard Tyler Newbold shared not only team-best rebounding honors but game-best as well snaring six boards each. The Wildcats had four players in double-digits, led by Jacob Pullen's 22 points, while Curtis Kelly added 15 and Shane Southwell and Rodney McGruder tossed in 10 points apiece. Curtis and McGruder pulled down six rebounds each, as K-State had a 33-29 rebounding advantage, only the eighth time this season that USU has been out-rebounded. The Aggies were 23-of-50 (.460) from the field, hitting 6-of-18 (.333) behind the arc while making 16-of-21 (.762) at the free throw line. The Wildcats netted 22-of-54 (.407) field goal shooting while making 5-of-17 (.294) from three-point range and 24-of-28 (.857) at the charity stripe. Williams hit a three-pointer from the left wing to give USU its only lead of the game at 5-4 with 16:13 on the clock and senior guard Brian Green later hit a trey from the right wing to knot the score at 10-all. K-State opened a 31-17 lead with 2:42 to go in the half, and took a 33-22 advantage into intermission. The Aggies pulled within 33-28 less than three minutes into the second half as Wesley hit a jumper and a layup sandwiched around a Pane layup. The Wildcats responded and opened a 47-34 lead at the 10:14 mark on a Kelly jumper. USU countered to close to 56-50 on a driving Williams dunk with 4:20 to play, but that would be the closest the Aggies would get until the waning seconds.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE KANSAS STATE GAME
Utah State is now 12-59 all-time against ranked opponents including a 6-16 record under head coach Stew Morrill... USU is now 3-3 this year and 42-63 under Morrill when trailing at the half... USU is now to 36-17 on neutral courts under Morrill including a 2-1 record this year... USU was out-rebounded for just the eighth time this year (33-29) and is now 5-3 in those games... USU's 25 team fouls are a season-high... KSU's 24 made free throws are a season-high for a USU opponent... KSU's 73 points are the third-most scored by a USU opponent this year behind BYU's 78 and Hawaii's 84 which was done in double-overtime... USU is now 45-22 (.672) in the month of March under Morrill.
UTAH STATE PLAYED GREAT DEFENSE DURING THE YEAR
Utah State played great defense during the 2010-11 season and held 19 of its opponents to under 40 percent. It's overall field goal percentage defense of 38.3 percent ranks second all-time in school history behind the 1958-59 team that held its opponents to just 36.6 percent shooting from the field. USU also held its opponents to just 30.2 percent shooting from three-point range during the season to rank third all-time in school history behind the 1994-95 team (.285) and the 2001-02 team (.286).
UTAH STATE ENDS YEAR RANKING FIFTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN POINTS ALLOWED
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season allowing just 58.7 points per game to rank fifth all-time in school history behind the 2000-01 team (57.4), 2004-05 team (57.8), and the 2001-02 and 2003-04 teams that gave up 58.1 points per game.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State was 20-0 this year and has won 28 straight games dating back to last season when allowing fewer than 60 points. The last time USU lost a game when allowing fewer than 60 points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52. Overall, USU is 176-9 (.951) under Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points.
AGGIES HAVE WON 53 STRAIGHT GAMES WHEN SHOOTING 50 PERCENT
Utah State shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in five of its last eight games to end the season, and in 12 games this year, and was undefeated (12-0) this season when shooting 50 percent. In fact, USU has won 53 straight games when shooting 50 percent and the last time it last a game when making at least half of its shots was on Feb. 16, 2008 when it lost at Hawai'i, 71-66.
LEADING AT THE HALF
Utah State was 25-0 this year and has won 49 straight games when leading at the half. The last time USU lost when leading at the half was on Nov. 21, 2009 at Northeastern. Over the last 12 years, USU is 256-23 (.918) when leading at the half and 42-63 (.400) when trailing at the half.
WINNING STREAKS SNAPPED AT IDAHO
Utah State saw its Western Athletic Conference and consecutive games winning streaks snapped at Idaho on Feb. 9, 2011 as USU had won 25 straight WAC games and 17 straight games overall prior to its loss to the Vandals. That 25-game WAC winning streak is the longest in the history of the WAC and is also a USU school record. The 17-game winning streak was tied with the 2003-04 and 2009-10 teams for the third-longest winning streak in school history trailing the 1999-2000 and 2008-09 teams that each won 19 straight games. Furthermore, that 17-game winning streak ranked as the third-longest in the nation. USU had also won six straight road games and 11 straight road games in WAC play prior to its loss at Idaho.
AGGIES HARD TO BEAT WHEN SCORING 70 POINTS
Utah State is 21-1 this year and has won 62 of its last 64 games when scoring at least 70 points.
WESLEY NAMED AP HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
For the fourth time in the last five years, Utah State's men's basketball program has had a player earn Associated Press All-American honors as Tai Wesley was named to the honorable mention team. Wesley was one of 60 student-athletes to receive All-America honors from the Associated Press and one of 45 to earn honorable mention honors. Wesley joins former Aggie greats Wayne Estes, Jaycee Carroll and Gary Wilkinson as the only players in school history to be named an All-American by the Associated Press. Estes earned first-team AP All-America honors following the 1965 season, while Carroll earned honorable mention AP All-America honors following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and Wilkinson was named honorable mention All-American following the 2009 season. Wesley was the only player from the Western Athletic Conference honored by the Associated Press and one of just three players from the state of Utah recognized as BYU's Jimmer Fredette was named an AP first-team All-American and Utah Valley's Isiah Williams was named to the honorable mention team.
PANE NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WAC TOURNAMENT
Junior guard Brockeith Pane was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as he had 16 points and three rebounds against San Jose State in the semifinals and 19 points, four assists and three rebounds in the championship game against Boise State. For the tournament, Pane averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and was a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line.
BENDALL AND WESLEY NAMED TO WAC'S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley joined junior teammate Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team along with San Jose State's Adrian Oliver and Boise State's La'Shard Anderson. Bendall had five points and 12 rebounds in the semifinal game against San Jose State, and a season-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals in the championship game against Boise State. Wesley had 14 points and 12 rebounds against SJSU and 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against BSU. For the tournament, Bendall averaged 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field (8-15) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (5-6). Wesley averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 61.1 percent from the field (11-18) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (10-14).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
For the third time in the last four years, Utah State has had the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year on its roster as Tai Wesley won the award this year. Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound senior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) becomes the sixth player in school history to earn conference player of the year honors joining Dean Hunger (1980), Greg Grant (1986), Eric Franson (1995), Jaycee Carroll (2008) and Gary Wilkinson (2009). Wesley, who was tabbed by the coaches as the league's preseason player of the year, earned first-team all-WAC honors for the second-straight year.
UTAH STATE HAS WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST FOUR YEARS
With senior forward Tai Wesley being named the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Utah State has now had three of the last four players of the year in the conference as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson won it in 2009. Utah has the most WAC Players of the Year with seven, followed by Nevada with five and BYU with four. USU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming have all had three.
PANE NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-WAC AND TO LEAGUE'S ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
For the 12th straight year, Utah State had at least one player earn first team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as Brockeith Pane joined Tai Wesley on the first-team.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO PILE UP ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
Utah State has now had 20 first-team all-conference selections over the last 12 seasons, including two in each of the last two seasons. For USU, it is the 12th straight year it has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had eight first-team all-WAC players in its six years in the league and 32 first-team all-conference selections in the last 33 years.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
MORRILL NAMED NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR
Veteran Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers. It is the second year in a row that Morrill has been named the NABC's Coach of the Year for District 6 as he shared the award a year ago with Northern Colorado's Tad Boyle.
MORRILL NAMED WAC COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
For the third straight year, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been named the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season conference championship. Morrill has now been named Coach of the Year in his respective conference six times during his illustrious career as he was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 while at Montana, and the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State, along with earning WAC Coach of the Year honors in each of the last three seasons. Morrill's award this year marks the eighth time in school history that an Aggie coach has been honored as Rod Tueller was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1980, while Larry Eustachy won the honor in 1995 and 1998.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 14 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice) and Brockeith Pane.
GREEN ONLY RESERVE NAMED TO ALL-WAC TEAM
Brian Green joined Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley on the all-WAC teams as he was named to the league's second team and was the only member of the league's first or second team that is not a starter.
NEWBOLD NAMED TO WAC'S ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
For the second time in as many years, Utah State had a player named to the WAC's all-defensive team in Tyler Newbold joining Pooh Williams who was named to last year's team.
WESLEY NAMED TO USBWA AND NABC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named to a pair of all-district teams last week as he was one of 10 players named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII team, along with being named a first-team all-district selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
WESLEY JOINS BROTHER AS CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior forward Tai Wesley is the second person in his family to earn conference player of the year honors as his brother, Mekeli, was named the 2001 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Brigham Young University.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's senior class finished their careers with a 68-1 (.986) home record.
RECAPPING THE 2011 WAC TOURNAMENT
Semifinal Game Versus San Jose State
Senior forward Tai Wesley had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Utah State to a hard-fought 58-54 win against upstart San Jose State Friday in the semifinals of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Wesley, the WAC's Player of the Year, posted his seventh double-double this season and the 16th of his career for Utah State, while fellow senior forward Nate Bendall also had 12 rebounds for his seventh career double-figure rebounding game. Junior guard Brockeith Pane had a game-high 16 points for the top seed and senior guard Pooh Williams finished with seven points. Adrian Oliver, the nation's third-leading scorer at 24.6 points per game, had 16 points to lead San Jose State as he was 6-of-19 from the field, 3-of-10 from three-point range and 1-of-3 at the free throw line. Utah State took its largest lead of the game at 44-34 with 14:23 to play following a pair of free throws from Bendall before San Jose State fought back to within one at 50-49 with 7:19 remaining on a layup from Matt Ballard. USU increased its lead to five at 56-51 with 2:38 to play following a Wesley tip-in. SJSU then scored the next three points to get back within two and USU missed the front end of two free throws giving the Spartans the ball down two in the waning seconds only to see Oliver miss a deep three-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds to play. Wesley then made a pair of free throws to make the final score 58-54. Utah State finished the game with its second-lowest shooting performance of the season at 37.0 percent (20-54). USU was also just 3-of-14 (.214) from three-point range, but did convert 15-of-21 (.714) free throws. San Jose State shot just 37.3 percent (19-51), including 26.3 percent from behind the arc (5-19) and 73.3 percent at the charity stripe (11-15). SJSU did out-rebound USU by one (36-35), but also had two more turnovers in the game (12-10). Utah State scored the first seven points of the game and San Jose State answered with eight straight points. USU took its largest lead of the half at 29-24 with 2:15 remaining following a layup from freshman guard James Walker III and went into the locker room up four at 33-29.
Championship Game Versus Boise State
For the second time in the last three years, Utah State is the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Champion after the No. 17/23 Aggies beat the Broncos of Boise State, 77-69, Saturday night in the championship game at the Orleans Arena. It was USU's second WAC Tournament title after winning the 2009 crown and eighth tournament championship overall, winning six postseason titles in 27 years in the Big West Conference. Utah State won its eighth-straight game in improving to 30-3 overall, tying a school record for most wins, matching the 2008-09 squad (30-5) and earned the WAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. It is the Aggies' eighth NCAA Tournament berth in the last 12 years under head coach Stew Morrill, ninth in the last 14 years and 20th time in school history. The only other time in school history that USU has gone to the NCAA Tournament in three-straight years was 1962, `63 and `64. Boise State had its eight-game win streak snapped in sliding to 20-12 on the year. Junior guard Brockeith Pane was named the Tournament MVP after a 19-point, four-assist effort in the championship game. Pane was joined on the All-Tournament team by senior forward teammates Tai Wesley and Nate Bendall, who posting 19 and 16 points, respectively, a new season-high for Bendall. Wesley pulled down a game-high nine rebounds while Bendall snared six boards. Pane scored a baker's dozen in the first half, while Wesley netted 15 of his points after halftime. With the 19 points, Wesley tallied his 100th career double-digit game, on the way to being named to the all-tournament team for the third-straight year. Senior guard Brian Green added 12 points off the bench, hitting two of USU's three three-pointers on the night. Wesley hit the Aggies' other trey, just his fifth of the season and is now 7-of-12 from behind the arc for his career. Boise State was led by La'Shard Anderson's 18 points, while Daequon Montreal and Jeff Elorriaga added 10 points apiece. Elorriaga led the Broncos with five rebounds. USU shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field, its 12th time this season, including fifth in the last seven games. The Aggies have now won 53-straight games when making at least half of its shots. Utah State was also 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from three-point range and 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line, its ninth game this season shooting 80 percent or better from the free pitch stripe. Boise State was 23-of-58 (39.7 percent) from the field, the Aggie defense's 19th time this year holding the opponent under 40 percent. The Broncos were 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from behind the arc and were 17-of-21 (81.0 percent) at the free throw line. USU pulled away from an 8-all tie with a 5-0 spurt, capped by a Green three-pointer from the right wing for a 13-8 lead at the 13:23 mark. Bendall later hit a layup for a 24-12 Aggie advantage with 9:07 on the clock, capping an 11-2 streak. Boise State battled back with a 10-2 run to take a 33-30 lead with 2:16 to go, as Andersen scored seven unanswered. Yet the Aggies regained the lead with five straight points, as Pane hit a layup with three seconds left and was fouled, hitting the free throw to send USU into halftime with a 35-33 lead. The Aggies are 25-0 on the year and have won 49-straight games when leading at intermission. Utah State's scoring streak picked up right where it left off to start the second half, as Bendall hit a baseline jumper and Wesley drained his three-pointer from the top of the arc at the 17:10 mark to cap USU's 12-0 second half streak and 16-0 run overlapping halftime, with a 47-33 lead. BSU pecked away at the deficit, closing to 56-54 after a pair of Elorriaga free throws with 6:04 to go. That would be the closest BSU would get, as Wesley righted the ship with a three-point play, getting fouled while hitting a baseline layup. That was part of the WAC's regular-season MVP scoring streak, as he later hit a pair of free throws, capping a spurt of scoring USU's last nine points and giving the Aggies a 63-58 lead. Utah State hit all six of its free throws in the final 31 seconds and junior forward Morgan Grim put the exclamation point on the scoring and sparking the celebration with a jam in the waning seconds.
WAC TOURNAMENT NOTE-ABLES
Utah State has played in the championship game of the WAC Tournament five times in its six years in the league and 10 times in its last 12 years overall when including its time in the Big West Conference. Utah State is now 12-4 (.750) all-time in the WAC Tournament and 25-7 (.781) in conference tournaments under head coach Stew Morrill.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 228-107 (.681) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And this year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 136-78 (.636) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 75-21 (.781) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 141-71 (.665) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 112-33 (.772) record at USU.
UTAH STATE TRENDS DURING THE 2010-101 SEASON
Utah State was 22-0 when committing fewer fouls than its opponent.
Utah State was 16-0 when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Utah State was 15-0 when it had more steals than its opponent.
Utah State was 13-2 when it blocked more shots than its opponent.
Utah State was 26-2 when it had more assists than its opponent.
Utah State was 25-1 when it had more defensive rebounds than its opponent.
Utah State was 27-2 when it shot better from the field than its opponent.
Utah State was 18-4 when it shot better from 3-point range than its opponent.
Utah State was 15-0 when its backcourt outscored its opponents backcourt.
Utah State was 23-2 when its frontline outscored its opponents frontline.
FOUR AGGIES RANK AMONG TOP 25 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES PLAYED
Seniors Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams all rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games played as Newbold and Wesley both played in 139 games to rank first all-time in school history, while Williams played in 131 games to rank fourth all-time. Senior Matt Formisano played in 100 games to rank tied for 23rd all-time at USU. Newbold also ranks second all-time at USU in games started with 129 behind Carroll (132), while Wesley ranks third with 128 and Williams ranks tied for seventh with Eric Franson (1991, `94-96) with 99 games started.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY AND IN THE NATION
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,749 career points, 873 career rebounds, 356 career assists, 144 career blocks and 112 career steals and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career. Entering the 2010-11 season, there were only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Keith Benson of Oakland and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. In the 49-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico's Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah's Josh Grant (1988-93).
WESLEY RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN NUMEROUS CATEGORIES
Senior forward Tai Wesley ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in numerous categories and the following is a list of where Wesley ranks all-time in school history in each category.
Third all-time with 144 career blocks. Wesley's career average of 1.04 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Third all-time with 101 double-figure scoring games. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) holds the school record with 121 double-figure scoring games.
Fourth all-time with a career field goal shooting percentage of 59.7 percent (657-1,102), which also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
Fourth all-time with 608 career free throw attempts.
Fifth all-time with 428 career free throws made.
Tied for fifth all-time along with Brian Jackson (1978-81) with 3,768 career minutes played.
Sixth all-time with 873 career rebounds.
Sixth all-time with 657 career field goals made.
Eighth all-time in scoring with 1,749 career points. In 139 career games, Wesley averaged 12.58 points per game.
Eighth all-time with 356 career assists.
Ninth all-time with 112 career steals.
10th all-time with 1,102 career field goal attempts.
NEWBOLD RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES
Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in several categories and the following is a list of where Newbold ranks all-time in school history in each category.
Second all-time in minutes played with 3,935, trailing only Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) who holds the school record with 4,596 career minutes played.
Fifth all-time with 477 career three-point attempts.
Fifth all-time with 194 made three-pointers.
Tied for sixth all-time with Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 364 career assists.
Ninth all-time in three-point shooting at 40.7 percent (194-477).
33rd all-time in scoring with 1,014 career points.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 69 career blocks and is now 21 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks.
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND THE WAC IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 48.1 percent (129-268), which also ranks first all-time in the history of the WAC. Green also ranks seventh all-time at USU in three-pointers made with 128 and 10th all-time in three-point attempts with 268. Last year, Green set the single-season school record for three-point shooting at 50.0 percent (53-106).
WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE AND ATTEMPTED
Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks seventh all-time at Utah State with 320 three-point attempts and ninth all-time with 117 made three-pointers, as he shot 36.6 percent from three for his career.
AGGIES HAD SEVEN PLAYERS LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING
Utah State had seven players lead the team in scoring this year led by senior forward Tai Wesley who led the team 13 times. Junior guard Brockeith Pane led the team in scoring 10 times and senior guard Brian Green led the team eight times. Senior guard Pooh Williams led the team in scoring three times, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guard Tyler Newbold led the team twice. Junior forward Brady Jardine led the team in scoring once.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State was 14-1 when senior forward Tai Wesley scored 20 points in a game, 4-0 when senior guard Brian Green scored 20 points, and 23-1 when Green scored in double-figures.
WESLEY SCORES 500 POINTS IN HIS SENIOR SEASON
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored 502 points during his senior season, to rank 46th all-time in school history and marking the 47th time that a USU player has scored at least 500 points. Wesley also had 271 rebounds as a senior to rank tied with Bob Lauriski (1971-72) for 19th all-time in school history for a single-season. Wesley also shot 59.9 percent from the field (176-294) during the year to rank 11th all-time at USU.
WESLEY SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN 11 STRAIGHT GAMES TO END THE YEAR
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored in double figures in each of his last 11 games to end the season and in 28 games on the year to lead the team. Wesley also had four 20-point games in his last 11 outings. During his last 11 games, Wesley averaged 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 59.8 percent from the field (64-107) and 75.4 percent at the free throw line (49-65). On the season, Wesley had seven 20 point games, to go along with 15 career 20 point games and 101 career double-figure scoring games. Wesley also had seven double-doubles during the season and 16 in his career to go along with 17 career double-figure rebounding games.
PANE SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN SIX OF HIS LAST SEVEN GAMES
Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures six times in his last seven games and in 19 of his last 25 games overall. Pane also had three 20-point games this season. On the season, he scored in double-figures 22 times to rank second on the team behind Wesley (28). During his last seven games, Pane averaged 15.9 points and 3.87 assists, while shooting 47.6 percent from the field (30-63) and 84.5 percent at the free throw line (49-58). Pane finished the year making 25 of his last 26 free throws.
BENDALL SCORES SEASON-HIGH 16 POINTS IN WAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Senior forward Nate Bendall scored a season-high 16 points against Boise State in the championship game of the WAC Tournament. Bendall scored in double-figures eight times this year including four times in his last nine games, and 25 times in his career. During his last nine games, Bendall is averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 49.2 percent from the field (32-65) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (18-21). Bendall also posted two double-doubles this year including 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State. Those 16 rebounds are the most by an Aggie since Shawn Daniels had 17 rebounds at Cal Poly on Jan. 22, 2000. Overall, Bendall had four double-figure rebounding games this year and seven in his career to go along with five career double-doubles.
GREEN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 16 TIMES THIS SEASON
Senior guard Brian Green scored in double-figures 16 times this season and 24 times in his career. Green also scored 20 points four times this season including a season-high 25 at San Jose State. Green finished the season ranking third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game to become the first Aggie reserve to average double-figures since Jeff O. Anderson averaged 13.0 points off the bench as a senior during the 1987-88 season.
GREEN ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Brian Green made 76 three-pointers this year to rank ninth all-time in school history for a single-season. He also shot 46.9 percent from behind the arc to rank fifth all-time at USU for a single-season.
WILLIAMS SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 11 TIMES AS A SENIOR
Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams scored in double-figures 11 times this year and 33 times in his career as he had 16 points against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament as he was 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-9 at the three-point line. Those four made treys are tied for his career-high.
NEWBOLD SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT AT LOUISIANA TECH
Senior guard Tyler Newbold scored his 1,000th career point at Louisiana Tech, becoming the 35th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Newbold finished his career with 1,014 career points to rank 33rd all-time in school history. Newbold also recorded his 500th career rebound against Idaho on Feb. 26 and finished his career with 525 career rebounds. Overall, Newbold scored in double-figures nine times this year and 42 times in his career. He also had one double-figure rebounding game this year and three in his career, to go along with one career double-double.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY FINISH CAREER RANKING AMONG TOP 10 NATIONALLY IN CONSECUTIVE STARTS
Seniors Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley both ended their careers ranking among the top 10 nationally in consecutive starts as Newbold started 129 consecutive games to rank second in the nation behind Richmond's Kevin Anderson (130) and Wesley ranked sixth with 109 consecutive starts.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH SCORES SEASON-HIGH 48 POINTS AGAINST MONTANA WESTERN
Utah State's bench scored a season-high 48 points against Montana Western and USU's reserves are averaged 22.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. On the season, USU was 20-3 when its bench outscored its opponents bench and 9-1 when its bench was outscored.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has won 43 of its last 46 regular season games with its only losses coming at No. 23 BYU (78-72), at No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) and at Idaho (64-56).
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#3 Brockeith Pane - Scored a season-high 23 points against Weber State and had a season-high nine rebounds at Denver... Had a season-high nine assists against Louisiana Tech... Ranked fourth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.802), fifth in assists (3.41) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32)... Shot 43.6 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three-point range... Averaged 11.8 points in 28.3 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures 22 times this season.
#5 Pooh Williams - Played in 131 games during his Aggie career, including 99 starts... Scored a career-high 19 points against Long Beach State... Had a career-high seven assists at Nevada... Had 33 career double-figure scoring games, including 11 this year... Averaged 8.6 points and shot 37.8 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 82.1 percent at the free throw line... Played 25.9 minutes per game... Ranked 12th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#14 E.J. Farris - Had a season-high six points against Georgetown and Montana Western... Averaged 1.9 points in 7.3 minutes per game... Shot 33.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range.
#15 James Walker III - Made his first career start against Cal State Bakersfield and had season-highs with 20 minutes, four assists and three rebounds... Scored a season-high seven points against Long Beach State... Averaged 2.1 points in 9.6 minutes per game... Shot 34.0 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from three-point range and 65.0 percent at the line.
#21 Morgan Grim - Had career-highs with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and 22 minutes played against Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocks at BYU and played a career-high 24 minutes against the Cougars... Averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent at the line... Played 8.7 minutes per game.
#22 Brady Jardine - Recorded his third career double-double against Northeastern as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds, while playing a career-high 34 minutes... Also tied his career-high with three blocks against Northeastern... Had his second career double-double against Utah as he had a career-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds... Has seven career double-figure rebounding games and 16 career double-figure scoring games... Ranked sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00) and seventh in rebounding (7.0)... Averaged 7.5 points and played 21.4 minutes per game... Shot 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
#23 Brian Green - Scored a career-high 25 points against San Jose State and tied his career-high with six rebounds against the Spartans... Had career-highs in both three-pointers made (6) and attempted (12) against Troy as he scored 23 points... Scored in double-figures in 16 games this year and in 24 games in his career... Had four career 20-point games... Ranked first in the WAC in three-point shooting (.469) and 10th in overall shooting (.482)... Shot 74.5 percent from the free throw line... Averaged 10.5 points in 25.2 minutes per game.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State Bakersfield and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds against Louisiana Tech... Started 129 straight games for Utah State and played in 139 during his Aggie career... Scored in double-figures nine times this year and 42 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Also had three career double-figure rebounding games and one career double-double... Played 29.3 minutes per game to lead the team... Averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent at the free throw line... Ranked seventh in the WAC in assists and 15th in three-point shooting.
#35 Nate Bendall - Had a season-high 16 points against Boise State in the WAC Tournament final... Posted his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Fresno State... Played a career-high 36 minutes against the Bulldogs... Started 57 games in his career... Averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 74.5 percent from the free throw line... Played 20.3 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures 25 times during his career... Ranked 10th in the WAC in rebounding.
#42 Tai Wesley - Posted his seventh double-double of the season against San Jose State in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament with 14 points and 12 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 27 points against Hawai'i... Played a career-high 38 minutes against the Warriors... Played in 139 career games at Utah State, including 128 career starts... Started 109 games in a row... Had 101 career double-figure scoring games and 15 career 20-point games... Also had 17 career double-figure rebounding games and 16 career double-doubles... Ranked second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.599), fourth in rebounding (8.0), fifth in blocked shots (1.06) and sixth in scoring (14.8)... Played 29.2 minutes per game.
#44 Matt Formisano - Averaged 6.2 minutes off the bench... Scored a season-high four points against Long Beach State... Played in 99 games during his Aggie career... Averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 63.6 percent at the free throw line.
GREEN, JARDINE AND WESLEY ALL NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK THIS SEASON
Utah State has had three players (Brian Green, Brady Jardine, Tai Wesley) earn Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors a total of five times this season as Wesley has won it three times, while Green and Jardine have won it once each. Wesley is the most recent Aggie to earn WAC Player of the Week honors as he won the award on Feb. 21 after leading Utah State to a 100-66 home win against Montana Western and a 75-65 road win at No. 23 Saint Mary's. Green won WAC Player of the Week honors on Jan. 31 after leading Utah State to a pair of road wins at San Jose State (84-65) and at Hawai'i (89-84 2OT). Wesley won his first weekly WAC award on Dec. 13 after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Long Beach State (81-53) and Cal State Bakersfield (77-58), and his second award came on Jan. 3 as he led the Aggies to a pair of home wins against Hawai'i (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71). Jardine won the award on Nov. 29 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54)
JARDINE AND NEWBOLD NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball players Brady Jardine and Tyler Newbold were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team it was announced on Feb. 3. Jardine and Newbold join Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State as the only players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors. The Aggie duo is also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Newbold is earning academic all-district honors for the second straight year, while Jardine is receiving the award for the first time. Along with being academic all-district recipients, Newbold is also a three-time academic all-WAC honoree, while Jardine has earned academic all-WAC honors twice. Jardine, a 6-7, 220-pound junior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho (Twin Falls HS), has a cumulative 3.71 grade-point average in finance. Newbold, a 6-5, 210-pound senior guard from Payson, Utah (Payson HS), has a cumulative 3.45 grade-point average in public relations. The academic all-district team was selected by members of CoSIDA from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Academic nominees must be at least a sophomore academically, contribute as a starter or significant reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 overall grade point average. Jardine and Newbold will now be placed on the national ballot with the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team being announced later this season.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Utah State improved to 59-19 (.756) over the last 11 years following a loss including a 3-0 record this season with its 71-55 win against Fresno State on Feb. 12. USU has also won 24 straight home games following a loss dating back to the 2003 season. During the last 11 years, USU has lost back-to-back games just 16 times and three games in a row just once during the 2007-08 season.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Utah State entered the 2010-11 season as one of the most experienced teams in the country as its six seniors are tied for the third-most in the country with Texas State. St. John's leads the nation with 10 seniors, while Cincinnati has seven seniors.
AGGIES ROSTER FULL OF SENIORS
After having just one senior on each of its last two teams, Utah State has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams also had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last six years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
USU HAS 12TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 12 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 12 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 23 with 19 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 22 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 20 with 19 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (14-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 18 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 16 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is sixth with 15 straight (10-NCAA, 5-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (13-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for seventh with 14 straight postseason trips. Florida (11-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (13 NCAA) and Wisconsin (13-NCAA) are all tied for ninth with 13 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (7-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 12 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 309-90 (.774) record. Those 309 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.4 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.836), Kansas (.824) and Gonzaga (.792). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last six years with a 75-21 (.781) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game four times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year. Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010, while the other eight teams in the WAC combined for 13.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 324-103 (.759) record, including a 167-49 (.773) 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 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 12 years at 77.4 percent with an overall record of 309-90. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) 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 12 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 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four season. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 13 years, USU is an amazing 193-13 (.937) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) 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 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 542 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.2 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-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 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 542-241 (.692).
Head coach Stew Morrill (324-103) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (427). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (13 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 324-103 (.759) overall record, a 167-49 (.773) conference record and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 542-241 (.692) record in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 542 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 69.2 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 10 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the sixth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and six at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 135-78 (.634).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while at Utah State.
Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times. 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) and Brockeith Pane.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 15 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 25 times.
Utah State is 193-13 (.937) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 15 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.