April 10, 2014
Utah State men's basketball finished the 2013-14 season second in the NCAA statistics in three-point percentage as part of four top 20 marks as the final NCAA statistics were released this week, following the National Championship game Monday night.
USU made 40.6 percent (220-of-542) of its three-pointers, to rank second behind national-leader Creighton's 41.4 percent. Utah State was also 12th in assists per game (15.9), 18th in rebounding margin (5.8) and 19th in assist-turnover margin. The Aggies were also 36th in total assists (510), 38th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313), 42nd in fewest turnovers (353), 48th in free throw percentage (.734) and 56th in turnovers per game (11.0).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin was 15th in assist-turnover margin (2.93), while senior center Jarred Shaw was 35th in defensive rebounds per game (6.33) and 73rd in overall rebounds per game (8.3), as well as 93rd in double-doubles (8). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis was 35th in defensive rebounds per game (6.3).
A total of three USU opponents qualified for the NCAA Tournament in Mountain West regular-season champion San Diego State, who was a No. 4 seed in the West Region and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to top-seed Arizona. Mountain West Tournament champion New Mexico was a No. 10 seed in the South Region and was upset by 10th-seeded Stanford in the Round of 64. BYU was a No. 10 seed in the West Region and lost to seventh-seeded Oregon in the Round of 64.
San Diego State was No. 12 in the final USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll, while New Mexico was first among others receiving votes.
Utah State ended the 2013-14 season with an 18-14 overall and a 7-11 Mountain West record in USU's first season in the league. The seven conference wins were the most of any of the five newest teams to the league in their first season, topping Boise State's three wins in its first season in the league in 2011-12, as well as Fresno State's five wins and Nevada's three wins in their first seasons of 2012-13, along with San José State's one win this season.
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