July 18, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced the Aggies' 2013-14 non-conference schedule Thursday. The Aggies will host nine of their first 12 games of the season in the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is entering its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. While the MW schedule is not expected to be released until mid-to-late August, the Aggies' non-conference portion of the schedule features 12 games in addition to two home exhibition contests.
"Our non-conference schedule will challenge us and prepare us for our first year of competition in the Mountain West," Morrill said.
Feature home games on the ledger include opening against hosting PAC-12 opponent USC on Friday, Nov. 8, along with Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 23.
"By opening at home with USC from the PAC-12, we will immediately find out where we are at. We also have SEC member Mississippi State at home which makes for a rare occasion to have two teams from BCS conferences coming to Logan," Morrill said.
It will be the first time that USC has visited Logan since the 1961-62 season, when the Trojans topped the Aggies, 74-72. While the last current PAC-12 team to play in the Spectrum was Utah in 2010, the Utes were not in the PAC-12 at the time. The last PAC-12 team to face the Aggies in Logan was Washington on Dec. 17, 1977. Overall, USU is 73-54 at home against current PAC-12 teams, bolstered by a 60-51 home record against Utah, while going 13-3 against the other league members. Utah State is 6-8 all-time against USC, last playing on Nov. 24, 1999 in a tournament in Hawaii.
Mississippi State will be the first SEC opponent to visit Logan since Arkansas did so on Dec. 27, 1971, won by USU, 95-94, in OT. MSU will only be the third SEC team to play at USU, as LSU played in Logan on Dec. 30, 1970, also won by the Aggies, 97-81, for USU's 2-0 home mark against SEC foes. Utah State is 0-1 against the Bulldogs of MSU, losing on the road, 66-64, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Utah State will also face four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, as well as hosting in-state foes Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, while playing at fellow Beehive State opponent Weber State on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
"The remainder of the schedule features the always intense in-state games with BYU in Salt Lake City, Weber State on the road, and SUU and UVU at home," Morrill said. "In addition, we have games against former Big West rivals Pacific and Santa Barbara, as well as our pre-Christmas Tournament."
USU opens the season with an exhibition against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Friday, Oct. 25 and then host Adams State (Colo.) in another exhibition on Friday, Nov. 1.
The Aggies host USC in the season-season opener on Friday, Nov. 8, then host Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Utah State is 6-0 all-time against SUU.
USU will then head out of the state for its only road game outside of the Beehive State during regular-season play, heading to Santa Barbara, Calif., to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Aggies are 39-24 overall against the Gauchos, as they were also fellow Big West opponents. UCSB and USU last faced each other on Feb. 18, 2012 in Logan with the Gauchos winning 72-64.
A week later, USU hosts Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 23, before playing at Weber State on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and then playing BYU in Salt Lake City at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30. USU is 38-26 overall against WSU, as well as 92-136 against BYU, including 0-1 on neutral courts, as the two teams played at EnergySolutions Arena on Dec. 6, 2008, in a 68-63 BYU victory.
Utah State returns to the Spectrum to tip off a six-game homestand against former Big West foe Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 7. USU leads the all-time series with the Tigers, 44-23. The Aggies host Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, with USU holding an 8-0 series advantage.
USU will host the Basketball Travelers Inc. Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21, hosting Troy, UC Santa Barbara and a yet to be determined opponent. The Aggies then wrap-up non-conference action and the 2012 portion of its schedule by hosting San Diego Christian on Saturday, Dec. 28, in the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Hawks.
"All in all, we should find out a lot about our team in the non-conference and head into conference play well aware of the quality of the Mountain West. We will be excited to try and prove we belong in our first year as a member," Morrill said.
USU men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are now on sale. For more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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