Nov. 5, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Idaho State (0-0) at Utah State (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KMYU TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State will host border-foe Idaho State in the 2012-13 season-opener on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The battle between the Aggies and Bengals will be regionally televised on KMYU TV.
The Aggies enter this season with an overall record of 1,479-1,022 (.591).
Utah State is 78-29 (.729) all-time in season openers and has won 17 of its last 18 season openers dating back to the 1993-94 campaign. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 13-1 (.929) in season openers including a 7-0 mark at home.
USU also is 30-1 (.968) since the 1957-58 season when starting the season at home and the Aggies have won 12 straight games with its last loss coming against Weber State, 87-86, on Dec. 7, 1993. The Aggies also are 46-9 (.837) in their first home game of the season dating back to 1958, winning 18 straight contests.
While Saturday is the 49th all-time meeting with Idaho State, it is the first time since 1964-65 that USU is playing ISU in the Aggies' season opener. Idaho State has also been USU's season opening opponent 11 times, in 1959-60, 1958-59, 1956-57, 1955-56, 1954-55, 1952-52, 1950-51, 1949-50, 1948-49 and 1947-48, winning nine of those 11 meetings, having lost in 1956-67 and 1954-55.
The current 48 all-time meetings is the 17th-oldest series in school history and Saturday's 49th meeting will tie for the 16th-oldest in school history with another Gem State team in the Idaho Vandals.
Two of the last three meetings between Utah State and Idaho State have been in November, and the teams have played in November four times overall, with Saturday's Nov. 10 date the earliest meeting.
For the past 42 years, Utah State has called the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum home and has won 82 percent of its games in the building with an impressive 504-111 (.821) record, including a 210-18 (.920) mark under Morrill.
USU junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and senior forward Kyisean Reed was named to the Preseason second-team all-WAC list, as USU was picked first in the WAC's Preseason Media Poll while being tabbed second in the Coaches' Poll.
Utah State (0-0) officially opens the 2012-13 season hosting border-foe Idaho State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, in the Aggies' first of four-straight home games to open the season. Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Bengals will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. Saturday's game will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU will continue its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting Saint Mary's on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast 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. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
UTAH STATE IN THE PRESEASON
Utah State won both its exhibition games, beating Grand Canyon, 76-44, on Oct. 26 and routing Simon Fraser, 92-56, on Nov. 3. Junior guard Preston Medlin led the Aggies averaging 17.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the field, including 4-of-6 (.667) from three-point range, as well as making all 10 of his free throws. Junior center Jarred Shaw averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field, as well as 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) at the free throw line. Junior point guard TeNale Roland averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 assists per game while senior forward Kyisean Reed posted 7.5 ppg to go with 6.5 rebounds per game, and junior guard Spencer Butterfield and junior forward Marvin Jean added 7.5 ppg each. As a team, USU averaged 84.0 points per game while shooting 52.3 percent (57-of-109) from the field, hitting 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from three-point range and making 77.4 percent (41-of-53) at the free throw line. Utah State averaged 14.5 assists per game while swiping 9.5 steals and swatting 5.0 blocks per game. Defensively, the Aggies held the opposition to 50.0 ppg while limiting the opponents to 31.0 percent (35-of-113) shooting, including 29.3 percent (12-of-41) behind the arc, while making 69.2 percent (18-of-26) at the charity stripe.
UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
USU MEN'S BASKETBALL TABBED FIRST BY MEDIA, SECOND BY COACHES IN WAC PRESEASON POLLS
Entering its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State men's basketball was tabbed to finish first in the league by the conference's media, while the coaches have picked the Aggies second, as the WAC's preseason polls were announced on Oct. 24 by the conference office. This is the fourth year in a row that Utah State has been picked first by at least one of the voting groups, being tabbed first by the media last year, along with being selected first by both groups in 2010-11 and 2009-10. The Aggies were selected as the preseason favorites by the media, receiving 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, NMSU edged USU by one point, with New Mexico State collecting five first-place votes and 77 points while Utah State also garnered five first-place votes and 76 points. In the media poll, Denver earned 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in 10th. Denver also took third in the coaches poll with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and 10th, respectively.
MEDLIN NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR BY BOTH MEDIA AND COACHES
Junior guard Preston Medlin was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches and was named to the first-team preseason all-WAC teams by both. It is also the fifth time in the last six years that an Aggie has been chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year, as Medlin joins former teammates Brockeith Pane last year and Tai Wesley in 2010-11, as well as Gary Wilkinson in 2008-09 and Jaycee Carroll in 2007-08.
SHAW NAMED PRESEASON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY THE LEAGUE'S MEDIA
Junior center Jarred Shaw was also chosen as the preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league's media. Shaw's preseason recognition marks the second time in the last three years that USU has had the Preseason Newcomer of the Year as Pane was chosen for the honor in 2010-11.
REED GARNERS PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY CONFERENCE'S COACHES
The conference's coaches also selected a second-team preseason all-WAC list, which included Aggie senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to last year's all-newcomer team.
MORRILL, MEDLIN, BERGER AND REED EARN PRESEASON RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was named the collegesportsmadness.com WAC Coach of the Year and was joined on the publication's honor list by junior guard Preston Medlin on the preseason first-team all-WAC list, while junior forward Danny Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed were on the third-team list. Collegesportsmadness.com also predicted that USU will win the WAC as it has the Aggies in their preseason NCAA Tournament bracket.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
USU has won 49 of its last 54 games in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 85 of its last 91 home games.
Utah State has won 92 percent of its home games (210-98) under head coach Stew Morrill and have registered a 504-111 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 238 of their last 258 games (.922) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 131 (.924) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 49.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
EIGHT AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has eight newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU also had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE
The Bengals return two starters as part of six returning lettmen from last season's squad that posted a 9-21 overall record, but was 7-9 in Big Sky Conference action, qualifying for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season. ISU lost in the first round of the conference tournament, falling at Eastern Washington, 81-75. The Bengals are picked to finish ninth in the 11-team conference by the league's media and coaches. Leading the ISU returners is senior guard Melvin Morgan, who started 26 of 30 games played as a junior, averaging 12.2 points per game, ranking 12th in the Big Sky in scoring. He also added 2.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Morgan shot 39.0 percent (126-of-323) from the field, hitting 39.6 percent (57-of-144) from three-point range, as well as 75.3 percent (58-of-77) at the free throw line. The second returning starter for the Bengals is senior guard Andre Hatchett, who averaged 7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last year. Hatchett made 38.6 percent (73-of-189) of his field goal attempts, hitting 21.9 percent (7-of-32) behind the arc, in addition to 52.9 percent (54-of-102) at the charity stripe. Last season Idaho State averaged 66.0 points per game while allowing 73.1 ppg. The Bengals shot 42.1 percent (695-of-1650) from the field, hitting 34.4 percent (193-of-561) from three-point range as well as 68.3 percent (396-of-580) at the free throw line. Defensive, ISU yielded the opposition to shoot 47.7 percent (739-of-1548) field goal shooting, 39.1 percent (216-of-553) behind the arc and 72.9 percent (498-of-683) from the free pitch stripe. ISU head coach Bill Evans is in his first season at the leash of the Bengals' program, coming to Pocatello after four years as an assistant at Montana. Before Montana, Evans was head coach at Southern Utah from 1992-2007, where he is the winningest coach in SUU history with 209 victories. During his stint at SUU, Evens was 0-2 against Utah State, with the Aggies winning 76-63 on Dec. 17, 1994 in Salt Lake City, and 60-49 in Logan on Nov. 9, 2007.
IDAHO STATE IN THE PRESEASON
ISU played two exhibition games, opening the Bill Evans era opened on Nov. 1 with a 71-41 exhibition win over Montana Tech, and will host Whitworth on Tuesday, Nov. 6. In the win over Montana Tech, the Bengals took a 37-25 halftime lead and outscored Montana Tech 34-16 in the second half en route to the victory. Senior guard Melvin Morgan led ISU offensively with 20 points of 7-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Sophomore guard Chris Hansen scored 17 points in his Bengal debut and junior center Avibakuro Preh led ISU in rebounding with 11 boards in 18 minutes off the bench. Idaho State shot 50 percent from the field and held Montana Tech to 26.9 shooting, 18.2 percent in the second half. Idaho State shot The Bengals out-rebounded Montana Tech 44-26. Leading 37-25 at halftime, Montana Tech was held scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half as Idaho State went on a 15-0 run to take a 52-25 lead with 13:32 to play in the game. The Bengals led by as many as 33 points at 69-36 with 3:57 left.
UTAH STATE - IDAHO STATE RIVALRY WILL TIE FOR 16TH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
USU and ISU will be meeting for the 49th time in school history on Saturday, which will tie for the 16th-oldest in school history, with another Gem State team in the Idaho Vandals. Utah State and Idaho State first met in the 1942-43 season.
AGGIES VS. BENGALS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State has won 35 of the 48 meetings, (.729), including winning the last 13 match-ups. In Logan, USU leads 15-2, winning the eight meetings at home as well as 10 of the last 11. The Aggies and Bengals last met a year ago, on Nov. 26, 2011 in Pocatello, with USU winning, 75-62, for its fifth-straight win there, improving to 7-4 there. The last time Idaho State defeated Utah State was on Dec. 30, 1981 in Logan, 74-70, and the last time it won in Pocatello was on Dec. 30, 1980 by a final score of 74-69.
VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 192-99 (.660) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, while Morrill is 71-21 (.772) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 23-7 (.767) versus the Big Sky and 10-0 against Idaho State. All-time, Morrill is 22-1 (.957) against the Bengals, which includes a 10-1 record while at Montana, a 2-0 record while at Colorado State and a 10-0 record at Utah State.
MORRILL VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State is 53-9 (.855) versus teams from the state of Idaho under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 25-5 record against Idaho and a 10-0 record versus Idaho State.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 26 points and Utah State connected on 13 three-pointers in a 75-62 road win at Idaho State on Nov. 27, 2011. Medlin, who added a career-high six rebounds and a career-best two steals, finished the game shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range as those eight treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 at New Mexico State during the 2005-06 season. Utah State's 13 three-point field goals were not only a season-best, but tied for the second-most in school history and the most since USU made 13 treys against Montana Western last year. USU entered the game having made just 15 three-pointers on the season. Freshman guard Adam Thoseby also had a career-night for Utah State as he scored in double-figures for the first time with 16 points as he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots, while senior guard Brockeith Pane and freshman forward Ben Clifford each scored 10 points. Pane also tied his career-high with nine assists, while Clifford added season-bests in rebounds (7), assists (2), blocks (2) and minutes played (37) in his first career start. Melvin Morgan led four Idaho State players in double-figures with 24 points. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-best 57.8 percent (26-45), including a blistering 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19) and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-16). USU also had season-highs in both assists (21) and blocked shots (5), while committing six more turnovers (16-10) in the game. Both teams finished with 29 rebounds. After a three-pointer from Medlin to start the second-half, Idaho State scored eight straight points to take a 38-35 lead. USU then went on an 11-0 run as Medlin hit back-to-back three's, followed by a Pane three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Clifford to give the visitors a 46-38 advantage with 12:48 to play. USU increased its lead to 11 at 52-41 following a Thoseby trey and then went on a 14-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 75-56 with 2:40 remaining following two Clifford free throws. ISU then scored the final five points of the game to make the final score 75-62. Idaho State finished the game shooting just 32.7 percent (17-52), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Bengals were also just 3-of-18 (.167) from three-point range, but did convert 25-of-30 (.833) free throws.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO STATE IN LOGAN
Senior guard Brian Green netted five three-pointers on the way to a team-high 17 points in leading Utah State to a 71-48 win against Idaho State on Dec. 21, 2010. Green was joined in double-figures by senior forward Tai Wesley with 11 points, while coming up three rebounds shy of his fourth-straight double-double with seven boards. Junior forward Brady Jardine was one point short of a double-double with nine points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds, his fifth double-figure rebounding outing of the season. Idaho State was led by Broderick Gilchrest with 19 points, the lone Bengal in double-figures, while Mike Lacey pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds. USU shot 24-of-45 (53.3 percent) from the field, shooting better from behind the three-point arc at 56.3 percent (9-of-16). ISU shot 47.4 percent (19-of-40) field goal shooting, making 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) of its three-pointers. Utah State was also 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) at the free throw line, making more than Idaho State attempted (4-of-10, 40.0 percent), marking the sixth game this season that USU has done so. The Aggies had a 26-21 rebounding edge. USU forced 16 ISU turnovers while only committing nine miscues, leading to a 26-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The nine Aggie turnovers is the third time that they have been in single-digits in the turnover category this season. Utah State held a 17-15 lead before going on a 13-2 run to open up a 30-17 lead at the 6:06 mark after three-straight Green three-pointers, and the Aggies led by double-digits for the rest of the game. USU stretched its lead to 36-20 at the half. A three-pointer by freshman guard James Walker III gave the Aggies their first 20-point lead of the night at 54-34 with 9:58 to play, followed by a monster dunk by Jardine to give USU a 56-34 advantage. Senior forward Matt Formisano hit a jumper with 2:39 on the clock to open up Utah State's largest lead of the contest at 69-45 and the Aggies coasted to the victory.
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
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. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.0 percent from three-point range (110-262) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history. Medlin is also just two made three-pointers and six three-point attempts shy of entering the career top 10 in each category.
MEDLIN RANKS AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). 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).
UTAH STATE HAS 11TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK IN THE NATION
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 13 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments, four National Invitation Tournaments and one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. That streak of 13 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 24 with 20 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 23 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 21 with 20 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (15-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 19 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 17 straight NCAA trips, while Creighton (8-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (14-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for sixth with 15 straight postseason trips. Florida (12-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (14 NCAA) and Wisconsin (14-NCAA) are all tied for eighth with 14 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (8-NCAA, 5-NIT).
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season ranking first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.9), second in field goal percentage (.475), second in field goal percentage defense (.415), third in scoring margin (+4.1), third in free throw shooting (.719), third in three-point field goal percentage (.367), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.330), fourth in assists (13.43) fifth in rebounding margin (+0.7), and sixth in blocks (3.22).
RANKING UTAH STATE'S RETURNING PLAYERS IN THE WAC STATISTICS
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.428), third in scoring (17.0), fourth in free throw shooting (.801), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70), ninth in assists (3.35), and 10th in overall shooting (.496). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranked first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.614), sixth in blocked shots (1.14), and 14th in rebounding (5.1). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranked 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting (.367) and 13th in assists (2.35), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47).
UTAH STATE FINISHES THE YEAR RANKED 24TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season ranking 24th in the nation in field goal percentage (.475), 59th in turnovers per game (12.1), 66th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11), 67th in three-point field goal percentage (.367), 80th in free throw shooting (.719), and 96th in field goal percentage defense (.415).
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
UTAH STATE HAD THREE OF THE TOP 10 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC IN 2012
Utah State had three of the top 10 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference during the 2011-12 season as junior forward Kyisean Reed shot 61.4 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim shot 56.8 percent to rank third, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin shot 49.6 percent to rank 10th.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State was ... 21-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scored its opponent's backcourt; 17-2 when leading at the half; 17-2 when it committed fewer fouls than its opponents; 17-7 when it had more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 19-8 when it shot better from the field than its opponent; 17-4 when it blocked more shots than its opponent; 17-6 when it had more assists than its opponent; 15-5 when it shot better from three-point range than its opponent; and 14-7 when it out-rebounded its opponent.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State was 17-2 this year and has won 66 of its last 68 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 273-25 (.916) when leading at the half and 46-75 (.380) when trailing at the half including a 4-13 (.235) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number last year appeared to be 70, as in 70 points. On the season, Utah State was 15-3 when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 76 of its last 81 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 218-30 (.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.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State was 7-3 last 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 SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED IN A SINGLE SEASON WITH 37
Utah State set a single-season school record last year as it played 37 games. The previous record for games played in a single-season was 35 set during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season. USU also had several other categories last year that ranked among the top 10 all-time in school history for a single-season including ranking third in three-pointers attempted (566), fourth in three-pointers made (208), sixth in blocks (119), sixth in total points (2,551), and 10th in assists (497).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season winning eight of its last 11 games after winning just 13 of its first 26 games.
AGGIES FINISH SEASON WITH YET ANOTHER CLOSE LOSS
Utah State's nemesis during the 2011-12 season ended up being close games as the Aggies were 2-6 in games decided by three or fewer points. In fact, each of USU's last two losses were within three points as it dropped a 72-70 decision to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WAC Tournament, along with its 70-67 loss to Mercer in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Furthermore, of its six league losses two were by three or fewer points and four were by seven or fewer points.
UTAH STATE RETURNING PLAYER NOTES
#1 Ben Clifford - SO - F - Played in 36 games, starting four, during his freshman season... Finished the season averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (58-114), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 72.9 percent at the free throw line (35-48)... Ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47)... Played an average of 16.8 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures three times during the season including a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount (3/21) in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Blocked a career-high four shots against Hawai'i (1/26)... Played a career-high 37 minutes at Idaho State in his first career start as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds... Led the team in rebounding five times during the season and had five or more boards in 13 games on the year... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
#12 Danny Berger - JR - G - Started 25 of the final 31 games of the season after sitting out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt... Finished the year averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.35 assists per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field (64-172), 36.7 percent from three-point range (36-98), and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (40-52)... Played an average of 25.8 minutes per game... Ranked 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting and 13th in assists... Scored in double-figures 10 times during the season including a career-high tying 17 points against Oakland (3/25) in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Was 5-of-6 from behind the arc against Oakland tying Utah State's single-game postseason record for three-pointers made... That shooting percentage from three against OU (.833) is also tied for the ninth-best single-game performance in school history... Recorded a career-high eight rebounds against Idaho (2/24) and grabbed five-plus rebounds nine times during the year... Had a career-best six assists against Kent State (12/22) and dished out five or more assists four times during the season... Had a career-high three steals against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to go along with a career-high 17 points... Played a career-high 36 minutes twice during the year... Led the team in rebounding twice and in scoring once.
#13 Preston Medlin - JR - G - Became just the second sophomore in school history along with Nate Harris in 2004 to earn first-team all-conference honors... Was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 second team as he finished the year averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-222) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156) in 35.2 minutes per game... Started all 37 games during the year to set a single-season school record for games played and started... Finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), and third in the WAC and 80th in the country in scoring (17.0)... Also ranked 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting (.496), and sixth in the WAC and 55th in the country in three-point field goals made per game (2.57)... Also ranked fourth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.801), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists (3.35)... Scored in double-figures 31 times during the season, including 13 20-point games... Scored a career-high 32 points against Idaho (2/24) as he was 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-for-5 at the free throw line... Scored 27 of his 32 points in the second-half which are the most points scored by an Aggie in a single-half since Nate Williams scored 29 of his 45 points in the second-half against Saint Peter's on Dec. 8. 1969... Furthermore, those 32 points by Medlin are the most scored by an Aggie since Gary Wilkinson scored 33 points in an 83-77 overtime win at Fresno State on Jan. 31, 2009... Scored in double-figuers in each of his last five games and in 19 of his last 20 to end the season... Also had 20-plus points in three of his final five games of the season as he was named to the CollegeInsider.com all-tournament team... Was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State hosted Athletes In Action Classic as USU defeated UT Arlington (73-69), Saint Peter's (72-47) and Kent State (81-62) to claim the tournament championship... Was 8-of-11 from three-point range at Idaho State (11/26) as those eight made treys are tied for the third-most made in a single-game in school history and were tied for the 17th-most made in a single-game in the NCAA at the Division I level during the year... Went 13-for-14 at the free throw line against both Hawai'i (1/26) and Loyola Marymount (3/21)... That shooting percentage from the free throw line against LMU (.929) is a single-game postseason school record, as are the 13 made free throws... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds three times during the season and had five or more rebounds 14 times overall... Dished out a career-high eight assists twice during the year and had five or more assists eight times overall... Played a career-high 40 minutes twice during the season including against Mercer in the championship game of the CIT... Led the team in scoring 22 times during the year... Was also the team leader in assists 15 times and rebounding six times... Took four charges and had four dunks during the season... Scored 628 points as a sophomore to rank as the 10th-most in a single-season in school history, including the second-most by an underclassmen trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969... Made 95 three-pointers as a sophomore to rank as the third-most in a single-season in school history, and ranks fourth all-time in three-point attempts in a single-season with 222... Also ranks second all-time at USU for a single-season in minutes played with 1,302 during his sophomore season... Became just the sixth underclassmen in school history to lead his team in scoring along with Cornell Green, (1959-60), Wayne Estes (1962-63), Marvin Roberts (1968-69), Greg Grant (1983-84) and Kendall Youngblood (1989-90).
#25 - JR - C - Jordan Stone - Played in 34 games, starting two, during his first season at Utah State... His two starts were in consecutive games at home against Utah Valley (12/6) and at Wichita State (12/10)... Finished the season averaging 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game... Shot 60.5 percent from the field (26-43) and 48.6 percent at the free throw line (18-37)... Scored a career-high nine points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 3-of-4 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line... Had career-highs of eight rebounds against both Utah Valley (12/6) and UC Santa Barbara (2/18), and recorded five-plus rebounds five times during the year... Played a career-high 23 minutes at Pacific (12/3)... Led the team in rebounding twice during the year... Ranked third on the team with six dunks... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 199 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 is 330-106 (.757) 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 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 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), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
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).
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 330-106 (.757) record. Those 330 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.833), Kansas (.823) 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 seven years with a 83-27 (.755) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
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