Nov. 7, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - A limited number of tickets remain for Friday's Utah State men's basketball game against USC. Tip-off from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is set for 7 p.m.
The USU Athletics Ticket Office will be open at 10 a.m. Friday up until the game. Fans can also buy their tickets online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com. For more 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.
For fans who can't make it in person, the season-opening contest between the Aggies and Trojans will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) on the call. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, and audio streamed on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.
Utah State is 79-29 (.729) all-time in season openers and has won 18 of its last 19 season openers dating back to the 1993-94 campaign. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 14-1 (.929) in season openers including an 8-0 mark at home.
The Aggies are 31-1 (.968) since the 1957-58 season when starting the season at home and USU has won 13 straight home-opening games with its last loss coming against Weber State, 87-86, on Dec. 7, 1993. The Aggies also are 47-9 (.837) in their first home game of the season dating back to 1958, winning 19 straight contests.
USU has won two of the last three all-time meetings with USC, including the most recent meeting, on Nov. 24, 1999 at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, won by the Aggies, 52-50. Utah State is 6-8 overall vs. USC, including 0-1 at home, with the lone meeting coming during the 1961-62 season, won by the Trojans, 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 entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.
The Trojans are opening the Andy Enfield head coach era on Friday, as Enfield took over the reins of the USC program this summer after two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. Last season, Enfield led the Eagles into the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, upsetting No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State, earning the nickame "Dunk City" for FGCU's style of play with up-tempo offense and lots of slam dunks. At FGCU, Ensfield accumulated a 41-28 (.594) record in his two seasons there.
Ensfield inherits a two returning starters as part of seven returning lettermen at USC, as the Trojans posted a 14-18 overall and a 9-9 Pac-12 mark last season. The two returners starters are senior guard J.T. Terrel and junior guard Byron Wesley.
Friday is USC's first action of the season, as the Trojans did not have any exhibition games, only two scrimmages.
Single-game tickets for the USC game are on sale, while all other single-game tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to each game. Single-game tickets will cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium games against USC (Nov. 8), Mississippi State (Nov. 23), BYU (Nov. 30 in Salt Lake City) and UNLV (Feb. 15).
USU men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are also still on sale. Season tickets start at $230 and they include all 20 home games as well as the BYU game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. Big Blue Scholarship Fund per seat commitment fees apply, ranging from $100-$900 per seat in addition to ticket cost.
Family Plans are also available for purchase at $800 (two adults and three Jr Aggies). Please be aware that there is a limit of one Family Plan per household.
To order a package or 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, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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