Utah State Back in Action on Wednesday Night, Hosting Mississippi Valley State
Nov. 14, 2017

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Opening Tips
• Utah State will play the third of six games in a nine-day period when the Aggies host Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

• Utah State is 1-0 all-time against the Delta Devils, facing MVSU on Dec. 28, 1995, inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and posting an 80-63 victory.

• Utah State is 5-1 all-time against members of the Southwestern Conference, going 1-1 against Jackson State and posting single victories over Grambling, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.

• Mississippi Valley State is making a tour of Utah with Logan as its final stop. The Delta Devils opened the Beehive State road trip by BYU on Saturday, Nov. 11, losing 91-61, followed by a trip to Utah on Monday, Nov. 13, a 91-51 defeat to the Utes.

• Mississippi Valley State is essentially a brand-new team from a year ago, returning just two players from its 2016-17 roster to its 2017-18 squad.

Scouting Mississippi Valley State
Mississippi Valley State, a member of the Southwestern Conference, has opened the year 0-2, following a 91-61 loss at BYU, followed by a 91-51 defeat at Utah. The Delta Devils finished the 2016-17 season with an overall mark of 7-25, including a 7-11 mark in league play.

MVSU is averaging 56.0 points per game this season, led by junior guard Tereke Eckwood with 11.5 points per game. Eckwood is also tied for second on the team with 3.5 rebounds per contest, trailing junior forward Dante Scott with 4.0 rebounds per outing. As a team, MVSU has shot 33.1 percent (42-of-127) from the floor, 28.9 percent (11-of-38) from behind the 3-point line and 58.6 percent (17-of-29) at the free throw line.

Defensively, teams are averaging 91.0 points per game against the Delta Devils and shooting 54.1 percent (66-of-122) from the floor, 45.5 percent (25-of-55) from behind the 3-point line and 69.4 percent (25-of-36) at the free throw line.

Head coach Andre Payne is in his fourth season, carrying an overall record of 21-77 during that time.

Opening on the Road
Utah State will play six of its first eight games on the road, including a stretch of five straight from Nov. 18-28. The Aggies will be on the road for a total of 13 consecutive days during the five-game stretch with games at Gonzaga, Portland State and Valparaiso, and neutral-site games against Northeastern and New Hampshire in Nashville, Tenn.

Not as Rough as MVSU
Mississippi Valley State will play the entirety of its non-conference slate on the road, a span of 13 games stretching from November 11 to December 23.

Down at the Half
Utah State has been down at the half in each of its games this season, trailing 27-24 at Weber State, and 41-40 against Montana State.

Undersized, but Working in the Paint
Utah State entered the 2017-18 season knowing it would be undersized, but has scored more points in the paint than its opponents in both games this season. The Aggies outscored Weber State 28-26 and Montana State 32-26.

 

 

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