USU Men's Basketball Squares Off With Mississippi State Saturday
Utah State (3-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip-off for the match-up between the Aggies and Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's USU-MSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders by going to www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.

 
Utah State (3-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip-off for the match-up between the Aggies and Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's USU-MSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders by going to www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.
 
 

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Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at (RV) Utah State (3-0, 0-0 MW)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 • 7:05 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
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The Last Meeting
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December 31, 2011
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Utah State's Upset Bid Falls Short With 66-64 Loss at No. 15 Mississippi State
Danny Berger's three-pointer with two seconds remaining bounced off the front of the rim and Utah State's upset bit at No. 15 Mississippi State ended with a 66-64 loss here Saturday afternoon.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (3-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip-off for the match-up between the Aggies and Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's USU-MSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders by going to www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,503-1,032 (.593) in their 2,535 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State is among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll. This is the first time this season that the Aggies have received votes in either poll. USU received one vote in this week's USA Today/Coaches Poll to rank tied for 44th in the nation.

• As of Thursday, Nov. 20, Utah State has an RPI of 5. The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule.

• Utah State is 3-0 to start a season for the first time in six years (2008-09) and for the sixth time in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach.

• The Aggies are in pursuit of their first 4-0 start to a season since 2008-09, when the Aggies opened 5-0, as well as the fifth 4-0 beginning to a season under Morrill.

• Mississippi State is the first SEC opponent to visit Logan since Georgia did so on Dec. 18, 1985, won by UGA, 99-74. MSU is only the fourth SEC team to play at USU, as Arkansas did so on Dec. 27, 1971, won by USU, 95-94, in OT, and LSU played in Logan on Dec. 30, 1970, also won by the Aggies, 97-81, for USU's 2-1 home mark against SEC foes. Utah State is 0-1 overall against the Bulldogs of MSU, losing on the road, to the 15th-ranked Bulldogs 66-64, on Dec. 31, 2011, which was also the Aggies' last game against an SEC opponent overall, as USU is 5-12 all-time vs. the current SEC.

• USU is 2-0 at home this season and has won 65 of its last 74 games (.878) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped 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 101 of its last 111 home games (.910).

• Utah State has won 91.1 percent of its home games (226-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 112-9 (.926) record in non-conference games. The Aggies have won 254 of their last 278 games (.914) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 520-115 (.819) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• Utah State is 54-18 (.750) during the month of November under Morrill, having won its last four home games as part of its last six games overall in the 11th month. USU has a 4-1 record in known games played on Nov. 23, having its four-game winning streak on the date snapped with its latest game on the date, in 2007, losing to Vanderbilt, 77-56, in the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational. Saturday is USU's first home game played on Nov. 23.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and enters Saturday's game with 1,011 career points at the No. 34 spot on USU's career scoring list, needing three points to reach the No. 33 spot held by former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11) with 1,014, seven points for the No. 32 spot held by Pat Dunn (1953-56) with 1,018 points.

THIS WEEK
Utah State (3-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip-off for the match-up between the Aggies and Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10, 270). Saturday's USU-MSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders, by going to www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. Ray Crawford will handle play-by-play duties with analysis from Jordan Cornette. 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 "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State continues its three games in seven days stretch by playing at in-state foe Weber State on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off from WSU's Dee Events Center is slated for 7:30 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then play another in-state foe, facing BYU on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City in a 7 p.m. tip-off.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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 former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
The USU-MSU match-up will not be televised.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Saturday's game will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network by Campus Insiders.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball 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 2013-14 edition of Aggie men's basketball will be veteran-led with four seniors returning in guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, guards Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw. A fifth senior, forward Sean Harris, is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season, and his progress continues in the early going this season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll. This is the first time this season that the Aggies have received votes in either poll. USU received one vote in this week's USA Today/Coaches Poll to rank tied for 44th in the nation.

USU is off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since 2008-09 with a hard-fought, 71-64, win at UC Santa Barbara Saturday night at UCSB's Thunderdome, as seniors Preston Medlin and Spencer Butterfield combined for 34 points. Medlin also became the 36th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Medlin, a guard, netted a game-high 18 points, going over 1,000 career points, becoming the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 points plateau, and he now has 1,011 points, climbing up to No. 34, passing Bill Hull (1951-54) with 1,007 points. Medlin needs three points to tie former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11) at No. 33 with 1,014 points. Medlin made four three-pointers on the night. Butterfield, a guard/forward, added 16 points also hitting four three-pointers to tie a career-high. He also snared seven rebounds. Junior forward Ben Clifford added 10 points, including 6-of-6 at the free throw line, all coming in the last 5:01 of the game, including four in the final 20 seconds to secure the win. Senior center Jarred Shaw posted nine points and nine rebounds, leading USU to a 38-25 rebounding advantage. Fellow senior, guard TeNale Roland added eight points, hitting a pair of three-pointers.

The Aggies are led by Shaw with 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, adding 1.7 blocks per game. Shaw is shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) at the free throw line. Medlin adds 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Medlin leads the team with eight three-pointers made, as part of 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) field goal shooting, along with 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from three-point range, as well as 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) at the free throw line. Butterfield adds 13.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting a team-high 54.5 percent (6-of-11) behind the arc. Sophomore guard Marcel Davis leads the team with 3.3 assists per game, while Roland adds 2.8 helpers per game. Marcel Davis also tops the team with 1.0 steals per game. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis leads USU with 2.0 blocks per game while Shaw added 2.7 rejections per contest.

As a team, USU is averaging 79.7 points per game, while shooting 49.4 percent (79-of-160) from the field, including 46.0 percent (23-of-50) behind the three-point arc, as well as 76.3 percent (58-of-76) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are holding the opposition to 62.0 ppg, while limiting opponents to 38.1 percent (64-of-168) field goal shooting, 22.8 percent (13-of-57) behind the arc and 75.0 percent (45-of-60) at the charity stripe. USU has a +11.3 rebounding margin (40.0-28.7), while averaging 17.3 assists, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game.

USU IN MW STATISTICS
Entering games on Nov. 21, Utah State is first in the Mountain West statistics in free throw percentage (.763), while ranking second in scoring defense (62.0 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (.460), three-point field goal percentage defense (.228) and assists (17.3 apg). The Aggies also are third in rebounding margin (+11.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.80), while ranking fourth in scoring (79.7 ppg), scoring margin (+17.7), field goal percentage (.494), field goal percentage defense (.381), fifth in rebounds (40.0 rpg), tied for fifth in blocks (4.0 bpg) and 11th in steals (3.0 spg).

TRADING OFF LEADING SCORER HONORS
Through the first three games of the season, senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw have traded off holding the leading scorer honors for the Aggies. Medlin led USU in the season opener with 17 points against USC on Nov. 8, while Shaw was the Aggies' leading scorer with 24 points against Southern Utah on Nov. 12. Medlin then resumed the top scoring role with 18 at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16.

USU's 3-0 STARTS UNDER COACH MORRILL
USU has now started a season 3-0 six times under head coach Stew Morrill, last doing so in 2008-09. Of the previous five times, the Aggies improved to 4-0 four of those times.

3-0 Seasons	4th Game	Start
1998-99		W		5-0
2001-02		W		5-0
2002-03		W		5-0
2003-04		L		3-1
2008-09		W		5-0
2013-14		Saturday

GOING FOR 29th 4-0 START IN 109 YEARS OF AGGIE BASKETBALL
USU is seeking not only its fourth 4-0 start in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach, but the Aggies are pursuing their 28th 4-0 start in school history in their 109 years of basketball.

A LOOK BACK AT UC SANTA BARBARA GAME
Seniors Preston Medlin and Spencer Butterfield combined for 34 points to lead Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought, 71-64, win at UC Santa Barbara Saturday night at UCSB's Thunderdome, to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2008-09. Medlin also became the 36th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The 3-0 start is the sixth under head coach Stew Morrill, and the best since going 5-0 in 2008-09. UCSB is 2-1 after the loss. Saturday was the 64th meeting between the Aggies and Gauchos, which is the 11th-oldest rivalry in USU history, with Utah State now leading the all-time series, 40-24. USU has won seven of the last eight meetings overall and now lead, 16-13, in games played at Santa Barbara. Medlin, a guard, netted a game-high 18 points, going over 1,000 career points, becoming the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 points plateau, and he now has 1,011 points, climbing up to No. 34, passing Bill Hull (1951-54) with 1,007 points. Medlin needs three points to tie former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11) at No. 33 with 1,014 points. Medlin made four three-pointers on the night. Butterfield, a guard/forward, added 16 points also hitting four three-pointers to tie a career-high. He also snared seven rebounds. Junior forward Ben Clifford added 10 points, including 6-of-6 at the free throw line, all coming in the last 5:01 of the game, including four in the final 20 seconds to secure the win. Senior center Jarred Shaw posted nine points and nine rebounds, leading USU to a 38-25 rebounding advantage. Fellow senior, guard TeNale Roland added eight points, hitting a pair of three-pointers. The Aggies were 22-of-52 (42.3 percent) from the field, making 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from three-point range as well as 17-of-19 (89.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Gauchos were 48.0 percent (24-of-50) field goal shooting, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) behind the arc and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) at the charity stripe. UCSB, which was without its leading scorer center Alan Williams, who suffered back spasms during warm-ups, was led by 15 points by Michael Bryson. Sam Beeler added 14 and Kyle Boswell tossed in 11. Taran Brown led UCSB with seven rebounds. After the Gauchos scored the first bucket, Roland and Butterfield hit treys for a 6-2 USU lead less than two minutes into the action. The Aggie advantage grew to 27-19 with 5:39 left in the half after a pair of free throws by junior center Jordan Stone. USU took a 39-29 lead into halftime as Medlin hit a triple from the right corner with 1:24 left in the half, that put him over the 1,000-point mark. The Gauchos charged out of intermission with an 11-0 run to take a 40-39 lead with 17:27 on the clock on a Bryson layup. Later, after UCSB took a 44-43 lead on a Boswell layup, Medlin hit a three-pointer to spark 13-2 USU run, capped by back-to-back Butterfield triples from the top of the arc for a 56-46 led with 10:48 to go. The Gauchos got within 58-54 at the 6:02 mark on a jumper by Zalmico Harmon, but Roland hit a three-pointer on USU's next possession and UCSB didn't get within four until 30.9 seconds left on a layup by Bryson cut the gap to 67-64. However Clifford hit two free throws with 22.8 on the clock and two more with 9.0 ticks to seal the victory.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM UCSB GAME
TEAM NOTES
• Utah State is off to its first 3-0 start to a season since 2008-09, when the Aggies opened 5-0, as well as the sixth 3-0 beginning to a season under head coach Stew Morrill.

• USU shot a season-high 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at the free throw line, which was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 209.

• The Aggies were 5-of-6 at the free throw line in the final 2:00 Saturday, equaling their attempts in the final 2:00 in the first two games... USU is now 11-of-12 (.917) this season in the last 2:00.

• USU is now 3-0 this season and has won its last 18 regular-season games when scoring 70 or more points... Overall USU has won 94 of its last 100 games (.940) when reaching 70 points and is 236-31 (.884) under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• Saturday was USU's first road game of the season, and Utah State has won 29 of its last 47 road games (.617) and is 107-86 (.554) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State is now 127-31 (.804) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, including 45-24 (.652) on California soil.

• USU led at halftime for the third time this season and the Aggies are now 3-0 this season when leading at intermission... The Aggies have won 87 of their last 89 games (.978) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 294-25 (.922) when holding a lead at intermission.

PLAYER NOTES
• With a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:24 in the first half, senior guard Preston Medlin became the 36th player in USU history with 1,000 career points, as he scored his ninth point of the night giving him 1,002 and jumping to No. 35 on the career scoring list, passing Bob Ipsun (1958-59) with 1,001... Finishing the game with 18 points, Medlin now has 1,011, climbing up to No. 34, also passing Bill Hull (1951-54) with 1,007.

• Medlin's 18 points Saturday was his second double-figure game this season and the 46th time in his career.

• Medlin's four three-pointers ties a season-high with his four treys from the season-opener vs. USC.

• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's 16 points on the night is his third double-digit scoring outing this season and his sixth in a row back to last season. It is Butterfield's 26th career double-figure outing, including 18 of the last 19 games played.

• Butterfield tied a career-high with four three-pointers and was his 15th career game with multi-three-pointers.

• Junior forward Ben Clifford's season-high 10 points was his 11th career double-digit scoring outing.

• Senior center Jarred Shaw's nine points and nine rebounds was one point and one rebound shy of his 11th career double-double.

• It was the second time this season that Shaw has led the team in rebounding.

SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season with a 94-72 win over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday at home. MSU will be playing its first road game of the season Saturday as the Bulldogs have played all three of their games at home so far. Sophomore forward Gavin Ware led MSU on Tuesday with a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading three starters in double-figures as senior forward Colin Borchert posted 14 points and sophomore guard Craig Sword added 10 points. Senior forward Roquez Johnson added 12 points off the bench, as the Bulldogs' reserves had a 31-19 bench points advantage.

On the season, MSU has out-scored its opponents by +20 at 81.0-61.0. The Bulldogs are shooting 47.1 percent (90-of-191) from the field, including 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from three-point range, in addition to 63.0 percent (46-of-73) at the free throw line. Defensively, MSU is yielding its opponents to 43.8 percent (67-of-153) field goal shooting, including 25.5 percent (13-of-51) from distance and 69.2 percent (36-of-52) at the free throw line. The Bulldogs have a +12.7 rebounding advantage (41.7-29.0), while also tallying averages of 15.3 assists, 11.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game, while committing 14.7 turnovers per game.

MSU has four players averaging double-digit points, led by Ware with 15.7 points per game, while sophomore guard Fred Thomas nets 12.5 ppg, Borchert posts 12.0 ppg and Johnson adds 11.0 ppg. Ware leads MSU with 69.2 percent (18-of-26) field goal shooting, while Borchert is 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) from three-point range and Thomas is 5-of-11 (45.5 percent). Ware also leads the Bulldogs on the boards with 12.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guards Dre Applewhite and IJ Ready along with Sword lead MSU with 2.8 assists per game, but Ready is injured and questionable for Saturday. Ready and junior guard Trivante Bloodman swipe 2.0 steals per game, while Borchert has a team-high 1.8 blocks per game.

UTAH STATE-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Mississippi State will be meeting for the second-time ever in school history, with the Bulldogs winning the first meeting, 66-64, on Dec. 31, 2011 in Starkville, Miss., when the Bulldogs were ranked 15th in the country at the time.

VERSUS THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Utah State is 5-3 all-time against teams from the state of Mississippi with a 3-1 record against Southern Mississippi, a 1-0 record against Mississippi Valley State, a 1-1 record against Jackson State and an 0-1 mark against Mississippi State. The last time USU played a team from the state of Mississippi was on Dec. 31, 2011 when it lost at 15th-ranked Mississippi State, 66-64. Utah State is hosting a team from the state of Mississippi for the first time since Dec. 18, 2003 when it beat Jackson State, 67-42. USU's hosted a pair of Mississippi teams in 1995 as part of the 1995 Gossner Classic, beating Mississippi Valley State, 80-63 on Dec. 28, 1995 and beat Southern Mississippi, 77-65, the next night. Overall, USU is 4-0 at home against teams from the state of Mississippi with a 2-0 mark against Southern Mississippi, and 1-0 marks against Mississippi Valley State and Jackson State.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Utah State is 5-12 (.294) all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference as it is 2-1 against LSU, 1-0 against Arkansas, 1-1 versus Missouri, 1-2 against Texas A&M, 0-2 against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and 0-1 against Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State. The last time Utah State played a team from the SEC was on Dec. 31, 2011 when it lost at 15th-ranked Mississippi State, 66-64. Mississippi State is the first SEC opponent to visit Logan since Arkansas did so on Dec. 27, 1971, won by USU, 95-94, in OT. Mississippi State is the first SEC opponent to visit Logan since Georgia did so on Dec. 18, 1985, won by UGA, 99-74. MSU is only the fourth SEC team to play at USU, as Arkansas did so on Dec. 27, 1971, won by USU, 95-94, in OT, and LSU played in Logan on Dec. 30, 1970, also won by the Aggies, 97-81, for USU's 2-1 home mark against SEC foes. Utah State is 0-1 overall against the Bulldogs of MSU, losing on the road, to the 15th-ranked Bulldogs 66-64, on Dec. 31, 2011, which was also the Aggies' last game against an SEC opponent overall, as USU is 5-12 all-time vs. the current SEC.

MORRILL VERSUS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 0-3 all-time against current members of the SEC and all three of those losses came at Utah State against Florida, 60-58, on Nov. 22, 1999, against Vanderbilt, 77-56, on Nov. 23, 2007 and against Mississippi State, 66-64, on Dec. 31, 2011.

USU IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 54-18 (.750) during the month of November under Morrill, having won its last six games overall and its last four home games in the 11th month. USU has a 4-1 record in known games played on Nov. 23, having its four-game winning streak on the date snapped with its latest game on the date, in 2007, losing to Vanderbilt, 77-56, in the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational. While USU is 0-1 vs. SEC opponents on Nov. 23, all of the Aggies' five previous games on the date have been either away or neutral games, as Saturday is USU's first home game played on Nov. 23.

USU LAST MEETING AGAINST MSU - Dec. 31, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Danny Berger's three-pointer with two seconds remaining bounced off the front of the rim and Utah State's upset bid at No. 15 Mississippi State ended with a 66-64 loss on Dec. 31, 2011. Utah State led 64-62 with 2:42 remaining following a Kyisean Reed jumper and had a chance to go up four on its next possession before it missed two free throws. Mississippi State then tied the game on a putback basket by Arnett Moultrie, followed by a pair of free throws from Dee Bost to give the home team the two-point lead with 34 seconds to play. With fouls to give, MSU committed a pair of personals in the final seconds and then held on for the two-point win. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 15 points, while senior guard Brockeith Pane added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Morgan Grim also scored in double-figures as he finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three assists. Rodney Hood led all scorers with 16 points for Mississippi State, while Moultrie finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Renardo Sidney added 13 points and seven boards. Leading by three at the half, Mississippi State took its largest lead of the game at 43-36 with 13:59 to play only to see Utah State score six unanswered to get back within one at 43-42. USU eventually regained the lead at 54-53 on a Ben Clifford three-pointer and extended its advantage to three on its next possession on a Pane jumper. The Bulldogs scored the next five points to go up two and led by two at 62-60 with 3:43 left before the Aggies scored on consecutive possessions with baskets by Grim and Reed to give Utah State its final lead at 64-62 with 2:42 to play. Utah State finished the game shooting 48.2 percent from the field (27-56), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 6-of-9 from the free throw line (.667). Mississippi State shot 43.3 percent overall (26-60), including 43.8 percent from three (7-16) and 58.3 percent at the line (7-12). MSU also out-rebounded USU by four (35-31) and added five more assists (14-9). Both teams finished the game with nine turnovers, the second-fewest of the season for Utah State. Both teams combined to miss the first 10 shots of the game before Reed scored Utah State's first four points on a 15-foot jumper from the top of the key followed by a pair of free throws. Mississippi State took its first lead at 6-4 following a layup from Moultrie, but Utah State then went on an 11-0 run that began with a Medlin three-pointer and ended with a Medlin jumper to put USU up 15-9 with 11:23 to play in the half. MSU responded with a 10-2 run to get within one at 17-16 and eventually tied it at 21-21. The Aggies got its lead back to five at 29-24 following two Medlin free throws at the 2:58 mark, but the Bulldogs closed the half on an 8-0 run to lead 32-29 at the break. Medlin led Utah State with nine first-half points as Utah State shot 42.9 percent (12-28) including 16.7 percent from three-point range (1-6) and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Mississippi State shot 40.7 percent in the first-half (11-27), but made 5-of-8 (.625) three-pointers and 5-of-7 (.714) free throws.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1011 career points and climbed to No. 34 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 78 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin enters Saturday needed three points to reach the No. 33 spot held by Newbold with 1,014, seven points for the No. 32 spot held by Pat Dunn (1953-56) with 1,018 points and 38 points for the No. 31 spot held by Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,051 points.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
	Name	                Years		Points
1.	Jaycee Carroll		2005-08		2522
2.	Greg Grant		1983-86		2127
3.	Wayne Estes		1963-65		2001
4.	Brian Jackson		1978-81		1900
5.	Cornell Green		1960-62		1890
6.	Marvin Roberts		1969-71		1844
7.	Kendall Youngblood	1989-92		1774
8.	Tai Wesley		2008-11		1749
9.	Tony Brown		1999-02		1564
10.	Eric Franson		1991, 94-96	1545
11.	Reid Newey		1984, 87-89	1536
12.	Nate Harris		2003-06		1475
13.	Dean Hunger		1977-80		1472
14.	Kevin Nixon		1985-88		1456
15.	Dan Conway		1986-89		1398
16.	Mike Santos		1975-78		1287
17.	Shaler Halimon		1967-68		1284
18.	Spencer Nelson		1999, 03-05	1283
19.	Bob Lauriski		1971-73		1266
20.	Rich Haws		1973-75		1255
21.	Jim Boatwright		1972-74		1238
22. 	Max Perry		1959-61		1236
23.	Jay Goodman		1991-93		1215
24.	Jimmy Moore		1973-75		1164
25.	Bert Cook		1950-52		1133
26.	Troy Collier		1963-64		1109
27.	Jeff O. Anderson	1985-88		1095
28.	Nate Williams		1970-71		1080
29.	Gary Wilkinson		2008-09		1065
30.	Desmond Penigar		2002-03		1051
31. 	Vince Washington	1984-85		1049
32. 	Pat Dunn		1953-56		1018
33. 	Tyler Newbold		2008-11		1014
34. 	Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	1011
35.	Bill Hull		1951-54		1007
36. 	Bob Ipsen		1958-59		1001

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 354-116 (.753) during the last 14 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.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 3-0 this season after going 18-0 during the 2012-13 season when leading at half and has won 87 of their last 89 games (.978) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 294-25 (.922) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State was 1-9 (.100) last season and 47-84 (.359) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies were 2-1 last season when tied at the break.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 232 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.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU is 3-0 this season after going 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 94 of its last 100 games (.940), when reaching 70 points and is 236-31 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 1-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 121 of its last 127 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 186-16 (.921) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES OK IN OT
USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) all-time in overtime games.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better once so far in three games this season, making 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. Last season, USU was 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe in 10 games, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

AGGIES TO FACE FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will 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.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies bounced back to double-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12 and had a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16.

Utah State's 22 rebounds allowed are its fewest since Denver has just 19 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2013, a span of 11 games, while its 22 rebound advantage is its largest since also out-rebounding Western Oregon by 22 (43-21) on Dec. 8, 2012, a span of 28 games.

Last year, USU finished the season ranked third in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.1. The Aggies' rebounding margin is helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, going 7-8 over those 15 games. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent.

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 29 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 18 times, including two of the first three games this season. Utah State is 14-4 (.778) during those 18 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2013-14 roster, marking the second year in a row for seven newcomers, after not having that many newcomers on the roster since 2008-09

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of seven newcomers, with one sophomore and six freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The six freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore, center Carson Shanks, and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

Shanks comes to USU from Prior Lake, Minn., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake High School. Shanks was a two-time all-conference honoree, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior, ranking as the third-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU PICKED FIFTH IN MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Utah State men's basketball has been picked fifth in the 2013-14 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll, as selected by a voting panel comprised of Conference media.

Defending Mountain West regular-season and tournament champion New Mexico is the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the MW men's basketball regular-season title again in 2013-14. The Lobos received 23 of 24 first-place votes and 263 points to garner the top spot in the poll. UNLV claimed the remaining first-place vote and 214 points to tie with Boise State at the second spot, while San Diego State garnered 212 points for the No. 4 spot.

Mountain West newcomer Utah State collected 156 points for fifth, followed by Colorado State in sixth (142 points) and Wyoming (112 points) in seventh. Rounding out the poll were Fresno State (96 points) in eighth, Nevada (84 points) in ninth, Air Force (61 points) in 10th and MW newcomer San José State (30 points) in 11th.

The MW also announced a Preseason all-Mountain West team, and due to a tie in the balloting, six players were chosen, led by Preseason Player of the Year, New Mexico senior guard Kendall Williams. Also on the preseason team was New Mexico junior center Alex Kirk, along with Boise State junior guards Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, as well as Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton and UNLV junior forward Khem Birch.

San Diego State senior forward Josh Davis garnered Preseason Newcomer of the Year accolades, while UNLV guard Kendall Smith was tabbed as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Last season, the Mountain West sent a league-record five teams to the NCAA Tournament, and the league was ranked as the number one RPI conference in the country. With five of its nine teams earning bids to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Mountain West had the highest percentage at 56 percent of its teams included in the Big Dance of any of the 31 conferences. The Mountain West was also one of six conferences with five or more teams participating in March Madness in 2013.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is entering his 28th-year as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 587-267 (.686) record in his 27 years. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 467-254 (.648) in 22 seasons as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 430-268 (.616) overall record, also in 22 seasons, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

MEDLIN AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range (151-364) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 151, passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 7 with 364.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name			Years		3FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll		2005-08		369
2.	Tony Brown		1999-02		283
3.	Reid Newey		1984, 87-89	237
4.	Jay Goodman		1991-93		209
5.	Tyler Newbold		2008-11		194
6.	Justin Jones		1996-98		183
7.	Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	151
8.	Brian Green		2010-11		129
9.	Jared Quayle		2009-10		128
10.	Pooh Williams		2008-11		117
11.	Troy Rolle		1999-00		112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 364 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268

Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .415 7. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 8. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 9. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 10. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 11. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is 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 is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

USU MEN'S BASKETBALL THIRD IN NATION IN REBOUNDING MARGIN IN 2012-13
Utah State men's basketball ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin last season as part of ranking in the top 50 in three categories of the final NCAA Division I statistics,

USU's +9.1 rebounding margin ranked the team third in the NCAA, and was also tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin was helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, as part of 27 times overall. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent in 2012-13.

The Aggies were also 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.469). Utah State also ended 49th in assists per game (14.7), 63rd in won-lost percentage (.677) and 75th in the nation in assists-turnover ratio (1.12).

SHAW LONE USU INDIVIDUAL IN TOP 100 OF NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw was ranked 50th in field goal percentage (.539), as well as 71st in rebounds per game (8.4) and 81st in double-doubles (9.0).

USU LED WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
In addition to rebounding margin (+9.1), the Aggies were also tops in the WAC statistics in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.4 rebounds per game.

USU was also second in the league in free throw percentage (.723) and field goal percentage (.469), as well as assists (14.68) and assist-turnover ratio (1.11), while ranking third in scoring (68.8), scoring margin (+5.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.356). The Aggies were also fourth in blocks (4.03), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (63.6), field goal percentage defense (.412) and rebounds (37.5), in addition to seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.337) and ninth in steals (4.84).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, USU ended league play ranked first in rebounding margin (+8.5) and rebounding defense (28.4), while ranking second in scoring defense (62.2), rebounds (37.6) and free throw percentage (.739). The Aggies were also third in assists (13.22) and assist-turnover ratio (1.02), while ranking fourth in scoring margin (+4.2), field goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal percentage (.347) and blocks (3.83). USU was also fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.339), sixth in scoring (66.4) and field goal percentage defense (.413) and ninth in steals (4.50).

BUTTERFIELD LED WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Guard/forward Spencer Butterfield led the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.835) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranked 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.2), while ranking ninth in league games (13.3). He also was fourth in the conference in overall three-point field goal percentage (.425), while ranking sixth in conference games (.408), in addition to being eighth in overall three-pointers made (1.66) and 10th in WAC only games (1.71). Butterfield ranked sixth in field goal percentage overall (.498) and ninth in league games (.497), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.6) and sixth in league contests (7.6), in addition to standing 13th in the WAC overall in assists (2.66) and 10th in WAC only (3.18). Finally, he was eighth in assist-turnover ration in WAC only games (1.69), while ranking ninth in league only games for minutes played (32.53).

Center Jarred Shaw was fourth in overall field goal percentage (.539), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.528), as well as sixth in overall scoring (14.2) and seventh in league games (14.3). He also ranked third in the league in rebounding overall (8.4) and third in conference games (8.1), including ranking second in defensive rebounds both overall (6.19) and WAC only games (6.00). Additionally, Shaw was ninth in overall blocks (0.97) and 11th in conference games (0.83).

Guard Marcel Davis was sixth in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.51) and 11th in league only (1.48). He also was seventh in overall assists (3.32) and fifth in league games (3.8).

Forward Ben Clifford ranked ninth in WAC only games in blocks per game (0.94) and 12th in all games in blocks (0.68) Junior guard TeNale Roland was ninth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.364) and 15th in WAC only games (.364).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State finished the 2012-13 season ... 18-0 when leading at halftime; 1-9 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 18-3 when shooting better from the field; 3-7 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 14-4 when shooting better from three-point range; 7-6 when shooting worse from three-point range; 16-5 when shooting better from the free throw line; 18-9 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 16-8 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 17-3 when having more assists; 15-4 when blocking more shots.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 367-129 (.740) at USU.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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 the 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).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is entering his 28th-year as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 586-267 (.687) record in his 27 years. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 465-253 (.648) in 22 seasons as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 428-267 (.616) overall record, also in 22 seasons, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 122-64 (.656) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force	 	14-2
vs. Boise State	 	24-10
vs. Colorado State	1-2
vs. Fresno State	16-12
vs. Nevada	 	21-14
vs. New Mexico	 	3-9
vs. San Diego State	11-2
vs. San José State	22-1
vs. UNLV	 	3-2
vs. Wyoming	 	7-10
Total			122-64

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