Utah State Men's Basketball Plays At Weber State Tuesday In Beehive State Battle
Utah State (4-0, 0-0 MW) plays the middle of its three games in seven days stretch by heading to Ogden, Utah to take on in-state foe Weber State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wildcats is set for 7:30 p.m. (MT) at WSU's Dee Events Center (11,500). Tuesday's USU-WSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online free by clicking on the
 
Utah State (4-0, 0-0 MW) plays the middle of its three games in seven days stretch by heading to Ogden, Utah to take on in-state foe Weber State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wildcats is set for 7:30 p.m. (MT) at WSU's Dee Events Center (11,500). Tuesday's USU-WSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online free by clicking on the
 
 

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Late Run Propels Utah State To 65-55 Home Win Against Weber State
Junior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and Utah State used a 12-2 run during the final five minutes of the game to post a 65-55 home win against in-state rival Weber State Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In all, there were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times during the night.

(RV) Utah State (4-0, 0-0 MW) at Weber State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. (MT) • Ogden, Utah
Dee Events Center (11,500)
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GAME DAY HEADLINES


• Utah State (4-0, 0-0 MW) plays the middle of its three games in seven days stretch by heading to Ogden, Utah to take on in-state foe Weber State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wildcats is set for 7:30 p.m. (MT) at WSU's Dee Events Center (11,500). Tuesday's USU-WSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online free by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com to be redirected to the BigSky.tv site.
• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,504-1,032 (.593) in their 2,536 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 for the second week in a row. After receiving one vote in last week's USA Today/Coaches Poll, the Aggies received five votes this week to rank tied for 42nd in the nation.
• As of Nov. 25, Utah State has an RPI of 4. The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule.
• Utah State is 4-0 to start a season for the first time in six years (2008-09) and for the fifth time in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach... USU is off to its 28th 4-0 start in the 109 years of men's basketball.
• The Aggies are in pursuit of their first 5-0 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... USU is also in pursuit of its 20th 5-0 start in school history.
• Saturday is head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at the helm of the Aggies, posting a 370-129 (.741) record at USU... Morrill is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (499)... Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (15 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
• USU won 33 of its last 42 overall games (.786) against in-state opponents and are 41-13 (.759) against the state of Utah in the last 14 years. During that time period, USU is 7-6 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 12-3 versus Weber State, 8-0 against Utah Valley and 7-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 41-18 (.695) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.
• Tuesday is the 66th meeting in school history between Utah State and Weber State, with the Aggies owning a 39-26 all-time advantage. USU has won 11 of the last 13 games played in the series, including last season's 65-55 win in Logan. In the last meeting at Ogden, WSU won, 73-63, on Nov. 15, 2011 The Aggies are 14-17 all-time against the Wildcats in Ogden, including having lost two of the last three meetings there.
• Tuesday is USU's second road game of the season, posting a 1-0 road mark so far this season and Utah State has won 29 of its last 47 road games (.617) and is 107-86 (.554) in road games under Morrill.
• Utah State is 55-18 (.750) during the month of November under Morrill, having won its last seven games overall in the 11th month. USU has a 7-3 record in known games played on Nov. 26, winning its last three games on the date.
• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and enters Tuesday needing 17 points for the No. 31 spot held by Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,049 points, as well as 19 points for the No. 30 spot held by Desmond Penigar (2002-03) with 1,051 and 33 points for the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (4-0, 0-0 MW) plays the middle of its three games in seven days stretch by heading to Ogden, Utah to take on in-state foe Weber State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wildcats is set for 7:30 p.m. (MT) at WSU's Dee Events Center (11,500). Tuesday's USU-WSU game will not be televised, but will be streamed online free by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com to be redirected to the BigSky.tv site. 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 wraps up its three games in seven days stretch by playing 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-WSU 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. Tuesday's game will be streamed online through BigSky.tv.

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 is among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll for the second week in a row. After receiving one vote in last week's USA Today/Coaches Poll, the Aggies received five votes this week to rank tied for 42nd in the nation.

USU is off to a 4-0 start to the season for the first time since 2008-09 after senior guard Preston Medlin led three players in double-figure scoring with a game-high 21 points to pace Utah State to an 87-68 win over Mississippi State Saturday night, as USU led from start-to-finish. Medlin netted 21 points Saturday night, hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range, marking his second game in a row with four treys, scoring in double-figures for the third time this year and 48th time in his career. Medlin now has 1,032 points in his career to rank 32nd all-time in school history. Senior center Jarred Shaw added 17 points and eight rebounds, including scoring the Aggies' first six points of the night. Fellow senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 16 points and six boards, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Freshman forward Jalen Moore nearly posted his first career double-double, logging nine points and eight rebounds off the bench, helping USU to a 24-19 bench points edge. Junior center Jordan Stone registered four points and a career-high two steals to go with six rebounds, helping USU to a controlling 41-23 rebounding advantage, as the Aggies have out-rebounded their last three opponents, all by double-digits. Medlin also dished out a season-high six assists, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis distributed four helpers, part of USU's 19 assists on the night.

The Aggies are led by Medlin and Shaw both averaging 15.5 points. Medlin adds 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, also leading the team with 12 three-pointers made as part of 12-of-25 (.480) from three-point land, as well as 20-of-45 (.444) field goal shooting. He also is 10-of-14 (.714) at the free throw line. Shaw pulls down a team-high 7.8 rebounds, adding 1.3 blocks per game. He is shooting 55.3 percent (21-of-38) from the field, as well as 83.3 percent (20-of-24) at the free throw line. Butterfield adds 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, shooting a team-best 56.3 percent (9-of-16) 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 1.5 blocks per game while Shaw adds 1.3 rejections per contest.

As a team, USU is averaging 81.5 points per game, while making half (107-of-214) of its field goals, including 46.6 percent (34-of-73) from beyond, as well as 75.7 percent (78-of-103) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 63.5 ppg, while holding them to 40.0 percent (90-of-225) field goal shooting, including just 24.7 percent (18-of-73) from three-point range, as well as 72.7 percent (56-of-77) at the charity stripe. USU has a +13.0 rebounding margin (40.3-27.3), while averaging 17.8 assists, 3.5 blocks and 3.0 steals per game.

AGGIES IN MW STATISTICS
Entering games on Nov. 25, Utah State is first in the Mountain West statistics in free throw percentage (.757), three-point percentage (.466) and rebounding margin (+13.0), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247), assists (17.8), assist/turnover ratio (1.60), tied for second in field goal percentage (.500), as well as third in scoring (81.5), scoring defense (63.5) and scoring margin (+18.0). USU is also fifth in rebounds (40.2), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.400) and blocks (3.50) and 11th in steals (3.00).

USU IN NCAA STATISTICS
Utah State is tied for first in the NCAA in won-loss percentage, as well as seventh in three-point field goal percentage and 12th in the country in rebounding margin (+46.6). USU is also 19th in the nation in both three-point field goal percentage defense (.247) and assists per game (17.8), as well as 24th in assist-turnover ratio.

Individually, junior forward Ben Clifford is one of 19 players in the country with a perfect free throw percentage (1.000, 8-of-8), ranking tied for first in the nation. Sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 18th in the country in assist-turnover ratio (4.67).

USU's 4-0 STARTS UNDER COACH MORRILL
USU has now started a season 4-0 five times under head coach Stew Morrill, last doing so in 2008-09. Of the previous four times, the Aggies improved to 5-0 all four times.

4-0 Seasons	5th Game	Start
1998-99		W		5-0
2001-02		W		5-0
2002-03		W		5-0
2008-09		W		5-0
2013-14		Tuesday
GOING FOR 20th 5-0 START IN 109 YEARS OF AGGIE BASKETBALL
USU is seeking not only its fifth 5-0 start in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach, but the Aggies are pursuing their 20th 5-0 start in school history in their 109 years of basketball.

A LOOK BACK AT MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME
Senior guard Preston Medlin led three players in double-figure scoring with a game-high 21 points to pace Utah State men's basketball to an 87-68 win over Mississippi State, as the Aggies led from tip-off to final buzzer Saturday night at a spirited Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is 4-0 to start a season for the first time in six years (2008-09) and for the fifth time in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach. Overall, the Aggies are off to their 29th 4-0 start in the 109 years of men's basketball. Mississippi State suffered its first loss of the season in falling to 3-1 on the year as the Bulldogs were playing their first road game of the season. USU is now 1-1 all-time vs. MSU, avenging a 66-64 loss at Starkville, Miss., on Dec. 31, 2011. The Bulldogs were also the first Southeastern Conference opponent to visit Logan since 1985, and only the fourth SEC team to ever play at USU, and the Aggies are now 3-1 at home vs. the SEC. Medlin netted 21 points Saturday night, hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range, marking his second game in a row with four treys, scoring in double-figures for the third time this year and 48th time in his career. Medlin now has 1,032 points in his career to rank 32nd all-time in school history. Senior center Jarred Shaw added 17 points and eight rebounds, including scoring the Aggies' first six points of the night. Fellow senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 16 points and six boards, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Freshman forward Jalen Moore nearly posted his first career double-double, logging nine points and eight rebounds off the bench, helping USU to a 24-19 bench points edge. Junior center Jordan Stone registered four points and a career-high two steals to go with six rebounds, helping USU to a controlling 41-23 rebounding advantage, as the Aggies have out-rebounded their last three opponents, all by double-digits. Medlin also dished out a season-high six assists, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis distributed four helpers, part of USU's 19 assists on the night. Mississippi State had four players in double-figure scoring, led by Gavin Ware's double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Colin Borchert posted 15 points, Craig Sword scored 11 and Dre Applewhite tossed in 10 off the bench. Trivante Bloodman dished out six assists, while Sword tallied five helpers. USU shot 28-of-54 (51.9 percent) from the field, its second game this season making over half of its field goals. The Aggies also hit a season-high 11 three-pointers to finish 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from behind the arc. USU was also 20-of-27 (74.1 percent) at the free throw line. MSU made 45.6 percent (26-of-57) of its field goals, including 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from three-point range. The Bulldogs were also 64.7 percent (11-of-17) at the charity stripe. USU led from start-to-finish Saturday, opening a 6-2 lead behind three long jumpers from Shaw. MSU closed to 17-16 after a three-pointer by Jacoby Davis at 9:12 but then the Aggies went on a 7-0 spurt, started by a pair of Shaw free throws, then a trey and layup by Butterfield for a 24-16 lead with 7:29 left in the half, and the Bulldogs took a timeout. MSU whittled the deficit to 25-22 after a three-point play by Sword, but that would be the closest they would get the night, as the Aggies closed out the half with a 16-6 run, started and ended by Medlin three-pointers to send USU into halftime with a 41-28 lead. With the win, has led at the break in all four games this season and has won 88 of its last 90 games when leading at the half and is now 295-25 over the last 15 years when leading at intermission. The Bulldogs clawed away at the gap and got it down to eight at 51-43 with 14:29 to go on a pair of Ware free throws. However they wouldn't get any closer as a 10-0 Aggie run started by a bucket by Moore and capped by an up-and-under layup from Davis exactly 3:00 later gave USU a 61-43 lead, its largest advantage of the night and the Aggies led by double-digits the rest of the game. A layup by freshman guard JoJo McGlaston with 33 seconds left gave USU its first 20-point lead and its largest lead of the night at 87-66 before Applewhite had a tip-in with 11 ticks left for the final margin.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME
TEAM NOTES * Utah State shot over 50 percent from the field for the second time this year.

* Utah State made a season-high 11 three-pointers and has now made double-digit three-pointers twice this year.

* Utah State has out-rebounded each of its last three opponents, all by double-digits.

* Utah State had held all four of its opponents this year to less than 34 percent shooting from three-point range.

* Utah State has now scored 80-plus points in three of its first four games.

* Utah State is 4-0 this year and has won 95 of its last 101 games when scoring 70-plus points. Overall, USU is now 237-31 under Morrill when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

* Utah State has won 88 of its last 90 games when leading at the half and is now 295-25 over the last 15 years when leading at the half.

PLAYER NOTES * Senior forward Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the third time this year and 29th time in his career with his 17 points.

* Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the fourth time this year and 22nd time in his career with his 16 points. Overall, Butterfield has scored in double-figures in each of his last seven games dating back to last season.

* Senior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the third time this year and 48th time in his career with his season-high 21 points. Overall, it is his 20th career 20-point game. Medlin also had a season-high six assists.

* Senior guard Preston Medlin now has 1,032 points in his career to rank 32nd all-time in school history.

* Medlin also took three charges in the game and fellow senior Jarred Shaw also drew a charge, for a season-high four by USU on the night, compared to drawing just one total in the first three games of the season.

* Freshman forward Jalen Moore had season-highs with nine points and eight rebounds.

* Freshman guard JoJo McGlaston tied his season-high with five points.

* Junior center Jordan Stone had a career-high two steals and a season-high six rebounds.

SCOUTING WEBER STATE
The Wildcats are 0-2 on the young season entering Tuesday's home opener after losing at BYU, 81-72, in the season-opener on Nov. 8 and at Colorado State, 88-67, on Nov. 16. In the loss at BYU, senior center Kyle Tresnak netted 24 points while senior guard/forward Davion Berry added 23 points, freshman guard Jeremy Senglin tallied 14 points and sophomore forward Joel Bolomboy posted 11 points to go with a game-high tying 13 rebounds. The Wildcats' bench was out-scored by BYU's reserves, 11-0. In the loss to CSU, Senglin led WSU with 14 points, while Bolomoboy and Berry logged 12 points each. Freshman guard Richarud Gittens led the team with six rebounds. The Wildcats committed 13 turnovers compared to just four by CSU, for a 14-2 points off turnovers advantage. On the season, WSU is averaging being out-scored by -15.0 at 84.5-69.5. The Wildcats are shooting 41.1 percent (46-of-112) from three-point range, as well as 29.0 percent (9-of-31) beyond the arc and 74.5 percent (38-of-51) at the free throw line. Defensively, Weber State's opponents are making 48.4 percent (62-of-128) of their field goals, making 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from distance and 69.8 percent (37-of-53) at the charity stripe. WSU has a -4.0 rebounding advantage (39.0-35.0), while also recording averages of 9.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 4.5 blocks per game, while committing 11.5 turnovers per game. WSU has four players averaging double-digit points, led by Berry with 17.5 points per game, Tresnak added 16.5 ppg, Senglin scores 14.0 ppg, while Bolomboy adds 11.5 ppg to go with a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. Tresnak leads the Wildcats with 61.9 percent (13-of-21) field goal shooting, while Senglin has made 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from beyond. Sanglin and Tresnak share the team lead with 87.5 percent (7-of-8) at the free pitch stripe.

UTAH STATE-WEBER STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State will be facing off with Weber State for the 66th time in school history, with the Aggies owning a 39-26 all-time advantage. USU has won 11 of the last 13 games played in the series, including last season's 65-55 win in Logan. In the last meeting at Ogden, WSU won, 73-63, on Nov. 15, 2011 The Aggies are 14-17 all-time against the Wildcats in Ogden, including having lost two of the last three meetings there.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DIFFERENCE
The last two USU-WSU meetings has had a 10-point differential, with Weber State winning, 73-63, on Nov. 15, 2011 in the last match-up in Ogden, while Utah State won last year's meeting, 65-55, on Nov. 24, 2012 in Logan. The last four meetings and five of the last six have had a double-digit scoring difference with USU's 66-60 win on Nov. 13, 2009 at Ogden as the only single-digit difference.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH
The Aggies have won 33 of their last 42 overall games (.786) against in-state opponents and are 41-13 (.759) against the state of Utah in the last 14 years. During that time period, USU is 7-6 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 12-3 versus Weber State, 8-0 against Utah Valley and 7-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 41-18 (.695) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.

BEEHIVE STATE BUNCH
The Aggies have six players from the state of Utah in 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).

WSU has one player from Utah in freshman forward Brady Borklund, who is from Ogden (Bonneville).

VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 201-100 (.668) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, while USU head coach Stew Morrill is 74-21 (.779) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 27-7 (.794) versus the Big Sky and 12-5 (.706) against Weber State, as well as 19-9 (.679) all-time against the Wildcats.

UTAH STATE-WEBER STATE CONNECTIONS
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe spent six years as an assistant at Utah State (1999-2004), and 13 years as an assistant to USU head coach Stew Morrill at Utah State and Colorado State. Weber State assistant Eric Duft spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and coached former Aggie Stephen DuCharme. Furthermore, Duft spent two of those seven years at Hutchinson CC as an assistant for then head coach Tim Duryea. Duryea is now in his 13th year as an assistant coach at Utah State.

USU LAST MEETING AGAINST WEBER STATE - Nov. 24, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Junior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and Utah State used a 12-2 run during the final five minutes of the game to post a 65-55 home win against in-state rival Weber State on Nov. 24, 2012 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In all, there were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times during the night. With the win, Utah State improves to 3-1 on the season and 29-1 at home against in-state opponents under 15th-year head coach Stew Morrill as the Aggies have now won 27-straight home games against teams from the Beehive State. Overall, USU improves to 38-12 against teams from the state of Utah during the last 14 years. The Aggies also improve to 39-26 all-time against the Wildcats including a 24-8 mark in Logan. In all, USU has now won 11 of the last 13 games played in the series including eight-straight at home. Utah State also continued its trend of remaining nearly unbeatable when allowing less than 60 points as it has now won 115 of its last 120 games under Morrill when accomplishing that feat. Shaw, who also had a career-high three blocks in the game, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line for his 16 points. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 17 points as he was 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 8-for-12 at the free throw line. Medlin also tied his career-high with nine rebounds to go along with four assists and a career-high three steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with a season-high 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks, while junior forward Danny Berger also had eight points to go along with four boards. Davion Berry was the only Weber State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 0-of-6 from three-point range and 1-for-5 at the free throw line. With the score tied at 53-all at the 5:00 mark, Utah State got baskets from Shaw and Reed, to go along with a pair of free throws from Clifford to open a six point advantage. Weber State than went 1-for-2 at the line to cut the deficit to five only to see USU go on another 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 65-54 with 39 seconds remaining following a Medlin free throw and the Aggies went on to post the 10-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (21-46), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (22-32) as the Aggies converted 20-of-27 (.741) free pitches in the second half. Weber State shot just 34.0 percent overall (18-53), including 23.1 percent from three (3-13) and just 55.2 percent at the line (16-29). For the fourth time this year, Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Weber State by 13 (43-30). USU also had five more blocked shots (7-2) and three more assists (15-12) in the game, while WSU had four more steals (7-3) and four fewer turnovers (12-8). Neither team led by more than two points for the first eight minutes of the game before Weber State used a 7-0 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 15-10 advantage with 11:54 to play in the half. USU regained the lead at 18-17 following a layup from freshman guard Marcel Davis with 8:01 to play. From there the lead remained within two points for both teams as the score was all even at 28-28 at intermission. Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (13-26) in the opening half, but was 0-of-2 from three-point range and just 2-for-5 (.400) at the line. Weber State shot 42.9 percent in the first half (12-28), including 2-of-6 (.333) from three and 2-for-5 (.400) from the line. In the first half, there were eight ties and 11 lead changes. In the second-half, neither team led by more than three points until USU's deciding 12-2 run to end the game.

USU-WSU LAST MEETING IN OGDEN - Nov. 15, 2011
OGDEN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball cut a Weber State double-digit gap to six with 2:21 to play, but couldn't get any closer, falling, 73-63, Tuesday night at Dee Events Center in USU's first road game of the young season WSU improved to 2-0 while USU evened its ledger at 1-1. The loss snapped the Aggies' four-game win streak in the series with the Wildcats, as USU now leads 38-26. WSU now holds a 17-14 lead at Ogden. The Wildcats scorched the nets from three-point range, hitting their first seven treys on the way to 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) for the game, as they only made eight field goals inside the arc. WSU was 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) behind the arc in the first half, making 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) in the second stanza. The Wildcats ended the night 20-of-54 (37.0 percent) field goal shooting. WSU was also 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) at the free throw line. Scott Bamforth hit seven three's, on the way to a game-high 28 points. Damian Lillard added 17 points, netting a pair of treys, while Byron Fulton tossed in 10 points off the bench. Kyle Bullinger pulled down a team-leading 13 boards, leading WSU to a 38-35 rebounding edge. USU was led by senior forward Morgan Grim with a career-high 19 points, more than doubling his previous career-high of nine points. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points. Senior forward Brady Jardine pulled down a game and career-high 14 rebounds. Grim also tied his career-best rebounding effort with seven boards. Both of Grim's previous career highs were also against Weber State, last season on Nov. 13, 2010. Tuesday's four points by the bench were the fewest Aggie bench points since 2008, when only two points came from the USU reserves. The Aggies shot 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) field goal shooting, making just 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) three-pointers while netting 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the charity stripe. WSU took a 57-39 lead after a triple by Bullinger from the left corner with 12:22 to play, before USU trimmed the gap to 59-49 with 8:37 left on a putback by Grim. However Bamforth hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc to momentarily thwart the Aggies' rally, but Jardine hit a long jumper from the left elbow and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel had a putback to trim the gap to 62-53 with 6:53 remaining. Utah State got within 67-61 on a putback jam by Jardine with 2:21 left, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer as the Wildcats hit 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:08 to keep USU at bay and seal the win. Weber State pulled away from an 11-11 score with a 24-9 run, capped by a three-pointer by Lillard from the right wing, to open a 35-20 lead. After WSU had a 42-25 lead, Grim had a putback dunk with tenths of seconds left on the first half clock, sending the Aggies into halftime down 42-27. WSU opened up a 47-31 lead after a three-point play by Frank Otis with 17:21, but USU reeled off six unanswered to cut the gap to 47-37 after a Bruneel tip-in with 15:42 to go. The Aggies couldn't get any closer than 10, as the Wildcats reeled off a 10-2 run, capped by Bullinger's three-pointer.

WHERE THERE'S A RAHE
Tuesday marks USU's second game against a team under the direction of a Coach Rahe, facing Weber State and head coach Randy Rahe on Tuesday, after taking on Mississippi State and head coach Rick Ray on Saturday.

RETURNING TO THE SCENE OF MAKING SPORTCENTER
The last time that current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore played in the Dee Events Center, he led Sky View to the Utah 4A State Championship, a day after making ESPN's SportsCenter. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, he 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. The next day, he poured in 16 points to help Sky View win the state title with a 56-50 win over Cache Valley rival Mountain Crest.

UTAH STATE AND WEBER STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State and Weber State will be meeting in the month of November for the eighth-straight year and for the 12th time in series history with USU owning an 8-3 record in the previous 11 meetings during the 11th month of the year.

USU IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 55-18 (.750) during the month of November under Morrill, having won its last seven games overall in the 11th month. USU has a 7-3 record in known games played on Nov. 26, winning its last three games on the date.

ALL FOUR BELOW 34 FROM THREE
Utah State has held all four of its opponents this year to less than 34 percent shooting from three-point range. UC Santa Barbara (11/16) has the highest three-point percentage by an opponent this season at 33.3 percent (6-of-18), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16), Southern Utah (11/12) was held to 20.0 percent (3-of-15) and the Aggies held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24). USU is currently second in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247).

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 1,032 career points and climbed to No. 32 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 79 career games, to nearly match his jersey number with a 13.1 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 now at No. 34 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 Tuesday needing 17 points for the No. 31 spot held by Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,049 points, as well as 19 points for the No. 30 spot held by Desmond Penigar (2002-03) with 1,051 and 33 points for the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 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. Preston Medlin	2010, 12-	1032
33. Pat Dunn		1953-56		1018
34. Tyler Newbold	2008-11		1014
35. Bill Hull		1951-54		1007
36. Bob Ipsen		1958-59		1001

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 355-116 (.754) 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 4-0 this season after going 18-0 during the 2012-13 season when leading at half and has won 88 of their last 90 games (.978) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 295-25 (.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 233 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 4-0 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 95 of its last 101 games (.941), when reaching 70 points and is 237-31 (.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, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23.

Utah State's 22 rebounds allowed to SUU 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 30 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 19 times, including the last three games this season. Utah State is 15-4 (.789) during those 18 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

MEDLIN AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.8 percent from three-point range (155-371) 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 155, 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 371.

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-	155
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- 371 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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .418 6. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .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

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).

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).

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 370-129 (.741) 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 588-267 (.688) 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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