Nov. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the past week's action, the publication announced Monday.
College Sports Madness identifies the players who have made the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each Monday. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was the National Player of the Week, while Charlotte guard Pierria Henry was the High-Major Player of the Week and North Carolina Central guard Jeremy Ingram was the Mid-Major Player of the Week.
Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, posted a game-high 21 points to lead Utah State men's basketball to an 87-68 win over Mississippi State Saturday night. He made 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-7 from three-point range, marking the second game in a row with four three-pointers. He added 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Medlin also dished out a season-high six assists and snared two rebounds in playing 32 minutes. He has now scored in double-figures for the third time this year and it was the 48th time in his career with his season-high 21 points. Overall, it is his 20th career 20-point game. USU led from start to finish, but after MSU whittled the deficit to 25-22 after a three-point play, for the closest they would get the night, 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.
Medlin now has 1,032 points in his career to rank 32nd all-time in school history.
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.
Utah State men's basketball 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. The Aggies are the lone Utah school receiving votes, after BYU did not receive any votes this week after earning one vote last week. USU plays BYU Saturday, Nov. 30 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City at 7 p.m. (MT).
Utah State currently 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 (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.
Tuesday's game 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.
USU 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.
The Aggies return home to host Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to each game. Single-game tickets will cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium games against Mississippi State (Nov. 23), BYU (Nov. 30 in Salt Lake City) and UNLV (Feb. 15).
Utah State men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are also still on sale. Season tickets start at $230 and they include all 20 home games as well as the BYU game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. Big Blue Scholarship Fund per seat commitment fees apply, ranging from $100-$900 per seat in addition to ticket cost.
Family Plans are also available for purchase at $800 (two adults and three Jr. Aggies). Please be aware that there is a limit of one Family Plan per household.
To order a package or for more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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