Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Pacific
Dec. 1, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 8 p.m. (MT) Stockton, Calif. Spanos Center (6,150)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,461-1,009 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is 2-0 this season and 61-19 (.763) over the last 12 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 16 times during that time period. The last time USU lost back-to-back games was at the end of the 2009-10 season when it lost to New Mexico State (69-63) in the championship game of the WAC Tournament and lost to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The last time it last back-to-back games during the regular season was also during the 2009-10 season when it lost at New Mexico State (55-52) and at Louisiana Tech (82-60) on Jan. 2 and 4, 2010.
Utah State has won 18 of its last 23 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 96-73 (.568) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 29-30 (.492) record against non-conference opponents. USU is 1-2 on the road this season after losing at Weber State (73-63) and at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (58-55 OT), and winning at Idaho State, 75-62.
Utah State is 77-20 (.794) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 13-16 (.448) road record. Overall, Utah State has won eight straight games in December with its last loss coming at No. 14 Georgetown, 68-51, on Dec. 4, 2010. USU is also 129-44 (.746) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 6-8 (.429) all-time in known games played on Dec. 3.
Utah State is 117-27 (.813) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 41-22 (.651) road record.
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in junior guard E.J. Farris (Newark, Calif./Newark HS/College of Sequoias), junior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), and freshman guard Steven Thornton (Valencia, Calif./Golden Valley HS/Stoneridge Prep).
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State (3-3) travels to California this weekend for a game at former Big West Conference foe Pacific (2-3) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised, but it will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Network with Al Lewis (play-by-play) calling the action. The pre-game show from Stockton will begin at 7 p.m. (MT).
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, 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 with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 3-3 on the season after losing to Denver at home Wednesday, 67-54. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young, followed by a 73-63 road loss at Weber State, a 65-62 home win against Southern Utah, a 58-55 overtime road loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, and a 75-62 road win at Idaho State. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, and is shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 85.2 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, and is shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 72.1 percent at the free throw line. And sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin is averaging 12.0 points and is shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 48.3 percent from three-point range and 46.2 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 63.5 points and shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 64.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.0 points and its opponents are shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Dec. 1, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.0), first in three-point field goal percentage (.429), second in field goal percentage (.453), fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.324), fourth in blocked shots (3.00), fifth in rebounding margin (+2.0), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.415), fifth in free throw shooting (.643), and sixth in scoring margin (-0.5). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in free throw shooting (.852), seventh in assists (3.8), ninth in scoring (13.8), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.05), and 11th in steals (1.17). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fifth in blocked shots (1.00), seventh in rebounding (7.0), 11th in scoring (12.8), 12th in field goal shooting (.442), and 14th in free throw shooting (.721). Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third in three-point shooting (.483), eighth in field goal shooting (.491), 12th in assists (2.67), and 13th in scoring (12.0). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks 13th in rebounding (5.2), and freshman guard Adam Thoseby ranks second in three-point shooting (.500).
UTAH STATE RANKS 23RD NATIONALLY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Monday, Nov. 28, Utah State ranks first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in three-point shooting at 42.4 percent. USU also ranks 87th nationally in field goal percentage defense at 39.5 percent. Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks 98th in the country in free throw shooting (.864) and 103rd in assists per game (4.4).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
LOOKING BACK AT THE DENVER GAME
Utah State men's basketball's 33-game home winning streak, the third-longest in the country, came to a halt with a 67-54 loss to Denver Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The 33-game win streak was the second-longest in school history behind the 37-straight victory streak that was snapped by St. Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. USU has won 85 of its last 88 home games and is now 195-14 at home under head coach Stew Morrill. DU was 14-of-26 (.538) in the first half, hitting 5-of-11 three-pointers, in taking a 34-29 lead. The Pioneers led by 17 at 31-14 with 5:17 remaining until halftime, before the Aggies closed out the half on a 15-3 run, sparked by freshman center Jordan Stone and senior guard Brockeith Pane, to close to 34-29 at the break. Denver opened the second stanza with a 12-2 run to open a 46-31 lead with 15:33 to go on a three-pointer by Brett Olson from the left wing. USU got within 53-43 with 9:24 left on a layup by sophomore guard Mitch Bruneel, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer. The Pioneers took their biggest lead of the game at 65-45 with 2:31 remaining on a dunk by Chris Udofia, for DU's first win over USU since 1974, snapping the Aggies' nine game win streak in the series. Udofia and Rob Lewis led Denver and shared game-high honors with 15 points apiece while Brian Stafford added 12 points and Chase Hallam tossed in 11. Udofia snared a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 13 points, hitting the Aggies' only two three-pointers of the night. Pane scored 12 points and senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 27-22 rebounding edge. Pane has scored in double-digits in all six of the Aggies' games this season and his last nine games played dating back to last season, while Grim has tallied double-figures the last three in a row and four of the last five. DU shot 52.1 percent (25-48) from the field, finishing 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range. The Pioneers hit 9-of-11 (.818) at the free throw line. USU made 19-of-41 (.463) of its field goal shots, making 2-of-4 behind the arc and the Aggies were 14-of-19 (.737) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers hit nine of their first 11 shots, in turning a 4-2 USU lead after a pair of Pane free pitch shots, into a 23-12 lead, as Justin Coughlin hit a layup. DU stretched its advantage to 31-14 on a layup by Blake Foeman, with 5:17 on the first half clock. Stone then scored four straight points and Medlin hit a three-pointer from the left wing with just under four minutes to go. After a three-pointer by Hallam from the left corner, junior forward Kyisean Reed hit a layup, then Pane netted a runner to cut the gap to single-digits at 34-25 with 2:29 to play. Stone hit a pair of free throws with 1:53 and got the rebound on the defensive end and quickly dished to Pane, who drove the length of the court and hit a layup with 1:15 left to pull USU within 34-29, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer in the second half. It was USU's worst home loss since a 75-57 home loss to Nevada on Feb. 25, 2006. Wednesday's loss also snapped the Aggies' 17-game home non-conference win streak.
UTAH STATE STARTS A DIFFERENT LINEUP, AGAIN
For the fifth time in six games, Utah State started a different lineup against Denver. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups the entire season.
UTAH STATE'S HOME WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AGAINST DENVER
Utah State had its 33-game home winning streak snapped in its last game against Denver, which was the third-longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history. USU had also won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents before its loss to the Pioneers. The last team to defeat USU at home was Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009. USU also had won 29 straight home games during the month of November prior to its loss to Denver as its last home loss during November was on Nov. 26, 1996 to Utah (60-41).Overall, Utah State has won 85 of its last 88 home games and is now 195-14 at home under head coach Stew Morrill.
UTAH STATE SCORES SEASON-LOW 54 POINTS AGAINST DENVER
Utah State's 54 points against Denver were not only a season-low, but were the fewest scored at home since it lost to Utah (60-41) on Nov. 26, 1996. Furthermore, USU's 13-point home loss (67-54) is its worst since its 75-57 home loss to Nevada on Feb. 25, 2006.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE DENVER GAME
Utah State's two made three-pointers and four three-point attempts are both season-lows... USU had single-digit assists (6) for the third time this year... Utah State committed a season-low 12 fouls and its 11 turnovers are its second-fewest of the season... USU had zero steals for the first time this season... Denver shot 52.1 percent from the field, which is a season-high for a USU opponent this year.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Through six games, Utah State has 18 fewer assists (76-58), 20 more turnovers (84-64), three more blocked shots (18-15) and 14 fewer steals (34-20) than its opponent... USU has also made four fewer three-pointers (34-30) and attempted 35 fewer three-pointers (105-70) than its opponents... USU has also made 13 fewer free throws (96-83) and attempted three fewer free throws (132-129) than its opponents.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 15-of-23 (.652) from three-point range in its last two games and the only team to out-rebound Utah State this year was Weber State, 38-35.
Pacific is 2-3 on the season after losing at Stanford, 79-37, in its last game. The Tigers, who are 2-0 at home this year, began the season with a 75-63 home win against Cal State Monterey Bay, followed by a 78-54 road loss at Nevada, a 74-68 home win against Cal State Dominguez Hills, and a 75-70 road loss at Hawai'i. Pacific is led by junior guard Lorenzo McCloud who is averaging 9.0 points and shooting 35.1 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from three-point range and 64.0 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Pacific is averaging 62.0 points and shooting 37.8 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 64.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, Pacific is allowing 72.6 points per game and its opponents are shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent at the free throw line. Pacific returns no starters and just two letterwinners from last year's team that went 16-15 and tied for fourth-place in the Big West Conference with an 8-8 record. Bob Thomason is 405-293 in 24 years as Pacific's head coach and 457-320 in 27 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. PACIFIC RIVALRY SEVENTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Pacific will be playing for the 67th time this weekend in what is the seventh-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against Pacific was during the 1951-52 season.
UTAH STATE-PACIFIC SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Pacific will be meeting for the 67th time in series history this weekend as USU holds a 44-22 all-time advantage including an 11-17 record on the road. The first-ever game between the two schools was during the 1951-52 season with the Aggies posting a 64-54 road win. The last time the two teams played one another was on March 12, 2005 in Anaheim, Calif., in the championship game of the Big West Tournament with USU posting a 65-52 win. The last time the two teams played in Stockton was on Jan. 13, 2005 with Pacific winning, 73-66, in double overtime. In fact, Pacific has won three of the last four games played in the series including four straight at home. The last time USU won in Stockton was on Jan. 25, 2001 by a final score of 62-51.
VERSUS THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is 223-117 (.656) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 12-7 (.632) all-time against Pacific and 91-28 (.765) against current members of the Big West Conference.
LOOKING BACK AT UTAH STATE'S DAYS IN THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State's first win in basketball in the PCAA was at home against Fresno State, 56-49, on Jan. 9, 1979 and its first tournament win was that same year against San Jose State, 85-78, on March 1. Utah State won its first regular season championship during the 1979-80 season under then head coach Rod Tueller with an 11-2 record and won its first tournament championship during the 1987-88 season under Tueller with wins against San Jose State (80-72), UC Santa Barbara (73-66) and UC Irvine (86-79). Aggie fans would not see another regular season championship until Larry Eustachy's second year as head coach as he led USU to a 14-4 conference record during the 1994-95 season. Three years later, Eustachy guided Utah State to its second-ever tournament championship in 1998 with wins against Long Beach State (69-61), Cal State Fullerton (65-56) and Pacific (78-63). Current Aggie head coach Stew Morrill took over the program prior to the 1998-99 season and promptly turned Utah State into the conference's premier team. USU began its domination in the league during the 1999-2000 season as it finished with a perfect 16-0 record and then won the tournament championship by defeating Pacific (64-41), Nevada (69-64) and New Mexico State (71-66). Utah State would repeat as tournament champions the next year with wins against CS Fullerton (74-43), Boise State (67-48) and Pacific (50-38). The Aggies would go on to finish tied for first in the conference in 2002 before losing to UC Santa Barbara (60-56) in the tournament championship game. After placing third in the Big West during the 2003 season, Utah State won its third tournament championship in four years by defeating CS Fullerton (89-83 ot), UC Irvine (62-55) and Cal Poly (57-54). Utah State had an outstanding season during the 2003-04 campaign, as it went 17-1 in league play and tied with Pacific for first-place, before losing to Cal State Northridge (63-62) in the semifinals of the tournament. USU's final year in the Big West was the 2004-05 season, as Utah State ended its association with the conference by winning the 2005 tournament championship with wins against CS Fullerton (84-77) and 16th-ranked Pacific (65-52). Overall, Utah State won six tournament championships (1988, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) and seven regular season titles (1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 20002, 2004) as a member of the Big West Conference. In its last six years in the league, USU won four tournament championships, three regular season titles, recorded an 84-20 (.808) league record and had a 13-2 (.867) record in tournament action. USU also had 12 first-team all-Big West selections, 20 all-conference selections and 23 Player of Week honorees, not to mention Coach Morrill being named the Big West Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002) in its last six years in the league.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 169 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST PACIFIC
Jaycee Carroll scored 22 points and Utah State ended No. 18 Pacific's 22-game winning streak with a 65-52 victory for the Big West title and a berth in the NCAA tournament on Mar. 12, 2005 in Anaheim, Calif., in the championship game of the Big West Tournament. Carroll, the Big West Freshman of the Year, went 9-for-19 from the field, and Spencer Nelson added 16 points for the second-seeded Aggies. Top-seeded Pacific entered the game with the nation's longest winning streak and had won 34 straight against Big West teams. The Tigers went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half, and their 52 point-total was the lowest of the season. Utah State went on a 19-2 run midway through the second half, capped by a short jumper from Carroll that put the Aggies up 49-37 with 7:32 to play. The Tigers leading scorer, Guillaume Yango, scored just six points, and Big West Player of the Year David Doubley had just eight. The Aggies led by as many as 16 in the final minutes. USU had lost to Pacific twice during the regular season, once in overtime and once by a single point. Pacific led by one, 29-28 at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half, but Carroll made a three-pointer to pull Utah State to 35-33, and the Aggies took the lead at 36-35 with a short jumper with 15:38 to go. The Tigers had a scoreless stretch in the first half nearly as long as their second-half drought. After Jasko Korajkic made a three-pointer to start the game, the Tigers went more than nine minutes without a field goal.
LAST MEETING AGAINST PACIFIC IN STOCKTON
Christian Maraker scored five of his team-high 19 points in the second overtime to help Pacific win its 19th straight Big West game, 73-66, at home against Utah State on Jan. 13, 2005. David Doubley scored six of his 18 points in second extra period for the Tigers. Pacific finally took control after Jaycee Carroll gave Utah State its final lead at 60-58 with two free throws to begin the second overtime. The game had five lead changes after regulation. Spencer Nelson had game-high totals of 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Utah State. Carroll and Nate Harris each scored 12 points for the Aggies. Guillaume Yango scored 14 points for Pacific and Marko Mihailovic had 11 points. The lead changed hands three times in the first overtime before Harris' three-point play with 19 seconds left sent the game into a second extra period tied at 58. The overtimes appeared unlikely after Pacific turned a 25-21 halftime deficit into a 41-31 lead with 9:55 remaining in the second half. But Nelson scored 13 points the rest of the way to spark the methodical comeback that got the Aggies even at the end of regulation. Nelson stepped to the line with seven seconds remaining and calmly sank two free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 48. Yango, Pacific's top inside threat, fouled out on the play.
MEDLIN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 26 POINTS AT IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin had his best game as an Aggie at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed a career-high six rebounds and had a career-high two steals. In the game, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Medlin also had 13 points against Denver for his first career back-to-back double-figure scoring games. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures three times this year and four times in his career. During his last two games, Medlin is averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 56.0 percent from the field (14-25) and 71.4 percent from three-point range (10-14).
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures in back-to-back-to-back games for the first time in his career after scoring 11 points against Denver and Idaho State, to go along with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Grim also took three charges against the Islanders and now has a team-leading seven on the season. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures four times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State. During his last three games, Grim is averaging 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field (13-32) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23).
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the sixth-straight game this year, ninth-straight game dating back to last year, and 28th time in his career with 12 points against Denver. During his last two games, he is averaging 11.0 points and 5.0 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (8-16) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (5-7).
STONE PROVIDES SPARK OFF AGGIE BENCH
Freshman center Jordan Stone had one of his best games as an Aggie in his last outing against Denver as he scored a season-high six points to go along with three rebounds in a season-best 10 minutes of action as he was 1-of-1 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line against the Pioneers. Stone also played well earlier this year against Southern Utah as he had five points and a season-high five rebounds in just seven minutes.
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thoseby entered the game with 11 total points on the season as he was 3-of-11 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. In his last three games, Thoseby is 7-of-11 from behind the arc.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start Saturday at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. In the game, Clifford was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Clifford entered the game against ISU, with 10 rebounds and no points on the season as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 at the free throw line.
REED RECORDS DOUBLE-FIGURE REBOUNDS AGAINST TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Junior forward Kyisean Reed grabbed 10 rebounds in his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first career double-figure rebound game. He also played a career-high 31 minutes in the game and had four points and two steals.
REED SCORES FIRST POINTS AS AN AGGIE AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high 13 points (all in the second half) against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-7 from the field with three dunks, but just 3-for-9 at the free throw line. Reed entered the game against Southern Utah shooting 0-of-4 from the field and 0-for-2 at the free throw line.
THORNTON RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Freshman guard Steven Thornton scored a season-high 13 points and had a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah. Thornton, who was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 1-for-1 at the free throw line against SUU, also had his first dunk of the season in the game.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD EIGHT DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through six games, Utah State has already had eight different players on its roster score in double-figures as Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in all six games, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures four times, sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures three tinmes, and senior forward Brady Jardine, junior forward Kyisean Reed, freshman forward Ben Clifford and freshman guard Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
AGGIE RESERVES HAVE COMING OUT PARTY AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
After recording a combined 15 points and 17 rebounds in its first two games of the season, Utah State's bench had a breakout game against Southern Utah as four Aggie reserves combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds including 13 boards on the offensive end. Junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Steven Thornton each had 13 points and five boards, while freshman center Jordan Stone accounted for five points and five rebounds, and freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford added six rebounds. The 31 bench points are the most for an Aggie team since scoring 48 against Montana Western last year, while its 21 rebounds are the most since grabbing 23 against Troy last year.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
UTAH STATE DISHES IT OUT AT IDAHO STATE
After recording just 31 assists in its first four games of the year, Utah State had a season-high 21 assists on 26 made baskets at Idaho State. USU also scored a season-high 75 points in the game and had a season-best five blocked shots.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AT IDAHO STATE
Utah State had five players score in double-figures (Medlin 26, Thoseby 16, Grim 11, Clifford 10, Pane 10) for the first time this year and for the first time since Jan. 29, 2011 when USU had five players score in double-figures in an 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), freshman forward David Collette (Murray/Murray HS), freshman guard Sam Orchard (Salt Lake City/Highland HS), and freshman center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 38 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 40... Has scored in double-figures in all six games this year, in nine straight games dating back to last season, and 28 times in his career... Also has one 20-point game this season and four in his career... Scored 21 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in his season-opener against BYU... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.852), seventh in assists (3.83), ninth in scoring (13.8), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.05), and 11th in steals (1.17).
G/F #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in all six.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 26 points at Idaho State and had a career-high six rebounds and a career-high two steals in the game... Had a career-high five assists against BYU... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah and Denver... Has scored in double-figures three times this year and four times in his career... Currently ranks third in the WAC in three-point shooting (.483), eighth in overall shooting (.491), 12th in assists (2.67), and 13th in scoring (12.0)... Has played in 28 games at Utah State with six starts.
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Idaho State... Has started two games this year and played in five.
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games and in four games this season... Recorded his first-ever double-double as he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Also played a career-high 42 minutes against the Islanders and tied his career-high with two assists.... Scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds at Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks fifth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00), seventh in rebounding (7.0), 11th in scoring (12.8), 12th in field goal shooting (.442), and 14th in free throw shooting (.721)... Overall, he has played in 38 games at Utah State with six starts and 79 games in his collegiate career.
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
G #5 Steven Thornton (6-3, 175, Fr., Valencia, Calif.) - Scored a season-high 13 points, grabbed a season-high five rebounds and played a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line... Has started two games on the season.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Has played in 25 games during his Aggie career... Scored his first points of the season at Weber State as he was 2-for-2 at the free throw line... Saw four minutes against BYU and recorded one rebound.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Made his first career start at Weber State and tied his career-high with eight points and 21 minutes played, while grabbing a career-high four rebounds... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started three games during the season and played in all six.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Scored a season-high six points and played a season-high 10 minutes against Denver... Recorded a season-high five rebounds in just seven minutes of action against Southern Utah... Also had one block against SUU... Has played in five games this year.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes... Also had a season-best two steals against the Islanders... Scored a season-high 13 points against Southern Utah... Was 5-of-7 from the field and 3-for-9 from the free throw line against Southern Utah... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks 13th in the WAC in rebounding (5.2)... Missed the Idaho State game with a sprained knee.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.
USU HAS 12TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 12 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 12 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 23 with 19 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 22 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 20 with 19 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (14-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 18 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 16 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is sixth with 15 straight (10-NCAA, 5-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (13-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for seventh with 14 straight postseason trips. Florida (11-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (13 NCAA) and Wisconsin (13-NCAA) are all tied for ninth with 13 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (7-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 312-93 (.770) record. Those 312 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.0 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.836), Kansas (.821) and Gonzaga (.795). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last six years with a 75-21 (.781) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 201-98 (.672) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fourth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has nine assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Rick Pitino (Louisiville) with seven, Mike Montogmery (California) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Jim Calhoun (Conneticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and John Calipari (Kentucky) all with five.
JARDINE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ONCE LAST SEASON
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 29, 2010 after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54). Against the Utes, he posted his second-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the game. Against the Huskies, Jardine posted another double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 boards as he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also tied his career-high with three blocks and played a career-high 34 minutes in the game. For the week, Jardine averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18).
JARDINE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Brady Jardine was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team last season. Jardine was one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors during the 2010-11 season joining teammate Tyler Newbold and Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State. The Aggie duo were also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Along with being academic all-district, Jardine has also earned academic all-WAC honors three times in his career.
PANE NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WAC TOURNAMENT
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as he had 16 points and three rebounds against San Jose State in the semifinals and 19 points, four assists and three rebounds in the championship game against Boise State. For the tournament, Pane averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and was a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE HAS WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST FOUR YEARS
With senior forward Tai Wesley being named the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Utah State has now had three of the last four players of the year in the conference as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson won it in 2009. Utah has the most WAC Players of the Year with seven, followed by Nevada with five and BYU with four. USU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming have all had three.
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 this year's 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 NAMED NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR IN 2011
Veteran Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers in 2011. It is the second year in a row that Morrill has been named the NABC's Coach of the Year for District 6 as he shared the award a year ago with Northern Colorado's Tad Boyle.
MORRILL NAMED WAC COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
For the third straight year, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been named the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season conference championship. Morrill has now been named Coach of the Year in his respective conference six times during his illustrious career as he was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 while at Montana, and the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State, along with earning WAC Coach of the Year honors in each of the last three seasons. Morrill's award last year marks the eighth time in school history that an Aggie coach has been honored as Rod Tueller was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1980, while Larry Eustachy won the honor in 1995 and 1998.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 14 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) and Brockeith Pane.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED THREE TIMES IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State ended the 2010-11 season ranked No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and ended the season nationally ranked for nine straight weeks, which is its longest streak since being ranked for 11 straight weeks during the 1970-71 season. That No. 25 national ranking for Utah State marks the first time it has been ranked at the end of a season since the 1977-78 USU team finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final United Press Coaches' Poll. Overall, it is just the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team has been nationally ranked at the end of the year joining the 1960 (7th), 1962 (19th), 1964 (15th), 1967 (14th), 1970 (17th), 1975 (13th) and 1978 teams (17th). Utah State entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. The Associated Press does not produce an end-of-season poll. Utah State's No. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll earlier in the year and during the 2008-09 season. USU's No. 19 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since the 2003-04 season was also ranked No. 19. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE WINS SEVENTH CONFERENCE TITLE UNDER MORRILL AND 16TH ALL-TIME
With its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship last year, Utah State has now won seven league titles under head coach Stew Morrill and 16 conference championships all-time in school history (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE WINS EIGHTH POSTSEASON CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State won its eighth postseason tournament championship, and second Western Athletic Conference tournament championship last year. It is also the sixth time under Morrill that USU has won a tournament title (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011) as the first four were when the Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State's current run of winning four-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history and the best by a WAC team since Nevada won five straight league titles from 2004-08. The previous school record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE TEAMS TO WIN FOUR-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Utah State is one of five teams in the nation to win at least four-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 11 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with seven straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won five-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC) has won four-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE FINISHES YEAR THIRD IN THE NATION IN FG PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season ranking third in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.383), fourth in winning percentage (.882), fifth in scoring defense (58.7), sixth in scoring margin (+13.4), eighth in rebound margin (+7.6), 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302), 28th in field goal percentage (.470), 32nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24), 40th in fewest turnovers per game (11.8) and 47th in free throw shooting (.737).
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINNING PERCENTAGE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season setting a school record with a winning percentage of 88.2 percent, bettering the previous record of 86.2 percent set during the 2003-04 season. USU also tied the 2008-09 team for the most wins in school history with 30. Utah State also finished the year ranking fourth all-time in school history in three-point attempts (562), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (206), sixth in blocked shots (110), eighth in total points (2,449), ninth in assists (500), ninth in free throws made (563) and ninth in free throw percentage (.737). USU also played 34 games to rank tied for fifth all-time in school history.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last seven years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories. In 2010-11, Utah State ranked 28th in the nation in overall shooting at 47.0 percent.
UTAH STATE PICKED FIRST BY MEDIA, THIRD BY COACHES IN PRESEASON POLLS
After winning four-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference Championships and two WAC Tournament titles in the past three years, Utah State's men's basketball team is picked to finish first in the conference once again during the 2011-12 season according to league's media, while the coaches have tabbed the Aggies third in the WAC's preseason polls. Nevada is the coaches pick to win the WAC this year after receiving five first-place votes and 46 points, while New Mexico State is slated to finish second after garnering 41 points, but no first-place votes. Utah State received three first-place votes and 38 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Hawai'i (32), Idaho (24), Fresno State (18), San Jose State (14) and Louisiana Tech (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 13 first-place votes and 174 points, while Nevada was second with 162 points and five first-place votes. New Mexico State, who received 150 points and three first-place votes was picked third, while Hawai'i received 126 points and three first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth. Idaho was picked fifth (89), followed by San Jose State (66), Fresno State (59) and Louisiana Tech (38).
PANE NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY MEDIA
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the media and a first-team all-league selection by both the media and coaches heading into the 2011-12 season. Overall, Utah State has had the WAC's Player of the Year three times in the last four years in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league's all-newcomer team as a junior, along with being voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane is also the only returning first-team all-league player in the WAC from last season.
JARDINE NAMED PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY THE COACHES
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named to the WAC's preseason second-team by the coaches heading into the 2011-12 season.
AGGIES SCHEDULE LOADED WITH POSTSEASON GAMES
Of its 31 regular season games scheduled this year, Utah State will play at least 11 games against teams who participated in postseason play last year. Overall, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of five games against postseason teams from a year ago as it will host Brigham Young, Kent State and Saint Peter's, and play at Weber State and Wichita State. Both the Cougars and Saint Peter's played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Kent State and Wichita State both participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2011, with the Shockers winning the championship. Weber State concluded its 2011 season in the College Basketball Invitational. In all, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of nine teams with winning records in 2011, including four who won at least 20 games. Other postseason teams from the 2010-11 season on Utah State's schedule include Hawai'i and Idaho who both played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and San Jose State who participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley) on the academic all-WAC team in 2011. The other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC selections. Under Morrill, USU has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 327-106 (.755) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 77.0 percent with an overall record of 312-93. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 195-14 (.933) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 545 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.1 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 545-244 (.691).
Head coach Stew Morrill (327-106) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (433). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (14 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 14th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 327-106 (.755) overall record, a 167-49 (.773) conference record and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 545-244 (.691) record in this his 26th year as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation with his 545 career wins and 23rd in winning percentage at 69.1 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 73 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 11 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and six at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 136-78 (.636).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while at Utah State.
Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times. 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) and Brockeith Pane.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
Utah State is 195-14 (.933) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 15 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.