Dec. 3, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (4-1) at BYU (5-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Provo, Utah
Marriott Center (22,700) Aggie Sports Network BYU-TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball will continue its two-game road swing, but return to the Beehive State, playing at in-state foe Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5, as USU plays at a West Coast Conference opponent for the second Wednesday in a row. Tip-off for the match-up between the Aggies and Cougars is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at BYU's Marriott Center (22,700). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as televised on BYU TV and there will also be live video streaming available.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,483-1,023 (.592) in its 2,506 games played.
Utah State is 4-1 to start a season for the second time in the last three years. A win Wednesday would give the Aggies their second 5-1 start to the season in the last three years.
USU has won 22 of its last 35 road games (.629) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 100-81 (.552) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 10-11 (.476) record versus in-state foes. Wednesday is USU's second road game of the season, and second-straight after playing at Santa Clara on Nov. 28 (W, 80-78 OT).
The Aggies have won 31 of their last 39 overall games (.795) versus in-state opponents and are 38-12 (.760) against the state of Utah during the last 13 years. During that time period, USU is 7-5 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 12-3 versus Weber State, 7-0 against Utah Valley and 5-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 39-17 (.696) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 204 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 and Brigham Young will be playing for the 229th time this week in what is the oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against BYU was during the 1905-06 season.
The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 136-92, while BYU holds an 84-32 advantage at Provo. The first game played in the series was on Feb. 23, 1906 with BYU winning 21-14. Utah State has lost its last two visits to Provo, seeking its first win at Provo since Dec. 18, 2004, 84-62. Overall, USU has won seven of its last 11 games against the Cougars.
Utah State (4-1) opens a two-game week by playing at BYU (5-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as televised on BYU TV (Ch. 21 / Ch. 647 HD Comcast; Ch. 9403 on Dish Network; Ch. 68 or 374 on DirecTV in Cache Valley), along with live audio, video streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU returns home to host Western Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIRWAVES
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. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
Wednesday men's basketball will be aired in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
Additionally, Cache Valley/Tremonton fans can listen to the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU 102.1 FM and KLZX 95.9 FM, while Southeastern Idaho fans can listen via a KLZX translator on 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho.
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.
Wednesday's Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Cougars will be televised on BYU TV, which can be found on Ch. 21 / Ch. 647 HD Comcast; Ch. 9403 on Dish Network; Ch. 68 or 374 on DirecTV in Cache Valley. Dave McCann will handle the play-by-play, with analysis by Blaine Fowler and Robbie Bullough as the sideline reporter.
Live stats for Utah State 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.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game. Wednesday's game at BYU will also be streamed and can be accessed by clicking on the "Watch Live" link, which will redirect fans to the home team's video streaming system.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 4-1 on the year for the second season in the last three, after collecting a hard-fought, come-from-behind win in its first road game of the season, winning 80-78 in overtime at Santa Clara, on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Aggies overcame an early 15-point deficit and USU junior guard Preston Medlin hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to force OT as the Aggies rallied for the win.
USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game after registering his second double-double of his Aggie career with both coming in three games, posting 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24. Shaw also led USU in scoring and rebounding at Santa Clara with 15 points and eight rebounds. Shaw also has 1.4 blocks per game and is also is shooting 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field as well as 85.0 percent (17-of-20) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin adds 13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.8 assists per game. Medlin has also made a team-leading eight three-pointers this season, shooting 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) behind the arc, netting an identical 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from the field. At Santa Clara, Medlin finished with 11 points, but scored nine of them in a five minute span to close out regulation and to open up OT, and also dished out a season-high five assists and also pulled down four rebounds. Medlin tied a season-high with 17 points against Weber State and also swiped a career-high three steals to go with tying a career-high with nine rebounds. Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 11.4 ppg, pulling down 6.6 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Junior forward Danny Berger adds 7.6 ppg while pulling down 3.6 rpg. Junior guard TeNale Roland is averaging 3.6 assists per game to go with 5.4 ppg.
Offensively, USU is averaging 67.2 ppg in making 46.6 percent (116-of-249) from the field, hitting exactly a third (33.3 percent/21-of-63) of its three-pointers, as well as 69.2 percent (83-of-120) at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 39.6 rebounds per game and have a +13.6 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.0 assists per game while averaging 14.6 turnovers per contest.
Defensively, the Aggies' opponents are averaging 63.2 ppg while shooting 41.1 percent (106-of-258) from the field, hitting 34.7 percent (35-of-101) from distance and 64.5 percent (69-of-107) at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 26.0 rebounds per game, as well as 12.8 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 10.4 turnovers per game.
A LOOK BACK AT THE SANTA CLARA GAME
Utah State men's basketball rallied from a 15-point first half deficit to beat Santa Clara, 80-78, in overtime Wednesday night. Junior guard Preston Medlin hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to force the extra session and hit another big trey in OT to secure USU's third-straight win, improving to 4-1 to start the season for the second time in the last three years. The Aggies also dealt the Broncos their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1, while USU also won its first-ever game at Santa Clara. Wednesday was also USU's 100th road win under head coach Stew Morrill, as the Aggies have now won 22 of their last 35 road contests. In scoring a season-high 80 points, USU made a season-most 28 field goals on the way to a 28-of-50 (56.0 percent) field goal shooting night, its second-highest percentage of the season. The Aggies also made a season-high seven three-pointers, as in addition to two from Medlin, junior forward Danny Berger and junior guard Spencer Butterfield also made two apiece while junior guard TeNale Roland added one, as USU was 7-of-17. Junior center Jarred Shaw led Utah State with 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:10 to go. Medlin, Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed all tallied 11 points while Roland tied a season-high with nine. Freshman guard Marcel Davis nearly tripled his season-total of three points with a season-best eight points Wednesday while playing a season-high 19 minutes. USU was also 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) at the free throw line, while SCU was 23-of-33 (69.7 percent) at the charity stripe. The Aggies had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fifth time in as many games this season, with a 37-24, Wednesday, as in addition to Shaw's eight boards, Reed added seven and Berger snared five. Santa Clara shot 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field, hitting a season-low 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three-point range after making four of their first six. The Broncos were led by Kevin Foster with 27 points while Evan Roquemore added 23 points. USU's defense also forced a season-high 14 turnovers, but only had one blocked shot after having four or more in each of the previous five games this season. SCU bolted out to a 17-4 lead, hitting four of its first six three-pointers in the first four and a half minutes of the game, but the Aggies whittled away at the deficit. A monster dunk and layup by Reed sandwiched around a pair of free throws pulled USU within 21-10. Davis topped his career-high with a steal and layup to pull USU within, 23-18 with 10:02 on the first half clock, forcing an SCU timeout. Utah State continued to battle back and took its first lead of the game at 34-32 with 1:52 to go in the half after a steal and layup by Reed, who wears jersey number 34 and scored the Aggies' 34th point, and USU led 34-33 at intermission. A layup by Shaw capped an 8-0 run to start the second half for the Aggies, giving them a 41-33 lead just 2:35 into the half. USU led by eight on several occasions, getting key three-pointers from Berger, who hit one trey in each corner, while Butterfield drained a triple from the right corner. However, SCU bounced back to take a 63-60 after a three-point play by Roquemore with 3:20 left. The Broncos led the remainder of regulation, but Medlin hit a fall-away three-pointer over an SCU defender with 2.4 seconds left. Roquemore got a shot off from beyond half court at the buzzer but it was off the mark to force overtime. Medlin hit a three-pointer at the 2:32 mark of OT for a 75-71 USU lead. After Reed later gave the Aggies a 79-75 advantage with his second monstrous dunk on a breakaway with 23 seconds. Roquemore hit a three with 12 seconds to go to pull the Broncos within 79-78, but Berger hit one-of-two free throws with six ticks to go and Roquemore got another long trey off before the buzzer but it fell short for the Aggie victory.
AGGIES REPEAT HISTORY, MAKE HISTORY WITH WIN AT SANTA CLARA
Like six of USU's previous seven meetings with Santa Clara, Wednesday's game was close, as seven of the eight total meetings have now been decided by nine points or less including the last three being decided by six points or less. While the Aggies repeated history with their close game, they made history by winning at Santa Clara for the first time, losing its previous two meetings on the Broncos' home court.
OTHER NOTES FROM SANTA CLARA GAME
* Utah State is now 123-31 (.799) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes 43-24 (.642) record in California.
* USU had a season-high seven three-pointers for made and attempted (7-of-17).
* The Aggies have now made at least one three-pointer in their last 204-straight games. 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.
* Utah State's 28 field goals were a season-high while its 56.0 percent (28-of-50) was its second-highest of the season behind a 56.8 percent (25-of-44) effort against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
* The Aggies have out-rebounded all five opponents by double-digits.
* Utah State posted a season-high nine steals, while the 17 assists were its second-highest of the season, and the Aggies 25 turnovers were a season-high.
* The 14 turnovers forced by the USU defense was a season-high, while its one blocked shot was a season-low.
* Junior center Jarred Shaw led USU in scoring for the third time this season and led the team in rebounding for the fifth time before fouling out for the first time this season.
* Junior guard Preston Medlin scored double-digits for the third-straight game and the fourth time in five games this season as well as the 36th time in his career... Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 10 games played... Medlin also dished out a season-high five assists.
* Freshman guard Marcel Davis posted a season-high with eight points, nearly tripling his previous season-total of three points, and also played a season-high 19 minutes.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State has a +13.6 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also fourth in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies are just one of 17 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +17.3 margin.
SCORING BY STARTERS AMONG NATION'S LEADERS
Through games on Nov. 29, Utah State's starters are third in the WAC and 20th in the nation for percentage of scoring by starting lineups, as the USU starters have netted 250 of the Aggies' 336 points or 74.4 percent of the total points. Duke leads the country with 91.5 percent of its points scored by its starters.
BENCH COMES UP BIG IN SANTA CLARA GAME
Entering the Santa Clara game, Utah State's bench had averaged just 13.0 points per game, or 20.3 percent of the scoring. However, in the Santa Clara game, the Aggies' reserves netted 34 points (42.5 percent), getting 11 points from senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was coming off the bench for the first time this season after staring the previous four games. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield tied a season-high with nine points and freshman guard Marcel Davis netted a season-best eight points. USU's bench is now averaging 17.2 ppg (25.6 percent).
USU FOURTH IN NCAA IN REBOUNDING MARGIN, SHAW 22nd IN REBOUNDING
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 22nd in the NCAA in rebounding with 10.2 rpg, helping Utah State to a +13.6 rebounding margin, which ranks the Aggies fourth in the nation. Shaw also is 39th in the nation in field goal percentage (.583) and 60th in double-doubles with two. USU also is 32nd in assists per game (16.0) as well as 59th in field goal percentage (.466).
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 3-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 4-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field;2-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 4-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 4-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when blocking more shots.
SCOUTING BRIGHAM YOUNG
The Cougars are 5-3 on the season after having a three-game win streak snapped with an 83-62 loss at Iowa State on Saturday. BYU is led by sophomore guard Tyler Haws with 20.9 ppg, while adding 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Haws is shooting 48.0 percent (60-of-125) from the field, including 36.7 percent (11-of-30) as well as a whopping 92.3 percent (36-of-39) at the free throw line. Senior forward Brandon Davies added 18.8 ppg and leads BYU with 7.5 rpg, as well as 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. Davies led BYU with 20 points and six rebounds at Iowa State. Senior guard Brock Zylstra adds 9.3 ppg, as well as shooting 38.9 percent (14-of-36) from behind the three-point arc, leading the team in both three-pointers made and three-point percentage, adding 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from the field overall. Offensively, BYU is average 78.8 ppg while shooting 45.0 percent (225-of-500) from the field, as well as 31.9 percent (46-of-144) from three-point range, average 5.8 three's per game. The Cougars are also hitting 72.4 percent (118-of-163) at the free throw line. BYU is also averaging 39.6 rebounds per game, dishing out 18.1 assists, swiping 7.6 steals per game while committing 13.6 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Cougars are yielding 71.8 ppg, with the opposition shooting 42.8 percent (198-of-463) field goal percentage, as well as 33.8 percent (48-of-142) from three-point range as well as 74.7 percent (130-of-174) at the free throw line. BYU's opponents are averaging 34.5 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 7.4 steals and 13.4 turnovers per game.
UTAH STATE VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG RIVALRY OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Brigham Young will be playing for the 229th time this week in what is the oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against BYU was during the 1905-06 season.
AGGIES VS. COUGARS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Brigham Young will be meeting for the 229th time this week, extending the oldest rivalry in USU history. The Aggies trail in the all-time series 136-92, but holds a 59-51 advantage at home, while BYU holds an 84-32 advantage at Provo. The first game played in the series was on Feb. 23, 1906 with BYU winning 21-14. USU and BYU last met last season on Nov. 11, 2011, with the Aggies winning 69-62. The last time the two teams played in Provo was on Nov. 17, 2010 in Provo with BYU winning, 78-72, as the Cougars won their second-straight over the Aggies in Provo. Utah State's last win at Provo was on Dec. 18, 2004, 84-62. Overall, USU has won seven of its last 11 games against the Cougars.
VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Utah State is playing its second-straight game against a West Coast Conference opponent and its third WCC foe overall this season, having beaten Santa Clara, 80-78, in overtime Saturday at Santa Clara, Calif., as well as having already played Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, losing 67-58. Overall, USU is 128-156 (.451) against current members of the West Coast Conference as it has a 92-136 record against BYU, a 13-2 record against Portland, a 5-4 record against St. Mary's, a 4-1 record against Gonzaga, a 5-3 record against Santa Clara, a 2-0 record against San Diego, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine, a 3-8 record against San Francisco, and a 2-0 record against LMU. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 30-22 (.577) all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conference including a 15-11 (.577) record at USU, as well as 7-7 against BYU. All-time, Morrill is 14-14 against the Cougars, which includes identical 7-7 records while at Colorado State as well as during his time at USU.
UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 82-23 (.781) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 13-19 (.406) record on the road. The Aggies are 6-6 (.500) in known games played on Dec. 5. USU is also 34-10 (.773) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah State has four players on its current roster from the state of Utah in junior forward Ben Cliffor (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and freshmen guards Quincy Bair and Marcel Davis, who are both from American Fork (American Fork HS). BYU has six players on its roster from the Beehive State in sophomore guard Nate Austin (Alpine/Lone Peak HS), senior guard Craig Cusick (Orem/Orem HS/Utah), senior forward Brandon Davies (Provo/Provo HS), freshman center Ian Harward (Orem/Orem HS), and sophomore forward Josh Sharp (Highland/Highland HS).
LAST MEETING AGAINST BRIGHAM YOUNG
Behind Jaycee Carroll's pivotal three-point shooting and Stephen DuCharme's double-double, Utah State stopped Santa Clara with a tough 71-65 victory on Dec. 1, 2007 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State improved to 5-4 on the season with the win, while Santa Clara falls to 5-2 with the loss. Carroll, a senior guard from Evanston, Wyo., finished the night with a game-high 25 points as he netted four three-pointers to give him 283 for his career, tying Tony Brown (1999-2002) for the school record. DuCharme, a senior forward from Andover, Kan., posted his second double-double of the season and fifth of his Aggie career, tallying 12 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan, Utah) tossed in 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the game, while junior guard Desmond Stephens (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman forward Tai Wesley (Provo, Utah) netted nine points each. Senior point guard Kris Clark (Wilmington, N.C.) also had a solid game for the Aggies as he dished out a game-high seven assists. Santa Clara was led by Brody Angley's 22 points, while John Bryant had 20 points along with a team-high six rebounds. Down the entire first-half and trailing by as much as nine, Utah State trimmed an early nine-point deficit to four and trailed 30-26 at the break. USU then opened the second-half with an 18-7 run and took the lead for the first time at 31-30 after a Carroll trey. Santa Clara pulled to 50-49 at the 8:37 mark on a long three-pointer from the right wing by Jonathan Gunderson, but Stephens countered with a long three-pointer of his own from the left wing with the shot clock winding down, sparking another Aggie run that Carroll capped with back-to-back three-pointers to put USU ahead 66-55 with 3:43 to play, forcing an SCU timeout. The Broncos stormed out of the break with a 10-1 charge and closed the gap to 67-65 with 55 seconds remaining, but a pair of charity stripe shots by Stephens with 22 ticks left and two more by DuCharme with nine seconds remaining sealed the Aggie victory. The win was Utah State's 48th-consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the second longest in the country behind Duke's 53 in a row. USU has now won 42 straight home games in the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies shot 47.7 percent (21-of-44) for the game, including 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from three-point range, while the Broncos shot 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field, hitting 46.2 percent (6-of-13) behind the three-point arc. At the free throw line, USU made more (22) than SCU attempted (14), going 22-of-31 (71.0 percent) as compared to 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) for the visitors. USU and SCU tied in rebounding at 26-all, but the Aggies forced 14 Bronco turnovers, which were turned into 23 points. Utah State had only nine turnovers, the second game in a row with single-digit miscues.
LAST MEETING AT BRIGHAM YOUNG
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored 19 points and added eight rebounds in Utah State's 78-72 loss at No. 23 Brigham Young on Nov. 17, 2010. Free throws proved to be the difference in the game as Utah State was just 15-of-26 (.577) from the charity stripe, while BYU made 23-of-30 (.767). Wesley finished the night 9-of-11 from the field, but was just 1-of-6 at the free throw line. Junior forward Brady Jardine scored 10 points and posted a then career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double, while senior guard Pooh Williams had 10 points and three assists. Fellow senior guard Brian Green scored 17 points off the bench for the visitors as he was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range. Jimmer Fredette led all scorers with 26 points for BYU and Noah Hartsock added 15 points, five rebounds and four blocks. Charles Abouo finished the game with 13 points for the home team while Jackson Emery scored all 10 of his points after halftime. Utah State held an early 6-5 lead following a jumper from junior guard Brockeith Pane, but BYU went on a 9-2 run to lead 15-7, only to see Green hit three-straight three-pointers on back-to-back-to-back possessions to get the visitors back within one. USU eventually regained the lead at 31-30 on a Jardine jumper and later led by two following a Jardine free throw before Hartsock made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 32-32 going into halftime. Fredette had 16 points to lead BYU in the first-half, while Green had 11. USU shot 47.8 percent (11-23) in the first 20 minutes, including 50.0 percent from three (3-6), while BYU shot 35.7 percent (10-28) including just 23.1 percent (3-13) from behind the arc. Utah State took its largest lead of the night on its first possession of the second-half following a three-pointer from Williams. BYU then went on a 13-3 run to go up 46-39 and later led by eight at 52-44 with 14:17 to play following a Fredette trey. USU responded again with nine straight points to regain the lead at 53-52 and led for the final time at 69-68 with 4:22 remaining following a Jardine jumper. The Cougars then scored six straight points and made six straight free throws in the final two minutes to hang on for the win. Utah State finished the game by shooting 48.1 percent (25-52), including 63.6 percent from behind the arc (7-11). BYU shot just 38.7 percent (24-62) and was just 7-of-26 (.269) on three-pointers. The Cougars did finish the game with three more rebounds (40-37), while both teams had 12 assists and six blocks. USU did, however, have five more turnovers (14-9).
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career.... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Posted second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games and had double-digit rebounds in two of the last four games... Has led USU in rebounding in all five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games... Ranks tied for lead in WAC field goal percentage (.583), tying teammate Kyisean Reed... Also ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and 10th in scoring (14.6 ppg), as well as tied for fourth in free throw percentage (.850) and seventh in blocked shots (1.4)... In the NCAA statistics, ranks 14th in rebounds per game (10.8) and 30th in double-doubles (2.0).
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... Ranks sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 42nd consecutive start and played in 64th career game at Santa Clara... Led USU in scoring for the third time this season and 25th time in last two seasons with 17 points in each of the TAMU-Corpus Christi and Weber State games, tying season high... Scored in double-figures 35 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 10 games played... Has 39 career games with multiple three-pointers... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 118 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.6 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 276 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 13th in the WAC in scoring (13.2 ppg), fourth in WAC for assists (3.8 apg) and fifth for assist-turnover ratio (1.73)... Also leads the WAC in minutes played (37.2).
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in all five games of Aggie career... Scored a season-high nine points twice in last three games, (TAMU-Corpus Christi and Santa Clara) Has dished out two or more assists in four of five games, including USU season-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Ranks sixth in WAC in assists (3.6) and is fifth for assist/turnover ratio (1.73).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 41st career game and has made 32 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 21 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest and then 11 at Santa Clara... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 27th career contest, including three-straight games with multi-blocks, tying career-high with three blocks in Weber State game... Has at least one blocked shot in four games this season and eight of his last 10 career games played... Posted 23rd career game with five or more rebounds... Has swiped a career-high four steals in two of last four games (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara)... Ranks tied for lead in WAC field goal percentage (.583), tying teammate Jarred Shaw... Also fifth in blocks (1.8) as well as tied for eight in steals (1.8).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Dished out first two USU career assists in same game, and had two helpers in Weber State game... Nearly tripled his season total of three points with season-high eight points at Santa Clara... Also dished out a season-best three assists and swiped season-high two steals while playing season-high 19 minutes in Santa Clara contest.
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament.... Tallied four rebounds and two points in season-opener against Idaho State... Has 17 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in season-high 10 minutes of action in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Registered new career-highs of five rebounds, one block and one assist, as well as career-high 23 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Tied season-high with nine points in Santa Clara game and had second multi-three-pointer game with 2-of-2 shooting behind the arc... Ranks third in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.545).
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 39th career game... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 3-0 this year and has won 69 of its last 71 games (.972) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 276-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 2-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 78 of its last 73 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 220-30 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 2-0 this season and has won 115 of its last 120 games (.958) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 180-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.8 percent from three-point range (118-276) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 118, passing former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) with 117.
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 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. Brian Green 2010-11 129 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 9. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 118 10. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 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. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 276 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- .428 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 204 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.
REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 60.9 career field goal percentage (156-of-256), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Nate Harris 2003-06 .641 2. Greg Houskeeper 1988-89 .622 3. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 .617 4. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. .609 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 .597 6. Gary Wilkinson 2008-09 .582 7. Cass Matheus 2005-06 .580 8. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 .579 9. Dean Hunger 1977-80 .577 10. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 .570DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 334-107 (.757) during the last 13 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.
SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in junior guard Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
AGGIES RETURN THREE STARTERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
USU MEN'S BASKETBALL TABBED FIRST BY MEDIA, SECOND BY COACHES IN WAC PRESEASON POLLS
Entering its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State men's basketball was tabbed to finish first in the league by the conference's media, while the coaches have picked the Aggies second, as the WAC's preseason polls were announced on Oct. 24 by the conference office. This is the fourth year in a row that Utah State has been picked first by at least one of the voting groups, being tabbed first by the media last year, along with being selected first by both groups in 2010-11 and 2009-10. The Aggies were selected as the preseason favorites by the media, receiving 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, NMSU edged USU by one point, with New Mexico State collecting five first-place votes and 77 points while Utah State also garnered five first-place votes and 76 points. In the media poll, Denver earned 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in 10th. Denver also took third in the coaches poll with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and 10th, respectively.
MEDLIN NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR BY BOTH MEDIA AND COACHES
Junior guard Preston Medlin was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches and was named to the first-team preseason all-WAC teams by both. It is also the fifth time in the last six years that an Aggie has been chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year, as Medlin joins former teammates Brockeith Pane last year and Tai Wesley in 2010-11, as well as Gary Wilkinson in 2008-09 and Jaycee Carroll in 2007-08.
SHAW NAMED PRESEASON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY THE LEAGUE'S MEDIA
Junior center Jarred Shaw was also chosen as the preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league's media. Shaw's preseason recognition marks the second time in the last three years that USU has had the Preseason Newcomer of the Year as Pane was chosen for the honor in 2010-11.
REED GARNERS PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY CONFERENCE'S COACHES
The conference's coaches also selected a second-team preseason all-WAC list, which included Aggie senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to last year's all-newcomer team.
MORRILL, MEDLIN, BERGER AND REED EARN PRESEASON RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was named the collegesportsmadness.com WAC Coach of the Year and was joined on the publication's honor list by junior guard Preston Medlin on the preseason first-team all-WAC list, while junior forward Danny Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed were on the third-team list. Collegesportsmadness.com also predicted that USU will win the WAC as it has the Aggies in their preseason NCAA Tournament bracket.
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 333-107 (.757) record. Those 333 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.835), Kansas (.823) and Gonzaga (.794). 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 seven years with a 83-27 (.755) 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).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
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 fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. 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.
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 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).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 27th season as a collegiate head coach and 15th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 349-120 (.744) record, including a 175-55 (.761) 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 14 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 13 straight 21-win seasons and 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), 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 75.7 percent with an overall record of 333-107. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 201-63 (.761) 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 13 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 13 of the top 14 seasons in school history during the last 13 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 13th straight year, Utah State had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades in 2012 as sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Utah State had two other players honored by the WAC in 2012 as senior guard Brockeith Pane was named to the league's honorable mention team, while junior forward Kyisean Reed was voted to the WAC's all-newcomer team. Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 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 210-18 (.921) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 17 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 22 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 14th in the nation among active coaches and 52nd all-time with his 563 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.7 percent ranks 21st among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 10 active coaches to notch at least 17 20-win seasons. His current streak of 13 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the eighth-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 566-258 (.687).
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