Utah State Men's Basketball Opens Six-Game Homestand Saturday Against Old Big West Foe Pacific
Utah State (5-1, 0-0 MW) men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), to open a season-long six-game home standing, starting on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Pacific (6-1, 0-0 West Coast). The USU-Pacific basketball game has been moved to 5 p.m. (MT), due to the USU football team playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. There will be a watch party for the football game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum following the basketball game. Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Tigers will not be televised but will aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

 
Utah State (5-1, 0-0 MW) men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), to open a season-long six-game home standing, starting on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Pacific (6-1, 0-0 West Coast). The USU-Pacific basketball game has been moved to 5 p.m. (MT), due to the USU football team playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. There will be a watch party for the football game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum following the basketball game. Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Tigers will not be televised but will aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
 

Dec. 3, 2013

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Pacific (6-1, 0-0 WCC) at Utah State (5-1, 0-0 MW)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 • 5 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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The Last Meeting
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December 3, 2011
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Pacific Defeats Utah State 65-57 As Aggie Men Lose Back-to-Back Games for First Time Since 2009-10 Season
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 15 points and junior forward Kyisean Reed added 13, but Utah State dropped its second-straight game in losing at Pacific, 65-57, here Saturday to fall to 3-4 on the season. For USU, it is its first back-to-back losses since the end of the 2009-10 season as the Aggies are below .500 for the first time since it was 3-4 during the 2007-08 campaign.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (5-1, 0-0 MW) men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), to open a season-long six-game home standing, starting on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Pacific (6-1, 0-0 West Coast). The USU-Pacific basketball game has been moved to 5 p.m. (MT), due to the USU football team playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. There will be a watch party for the football game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum following the basketball game. Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Tigers will not be televised but will aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,505-1,033 (.593) in their 2,538 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State has started a season 5-1 for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four year as part of a total of 11 times in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach. Of the previous 10 times, the Aggies improved to 6-1 a total of six times.

• USU is 3-0 at home this season and has won 66 of its last 75 games (.880) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 102 of its last 112 home games (.911).

• Utah State has won 91.2 percent of its home games (227-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 113-9 (.926) record in non-conference games. The Aggies have won 255 of their last 279 games (.914) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 521-115 (.819) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• Utah State and Pacific are meeting for the 68th time this weekend, which is tied for the seventh-most played series in USU history. The Aggies and Tigers were former Big West Conference foes. USU leads the all-time series, 44-23, including 28-2 in Logan. Pacific has won four of the last five meetings, including not only the most recent meeting, on Dec. 3, 2011 at Pacific, 65-57, but the Tigers' last visit to Logan, on March 12, 2005, 64-63, as well. USU's lone win during the last five match-ups was on March 12, 2005 in Anaheim, Calif., in the championship game of the Big West Tournament with USU posting a 65-52 win.

• Utah State is playing its second West Coast Conference opponent in as many games after playing BYU on Nov. 30. Overall, USU is 172-181 (.487) against current members of the West Coast Conference

• Utah State is 89-23 (.795) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 73-2 (.973) record at home. The Aggies are 2-1 in games played on Saturday this season as part of 148-56 (.725) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is 10-5 (.667) all-time in known games played on Dec. 7.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and has climbed up to the No. 30 spot, passing Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,049 points and Desmond Penigar (2002-03) with 1,051. Medlin enters Saturday's game needing 10 points for the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points, as well as 25 points for the No. 28 spot held by Nate Williams (1970-71) with 1,080 points and 40 points for the No. 27 spot held by Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) with 1,095 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (5-1, 0-0 MW) men's basketball returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), to open a season-long six-game home standing, starting on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Pacific (6-1, 0-0 West Coast). The USU-Pacific basketball game has been moved to 5 p.m. (MT), due to the USU football team playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game. There will be a watch party for the football game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum following the basketball game. Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Tigers will not be televised but will aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State continues its season-long six-game homestand by taking on an in-state foe in Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, also at 7 p.m., before hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, Sponsored by Gossner Foods on Dec. 19-21.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games. Al Lewis will be broadcasting Saturday's USU football game, so Evan Nyman will be handling play-by-play duties for the Aggie men's basketball game Saturday evening.

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

ON TV
Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Tigers will not be televised.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

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

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

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

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

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has started a season 5-1 for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four year as part of a total of 11 times in Stew Morrill's 16 seasons as head coach. The Aggies suffered their first defeat of the season on Nov. 30 with an 85-74 loss to BYU at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. A season-high 20 points from senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and a double-double from senior center Jarred Shaw weren't enough to boost the Aggies. Butterfield tied a career-high with four three-pointers Saturday, on the way to a team-leading and season-high 20 points. Shaw logged his second double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 12 points and a game-high tying 13 rebounds, a new season-best. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis posted double-digits for the second game in a row and third this season with 16 points Saturday, just missing his second-straight double-double with nine rebounds, while senior guard Preston Medlin was the fourth Aggie in double-figures with 10 points, while dishing out a season-high seven assists for the second game in a row.

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 15.7 points per game, while Butterfield logs 14.2 ppg and Medlin tallies 14.8 ppg. Meanwhile, Davis is just shy of double-digits at 9.5 ppg. Shaw adds a team-leading 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He is shooting 53.0 percent (35-of-66) from the field as well as 85.7 percent (24-of-28) at the free throw line. Butterfield also averages 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest, shooting a team-best 51.9 percent (14-of-27) behind the arc, as part of 52.5 percent (32-of-61) field goal shooting, along with 78.6 percent (11-of-14) at the free pitch stripe. Medlin adds 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, shooting 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field, including 41.5 percent (15-of-34) from three-point range and 69.6 percent (16-of-23) at the charity stripe. Davis adds 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting a team-high 67.6 percent (23-of-34) field goal percentage, adding 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) at the free throw line. Davis also averaged 1.2 blocks per game.

As a team, USU is averaging 79.5 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 49.6 percent (167-of-337), including 43.1 percent (44-of-102) from beyond, as well as 75.6 percent (99-of-131) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 68.3 ppg, while holding them to 42.8 percent (149-of-348) field goal shooting, including just 24.7 percent (24-of-97) from three-point range, as well as 70.4 percent (88-of-125) at the charity stripe. USU has a +9.5 rebounding margin (38.8-29.3), while averaging 17.3 assists, 3.2 blocks and 3.2 steals per game.

AGGIES IN MW STATISTICS
Entering games on Dec. 2 Utah State is first in the Mountain West statistics in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247), as well as second in field goal percentage (.496), free throw percentage (.756), three-point field goal percentage (.431), assists (17.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.50). The Aggies also are third in rebounding margin (+9.5) and tied for third in scoring margin (+11.2), along with fourth in scoring (79.5), scoring defense (68.3) and rebounds (38.8), while ranking seventh in field goal percentage defense (.428), ninth in blocks (3.20) and 11th in steals (3.20).

Individually, sophomore forward Kyle Davis is first in the MW in field goal percentage (.676), while senior guard Preston Medlin is tied for second in assist-turnover ratio (3.4) and third in assists (4.5), while also ranking tied for fifth in three-pointers made (2.5), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.441) and 16th in scoring (14.2). Senior center Jarred Shaw is tied for third in free throw percentage (.857), tied for sixth in blocks (1.3), eighth in rebounding (8.0) and 12th in scoring (15.7). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is 14th in scoring (14.8) as well as seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.519) and eighth in three-pointers made per game (2.3), along with tied for 15th in rebounding (5.8). See pg 4 for complete USU MW statistical rankings.

USU IN NCAA STATISTICS
Through the NCAA statistics released on Dec. 2, Utah State is 15th in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247), as well as 18th in both three-point field goal percentage (.431) and assists per game (17.3). USU is also 22nd in both rebounding margin (+9.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.53). The Aggies are also 34th in free throw percentage (.756), 42nd in field goal percentage (.496) and 47th in win-loss percentage (.833).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 34th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.38), as well as 56th in three-point field goal percentage (.441) and 94th in three-pointers per game (2.5). Senior center Jarred Shaw is tied for 70th in double-doubles with two.

USU's 5-1 STARTS UNDER COACH MORRILL
USU has now started a season 5-1 a total of 11 times under head coach Stew Morrill, doing so for the second year in a row and the third in the last four years. Of the previous 10 times, the Aggies improved to 6-1 a total of six times.

5-1 Seasons	7th Game	Start
1998-99		 L		 5-2
2000-01		 W		 6-1
2001-02		 W		 10-1
2002-03		 L		 5-2
2003-04		 W		 20-1
2004-05		 L		 5-2
2006-07		 W		 8-1
2008-09		 W		 24-1
2010-11		 L		 5-2
2012-13		 W		 14-1
2013-14		 Saturday

A LOOK BACK AT BYU GAME
A season-high 20 points from Spencer Butterfield and a double-double from Jarred Shaw weren't enough as Utah State men's basketball was beaten by Brigham Young, 85-74, Saturday night at an energized EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. USU suffered its first loss of the season in sliding to 5-1 on the season, being denied its first 6-0 start under head coach Stew Morrill. BYU improved to 6-2 with the win. The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 138-92, in what is USU's oldest and most-played series in school history, with BYU now holding a 2-0 neutral court edge, winning both match-ups at EnergySolutions Arena, Saturday and on Dec. 6, 2008. Butterfield, a senior guard/forward, tied a career-high with four three-pointers Saturday, on the way to a team-leading and season-high 20 points. Fellow senior, center Shaw, logged his second double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 12 points and a game-high tying 13 rebounds, a new season-best. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis posted double-digits for the second game in a row and third this season with 16 points Saturday, just missing his second-straight double-double with nine rebounds, while senior guard Preston Medlin was the fourth Aggie in double-figures with 10 points, while dishing out a season-high seven assists for the second game in a row. USU shot 31-of-66 (47.0 percent) from the field, hitting 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from three-point range, as well as 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line, a season-low for both makes and attempts at the charity stripe. The Aggies had a 39-38 rebounding advantage, but committed 16 turnovers compared to seven for BYU. The Cougars were led by Tyler Haws with 21 points, while Matt Carlino collected 18 points, Eric Mika notched 14 points and Frank Bartley tossed in 14 points off the bench. Kyle Collinsworth shared game-best honors with Shaw with 13 rebounds, while also dishing out eight assists to go with seven points. BYU made 32-of-69 (46.4 percent) of its free throws, hitting 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) behind the arc and 19-of-27 (70.4 percent) at the free throw line, as USU was whistled for 17 fouls and BYU called for nine. The Cougars opened a 12-6 lead after a Haws jumper at the 16:27 mark of the first half, but USU closed to tie it at 19-all after a trey by Butterfield with 13:07 on the first half clock. Later, a Carlino jumper put BYU ahead, 31-26 with 8:31 left in the half, but Aggie sophomore guard Marcel Davis later hit a jumper at the 4:13 mark to knot the score at 37-37, the seventh tie of the half. From there, USU closed out the half with a 7-2 run, started by a Medlin three-pointer and capped by a Shaw jumper for a 44-39 Aggie advantage with 2:04 remaining in the first stanza and neither team scored the rest of the half, as the teams went into intermission leading by that score. BYU scored the first six points of the second half to take a 45-44 lead on a Mika layup just 2:28 into the half. USU countered with a 9-2 run, again capped by Shaw, this time with a dunk for a 53-47 Aggie advantage at the 15:11 mark. The Cougars clawed away at the gap and later took a 58-55 lead after a Halford layup with 11:08 to go, but the Aggies countered with a trey from the corner by freshman forward Jalen Moore to knot the score at 58-all at the 11:02 mark. However, that would be the closest USU would get, as BYU pulled away for the win.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM BYU GAME
TEAM NOTES
• USU has now won 34 of its last 44 overall games against in-state opponents and is 42-14 against the state of Utah in the last 14 years. During that time period, USU is 7-7 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 13-3 versus Weber State, 8-0 against Utah Valley and 7-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 42-19 versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State and Brigham Young met for the 230th time this weekend, extending the oldest rivalry in USU history. The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 138-92, in what is USU's oldest and most-played series in school history, with BYU now holding a 2-0 neutral court edge, winning both match-ups at EnergySolutions Arena, Saturday and on Dec. 6, 2008. The first game played in the series was on Feb. 23, 1906 with BYU winning 21-14. Overall, the Aggies have won seven of their last 13 games against the Cougars.

• USU has led at halftime in five of its six games this season and Saturday was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 88 of its last 91 games when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 295-26 when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 1-0 this list when trailing at the break and a palindromic 48-84 when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State is now 3-4 all-time at EnergySolutions Arena.

• USU was a season-low 4-of-6 at the free throw line Saturday, it's fewest since 1-of-3 vs. San Jose State on Feb. 8, 2013.

PLAYER NOTES
• Senior guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in five of the six games this season and 50 times in career with his 10 points Saturday.

• Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in 24 of his last 27 games played, and now has 49 career games with multiple three-pointers.

• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has posted double-digit scoring in each of last nine games played and 25 of last 29 career games played with his season-high 20 points Saturday... It was his first 20-point outing this season and fourth of his career.

• Butterfield also has made at least one three-pointer in 29 of his last 31 games and has 17 multi three-pointer games, with this career-high tying four treys Saturday.

• With seven rebounds Saturday, Butterfield has pulled down four or more rebounds a total of 29 times in career, including all six games this season and 21 of last 22 games played.

• Sophomore forward Kyle Davis posted double-digits for the second game in a row and third this season with his 16 points Saturday, just missing his second-straight double-double with nine rebounds.

• With his 12 points and 13 rebounds, senior center Jarred Shaw recorded his second double-double this season and 11th of his career.

• Shaw has now logged double-figures for the third game in a row and fifth in the six games this season. It was his 31st double-digit scoring outing in his 37 career games.

• Shaw had two dunks Saturday and he now has a team-leading five dunks this season.

SCOUTING PACIFIC
The Tigers are 6-1 so far this season after going 2-1 at the University of Oregon Global Sports Hardwood Challenge in Eugene, Ore. Pacific opened the tournament by losing to host Oregon, 85-62, on Nov. 29, but then bounced back to nip Cal Poly, 73-71, on Nov. 30 and pull away from North Dakota, 93-76, on Dec. 1. Pacific is in its first season under new head coach Ron Verlin, who was an assistant on the Tigers' staff for 19 seasons under Bob Thomason, who retired in March after 25 years at the leash of the Tigers' program. Pacific, which is also in its first season in the West Coast Conference after being in the Big West Conference, returns two starters as part of eight letterwinners from last years' team that posted a 22-13 record and won the Big West Tournament to go to the NCAA Tournament, where the Tigers lost to Miami in the second round. Pacific has four players averaging double-figures, led by senior guard Sama Taku and senior forward Tony Gill, who average 13.3 points per game apiece. Senior forward Ross Rivera adds 12.0 ppg and senior guard Andrew Bock posts 11.7 ppg. Taku also leads the Tigers in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game and in assists with 2.9 helpers per game. He is shooting 36.9 percent (31-of-84) from the field, including 20.0 percent (2-of-10) from three-point range, along with 87.9 percent (29-of-33) at the charity stripe. Gill is making 55.4 percent (36-of-65) of his field goals, as well as a team-high 10 three-pointers on 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) shooting from distance, along with 68.8 percent (11-of-16) at the charity stripe. Rivera and Bock are the Tigers' top two free throw shooters, with Bock making a team-high 92.9 percent (39-of-42), as well as team-highs for makes and attempts, while Rivera is making 92.0 (23-of-25) of his free pitch stripe shots. Gill and Rivera lead the team with three blocks (0.4 bpg) each, while junior forward Aaron Short has a team-high 10 steals (1.4 spg). As a team, Pacific is averaging 77.7 points per game, while shooting 46.1 percent (184-of-399) from the field, including 38.2 percent (42-of-110) from behind the arc, and 79.8 percent (134-of-168) at the free throw line. Pacific has a +5.1 rebounding advantage (35.0-29.9). Defensively, the Tigers' opponents are averaging 44.9 percent (166-of-370) field goal shooting, along with 32.2 percent (47-of-146) from three-point range, as well as 70.9 percent (139-of-196) at the charity stripe. Pacific is averaging 13.6 assists, 4.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, while committing 13.7 turnovers per contest.

UTAH STATE VS. PACIFIC SEVENTH-OLDEST RIVALRY IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Pacific are meeting for the 68th time this weekend, which is tied for the seventh-most played series in USU history. USU's first game against Pacific was during the 1951-52 season.

AGGIES VS. TIGERS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Pacific are meeting for the 68th time this weekend, which is tied for the seventh-most played series in USU history. The Aggies and Tigers were former Big West Conference foes. USU leads the all-time series, 44-23, including 28-2 in Logan. Pacific has won four of the last five meetings, including not only the most recent meeting, on Dec. 3, 2011 at Pacific, 65-57, but the Tigers' last visit to Logan, on March 12, 2005, 64-63, as well. USU's lone win during the last five match-ups was on March 12, 2005 in Anaheim, Calif., in the championship game of the Big West Tournament with USU posting a 65-52 win.

BIG WEST REUNION
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 194-100 (.659) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 12-8 (.600) all-time against Pacific, who is in its first year in the West Coast Conference after 42 years in the Big West Conference.

VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Utah State is playing its second West Coast Conference opponent in a row after playing BYU on Nov. 30, losing 85-74. Overall, USU is 172-181 (.487) against current members of the West Coast Conference as it has a 92-138 record against BYU, a 44-23 mark versus Pacific, 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 both San Diego and Loyola Marymount, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine and a 3-8 record against San Francisco. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 42-32 (.583) all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conference including a 15-13 (.536) record at USU, as well as 10-7 against BYU. All-time, Morrill is 12-8 against the Tigers, which includes a 2-1 record while at Montana as well as during his time at USU.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE GOLDEN STATE
Utah State is 127-31 (.803) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 72-8 (.900) record at home.

CALIFORNIA AGGIES
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), senior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC) and freshman guard JoJo McGlaston (Dublin, Calif./Dublin HS).

While Pacific doesn't have any players from Utah, one of the Tigers' eight players from California is from Loomis, the same hometown as Butterfield, in freshman guard Aaron Hendricks.

UTAH STATE-PACIFIC CONNECTIONS
• Pacific head coach Ron Verlin, is the twin brother of former USU assistant and current Idaho head coach Don Verlin, who spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State. Ron Verlin is in his first season at the leash of the Tigers' program, after 19 years as the Associate Head Coach for the last 19 years, under retired head coach Bob Thomason. • Current USU assistant athletic trainer Sam Gay is in his first season at USU after two years Pacific, working with the Tigers' women's volleyball and baseball programs. At Pacific, Gay worked under Pacific head athletic trainer, Chris Pond, who is in his 22nd year at Pacific and is a 1988 graduate of Utah State. Gay also worked with Pacific assistant athletic trainer Sara Vargas, who was a fellow graduate assistant at USU with Gay from 2008-10.

USU LAST MEETING AGAINST PACIFIC - Dec. 3, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 15 points and junior forward Kyisean Reed added a season-high tying 13 points, but Utah State dropped its second-straight game in losing at Pacific, 65-57, on Dec. 3, 2011 to fall to 3-4 on the season. For USU, it is its first back-to-back losses since the end of the 2009-10 season as the Aggies are below .500 for the first time since it was 3-4 during the 2007-08 campaign. Ross Rivera had 15 points and Lorenzo McCloud added 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for Pacific who improved to 3-3 with the win. Medlin, who added a career-high eight rebounds, has now scored in double-figures four times this year and five times in his career despite shooting 4-of-14 from the field. Freshman center Jordan Stone finished with season-highs of seven points and seven rebounds in a season-best 23 minutes. Pacific held a 44-37 lead midway through the second-half and then used a 10-0 run to lead 54-37 with 8:21 remaining. USU, however, fought back to within six points at 59-53 with 48 seconds to play following a three-pointer from senior guard Brockeith Pane, but the Tigers hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to notch the eight-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 32.8 percent from the field (20-61) and a season-low 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-18), and was out-rebounded (43-36) for just the second time this year. USU also had single-digit assists (5) for the fourth time this year, but did have a season-high 21 offensive rebounds. Pacific shot just 38.2 percent in the game (21-55) and was just 6-of-23 (.261) from three-point range, but did convert 85.0 percent of its free throws (17-20). The Tigers also had seven blocked shots and seven steals in the contest. Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Pane and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel and led 7-3 before Pacific scored seven straight points. The Tigers later used a 10-3 run to turn a 12-12 tie into a 22-15 advantage and went into the locker room up nine at 31-22 following a three-pointer from Markus Duran at the end of the half. Utah State shot just 32.0 percent in the first-half (8-25), including just 2-of-9 (.222) from three-point range and 4-of-7 from the free throw line (2-9). Pacific shot 40.0 percent (12-30) in the first 20 minutes and made all four of its free throws. UOP was also 3-of-11 (.273) from behind the arc in the first half. Medlin led the Aggies with nine first-half points while Rivera had nine to lead the Tigers.

AGGIES-TIGERS LAST MEETING AT LOGAN - Dec. 12, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Pacific scored eight points in the final :22 seconds which culminated with a 15-foot jumper from Christian Maraker with :04 seconds remaining to give the 24th-ranked Tigers an improbable 64-63 win against Utah State on Dec. 12, 2005 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Maraker finished the game with 12 points, while Guillaume Yango had 15 points and 11 rebounds. David Doubley added 10 points and seven assists for UOP, while Mike Webb scored six of his 10 points in the final minute on back-to- back three-point baskets. Jaycee Carroll led all players with 19 points for Utah State, while Spencer Nelson added 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. David Pak also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished with 10 points. Utah State held its biggest lead of the game at 52-43 with 4:32 remaining in the contest and was up eight at 61-53 with :37 seconds remaining before USU started its collapse which included a foul on a three-point attempt, a turnover on an inbounds pass, and two missed free throws in the final :11 seconds. Pacific opened an 11-6 lead early and led 18-13 with 9:31 remaining in the half before Utah State went on a 10-0 run to lead 23-18 with 5:33 left in the opening period. Utah State went into the half with a 29-27 lead behind 10 points from Nelson as USU shot 41.9 percent from the field, as compared to 46.2 percent from Pacific as Maraker also had 10 points at intermission. Utah State held the lead the entire second half until the final shot of the game by Maraker. Utah State finished the game by shooting 42.0 percent from the field, but shot just 14.3 percent from three-point range making just 2-14 attempts from behind the arc. Pacific made 43.9 percent of its field goals, but were out-rebounded 40-28 in the contest.

USU IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 89-23 (.795) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 73-2 (.973) record at home. The Aggies are 2-1 in games played on Saturday this season as part of 148-56 (.725) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is 10-5 (.667) all-time in known games played on Dec. 7.

TOUGH D BEYOND ARC
Utah State has held all six of its opponents this year to less than 34 percent shooting from three-point range. The Aggies' lowest percentage by an opponent was BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12), also the fewest three-pointers allowed. UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied for the highest three-point percentage by an opponent this season at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16), Southern Utah (11/12) was held to 20.0 percent (3-of-15) and the Aggies held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24). USU is currently first in the Mountain West and 15th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247).

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,055 career points and climbed to No. 30 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 81 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has passed Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,049 points and Desmond Penigar (2002-03) with 1,051. Medlin enters Saturday's game needing 10 points for the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points, as well as 25 points for the No. 28 spot held by Nate Williams (1970-71) with 1,080 points and 40 points for the No. 27 spot held by Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) with 1,095 points.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
	Name		 	 Years		 Points
1.	Jaycee Carroll		 2005-08	2522
2.	Greg Grant		 1983-86	2127
3.	Wayne Estes		 1963-65	2001
4.	Brian Jackson		 1978-81	1900
5.	Cornell Green		 1960-62	1890
6.	Marvin Roberts		 1969-71	1844
7.	Kendall Youngblood	 1989-92	1774
8.	Tai Wesley		 2008-11	1749
9.	Tony Brown		 1999-02	1564
10.	Eric Franson		 1991, 94-96	1545
11.	Reid Newey		 1984, 87-89	1536
12.	Nate Harris		 2003-06	1475
13.	Dean Hunger		 1977-80	1472
14.	Kevin Nixon		 1985-88	1456
15.	Dan Conway		 1986-89	1398
16.	Mike Santos		 1975-78	1287
17.	Shaler Halimon		 1967-68	1284
18.	Spencer Nelson		 1999, 03-05	1283
19.	Bob Lauriski		 1971-73	1266
20.	Rich Haws		 1973-75	1255
21.	Jim Boatwright		 1972-74	1238
22.	Max Perry		 1959-61	1236
23.	Jay Goodman		 1991-93	1215
24.	Jimmy Moore		 1973-75	1164
25.	Bert Cook		 1950-52	1133
26.	Troy Collier		 1963-64	1109
27.	Jeff O. Anderson	 1985-88	1095
28.	Nate Williams		 1970-71	1080
29.	Gary Wilkinson		 2008-09	1065
30.	Preston Medlin		 2010, 12-	1055
31.	Desmond Penigar		 2002-03	1051
32.	Vince Washington	 1984-85	1049
33.	Pat Dunn		 1953-56	1018
34.	Tyler Newbold		 2008-11	1014
35.	Bill Hull		 1951-54	1007
36.	Bob Ipsen		 1958-59	1001

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 356-117 (.753) during the last 14 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
USU has led at halftime in five of its six games this season and Saturday's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 88 of its last 91 games when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 295-26 when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 1-0 this list when trailing at the break and a palindromic 48-84 when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 235 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU won its first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, leaving USU 5-1 this season after going 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 96 of its last 103 games (.932), when reaching 70 points and is 238-32 (.881) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

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

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

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

AGGIES TO FACE FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, as well as hosting in-state foes Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, while playing at fellow Beehive State opponent Weber State on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies bounced back to double-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, and a +1 (39-38) against BYU.

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

Utah State is currently third in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+9.5), as well as 22nd in the NCAA stats as of Dec. 2.

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

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 31 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 19 times, including three games this season. Utah State is 15-4 (.789) during those 19 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

MEDLIN AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.6 percent from three-point range (156-373) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 158, passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 7 with 380.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name		 Years		 3FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll	2005-08		 369
2.	Tony Brown	1999-02		 283
3.	Reid Newey	1984, 87-89	 237
4.	Jay Goodman	1991-93		 209
5.	Tyler Newbold	2008-11		 194
6.	Justin Jones	1996-98		 183
7.	Preston Medlin	2010, 12-	 158
8.	Brian Green	2010-11		 129
9.	Jared Quayle	2009-10		 128
10.	Pooh Williams	2008-11		 117
11.	Troy Rolle	1999-00		 112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 380 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268

Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .416 6. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 7. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 8. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 9. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 10. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 11. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

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

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

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

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

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

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

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

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

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

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 371-130 (.741) at USU.

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

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

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

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

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

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for the award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is entering his 28th-year as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 589-268 (.687) record in his 27 years. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 468-255 (.647) in 22 seasons as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 431-269 (.616) overall record, also in 22 seasons, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

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

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

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