Dec. 5, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Utah Valley
Utah Valley (5-4) vs. Utah State (3-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: KCSG
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,461-1,010 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State has lost back-to-back games for the first time since the end of the 2009-10 season following a home loss to Denver (67-54) and a road loss at Pacific (65-57). Overall, USU is 2-1 this season and 61-20 (.753) over the last 13 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 17 times during that time period.
Utah State will be looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 2007-08 season, a span of 119 games, when it lost three-straight WAC road games at Nevada, Hawai'i and San Jose State. USU will also look to avoid its first back-to-back home losses since the 1992-93 season when it lost to UNLV and New Mexico State, a span of 289 games.
Utah State had its 33-game home winning streak snapped in its last home game against Denver, 67-54, which was the third-longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history. USU had also won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents before its loss to the Pioneers. The last team to defeat USU at home prior to its loss to Denver was Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009. USU also had won 29 straight home games during the month of November prior to its loss to Denver as its last home loss during November was on Nov. 26, 1996 to Utah (60-41).Overall, Utah State has won 85 of its last 88 home games and is now 195-14 (.933) at home under head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State has won 25 straight home games against in-state competition and is 27-1 (.964) at home against teams from the state of Utah under Morrill. The only in-state team to defeat USU at home under Morrill was Brigham Young, 82-73, on Jan. 8, 2000.
Utah State has won 29 of its last 37 games versus in-state opponents and is 36-12 (.750) against the state of Utah during the last 12 years. During that time period, USU is 7-5 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 11-3 versus Weber State, 6-0 against Utah Valley and 5-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 37-17 (.685) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State (3-4) returns home to host Utah Valley (5-4) inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Ch. 44, Dish Network Ch. 37) with Mychal Clayton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available via the internet at ESPN3.com and is part of the ESPN Full Court Package.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 3-4 on the season after losing at Pacific, 65-57, Saturday. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young, followed by a 73-63 road loss at Weber State, a 65-62 home win against Southern Utah, a 58-55 overtime road loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, a 75-62 road win at Idaho State, and a 67-54 home loss to Denver. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 13.1 points and 3.4 assists per game, and is shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three-point range and 80.6 percent at the free throw line. Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin is averaging 12.4 points and is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three-point range and 61.1 percent at the free throw line. And senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, and is shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 71.1 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 62.6 points and shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.1 points and its opponents are shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 74.3 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Dec. 5, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.1), second in three-point field goal percentage (.375), third in field goal percentage defense (.410), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313), fourth in field goal percentage (.431), fourth in rebounding margin (+0.7), fifth in blocked shots (2.86), fifth in free throw shooting (.651), and sixth in scoring margin (-1.6). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks seventh in assists (3.43), eighth in free throw shooting (.806), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.00), 11th in scoring (13.1), and 11th in steals (1.14). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks sixth in blocked shots (0.86), eighth in rebounding (6.0), 12th in field goal shooting (.453), 15th in scoring (11.4), and 15th in free throw shooting (.711). Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin ranks second in three-point shooting (.471), 12th in assists (2.57), 13th in overall shooting (.448), and 13th in scoring (12.4). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks 13th in rebounding (5.5), and freshman guard Adam Thoseby ranks third in three-point shooting (.467).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
FOLLOWING THE UTAH VALLEY GAME
Utah State will head back out on the road this weekend as it plays at Missouri Valley Conference member Wichita State (5-2) on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised.
LOOKING BACK AT THE PACIFIC GAME
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, 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. 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.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE PACIFIC GAME
Utah State was out-rebounded for just the second time this year (43-36), as it was also out-rebounded at Weber State (38-35)... The 43 rebounds for Pacific are a season-high for a USU opponent... Utah State had single-digit assists (5) for the fourth time this year and double-digit turnovers (13) for the sixth time... Utah State had a season-high 21 offensive rebounds.
UTAH STATE STARTS A DIFFERENT LINEUP, AGAIN
For the sixth time in seven games, Utah State started a different lineup at Pacific. On the season, USU has started nine different players and only senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have started every game. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups the entire season.
UTAH STATE HAS SEASON-LOW SHOOTING PERCENTAGES AT PACIFIC
Utah State had its worst shooting game of the season at Pacific in its last game as it shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field (20-61) and a season-low 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-18).
UTAH STATE HAS LOSING RECORD FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007-08 SEASON
For the first time since early on during the 2007-08 season, Utah State has a losing record as it is currently 3-4 on the year after back-to-back losses to Denver (67-54) and Pacific (65-57). The last time Utah State had a losing record was when it was 3-4 after its first seven games of the 2007-08 season. That year, USU finished with a 24-11 record and tied for first-place in the WAC with a 12-4 mark.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT TWO-GAME LOSING STREAK
During its current two-game losing streak, Utah State is averaging 55.5 points and shooting 38.2 percent from the field (39-102), 22.7 percent from three-point range (5-22) and 71.8 percent at the free throw line (28-39). Defensively, USU is allowing 66.0 points during its last two games and its opponents are shooting 44.7 percent from the field (46-103), 32.6 percent from three-point range (14-43) and 83.9 percent at the free throw line (26-31).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Through seven games, Utah State has 30 fewer assists (93-63), 17 more turnovers (97-80), 17 fewer steals (41-24) and two fewer blocked shots (22-20) than its opponent... USU has also made seven fewer three-pointers (40-33) and attempted 40 fewer three-pointers (128-88) than its opponents... USU has also made 16 fewer free throws (113-97) and attempted two fewer free throws (151-149) than its opponents.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 170 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.
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
Utah Valley is 5-4 on the season after recording an 84-49 home win against Haskell in its last game. The Wolverines, who are 0-4 on the road this year, are led by senior guard Isiah Williams who is averaging 15.1 points and shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from three-point range and 95.0 percent at the free throw line, while senior forward Geddes Robinson is averaging 11.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. As a team, Utah Valley is averaging 66.4 points and shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 25.1 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UVU is allowing 61.2 points and its opponents are shooting 37.0 percent overall, including 24.9 percent from three-point range and 70.2 percent at the free throw line. Utah Valley returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 19-11 and finished in first-place in the Great West Conference with a 11-1 mark. Dick Hunsaker is 172-101 in 10 years at Utah Valley and 339-174 in 18 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-UTAH VALLEY SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 6-0 all-time against Utah Valley and 3-0 against the Wolverines at home. The first game played in the series was in Orem on Dec. 9, 2006 with USU winning, 69-65. The last time the two teams played one another was on Dec. 18, 2010 in Orem as Utah State won, 76-58. The last time the two teams played one another in Logan was on Dec. 12, 2009 as Utah State won, 87-56.
VERSUS THE GREAT WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State is 8-1 (.889) all-time against current members of the Great West Conference as it has a 6-0 record against Utah Valley, a 2-0 record against Houston Baptist and an 0-1 record against North Dakota. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 10-0 all-time versus teams from the Great West Conference as he is 6-0 against UVU, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, and 1-0 against both Chicago State and Texas-Pan American.
DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
Utah State is 77-21 (.786) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 64-2 (.970) record at home. USU is also 21-8 (.724) in games played on Tuesday under Morrill and 9-5 (.643) all-time in known games played on Dec. 6.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), freshman forward David Collette (Murray/Murray HS), freshman guard Sam Orchard (Salt Lake City/Highland HS), and freshman center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS).
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won 18 of its last 24 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 96-74 (.565) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 29-31 (.483) record against non-conference opponents.
LAST MEETING AGAINST UTAH VALLEY
Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 19 points, including 12 in the second half, and senior forward Tai Wesley recorded his third-straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Utah State to a convincing 76-58 win at Utah Valley on Dec. 18, 2010. Wesley also added five assists and two blocks to go along with his 11 boards. Senior forward Nate Bendall added 12 points and eight rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Tyler Newbold scored 10 points. Isiah Williams led all scorers with 22 points and Holton Hunsaker had 10 for Utah Valley. Leading 48-43 midway through the second half, Utah State went on an 11-1 run to open a 15-point advantage at 59-44 following a layup from senior guard Pooh Williams and took its largest lead of the game at 67-49 after a Wesley layup with 6:36. Utah Valley never got closer than 13 points the remainder of the game as USU coasted to the 18-point win. Utah State shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half (14-26) and finished the game shooting 47.1 percent (24-51). USU was also 5-of-14 (.357) from three-point range and 85.2 percent at the free throw line (23-27). Utah Valley shot just 36.4 percent overall (20-55). UVU also shot 31.3 percent from behind the arc (5-16) and 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-21). Utah State also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Utah Valley by 11 (40-29). Utah State jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead behind five points from Pane and led 8-4 following a layup from Wesley before Williams scored 12 straight points for Utah Valley to give the Wolverines a 16-13 lead with 8:58 to play. UVU increased its lead to four at 19-15 following a three-point play from Shawn Deadwiler and later led 24-21 as Hunsaker hit a three. USU regained the lead on two free pitches from Pane and went up four after a Wesley jump hook to give the visitors a 29-25 advantage with just under two minutes remaining in the half. The Aggies scored its final points of the first period on an offensive putback by junior forward Morgan Grim to give USU a 33-30 lead at the half. Grim finished with six points. Wesley led Utah State with 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half, while Bendall and Pane scored seven points each. USU shot 40.0 percent (10-25) in the first 20 minutes, including 28.6 percent from three-point range (2-7) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). Williams had 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game for Utah Valley before picking up his second foul and sitting the rest of the half. UVU shot 35.7 percent in the first half (10-28), including 4-of-10 (.400) from three-point range and 6-of-9 (.667) at the charity stripe.
LAST MEETING AGAINST UTAH VALLEY
Five players in double-figures led Utah State to one of its many season highs set on Dec. 12, 2009 as the Aggies whipped the Wolverines of Utah Valley, 87-56. USU hit a season-high 57.1 percent (31-52) from the field, including a season-best 13 three-pointers and a season-high 61.9 percent behind the arc (13-21). The 13 three-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history, behind the USU record of 20 set in 2006. Utah State also scored 48 points in the first half, the most points scored in a half this season. Junior guard Pooh Williams led the Aggies with 15 points, his second-straight game with 15 points. Senior guard Jared Quayle netted 13 points, matched by junior guard Brian Green, who set a new career-high, including hitting three shots from behind the arc. Junior forward Nate Bendall tossed in 12 points, tallying nine in the first half, while junior guard Tyler Newbold notched 11, also hitting three treys. UVU was led by Corey Claitt's game-high 22 points, including 13 in the first half. Claitt scored 11 of those in the final 1:16 of the first stanza, pulling the Wolverines within 48-29 at the break. UVU reeled off 14 unanswered points after a Williams dunk gave the Aggies a 48-15 advantage with two minutes to play in the first half. The Wolverines scored the first bucket of the second half to close to 48-31, but back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and Quayle righted the ship for the Aggies to go ahead 54-31. The closest the Wolverines got from there was 21 at 72-51 with 7:17 left in the game, before a trey from Williams started an 11-0 run for USU and the Aggies coasted to the victory. Utah Valley finished the night 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from the field, hitting an identical 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range. The Wolverines were 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Aggies were 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Utah State out-rebounded UVU, 31-19, including nine on the offensive glass, which led to an 11-0 second-chance points advantage. USU forced 16 turnovers, while committing 12 miscues. The Aggies also dished out 21 assists, as well as tallying six steals and three blocked shots, including two by sophomore forward Brady Jardine. The Wolverines had nine assists, seven steals and no blocked shots.
MEDLIN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST THREE GAMES
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games as he had 15 points at Pacific, 13 points against Denver and a career-high 26 points at Idaho State. Against the Bengals, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Medlin also had a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures four times this year and five times in his career. During his last three games, Medlin is averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field (18-39), 63.2 percent from three-point range (12-19) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (6-8).
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
GRIM'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT THREE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had scored in double-figures in three-straight games before scoring just three points in his last outing at Pacific. During his streak of three-straight double-figure scoring games, Grim had 11 points against Denver and Idaho State, to go along with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Grim also took three charges against the Islanders and now has a team-leading seven on the season. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures four times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State. During his last four games, Grim is averaging 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 42.4 percent from the field (14-33) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25).
PANE'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT NINE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane had scored in double-figures in all six games this year and in nine straight games dating back to last season before scoring nine points at Pacific in his last outing. During his last five games, he is averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 assists, while shooting 32.2 percent from the field (20-62), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (15-21). Overall, Pane has scored in double-figures 28 times in her career.
STONE RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT PACIFIC
Freshman center Jordan Stone had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had season-highs with seven points and seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes. Stone also had six points and three rebounds in his previous game against Denver, to go along with five points and five rebounds against Southern Utah earlier in the year. During his last two games, Stone is averaging 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 16.5 minutes, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (4-6) and is a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
REED TIES SEASON-HIGH WITH 13 POINTS AT PACIFIC
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the second time this year as he tied his season-high with 13 points at Pacific to go along with seven rebounds in a season-best 34 minutes. Reed also had 13 points in a home game against Southern Utah earlier this year. Reed also recorded his first double-figure rebounding game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he had 10 boards in his first-ever start.
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thoseby entered the game with 11 total points on the season as he was 3-of-11 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. In his last four games, Thoseby is 7-of-12 (.583) from behind the arc.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. In the game, Clifford was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Clifford entered the game against ISU, with 10 rebounds and no points on the season as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 at the free throw line.
THORNTON RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Freshman guard Steven Thornton scored a season-high 13 points and had a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah. Thornton, who was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 1-for-1 at the free throw line against SUU, also had his first dunk of the season in the game.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD EIGHT DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through seven games, Utah State has already had eight different players on its roster score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in six games, senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have both scored in double-figures four times, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures twice, and senior forward Brady Jardine, freshman forward Ben Clifford and freshman guard Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
AGGIE RESERVES HAVE COMING OUT PARTY AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
After recording a combined 15 points and 17 rebounds in its first two games of the season, Utah State's bench had a breakout game against Southern Utah as four Aggie reserves combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds including 13 boards on the offensive end. Junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Steven Thornton each had 13 points and five boards, while freshman center Jordan Stone accounted for five points and five rebounds, and freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford added six rebounds. The 31 bench points are the most for an Aggie team since scoring 48 against Montana Western last year, while its 21 rebounds are the most since grabbing 23 against Troy last year.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
UTAH STATE DISHES IT OUT AT IDAHO STATE
After recording just 31 assists in its first four games of the year, Utah State had a season-high 21 assists on 26 made baskets at Idaho State. USU also scored a season-high 75 points in the game and had a season-best five blocked shots.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AT IDAHO STATE
Utah State had five players score in double-figures (Medlin 26, Thoseby 16, Grim 11, Clifford 10, Pane 10) for the first time this year and for the first time since Jan. 29, 2011 when USU had five players score in double-figures in an 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 39 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 41... Has scored in double-figures in six games this year and in 28 games in his career... Also has one 20-point game this season and four in his career... Scored 21 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in his season-opener against BYU... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Currently ranks seventh in the WAC in assists (3.43), eighth in free throw shooting (.806), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.00), 11th in scoring (13.1), and 11th in steals (1.14).
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 26 points at Idaho State and had a career-high two steals in the game... Had a career-high five assists against BYU and a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah and Denver... Has scored in double-figures four times this year and five times in his career... Currently ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.471), 12th in assists (2.57), 13th in overall shooting (.448), and 13th in scoring (12.4)... Has played in 29 games at Utah State with seven starts.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Made his first career start at Weber State and tied his career-high with eight points and 21 minutes played... Had a career-high five rebounds at Pacific... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started four games during the season and played in all seven.
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Has scored in double-figures in four games this season... Recorded his first-ever double-double as he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Also played a career-high 42 minutes against the Islanders and tied his career-high with two assists.... Scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds at Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (0.86), eighth in rebounding (6.0), 12th in field goal shooting (.453), 15th in scoring (11.4), and 15th in free throw shooting (.711)... Overall, he has played in 39 games at Utah State with seven starts and 80 games in his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Tied his season-high with 13 points at Pacific as he played a season-high 34 minutes... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds... Also had a season-best two steals against the Islanders... Scored a season-high 13 points against Southern Utah... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks 13th in the WAC in rebounding (5.5).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Idaho State... Has started two games this year and played in six.
G #5 Steven Thornton (6-3, 175, Fr., Valencia, Calif.) - Scored a season-high 13 points, grabbed a season-high five rebounds and played a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line... Has started two games on the season.
G/F #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in all seven... Ranks third in the WAC in three-point shooting (.467).
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Saw his first action of the season at Pacific, scoring two points in 19 minutes... Also had one assist and one steal against the Tigers.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Has played in 25 games during his Aggie career... Scored his first points of the season at Weber State as he was 2-for-2 at the free throw line... Saw four minutes against BYU and recorded one rebound.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had season-highs with seven points and seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Had one block against Southern Utah... Has played in six games this year.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.
USU HAS 12TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 12 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 12 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 23 with 19 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 22 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 20 with 19 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (14-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 18 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 16 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is sixth with 15 straight (10-NCAA, 5-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (13-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for seventh with 14 straight postseason trips. Florida (11-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (13 NCAA) and Wisconsin (13-NCAA) are all tied for ninth with 13 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (7-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 312-94 (.768) record. Those 312 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 76.8 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.836), Kansas (.822) and Gonzaga (.793). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last six years with a 75-21 (.781) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 201-98 (.672) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fourth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has nine assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Rick Pitino (Louisiville) with seven, Mike Montogmery (California) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Jim Calhoun (Conneticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and John Calipari (Kentucky) all with five.
JARDINE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ONCE LAST SEASON
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 29, 2010 after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54). Against the Utes, he posted his second-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the game. Against the Huskies, Jardine posted another double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 boards as he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also tied his career-high with three blocks and played a career-high 34 minutes in the game. For the week, Jardine averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18).
JARDINE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Brady Jardine was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team last season. Jardine was one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors during the 2010-11 season joining teammate Tyler Newbold and Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State. The Aggie duo were also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Along with being academic all-district, Jardine has also earned academic all-WAC honors three times in his career.
PANE NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WAC TOURNAMENT
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as he had 16 points and three rebounds against San Jose State in the semifinals and 19 points, four assists and three rebounds in the championship game against Boise State. For the tournament, Pane averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and was a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE HAS WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST FOUR YEARS
With senior forward Tai Wesley being named the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Utah State has now had three of the last four players of the year in the conference as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson won it in 2009. Utah has the most WAC Players of the Year with seven, followed by Nevada with five and BYU with four. USU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming have all had three.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
MORRILL NAMED NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR IN 2011
Veteran Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers in 2011. It is the second year in a row that Morrill has been named the NABC's Coach of the Year for District 6 as he shared the award a year ago with Northern Colorado's Tad Boyle.
MORRILL NAMED WAC COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
For the third straight year, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been named the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season conference championship. Morrill has now been named Coach of the Year in his respective conference six times during his illustrious career as he was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 while at Montana, and the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State, along with earning WAC Coach of the Year honors in each of the last three seasons. Morrill's award last year marks the eighth time in school history that an Aggie coach has been honored as Rod Tueller was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1980, while Larry Eustachy won the honor in 1995 and 1998.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 14 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice) and Brockeith Pane.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED THREE TIMES IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State ended the 2010-11 season ranked No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and ended the season nationally ranked for nine straight weeks, which is its longest streak since being ranked for 11 straight weeks during the 1970-71 season. That No. 25 national ranking for Utah State marks the first time it has been ranked at the end of a season since the 1977-78 USU team finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final United Press Coaches' Poll. Overall, it is just the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team has been nationally ranked at the end of the year joining the 1960 (7th), 1962 (19th), 1964 (15th), 1967 (14th), 1970 (17th), 1975 (13th) and 1978 teams (17th). Utah State entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. The Associated Press does not produce an end-of-season poll. Utah State's No. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll earlier in the year and during the 2008-09 season. USU's No. 19 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since the 2003-04 season was also ranked No. 19. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE WINS SEVENTH CONFERENCE TITLE UNDER MORRILL AND 16TH ALL-TIME
With its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship last year, Utah State has now won seven league titles under head coach Stew Morrill and 16 conference championships all-time in school history (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE WINS EIGHTH POSTSEASON CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State won its eighth postseason tournament championship, and second Western Athletic Conference tournament championship last year. It is also the sixth time under Morrill that USU has won a tournament title (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011) as the first four were when the Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State's current run of winning four-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history and the best by a WAC team since Nevada won five straight league titles from 2004-08. The previous school record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE TEAMS TO WIN FOUR-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Utah State is one of five teams in the nation to win at least four-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 11 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with seven straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won five-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC) has won four-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE FINISHES YEAR THIRD IN THE NATION IN FG PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season ranking third in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.383), fourth in winning percentage (.882), fifth in scoring defense (58.7), sixth in scoring margin (+13.4), eighth in rebound margin (+7.6), 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302), 28th in field goal percentage (.470), 32nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24), 40th in fewest turnovers per game (11.8) and 47th in free throw shooting (.737).
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINNING PERCENTAGE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season setting a school record with a winning percentage of 88.2 percent, bettering the previous record of 86.2 percent set during the 2003-04 season. USU also tied the 2008-09 team for the most wins in school history with 30. Utah State also finished the year ranking fourth all-time in school history in three-point attempts (562), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (206), sixth in blocked shots (110), eighth in total points (2,449), ninth in assists (500), ninth in free throws made (563) and ninth in free throw percentage (.737). USU also played 34 games to rank tied for fifth all-time in school history.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last seven years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories. In 2010-11, Utah State ranked 28th in the nation in overall shooting at 47.0 percent.
UTAH STATE PICKED FIRST BY MEDIA, THIRD BY COACHES IN PRESEASON POLLS
After winning four-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference Championships and two WAC Tournament titles in the past three years, Utah State's men's basketball team is picked to finish first in the conference once again during the 2011-12 season according to league's media, while the coaches have tabbed the Aggies third in the WAC's preseason polls. Nevada is the coaches pick to win the WAC this year after receiving five first-place votes and 46 points, while New Mexico State is slated to finish second after garnering 41 points, but no first-place votes. Utah State received three first-place votes and 38 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Hawai'i (32), Idaho (24), Fresno State (18), San Jose State (14) and Louisiana Tech (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 13 first-place votes and 174 points, while Nevada was second with 162 points and five first-place votes. New Mexico State, who received 150 points and three first-place votes was picked third, while Hawai'i received 126 points and three first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth. Idaho was picked fifth (89), followed by San Jose State (66), Fresno State (59) and Louisiana Tech (38).
PANE NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY MEDIA
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the media and a first-team all-league selection by both the media and coaches heading into the 2011-12 season. Overall, Utah State has had the WAC's Player of the Year three times in the last four years in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league's all-newcomer team as a junior, along with being voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane is also the only returning first-team all-league player in the WAC from last season.
JARDINE NAMED PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY THE COACHES
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named to the WAC's preseason second-team by the coaches heading into the 2011-12 season.
AGGIES SCHEDULE LOADED WITH POSTSEASON GAMES
Of its 31 regular season games scheduled this year, Utah State will play at least 11 games against teams who participated in postseason play last year. Overall, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of five games against postseason teams from a year ago as it will host Brigham Young, Kent State and Saint Peter's, and play at Weber State and Wichita State. Both the Cougars and Saint Peter's played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Kent State and Wichita State both participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2011, with the Shockers winning the championship. Weber State concluded its 2011 season in the College Basketball Invitational. In all, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of nine teams with winning records in 2011, including four who won at least 20 games. Other postseason teams from the 2010-11 season on Utah State's schedule include Hawai'i and Idaho who both played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and San Jose State who participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley) on the academic all-WAC team in 2011. The other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC selections. Under Morrill, USU has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 327-107 (.753) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 76.8 percent with an overall record of 312-94. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 195-14 (.933) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 545 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.0 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 545-245 (.690).