Aggie Men Play First of Two Home Games This Week Hosting Long Beach State Tuesday
Dec. 6, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
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Utah State (5-2) vs. Long Beach State (5-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Radio Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,433-1,004 (.588). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 17 years.
Utah State has won 17 straight home games and 69 of its last 71 overall with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State's 17-game home winning streak is the eighth-longest active winning streak in the nation. Kansas has the nation's longest home winning streak (64), followed by Xavier (27), Duke (23), Kentucky (21), Murray State (21), Morehead State (18), Northern Iowa (18) and USU (17).
Utah State is 179-13 (.932) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes an 87-5 (.946) record against non-conference opponents. Overall, USU is 473-106 (.817) in this its 41st year in the building.
Utah State is 69-20 (.775) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 57-2 (.966) record at home. USU is also 19-6 (.760) in games played on Tuesday under Morrill and 9-5 (.643) all-time in known games played on Dec. 7.
Utah State is 57-19 (.750) over the last 11 years following a loss including a 1-0 record this year, and has dropped back-to-back games just 16 times during that time period.
Utah State is 109-27 (.801) against teams from the state of California during the last 11 years, which includes a 62-6 (.912) record at home.
As of Monday Dec. 6, Utah State has an RPI of 25 and a strength of schedule of 50 according to RealTimeRPI.com, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 16th.
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill (299-101) is going for his 300th win at Utah State Tuesday against Long Beach State. Morrill is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (400). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at USU (13th season) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41). All-time, Morrill is 517-239 (.684) in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Utah State (5-2) will play two home games this week starting with its contest against Long Beach State (5-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The game will not be televised, but will be aired live on KVNU 610 AM/95.9 FM in Cache Valley and 1320 AM along the Wasatch Front.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games.
ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 5-2 on the season following its 68-51 loss at No. 14 Georgetown Saturday. USU is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 14.3 points and 6.6 rebounds and shooting 66.1 percent from the field and 61.5 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green is averaging 11.6 points and shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent at the free throw line. Junior forward Brady Jardine is averaging 10.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, while shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line, and junior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists and is shooting 31.7 percent from the field and 76.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 66.0 points and shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 61.9 points and its opponents are shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 72.0 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 4-1 during its last five games and is averaging 62.6 points, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.0 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Dec. 6, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in field goal percentage defense (.403), second in scoring defense (61.9), second in blocked shots (4.86), fourth in scoring margin (+4.1), fourth in field goal percentage (.450), fourth in free throw shooting (.695), fifth in assists (11.86), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.354), and sixth in scoring (66.0) and rebound margin (+4.0). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks first in field goal shooting (.661), fourth in blocked shots (1.43), seventh in scoring (14.3) and ninth in rebounding (6.6). Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks third in rebounding (8.9), third in field goal shooting (.574) and fourth in blocked shots (1.43). Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks 10th in assists (2.86). Senior guard Brian Green ranks eighth in three-point shooting (.447) and 12th in scoring (11.6). Junior guard Brockeith Pane ranks 12th in free throw shooting (.769) and 14th in assists (2.29). Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks seventh in free throw shooting (.824), and junior forward Morgan Grim ranks 14th in blocked shots (0.71).
RANKING UTAH STATE NATIONALLY
As of Monday, Dec. 6, Utah State ranks 25th in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (11.6)and 52nd in blocked shots (4.90). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks seventh in the nation in field goal shooting (.661), and junior forward Brady Jardine ranks 70th in rebounding (8.9).
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN THREE-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State is one of nine teams in the nation to win at least three-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 10 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with six straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won four-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy), Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Robert Morris (Northeast Conference) and Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have all won three-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE'S THREE-STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS A SCHOOL RECORD
Utah State's current run of winning three-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history. The previous 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.
RECAPPING THE GEORGETOWN GAME
Senior guard Chris Wright scored a game-high 21 points to go along with four steals as No. 14 Georgetown used a 21-5 run to start the second-half to run past Utah State for a 68-51 win Saturday. Georgetown improves to 8-0 on the season with the win and Utah State falls to 5-2 with the loss. Junior guard Pooh Williams led Utah State with nine points as the Aggies did not have a double-figure scorer in a game for the first time since Dec. 7, 1999 at Utah. Senior forward Tai Wesley had eight points and five rebounds, but fouled out with 10:15 remaining in the contest. Senior forward Nate Bendall had his best game of the season as he finished with seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench, while senior guard Brian Green had six points and a career-high six assists. Sophomore guard E.J. Farris finished with a season-high six points for USU. Leading 33-29 at intermission, Georgetown scored 17 of the first 19 points in the second-half and led by 20 at 54-34 with 10:06 to play following a layup from Julian Vaughn. USU fought back to within 13 at 56-43 following a jumper from junior guard Brockeith Pane, but the Hoyas used a 12-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 68-46 with 2:30 to play en route to its 18-point win. Utah State scored the first points of the game on a free throw by Wesley and had its biggest lead of the game at 12-8 following a three-point from Farris. Georgetown answered Farris' three with a 14-1 run to take a 22-13 advantage only to see Farris hit his second three of the half. USU eventually tied it at 26-26 with 1:43 to play following a trey from Green but then committed three turnovers resulting in seven straight points for the Hoyas. Williams ended the half with a three to cut the deficit to four at 33-29 going into intermission. Williams led Utah State with seven first-half points, while Farris and Wesley each had six. USU shot 47.8 percent in the first half (11-23), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (4-10) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (3-5). Wright had 11 points to lead Georgetown at the break as the Hoyas converted 17-of-19 free throws (.895) courtesy of 14 first-half fouls by the Aggies. GU also shot 40.0 percent from the field (8-20) and was 0-of-3 from behind the arc. Utah State finished the game shooting 41.7 percent overall (20-48) and 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-17), but was just 4-of-8 (.500) at the free throw line. Georgetown shot 52.3 percent for the game (23-44), a season-high for a USU opponent this year and 74.1 percent at the free throw line (20-27). GU was just 2-of-9 from behind the arc (.222). The Hoyas also dominated the glass, 30-23, and forced the Aggies into a season-high 15 turnovers and a season-high 24 fouls.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE GEORGETOWN GAME
Utah State did not have a single-player score in double-figures for the first time in a game since Dec. 7, 1999 at Utah... Utah State is now 0-2 this year and 11-58 all-time against ranked opponents including a 5-15 record under head coach Stew Morrill... Utah State's 51 points are a season-low and its fewest since scoring 50 at Louisiana Tech on Jan. 8, 2009... Utah State's bench out-scored its opponents bench for the fifth time this year and is 3-2 in those games... Utah State's 23 rebounds, four made free throws and eight free throw attempts are all season-lows, while its 15 turnovers and 24 team fouls are both season-highs... Senior guard Tyler Newbold tied his season-high with six points and had a season-high two steals... Sophomore guard E.J. Farris scored a season-high six points, had a season-high three rebounds and one assist, and played a season-high 19 minutes... Senior guard Brian Green had a career-high six assists... Freshman forward Brad Brown played in his first-ever Aggie game.
AGGIES GOAL IS TO KEEP OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 3-0 this year and has won 11 straight games dating back to last season when allowing fewer than 60 points. The last time USU lost a game when allowing fewer than 60 points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52. Overall, USU is 160-9 under Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points.
GEORGETOWN SHOOTS OVER 50 PERCENT AGAINST UTAH STATE
Utah State had held each of its last five opponents under 40 percent shooting before Georgetown shot 52.3 percent from the field, which is a season-high for a USU opponent. The last team to shoot over 50 percent against Utah State was Boise State (.538) on Feb. 11, 2010 a span of 18 games.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH PLAYING WELL THIS YEAR
Utah State's bench has played well this year as it has out-scored its opponents bench in five of its seven games this season. USU's bench scored a season-low 12 points against Northeastern and had a season-high 28 points at Southern Utah. Through seven games, USU's bench is averaging 19.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
AGGIES SHOOT OVER 50 PERCENT AT DENVER
Utah State shot 54.5 percent from the field (18-33) at Denver, marking the first time this season it had shot over 50 percent from the field. Prior to its shooting percentage at Denver, USU had gone seven straight games dating back to last season in which it had shot under 50 percent from the field.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State is 5-4 on the season following a 69-66 road win at Boise State Sunday. The 49ers are 1-1 in road games this year and 3-2 in games away from home. LBSU is led by junior guard Casper Ware who is averaging 15.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Greg Plater is averaging 13.6 points, junior forward T.J. Robinson is averaging 13.1 points and 10.7 rebounds, and junior forward Eugene Phelps is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Junior guard Larry Anderson is also scoring in double-figures for LBSU as he is averaging 11.7 points but is currently out with a broken hand. As a team, Long Beach State is averaging 73.2 points and shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 63.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, LBSU is allowing 74.9 points and its opponents are shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent at the free throw line. The 49ers return four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 17-16 overall and finished in third-place in the Big West Conference with an 8-8 league mark. Dan Monson is 43-60 in four years at Long Beach State and 213-183 in 14 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. LONG BEACH STATE RIVALRY 14TH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Long Beach State will be playing for the 55th time this week in what is the 14th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against LBSU was on Jan. 18, 1979 as the Aggies won at home, 95-84.
UTAH STATE-LONG BEACH STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Long Beach State will be meeting for the 55th time this week as USU leads the all-time series 32-22 and has a 20-4 record at home. The Aggies had won eight straight games in the series before losing at Long Beach State last year, 75-62. The last time the two teams played in Logan was on Feb. 24, 2005 with USU notching a 68-52 win. USU has won 10 of the last 12 games played in the series including six straight at home. The last time LBSU won in Logan was on Feb. 17, 1996 by the final score of 71-50.
FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State has two players on its roster from California in sophomore E.J. Farris (Newark) and freshman James Walker III (Long Beach). The last time USU had players on its roster from the Golden State was the 2006-07 season with Mikel Watson (Oceanside) and Michael Earl (Pomona).
VERSUS THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is 219-116 (.654) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 10-3 (.769) all-time against Long Beach State and 90-28 (.763) against current members of the Big West Conference.
LOOKING BACK AT UTAH STATE'S DAYS IN THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State first win in basketball in the PCAA was at home against Fresno State, 56-49, on Jan. 9, 1979 and its first tournament win was that same year against San Jose State, 85-78, on March 1. Utah State won its first regular season championship during the 1979-80 season under then head coach Rod Tueller with an 11-2 record and won its first tournament championship during the 1987-88 season under Tueller with wins against San Jose State (80-72), UC Santa Barbara (73-66) and UC Irvine (86-79). Aggie fans would not see another regular season championship until Larry Eustachy's second year as head coach as he led USU to a 14-4 conference record during the 1994-95 season. Three years later, Eustachy guided Utah State to its second-ever tournament championship in 1998 with wins against Long Beach State (69-61), Cal State Fullerton (65-56) and Pacific (78-63). Current Aggie head coach Stew Morrill took over the program prior to the 1998-99 season and promptly turned Utah State into the conference's premier team. USU began its domination in the league during the 1999-2000 season as it finished with a perfect 16-0 record and then won the tournament championship by defeating Pacific (64-41), Nevada (69-64) and New Mexico State (71-66). Utah State would repeat as tournament champions the next year with wins against CS Fullerton (74-43), Boise State (67-48) and Pacific (50-38). The Aggies would go on to finish tied for first in the conference in 2002 before losing to UC Santa Barbara (60-56) in the tournament championship game. After placing third in the Big West during the 2003 season, Utah State won its third tournament championship in four years by defeating CS Fullerton (89-83 ot), UC Irvine (62-55) and Cal Poly (57-54). Utah State had an outstanding season during the 2003-04 campaign, as it went 17-1 in league play and tied with Pacific for first-place, before losing to Cal State Northridge (63-62) in the semifinals of the tournament. USU's final year in the Big West was the 2004-05 season, as Utah State ended its association with the conference by winning the 2005 tournament championship with wins against CS Fullerton (84-77) and 16th-ranked Pacific (65-52). Overall, Utah State won six tournament championships (1988, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) and seven regular season titles (1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 20002, 2004) as a member of the Big West Conference. In its last six years in the league, USU won four tournament championships, three regular season titles, recorded an 84-20 (.808) league record and had a 13-2 (.867) record in tournament action. USU also had 12 first-team all-Big West selections, 20 all-conference selections and 23 Player of Week honorees, not to mention Coach Morrill being named the Big West Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002) in its last six years in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LONG BEACH STATE
T.J. Robinson recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Casper Ware added 19 points to lead Long Beach State to a 75-62 win against Utah State on Dec. 18, 2009 in Long Beach. Long Beach State had lost the last eight games in the series. Junior forward Tai Wesley led Utah State with a season-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds as he was 10-of-12 from the field and the only Aggie to score in double-figures. Freshman guard Preston Medlin added nine points off the bench, while junior forward Nate Bendall had eight points and seven boards. Long Beach State made its first seven shots of the second half to open a double-digit lead and Utah State never got within single-digits again as the 49ers took its biggest lead of the game at 66-49 with 7:15 remaining on a free throw by Robinson. Utah State finished the game by shooting a season-low 38.2 percent from the field (21-55), a season-low 20.0 percent from three-point range (4-20) and 72.7 percent from the free throw line (16-22). Long Beach State shot 51.0 percent overall (25-49) including 61.9 percent in the second-half. The 49ers were also 8-of-19 (.421) from behind the arc for the game and 17-of-22 at the charity stripe (.773). The 51.0 percent shooting by LBSU is a season-high for a USU opponent. Utah State did out-rebound Long Beach State, 33-30, while the 49ers committed 13 turnovers as compared to 11 for the visitors. Wesley scored eight of Utah State's first 13 points as the Aggies trailed by one at 14-13 before Long Beach State scored five straight points to open its biggest lead of the half at 19-13 with 10:44 remaining. USU then scored five straight points on a pair of free throws by junior guard Tyler Newbold and a three-pointer from fellow junior guard Brian Green. The Aggies eventually tied the game at 26-all following a jump hook from Wesley only to see the 49ers go on another mini 5-0 run. USU ended the scoring in the first half on a jumper by junior guard Pooh Williams to make the score 31-28 at intermission. Wesley led Utah State with 12 first-half points as the Aggies shot just 37.0 percent from the field (10-27), and 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9). Long Beach State had three players each with nine first-half points as it shot 42.9 percent from the field (12-28), 36.4 percent from behind the arc and was a perfect 3-of-3 at the free throw line. USU, who was 6-of-6 at the charity stripe, held a 19-13 rebounding advantage at the break.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LONG BEACH STATE IN LOGAN
Spencer Nelson recorded a game-high 16 points and a game-best 11 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 68-52 win against Long Beach State in Big West basketball action on Feb. 24, 2005 in Logan. Nelson hit 6-of-9 shots from the field en route to his eighth double-double of the season. His 11 rebounds were just two shy of his season best of 13. In addition, he added four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of play. Nate Harris added 15 points for the Aggies, while Cass Matheus, who made his first career start, threw in 14 points, just two shy of his career best and Jaycee Carroll added 13 points. Long Beach State was led by Kevin Houston and Cody Pearson, who had 12 and 10 points respectively. Utah State jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead but saw the visitors cut the margin to 20-17 with 6:46 left in the first half. USU then pushed its lead to 10 at the half as Nelson scored five straight points for the Aggies. USU dominated the second half and led by as many as 27 points at 64-37. On the night, USU hit 51.8 percent, including a 55.6 percent mark in the second half. LBSU, which shot just 37 percent in the first half, finished the game at 46.8 percent after shooting 60 percent in the second half. The Aggies committed a season-low seven turnovers and were credited with 20 assists on their 29 baskets. USU, which also recorded nine steals on the night, connected on just 2-of-15 from three point range and made just 8-of-19 free throws. However, the Aggies out-rebounded LBSU 31-25 and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds. Point guard David Pak handed out seven assists, just one shy of his season best. He was the only starter not to reach double-figure scoring as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 from the free throw line while not scoring. The USU bench contributed just 10 points combined.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 136 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 home win.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES STARTED
Seniors Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley both rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games started as Newbold has started 102 games to rank fifth all-time in school history, while Wesley has started 101 games and ranks sixth all-time. Both players have also played in 112 games at USU which ranks tied for 15th all-time in school history.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY
In his fourth season at Utah State, senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,347 career points, 648 career rebounds, 296 career assists and 118 career blocks and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN THE NATION
Utah State senior forward Tai Wesley is the only active player in the nation with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds, 250 career assists and 100 career blocks. In fact, there are only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Keith Benson of Oakland and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. In the 48-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico's Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah's Josh Grant (1988-93).
WESLEY RANKS 15TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada on Jan. 13, 2010 to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,347 career points to rank 15th all-time in scoring at USU. Wesley is now 51 points shy of tying Dan Conway (1986-89) for 14th-place with 1,398 career points. In 112 career games, Wesley is averaging 12.03 points.
WESLEY RANKS 17TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN REBOUNDING
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 648 career rebounds to rank 17th all-time at Utah State and is one rebound shy of tying Dean Hunger (1977-80) for 16th-place with 649 career rebounds.
WESLEY RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored in double-figures for the 78th time in his career with 14 points against Northeastern and is tied with Nate Harris (2003-06) for sixth all-time at Utah State in double-figure scoring games.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Senior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 60.0 percent from the field (505-841) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent. That percentage also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In 112 career games, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks third all-time at Utah State with 118 career blocks. Wesley is now 30 blocks shy of tying Nate Wickizer (1992-95) for second all-time with 148 blocks. Wesley had 46 blocks as a junior which ranks tied for fifth all-time at USU for a single season along with Nate Wickizer (1992-93) and Dimitri Jorssen (1999-2000). His average of 1.05 blocks per game ranks third all-time in school history.
NEWBOLD RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Tyler Newbold is shooting 41.5 percent (156-376) from three-point range during his career, which ranks fifth all-time at Utah State along with Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88).
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Tyler Newbold has made 156 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time. He also ranks sixth all-time in three-point attempts with 376. Newbold is now 27 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and 32 three-point attempts shy of tying Jones for fifth-place all-time with 408 three-point attempts.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 20 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Utah State has two players on the 2010-11 roster who rank among the top 20 all-time at Utah State in assists as senior forward Tai Wesley has 296 career assists to rank 11th and senior guard Tyler Newbold has 290 career assists to rank tied for 13th all-time with Mark Brown (2003-04).
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 48.6 percent (70-144). Green also set the single-season school record for three-point shooting last year at 50.0 percent (53-106). Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) held the previous records as he shot 46.5 percent from three-point range during his career and 49.8 percent during his senior season.
JARDINE RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior forward Brady Jardine has recorded back-to-back double-doubles as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds against Northeastern and had a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds against Utah. In fact, Jardine has recorded three double-doubles in his last six games as he had 10 points and 12 rebounds at BYU. The last Aggie to post back-to-back double-doubles was Gary Willkinson who notched three-straight double-doubles as a junior during the 2007-08 season.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST UTAH
Junior forward Brady Jardine had his best all-around game of his career against Utah as he scored a career-high 20 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and played a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line against the Utes.
JARDINE PLAYING WELL DURING HIS LAST SIX GAMES
After scoring just two points and grabbing seven rebounds in his season opener against Weber State, junior forward Brady Jardine has been playing his best basketball of his career as he has posted three double-doubles in his last six games. During his last six games, Jardine is averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds, while shooting 60.5 percent from the field (26-43) and 67.9 percent at the free throw line (19-28). In his career, Jardine has now scored in double-figures 12 times and has four double-figure rebounding games, to go along with one career 20-point game.
WESLEY SCORES SEASON-HIGH 21 POINTS AGAINST UTAH
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored a season-high 21 points against Utah as he was 7-of-13 from the field, 5-of-8 from the free throw line and 2-of-2 from three-point range. Wesley also had eight rebounds against the Utes and a season-high four blocks as he played a season-high 36 minutes. For Wesley, he has 78 career double-figure scoring game and nine career 20-point game.
WESLEY DRAINS A PAIR OF TREYS AGAINST UTAH
Senior forward Tai Wesley did something unexpected against Utah, shoot threes. In fact, Wesley shot two three-pointers and made both of them against the Utes. Wesley entered the game with just two career three-pointers on four career three-point attempts.
GREEN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 19 POINTS AT SOUTHERN UTAH
Senior guard Brian Green scored a career-high 19 points against Southern Utah off the bench as he was 5-of-7 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Green also played a season-high 29 minutes against the Thunderbirds. Overall, Green has scored in double-figures four times this year and 11 times in his career. Those 19 points are also the most scored by an Aggie reserve since Stavon Williams scored 22 off the bench against Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the 2009 WAC Tournament.
BENDALL POSTS SEASON-HIGHS AT GEORGETOWN
Senior forward Nate Bendall had his best game of the season Saturday at Georgetown as he posted season-highs with seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes. Bendall, who was 3-of-6 from the field against the Hoyas, missed the first three games of the year due to a foot injury.
PANE SHINES IN AGGIE DEBUT
Junior guard Brockeith Pane had an outstanding game in his Aggie debut as he scored 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 11-of-13 shooting from the free throw line. Pane, who added five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes, scored the most points by an Aggie newcomer in their first game since Jay Goodman had 33 points in his Aggie debut against Brigham Young on Nov. 24, 1990. Pane's career-high is 26 points versus Grambling State as freshman at the University of Houston.
GRIM RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST WEBER STATE
Junior forward Morgan Grim had his best collegiate game of his career in his Aggie debut against Weber State as he had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of playing time, all of which are career-highs. Against the Wildcats, Grim was 3-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. His previous career-highs, while at the University of Utah, were eight points versus Lewis & Clark College, six rebounds and 15 minutes played versus Arkansas-Little Rock, and one block versus Idaho.
JARDINE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Brady Jardine was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 29. It is the first time in his career that Jardine has been named WAC Player of the Week. Jardine, a 6-7, 220-pound junior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho (Twin Falls HS) led Utah State to a pair of home wins last week 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 currently ranks first in the WAC in both rebounding (10.4) and blocked shots (1.80), and is eighth in field goal shooting (.526). He is currently averaging 11.0 points per game.
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 283-87 (.765) record. Those 283 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 76.5 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.835), Kansas (.817), and Gonzaga (.797). 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 second-best record in WAC games during the last five years with a 59-20 (.747) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 212-105 (.669) 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, and in 2010 Utah State won its second straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record.
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010, while the other eight teams in the WAC combined for 13.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
AGGIES 2010-11 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 action last year. Overall, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of five games against postseason teams from a year ago as it will host Northeastern, Troy and Weber State, and play at Brigham Young along with its game at Georgetown. Both the Cougars and Hoyas played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Northeastern, Troy and Weber State all participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2010. Utah State will also host Utah at home during the preseason, a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament two years ago. In all, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of nine teams with winning records in 2010, including six who won at least 20 games. Other postseason teams from the 2009-10 season on Utah State's schedule include New Mexico State who played in the NCAA Tournament, Nevada who played in the NIT, and Louisiana Tech who played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
UTAH STATE ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION TO RANK AMONG TOP 10 IN SHOOTING IN 2010
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.
UTAH STATE HAS BEST TWO-YEAR STRETCH IN THE WAC THIS DECADE
Utah State has had an unbelievable run in WAC play during the last two years as it has gone 14-2 in league play in each of the last two seasons. That combined two-year record of 28-4 (.875) is the best by a WAC school since the 1998 and 1999 seasons when Utah went a combined 26-2 with a 14-0 record in 1998 and 12-2 mark in 1999. USU had a 57-13 (.814) record during the last two years, which is the most wins during a two-year span in school history.
Utah State returns four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams) and eight lettermen from the 2009-10 team that went 27-8, won its third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 14-2 record, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last 11 years as it lost to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round. Wesley earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, while Bendall and Green were named to the WAC's all-newcomer team, and Williams was named to league's all-defensive team.
AGGIES ROSTER FULL OF SENIORS
After having just one senior on each of its last two teams, Utah State has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams also had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Utah State enters the 2010-11 season as one of the most experienced teams in the country as its six seniors are tied for the third-most in the country with Texas State. St. John's leads the nation with 10 seniors, while Cincinnati has seven seniors. St. John's also ranks first in the nation as its returners have started 386 career games and played in 746. Lipscomb is second on this list with 317 career games started and third with 625 career games played, while Pennsylvania ranks third with 306 career games started and fifth with 505 career games played. Utah State is fourth overall in both career games started (292) and played (548), followed by Cincinnati who has 223 career starts among its returners to rank fifth, but has 633 career games played to rank second.
UTAH STATE HAS 13TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 11 season as it has played in seven NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 11 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 22 with 18 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 21 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 19 with 18 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Maryland (14-NCAA, 3-NIT) and Syracuse (13-NCAA, 4-NIT) are tied for fourth with 17 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks sixth with 15 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is seventh with 14 straight (10-NCAA, 4-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT) and Gonzaga (12-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for eighth with 13 straight postseason trips. Florida (10-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (12 NCAA) and Wisconsin (12-NCAA) are all tied for 10th with 12 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (6-NCAA, 5-NIT).
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#3 Brockeith Pane - Has started each of his first seven games at Utah State, scoring a season-high 23 points against Weber State... Currently ranks 12th in the WAC in free throw shooting (.769) and 14th in assists (2.29)... Shooting 31.7 percent from the field, while scoring 10.1 points per game... Averaging 26.9 minutes per contest.
#5 Pooh Williams - Has played in 104 games during his Aggie career, starting 73 including 39 straight starts... Had a season-high 11 points against Utah for his 24th career double-figure scoring game... Averaging 8.1 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from three-point range and 82.4 percent at the free throw line... Playing 27.1 minutes per game... Ranks seventh in the WAC in free throw shooting.
#14 E.J. Farris - Scored a season-high six points at Georgetown... Also had season-highs with three rebounds and 19 minutes played against the Hoyas... Averaging 3.7 points in 12.7 minutes per game off the bench... Shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from three-point range... Is 2-of-2 at the free throw line.
#15 James Walker III - Averaging 9,2 minutes per game off the bench... Scored a season-high two points at Southern Utah and played a season-high 16 minutes against the Thunderbirds... Had a season-high two rebounds and two assists against BYU... Tied his season-high with two rebounds against Utah... Is 3-of-4 (.750) at the free throw line this year.
#21 Morgan Grim - Had career-highs with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and 22 minutes played against Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocks at BYU and played a career-high 24 minutes against the Cougars... Averaging 3.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.71 blocks, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent at the free throw line... Ranks 14th in the WAC in blocked shots... Playing 12.4 minutes per game.
#22 Brady Jardine - Recorded his third career double-double against Northeastern as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds, while playing a career-high 34 minutes... Also tied his career-high with three blocks against Northeastern... Had his second career double-double against Utah as he had a career-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds... Had his first career double-double against BYU with 10 points and a then career-high 12 rebounds... Has four career double-figure rebounding games and 11 career double-figure scoring games... Ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.9), is third in field goal shooting (.574) and fourth in blocked shots (1.43)... Averaging 10.4 points and playing 27.1 minutes per game.
#23 Brian Green - Scored a career-high 19 points at Southern Utah as he was 5-of-7 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line... Had 17 points at BYU as he was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Has scored in double-figures in four games this year and in 11 games in his career... Ranks eighth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.447) and is 12th scoring (11.6)... Playing 26.0 minutes per game.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Has started 102 straight games for Utah State and has played in 112 during his Aggie career... Has scored in double-figures 33 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Also has two career double-figure rebounding games and one career double-double... Playing 28.1 minutes per game to lead the team... Averaging 3.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while shooting 25.0 percent from the field, 16.7 percent from three-point range and 61.5 percent at the free throw line... Ranks 10th in assists.
#35 Nate Bendall - Had season-highs with seven points, four rebounds and 26 minutes at Georgetown... Has started 33 games at USU... Averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field... Playing 11.0 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures 17 times during his junior season and had three double-doubles... Had career-highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds against San Jose State at home on Jan. 30, 2010.
#42 Tai Wesley - Has played in 112 career games at Utah State, including 101 career starts... Has started 82 games in a row... Has 78 career double-figure scoring games and nine career 20-point games... Also has nine career double-figure rebounding games and nine career double-doubles... Scored 19 points against both Weber State and BYU and had a season-high 21 points against Utah... Ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.661), is fourth in blocked shots (1.43), seventh in scoring (14.3), and ninth in rebounding (6.6)... Playing 27.4 minutes per game.
#44 Matt Formisano - Averaging 7.5 minutes off the bench... Scored a season-high three points against Weber State and at Southern Utah... Has played in 87 games during his Aggie career... Has career-highs of 10 points against Houston Baptist (12/30/08) and six rebounds against Boise State (2/14/09)... Averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the free throw line.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 299-101 (.748) record, including a 152-48 (.760) 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 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-7, 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 11 years at 76.3 percent with an overall record of 284-88. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 175-55 record with six regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game nine times in the last 11 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 11 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 11 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, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2009-10 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and the 2008-09 team won its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 11th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2010. Overall, Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 18 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 13 years, USU is an amazing 179-13 (.932) at home, which includes a 92-8 (.920) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 517 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.4 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 15 20-win seasons. His current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-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) four times in his 12 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 517-239 (.684).
Head coach Stew Morrill (299-101) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (400). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (13 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 299-101 (.748) overall record, a 152-48 (.760) conference record and a 23-7 (.767) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 517-239 (.684) record in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 517 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 68.4 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 12 active coaches to notch 15 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the seventh-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009 and 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and co-Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and five at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 121-77 (.611).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year five times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2010 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 18 times. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice),Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 14 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 22 times.
Utah State is 179-13 (.932) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 14 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times.