Dec. 7, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Western Oregon (6-2) at Utah State (4-1)
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball will return to action hosting Western Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as live video streaming available.
USU is returning to action after Wednesday's scheduled game at BYU was postponed due to a medical situation with junior forward Danny Berger at practice Tuesday afternoon.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,483-1,023 (.592) in its 2,506 games played.
Utah State is 4-1 to start a season for the second time in the last three years. A win Saturday would give the Aggies their second 5-1 start to the season in the last three years.
Utah State is 3-1 at home this year and USU has won 52 of its last 58 games (.896) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 88 of its last 95 home games (.926).
USU has won 91.8 percent of its home games (213-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 107-9 (.922) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 507-112 (.819) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 241 of their last 262 games (.920) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 132 (.917) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 50.
Utah State is 82-23 (.781) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 69-2 (.972) record at home. The Aggies are 4-6 (.400) in known games played on Dec. 8, and Saturday is USU's first game on Dec. 8 since 2007, and a win Saturday would be Utah State's second-straight win on the date. The Aggies are 3-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are also 137-52 (.725) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
Utah State and Western Oregon have only met one other time, on Dec. 29, 2009, with the Aggies walloping the Wolves, 78-42, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies are 23-14 (.622) all-time against teams from the state of Oregon, as it is 13-2 versus Portland, 3-1 versus Portland State, 2-6 against Oregon State, 1-5 versus Oregon, and 1-0 against Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Western Oregon and Willamette. Western Oregon's 2009 visit to Logan was also the last time that USU faced a team from the Beaver State.
Utah State (4-1) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8, after having Wednesday's scheduled game at BYU postponed. Saturday's game will be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as audio streaming, along with live video streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU returns to the road, heading to Orem, Utah for a Beehive State battle with Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at UVU's UCCU Center (8,500).
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
Saturday's men's basketball will be aired in Salt Lake City on 97.5 FM KZNS, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
Additionally, Cache Valley/Tremonton fans can listen to the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU 102.1 FM and KLZX 95.9 FM, while Southeastern Idaho fans can listen via a KLZX translator on 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Saturday's game will not be televised.
Live stats for Utah State home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 4-1 on the year for the second season in the last three, after collecting a hard-fought, come-from-behind win in its first road game of the season, winning 80-78 in overtime at Santa Clara, on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Aggies overcame an early 15-point deficit and USU junior guard Preston Medlin hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to force OT as the Aggies rallied for the win.
USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game after registering his second double-double of his Aggie career with both coming in three games, posting 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24. Shaw also led USU in scoring and rebounding at Santa Clara with 15 points and eight rebounds. Shaw also has 1.4 blocks per game and is also is shooting 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field as well as 85.0 percent (17-of-20) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin adds 13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.8 assists per game. Medlin has also made a team-leading eight three-pointers this season, shooting 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) behind the arc, netting an identical 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from the field. At Santa Clara, Medlin finished with 11 points, but scored nine of them in a five minute span to close out regulation and to open up OT, and also dished out a season-high five assists and also pulled down four rebounds. Medlin tied a season-high with 17 points against Weber State and also swiped a career-high three steals to go with tying a career-high with nine rebounds. Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 11.4 ppg, pulling down 6.6 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Junior forward Danny Berger adds 7.6 ppg while pulling down 3.6 rpg. Junior guard TeNale Roland is averaging 3.6 assists per game to go with 5.4 ppg.
Offensively, USU is averaging 67.2 ppg in making 46.6 percent (116-of-249) from the field, hitting exactly a third (33.3 percent/21-of-63) of its three-pointers, as well as 69.2 percent (83-of-120) at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 39.6 rebounds per game and have a +13.6 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.0 assists per game while averaging 14.6 turnovers per contest.
Defensively, the Aggies' opponents are averaging 63.2 ppg while shooting 41.1 percent (106-of-258) from the field, hitting 34.7 percent (35-of-101) from distance and 64.5 percent (69-of-107) at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 26.0 rebounds per game, as well as 12.8 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 10.4 turnovers per game.
A LOOK BACK AT THE SANTA CLARA GAME
Utah State men's basketball rallied from a 15-point first half deficit to beat Santa Clara, 80-78, in overtime Wednesday night. Junior guard Preston Medlin hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to force the extra session and hit another big trey in OT to secure USU's third-straight win, improving to 4-1 to start the season for the second time in the last three years. The Aggies also dealt the Broncos their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1, while USU also won its first-ever game at Santa Clara. Wednesday was also USU's 100th road win under head coach Stew Morrill, as the Aggies have now won 22 of their last 35 road contests. In scoring a season-high 80 points, USU made a season-most 28 field goals on the way to a 28-of-50 (56.0 percent) field goal shooting night, its second-highest percentage of the season. The Aggies also made a season-high seven three-pointers, as in addition to two from Medlin, junior forward Danny Berger and junior guard Spencer Butterfield also made two apiece while junior guard TeNale Roland added one, as USU was 7-of-17. Junior center Jarred Shaw led Utah State with 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:10 to go. Medlin, Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed all tallied 11 points while Roland tied a season-high with nine. Freshman guard Marcel Davis nearly tripled his season-total of three points with a season-best eight points Wednesday while playing a season-high 19 minutes. USU was also 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) at the free throw line, while SCU was 23-of-33 (69.7 percent) at the charity stripe. The Aggies had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fifth time in as many games this season, with a 37-24, Wednesday, as in addition to Shaw's eight boards, Reed added seven and Berger snared five. Santa Clara shot 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field, hitting a season-low 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three-point range after making four of their first six. The Broncos were led by Kevin Foster with 27 points while Evan Roquemore added 23 points. USU's defense also forced a season-high 14 turnovers, but only had one blocked shot after having four or more in each of the previous five games this season. SCU bolted out to a 17-4 lead, hitting four of its first six three-pointers in the first four and a half minutes of the game, but the Aggies whittled away at the deficit. A monster dunk and layup by Reed sandwiched around a pair of free throws pulled USU within 21-10. Davis topped his career-high with a steal and layup to pull USU within, 23-18 with 10:02 on the first half clock, forcing an SCU timeout. Utah State continued to battle back and took its first lead of the game at 34-32 with 1:52 to go in the half after a steal and layup by Reed, who wears jersey number 34 and scored the Aggies' 34th point, and USU led 34-33 at intermission. A layup by Shaw capped an 8-0 run to start the second half for the Aggies, giving them a 41-33 lead just 2:35 into the half. USU led by eight on several occasions, getting key three-pointers from Berger, who hit one trey in each corner, while Butterfield drained a triple from the right corner. However, SCU bounced back to take a 63-60 after a three-point play by Roquemore with 3:20 left. The Broncos led the remainder of regulation, but Medlin hit a fall-away three-pointer over an SCU defender with 2.4 seconds left. Roquemore got a shot off from beyond half court at the buzzer but it was off the mark to force overtime. Medlin hit a three-pointer at the 2:32 mark of OT for a 75-71 USU lead. After Reed later gave the Aggies a 79-75 advantage with his second monstrous dunk on a breakaway with 23 seconds. Roquemore hit a three with 12 seconds to go to pull the Broncos within 79-78, but Berger hit one-of-two free throws with six ticks to go and Roquemore got another long trey off before the buzzer but it fell short for the Aggie victory.
AGGIES REPEAT HISTORY, MAKE HISTORY WITH WIN AT SANTA CLARA
Like six of USU's previous seven meetings with Santa Clara, Wednesday's game was close, as seven of the eight total meetings have now been decided by nine points or less including the last three being decided by six points or less. While the Aggies repeated history with their close game, they made history by winning at Santa Clara for the first time, losing its previous two meetings on the Broncos' home court.
OTHER NOTES FROM SANTA CLARA GAME
* Utah State is now 123-31 (.799) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes 43-24 (.642) record in California.
* USU had a season-high seven three-pointers for made and attempted (7-of-17).
* The Aggies have now made at least one three-pointer in their last 204-straight games. The last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62.
* Utah State's 28 field goals were a season-high while its 56.0 percent (28-of-50) was its second-highest of the season behind a 56.8 percent (25-of-44) effort against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
* The Aggies have out-rebounded all five opponents by double-digits.
* Utah State posted a season-high nine steals, while the 17 assists were its second-highest of the season, and the Aggies 25 turnovers were a season-high.
* The 14 turnovers forced by the USU defense was a season-high, while its one blocked shot was a season-low.
* Junior center Jarred Shaw led USU in scoring for the third time this season and led the team in rebounding for the fifth time before fouling out for the first time this season.
* Junior guard Preston Medlin scored double-digits for the third-straight game and the fourth time in five games this season as well as the 36th time in his career... Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 10 games played... Medlin also dished out a season-high five assists.
* Freshman guard Marcel Davis posted a season-high with eight points, nearly tripling his previous season-total of three points, and also played a season-high 19 minutes.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State has a +13.6 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also fourth in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies are just one of 17 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +17.3 margin.
SCORING BY STARTERS AMONG NATION'S LEADERS
Through games on Nov. 29, Utah State's starters are third in the WAC and 20th in the nation for percentage of scoring by starting lineups, as the USU starters have netted 250 of the Aggies' 336 points or 74.4 percent of the total points. Duke leads the country with 91.5 percent of its points scored by its starters.
BENCH COMES UP BIG IN SANTA CLARA GAME
Entering the Santa Clara game, Utah State's bench had averaged just 13.0 points per game, or 20.3 percent of the scoring. However, in the Santa Clara game, the Aggies' reserves netted 34 points (42.5 percent), getting 11 points from senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was coming off the bench for the first time this season after staring the previous four games. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield tied a season-high with nine points and freshman guard Marcel Davis netted a season-best eight points. USU's bench is now averaging 17.2 ppg (25.6 percent).
USU FOURTH IN NCAA IN REBOUNDING MARGIN, SHAW 22nd IN REBOUNDING
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 22nd in the NCAA in rebounding with 10.2 rpg, helping Utah State to a +13.6 rebounding margin, which ranks the Aggies fourth in the nation. Shaw also is 39th in the nation in field goal percentage (.583) and 60th in double-doubles with two. USU also is 32nd in assists per game (16.0) as well as 59th in field goal percentage (.466).
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 3-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 4-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field;2-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 4-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 4-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when blocking more shots.
SCOUTING WESTERN OREGON
The Wolves, who are an NCAA Division II team, are 6-2 on the year, having won their last six games after starting the season 0-2. Western Oregon's last two games have both been Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) games at home, beating Northwest Nazrene, 92-84, on Thursday, Nov. 29, then out-lasting Central Washington, 118-113 in triple OT on Saturday, Dec. 1. Freshman forward Andy Avgi netted 36 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field, including 9-of-12 at the free throw line. Freshman guard Devon Alexander added 28 points off the bench while fellow freshman guard Jordan Wiley chipped in with 20 points, hitting 5-of-9 from three-point range. Alexander was the star of the victories as he earned Red Lion Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 24.0 points per game in the wins. He also recorded 13 steals on the weekend, including eight in the win over NNU. Avgi continues to lead a high-powered offense as he leads the team with 21.8 points per game. The Wolves rank fourth in the league in scoring at 81.2 points per game as Wiley (12.4 ppg), Alexander (11.6) and Rodney Webster (10.3) are also averaging in double figures for WOU. Defensively, the Wolves have allowed 76.1 points per contest and have pressured the ball to rank second in the GNAC in turnover margin at +4.25. The Wolves also add 9.0 steals per game, as WOU is led by Alexander, who is first in the GNAC with 3.0 steals per game.
ABOUT WESTERN OREGON
Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, Ore., is the oldest public school in Oregon. It was founded in 1856 as a private college, just seven years after the territorial government was organized and three years before Oregon even became a state. Pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail founded what was then referred to as Monmouth University. Recognizing the tragedies along the Oregon Trail, funding was given to the University for the children orphaned during the trip. From these early beginnings, Western Oregon University has grown from a private institution, to a prominent teacher preparation school, to the comprehensive public liberal arts university that it is today. WOU has also been under seven different names in its history.
1856-1865 Monmouth University
1865-1882 Christian College
1882-1911 Oregon State Normal School
1911-1939 Oregon Normal School
1939-1981 Oregon College of Education
1981-1997 Western Oregon State College
1997-present Western Oregon University
The WOU Mascot is the "Wolf." The mascot was named, not originally for the animal, but for coach Larry Wolfe. In 1928, Wolfe was appointed to the physical education department and a coaching position. He was known for his "razzle-dazzle" football teams and it was for him that the mascot was named.
AGGIES VS. WOLVES SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Western Oregon have only met one other time, on Dec. 29, 2009, with the Aggies walloping the Wolves, 78-42, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU VS. OREGON FOES
Utah State is 23-14 (.622) all-time against teams from the state of Oregon as it is 13-2 versus Portland, 3-1 versus Portland State, 2-6 against Oregon State, 1-5 versus Oregon, and 1-0 against Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Western Oregon and Willamette. Western Oregon's 1999 visit to Logan was also the last time that USU faced a team from the Beaver State.
VERSUS THE GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State is facing its second Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) member this season, as the Aggies' Nov. 3 exhibition game was also against a GNAC member in Simon Fraser. Overall, Utah State is 9-0 in official games against GNAC opponents, posting a 1-0 mark against Saint Martin's (W, 78-47 on 11/28/80) 1-0 against Seattle Pacific (W, 88-76 on 12/29/92), 6-0 against Simon Fraser (last officially played on 11/23/99, W, 78-57) and 1-0 against Western Oregon.
UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 82-23 (.781) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 69-2 (.972) record at home. The Aggies are 4-6 (.400) in known games played on Dec. 8, and Saturday is USU's first game on Dec. 8 since 2007, and a win Saturday would be Utah State's second-straight win on the date. The Aggies are 3-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are also 137-52 (.725) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
FROM THE STATE OF OREGON
Utah State has one player on its roster from the state of Oregon, junior forward Danny Berger (Medford/North Medford HS/Chemeketa CC), who will not be in action Saturday after a medical situation Tuesday at practice.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WESTERN OREGON
Utah State out-scored Western Oregon 32-12 in the second half, as the Aggies walloped the Wolves, 78-42, on Dec. 29, 2009 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Junior guard Tyler Newbold logged his first career double-double with 11 points and a career and game-high 11 rebounds. A 20-2 Aggie run overlapping halftime pushed USU from a 36-28 lead to a 56-30 cushion, as Utah State coasted to its fourth-straight win, improving to 10-4 overall. The Aggies collected their sixth victory in the last seven outings. Western Oregon slid to 6-3 on the season as the Wolves were playing just their second road game of the season and third game away from home. It was the first-ever meeting between USU and WOU. The 12 points yielded by the Aggie defense was the lowest of the season and fewest since Dec. 9, 2000 when Montana Tech scored 10, while the 42 points allowed for the game was Utah State's lowest of the season. The Aggies improved to 5-0 this season and 144-11 under Coach Morrill when holding their opponents under 60 points. USU's 36-point margin of victory was its second-biggest this season behind the 40-point rout of Southern Utah on Nov. 28 (89-49). Newbold was one of four Aggies in double-figures, joined by senior guard Jared Quayle's game-leading 18 points, hitting all four of this three-pointers. Junior forward Tai Wesley tallied 14 points and sophomore forward Brady Jardine netted a career-high 11 points off the bench. Jardine, Wesley and sophomore center Modou Niang had six rebounds apiece, as the Aggies controlled the rebounding to the tune of a palindromic, 42-24. USU had 15 on the offensive glass which led to a 23-0 second-chance points advantage. Western Oregon was led by Rico Myles' 12 points off the bench, while Blair Wheadon tossed in 10 points. Mike McLaughlin was the leading WOU rebounder with four. Newbold netted three from three-point range, helping USU to a 10-of-27 (37.0 percent) outing behind the arc, the Aggies' third game with double-digit treys. USU finished the night shooting 26-of-56 (46.4 percent) from the field and 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line. The Wolves shot 34.6 percent (18-of-52) field goal shooting, hitting just 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range, and WOU attempted just four free throws, making two (50.0 percent), the fewest makes and attempts by a USU opponent this season. After a 3-3 tie, the game's only tie, USU reeled off 11 unanswered points, with Wesley capping the spurt with a layup at the 16:20 mark for a 14-3 Aggie advantage. Western Oregon got within four twice, but couldn't get any closer. Holding a 36-28 lead with 3:08 to go, USU closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 46-30 lead into halftime. The Aggie lead hit 20 for the first time two minutes into the second stanza after a Quayle jumper and a Newbold three from the top of the arc for a 51-30 USU lead. Junior guard Pooh Williams capped the 20-2 run with a pair of free throws at the 15:47 mark for a 56-30 Aggie advantage and USU never looked back. The gap stretched to 30 for the first time at 69-38 with 7:10 to go on a jumper by Niang. Freshman guard Tyrone White gave USU its largest lead of the game at 78-42 on a jumper with 1:54 on the clock, the final score of the night.
ONE PLAYER EACH
Utah State and Western Oregon both have one player each on their current rosters that played in the previous meeting with Western Oregon: USU junior guard Preston Medlin, who was a true freshman, tallying six points on two three-pointers, and adding one assists. Current Western Oregon senior center Kolton Nelson was also a freshman in that game, posting two points to go with two rebounds.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career.... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Posted second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games and had double-digit rebounds in two of the last four games... Has led USU in rebounding in all five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games... Ranks tied for lead in WAC field goal percentage (.583), tying teammate Kyisean Reed... Also ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and 10th in scoring (14.6 ppg), as well as fourth in free throw percentage (.850) and seventh in blocked shots (1.4)... In the NCAA statistics, ranks 14th in rebounds per game (10.8) and 30th in double-doubles (2.0).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 42nd consecutive start and played in 64th career game at Santa Clara... Led USU in scoring for the third time this season and 25th time in last two seasons with 17 points in each of the TAMU-Corpus Christi and Weber State games, tying season high... Scored in double-figures 35 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 10 games played... Has 39 career games with multiple three-pointers... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 118 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.6 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 276 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 13th in the WAC in scoring (13.2 ppg), third for assists (3.8 apg) and fifth for assist-turnover ratio (1.73)... Also leads the WAC in minutes played (37.2).
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in all five games of Aggie career... Scored a season-high nine points twice in last three games, (TAMU-Corpus Christi and Santa Clara) Has dished out two or more assists in four of five games, including USU season-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Ranks sixth in WAC in assists (3.6) and is fifth for assist/turnover ratio (1.73).
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Registered new career-highs of five rebounds, one block and one assist, as well as career-high 23 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Tied season-high with nine points in Santa Clara game and had second multi-three-pointer game with 2-of-2 shooting behind the arc... Ranks third in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.545).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 41st career game and has made 32 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 21 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest and then 11 at Santa Clara... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 27th career contest, including three-straight games with multi-blocks, tying career-high with three blocks in Weber State game... Has at least one blocked shot in four games this season and eight of his last 10 career games played... Posted 23rd career game with five or more rebounds... Has swiped a career-high four steals in two of last four games (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara)... Ranks tied for lead in WAC field goal percentage (.583), tying teammate Jarred Shaw... Also fifth in blocks (1.8) as well as tied for eighth in steals (1.8).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Dished out first two USU career assists in same game, and had two helpers in Weber State game... Nearly tripled his season total of three points with season-high eight points at Santa Clara... Also dished out a season-best three assists and swiped season-high two steals while playing season-high 19 minutes in Santa Clara contest.
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament.... Tallied four rebounds and two points in season-opener against Idaho State... Has 17 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... Ranks sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in season-high 10 minutes of action in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 39th career game... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 3-0 this year and has won 69 of its last 71 games (.972) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 276-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 2-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 78 of its last 73 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 220-30 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 2-0 this season and has won 115 of its last 120 games (.958) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 180-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.8 percent from three-point range (118-276) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 118, passing former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) with 117.
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 369 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 283 3. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 237 4. Jay Goodman 1991-93 209 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 194 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 183 7. Brian Green 2010-11 129 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 9. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 118 10. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 276 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268
Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .428 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 204 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 60.9 career field goal percentage (156-of-256), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Nate Harris 2003-06 .641 2. Greg Houskeeper 1988-89 .622 3. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 .617 4. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. .609 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 .597 6. Gary Wilkinson 2008-09 .582 7. Cass Matheus 2005-06 .580 8. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 .579 9. Dean Hunger 1977-80 .577 10. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 .570DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 334-107 (.757) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in junior guard Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
AGGIES RETURN THREE STARTERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
USU MEN'S BASKETBALL TABBED FIRST BY MEDIA, SECOND BY COACHES IN WAC PRESEASON POLLS
Entering its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State men's basketball was tabbed to finish first in the league by the conference's media, while the coaches have picked the Aggies second, as the WAC's preseason polls were announced on Oct. 24 by the conference office. This is the fourth year in a row that Utah State has been picked first by at least one of the voting groups, being tabbed first by the media last year, along with being selected first by both groups in 2010-11 and 2009-10. The Aggies were selected as the preseason favorites by the media, receiving 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, NMSU edged USU by one point, with New Mexico State collecting five first-place votes and 77 points while Utah State also garnered five first-place votes and 76 points. In the media poll, Denver earned 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in 10th. Denver also took third in the coaches poll with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and 10th, respectively.
MEDLIN NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR BY BOTH MEDIA AND COACHES
Junior guard Preston Medlin was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches and was named to the first-team preseason all-WAC teams by both. It is also the fifth time in the last six years that an Aggie has been chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year, as Medlin joins former teammates Brockeith Pane last year and Tai Wesley in 2010-11, as well as Gary Wilkinson in 2008-09 and Jaycee Carroll in 2007-08.
SHAW NAMED PRESEASON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY THE LEAGUE'S MEDIA
Junior center Jarred Shaw was also chosen as the preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league's media. Shaw's preseason recognition marks the second time in the last three years that USU has had the Preseason Newcomer of the Year as Pane was chosen for the honor in 2010-11.
REED GARNERS PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY CONFERENCE'S COACHES
The conference's coaches also selected a second-team preseason all-WAC list, which included Aggie senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to last year's all-newcomer team.
MORRILL, MEDLIN, BERGER AND REED EARN PRESEASON RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was named the collegesportsmadness.com WAC Coach of the Year and was joined on the publication's honor list by junior guard Preston Medlin on the preseason first-team all-WAC list, while junior forward Danny Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed were on the third-team list. Collegesportsmadness.com also predicted that USU will win the WAC as it has the Aggies in their preseason NCAA Tournament bracket.
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 333-107 (.757) record. Those 333 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.835), Kansas (.823) and Gonzaga (.794). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last seven years with a 83-27 (.755) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 27th season as a collegiate head coach and 15th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 349-120 (.744) record, including a 175-55 (.761) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 14 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 13 straight 21-win seasons and 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 75.7 percent with an overall record of 333-107. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 201-63 (.761) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 13 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 13 of the top 14 seasons in school history during the last 13 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 13th straight year, Utah State had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades in 2012 as sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Utah State had two other players honored by the WAC in 2012 as senior guard Brockeith Pane was named to the league's honorable mention team, while junior forward Kyisean Reed was voted to the WAC's all-newcomer team. Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 210-18 (.921) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 17 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 22 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 14th in the nation among active coaches and 52nd all-time with his 563 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.7 percent ranks 21st among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 10 active coaches to notch at least 17 20-win seasons. His current streak of 13 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the eighth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 566-258 (.687).
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