Dec. 8, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 9 Wichita State (6-2) vs. Utah State (4-4) Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 6 p.m. (MT) Wichita, Kan. Charles Koch Arena (10,506) Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,462-1,010 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State has won 18 of its last 24 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 96-74 (.565) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 29-31 (.483) record against non-conference opponents. This year, USU is 1-3 on the road with losses at Weber State (73-63), Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (58-55 OT) and Pacific (65-57), and a road win at Idaho State (75-62).
Utah State is 78-21 (.788) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 13-17 (.433) record on the road. USU is also 129-45 (.741) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 7-6 (.538) all-time in known games played on Dec. 10.
Utah State is 8-15 (.348) all-time against teams from the state of Kansas as it is 2-5 against Kansas, 0-5 against Kansas State, 0-1 against Emporia State and 6-4 against Wichita State. The last time USU played a team from the state of Kansas was on Feb. 20, 2010 when it defeated Wichita State, 68-58, in an ESPNU BracketBuster game in Logan.
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 8-4 (.667) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference as he is 3-1 against Drake, 2-2 against Creighton, 2-1 against Illinois State and 1-0 versus Wichita State. While at USU, Morrill is 5-1 against the MVC as he is 2-0 against Drake, 2-1 against Illinois State and 1-0 against Wichita State.
Utah State has won 47 of its last 54 regular season games dating back to the 2009-10 season.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), freshman forward David Collette (Murray/Murray HS), freshman guard Sam Orchard (Salt Lake City/Highland HS), and freshman center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS).
Utah State (4-4) returns to the road this weekend as it plays at Wichita State (6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised but it can be listened to live on the Aggie Sports Network with Al Lewis (play-by-play) calling the action. The pre-game show from Wichita will begin at 5 p.m. (MT).
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 4-4 on the season after defeating Utah Valley at home, 63-54, Tuesday. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young, followed by a 73-63 road loss at Weber State, a 65-62 home win against Southern Utah, a 58-55 overtime road loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, a 75-62 road win at Idaho State, a 67-54 home loss to Denver, and a 65-57 road loss at Pacific. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 12.6 points and 3.3 assists per game, and is shooting 36.2 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent at the free throw line. Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin is averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, and is shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent at the free throw line. And senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds, and is shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 62.6 points and shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 64.5 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 62.9 points and its opponents are shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 72.8 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Dec. 8, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (62.9), second in field goal percentage (.435), second in three-point field goal percentage (.384), second in field goal percentage defense (.408), fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.324), fifth in rebounding margin (+1.4), fifth in blocked shots (2.88), sixth in free throw shooting (.645), sixth in rebounding (34.2), and sixth in scoring margin (-0.2). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks eighth in free throw shooting (.800), ninth in assists (3.25), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.00), 11th in scoring (12.6), and 11th in steals (1.13). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks seventh in blocked shots (0.88), eighth in rebounding (6.3), 13th in field goal shooting (.433), and 13th in free throw shooting (.714). Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin ranks in second in three-point shooting (.486), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14), eighth in overall shooting (.459), 10th in assists (3.00), and 13th in scoring (12.5). And junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks 10th in rebounding (5.6).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
FOLLOWING THE WICHITA STATE GAME
Following its road game at Wichita State this weekend, Utah State will return home and begin a four-game homestand against Seattle University on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., in an event that will be televised regionally on KCSG-TV.
LOOKING BACK AT THE UTAH VALLEY GAME
Sophomore guard Danny Berger and junior forward Kyisean Reed came off the bench to combine for 21 points, in helping the Utah State reserves to a nine-point advantage over their counterparts, which resulted in a nine-point victory, as the Aggies beat Utah Valley, 63-54, Tuesday. Sophomore starting guard Preston Medlin netted a team-high 13 points and a career-high six assists, while Reed added 11 points. Berger had 10 points, including seven in the second half, in only his second game of action, as USU led from start-to-finish. Utah Valley was led by Isiah Williams' game-high 16 points while Kevin Woods added 10 points off the bench for the Wolverines. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added nine points to go along with a season-high tying four rebounds, while senior forward Morgan Grim added seven points. Grim and freshman center Jordan Stone led USU by snaring eight rebounds apiece, while Reed pulled down six boards in helping USU to a 38-32 rebounding edge. Geddes Robinson snared a game-high nine rebounds for UVU. The Aggies shot 46.0 percent (23-50) from the field, making 5-of-11 (.455) behind the arc. USU was also 12-of-20 (.600) at the free throw line, hitting all four attempts in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. Utah Valley was 22-of-46 (.393) field goal shooting, also going 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range, as Williams hit four. The Wolverines made half of their free throws (5-of-10). UVU's 54 points were a season-low for the USU defense. Points in the paint were even at 22-22 and second-chance points were also level at eight apiece and USU scored 16 points off UVU's 13 turnovers while the Wolverines tallied 12 points off 14 Aggie turnovers, with the biggest difference being bench points, where USU had a 27-18 advantage. The 27 bench points are the Aggies' second-most of the season, behind 31 points in the Southern Utah game. A jumper and a three-pointer by Medlin at the 15:30 mark opened a 9-1 USU lead. Utah Valley cut the gap to two on a pair of occasions, the last at 13-11 with 11:06 on the clock, but couldn't get any closer. Freshman guard Adam Thoseby hit two jumpers and Berger netted a three-pointer during an 11-3 Aggie run to open a 24-14 lead with 6:56 remaining in the half, capped by a layup from Reed. The USU lead stretched to 15 with 3:52 left in the half after a Medlin trey, before UVU trimmed the margin to 36-27 at halftime. The Wolverines clawed away at the deficit, cutting it to 45-42 at the 11:46 mark following back-to-back buckets by Robinson. That would be the closest UVU would get, as Berger drained another three-pointer on USU's next possession, and Thoseby hit a jumper for an eight-point Aggie advantage at 50-42 with 10:59 on the clock, forcing a UVU timeout. A jumper by Keith Thompson pulled the Wolverines within 51-47 at the 7:20 mark, but the Aggies held them at bay as Berger hit a pair of layups sandwiched around a bucket by Medlin to open another eight-point lead at 57-49 with 4:14 to go, and USU hung on for the win.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE UTAH VALLEY GAME
Utah State has now won 26 straight home games against in-state opponents and is 28-1 at home against teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill. Overall, USU has won 30 of its last 38 games against in-state competition and is 38-17 against all teams from the state under Morrill.
Utah State has now won 86 of its last 89 home games and is 196-14 at home under Morrill.
Utah State improved to 3-1 on the season and 62-20 during the last 13 years following a loss.
Utah State's 16 assists are its second-most this year and marks the fourth time it has had double-figure assists on the season. USU also tied its season-low with 12 fouls.
Utah State's 27 points from its reserves are the second-most this year behind the 31 points it scored against Southern Utah.
UTAH STATE STARTS A DIFFERENT LINEUP, AGAIN
For the seventh time in eight games, Utah State started a different lineup against Utah Valley. On the season, USU has started 10 different players and only senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have started every game. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups the entire season.
UTAH STATE DEFENDING WELL
Through eight games, Utah State has held five of its eight opponents under 40 percent shooting including each of its last two as Pacific shot just 38.2 percent (21-55) and Utah Valley shot just 39.3 percent (22-56). During its last two games, Utah State's opponents are shooting just 38.7 percent from the field (43-111).
AGGIES ALMOST UNBEATABLE WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
After allowing a season-low 54 points to Utah Valley in its last game, Utah State is now 1-1 on the season and has won 107 of its last 110 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 172-13 (.930) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Through eight games, Utah State has 22 fewer assists (101-79), 18 more turnovers (111-93), 20 fewer steals (48-28) and two fewer blocked shots (25-23) than its opponent... USU has also made seven fewer three-pointers (45-38) and attempted 40 fewer three-pointers (139-99) than its opponents... USU has also made nine fewer free throws (118-109), but has attempted seven more free throws (169-162) than its opponents.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has won 21 straight games when scoring 70-plus points and is 204-28 (.879) all-time under Morrill when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
SCOUTING WICHITA STATE
Wichita State is 6-2 on the season following a 77-67 road win at Tulsa Wednesday. The Shockers, who are 4-0 at home this year, are led by senior guard Toure Murry who is averaging 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Joe Ragland is averaging 11.8 points, senior center Garret Stutz is averaging 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds, and senior guard David Kyles is averaging 9.9 points per game. As a team, Wichita State is scoring 74.4 points per game and shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, WSU is allowing 63.2 points and its opponents are shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent at the free throw line. Wichita State returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 29-9, finished in second-place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 14-4 record, and won the postseason National Invitational Tournament. Gregg Marshall is 88-58 in his fifth year as the Shockers head coach and 282-141 in 14 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-WICHITA STATE SERIES
Utah State and Wichita State will meet for the 11th time this weekend with the Aggies owning a 6-4 all-time advantage, which includes a 1-1 record on the road. The first game played in the series was during the 1948-49 season with USU posting a 43-39 win. In fact, Utah State won the first three games played in the series before Wichita State notched a 73-63 win during the 1960-61 season at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. The two teams also played one another during the 1959-60 and 1961-62 seasons at the All-College Tournament. The last meeting between the two teams was on Feb. 20, 2010 in Logan with Utah State winning, 68-58, in an ESPNU BracketBuster game. The last time WSU won a game in the series was on Nov. 24, 1995 in Hilo, Hawai'i at the Big Island Invitational, 63-61, in double overtime, and the last time the two teams played one another in Wichita was on Feb. 23, 1966 with the Shockers winning, 123-106.
VERSUS THE MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 16-14 (.533) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference as it is 1-2 against Bradley, 2-2 against Creighton, 2-1 against Drake, 2-0 against Evansville, 2-3 against Illinois State, 1-0 against Indiana State, 0-2 against Southern Illinois and 6-4 against Wichita State. The last time Utah State played a team from the Missouri Valley Conference was on Feb. 20, 2010 when it defeated Wichita State at home, 68-58, and the last time USU played a road game against a team from the Missouri Valley Conference was on Mar. 19, 2008 when it lost at Illinois State, 61-57, in the first round of the postseason National Invitational Tournament.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 171 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WICHITA STATE
Utah State's defense held Wichita State without a field goal for 8:25 in the first half, going on a 10-0 run over that time, as the Aggies beat the Shockers, 68-58, on Feb. 20, 2010 in Logan. Three players posted double-figures for the Aggies, led by junior forwards Tai Wesley and Nate Bendall with a game-high 13 and 12 points, respectively. Sophomore forward Brady Jardine came off the bench to net 11 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Senior guard Jared Quayle snared a game-high nine rebounds while dishing out seven assists. Quayle's game-leading assists were part of 22 dimes distributed by USU. Wichita State was led by JT Durley with 12 points and eight rebounds, while David Kyles came off the bench to post 11 points. USU had a 33-28 rebounding advantage and dictated action in the paint with a 32-18 points in the paint edge. Utah State shot 26-of-51 (.510) from the field. The Aggies, who entered the game leading the nation in three-pointer percentage (.426) made exactly half (5-10) of their three-pointers. USU was also 11-of-15 (.733) at the free throw line. Wichita State made 40.0 percent (22-55) of its field goals, netting 7-of-20 (.350) from behind the arc and the Shockers were 70.0 percent (7-10) at the charity stripe. USU had five assists on its first five field goal in opening an 11-7 lead before WSU whittled back to tie it at 11-11, the game's third and final tie. Later a bucket by Durley made the scoreboard read 16-13 with 11:24 to go in the half. Utah State then went on its 10-0 run while Wichita State did not make a field goal over the next 8:25. Junior guard Brian Green hit a long jumper to start the streak and Bendall hit a layup to end the spurt, giving the Aggies their largest lead of the half at 26-13 before WSU's Graham Hatch hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 2:59 on the clock to halt the Shockers' skein. Aggie junior guard Pooh Williams hit a runner at the halftime buzzer to give USU a 30-20 lead at the break. Again WSU whittled the deficit down, cutting it to 30-26 just over two minutes into the second stanza but a Jardine dunk sparked seven unanswered by USU to open a 37-26 lead at the 15:42 mark, capped by a Wesley layup. The Aggie advantage swelled to its largest of the night at 16 after a Williams free throw put USU ahead, 48-32 with 9:31 to play. A three-pointer by Kyles from the right wing later pulled Wichita State within 56-49 at the 3:50 mark, but that would be the closest the Shockers would get as Bendall hit a baseline jumper to regain momentum and USU kept WSU at bay down the stretch for the victory.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WICHITA STATE ON THE ROAD
Junior forward Shaler Halimon led four Aggies in double-figures with 24 points and six rebounds as Utah State lost at Wichita State, 123-106, on Dec. 23, 1966. Senior guard Les Powell added 17 points and six rebounds for the visiting Aggies, while junior guard Fred Smith scored 14 points and junior forward Jim Smith finished with 13 points. Melvin Reed led Wichita State with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Warren Armstrong scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Utah State finished the game shooting 49.3 percent from the field (37-75) and 78.0 percent at the free throw line (32-41), while Wichita State shot a blistering 62.7 percent overall (47-75) and 72.5 percent at the line (29-40). The Shockers also out-rebounded the Aggies by eight (47-39), while USU finished with 28 turnovers and WSU had 26. Utah State scored six of the first eight points in the game and led 30-27 before Wichita State scored six straight points. The Shockers later used a 10-0 run and went into halftime with a 54-46 advantage. Utah State got within four at 62-58 early in the second-half, but couldn't get any closer as Wichita State pulled away for a 123-106 win.
MEDLIN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last four games as he had 13 points against Utah Valley, 15 points at Pacific, 13 points against Denver and a career-high 26 points at Idaho State. Against the Bengals, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Medlin also had a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific and a career-high six assists against Utah Valley. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures five times this year and six times in his career. During his last four games, Medlin is averaging 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field (22-46), 63.6 percent from three-point range (14-22) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (9-12).
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
REED SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in each of his last two games as he had 11 points and six rebounds against Utah Valley and 13 points to go along with seven rebounds in a season-best 34 minutes at Pacific. Reed also had 13 points in a home game against Southern Utah and recorded his first double-figure rebounding game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he had 10 boards in his first-ever start. During his last two games, Reed is averaging 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 64.3 percent from the field (9-14) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8).
BERGER SCORES SEASON-HIGH 10 POINTS AGAINST UTAH VALLEY
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored in double-figures for the first time in his career in just his second game as he had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, against Utah Valley. Berger, who sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt, also had season-highs with three rebounds and three assists against the Wolverines.
GRIM'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT THREE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had scored in double-figures in three-straight games before scoring just three points at Pacific. During his streak of three-straight double-figure scoring games, Grim had 11 points against Denver and Idaho State, to go along with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures four times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 40.0 percent from the field (16-40) and 69.0 percent at the free throw line (20-29).
PANE'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT NINE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane had scored in double-figures in each of his first six games this year and in nine straight games dating back to last season before scoring nine points at Pacific. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 11.0 points and 3.0 assists, while shooting 31.6 percent from the field (18-57), 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-12) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-23). Overall, Pane has scored in double-figures 28 times in her career.
STONE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH EIGHT REBOUNDS IN FIRST START
Freshman center Jordan Stone grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in his first career start against Utah Valley in his last game. Stone also played well in his previous game at Pacific as he grabbed seven rebounds and scored a career-best seven points, while playing a career-high 23 minutes. Stone also had six points and three rebounds in his previous game against Denver, to go along with five points and five rebounds against Southern Utah earlier in the year. During his last three games, Stone is averaging 5.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field (5-11) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thoseby entered the game with 11 total points on the season as he was 3-of-11 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. In his last five games, Thoseby is 7-of-12 (.583) from behind the arc.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. In the game, Clifford was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Clifford entered the game against ISU, with 10 rebounds and no points on the season as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 at the free throw line.
THORNTON RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Freshman guard Steven Thornton scored a season-high 13 points and had a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah. Thornton, who was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 1-for-1 at the free throw line against SUU, also had his first dunk of the season in the game.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD EIGHT DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through eight games, Utah State has already had eight different players on its roster score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in six games, sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures five times, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures four times, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures three times, and senior forward Brady Jardine, freshman forward Ben Clifford and freshman guards Danny Berger and Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
AGGIE RESERVES HAVE COMING OUT PARTY AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
After recording a combined 15 points and 17 rebounds in its first two games of the season, Utah State's bench had a breakout game against Southern Utah as four Aggie reserves combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds including 13 boards on the offensive end. Junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Steven Thornton each had 13 points and five boards, while freshman center Jordan Stone accounted for five points and five rebounds, and freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford added six rebounds. The 31 bench points are the most for an Aggie team since scoring 48 against Montana Western last year, while its 21 rebounds are the most since grabbing 23 against Troy last year.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
UTAH STATE DISHES IT OUT AT IDAHO STATE
After recording just 31 assists in its first four games of the year, Utah State had a season-high 21 assists on 26 made baskets at Idaho State. USU also scored a season-high 75 points in the game and had a season-best five blocked shots.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AT IDAHO STATE
Utah State had five players score in double-figures (Medlin 26, Thoseby 16, Grim 11, Clifford 10, Pane 10) for the first time this year and for the first time since Jan. 29, 2011 when USU had five players score in double-figures in an 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED THREE TIMES IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State ended the 2010-11 season ranked No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and ended the season nationally ranked for nine straight weeks, which is its longest streak since being ranked for 11 straight weeks during the 1970-71 season. That No. 25 national ranking for Utah State marks the first time it has been ranked at the end of a season since the 1977-78 USU team finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final United Press Coaches' Poll. Overall, it is just the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team has been nationally ranked at the end of the year joining the 1960 (7th), 1962 (19th), 1964 (15th), 1967 (14th), 1970 (17th), 1975 (13th) and 1978 teams (17th). Utah State entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. The Associated Press does not produce an end-of-season poll. Utah State's No. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll earlier in the year and during the 2008-09 season. USU's No. 19 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since the 2003-04 season was also ranked No. 19. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State's current run of winning four-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history and the best by a WAC team since Nevada won five straight league titles from 2004-08. The previous school record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE TEAMS TO WIN FOUR-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Utah State is one of five teams in the nation to win at least four-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 11 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with seven straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won five-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC) has won four-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE PICKED FIRST BY MEDIA, THIRD BY COACHES IN PRESEASON POLLS
After winning four-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference Championships and two WAC Tournament titles in the past three years, Utah State's men's basketball team is picked to finish first in the conference once again during the 2011-12 season according to league's media, while the coaches have tabbed the Aggies third in the WAC's preseason polls. Nevada is the coaches pick to win the WAC this year after receiving five first-place votes and 46 points, while New Mexico State is slated to finish second after garnering 41 points, but no first-place votes. Utah State received three first-place votes and 38 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Hawai'i (32), Idaho (24), Fresno State (18), San Jose State (14) and Louisiana Tech (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 13 first-place votes and 174 points, while Nevada was second with 162 points and five first-place votes. New Mexico State, who received 150 points and three first-place votes was picked third, while Hawai'i received 126 points and three first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth. Idaho was picked fifth (89), followed by San Jose State (66), Fresno State (59) and Louisiana Tech (38).
PANE NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY MEDIA
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the media and a first-team all-league selection by both the media and coaches heading into the 2011-12 season. Overall, Utah State has had the WAC's Player of the Year three times in the last four years in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league's all-newcomer team as a junior, along with being voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane is also the only returning first-team all-league player in the WAC from last season.
JARDINE NAMED PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY THE COACHES
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named to the WAC's preseason second-team by the coaches heading into the 2011-12 season.
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley) on the academic all-WAC team in 2011. The other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC selections. Under Morrill, USU has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 328-107 (.754) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 76.9 percent with an overall record of 313-94. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 196-14 (.933) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 546 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.0 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 546-245 (.690).
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