Utah State Men's Basketball Hosts Western Illinois Thursday In Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic Sponsored By Gossner Foods
Utah State (6-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will play three games in three days in hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), and will open action against Western Illinois (4-5, 0-0 Summit) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Santa Barbara-Troy game at 5:30 p.m. None of the BTI Classic games will be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
Utah State (6-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will play three games in three days in hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), and will open action against Western Illinois (4-5, 0-0 Summit) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Santa Barbara-Troy game at 5:30 p.m. None of the BTI Classic games will be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
 

Dec. 17, 2013

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Western Illinois (4-5, 0-0 Summit) at Utah State (6-2, 0-0 MW)
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 • 8 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (6-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will play three games in three days in hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), and will open action against Western Illinois (4-5, 0-0 Summit) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Santa Barbara-Troy game at 5:30 p.m. None of the BTI Classic games will be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,506-1,034 (.593) in their 2,540 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• USU is 4-1 at home this season and has won 67 of its last 77 games (.868) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 103 of its last 114 home games (.903).

• Utah State has won 90.8 percent of its home games (228-23) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 114-10 (.919) record in non-conference games. The Aggies have won 256 of their last 281 games (.911) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 522-116 (.818) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• The Aggies are 46-1 (.977) all-time in tournaments they host as it went 3-0 in the World Vision Challenge (2012), Athletes In Action Classic (2011), World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008), 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982), losing to Wyoming, 92-85, on Dec. 28, 1971 in the championship game. USU has won 45-straight home tournament games since that loss to Wyoming.

• Utah State is 90-24 (.788) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 74-3 (.961) record at home. This is USU's first game on a Thursday this season, and the Aggies are 91-24 (.791) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. USU is playing on Dec. 19 for the first time since 1998, and is 6-7 in known games played on the date.

• Utah State is facing Western Illinois on the hardwood for the first time in school history, and only the second in any sport, as the Aggies and Leathernecks met on the softball diamond on May 23, 1980, with USU earning a 2-0 win at a neutral site as part of the AIAW Nationals.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and now with 1,082 career points, Medlin enters Thursday's game needing 13 points for the No. 27 spot held by Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) with 1,095 points, as well as needing 18 points to becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, in addition to needing 27 points to catch Troy Collier (1963-64) for the No. 26 spot.

ON TAP
Utah State (6-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will play three games in three days in hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU will host the three-day, six game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), and will open action against Western Illinois (4-5, 0-0 Summit) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Santa Barbara-Troy game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday's games will not be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State plays games three, four and five of its season-long six-game homestand by hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc. Classic, Sponsored by Gossner Foods on Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21. USU welcomes Troy, UC Santa Barbara and Western Illinois to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Troy Trojans will open the Classic in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Thursday, Dec. 19, followed by the Aggies against the Leathernecks at 8 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 20, Western Illinois and Troy will tangle at 5:30 p.m. before USU faces off with UC Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. The Classic concludes on Saturday, Dec. 21 with the Leathernecks and Gauchos squaring off at 5:30 p.m. before the Aggies tangle with the Trojans at 8 p.m.

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

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

ON TV
None of this week's Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods games will be televised.

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

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

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

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

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

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 6-2 on the season, as the Aggies' 71-60 win over Utah Valley on Saturday snapped a two-game losing streak after a 5-0 start. A 12-0 first-half run, combined with Preston Medlin and Jarred Shaw netting 18 points apiece while Kyle Davis added 12 points in his return to action, boosted Utah State men's basketball to a 71-60 win over Utah Valley Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Medlin, a senior guard, drained a season-high five three-pointers as part of 5-of-9 shooting from the field, as well as 3-of-3 at the free throw line for his 18 points, tying his second-most this season. Medlin now has 1,082 career points, moving up to No. 28 on USU's all-time scoring list, passing Gary Wilkinson (1,065) along with Nate Williams (1,080) points. Senior center Shaw posted his 18 points on 9-of-14 field goal shooting, adding seven rebounds, one block and one assist. It was Shaw's fifth-straight game in double-digits. Sophomore forward Davis returned to the lineup after missing USU's last game against Pacific with an injury, and notched 12 points of 4-of-5 field goals and 4-of-6 at the free throw line, adding seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 16.1 points per game, while Medlin tallies 14.0 ppg and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield logs 13.1 ppg. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Kyle Davis is just shy of double-digits at 9.9 ppg. Shaw also averages 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He is shooting 54.3 percent (51-of-94) from the field, as well as a team-best 87.1 percent (27-of-31) from the free throw line. Shaw is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Medlin is shooting a team-high 46.7 percent (21-of-45) from three-point range, making 41.5 percent (34-of-82) of his field goals, adding 74.2 percent (23-of-31) at the free throw line. Medlin also dishes out a team-leading 4.5 assists per game and has a team-best 4.0 assist-turnover ratio, as well as averaging 3.0 rebounds per game. Butterfield is shooting 17-of-37 (45.9 percent) from three-point range, as part of 38-of-77 (49.4 percent) from the field, adding 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) at the charity stripe. Kyle Davis adds 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He is shooting a team-high 69.2 percent (27-of-39) from the field, as well as 60.0 percent (15-of-25) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 77.0 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 48.6 percent (216-of-444), including 40.1 percent (57-of-142) from beyond the arc, as well as 75.1 percent (127-of-169) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 68.5 ppg, while holding them to 43.5 percent (195-of-448) field goal shooting, including just 27.0 percent (33-of-122) from three-point range, as well as 71.0 percent (125-of-176) at the charity stripe. USU has a +9.6 rebounding margin (38.1-28.5), while averaging 17.8 assists, 3.6 blocks and 2.9 steals per game.

AGGIES LEADING MW STATISTICS IN THREE CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West Conference in rebound margin (+9.6), assists (17.8) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.270). The Aggies are second in the league in free throw percentage (.751), field goal percentage (.486), three-point field goal percentage (.401) and assist-turnover ratio (1.6). USU is also fourth in scoring (77.0), scoring defense (68.5) and scoring margin (+8.5), as well as fifth in rebounding (38.1) and blocks (3.6), along with seventh in field goal percentage defense (.435) and 11th in steals (2.9).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (4.00), second in assists (4.5), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.467), fifth in three-point field goals made (2.6), 10th in minutes (32.4) and 16th in scoring (14.0).

Senior center Jarred Shaw is first in the league in free throw percentage (.871), second in field goal percentage (.543), fifth in blocks (1.4), ninth in rebounds (7.8) and 12th in scoring (16.1).

Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is fifth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.459), ninth in three-point field goals made (2.1), 13th in rebounds (6.1) and 18th in scoring (13.1). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is ninth in blocks (1.3) and tied for 10th in rebounds (7.0).

USU IN TOP 25 OF SIX DIFFERENT NCAA STATISTICS
Through the NCAA statistics released on Dec. 16, the Aggies are in the top 25 in four different categories.

USU is 11th in the nation in assists per game (17.8), as well as 14th in rebounding margin (+9.6), 16th in assist-turnover ratio (1.58) and 21st in three-point field goal defense (.270). The Aggies are also 26th in free throw percentage (.751), 30th in three-point field goal percentage (.401) and 41st in field goal percentage (.486).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is eighth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.00). Medlin also is 34th in three-point field goal percentage (.467) and 69th in three-point field goals made per game (2.63).

Senior center Jarred Shaw is 66th in free throw percentage (.871) and 92nd in field goal percentage (.543).

A LOOK BACK AT UTAH VALLEY GAME
LOGAN, Utah - A 12-0 first-half run, combined with Preston Medlin and Jarred Shaw netting 18 points apiece while Kyle Davis added 12 points in his return to action, boosted Utah State men's basketball to a 71-60 win over Utah Valley Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU snapped a two-game losing streak in improving to 6-2 on the season. UVU had its two-game winning streak halted and is 4-6 overall, as the Wolverines are now 0-6 on the road this season. With the win Saturday, Utah State improved to 9-0 all-time against Utah Valley, as well as having won 29 straight home games against in-state opponents and is 31-1 all-time at home teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill. Medlin, a senior guard, drained a season-high five three-pointers as part of 5-of-9 shooting from the field, as well as 3-of-3 at the free throw line for his 18 points, tying his second-most this season. Medlin now has 1,082 career points, moving up to No. 28 on USU's all-time scoring list, passing former teammate Gary Wilkinson (1,065) along with Nate Williams (1,080) points. Senior center Shaw posted his 18 points on 9-of-14 field goal shooting, adding seven rebounds, one block and one assist. It was Shaw's fifth-straight game in double-digits. Sophomore forward Davis returned to the lineup after missing USU's last game against Pacific with an injury, and notched 12 points of 4-of-5 field goals and 4-of-6 at the free throw line, adding seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Shaw and Davis's rebounding efforts were joined by six by senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, while junior forward Danny Berger added five, helping USU to a dominating 39-21 rebounding advantage. The Aggies have now had a double-digit rebounding advantage four times this season. Butterfield dished out a season-high six assists, while Medlin also distributed five helpers, propelling USU to a season-high 23 assists. Butterfield and Berger also tallied five points apiece, as did senior guard TeNale Roland and freshman forward Jalen Moore, as nine different Aggie players scored and all 13 players in uniform saw action. Utah Valley was led by 21 points by Holton Hunsaker, while Hayes Garrity added 17 points off the bench and Zach Nelson tallied 10 points, go to with a team-high tying five rebounds, matching Brenden Evans. The Aggies shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field for the night, netting 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) of their three-pointers, as well as 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) at the free throw line. The Wolverines made 40.5 percent (17-of-42) of their field goals, as well as 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) behind the arc and 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) at the charity stripe. USU led from start-to-finish, jumping out to a 10-2 lead just over three minutes into the game after a three-pointer by Medlin. After a UVU bucket made the score 10-4, the Aggies went on a 12-0 run, started by a Butterfield jumper and capped by a Moore jumper for a 22-4 lead at the 11:28 mark. A layup by Davis later gave USU its first 20+ point lead of the night at 27-6 with 8:37 to go. UVU got within 30-13 at the 7:00 mark after a Hunsaker layup. However, Utah State stretched the lead back to 46-23 at the half, for the Aggies' largest halftime lead this season, as well as tying their most points scored in a first half, matching 46 against another in-state foe, Southern Utah on Nov. 12. By limiting the Wolverines to 23 first-half points, it was the Aggies' fewest allowed in the any half this season. The Aggie advantage swelled to its largest of the night at 28 as USU doubled-up UVU, 56-28, following a jumper by Shaw with 16:55 on the second-half clock, and Utah State coasted for the rest of the game, getting some of its reserves minutes.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM UTAH VALLEY GAME
TEAM NOTES
* Utah State has now won 29 straight home games against in-state opponents and is 31-1 all-time at home against teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.
* Utah State has now won 35 of its last 45 games against in-state opponents and is 43-14 against teams from the state of Utah during the last 14 seasons. All-time, USU is now 43-19 against in-state opponents under Morrill.
* Utah State improved to 228-23 at home under Morrill, including a 114-10 record in non-conference games.
* Utah State improved to 90-24 during the month of December under Morrill, including a 74-3 home record.
* Utah State improved to 1-1 this season and 75-28 during the last 14 years following a loss.
* Utah State improved to 6-1 on the season when scoring at least 70 points and has won 97 of its last 104 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU is now 239-32 under Morrill when scoring at least 70 points.
* Utah State improved to 9-0 all-time against Utah Valley, including a 5-0 home record.
* Utah State improved to 5-1 on the season when leading at the half and has now won 89 of its last 92 games when leading at the half. Under Morrill, USU is now 296-26 when leading at the half.
* Utah State improved to 5-1 on the season when it shoots better from the field and from the three-point line than its opponent, and 5-2 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
* Utah State out-rebounded Utah Valley by 18 (39-21), marking the fourth time this year that USU has had a double-digit rebounding advantage on its opponent.
* Utah State has now held seven of its eight opponents this year to less then 34 percent shooting from three-point range as UVU was 4-of-14 (.286).
* Utah State had a season-high 23 assists and has now recorded 20-plus assists in a game two times this season.
* Utah State had five blocks, marking the fourth time this year that USU has had at least five blocks in a game.
* Utah Valley's 22 made free throws are tied for the most by a Utah State opponent this season, while its 30 free throw attempts are the most by an Aggie opponent this year.
* Utah Valley's 21 rebounds are a season-low for a USU opponent.
PLAYER NOTES
* Senior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game and seventh time this season with his 18 points. Overall, it is his 33rd career double-figure scoring game.
* Senior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the sixth time this year and 51st time in his career with his 18 points. Medlin also made a season-high five three-pointers in the game.
* With his 18 points, Medlin now has 1,082 points in his Aggie career and has moved ahead of Gary Wilkinson (1,065) and Nate Williams (1,080) into 28th-place on USU's all-time scoring list.
* Sophomore forward Kyle Davis scored in double-figures for the third-straight game and for the fourth time this season with his 12 points.
* Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had a season-high six assists and finished with five points, marking the first time this year he has not scored in double-figures, snapping a streak of 11 straight double-figure scoring games dating back to last season.

SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Leathernecks come into the BTI Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods with a 4-5 record, having their three-game win streak snapped with a 59-52 loss at Alabama State on Monday night. Western Illinois started its win spurt with a 76-49 win over Greenville on Nov. 30, then beat cross-state foe Eastern Illinois, 60-32, on Dec. 4 before routing Grace Bible, 77-43, on Dec. 7. Freshman guard Garret Covington leads WIU with 12.0 points per game scoring, adding 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Covington is shooting 38.1 percent (32-of-84) from the field, including 29.5 percent from three-point range, making a team-high 13 treys (13-of-44) and is 70.4 percent (19-of-27) at the free throw line. Senior forward Adam Link tallies 11.3 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per game, and also shares the team-lead with 1.2 steals per game, as well as ranking second on the team with both 2.7 assists and 0.8 blocks per game. Link is shooting 60.3 percent from the field and 47.1 percent (8-of-17) at the free throw line. Freshman guard Jabari Sandifer leads the team with 3.0 assists per game and shares the team-lead with Link with 1.2 steals per game. WIU is averaging 62.0 points per game, shooting 46.3 percent (223-of-482) from the field, making 29.3 percent (34-of-116) of its three-pointers as well as 56.5 percent (78-of-138) at the free throw line. The Leathernecks are second in the nation in scoring defense at 54.1 ppg as of the NCAA stats, which raised to 54.7 ppg after Monday's game. WIU opponents are shooting 38.3 percent (175-of-457) field goal shooting, 28.1 percent (43-of-153) beyond the arc, along with 64.7 percent (99-of-153) at the charity stripe. The Leathernecks have a +3.4 rebounding advantage (35.1-31.7), as well as averaging 14.0 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game, while committing 12.7 turnovers per contest. WIU head coach Jim Molinari is in his sixth year at the leash of the Leathernecks, posting a 73-89 record there. Overall, Molinari is in his 20th season as a head coach, amassing a 296-275 record.

AGGIES VS. LEATHERNECKS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is facing Western Illinois on the hardwood for the first time in school history, and only the second in any sport, as the Aggies and Leathernecks met on the softball diamond on May 23, 1980, with USU earning a 2-0 win at a neutral site as part of the AIAW Nationals.

UTAH STATE VERSUS TEAMS FROM THE LAND OF LINCOLN STATE
This is the second year in a row that USU has hosted a team from the state of Illinois in the Gossner Foods sponsored tournament, as last year, Southern Illinois was a participant in the tournament. Utah State is 6-9 (.400) all-time against teams from the state of Illinois as USU has faced Bradley (1-2), DePaul (1-0), Illinois (0-2), Illinois State (3-3) and Southern Illinois (1-2). The Aggies' last meeting against a team from Illinois was last season, when USU faced two teams from the Land of Lincoln State, and both at home, beating Southern Illinois in the World Vision Challenge, 70-58 on Dec. 22, 2012, and Illinois State, 80-71, on Feb. 23, 2013 in the ESPNU BracketBusters.

USU-ILLINOIS CONNECTIONS
While Utah State does not have any players from the state of Illinois, USU assistant athletics director for new media Kara Fisher was born and raised in Aurora, Ill., and earned her degree from the University of Illinois.

UTAH STATE AGAINST THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Utah State is 59-38 (.608) against current teams from the Summit League, posting a 4-0 mark against South Dakota State, 54-37 record against Denver and 1-1 vs. IPFW.

USU head coach Stew Morrill is 6-4 against the Summit League, posting a 2-0 against South Dakota State, both at USU; 1-0 against North Dakota State, facing the Bison while at Montana; 1-1 against IPFW, both while at USU; 2-3 against Denver, going 1-0 while at Colorado State and 1-3 at USU.

FEW WHISTLES ON WESTERN ILLINOIS AND TROY
Western Illinois and Troy enter the week's action both ranked in the top 10 for fewest fouls called, as WIU is fifth in the NCAA with 15.3 fouls per game, while Troy is seventh at 15.4 fouls per game. WIU is also tied for eighth in the country in total fouls at 122, while Troy is 11th at 123. Utah State is tied for 98th in the NCAA with 18.4 fouls per game, while UC Santa Barbara is 212th at 20.3 fouls per game. USU is tied for 27th in the nation with 147 total fouls, while UCSB is 66th with 162 total fouls.

USU'S HOME TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
The Aggies are 46-1 (.977) all-time in tournaments they host as it went 3-0 in the World Vision Challenge (2012), Athletes In Action Classic (2011), World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008), 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982), losing to Wyoming, 92-85, on Dec. 28, 1971 in the championship game. USU has won 45-straight home tournament games since that loss to Wyoming.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2012 WORLD VISION CHALLENGE
Utah State recorded a perfect 3-0 ledger in winning the World Vision Challenge in 2012, beating Nicholls State (79-72), UC Davis (73-61) and Southern Illinois (70-58). UC Davis went 2-1 as it defeated Southern Illinois (78-70) and Nicholls State (82-71). Southern Illinois was 1-2, beating Nicholls State (65-53), while Nicholls State went 0-3.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2011 ATHLETES IN ACTION CLASSIC
USU posted a 3-0 mark in hosting the Athletes in Action Classic in 2011, beating UT Arlington (73-69), Saint Peter's (73-68) and Kent State (81-62). UT Arlington went 2-1 as it defeated Kent State (74-73) and Saint Peter's (73-68). Kent State was 1-2, beating Saint Peter's (67-58), and Saint Peter's went 0-3.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2010 WORLD VISION INVITATIONAL
Utah State went 3-0 in its own World Vision Invitational in 2010 as it defeated Idaho State (71-48), Western Michigan (78-57) and Troy (80-39). Idaho State went 1-2 in the tournament as it defeated Troy (77-73). Western Michigan went 1-2 as it defeated Idaho State (63-60), and Troy went 1-2 as it defeated Western Michigan (102-99).

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2009 BASKETBALL TRAVELERS INVITATIONAL
Utah State went 3-0 in its own Basketball Travelers Invitational in 2009 as it defeated Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73). Weber State went 2-1 in the tournament as it defeated Cal State Fullerton (82-71) and Morehead State (66-64), and Morehead State defeated Cal State Fullerton (69-62) to go 1-2 in the tournament.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2008 DUEL IN THE DESERT
Utah State went 3-0 in its own Duel in the Desert in 2008 as it defeated Howard (85-45), Houston Baptist (94-77) and Wyoming (90-85 OT). Wyoming went 2-1 in the tournament as it defeated Houston Baptist (84-74) and Howard (84-75), and Houston Baptist defeated Howard (69-59) to go 1-2.

SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
The Gauchos bring a 5-3 record into the BTI Classic, having won their last two games and three of their last four, beating Cal on Dec. 6, 72-65, and winning at San Diego on Dec. 15, 72-61. UCSB is led by junior forward Alan Williams, who is averaging a double-double at 24.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Williams is fourth in the NCAA in scoring and 14th in the nation in rebounds per game. He is also 32nd in the country in field goal percentage at 60.2 percent (59-of-98), in addition to 62.8 percent (27-of-43) at the free throw line. He also adds 2.5 blocks per game, along with 1.2 steals per game. Sophomore guard Michael Bryson is averaging 12.8 ppg, ranking 19th the nation in threepoint field goal percentage (.488, 20-of-41), while senior guard Kyle Boswell is 44th in three-point field goal percentage (.449, 22-of-49). Both Bryson and Boswell are shooting better from behind the arc than they are inside it, as Bryson is shooting 48.6 percent (35-of-72) field goal percentage, while Boswell is shooting 41.7 percent (25-of-60) form the field. Boswell is also averaging 11.0 ppg, as well as dishing out 4.1 assists per game. Sophomore forward Taran Brown adds 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds, while junior guard Zalmico Harmon leads the team with 5.4 assists per game and is fourth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 4.3. UCSB is averaging 74.6 ppg, ranking eighth in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent, as well as ranking 18th in the nation in threepoint field goal percentage at 41.6 percent. The Gauchos are shooting 67.7 percent at the free throw line. UCSB is 11th in the country in assists per game (17.8), while also averaging 5.8 steals and 4.8 blocks per game, while committing 11.9 turnovers per game. UCSB has a -1.1 rebounding margin (32.5-33.6). Defensively, the Gauchos are allowing 67.6 ppg, allowing the opposition to shoot 40.9 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from three-point range and 68.5 percent at the free throw line.

HELLO OLD FRIEND
USU head coach Stew Morrill and UCSB head coach Bob Williams are both in their 16th seasons at their respective posts, with Morrill holding a 13-5 advantage in head-to-head match-ups.

AGGIES-GAUCHOS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and UC Santa Barbara will be playing for the 65th time in series history this weekend, in what is the 11th-oldest rivalry in USU history, with USU leading the all-time series, 40-24. The Aggies and Gauchos have already met once this season, with USU battling to a 71-64 hard-fought victory at UCSB on Nov. 16. The first game played in the series was on Dec. 7, 1970 with Utah State posting a 66-64 home win, and the most recent time was on Feb. 18, 2012 in the ESPNU BracketBusters, with visiting UCSB winning, 72-64.

BIG WEST REUNION
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is 195-100 (.661) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 13-5 (.722) all-time against UC Santa Barbara and 97-35 (.735) against current members of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE GOLDEN STATE
Utah State is 127-32 (.799) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 72-9 (.889) record at home.

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

SCOUTING TROY
The Trojans enter the week's action with an even 4-4 record, beating Alcorn, 73-70 in OT on Dec. 2, then beating Alabama State, 85-69, on Dec. 7, before having their two-game win streak snapped with a 72-43 loss at Kansas State on Dec. 15. Troy is led by senior guard Antoine Myers with 13.4 points per game, as well as tied for the team-lead with 3.5 assists per game , shooting 57.6 percent from the field, in addition to 75.6 percent at the free throw line. Junior forward Kevin Thomas adds 12.3 ppg, and leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game, making 56.9 percent of his field goals and 66.7 percent at the free throw line. Thomas is tied for the team-lead with 0.9 blocks per game. Senior guard Hunter Williams adds 9.5 ppg to go with tying Myers for the top honors on the team with 3.5 assists per game, as well as making a team-high 15 three-pointers as part of 27.3 percent shooting behind the arc, but just 26.6 percent overall field goal percentage, while averaging 84.6 percent at the charity stripe. Troy is averaging 69.5 points per game, while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from three-point range and 71.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Trojans yield 69.0 ppg, with their opponents shooting 40.1 percent field goal shooting, along with 27.6 percent from beyond and 63.6 percent at the free pitch stripe. Troy has a -5.5 rebounding advantage (36.0-41.5), while averaging 11.8 assists, 7.0 steals and 2.8 blocks per game, while committing 13.9 turnovers per contest. The Trojans are seventh in the NCAA in fewest personal fouls per game (15.4), as well as 11th in fewest fouls overall (123).

AGGIES-TROJANS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Troy have only met once before, in USU's 2010 Gossner Foods sponsored tournament, the World Vision Invitational, with USU winning, 80-39, on Dec. 23, 2010.

AGGIES AGAINST ALABAMA TEAMS
USU's record against teams from the state of Alabama is its same against Troy, as the Trojans are the only team from Alabama that the Aggies have played.

USU AGAINST THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
The Aggies have a combined 7-6 (.538) mark against the Sun Belt Conference, going 2-0 against Texas State, both meetings last season when both USU and Texas State were in the WAC, as well as 1-0 against Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Troy, while posting a 1-3 mark against UT Arlington, an 0-1 record versus Louisiana-Lafayette and 0-2 against Western Kentucky. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 8-3 against the Sun Belt Conference, all during his time at USU except one win over Troy, which came at Colorado State, going 2-0 against Troy and Texas State, 1-0 against Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State and Louisiana- Lafayette, and 1-3 versus UT Arlington.

SIX DEGREES OF ALABAMA STATE
No Kevin Bacon is needed to connect Alabama State with two of the visiting teams this weekend, as both Western Illinois and Troy have played Alabama State, with Western Illinois played at ASU in its most recent game before coming to Logan, falling 59-52, on Monday night. Troy also played Alabama State, hosting the Hornets and winning, 85-69 on Dec. 7.

USU IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 90-24 (.788) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 74-3 (.961) record at home. This is USU's first game on a Thursday this season, and the Aggies are 91-24 (.791) in games play on Thursday under head coach Stew Morrill. USU is playing on Dec. 19 for the first time since 1998, and is 6-7 in known games played on the date.

TOUGH D BEYOND ARC
Utah State has limited the opponents to less than 34 percent shooting from three-point range in seven of the eight games, with only Pacific breaking through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage on Dec. 7, a season-high for a USU opponent.

The Aggies' lowest percentage by an opponent was BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12), also the fewest three-pointers allowed. The Aggies held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24), Southern Utah (11/12) was limited to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), Utah Valley was held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU).

USU is currently first in the Mountain West and 21st in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.270).

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 236 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU won its first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, before bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, leaving USU 6-1 this season after going 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 97 of its last 104 games (.933), when reaching 70 points and is 239-32 (.882) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

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

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in six of its eight games this season and USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 89 of its last 92 games when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 296f-26 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-1 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State, while falling to Pacific after being behind at the break. USU is 48-85 (.361) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

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

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,082 career points and climbed to No. 30 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 83 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin climbed up to No. 28, having passed Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points and Nate Williams (1970-71) with 1,080 points. Medlin enters Thursday's game needing 13 points for the No. 27 spot held by Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) with 1,095 points, as well as needing 18 points to becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, in addition to needing 27 points to catch Troy Collier (1963-64) for the No. 26 spot.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
   Name			Years		Points
1. Jaycee Carroll	2005-08		2522
2. Greg Grant		1983-86		2127
3. Wayne Estes		1963-65		2001
4. Brian Jackson	1978-81		1900
5. Cornell Green	1960-62		1890
6. Marvin Roberts	1969-71		1844
7. Kendall Youngblood	1989-92		1774
8. Tai Wesley		2008-11		1749
9. Tony Brown		1999-02		1564
10. Eric Franson	1991, 94-96	1545
11. Reid Newey		1984, 87-89	1536
12. Nate Harris		2003-06		1475
13. Dean Hunger		1977-80		1472
14. Kevin Nixon		1985-88		1456
15. Dan Conway		1986-89		1398
16. Mike Santos		1975-78		1287
17. Shaler Halimon	1967-68		1284
18. Spencer Nelson	1999, 03-05	1283
19. Bob Lauriski	1971-73		1266
20. Rich Haws		1973-75		1255
21. Jim Boatwright	1972-74		1238
22. Max Perry		1959-61		1236
23. Jay Goodman		1991-93		1215
24. Jimmy Moore		1973-75		1164
25. Bert Cook		1950-52		1133
26. Troy Collier	1963-64		1109
27. Jeff O. Anderson	1985-88		1095
28. Preston Medlin	2010, 12-	1082
29. Nate Williams	1970-71		1080
30. Gary Wilkinson	2008-09		1065
31. Desmond Penigar	2002-03		1051
32. Vince Washington	1984-85		1049
33. Pat Dunn		1953-56		1018
34. Tyler Newbold	2008-11		1014
35. Bill Hull		1951-54		1007
36. Bob Ipsen		1958-59		1001
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 357-118 (.752) during the last 14 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

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

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies bounced back to double-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific, then posted a +18 (39-21) against Utah Valley.

Utah State's 21 rebounds allowed to UVU are its fewest since Denver has just 19 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2013, a span of 17 games, while its 22 rebound advantage is its largest since also out-rebounding Western Oregon by 22 (43-21) on Dec. 8, 2012, a span of 28 games.

Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+9.6), as well as 14th in the NCAA stats as of Dec. 16.

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

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 33 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 20 times, including three games this season. Utah State is 16-4 (.800) during those 20 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 5-1 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 5-1 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 5-1 when shooting better from three-point range; 1-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 3-1 when shooting better from the free throw line; 5-2 when out-rebounding the opponent; 1-0 when getting out-rebounded; 2-1 when blocking more shots; 3-0 when blocking fewer shots; 5-2 when dishing out more assists; 1-0 when having fewer assists; 2-0 when having more steals and 3-0 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench.

FOLLOWING A LOSS
USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. The Aggies are now 1-1 this season and 74-28 (.725) during the last 14 years following a loss.

MEDLIN AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.9 percent from three-point range (164-391) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 164 passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 7 with 391.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name			Years		3FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll		2005-08		369
2.	Tony Brown		1999-02		283
3.	Reid Newey		1984, 87-89	237
4.	Jay Goodman		1991-93		209
5.	Tyler Newbold		2008-11		194
6.	Justin Jones		1996-98		183
7.	Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	164
8.	Brian Green		2010-11		129
9.	Jared Quayle		2009-10		128
10.	Pooh Williams		2008-11		117
11.	Troy Rolle		1999-00		112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 391 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268

Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .419 Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 7. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 8. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 9. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 10. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 11. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by Brigham Young's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore. Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

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

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

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

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

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

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

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

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

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

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 372-131 (.740) at USU.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 590-269 (.687) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 472-255 (.649) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 435-270 (.617) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

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

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

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