Aggie Men's Basketball Hosts Nicholls State Thursday In First Game Of World Vision Challenge Sponsored By Gossner Foods
Utah State men's basketball will put its 6-1 record on the line when the Aggies host the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) and will open action against Nicholls State (1-5)  on Thursday, Dec. 20.  Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Davis-Southern Illinois game at 5:30 p.m.

 
Utah State men's basketball will put its 6-1 record on the line when the Aggies host the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) and will open action against Nicholls State (1-5) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Davis-Southern Illinois game at 5:30 p.m.
 
 

Dec. 18, 2012

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Nicholls State (1-5) at Utah State (6-1)
World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 • 8 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball will put its 6-1 record on the line when the Aggies host the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc. USU will host the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) and will open action against Nicholls State (1-5) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT), following the UC Davis-Southern Illinois game at 5:30 p.m.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,485-1,023 (.592) in its 2,508 games played.

• Utah State is 4-1 at home this year and USU has won 53 of its last 59 games (.898) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 89 of its last 96 home games (.927).

• Utah State has won 91.8 percent of its home games (214-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 108-9 (.923) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 508-112 (.819) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 242 of their last 263 games (.920) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 132 (.917) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 50.

• The Aggies are 43-1 (.977) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the 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 42-straight home tournament games since that loss to Wyoming.

• Utah State is 84-23 (.783) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 70-2 (.972) record at home. The Aggies are 14-4 (.778) in known games played on Dec. 20, playing on the date for the second-straight season, as last year's home tournament, the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., was also Dec. 20-22. The Aggies are 0-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 87-20 (.813) in games played on Thursday under Morrill.

• Utah State will be facing Nicholls State for the first time on the court, but USU junior center Jarred Shaw has played against Nicholls State once before, during his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, posting two points and three rebounds.

THIS WEEK
Utah State (6-1) hosts the four-team, three-day, six-game World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 20-22. The Aggies will play at approximately 8 p.m. each night, following the first game of the evening at 5:30 p.m. UC Davis (2-6) and Southern Illinois (6-2) open tournament action on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Nicholls State against Utah State. Southern Illinois plays Nicholls State on Friday at 5:30 p.m., preceding the all-Aggie clash between UC Davis and Utah State at 8 p.m. Saturday's final day of play pits Nicholls State against UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. before Southern Illinois and USU close out action at 8 p.m. The games will not be televised, but the USU games will be video streamed, as well as being aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as audio streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
After the Holiday break, Utah State will open Western Athletic Conference action on the road, taking on league newcomers UTSA on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. (MT) and Texas State on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. (MT).

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, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

Thursday and Friday's USU men's basketball games will be aired in Salt Lake City on KZNS (97.5 FM), while Saturday's game will air on KDYL (1060 AM). The games will air in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM. Thursday and Friday's broadcasts will also feature former USU men's basketball director of operations Lance Beckert serving as analyst, before Coach Tueller returns to the microphone for Saturday's game.

Additionally, Cache Valley/Tremonton fans can listen to the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU 102.1 FM and KLZX 95.9 FM, while Southeastern Idaho fans can listen via a KLZX translator on 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho.

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

ON TV
None of this week's World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., will be televised.

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

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games 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. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State improved to 6-1 for the first time since 2008-09 with a hard-fought 69-63 win at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15, for the Aggies' fifth-straight win.

USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, registering his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Utah Valley. It was his sixth consecutive double-digit scoring effort, and his 11 rebounds give him at least seven rebounds in all seven games this season, including his third double-digit rebounding outing. Shaw also has 1.4 blocks per game and is shooting 60.3 percent (41-of-68) from the field as well as a team-best 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin adds 12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.3 assists per game. Medlin is also tied for the team lead by making nine three-pointers this season, shooting 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) behind the arc, netting 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field in addition to 76.7 percent (23-of-30) at the free throw line. In the Western Oregon game, Medlin scored a season-high 18 points, with 11 coming in the second half, but was held to six points at UVU. Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 10.7 ppg, pulling down 6.4 rpg as well to go with 1.7 blocks per game. Reed leads the team with a 61.7 percent (29-of-47) field goal percentage. Freshman guard Marcel Davis has erupted to average 19.0 ppg in his last two games and is averaging 7.0 ppg on the season, as well as 1.4 assists per game. Junior guard TeNale Roland is averaging a team-leading 3.6 assists per game.

Offensively, USU is averaging 70.1 ppg in making 49.6 percent from the field, hitting exactly a third of its three-pointers, as well as 71.2 percent at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 39.4 rebounds per game and have a dominating +15.0 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.4 assists per game while averaging 13.9 turnovers per contest.

Defensively, the Aggies' opposition is averaging 62.3 ppg while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, hitting 34.5 percent from distance and 67.9 percent at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 24.4 rebounds per game, as well as 12.4 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 10.3 turnovers per game.

A LOOK BACK AT THE UTAH VALLEY GAME
Freshman guard Marcel Davis logged his first Utah State start, junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double and junior center Matt Lopez made his Aggie debut to lead to Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought 69-63 win at Utah Valley Saturday night at UVU's UCCU Center. Davis netted a team-high 17 points while Shaw logged his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in helping the Aggies improve to 6-1 for the first time since 2008-09 when USU also won its sixth game of the season at Utah Valley. With Saturday's win, Utah State improved to 8-0 all-time against Utah Valley. The Wolverines fall to 5-7 on the season. The Aggies have won 32 of their last 40 overall games (.800) against in-state opponents and are 39-12 (.764) against the state of Utah in the last 13 years. Overall, USU is 40-17 (.702) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill. Lopez was making his USU debut in his first game eligible for the Aggies after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. He posted eight points, including two dunks, in adding two rebounds, as USU out-rebounded UVU, 35-20 Saturday night. The Aggies have out-rebounding their opponents in all seven games this season and Saturday's +15 rebounding margin was right at its season average, while ranks USU third in the NCAA. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added nine points while senior forward Kyisean Reed posted eight points while junior guard Preston Medlin scored six points including two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win. USU shot 29-of-53 (54.7 percent) from the field and was 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range. USU was also 8-of-10 (80.0 percent) at the free throw line. Utah Valley was led by 17 points each by Alvonzo Hubbard and Holton Hunsaker while Nick Thompson added 13 points and Jason Johnson posted 10. Ben Aird led UVU with six rebounds. The Wolverines shot 44.7 percent (21-of-47) field goal shooting, hitting 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the arc and were 81.3 percent (13-of-16) at the charity stripe. USU had a 17-0 bench scoring advantage Saturday, and have out-scored its counterparts in each of the last three games after not doing so in the previous three games. The Aggie bench has averaged 27.3 ppg in the last three games after averaging just 13.0 ppg in the previous four games, out-scoring the opponent's bench, 82-37, in the last three games. Utah Valley had control for a good portion of the first half, but Utah State battled tight, taking its first lead of the night at 20-19 with 10:47 to go on an up-and-under layup from junior guard TeNale Roland. UVU re-took the lead and opened 32-26 lead with 4:21 left on a three-pointer by Johnson. That would be the Wolverines' last points of the half, as the Aggies closed out the first frame with a 10-0 run starting with a jumper by Shaw and capped by a pair of Reed free throws with 59 seconds left and USU had a 36-32 lead at half time, as the Aggies improved to 5-0 this season when leading at the break. The Wolverines pulled within 42-39 less than five minutes into the second half after two Hunsaker free throws. Lopez then hit a layup to spark an 8-0 Aggie run capped by Davis with a layup for a 50-39 lead at the 13:39 mark. Those would be the first two of Davis' personal 11-point scoring run, including hitting a three-pointer and later a pair of free pitch shots for USU's largest lead of the night at 59-47 with 7:24 to play. The Aggies kept the Wolverines at bay for the rest of the game until UVU pulled within four at 67-63 with 17 seconds to go on a long trey by Hunsaker, but Medlin hit two free throws to secure the Aggies' win.

DAVIS TORCHING NET LAST TWO GAMES
Making his first start of his USU career, freshman guard Marcel Davis tied a game-high with 17 points Saturday night, including a stretch of scoring 11 straight points for the Aggies. In his last two games, Davis is now averaging 19.0 ppg after netting 21 points against Western Oregon. Davis now has 38 points in his last two games after posting 11 points in his previous five games.

LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team.

OTHER NOTES FROM UTAH VALLEY GAME
• USU is now 6-1 for the first time since 2008-09 when USU also won its sixth game of the season at Utah Valley.

• The Aggies are now 5-0 this season when leading at the half and they have won 71 of their last 73 games (.973) when leading at intermission. Over the last 13 years, USU is 278-25 (.917) when holding a halftime lead.

• Utah State is has out-rebounding its opponent in all seven games this season, improving to 6-1 when out-rebounding its opponent and the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding margin in all seven games... Saturday's +15 advantage was right on their season average of +15.0 coming into the game, ranking third in the nation and one of 16 teams in the NCAA with a double-digit rebounding margin.

• The 20 rebounds by Utah Valley is a season-low by a USU opponent, bettering the previous mark of 21 by Western Oregon last Saturday.

• USU had a 17-0 bench scoring advantage Saturday, and have out-scored its counterparts in each of the last three games after not doing so in the previous three games.

• The Aggie bench has averaged 27.3 ppg in the last three games after averaging just 13.0 ppg in the previous four games, out-scoring the opponent's bench, 82-37, in the last three games.

• Utah State's 12 assists Saturday tied a season-low with 12 in Saint Mary's game.

• The Aggies have made at least one three-pointer in the last 206 games played.

• Junior center Jarred Shaw posted his third double-double of the season and with his 12 points Saturday, he has scored in double-figures in each of the last six games, and his 11 rebounds is his third double-digit rebounding outing and have been the same three games that he's posted a double-double.

• Shaw has led USU in rebounding in six of the seven games this season.

• Junior guard Preston Medlin's two free throws with 9.5 seconds left to seal the win Saturday give Medlin 7-10 (.700) in free throws in the final two minutes and overtime, leading the team in both FT's made and attempted during that time.

• With one blocked shot Saturday, Shaw has at least one rejection in all seven games this year.

• Also with one blocked shot Saturday, senior forward Kyisean Reed has in his last six games and 10 of his last 12 games played.

• With nine points Saturday, junior forward Spencer Butterfield has averaged 9.3 ppg in the last three games, after averaging 4.0 ppg in the previous four games.

• Butterfield has also hit at least one three-pointer in the last three games and five of the seven games this season.

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 351-120 (.745) at USU.

AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE; THIRD IN NCAA
Utah State has a +15.0 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also third in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies are just one of 14 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +16.1 margin.

USU THIRD IN NCAA IN REBOUNDING MARGIN, SHAW IN TOP 25 FOR REBOUNDS, FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 23rd in the NCAA in rebounds per game (10.0), helping USU to a +15.0 rebounding advantage, which ranks the Aggies third in the nation. Shaw also 17th in field goal percentage (.603). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 61.7 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 13th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.

AGGIES 13th IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 30th IN ASSISTS PER GAME
USU leads the WAC and is 13th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.496). The Aggies also are tops in the league and 16th in the nation for assists per game (16.4). Utah State also is 58th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.2).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 5-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 6-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 3-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 5-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 6-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 4-1 when blocking more shots.

BENCH COMES UP BIG IN LAST THREE GAMES
Entering the Santa Clara game, Utah State's bench had averaged just 13.0 points per game, or 20.3 percent of the scoring. However, in the Santa Clara game, the Aggies' reserves netted 34 points (42.5 percent), getting 11 points from senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was coming off the bench for the first time this season after staring the previous four games. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield tied a then season-high with nine points and freshman guard Marcel Davis netted a then season-best eight points. The Aggie reserves again came up big in the Western Oregon game with 31 points, led by Davis' season and USU season-best 21 points off the bench, while junior forward Marvin Jean netted a season-high eight points and Clifford added two points. USU's bench had another big game at Utah Valley, out-scoring the Wolverines' reserves, 17-0. The Aggie bench has averaged 27.3 ppg in the last three games and is now averaging 19.1 ppg (27.3 percent).

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 5-0 this year and has won 71 of its last 73 games (.973) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 278-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.

SCOUTING NICHOLLS STATE
The Colonels are 1-5 on the year and Thursday will be Nicholls State's sixth road game this season, as NSU's lone win of the season came in its only home game thus far, beating New Orleans, 92-79, on Nov. 26. New Orleans was Nicholls State's last game as well, losing at New Orleans, 79-76, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. After missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, senior guard Fred Hunter made a smashing return to the Colonels' lineup, netting 36 points in the loss to UNO, hitting 13-of-17 from the field and 10-of-14 at the free throw line and also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Hunter leads NSU with 25.3 points per game, a mark that would lead the NCAA, but he has only played in four of the Colonels' six game for a 66.7 percent participation, and NCAA qualification is at least 75.0 percent of the team's games played. Hunter also leads the Colonels in rebounding and steals with 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Freshman guard T. J. Carpenter adds 12.7 ppg, netting 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) from three-point range. Carpenter also pulls down 4.5 rpg. Sophomore forward Sam McBeath has a team-leading 2.5 assists per game (15 total) while freshman forward JaMarkus Horace leads the team with four blocked shots (0.8 pg). As a team, NSU is averaging 62.3 ppg while allowing 76.8 ppg, for a -14.5 scoring margin. The Colonels have a -5.0 rebounding margin as they averaging 28.5 rebounds per game but are allowing 33.5 rpg by their opponents. NSU is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 35.5 percent at the free throw line and 65.1 percent at the free throw line. Nicholls State is allowing the opponent to shoot 50.9 percent field goal shooting, including 49.4 percent behind the arc and 63.4 percent at the charity strip. NSU is averaging 12.3 assists per game, swiping 5.5 steals per game in forcing 13.3 turnovers per game while committing 17.2 turnovers per game themselves.

AGGIES VS. COLONELS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State will be Nicholls State on the hardwood for the first time in school history.

SHAW ONLY USU PLAYER TO FACE NICHOLLS STATE
While Utah State will be facing Nicholls State for the first time on the court, USU junior center Jarred Shaw has played against Nicholls State once before, during his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, posting two points and three rebounds, in OSU's 76-56 win.

USU VERSUS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
Utah State is 23-9 (.719) all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana as it is 14-3 against Louisiana Tech, 2-1 against Centenary, LSU and Tulane, 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-0 against Grambling, 1-1 against Northwestern State and 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Aggies are playing their second Southland Conference team this season, after beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17. Utah State is 9-3 (.750) all-time against current members of the Southland Conference, as the Aggies are 6-1 against Oral Roberts, 1-0 against Lamar, 1-1 against Northwestern State and TAMU-CC.

USU'S HOME TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
The Aggies are 43-1 (.977) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the 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 42-straight home tournament games since that loss to Wyoming.

UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 84-23 (.783) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 70-2 (.972) record at home. The Aggies are 14-4 (.778) in known games played on Dec. 20, playing on the date for the second-straight season, as last year's home tournament, the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., was also Dec. 20-22. The Aggies are 0-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 87-20 (.813) in games played on Thursday under Morrill.

SIX DEGREES OF NEW ORLEANS
No Kevin Bacon is needed to connect New Orleans with two of the visiting teams this weekend, as both Nicholls State and Southern Illinois have played UNO in home-and-home games, with Nicholls State beating the Muskateers, 92-79, at home on Nov. 26 before losing at UNO, 79-76 on Dec. 12, in NSU's last game. New Orleans was also Southern Illinois' most recent opponent, as SIU won, 74-61, Monday night after also beating UNO, 72-55, back on Nov. 12 in the Salukis' season-opener.

SCOUTING UC DAVIS
The Aggies bring a 2-6 mark into this weekend's action after opening a busy week with an 87-65 win at home over Eastern Washington Monday night. Junior guard Tyler Les led five players in double-figures for UCD with 18 points off the bench while junior guard/forward Josh Ritchart added 14 points and sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Paolo Mancasola and junior guard Ryan Sypkens netted 10 points apiece. On the season, UC Davis is led by Hawkins with 17.8 points per game, adding 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Hawkins is 91.3 percent at the free throw line, shooting 42-of-46 at the line, with nearly half of the team's 96 made free throws. Sypkens adds 15.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg, netting a whopping 53.1 percent from three-point range, shooting 34-of-64 to have over half of the team's 66 made three-pointers. Adenrele tallies 12.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg, leading the team with 64.4 percent (38-of-59) from the field. Senior guard Ryan Howley leads the Aggies with 9.6 rpg. As a team, UCD is averaging 73.2 ppg while allowing 75.5 ppg for a -2.2 scoring margin. The Aggies are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent at the free throw line. UCD's opponents average 41.6 percent field goal shooting, including 37.1 percent behind the arc and 75.4 percent at the free throw line. The Aggies have a slight -0.1 rebounding margin as they average 34.9 rpg while the opposition has a 35.0 rpg average. UCD averages 16.3 assists per game, while swiping 5.3 steals per game and posting 3.5 blocks per game while having 14.8 turnovers per game, and the Aggie defense forces 11.5 turnovers per game.

UTAH NATIVE
UC Davis freshman forward Tyler Ott is a native of St. George, Utah, and played for Desert Hills HS, where he was named Utah's 3A state MVP after averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while helping lead the Thunder to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state championship game.

UTAH STATE-UC DAVIS SERIES HISTORY
The Aggies and Aggies have faced off just once before, with Utah State winning the all-Aggie clash, 81-55, on Nov. 27, 2004.

FELLOW AGGIES
Utah State and UC Davis are two of only four Aggies in Division I sports and two of only six fellow Aggies in college athletics:

Delaware Valley College (Division III)
New Mexico State University
North Carolina A&T State University
Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Division II)
Texas A&M University
UC-Davis
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

USU VERSUS THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is 237-123 (.658) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU is 16-2 against Cal Poly, 40-17 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 10-3 against Cal State Northridge, 14-4 vs. Hawai'i, 33-22 against Long Beach State, 44-23 vs. Pacific, 1-0 against UC Davis, 31-27 against UC Irvine, 9-1 against UC Riverside and 39-24 vs. UC Santa Barbara.

USU head coach Stew Morrill is 1-0 all-time against UC Davis as part of a 108-43 (.715) overall ledger against current members of the Big West Conference, additionally posting a 13-2 mark against Cal Poly, 15-3 against Cal State Fullerton, 7-3 against Cal State Northridge, 17-13 vs. Hawai'i, 11-3 against Long Beach State, 12-8 vs. Pacific, 11-5 against UC Irvine, 9-1 vs. UC Riverside and 12-5 against UC Santa Barbara.

LOOKING BACK AT UTAH STATE'S DAYS IN THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State first win in basketball in the PCAA was at home against Fresno State, 56-49, on Jan. 9, 1979 and its first tournament win was that same year against San Jose State, 85-78, on March 1. Utah State won its first regular season championship during the 1979-80 season under then head coach Rod Tueller with an 11-2 record and won its first tournament championship during the 1987-88 season under Tueller with wins against San Jose State (80-72), UC Santa Barbara (73-66) and UC Irvine (86-79). Aggie fans would not see another regular season championship until Larry Eustachy's second year as head coach as he led USU to a 14-4 conference record during the 1994-95 season. Three years later, Eustachy guided Utah State to its second-ever tournament championship in 1998 with wins against Long Beach State (69-61), Cal State Fullerton (65-56) and Pacific (78-63). Current Aggie head coach Stew Morrill took over the program prior to the 1998-99 season and promptly turned Utah State into the conference's premier team. USU began its domination in the league during the 1999-2000 season as it finished with a perfect 16-0 record and then won the tournament championship by defeating Pacific (64-41), Nevada (69-64) and New Mexico State (71-66). Utah State would repeat as tournament champions the next year with wins against CS Fullerton (74-43), Boise State (67-48) and Pacific (50-38). The Aggies would go on to finish tied for first in the conference in 2002 before losing to UC Santa Barbara (60-56) in the tournament championship game. After placing third in the Big West during the 2003 season, Utah State won its third tournament championship in four years by defeating CS Fullerton (89-83 ot), UC Irvine (62-55) and Cal Poly (57-54). Utah State had an outstanding season during the 2003-04 campaign, as it went 17-1 in league play and tied with Pacific for first-place, before losing to Cal State Northridge (63-62) in the semifinals of the tournament. USU's final year in the Big West was the 2004-05 season, as Utah State ended its association with the conference by winning the 2005 tournament championship with wins against CS Fullerton (84-77) and 16th-ranked Pacific (65-52). Overall, Utah State won six tournament championships (1988, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) and seven regular season titles (1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 20002, 2004) as a member of the Big West Conference. In its last six years in the league, USU won four tournament championships, three regular season titles, recorded an 84-20 (.808) league record and had a 13-2 (.867) record in tournament action. USU also had 12 first-team all-Big West selections, 20 all-conference selections and 23 Player of Week honorees, not to mention Coach Morrill being named the Big West Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002) in its last six years in the league.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The Salukis improved to 6-2 on the season after beating New Orleans for the second time this season, rallying from an early 13-point deficit for a 13-point win, 74-61 Monday night. Sophomore forward Dantiel Daniels led four Salukis in double-digits with 20 points. Freshman guard Anthony Beane, Jr. netted 17 points, hitting both of SIU's two three-pointers in the game, while freshman guard Jalen Pendleton added 14 points off the bench, and senior guard Jeff Early tallied 12 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. For the season, Early leads SIU with 14.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg and leads the team with 81.8 percent (18-of-22) at the free throw line, while junior guard Desmar Jackson averages 13.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg, tying for the team-lead with eight made three-pointers (8-of-23, 34.8 percent), and adds 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Beane, Jr., adds 10.5 ppg while Daniels nets 10.1 ppg in shooting a team-best 68.3 percent (28-of-41) from the field. Senior guard Kendal Brown-Surles missed Monday's game with illness, but leads SIU with 2.9 assists per game. As a team, SIU averages 69.2 ppg, while allowing 59.5 ppg for a +9.8 scoring margin. The Salukis are shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, including 31.9 percent behind the arc and 65.5 percent at the free throw line. SIU's opponents are shooting 42.3 percent field goal shooting, 32.5 percent from distance and 67.7 percent at the charity stripe. The Salukis have a +5.0 rebounding margin, pulling down 34.6 rebounds per game while the opposition averages 29.6 rpg. SIU averages 12.0 assists, 9.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and 14.4 turnovers per game, while forcing 18.1 turnovers per game by its opponent.

AGGIES VERSUS SALUKIS SERIES HISTORY
USU is 0-2 all-time against SIU, losing 70-69 at home on Jan. 11, 1996 and dropping a 67-64 decision at Carbondale on Jan. 4, 1997.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
The Aggies are 16-15 (.516) 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 6-5 against Wichita State. The last time Utah State played a team from the Missouri Valley Conference was last season, falling at Wichita State, 83-76, on Dec. 10, 2011. The last time USU hosted a Missouri Valley Conference was on Feb. 20, 2010 when it defeated Wichita State, 68-58.

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 9-5 (.643) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, posting a 2-2 mark against Creighton, 3-1 against Drake, 3-1 vs. Illinois State and 1-1 against Wichita State.

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2011 ATHLETES IN ACTION CLASSIC
Utah State 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.

UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Also added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Dished out first two USU career assists in same game, and had two helpers in Weber State game before tallying three assists in Western Oregon game... Now has 38 points in his last two games (19.0 ppg) after posting 11 points in his previous five games.

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Posted second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State and then registered third double-double of year with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Utah Valley... Has scored in double-figures in each of the last six games and had double-digit rebounds in three of the last six games, posting his double-doubles in all three games... Led USU in rebounding in six of seven games this season, including first five games ... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's seven games... Second in the WAC in field goal percentage (.603)... Also ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and 10th in scoring (14.3 ppg), as well as fifth in free throw percentage (.857) and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.4)... In the NCAA statistics, ranks 17th in field goal percentage (.603), 23rd in rebounds per game (10.0) and 52nd in double-doubles (3.0).

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 44th consecutive start and played in 66th career game at Utah Valley... Led USU in scoring for the third time this season and 25th time in last two seasons with 17 points in each of the TAMU-Corpus Christi and Weber State games, tying season high... Scored in double-figures 36 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games played... Has 39 career games with multiple three-pointers... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 119 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.2 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 282 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 13th in the WAC in scoring (12.9 ppg), tied for eighth in free throw percentage (.767), 13th in three-point percentage (.375), ninth for assists (3.3 apg) and eighth for assist-turnover ratio (1.28)... Also leads the WAC in minutes played (36.4).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Has averaged 9.3 ppg in the last three games, after averaging 4.0 ppg in the previous four games... Has also hit at least one three-pointer in the last three games and five of the seven games this season, including three games with multi-three pointers, netting three against Idaho State and two each in Santa Clara and Western Oregon games... Ranks sixth in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.429).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 43rd career game and has made 34 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 22 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, 11 at Santa Clara and 10 vs. Western Oregon... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 29th career contest, tying career-high with three blocks in Weber State game... Has at least one blocked shot in six games this season and 10 of his last 12 career games played... Posted 24th career game with five or more rebounds with season-high nine against Western Oregon, leading USU in rebounding for first time this season... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU... Leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.617) and would rank 13th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Also fifth in the WAC in blocks (1.7), ninth in rebounding (6.4), as well as tied for fifth in steals (1.9).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament.... Snared season-high five rebounds at Utah Valley... Has 18 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in a then-season-high 18 minutes of action against Western Oregon, tallying season-high eight points, posting first game with multi three-pointers with two, and then topped that with 19 minutes at Utah Valley... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Scored a season-high nine points twice in last five games, (TAMU-Corpus Christi and Santa Clara)... Has dished out two or more assists in six of seven games, including USU season-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Leads the WAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.27) and ranks seventh in assists (3.57).

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 40 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.

SCORING BY STARTERS AMONG NATION'S LEADERS
Through games on Nov. 29, Utah State's starters are third in the WAC and 20th in the nation for percentage of scoring by starting lineups, as the USU starters have netted 250 of the Aggies' 336 points or 74.4 percent of the total points. Duke leads the country with 91.5 percent of its points scored by its starters.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 3-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 79 of its last 84 games (.941) when scoring at least 70 points and is 221-30 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 3-0 this season and has won 116 of its last 121 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 181-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 206 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.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range (119-282) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 119, passing former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) with 117.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name	         Years 	        FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll   2005-08	369
2.	Tony Brown	 1999-02	283
3.	Reid Newey	 1984, 87-89	237
4.	Jay Goodman	 1991-93	209
5.	Tyler Newbold	 2008-11	194
6.	Justin Jones	 1996-98	183
7.	Brian Green	 2010-11	129
8.	Jared Quayle	 2009-10	128
9.	Preston Medlin	 2010, 12-	119
10.	Pooh Williams	 2008-11	117
11.	Troy Rolle	 1999-00	112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 282 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- .422 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 61.4 career field goal percentage (164-of-267), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made)
	Name	        Years	        Pct.
1.	Nate Harris	2003-06	        .641
2.	Greg Houskeeper	1988-89	        .622
3.	Spencer Nelson	1999, 03-05     .617
4.	Kyisean Reed	2012-pres.      .614
5.	Tai Wesley	2008-11	        .597
6.	Gary Wilkinson	2008-09	        .582
7.	Cass Matheus	2005-06	        .580
8.	Shawn Daniels	2000-01	        .579
9.	Dean Hunger	1977-80	        .577
10.	Nate Wickizer	1992-95	        .570
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 336-107 (.758) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156). Medlin was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.

As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.

Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.

After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.

Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.

THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.

LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING

Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).

MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.

MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.

MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.

GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

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

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

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