Aggie Men Face UT Arlington In First Night Of Athletes In Action Classic, Sponsored By Gossner Foods, Tuesday
Dec. 19, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. UT Arlington
UT Arlington (4-4) vs. Utah State (5-5)
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 8 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,463-1,011 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is 4-1 at home this year and has won 87 of its last 90 home games. Under current head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 197-14 (.934) at home including a 97-6 (.942) record against non-conference opponents. All-time, Utah State is 491-107 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State had won 33 straight home games prior to its 67-54 home loss to Denver on Nov. 30 as that 33-game winning streak was the third-longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history. USU had also won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents before its loss to the Pioneers.
Utah State is 40-1 (.976) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the 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.
Utah State is 79-22 (.782) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 66-2 (.971) record at home. USU is also 22-8 (.733) in games played on Tuesday under Morrill and 13-4 (.765) all-time in known games played on Dec. 20.
Utah State is 2-1 on the season and has won 108 of its last 111 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 173-13 (.930) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 173 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 is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State (5-5) continues its four-game homestand this week by hosting UT Arlington (4-4), Saint Peter's (2-7) and Kent State (7-1) in the 2011 Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, from Tuesday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 22. None of the tournament games will be televised, but all three of Utah State's games are available to listen live via the Aggie Sports Network.
ATHLETES IN ACTION CLASSIC SCHEDULE
The 2011 Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with Saint Peter's (V) versus Kent State (H) at 5:30 p.m., followed by UT Arlington (V) against Utah State (H) at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Kent State (V) will play UT Arlington (H) at 5:30 p.m., and Saint Peter's (V) will face Utah State (H) at 8 p.m. And on Thursday, Dec. 22, UT Arlington (V) will play Saint Peter's (H) at 5:30 p.m., followed by Kent State (V) versus Utah State (H) at 8 p.m.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 5-5 on the season after defeating Seattle, 78-53, Saturday. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 45.8 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.3 points and 3.2 assists per game, and is shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent at the free throw line, while senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, and is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 65.5 points and shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from three-point range and 67.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 63.9 points and its opponents are shooting 39.9 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC (REED RANKS SECOND IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING)
As of Monday, Dec. 19, Utah State ranks second in the WAC in scoring defense (63.9), second in field goal percentage (.451), second in three-point field goal percentage (.392), third in field goal percentage defense (.399), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.316), fourth in scoring margin (+1.6), fifth in blocked shots (2.80), and fifth in free throw shooting (.670). Individually, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks fourth in three-point shooting (.458), ninth in scoring (13.7), 10th in assists (2.80), 13th in overall shooting (.465), and 13th in free throw shooting (.719). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.03), ninth in assists (3.20), 11th in free throw shooting (.761), 13th in scoring (12.3), and 13th in steals (1.10). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks seventh in blocked shots (0.90) and eighth in rebounding (6.3). And junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in overall shooting (.583) and 15th in rebounding (4.9).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
LOOKING BACK AT THE SEATTLE GAME
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points in leading Utah State to an easy 78-53 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member Seattle (2-7) at home Saturday to even its ledger at 5-5 on the season. For Utah State, its 78 points were a season-high and its 25-point win was its largest of the year. USU also shot 50 percent from the field for the second time in as many games and for the third time this season. Medlin, who was 6-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line, has now scored in double-figures in each of his last six games as he reached the 20-point plateau for the second time this year. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added a season-high tying 13 points for Utah State as he has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger hit double-figures for the third-straight game with 11 points, while adding season-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a season-best 29 minutes. Overall, Utah State's bench scored 31 points as compared to 28 for Seattle as junior guard E.J. Farris had a career-high nine points and sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points and five rebounds. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (22-44), including 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-11) and 75.7 percent at the free throw line as it had season-highs in both free throws made (28) and attempted (37). Seattle shot just 29.2 percent overall (19-65), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Redhawks were also just 3-of-23 (.130) from three-point range and converted on 12-of-18 (.667) free throws. SU did out-rebound USU by eight (43-35) as it grabbed 21 offensive boards. Sterling Carter and Prince Obasi each scored eight points for Seattle as the Redhawks did not have a single player score in double-figures. Utah State scored the first five points of the game on a layup by Reed and a three-pointer from Medlin before Seattle scored the next six points to take its only lead of the game at 6-5 with 16:37 to play in the half. USU later led by just three at 22-19 before a Medlin three-pointer sparked an 11-0 run and the Aggies went into half-time with a 35-24 advantage. Medlin had 11 points to lead Utah State in the first-half as it shot 47.6 percent (10-21), including 50.0 percent from three (3-6) and 63.2 percent at the line (12-19). Seattle shot 32.2 percent in the first 20 minutes (10-31), but was 0-of-9 from three-point range and just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line. Seattle could never get closer than 11 points early on in the second half as Utah State used a 9-0 run to lead 45-26, and a 7-0 run for a 58-34 advantage. USU took its largest lead of the night at 78-51 with 45 seconds to play on a free throw by freshman guard Adam Thoseby before points the 25-point win.
UTAH STATE RECORDS SEASON-HIGHS AGAINST SEATTLE
Utah State recorded several season-highs in its last game against Seattle as it scored a season-high 78 points, made a season-high 28 free throws and shot a season-high 37 free throws. USU also held Seattle to just 53 points, which was a season-low for a USU opponent this year.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD AGAIN
Utah State shot 50 percent from the field (22-44) against Seattle in its last game marking the second time in as many games and third time this year it has shot at least 50 percent overall. During its last two games, Utah State is averaging 77.0 points and shooting 52.1 percent from the field (50-96), 42.3 percent from three-point range (11-26) and 74.1 percent at the free throw line (43-58).
UTAH STATE DEFENSE HAS BEEN SOLID THIS YEAR
Utah State has played very well on defense for the most part this year as it has held six of its 10 opponents to under 40 percent shooting, including holding Seattle to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field (19-65) and just 13.0 percent shooting from three-point range (3-23) in its last game. During its last four games, Utah State's opponents are shooting just 37.8 percent from the field (88-233) and just 30.5 percent from three-point range (25-82).
UTAH STATE HAS USED SEVEN DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS THIS YEAR
Through 10 games, Utah State has used seven different starting lineups and has used the same lineup in consecutive games just twice this year. On the season, USU has started 10 different players and only senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have started every game. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups the entire season.
AGGIE RESERVES PLAYING WELL DURING LAST THREE GAMES
Utah State's bench has been very productive in its last three games as it scored a season-high tying 31 points against Seattle, to go along with 27 points against both Wichita State and Utah Valley. During its last three games, Utah State's bench is averaging 28.3 points and 11.7 rebounds, while shooting 61.2 percent from the field (30-49), 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 73.1 percent at the free throw line (19-26). On the season, USU's reserves are averaging 18.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Following its 78-53 home win against Seattle, Utah State is now 4-1 this year and 63-20 over the last 13 years following a loss, and has dropped back-to-back games just 17 times during that time period.
MEDLIN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST FIVE GAMES
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last six games as he had 22 points against Seattle, 15 points at Wichita State, 13 points against Utah Valley, 15 points at Pacific, 13 points against Denver and a career-high 26 points at Idaho State. Against the Bengals, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Medlin also had a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific and a career-high six assists against Utah Valley. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures seven times this year and eight times in his career. During his last six games, Medlin is averaging 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field (34-71), 54.5 percent from three-point range (18-33) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (18-22).
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
REED SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FOUR-STRAIGHT GAMES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in each of his last four games as he tied his season-high in each of his last two games with 13 points against Seattle and at Wichita State. He also had 11 points and six rebounds against Utah Valley and 13 points to go along with seven rebounds in a season-best 34 minutes at Pacific. Reed also had 13 points in a home game against Southern Utah and recorded his first double-figure rebounding game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he had 10 boards in his first-ever start. During his last four games, Reed is averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 64.3 percent from the field (18-28) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20).
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN THREE-STRAIGHT GAMES
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games after scoring 11 points against Seattle, to go along with a career-high 12 points at Wichita State and 10 points against Utah Valley. Berger also had career-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a season-best 29 minutes against the Redhawks. During his last three games, Berger is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 62.5 percent from the field (10-16), 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8) and is 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific.
BRUNEEL SCORES CAREER-HIGH 10 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points at Wichita State. In his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 6.0 points and shooting 60.0 percent from the field (12-20), 50.0 percent from three-point range (3-6) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (3-4).
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR SEVENTH TIME THIS YEAR WITH 18 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the seventh time this year and 29th time in his career with 18 points at Wichita State. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 10.4 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field (17-51), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (16-24).
GRIM'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT THREE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had scored in double-figures in three-straight games before scoring just three points at Pacific. During his streak of three-straight double-figure scoring games, Grim had 11 points against Denver and Idaho State, to go along with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures four times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 40.0 percent from the field (10-25) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (10-18).
STONE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH EIGHT REBOUNDS IN FIRST START
Freshman center Jordan Stone grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in his first career start against Utah Valley. Stone also played well in his previous game at Pacific as he grabbed seven rebounds and scored a career-best seven points, while playing a career-high 23 minutes. Stone also had six points and three rebounds in his previous game against Denver, to go along with five points and five rebounds against Southern Utah earlier in the year. During his last five games, Stone is averaging 3.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (5-10) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 2-1 this year and has won 63 of its last 66 games when scoring at least 70 points. Overall, USU is 205-28 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. During his last five games, he is averaging 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field (5-13) and 40.0 percent at the free throw line (2-5).
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. In his last seven games, Thoseby is 7-of-14 (.500) from behind the arc.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD 10 DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through 10 games, Utah State has already had 10 different players on its roster score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have scored 10 or more points in seven games, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in five games, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures four times, sophomore guard Danny Berger has scored in double-figures three times, and senior forward Brady Jardine, sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel, freshman forward Ben Clifford, and freshmen guards Adam Thoseby and Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
UT Arlington is 4-4 on the season after losing its last two games on the road at Texas (80-62) and at Tulsa (80-75). Overall, the Mavericks have lost four of their last five games after starting the year with home wins against East Texas Baptist (99-64), Louisiana Tech (68-61) and North Texas (97-64). UTA then lost at Baylor (75-65), lost at home to Samford (71-69) and defeated UT-Pan American at home (92-60), before losing at Texas and at Tulsa. The Mavericks, who are 0-3 on the road this year, are led by senior forward LaMarcus Reed who is averaging 13.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent at the free throw line. Junior forward Kevin Butler is averaging 12.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, and senior forward Bo Ingram is averaging 10.1 points per game. As a team, UT Arlington is scoring 78.4 points per game and shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 64.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UTA is allowing 69.4 points and its opponents are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from three-point range and 64.8 percent at the free throw line. UT Arlington returns all five of its starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-16 overall and finished in fifth-place in the Western Division of the Southland Conference with a 7-9 record. Scott Cross is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Mavericks and has an overall record of 83-77.
UTAH STATE-UT ARLINGTON SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and UT Arlington will be meeting for the first time ever Tuesday. USU head coach Stew Morrill will also be facing UT Arlington for the first time in his career.
VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Utah State is 2-2 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference with a 1-0 record against Lamar, a 1-1 record against Northwestern State and an 0-1 record against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. The last time USU played a team from the Southland Conference was on Nov. 22, 2011 when it lost at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in overtime, 58-55. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 2-2 all-time against current members of the Southland with a 1-1 record against Northwestern State, a 1-0 record against McNeese State and a 0-1 record against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
UT ARLINGTON TO JOIN WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOR 2012-13 SEASON
The Western Athletic Conference announced on July 14, 2011 that an invitation for membership has been issued to and accepted by The University of Texas at Arlington to join the conference effective July 1, 2012. UT Arlington, currently a member of the Southland Conference, is an institution founded in 1895 with an enrollment of nearly 34,000. It is the second-largest university in the UT system. The Mavericks sponsor 14 intercollegiate sports that will compete in the WAC - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and women's volleyball. UT Arlington's move to the WAC coincides with the first full season of volleyball and basketball to be played in the University's new College Park Center, a 6,500-seat, split bowl arena. Both the men's and women's basketball teams have competed recently in the NCAA basketball tournament with the men last appearing in 2008 and the women the season prior. The volleyball team had its most successful season in 1989 when it advanced to the Final Four.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER'S
Saint Peter's is 2-7 on the season and has lost each of its last three games at Manhattan (68-42), at Minnesota (69-47) and at Long Island (82-80). The Peacocks, who are currently 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season, began the year with a road loss at Buffalo (72-65), followed by a home loss to Robert Morris (69-52) and a road loss at Fairleigh Dickinson (73-62), before notching a home win against Binghamton (66-43). Saint Peter's then lost at Seton Hall (63-54) followed by a home win against Siena (51-44), before losing each of its last three games. The Peacocks, who are 0-6 on the road this year, are led by junior forward Darius Conley who is averaging 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Chris Prescott is also scoring in double figures for Saint Peter's as he is averaging 12.1 points per game. As a team, SPC is averaging 57.7 points per game and shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 28.0 percent from three-point range and 64.1 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Peacocks are allowing 64.8 points and its opponents are shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from three-point range and 67.6 percent at the free throw line. Saint Peter's returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 20-14 and finished in fourth-place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 11-7 record, but won the MAAC's postseason tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament where it lost to Purdue (65-43) in the second round. John Dunne is in his sixth year as Saint Peter's head coach and has an overall collegiate record of 60-105.
UTAH STATE-SAINT PETER'S SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Saint Peter's will be facing one another for the third time in series history this week. Saint Peter's won the first meeting between the two teams, 95-77, at home on Mar. 1, 1969, while USU won the last meeting, 125-108, on Dec. 6, 1969 in Logan.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State is 3-3 versus current members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as it is 1-0 versus Niagra, 1-1 against Manhattan and Saint Peter's, and 0-1 against Iona. The last time USU played a team from the MAAC was on Dec. 1, 1978 when it lost to Iona, 73-61, in Syracuse, N.Y. at the Carrier Classic. USU head coach Stew Morrill has never played a team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State is 7-1 on the season and has won five straight games including a 58-56 road win at Western Carolina last time out. The Golden Eagles, who are 3-0 on the road this year, began the season with a road win at West Virginia (70-60) and a home win against Alcorn State (77-58), before losing at home against Cleveland State (57-53). KSU then defeated Louisiana (76-67), Morehead State (83-63) and UAB (57-48) at home, before winning its last two games on the road against James Madison (71-51) and at Western Carolina. The Golden Flashes are led by senior forward Justin Greene who is averaging 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the free throw line. Kent State has four other players scoring in double-figures as junior guard Randal Holt is averaging 10.9 points, junior forward Chris Evans is averaging 10.4 points, senior guard Carlton Guyton is averaging 10.0 points and senior guard Michael Porrini is averaging 9.9 points per game. As a team, Kent State is scoring 68.1 points per game, and shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, KSU is allowing 57.5 points and its opponents are shooting 38.0 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent at the free throw line. Kent State returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 25-12 overall and finished in a tie for first in the Eastern Division of the Mid-American Conference with a 12-4 mark. KSU then advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament where it won at Saint Mary's (71-70) and at Fairfield (72-68), before losing at Colorado (81-74). Rob Senderoff is in his first year as a collegiate head coach at Kent State.
UTAH STATE-KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 2-0 all-time against Kent State as it won the first game in the series, 83-62, at home during the 1960-61 season and then posted a 68-61 home win on Dec. 18, 1971 in the last meeting between the two teams.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Utah State is 6-2 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference as it has a 2-0 record against Kent State and Western Michigan, 1-0 records against Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio), and 0-1 records against Ohio and Toledo. The last time USU played a team from the Mid-American Conference was on Dec. 22, 2010 when it defeated Western Michigan, 78-57, in its own World Vision Invitational. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 5-2 against current members of the Mid-American Conference including a 1-0 record against Kent State while he was the head coach of Montana. Morrill is also 3-0 all-time against Western Michigan, 1-1 versus Toledo and 0-1 against Ohio.
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.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 329-108 (.753) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 76.8 percent with an overall record of 314-95. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 197-14 (.934) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 547 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.0 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 547-246 (.690).
Has started 42 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 44... Has scored in double-figures in seven games this year and in 29 games in his career... Also has one 20-point game this season and four in his career... Scored 21 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in his season-opener against BYU... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Currently ranks eighth in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.03), ninth in assists (3.20), 11th in free throw shooting (.761), 13th in scoring (12.3), and 13th in steals (1.10).
Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Idaho State... Has started two games this year and played in nine.
Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in all 10.
Scored in double-figures for the third-straight game with 11 points against Seattle, while adding career-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a career-best 29 minutes... Scored a season-high 12 points at Wichita State... Saw his first action of the season at Pacific, scoring two points in 19 minutes... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt.
Scored a career-high 26 points at Idaho State and had 22 points against Seattle... Had a career-high six assists against Utah Valley and a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah and Denver... Has scored in double-figures seven times this year, including six straight, and eight times in his career... Currently ranks fourth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.458), ninth in scoring (13.7), 10th in assists (2.80), 13th in overall shooting (.465), and 13th in free throw shooting (.719)... Has played in 32 games at Utah State with 10 starts.
Scored a career-high nine points against Seattle,while playing a season-high 11 minutes... Was 2-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line against the Redhawks... Has played in 27 games during his Aggie career.
Scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points at Wichita State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high five rebounds at Pacific... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started seven games during the season and played in all 10.
Has scored in double-figures in four games this season... Recorded his first-ever double-double as he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Also played a career-high 42 minutes against the Islanders.... Scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds at Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks seventh in the WAC in blocked shots (0.90) and eighth in rebounding (6.3)... Overall, he has played in 42 games at Utah State with 10 starts and in 83 games during his collegiate career.
Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had a season-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in nine.
Has scored in double-figures in each of his last four games and in five games on the season after tying his career-high with 13 points against Seattle... Tied his season-high with 13 points at Pacific as he played a season-high 34 minutes... Also had 13 points at Wichita State and against Southern Utah... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.583) and is 15th in rebounding (4.9).
Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.