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• Utah State (7-6, 0-0 MW) will host San José State (3-8, 0-0 MW) on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Mountain West opener for both schools. Fans can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network or watch the game via the Mountain West Network, online at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
• Utah State and San José State have the sixth-longest series in USU history, with the Aggies leading 59-21. USU has won 20 straight against the Spartans and 26 of the last 27.
• Utah State is 33-4 all-time against the Spartans in Logan, and has won 25 straight against San José State at home.
• Utah State has won 25 of its last 27 conference home openers, dating back to the 1988-89 season.
• Utah State is 287-219 all-time against members of the Mountain West, and league opponents make up six of the longest series in schools history. The Aggies have faced Colorado State 95 times, fourth in school history, San José State 80 times, sixth in school history, Wyoming 76 times, seventh in school history, Fresno State 57 times, 14th in school history, Nevada 55 times, tied for 15th in school history, and Boise State 44 times, 19th in school history.
• Utah State has five players averaging double figures over the last five games, led by junior guard DeAngelo Isby with 13.2 points per game and followed by sophomore guard Sam Merrill (13.0 ppg), junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. (11.8 ppg), sophomore guard Koby McEwen (11.2 ppg) and junior forward Quinn Taylor (11.2 ppg).
• Junior guard DeAngelo Isby has scored season highs for Utah State in two of the last three games, turning in a team-high 24 points against Utah on Dec. 9, followed by a season-high 26-point effort against Youngstown State on Dec. 20.
Scouting San José State
San José State will enter the game on Dec. 27, with an overall mark of 3-8 and coming off of a 75-63 victory over Santa Clara in its last contest.
The Spartans are averaging 67.1 points per game and shooting 43.1 percent (253-of-587) from the floor, 34.0 percent (54-of-159) from behind the 3-point line and 69.8 percent (178-of-255) at the free throw line. SJSU is paced offensively by junior forward Ryan Welage with 18.0 points per game, representing the only double-digit scorer on the roster.
Defensively, San José State opponents have averaged 69.3 points per game, shooting 40.9 percent (257-of-629) from the floor, 34.2 percent (90-of-263) from behind the 3-point line and 74.2 percent (158-of-213) at the free throw line. Junior center Oumar Barry leads the team with 15 blocks and freshman wing Noah Baumann leads SJSU with 10 steals.
The Spartans have been strong on the glass this season, outrebounding their opponents 38.5 to 30.4 boards per game. Freshman forward Keith Fisher leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Head coach Jean Prioleau is in his first season at SJSU, joining the Spartans following a seven-year stint as the associate head coach at Colorado.
Scoring in Droves
Utah State has outscored its last two opponents 187-136, beating Life Pacific and Youngstown State by an average of 25.5 points per game.
Sizzling Shooting over the Last Two
Much of Utah State’s offensive success can be attributed to strong shooting as the Aggies are shooting 59.8 percent (67-of-112) over the last two games.
Another factor in Utah State’s success resides in points in the paint as the Aggies have scored 90 points in the lane, compared to 42 points by the opposition.
Utah State’s bench has been strong over the last three games, outscoring the opponents’ reserves each time out, including a 57-point performance against Utah on Dec. 9.
Utah State’s 57 points from the bench in the game against Utah on Dec. 9 are the most scored by the Aggies in recent history. The closest mark came on March 5, 1988, against Pacific, where the bench turned in 55 points in a 102-73 USU victory.
Utah State has scored more points off of turnovers than its opponent in each of the last five games.
Locked Down from Three
Utah State has held five of its last six opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line, including a season-low 15.4 percent shooting at Valparaiso on Nov. 28.
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