Dec. 23, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 13 Utah State (10-2) vs. Troy (2-10) Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 8 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Radio Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,438-1,004 (.589). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 17 years.
Utah State is once again off to a fast start as it has won at least 10 of its first 12 games for the sixth time under head coach Stew Morrill and for the 15th time in school history.
Utah State has won 25 of its last 27 regular season games, including nine of its last 11 road games, dating back to the 2009-2010 campaign with both of those losses coming on the road against ranked teams as it lost at No. 23 BYU (78-72) and lost at No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) earlier this year.
Utah State has won 21 straight home games and 73 of its last 75 overall with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State's 21-game home winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest active winning streak in the nation. Kansas has the nation's longest home winning streak (65), followed by Xavier (29), Duke (25), Kentucky (23), Murray State (23), Utah State (21) and Northern Iowa (21).
Utah State is 183-13 (.934) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill, which includes a 91-5 (.948) record against non-conference opponents. Overall, USU is 478-106 (.818) in this its 41st year in the building.
Utah State is 39-1 (.974) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the 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 of the 1971 Big Blue Classic. USU is 2-0 thus far in the 2010 World Vision Invitational
Utah State is 74-20 (.787) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 61-2 (.968) record at home. USU is also 78-15 (.839) in games played on Thursday under Morrill and 12-6 (.667) all-time in known games played on Dec. 23.
As of Thursday, Dec. 23, Utah State has an RPI of 48 and a strength of schedule of 168 according to RealTimeRPI.com, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 19th.
Utah State (10-2) will continue its season-long five-game homestand on Thursday as it plays Troy (2-10) in day three of the World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The game will not be televised but will be aired live on KVNU 610 AM/95.9 FM in Cache Valley and 1320 AM along the Wasatch Front. The first game will have Idaho State (4-7) playing Western Michigan (5-6) at 5:30 p.m.
RECAPPING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE 2010 WORLD VISION INVITATIONAL
Troy began the 2010 World Vision Invitational with a 102-99 overtime win against Western Michigan, followed by Utah State defeating Idaho State, 71-48. The second day of the tournament saw Idaho State defeat Troy, 77-73, and USU defeat Western Michigan, 78-57.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 10-2 on the season following its 78-57 home win against Western Michigan. USU is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds and shooting 64.5 percent from the field and 67.6 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green is averaging 10.7 points and shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 47.5 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams is averaging 9.8 points and is shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 84.8 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists and is shooting 35.8 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from three-point range and 78.8 percent at the free throw line. And junior forward Brady Jardine is averaging 8.5 points and 8.6 rebounds, while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 62.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 70.4 points and shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 71.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.9 points and its opponents are shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range and 69.2 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current season-high five-game winning streak, Utah State is averaging 76.6 points, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field (128-267), 42.9 percent from three-point range (36-84) and 74.0 percent at the free throw line (91-123). Defensively, USU is allowing 54.8 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field (103-266), 32.5 percent from three-point range (25-77) and 63.2 percent at the free throw line (43-68).
AGGIES HAVE HAD SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING THIS YEAR
Through 12 games, Utah State has already had six players lead the team in scoring led by senior guards Brian Green and Pooh Williams who have led the team in scoring three times. Seniors Tai Wesley has led the team in scoring twice, as has junior Brockeith Pane. Senior Tyler Newbold and junior Brady Jardine has led the team in scoring once each.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH SCORES SEASON-HIGH 40 POINTS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's bench had its best game of the season against Idaho State scoring a season-high 40 points. Overall, USU's bench has out-scored its opponents bench nine times this year and is 7-2 in those games. Through 12 games, Utah State's bench is averaging 21.6 points and 10.8 rebounds, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point range and 66.2 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Dec. 23, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (58.9), first in scoring margin (+10.6), first in assists (14.33), first in field goal percentage (.463), second in field goal percentage defense (.396), second in three-point field goal percentage (.388), second in rebound margin (+7.7), third in free throw shooting (.713), fourth in blocked shots (3.58), sixth in scoring (70.4), and seventh in rebounding (36.3). Individually, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks first in field goal shooting (.645), fourth in rebounding (8.0), sixth in scoring (14.2), seventh in blocked shots (1.08), and 13th in assists (2.75). Senior guard Tyler Newbold ranks first in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.22) and sixth in assists (3.17). Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks third in rebounding (8.6), fifth in field goal shooting (.548), and sixth in blocked shots (1.17). Senior guard Pooh Williams ranks fifth in free throw shooting (.848) and eighth in three-point shooting (.419). Senior guard Brian Green ranks second in three-point shooting (.475) and 15th in overall shooting (.452). And junior guard Brockeith Pane ranks ninth in free throw shooting (.788).
WESLEY RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Monday, Dec. 20, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks second in the nation in field goal shooting (.646) behind Harvard's Keith Wright (.663). As a team, USU ranks 22nd in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (11.5), 22nd in rebound margin (+7.8), and 39th in scoring defense (60.2).
LEADING AT THE HALF
Utah State is 8-0 this year and has won 32 straight games when leading at the half. The last time USU lost when leading at the half was on Nov. 21, 2009 at Northeastern.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 6-1 this year and has won 47 of its last 49 games when scoring at least 70 points.
RECAPPING THE WESTERN MICHIGAN GAME
Four players in double-digits paced Utah State to a 78-57 win over Western Michigan Wednesday in the men's basketball action of the World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU pulled away from a 55-47 score by closing out the game on a 23-10 stretch to win its fifth in a row, improving to 10-2 on the season. Western Michigan slid to 5-6, losing for the second night in a row after Tuesday's 102-99 OT thriller to Troy, after the Broncos had won their previous four outings. Senior guard Pooh Williams netted 18 points, one shy of his career-high, hitting four three-pointers. Junior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points, while senior forward Tai Wesley tallied 13 points and senior guard Tyler Newbold added 12 points to go with a game-high six assists, tying his season-high. Western Michigan was led by Nate Hutcheson's 12 points, while Matt Stainbrook chipped in with 10 points. Wesley and senior forward Nate Bendall pulled down six rebounds each, while Hutcheson led WMU with six boards as well. USU had a 34-24 rebounding advantage, improving to 9-0 on the season when out-rebounding the opposition. Utah State made half of its field goals (23-of-46) while bettering that percentage with a 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) effort behind the arc, while Western Michigan was 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) from the field, as well as 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from three-point range. USU was 25-of-33 (75.8 percent) at the free throw line and WMU was 11-of-14 (78.6 percent), marking the second-straight game in which the Aggies made more free throws than their opponents attempted and the seventh time overall this year. A three-point play by Pane opened a 12-6 lead for USU at the 14:42 mark, but WMU came back to take a 20-19 lead with 5:52 to go on a steal and layup by David Brown. That would be the Broncos' lone lead of the night, as the Aggies charged back and pulled away from a 22-all tie with seven unanswered, started by a Newbold three-pointer followed by three free throws by Newbold and capped by a Wesley free pitch shot. Utah State took a 34-30 lead into halftime, improving to 8-0 on the season when leading at intermission. WMU opened the second stanza with a Stainbrook layup to pull within 34-32, but USU stretched the lead to 45-36, getting treys by Newbold and Williams. Flenard Whitfield hit a jumper from the top of the arc at the 9:39 mark to pull the Broncos within 55-47. That would be the closest they would get, as the Aggies went on a 9-2 spurt, capped by a trey from the left corner by senior guard Brian Green for a 64-49 lead with 7:37 left. Utah State's lead hit 20 for the first time at 77-57 with 1:07 on the clock after a free throw by junior forward Morgan Grim and redshirt-freshman forward Brad Brown scored his first career point as an Aggie with 23 seconds left for the final scoring margin.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE WESTERN MICHIGAN GAME
Utah State tied its season-high with seven steals for the second-straight game... USU had four players score in double-figures for the fourth time this year... USU improved to 9-0 on the season when it out-rebounds its opponent... The 29 team fouls called on Western Michigan are the most called against a USU opponent this year... Junior forward Morgan Grim took his team-leading fifth and sixth charges of the season... Junior forward Brady Jardine had a season-high two assists and had his team-leading 12th dunk of the season... Freshman guard James Walker III tied his season-high with three rebounds... Freshman forward Brad Brown scored his first career point.
UTAH STATE HAS HELD FIVE STRAIGHT OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State has held each of its last five opponents under 60 points as Long Beach State scored 53 points, Cal State Bakersfield and Utah Valley each scored 58 points, Idaho State scored 48 points and Western Michigan scored 57 points. The last time USU held five straight opponents to less than 60 points was during the 2005-06 season. Overall, Utah State has held seven of its last eight opponents to less than 60 points.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 8-0 this year and has won 16 straight games dating back to last season when allowing fewer than 60 points. The last time USU lost a game when allowing fewer than 60 points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52. Overall, USU is 165-9 (.948) under Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points.
AGGIES SHOOT 50 PERCENT IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Utah State has shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range in back-to-back games for the first time this year. During its last two games, Utah State is shooting 51.6 percent from the field (47-91) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (16-28). Overall, USU has shot 50 percent from the field three times this season and 50 percent from three-point range four times.
UTAH STATE HAS MADE MORE FREE THROWS THAN ITS OPPONENTS HAVE ATTEMPTED THIS YEAR
Utah State has gotten to the free throw line a lot this year and has made more free throws (214-300) than its opponents have attempted (146-211). On the year, USU is shooting 71.3 percent from the line as compared to 69.2 percent shooting by its opponents.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO DOMINANT THE GLASS
Utah State continues to be one of the best rebounding teams in the Western Athletic Conference as it is 9-0 this year when it out-rebounds its opponents. On the year, USU has a rebound margin of plus 7.8 boards per game to rank second in the WAC.
Troy is 2-10 on the season following a 102-99 win against Western Michigan and a 77-73 loss to Idaho State in the 2010 World Vision Invitational. The Trojans are 0-6 on the road and 1-7 away from home this year. Troy is led by senior guard Vernon Taylor who is averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and shooting 39.5 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from three-point range and 67.2 percent at the free throw line. Junior forward Shawntez Patterson is averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, senior center Bernard Toombs is averaging 11.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, and senior forward Levan Patsatsia is averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. As a team, Troy is scoring 74.0 points and shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 62.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Trojans are allowing 81.7 points and its opponents are shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent at the free throw line. Troy returns no starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 20-13 and finished in a tie for first-place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 13-5 league record. Don Maestri is 479-346 in 30 years as a collegiate head coach at Troy.
UTAH STATE-TROY SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Troy will be meeting for the first time ever Thursday.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
Utah State is 67-40 (.626) all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference as it is 54-34 against Denver, 8-1 against North Texas, 1-0 against Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock and Louisiana-Monroe, 1-1 against Middle Tennessee and New Orleans, 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette, and 0-2 against Western Kentucky. USU is 1-0 against Sun Belt teams this year as it won at Denver, 61-53, on Dec. 1, 2010. The last time USU hosted a Sun Belt Conference team was on Dec. 29, 2005 when it defeated Arkansas-Little Rock, 76-44, in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic.
MORRILL VERSUS THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 8-2 (.800) all-time against current members of the Sun Belt with a 3-1 record against North Texas, a 2-0 record against Denver, 1-0 records against Arkansas State and Troy, and a 1-1 record against Middle Tennessee. Morrill's match up against Troy was from when he was a head coach at Colorado State.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's game against Troy will be its first-ever meeting against a team from the state of Alabama.
WESLEY NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF BASKETBALL TRAVELERS INVITATIONAL
Senior forward Tai Wesley is the reigning Most Valuable Player of Utah State's annual tournament as he joined Jared Quayle and current Aggie Pooh Williams on last year's all-tournament team. Wesley averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks during last year's tournament, while Williams averaged 8.3 points and 3.3 assists. Wesley was also named to the Duel in the Desert all-tournament team in 2008 as he averaged 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds during that tournament.
TOURNAMENT RECORDS FALL DURING DAY ONE OF GOSSNER INVITATIONAL
Several tournament records have fallen during the first two days of the 2010 World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods. This is the third year USU has hosted the three-day event.
Most Points - 102 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Most Combined Points - 201 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Fewest Combined Points - 119 (Utah State vs. Idaho State) Assists - 30 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Blocks - 8 (Western Michigan vs. Troy) Fewest Turnovers - 6 (Troy vs. Idaho State) Most Personal Fouls - 29 (Western Michigan vs. Utah State) Field Goals Made - 37 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Field Goals Attempted - 80 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Field Goals Attempted - 86 (Troy vs. Idaho State ) 3-Pt. Field Goals Made - 17 (Troy vs. Western Michigan) 3-Pt. Field Goals Attempted - 50 (Troy vs. Idaho State)
Assists - 13, Will Weathers (Troy vs. Western Michigan) Assists - 13, Will Weathers (Troy vs. Idaho State) Blocks - 5, Deividas Busma (Idaho State vs. Troy) Turnovers - 8, Will Weathers (Troy vs. Western Michigan) 3-Pt. FGs Made - 8, Regis Huddleston (Troy vs. Western Michigan) 3-Pt. FGs Attempted - 13, Regis Huddleston (Troy vs. Western Michigan) 3-Pt. FGs Attempted - 13, Regis Huddleston (Troy vs. Idaho State) 3-Pt. FGs Attempted - 13, Shawntez Patterson (Troy vs. Idaho State)
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES STARTED
Seniors Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley both rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games started as Newbold has started 107 games to rank fourth all-time in school history, while Wesley has started 106 games and ranks fifth all-time. Both players have also played in 117 games at USU which ranks tied for sixth all-time in school history along with Eric Franson (1991, 94-96), Dan Conway (1986-89) and Gilbert Pete (1986-89).
WILLIAMS RANKS 17TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES PLAYED
Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams has played in 109 career games at Utah State to rank 17th all-time in school history. Williams has started 77 games in his Aggie career.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,417 career points, 698 career rebounds, 316 career assists and 121 career blocks and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN THE NATION
Utah State senior forward Tai Wesley is the only active player in the nation with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds, 250 career assists and 100 career blocks. In fact, there are only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech, Keith Benson of Oakland and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. In the 48-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico's Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah's Josh Grant (1988-93).
WESLEY RANKS 14TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada on Jan. 13, 2010 to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,417 career points to rank 14th all-time in scoring at USU. Wesley is now 39 points shy of tying Kevin Nixon (1985-88) for 13th-place with 1,456 career points. In 117 career games, Wesley is averaging 12.11 points.
WESLEY RANKS 11TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN REBOUNDING
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 698 career rebounds to rank 11th all-time at Utah State. Wesley is now 22 rebounds shy of tying Bob Lauriski (1970-73) for 10th-place with 720 career rebounds.
WESLEY RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored in double-figures for the 83rd time in his career with 13 points against Western Michigan to rank fifth all-time at Utah State.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Senior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 60.0 percent from the field (541-901) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent. That percentage also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
WESLEY RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In 117 career games, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks third all-time at Utah State with 121 career blocks. Wesley is now 27 blocks shy of tying Nate Wickizer (1992-95) for second all-time with 148 blocks. His average of 1.05 blocks per game ranks third all-time in school history.
WESLEY RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FIELD GOALS MADE
Senior forward Tai Wesley ranks 10th all-time at Utah State in field goals made with 541 and is now 32 made field goals shy of tying Dean Hunger (1977-80) for ninth all-time at 573.
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Tyler Newbold has made 162 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time. He also ranks sixth all-time in three-point attempts with 394. Newbold is now 21 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and 13 three-point attempts shy of tying Jones for fifth-place all-time with 408 three-point attempts. For his career, Newbold is shooting 41.1 percent from three-point range (160-391) to rank eight all-time in school history along with Vince Washington (1984-85).
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 20 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Utah State has two current players who rank among the top 20 all-time at Utah State in assists as senior forward Tai Wesley has 316 career assists to rank seventh all-time, and senior guard Tyler Newbold has 308 career assists to rank tied for eighth all-time with Greg Grant (1983-86) and Lance Washington (1980-83).
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 49.1 percent (81-165). Green also set the single-season school record for three-point shooting last year at 50.0 percent (53-106). Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) held the previous records as he shot 46.5 percent from three-point range during his career and 49.8 percent during his senior season.
WILLIAMS CONTINUES OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams continues to show improvement on the offensive end of the floor as he has scored in double-figures three times in his last five games and has scored at least nine points in five of his last seven games. During his last five games, Williams is averaging 12.2 points and shooting 38.3 percent from the field (18-47), 47.8 percent from three-point range (11-23) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (14-16). Overall, he has scored in double-figures five times this year and 27 times in his career.
NEWBOLD HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES THREE TIMES IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
After scoring single digits in each of the team's first eight games, senior guard Tyler Newbold has now scored in double-figures three times in his last four games. During his last four games, Newbold is averaging 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 56.0 percent from the field (14-25), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). Overall, he has scored in double-figures 36 times in his career.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR FIFTH-TIME THIS YEAR
Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the fifth time this year with 14 points against Western Michigan. During his last three games, Pane is averaging 12.7 points and shooting 48.0 percent from the field (12-25), 37.5 percent from three-point range (3-8) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13).
WESLEY SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored in double-figures for the 10th time this year and 83rd time in his career with 13 points against Western Michigan. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 62.2 percent from the field (23-37) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (24-32). Wesley now has 12 career double-doubles and 12 career double-figure rebounding games to go along with 83 career double-figure scoring games.
GREEN TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH FIVE MADE TREYS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Senior guard Brian Green tied his career-high with five made three-pointers against Idaho State and also tied his career-high with seven three-point attempts. It was the third time in his career he has made five three-pointers and the third time in has attempted seven treys. Green finished with 17 points against the Bengals, marking the sixth time this year and 14th time in his career he has scored in double-figures. During his last five games, Green is averaging 9.4 points and is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, (16-35), 52.4 percent from three-point range (11-22) and 57.1 percent at the free throw line (4-7).
GREEN INSTANT OFFENSE FOR UTAH STATE OFF THE BENCH
Senior guard Brian Green has been instant offense off the bench for Utah State during his two-year Aggie career. This year, Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game and is the first Aggie reserve to average double-figures since Jeff O. Anderson averaged 13.0 points off the bench during his senior season of 1987-88.
JARDINE POSTS ANOTHER DOUBLE-FIGURE REBOUNDING GAME
Junior forward Brady Jardine continues to lead the team in rebounding this year as he is averaging 8.6 boards per game to rank third in the WAC. On the season, Jardine has posted three double-doubles and has five double-figure rebounding games. For his career, Jardine has posted double-digit rebounds six times. During his last five games, Jardine is averaging 5.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26) and 42.9 percent at the free throw line (3-7). In his career, Jardine has now scored in double-figures 12 times to go along with one career 20-point game.
BENDALL'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT TWO
Senior forward Nate Bendall had scored in double-figures in two straight games before scoring four points against Idaho State. After missing the first three games of the season due to a foot injury, Bendall has now played in each of the last nine games and has started the last five. During his last five games, Bendall is averaging 8.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game, while shooting 53.6 percent from the field (15-28) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (10-15). Overall, Bendall has scored in double-figures 19 times in his Aggie career.
NEWBOLD RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN MINUTES PLAYED
After playing 32 minutes against Western Michigan in his last game, senior guard Tyler Newbold has now played in 3,286 minutes during his Aggie career to rank ninth all-time in school history moving ahead of Justin Jones (1996-98) who played 3,284 career minutes and Reid Newey (1984, 87-89) who played 3,271 career minutes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior guard Tyler Newbold had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.96-to-1.00 during his sophomore season which is an NCAA single-season record. That year, Newbold had 111 assists and just 28 turnovers. This year, Newbold leads the WAC with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.22.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State is now 87-70 in road games under Morrill including a 27-28 record against non-conference opponents. During the last three years, Utah State is 22-10 on the road and 26-14 away from home.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 140 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 home win.
UTAH STATE ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION TO RANK AMONG TOP 10 IN SHOOTING IN 2010
Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
UTAH STATE HAS BEST TWO-YEAR STRETCH IN THE WAC THIS DECADE
Utah State has had an unbelievable run in WAC play during the last two years as it has gone 14-2 in league play in each of the last two seasons. That combined two-year record of 28-4 (.875) is the best by a WAC school since the 1998 and 1999 seasons when Utah went a combined 26-2 with a 14-0 record in 1998 and 12-2 mark in 1999. USU had a 57-13 (.814) record during the last two years, which is the most wins during a two-year span in school history.
Utah State returns four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams) and eight lettermen from the 2009-10 team that went 27-8, won its third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 14-2 record, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last 11 years as it lost to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round. Wesley earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, while Bendall and Green were named to the WAC's all-newcomer team, and Williams was named to league's all-defensive team.
AGGIES ROSTER FULL OF SENIORS
After having just one senior on each of its last two teams, Utah State has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams also had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Utah State enters the 2010-11 season as one of the most experienced teams in the country as its six seniors are tied for the third-most in the country with Texas State. St. John's leads the nation with 10 seniors, while Cincinnati has seven seniors. St. John's also ranks first in the nation as its returners have started 386 career games and played in 746. Lipscomb is second on this list with 317 career games started and third with 625 career games played, while Pennsylvania ranks third with 306 career games started and fifth with 505 career games played. Utah State is fourth overall in both career games started (292) and played (548), followed by Cincinnati who has 223 career starts among its returners to rank fifth, but has 633 career games played to rank second.
UTAH STATE HAS 13TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 11 season as it has played in seven NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 11 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 22 with 18 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 21 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 19 with 18 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Maryland (14-NCAA, 3-NIT) and Syracuse (13-NCAA, 4-NIT) are tied for fourth with 17 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks sixth with 15 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is seventh with 14 straight (10-NCAA, 4-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT) and Gonzaga (12-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for eighth with 13 straight postseason trips. Florida (10-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (12 NCAA) and Wisconsin (12-NCAA) are all tied for 10th with 12 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (6-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 289-88 (.767) record. Those 289 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 76.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.837), Kansas (.819), and Gonzaga (.792). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the second-best record in WAC games during the last five years with a 59-20 (.747) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 212-105 (.669) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship, and in 2010 Utah State won its second straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record.
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010, while the other eight teams in the WAC combined for 13.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#3 Brockeith Pane - Has started 11 games this year... Scored a season-high 23 points against Weber State and had a season-high nine rebounds at Denver... Currently ranks ninth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.788)... Shooting 35.8 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three, while scoring 9.7 points and averaging 25.2 minutes per game.... Has scored in double-figures five times this season.
#5 Pooh Williams - Has played in 109 games during his Aggie career, starting 77... Scored a career-high 19 points against Long Beach State... Has 27 career double-figure scoring games, including five this year... Averaging 9.8 points and is shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 84.8 percent at the free throw line... Playing 26.9 minutes per game... Ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting and eighth in three-point shooting.
#14 E.J. Farris - Scored a season-high six points at Georgetown... Also had season-highs with three rebounds and 19 minutes played against the Hoyas... Averaging 2.1 points in 8.3 minutes per game off the bench... Shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range... Is 2-of-2 at the free throw line.
#15 James Walker III - Made his first career start against Cal State Bakersfield and had season-highs with 20 minutes, four assists and three rebounds... Scored a season-high seven points against Long Beach State... Averaging 1.9 points, 1.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per game... Is 7-of-10 (.700) at the free throw line.
#21 Morgan Grim - Had career-highs with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and 22 minutes played against Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocks at BYU and played a career-high 24 minutes against the Cougars... Averaging 3.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.4 blocks, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 61.9 percent at the free throw line... Playing 10.6 minutes per game.
#22 Brady Jardine - Recorded his third career double-double against Northeastern as he had 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds, while playing a career-high 34 minutes... Also tied his career-high with three blocks against Northeastern... Had his second career double-double against Utah as he had a career-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds... Had his first career double-double against BYU with 10 points and a then career-high 12 rebounds... Has six career double-figure rebounding games and 11 career double-figure scoring games... Ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.6), fifth in overall shooting (.548), and sixth in blocked shots (1.17)... Averaging 8.5 points and playing 24.2 minutes per game.
#23 Brian Green - Scored a career-high 19 points at Southern Utah as he was 5-of-7 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line... Had 17 points at BYU as he was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Has scored in double-figures in six games this year and in 14 games in his career... Ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.475) and 15th in field goal shooting (.452)... Playing 24.6 minutes per game and is averaging 10.7 points.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State Bakersfield... Has started 107 straight games for Utah State and has played in 117 during his Aggie career... Has scored in double-figures 36 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Also has two career double-figure rebounding games and one career double-double... Playing 29.0 minutes per game to lead the team... Averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, while shooting 37.9 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent at the free throw line.
#35 Nate Bendall - Posted his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career with a season-high 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Cal State Bakersfield...Has started 36 games at USU in his career... Averaging 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free throw line... Playing 17.0 minutes per game... Has scored in double-figures 19 times during his career.
#42 Tai Wesley - Has played in 117 career games at Utah State, including 106 career starts... Has started 87 games in a row... Has 83 career double-figure scoring games and nine career 20-point games... Also has 12 career double-figure rebounding games and 12 career double-doubles... Posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Long Beach State and had 16 points and 12 rebounds against Cal State Bakersfield... Scored a season-high 21 points against Utah... Ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.645), is fourth in rebounding (8.0), sixth in scoring (14.2), seventh in blocked shots (1.08), and 13th in assists (2.75)... Playing 26.7 minutes per game.
#44 Matt Formisano - Averaging 6.9 minutes off the bench... Scored a season-high four points against Long Beach State and tied his career-high with two assists... Has played in 92 games during his Aggie career... Averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 71.4 percent at the free throw line.
WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Tai Wesley has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday, Dec. 13. It is the first time this year and third time in his career that Wesley has been named WAC Player of the Week. Wesley led Utah State to a pair of home wins last week against Long Beach State (81-53) and Cal State Bakersfield (77-58). Against the 49ers, Wesley posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with a season-high six assists. Against the Roadrunners, he recorded another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with three assists. For the week, Wesley averaged 16.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 63.2 percent from the field (12-19) and 61.5 percent at the free throw line (8-13).
JARDINE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Brady Jardine was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 29. It is the first time in his career that Jardine has been named WAC Player of the Week. Jardine, a 6-7, 220-pound junior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho (Twin Falls HS) led Utah State to a pair of home wins last week against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54). Against the Utes, he posted his second-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the game. Against the Huskies, Jardine posted another double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 boards as he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also tied his career-high with three blocks and played a career-high 34 minutes in the game. For the week, Jardine averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18). Jardine currently ranks first in the WAC in both rebounding (10.4) and blocked shots (1.80), and is eighth in field goal shooting (.526). He is currently averaging 11.0 points per game.
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN THREE-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State is one of nine teams in the nation to win at least three-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 10 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with six straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won four-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy), Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Robert Morris (Northeast Conference) and Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have all won three-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE'S THREE-STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS A SCHOOL RECORD
Utah State's current run of winning three-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history. The previous record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE BEST SHOOTING TEAM IN THE NATION IN 2010
Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
MORRILL WINNINGEST COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill (304-101) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (405). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at USU (13th season) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41). All-time, Morrill is 522-239 (.686) in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last six years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 304-101 (.751) record, including a 152-48 (.760) 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 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-7, 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 11 years at 76.7 percent with an overall record of 289-88. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 175-55 record with six regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game nine times in the last 11 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 11 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 11 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, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2009-10 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and the 2008-09 team won its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 11th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2010. Overall, Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 18 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 13 years, USU is an amazing 183-13 (.934) at home, which includes a 92-8 (.920) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 522 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.6 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 15 20-win seasons. His current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-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) four times in his 12 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 522-239 (.686).
Head coach Stew Morrill (304-101) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (405). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (13 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 304-101 (.751) overall record, a 152-48 (.760) conference record and a 23-7 (.767) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 522-239 (.686) record in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 522 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 68.6 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 12 active coaches to notch 15 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the seventh-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009 and 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and co-Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and five at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 121-77 (.611).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year five times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2010 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 18 times. 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 and Tai Wesley.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 14 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 22 times.
Utah State is 183-13 (.934) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 14 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times.
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