Dec. 28, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (9-1, 0-0 WAC) at UTSA ( 4-6, 0-0 WAC)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 5 p.m. (MT) San Antonio, Texas
Convocation Center (4,080) Aggie Sports Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball will open its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference by opening league play on the road against the first of two against conference newcomers, playing at UTSA on Thursday, Dec. 29 in the first-ever meeting between USU and UTSA. Tip-off from UTSA's Convocation Center (4,080) is slated for 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and there will also be live video streaming available.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,488-1,023 (.593) in its 2,511 games played.
USU has won eight games in a row, to improve to 9-1 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09. The Aggies have now started a season 9-1 a total of nine times. USU will be going for just its seventh 10-1 start in school history and first since 2008-09, going 24-1 through its first 25 games.
Utah State will begin WAC play on the road for the first time in the last three seasons, last opening league play on the road in 2009-10, kicking off the conference ledger at New Mexico State. Overall, USU will be on the road to start WAC action for the fourth time in its eight years in the league.
The Aggies are 4-3 (.571) overall in WAC openers, winning their last two and four of the last five after losing the first two. USU is also 3-4 (.429) in its first road WAC game of the year. Overall, Utah State is 21-13 (.618) in their first conference games of the year
USU has won its last four road games as part of 23 of its last 36 road games (.639) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 101-81 (.555) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 70-45 (.609) record against conference opponents and a 33-22 (.600) mark against WAC teams. Saturday is USU's third road game of the season, after playing at Santa Clara on Nov. 28 (W, 80-78 OT) and at Utah Valley on Dec. 15 (W, 69-63).
Utah State has won 37 of its last 44 WAC games (.841) and is 62-15 (.805) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 144-84 (.632) WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 87-23 (.791) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 14-19 (.424) record on the road. The Aggies are 21-7 (.750) all-time in known games played on Dec. 29. USU is also 6-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 140-52 (.729) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
USU has two players on its current roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State).
The Aggies and Roadrunners will be meeting for the first time ever, as USU and UTSA have not met on the hardwood, as this is the first and only season together as WAC foes.
Utah State opens its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference by taking on two of the five new league teams, playing at UTSA on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. (MT) and at Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies' two games in Texas will not be televised, but the USU games will be video streamed, as well as being aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as audio streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
After Saturday's game at Texas State, USU returns home to host another league newcomer, Seattle, on Thursday, Jan. 3 and old conference foe, Idaho, on Saturday, Jan. 5. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tip-offs at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
Saturday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City. The games will air in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM..
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Neither of this weekend's two road games will be televised
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game. Saturday's game at UTSA will be available through video streaming for a small fee, by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies, which will redirect fans to the UTSA's video streaming info.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
UTAH STATE BEGINS PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State will be seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in its eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is starting play in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has a 144-84 (.632) overall WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 37 of its last 44 WAC games (.841) and is 62-15 (.805) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State started a season with a 9-1 ledger for just the ninth time in school history, winning all three of its games in hosting the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU beat Nicholls State, 79-72, in the first game, then won the all-Aggie clash with UC Davis, 73-61, Friday, pulling away from a 46-46 tie with 15:27 to play, and capped it off by shooting a season-high 60.0 percent (24-of-42) from the field, including a blistering 70.6 percent (12-17) in the second-half, to beat Southern Illinois, 70-58 in the finale, winning the tournament title. USU also shot a season-high 66.7 percent from three-point range (6-of-9) despite getting out-rebounded for the first time this season.
USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 13.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Medlin also leads the team by making 16 three-pointers this season, shooting 16-of-41 (39.0 percent) behind the arc, netting 46.3 percent (44-of-95) from the field in addition to 82.1 percent (32-of-39) at the free throw line. In the win over UC Davis, Medlin scored 16 of his season-high 23 points in the second half as he finished the game shooting 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-10 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line for his 14th-career 20-point game, as well as his ninth career game with four or more treys. Medlin followed that up with 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, hitting 3-of-4 from distance and 5-of-5 at the charity stripe and dished out a season-high six assists. Medlin was named to the all-tournament team. Junior forward Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, logging his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State for his fourth double-double of the year. Shaw had scored in double-digits in seven-straight games before being held to a season-low six points against UC Davis and then seven points against Southern Illinois. Shaw has at least seven rebounds in seven games this season, including four double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also has 1.3 blocks per game and is shooting 56.5 percent (52-of-92) from the field as well as 75.7 percent (28-of-37) at the free throw line.
This week's WAC Player of the Week and Tournament MVP, senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.5 ppg, pulling down 6.8 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Reed also has a 60.0 percent (45-of-75) field goal percentage. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has averaged 11.2 ppg in the last five games played, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness. He has posted a career-high 14 points in each of his last two games played, for a season-average of 8.0 ppg. Butterfield also leads the team with 14 made three-pointers (14-of-29), also topping the team making 48.3 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis has averaged 10.5 ppg his last six games and is averaging 6.6 ppg on the season, as well as 2.2 assists per game. Junior guard TeNale Roland is second on the team with 3.4 assists per game, dishing out four in the UC Davis game to go with 11 points off the bench.
Offensively, USU is averaging 71.3 ppg in making 50.1 percent of its field goals, draining 38.6 percent of its three-pointers, as well as 71.0 percent at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 37.6 rebounds per game and have a dominating +11.5 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 17.0 assists per game while averaging 13.1 turnovers per contest.
Defensively, the Aggies' opposition is averaging 62.7 ppg while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, hitting 33.8 percent from distance and 66.9 percent at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 26.1 rebounds per game, as well as 13.1 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 10.2 turnovers per game.
A LOOK BACK AT THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS GAME
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods as the Aggies defeated Southern Illinois, 70-58, on Dec. 22 in the final game of the tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. With the win, Utah State has now won eight-straight games and improves to 9-1 for its best start to a season since the 2008-09 team won 24 of its first 25 games. USU also improved to 46-1 all-time in tournaments it hosts and is now 217-19 at home under 15th-year head coach Stew Morrill, including a 7-1 record this year. Southern Illinois finished the tournament in third-place with a 1-2 record and is now 7-4 on the season. UC Davis went 2-1 in the tournament to place second, while Nicholls State lost all three of its games. Joining Reed on the all-tournament from Utah State was junior guard Preston Medlin, who had 16 points and six assists against SIU. Other members of the all-tournament team include T.J. Carpenter from Nicholls State, Desmar Jackson from Southern Illinois, and Corey Hawkins and Ryan Sypkens from UC Davis. Reed finished the game shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line, while Medlin was 4-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 5-for-5 at the charity stripe. Junior guard Marvin Jean tied his season-high with eight points for the third time in as many games in his first career start as he was 3-of-5 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Jackson led all scorers in the game with 29 points for Southern Illinois, as he was 11-of-16 from the field, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Jackson also had six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game. Utah State shot a season-high 60.0 percent (24-40) against Southern Illinois, including a blistering 70.6 percent (12-17) in the second-half. USU also shot a season-high 66.7 percent from three-point range (6-9) and 76.2 percent at the free throw line (16-21). Southern Illinois shot 42.9 percent (21-49), including 50.0 percent from three (7-14) and 69.2 percent at the line (9-13). For the first time this year, Utah State was out-rebounded as Southern Illinois had a 25-24 advantage on the glass, including a 14-8 disparity on the offensive end, which led to a 14-4 advantage for the Salukis in second chance points. USU's 24 rebounds in the game were a season-low. Utah State freshman point guard Marcel Davis scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer, which was answered by Southern Illinois' Jackson. The game was later tied at 8-all following another Jackson trey, before USU took the lead for good with a 9-2 run. USU's lead eventually swelled to 12 at 33-21 with 2:23 to play in the first stanza following a Jean three-pointer and the Aggies went into the locker room up eight at 35-27 after a Reed layup just before the half. Southern Illinois closed to within five points on three separate occasions early on in the second-half including at 41-36 at the 16:07 mark, before Utah State scored 11 unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game at 52-36 with 12:25 to play on a pair of Reed free throws. From there, SIU never got closer than 10 points as USU posted the 12-point win.
MVP, THREE AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.
Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.
MEDLIN BACK IN STRIDE
After being held to single-digit scoring in each of the previous two games, junior guard Preston Medlin bounced back in the UC Davis game by scoring 16 of his season-high 23 points in the second half as he finished the game shooting 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-10 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line for his 14th-career 20-point game, as well as his ninth career game with four or more treys. Medlin went 4-of-10 (.400) from deep which is a season-high. The last time Medlin stroked four three-pointers in a game was against Oakland in the CIT tournament. He followed that up with 16 points in the Southern Illinois win, on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range and 5-of-5 at the charity stripe, and also dished out a season-high six assists. It was the seventh time this season that Medlin scored in double-figures and was also the 38th time in Medlin's career that he has scored in double figures. Medlin also took five charges in the last two games and has a team-leading six this season.
BUTTERING UP THE NETS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had a career-high 14 points for the second time in as many nights, posting 14 in both of USU's wins over Nicholls State and UC Davis, but then missed the Southern Illinois game with an illness. Butterfield has now scored 11.2 ppg (56 points total) over his last five games played after averaging just 4.0 ppg (16 points total) in the first four games of the season. The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last five games, and his season-high four treys Friday night was his fourth multi-three-pointer outing of the season. He now leads the team with 14-of-29 shooting behind the arc, making a team-best 48.3 percent from distance.
OTHER NOTES FROM SOUTHERN ILLINOIS GAME
The Aggies are now 46-1 (.978) all-time in tournaments it hosts and have won 45-straight home tournament games. USU went 3-0 in the Athletes In Action Classic (2011), World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008), 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982), losing to Wyoming, 92-85, on Dec. 28, 1971 in the championship game.
Utah State shot a season-high 60.0 percent (24-of-40) from the field, its highest field goal percentage since 63.8 percent (37-of-58) as the Aggies also shot 70.6 percent (12-of-17) in the second half.
USU also shot a season-high 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range, setting a tournament record for highest single-game three-point percentage, bettering the previous mark of 60.0 percent (9-of-15) by Utah State against Cal State Fullerton in 2009.
The Aggies topped their season-high three-point percentage for the second-straight night after 54.5 percent (12-of-22) Friday night.
USU has now made 18 three-pointers in its last two games, an average of 9.0 per game, after averaging just 4.5 per game in its previous eight games.
For the first-time this season Utah State was out-rebounded by an opponent. USU had a season-low 24 rebounds while Southern Illinois snatched 25 rebounds Saturday for a +1 rebounding margin. The Aggies are now 1-0 when being out-rebounded by an opponent after posting an 8-1 mark when having more rebounds than the opposition.
Reed broke through the defense for two dunks and has now recorded a team-high nine dunks on the season.
Reed also shot a season-best 7-of-8 (.875) from the charity stripe in Saturday's action.
Junior guard Marvin Jean logged his first career start as an Aggie and tallied a career-best 33 minutes.
For the second consecutive night Jean went 2-of-3 from behind that arc, helping Utah State go 6-of-9 (.667) from distance as a team.
Sophomore center Matt Lopez logged a season-high 16 minutes as he manned the middle for the Aggies.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis swiped two steals against SIU for the third time this season.
LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team.
The Roadrunners completed non-conference action with a 4-6 ledger, routing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 75-45, on the road on Friday, Dec. 21, in UTSA's most recent game. The Roadrunners have lived up to their name as they have played their last six games on the road, as the win on Dec. 21 snapped a five-game losing skid, after winning their three previous games. That five-game losing streak began with an 81-62 loss at BYU on Nov. 21. Saturday is just UTSA's second home game this season and first since Nov. 17, when the Roadrunners beat South Carolina Upstate, 67-59. Leading UTSA is senior guard Kannon Burrage, who ranks second in the WAC in scoring at 18.6 ppg while fellow senior guard Michael Hale III is fourth in the league at 16.9 ppg, making UTSA the only team in the conference with two players among the top five scoring leaders. Burrage is shooting 37.0 percent (57-of-154) from the field, hitting 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from three-point ragne and is 77.3 percent (51-of-66) at the free throw line, attempting 25 more free throws than any one else on the team. Burrage also adds 4.7 rpg and 2.2 apg. Hale III leads the WAC and ranks second in the NCAA in three-point percentage at 53.7 percent (22-of-41), adding team-leading 55.7 percent (44-of-79) field goal shooting and 75.8 percent (25-of-33) free throw percentage. Hale III also leads the team with 3.3 assists per game. Junior forward Jeromie Hill is the third Roadrunner averaging double-digits, posting 13.4 ppg while leading the team with 7.0 rpg. Hill also tops the team with six blocked shots (0.6 pg). Hill is shooting 40.8 percent (49-of-120) from the floor, making 9-of-38 (23.7 percent) from distance and makes 65.9 percent (27-of-41) of his free pitch shots. As a team, UTSA is eighth in the WAC in scoring offense (65.1 ppg) while ranking tied for eighth in the league for scoring defense (70.3 ppg) for a -5.2 scoring margin to rank 10th. UTSA is sixth in the conference for field goal percentage (.422) but is second in the league for three-point shooting (.370). The Roadrunners also are fifth in the league for free throw percentage (.682). UTSA averages 31.1 rebounds per game, ranking ninth in the WAC, while also ranking ninth for rebounding margin (-4.6). The Roadrunners also average 7.0 steals per game (sixth), 11.0 assists (10th) and 1.5 blocked shots (10th) while having a -1.90 turnover margin (fourth).
AGGIES VERSUS ROADRUNNERS SERIES HISTORY
Saturday is the first-ever meeting between Utah State and UTSA. The Aggies are in their eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Roadrunners are in their first and last season in the WAC, before joining Conference USA in 2013.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 24-10 (.706) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State, Texas Southern and WAC newcomer UT Arlington, 1-1 against Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The last USU opponent from the Lone Star State was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as the Aggies won, 77-68, on Nov. 17. Saturday will be USU's first game played in Texas since playing at TAMU-Corpus Christi, falling 58-55 in OT. Overall, USU is 10-6 in games played on Texas soil, posting a record of 4-1 at North Texas, 1-0 at Texas, TCU and Lamar, 1-1 at Texas Tech and Houston, 1-2 at UTEP and 0-1 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
AGGIES' TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS
USU has two players on its current roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State).
350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 354-120 (.747) at USU.
AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE; TIED FOR FIFTH IN NCAA
As of the Dec. 23 NCAA stats, Utah State has a +11.5 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also tied for fifth in the NCAA statistics, tying Iowa State. The Aggies are just one of 15 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +14.6 margin.
SHAW IN TOP 55 IN NCAA FOR REBOUNDS, FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 55th in the NCAA in rebounds per game (8.8/as of Dec. 24), helping USU to a +11.5 rebounding advantage, which ranks the Aggies tied for fifth in the nation. Shaw also 38th in field goal percentage (.565). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 60.0 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 21st in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.
AGGIES 11th IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 16th IN ASSISTS PER GAME
USU leads the WAC and is 11th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.501). The Aggies also are tops in the league and 16th in the nation for assists per game (17.0). Utah State also is 29th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.3).
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 7-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 8-0 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 6-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 7-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 8-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 1-0 when getting out-rebounded; 6-1 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 7-0 this year and has won 73 of its last 75 games (.973) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 280-25 (.918) when leading at the half and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year.
UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 87-23 (.791) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 14-19 (.424) record on the road. The Aggies are 21-7 (.750) all-time in known games played on Dec. 29. USU is also 6-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 140-52 (.729) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 6-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 82 of its last 87 games (.943) when scoring at least 70 points and is 224-30 (.882) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 3-0 this season and has won 116 of its last 121 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 181-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Also added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has four assists with three or more assists, including season-high seven in Nicholls State game... Averaged 10.5 ppg on 63 total points in last six games after posting 11 points in his previous five games.
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Recorded second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Has registered third and fourth double-doubles of year in last two games with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Utah Valley and 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State... Has scored in double-figures in seven games and had double-digit rebounds in four games, posting his double-doubles all four times... Led USU in rebounding in six of nine games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's nine games... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal percentage (.556)... Also ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and 13th in scoring (13.2 ppg), as well as 11th in free throw percentage (.757) and tied seventh in blocked shots (1.3)... In this week's NCAA statistics, ranks 38th in field goal percentage (.565), 55th in rebounds per game (8.8) and 36th in double-doubles (4.0).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 47th consecutive start and played in 69th career game in Southern Illinois contest.. Led USU in scoring for the fourth time this season and 26th time in last two seasons with season-high 23 points in UC Davis game... Scored in double-figures 38 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 13 of his last 15 games played... Has 41 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high four against UC Davis, followed by three against Southern Illinois... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 126 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.1 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 299 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 10th in the WAC in scoring (13.6 ppg), fifth in free throw percentage (.821), seventh for assists (3.6 apg) and seventh for assist-turnover ratio (1.57)... Also third in the WAC in minutes played (35.1).
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Missed Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Has now scored 11.2 ppg (56 points total) over the last five games played after averaging just 4.0 ppg (16 points total) in the first four games of the season... The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last five games, and his season-high four treys in UC Davis game was his fourth multi-three-pointer outing of the season, also netting three against Idaho State and two each in Santa Clara and Western Oregon games... Ranks second on the team with 14-of-29 shooting behind the arc, making a team-best 48.3 percent from distance... Ranks second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.483).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 46th career game and has made 37 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 24 times in his career including two of last three games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State... Also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in Nicholls State game... Additionally played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 31 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections against Nicholls State, adding two against Southern Illinois... Has at least one blocked shot in eight games this season and 12 of his last 15 career games played, including six games with multiple blocks... Posted 26th career game with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding three times this season... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... Ranks third in the WAC in field goal percentage (.600) and would rank 21st in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Also fifth in the WAC in blocks (1.8), seventh in rebounding (7.2), as well as eighth in steals (1.7).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Snared season-high five rebounds at Utah Valley and added four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 20 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.
#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with season-high four against Southern Illinois.
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes and tying a season-high for the third-straight game and fourth time this season with eight points, hitting two three-pointers for the third game in a row and four of last five contests... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds in each of last two games, against Nicholls State and UC Davis, and added four in Southern Illinois contest... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Netted a season-best 11 points in coming off bench in UC Davis game, tying a season-high four rebounds and also dished out four assists, for his sixth game with four or more assists... Has dished out two or more assists in eight of 10 games, including USU sharing the team single-game high with seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Leads the WAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.43) and ranks eighth in assists (3.40).
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 41 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 209 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.1 percent from three-point range (126-299) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 126, passing former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) with 117.
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 369 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 283 3. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 237 4. Jay Goodman 1991-93 209 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 194 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 183 7. Brian Green 2010-11 129 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 9. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 126 10. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 299 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268
Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .421 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 62.0 career field goal percentage (180-of-295), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Nate Harris 2003-06 .641 2. Greg Houskeeper 1988-89 .622 3. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 .617 4. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. .610 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 .597 6. Gary Wilkinson 2008-09 .582 7. Cass Matheus 2005-06 .580 8. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 .579 9. Dean Hunger 1977-80 .577 10. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 .570DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 339-107 (.760) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156). Medlin was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
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