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• Utah State (8-6, 1-0 MW) will travel to San Diego State (8-4, 0-1) on Saturday for its Mountain West road opener. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT), and the game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network or seen on ESPN3, online at watchespn.com.
• San Diego State leads the all-time series 9-3 against Utah State, claiming each of the last nine contests since the Aggies joined the Mountain West for the 2013-14 season. The series is the shortest among all current Mountain West opponents for Utah State.
• Utah State is 288-219 all-time against members of the Mountain West, and league opponents make up six of the longest series in school history. The Aggies have faced Colorado State 95 times, fourth in school history, San José State 81 times, sixth in school history, Wyoming 76 times, seventh in school history, Fresno State 57 times, 14th in school history, Nevada 55 times, tied for 15th in school history, and Boise State 44 times, 19th in school history.
• Utah State has five players averaging double figures over the last five games, led by sophomore guard Sam Merrill with 13.8 points per game and followed by junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. (13.2 ppg), sophomore guard Koby McEwen (12.0 ppg), junior guard DeAngelo Isby (11.6 ppg) and junior forward Quinn Taylor (11.6 ppg).
• Sophomore guard Koby McEwen has scored 20 or more points in two of the last three games.
• Utah State recorded a season-high-tying 23 assists in its last game against San José State, coupling that with a season-low four turnovers en route to an 86-72 victory.
• Utah State’s starting back court of Koby McEwen, Sam Merrill and Diogo Brito combined to score 53 points, dished out a combined 20 assists, pulled down a combined 13 rebounds and logged a combined total of seven steals during the game against the Spartans. McEwen led the team with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Merrill led the team with nine assists and Brito led the team with five steals.
Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State is 8-4 on the year and 0-1 in league play after falling at Wyoming, 82-69, in its conference opener on Wednesday.
The Aztecs are averaging 77.5 points per game and shooting 44.0 percent (321-of-729) from the floor, 31.1 percent (83-of-267) from behind the 3-point line and 74.0 percent (205-of-277) at the free throw line. SDSU is paced individually by four players scoring in double figures in Devin Watson (13.1 ppg), Malik Pope (13.0 ppg), Matt Mitchell (11.3 ppg) and Trey Kell (11.9 ppg). Pope also leads the team on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game.
Defensively, teams are averaging 66.2 points per game and shooting 39.5 percent (284-of-719) from the floor, 30.8 percent (93-of-302) from behind the 3-point line and 72.7 percent (133-of-183) at the free throw line. Pope leads the Aztecs with 13 blocks and Watson leads the team with 18 steals.
Head coach Brian Dutcher is in his first season at the helm of the program after having served as an assistant on the staff since 1999.
Scoring in Droves
Utah State has outscored its last three opponents 273-208, beating Life Pacific, Youngstown State and San José State by an average of 21.7 points per game.
Another factor in Utah State’s success resides in points in the paint as the Aggies have scored 130 points in the lane, compared to 64 points by the opposition.
Painting Points - Part II
The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in the paint in each of the last three games, matching the longest stretch since the 2007-08 season.
Utah State has scored more points off of turnovers than its opponent in each of the last six games.
Opportunistic Aggies - Part II
Utah State’s 36 points off of turnovers against San José State were the most by the Aggies in a single game since joining the Mountain West.
W’s for Hump Day
Utah State is a perfect 4-0 in games played on Wednesday this season.
Lineup Change for the Better
Utah State has had six starting lineup combinations this season and the latest of Koby McEwen, Sam Merrill, Diogo Brito, Dwayne Brown Jr., and Quinn Taylor is a perfect 3-0.
First Half 40’s
Utah State has scored 40 or more points in the first half in each of the last three games.
Utah State is a perfect 4-0 when limiting turnovers, winning each game this season when committing single-digit turnovers.
Utah State has had a pair of wire-to-wire victories this season, leading from start to finish against New Hampshire on Nov. 25, and against San José State on Dec. 27.
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