Utah State basketball

17 11 2009

While I went to check Sportscenter last night, I forgot that the college basketball marathon was starting. The marathon oddly enough was starting at ten and will be ending tonight around 11.  So college basketball will be on and live for 24 straight hours on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN 360.  At any point of the day, you can watch live basketball.  The marathon features the number 1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks, and the number 2 ranked Michigan St. Spartans later tonight.  Last night, UCLA was upset was Cal State Fullerton, which is why I love college basketball, any team can win.  Here at HMHD, being from the northern Utah area, we are quite fond of a college basketball that has been winning games at a record pace the past decade, and for everyone else in the country, we would like to introduce you to the Utah State Aggie basketball team.

Last season, the Aggies put up a record of 27-4 throughout the preseason and conference season schedule, and spent 4 weeks in the top 25 rankings and was ranked as high as 17th.  Utah State is one of 3 teams to have at least 23 wins in each of the past ten seasons. The others are Kansas and Gonzaga, that’s pretty good company.  Utah State also went to their 7th straight postseason last year but fell short to a very good Marquette team 58-57 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.  Utah State’s final record was 30-5 which was 6th in the country, and the Aggies led the country in field goal percentage at 49.8.

This season, Utah State has received votes for the top 25 in the preseason polls for the second time in three years.  The Aggies have reloaded, getting junior transfer Nate Bendall to replace Gary Wilkinson.  Bendall and other Aggie transfer Brian Green, won a jr. college championship at Salt Lake Community College last season.  Utah State also snagged freshman guard Preston Medlin who should see ample playing time with his outside game.  All eyes however are on the lone senior, Jared Quayle.  This team can go as high as Quayle can fly them.  Last season, Quayle averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, and about 4 assists per game, and came up big and lead the team down the stretch.  Quayle, another transfer needed a few games to get the feel for the division-1 game but after he put up 23 points at Southern Utah, he, and the team took off.  Look for Quayle, who was a preseason All-Wac guard, to have a big season for the Aggies.

Utah State (1-0) has many key games like playing at Utah tomorrow which is always a heated game BYU and Saint Mary’s travel to Logan to try and tame the Aggies in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.  The Spectrum is one of the toughest places to play in all of college basketball, and actually gets in the way of scheduling teams because of their reluctance to play up in Logan.  If you haven’t seen Utah State play, or Utah State’s crowd, I highly recommend it.  Utah State will most likely end up in the postseason again, so you will get your chance sooner or later, at least for now we can all be happy that college basketball has finally tipped off.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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One response

17 11 2009

Awesome article!

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