Up to Speed with Aggie Basketball

16 12 2010

The Utah State basketball team is nine games into the 2010-2011 season and have managed to attain a record of 7-2.  A big core of players are returning from last year including preseason WAC player of the year Tai Wesley. Other key players returning include Pooh Williams, Brian Green, Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, and Brady Jardine.  New players on the team include highly praised Brockeith Pane and speedy James Walker, who both play the point guard position.

Tai Wesley has definitely proven that he was a worthy pick for WAC player of the year.  Wesley is averaging 14.7 points and 8 rebounds a game, both career highs.  Along with Wesley, Jardine and Green have stepped up their game as well.  Combined they are averaging over 20 points a game.  Jardine is just about averaging a double-double at 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The key loss from last season’s team was point guard Jared Quayle.  Quayle averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, very hard numbers to replicate especially the rebounding numbers from the point guard position.  The newcomers Pane and Walker are doing their best to fill the void by averaging a combined 10 points, 3 assists, and almost 6 rebounds per game.  The only void they seem to have trouble filling is Quayle leadership.

Like  mentioned before, the Aggies record is 7-2.  Those two losses? At currently ranked 15th Georgetown and 16th ranked BYU.  We all have murmured about the Aggies schedule, and not playing big time schools, and finally we got a game.  Unfortunately we didn’t compete  in the 68-51 loss to Georgetown, but it’s still going to go a long ways for a team who year in and year out need RPI and strength of schedule help.  Currently the Aggies are 28th in the RPI while BYU sits at number five and Georgetown is at number two.  It will be really interesting to watch how that all shapes out once the Aggies get into conference play with the WAC being pretty weak this year.

It should be once again, another great season for Utah State basketball.  One thing they need to fix is their field goal percentage which uncharacteristically has them ranked 106th in the country.  The Spectrum will be popping like always as the Aggies get ready to win another WAC title.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
HMHD team




Make that 37

2 12 2009

USU vs. BYU

It’s finally here, tonight Utah State goes up against instate rival BYU in the most anticipated game of the year for Utah State fans.  After a one year hiatus and a game on a neutral floor last year Utah State and BYU square off in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for the 226 meeting between the two teams.  Last year the Aggies fell to the Cougars at Energy Solutions Arena in a matchup that was criticized by Utah State fans.  Both teams claim the other side was at fault, but everybody knows why BYU didn’t want to come to Logan.  They were scared of the Spectrum.  Can you blame them though?

In the Spectrum it gets a little crazy to say the least.  Fans are on their feet the entire game yelling and chanting.  Not only are they up for every play, but Aggie fans are smart and are all over opposing players for every mistake they make and look out if you throw up an air ball for the rest of the night, every time you touch the ball you’re gonna hear the crowd chanting “Air ball!  Air ball!”  The crowd is rough enough and one of the loudest in America, but don’t forget that the team isn’t too shabby either. The last 11 years Utah State has compiled a record of 255-80, only Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are better over that span.

Utah State has a 36 game winning streak in the Spectrum and it’ll be 37 in a row after a win tonight.  The streak dates back to the 2007-2008 season and is the second longest home winning streak in the country behind Kansas who has won 44 in a row.  Will the Aggies make it 37, yes they will.  This year’s team hasn’t gotten off to the usual hot start, but I wouldn’t pick against the Aggies in this one.  Junior guard Pooh Williams recently returned from injury and looks to be getting into a rhythm scoring 17 points last time out along with Freshmen Preston Medlin who also scored 17 last time out.

The Aggies will need a big game from Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley, Wesley leads the team in scoring while Quayle is team’s second leading scorer and oddly leads the team in rebounding averaging 8 rebounds per game.  BYU rolls into the Spectrum having won its first five games of this young college basketball season.  Then again who have they really played?  Nobody in particular, but judging by last year’s matchup the Aggies will need to contain Jonathan Tavernari and Jimmer Fredette, Tavernari had 24 points and 9 rebounds and Fredette dropped in 16 last year when the two teams met.

The Aggies haven’t lost to the Cougars at home in nearly ten years and tonight shouldn’t be any different.  A win tonight would really get USU rolling before WAC play starts up.  You know both teams want this one bad and the fans will be as loud as ever.  The game has been sold out for months now and students have been camping out all week to get a front row seat to what should be a great game.  So if you can get a seat wear your Aggie apparel and be loud, it’ll be a good one.  Just make sure to not be too ruthless tonight, stay classy in case Max Hall and his family come to the game.

Written by: Jesse Kunz
The halfmanhalfdog team