UTAH STATE PREVIEW

            
                                                    

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Date Opponent/Result Location

Nov. 18 Utah State 71, Ga. Southern 61 Fairbanks, Alaska

Nov. 20 Central Florida 55, Utah State 52 Fairbanks, Alaska

Nov. 21 Utah State 64, Northwestern 57 Fairbanks, Alaska

Nov. 27 Utah State 81, UC Davis 55 Logan

Dec. 1 Utah State 71, BYU 57 Logan

Dec. 4 Utah State 71, Utah 45 Logan

Dec. 7 IPFW 64, Utah State 59 Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dec. 11 Utah State 73, Weber State 56 Logan

Dec. 18 Utah State 84, BYU 62 Provo

Dec. 29 South Carolina State Logan

Dec. 30 Gossner Foods Classic Logan

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Location

Dec. 23 at Idaho Moscow, Idaho

Jan. 6 UC Santa Barbara Logan

Jan. 8 Cal Poly Logan

Jan. 13 at Pacific Stockton, Calif.

Jan. 15 at Cal-State Northridge Northridge, Calif.

Jan. 20 Cal-State Fullerton Logan

Jan. 22 UC Riverside Logan

Jan. 27 at UC Irvine Irvine, Calif.

Jan. 29 at Long Beach State Long Beach, Calif.

Feb. 3 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Feb. 5 at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif.

Feb. 10 Cal State Northridge Logan

Feb. 12 Pacific Logan

Feb. 17 at UC Riverside Riverside, Calif.

Feb. 19 at Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, Calif.

Feb. 24 Long Beach State Logan

Feb. 26 UC Irvine Logan

March 4 Idaho Logan

REPORT CARD

Evaluating the Aggies' preseason performance:

GUARD — B

David Pak, Calvin Brown and Chris Huber have been the Aggies' three-headed beast at the point. Pak is a junior college transfer with little point-guard experience. Huber is hobbled by a bad ankle and hasn't reached his true form this season, and Brown, a senior, is seeing his most significant playing time in his years in Logan. Still, the Aggies are seventh in the nation in fewest turnovers allowed.

Freshman Jaycee Carroll is defying the post-mission blues by averaging 12.3 points at shooting guard.

FORWARD — B+

Spencer Nelson has been the mainstay for the Aggies and leads the team in three offensive categories. Marcus Crane and Jason Williams, a starter from last year, have been injured and haven't reached full potential. John Neil is solid defensively but could add more offensive.

CENTER — B

Junior Nate Harris, has been steady at 13.6 points a game, but is averaging nearly three rebounds less than he did last year. Junior Cass Matheus is still trying to figure out his place but has been playing well as of late. Senior Ian McVey has played just 42 minutes.

BENCH — B

The bench is contributing close to 22 points a game, led by Crane's 6.8 and Matheus' 5.3. Matheus has been the most consistent, while Brown is getting better at running the team. When Huber, Williams and Crane are fully healthy, the bench will be considerably deeper.

FIRST-HALF MVP

SPENCER NELSON, FORWARD: The 6-foot-8 senior forward leads the team in scoring (15.6) assists (5.0) and rebounds (8.7). This year he's recorded four double-doubles and has scored in double figures in eight straight games

STATISTICAL LEADERS

POINTS PER GAME: Spencer Nelson (15.6)

REBOUNDS PER GAME: Spencer Nelson (8.7)

FG SHOOTING: Nate Harris (.667)

3-POINT SHOOTING: Jaycee Carroll (.432)

FT SHOOTING: Nate Harris (.829)

STEALS: Jaycee Carroll (14)

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ASSISTS: Spencer Nelson (45)

FOR UTAH STATE TO CONTEND . . .

When winning or sharing the Big West regular-season title in 2000 (16-0), 2002 (13-5) and 2004 (17-1), the Aggies lost only five games on the road. They always play well at home, so winning on the road is the key. Had they beat Pacific in Stockton, Calif., last year, the Aggies would have run the table in conference play.