LOGAN — After dispatching Utah earlier in the week, Utah State (3-1) will be looking to avenge another road loss from last season when the Aggie men's basketball team hosts the Northeastern Huskies (2-1) in the Spectrum tonight.
The Aggies are looking forward to a rough-and-tumble kind of game.
"Back east, they play a different kind of basketball," junior forward Brady Jardine said of the visitors from Boston. "They are big and strong and physical. We are going to have to match that. We are going to have to be stronger than them and work harder and rebound the ball. Like coach says 'Rebound and play defense and you'll win a lot of games.' "
The Aggies did just that in their 79-62 win over Utah earlier in the week.
The Aggies outrebounded the much-taller Utes 45-32 and did not trail the entire game.
Fortunately for Utah State, Northeastern does not have the size and length that the Utes do, but the Huskies still have great guard play.
Chaisson Allen, a 6-foot-4 guard who is averaging just under 17 points a game, is not a one-trick pony, either. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Defensive team last year.
Last season, these two teams matched up in Boston, with the Huskies coming away with a 64-61 victory early in the season. Northeastern does not look much like the team that beat the Aggies on that November day. The Huskies graduated their top four scorers from that game, including Matt Janning, who was drafted by the Phoenix Suns this offseason.
Utah State played that game with Pooh Williams not at 100 percent. He was battling a stress fracture and could only could tally nine minutes in the game. Nate Bendall played 25 minutes, but struggled with what was later diagnosed as heart arrhythmia. It was also before Brian Green had found his flow at the Division I level. Green was just 1-of-8 for three points in that game, a far cry from the sharpshooter he has become since then.
"I've never played with somebody I love to play with more than Brian Green," Jardine said. "He comes out every day and works so hard. In practice when we aren't as hyped up or as physical and active as we should be, Brian Green is the one that is yelling at us and telling us to pick it up."
Aggies on the air
Northeastern (2-1) at Utah State (3-1)
Today, 7:05 p.m.
Smith Spectrum, Logan
Radio: 1230 AM, 95.9 FM