USU basketball: Utah State men's basketball announces 2012-13 schedule

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

Utah State returns to the state of Utah but continues road action by playing at BYU. USU will then host Western Oregon before its final non-conference road game of the season at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Utah State will close out December by opening its eighth and final season of WAC action by heading to Texas to face UTSA and Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 31, respectively, in USU's first-ever match-ups against both schools. The Aggies will kick off the new year by hosting Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 3 before hosting Idaho and former USU assistant coach Don Verlin on Saturday, Jan. 5. Utah State will round out its longest WAC homestand of the season by hosting San Jose State on Saturday, Jan. 12.

After playing at New Mexico State, USU will play at another first-year WAC team, Denver. The Aggies return home to host UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Mavericks' second year in a row playing in the Spectrum after playing in last year's World Vision Challenge, before USU faces Louisiana Tech. USU completes January action and opens February play by heading to the Northwest, with a match-up at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31 and at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Aggies' longest road stretch of the regular-season concludes on Saturday, Feb. 9 at San Jose State.

A three-game homestand opens on Thursday, Feb. 14 with a Valentine's Day match-up with Denver, before an all-Aggie clash between USU and New Mexico State. For the eighth year in row, Utah State will be participating in the ESPNU BracketBusters and will host an opponent to be determined on Friday, Feb. 22 or Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Aggies' final regular-season road trip will take them to Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 28 and play at UT Arlington for the first time in school history on Saturday, March 2. To conclude the regular-season portion of the ledger, Utah State will host Texas State and UTSA in both teams' first-ever visits to the Spectrum.

The 2013 WAC Tournament will once again be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., from Mar. 12-16, utilizing the traditional 10-team tournament format, with the No. 10 seed meeting No. 7 and No. 8 will face No. 9 in the first round, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals.

Utah State returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-WAC in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he is just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004).

Also returning is senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was a member of the WAC's all-newcomer team after posting 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his first season as an Aggie. Junior guard Danny Berger is the third returning starter for USU, after tallying 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 2012, also his first season as an Aggie. Morrill and USU will also have eight newcomers in 2012-13.

Utah State extended its current school records for consecutive 20-win seasons and postseason appearances to 13-straight in 2012 as it is one of just five schools nationally to win 21 games in each of the last 13 years along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, USU's current run of 13-straight postseason appearances is tied for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation.

For USU men's basketball ticket information, contact the Utah State Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.

2012-13 UTAH STATE Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time Series Record

Fri., Oct. 26GRAND CANYON (Ex.) Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 7:05 p.m.

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