USU basketball: Aggies finish season third in nation in rebounding margin

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 10 2013 12:46 p.m. MDT

Utah State finished the year with a 21-10 overall record and an 11-7 league ledger in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons.

Butterfield and Shaw earned second-team all-WAC honors and were also named to the WAC's all-newcomer team. USU had only one senior this year in forward Kyisean Reed, who missed the last half of the season with an injury — one of four players who missed part or all of this season with an injury, joined by junior forward Sean Harris (entire season with knee injury), junior forward Danny Berger (missed 26 games) and junior guard Preston Medlin (missed 15 games).

USU will join the Mountain West Conference officially on July 1, 2013. Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. The Aggies posted a 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in their eight years in the league. Utah State leaves the league with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State, as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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