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USU basketball: men's schedule complete with addition of Western Illinois to BTI Classic

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 3:58 p.m. MDT

LOGAN — Utah State men's basketball's schedule for the Basketball Travelers, Inc. Classic on Dec. 19-21 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is complete with the addition of the Leathernecks of Western Illinois to the schedule.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Troy Trojans will open the Classic in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff on Thursday, Dec. 19, followed by the Aggies against the Leathernecks at 8 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 20, Western Illinois and Troy will tangle at 5:30 p.m., before USU faces off with UC Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. The Classic concludes on Saturday, Dec. 21, with the Leathernecks and Gauchos squaring off at 5:30 p.m., and then the Aggies and Trojans at 8 p.m.

The Aggies are 46-1 (.978) all-time in tournaments they host and have won 45-straight home tournament games. USU went 3-0 in last season's World Vision Challenge, as well as going 3-0 in the Athletes In Action Classic (2011), World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008). USU is also 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982).

Utah State is entering its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. USU opens the 2013-14 season with an exhibition against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Friday, Oct. 25, and then host Adams State (Colo.) in another exhibition on Friday, Nov. 1.

The Aggies host USC in the regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 8, then host in-state foe Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

USU men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are now on sale. For more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online.

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

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