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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014 10:55 p.m. MST

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Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

Shaw needs to realize he doesn't have to shoot the ball every single time he touches it. Moore should be on the floor as much as possible. Would love to see a lineup of Medlin at the 1, Butterfield at 2, Moore the 3, Davis the 4 and Shaw (if he will pass) at the 5. Hopefully Stew and company and turn this around? GO AGGIES.

Trey J
Sandy, UT

Agree with Sports Nutz. I've been waiting all year for that lineup. Davis and Moore need to be on the floor at the same time, not rotating!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I hate to say it but perhaps USU is finding out what it means to play a big boy schedule. Based on the countless one and done appearances in the NCAA Tourney, I think it's safe to say that this was fairly predictable.

Don't take that the wrong way USU fans, I'm a Ute fan that has always pulled for the Aggies outside of when they play Utah. But I get tired of incorrectly thinking "this may be the year they win a tourney game."

CougOrUte..Naah
Nibley, UT

@motorbike No offense taken, USU is definitely finding out what playing a big boy schedule is like. Looks like most of the big 3 teams in the state are. But you know in Stew we trust. I have no doubt the Aggies will get there. I think the Utes will eventually get there as well. Both the Utes and the Aggies are going to have to learn to win on the road. What I don't understand is why the Cougs are losing to teams with far less resources and facilities than BYU does. At least the Utes and Aggies are making strides playing against programs that generally have more funds and resources than they do. Good luck to the Utes, hope they continue to make strides. I feel the second half of the conference schedule will go better for the Aggies. They will get there.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

motorbike

Whats wrong with "incorrectly thinking this may be the year"

Seems like a pretty logical and reasonable thought. Yes, the aggies have done poorly in the first round for many years, so isn't a very reasonable thought and hope that maybe this year they may win a game?

I don't remember aggies guaranteeing any first round win. Its always a "this MAY be the year" just as you yourself stated. That seems like exactly the thought fans should have when they've done poorly in the tournament. Again, we don't hear aggies guaranteeing they get to the sweet 16 or even the 2nd round, its a hope and a "We may" this year. That's how they should be feeling and speaking.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

CougOrUte..Naah,

Glad you took my comment just how I meant it and I totally agree with you when it comes to the Utes being in the same boat. Both programs will definitely have their fair share of growing pains.
I do think Stew's a fantastic coach and like you said, he'll likely get it figured out sooner vs later.
I also agree that BYU losing to far lesser programs is mind boggling. I get their losses to top 25 teams but dropping games to anyone other than St Mary's or Gonzaga in the WCC would be unacceptable to me if I was a coug fan. And as you stated, based on money and facilities I'm not so sure losing to those two teams should be acceptable either.
Anyway... go Aggies and go Utes!

nampaaggie9
nampa, ID

I agree with you Chris, but this is more of a learning the ropes of a new conference year for the aggies, I'm sure stew will get it figured out, however I am impressed with the Utes BB team this year, I was pulling for you guys against Arizona, good luck the rest of the year, GO AGGIES, GO UTES!

Ken
Sandy, UT

Utah State is a nice little local program that likely will never do anything on the national stage. With Stew being as incredible as he is, and Utah State still hasn't done anything in the big dance in how many decades? Yes I know Wichita State exists, and Florida Gulf Coast and VCU, but for every one of those there are 50 similar small schools that have never done anything. And if USU can't get past the first round with Stew, you guys can stop dreaming about ever sniffing a final 4 or something like that.

Ken
Sandy, UT

nampaggie9, Come on now, don't use that excuse. If Utah State is a good basketball program then going to the MWC shouldn't take a year or two to "learn the ropes" That seems like a huge copout for a program that I thought was better than that. The MWC is a decent league no doubt. Decent, certainly not great. And if Utah State is a good program as we all want them to be, lets no use excuses. The last couple years we all would have said that Utah State was as good as just about any MWC program. So if that's the case, lets not use excuses about getting used to the conference. Go aggies, Go Utes, and anyone who plays byu!

Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT

I hate to admit this, but the Aggies are pretty mediocre this year. Might as well take our licks now and prepare for next season.

I still believe Stew is the right coach for the program. He has done far more good than bad for the program and he has earned the right to transition the Ags into the Mountain West.

But this is a hard lesson he is currently learning: none of the teams in this conference are pansies (except SJSU and Fresno).

Onward and upward, work out the kinks, and Go Aggies!

Shanghai
Loveland, CO

I've been a big supporter of Stew and USU basketball for some time. Stew is an excellent coach, and I've been thrilled that Utah State has had him. However, his recruiting is really suspect. We always have the excuse that we're not athletic enough, a half step slow, or not quite big enough to go against top teams. WHY IS THIS? There is no reason that we cannot recruit excellent talent to USU. We have terrific facilities and a home court atmosphere that is one of the best in the country. Just read Steve Fischer's comments from the other night after the SDSU game. It should be much easier to recruit talent for basketball than football. But, it takes the coach wanting to do this, and for some reason Stew just doesn't go after these types of players. This needs to change immediately. There is no reason that USU shouldn't be able to play at the top of the MWC. Coach you've got to fix this starting this recruiting season.

Aggieforlife
Logan, UT

I agree with Sports Nutz, Shaw is a black hole when he gets the ball. Yes he is the leading scorer but he is also taking 7-8 more shots a game than anyone else. He's good for his rebounding but he needs to learn how to pass out if the shot isn't there. I mean Allen Iverson was a leading scorer in the NBA but how many shots a game did he need to take to get that title?

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