LOGAN — After another road trip full of disappointment, Utah State (12-12, 4-5) gets one more chance this season to gain some momentum at home. The Aggies will tip off their first of five straight home games against Louisiana Tech (11-12, 3-5) Thursday.
The Aggies lost their last two games by a combined seven points, and will be looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2007. That skid is the only time Utah State has lost three in a row in the last 13 years. The return home should not only help the Aggies get back on track, but should also improve team morale after a week of struggles.
"One of the key things for this week is going to be trying to get our spirits up and trying to realize we have an opportunity in front of us with five straight home games," Aggie Stew Morrill said. "That can be very disheartening to all involved when you are putting in the amount time and energy that you do into a basketball season as players and coaches. The reality of that is if you let that affect the next time out it's just going to compound your problems."
Working in the Aggies' favor is the fact they have already beaten Louisiana Tech once this season, a 69-65 breakthrough in Ruston, one of only two road wins for Utah State this season. Since that game the Bulldogs' play has improved, having won three of their last five, including wins on the road at San Jose and Hawaii.
"They just create havoc with their style of play. They double you and press you and cause you all kinds of problems when you are trying to execute offense against an unconventional defense at times," Morrill said. "They play four guards a lot. They've got really quick, active players and they're playing to their strengths."
Aggies on the air
Louisiana Tech (11-12, 3-5)
vs. Utah State (12-12, 4-5)
Thursday, 7 p.m. (MT)
TV: Altitude 2 Radio: Aggie Sports Network