Game 28: Idaho (16-11, 8-6 WAC) at RV/#23 Utah State (25-3, 12-1 WAC)
When: February 26, 2011 (6 p.m. PT)
Where: Logan, Utah (Dee Glen Spectrum)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra (online)
Television: CW30 (Local)
Online Video: www.UtahStateAggies.com
Live Stats: www.UtahStateAggies.com
A Look at the Aggies:
Utah State is 23-5 overall and has officially clinched the outright regular-season WAC title for the third year in a row. The Aggies have won 31 consecutive home WAC games and 30 straight home games overall. USU averages 72.6 points per game while allowing a WAC-low 58.8 scoring. The Aggies shoot a WAC-high 47.2 percent from the field and hold opponents to a WAC-low 38.7 percent clip.
Head Coach Stew Morrill:
Stew Morrill is in his 25th season as a collegiate head coach and his 13th at Utah State. He is 319-102 in his USU career and 537-240 overall. The Aggies have gone to the NCAA Tournament seven times and the NIT four times under Morrill.
Vandals vs. Aggies
Saturday is the 46th meeting in a series that dates back to the 1945-46 season. Utah State holds the overall edge in the series at 32-13, and has won 27 of the last 31 meetings. Idaho's 64-56 win in Moscow earlier this season broke USU's WAC-record 25-game conference winning streak and is the Aggies' only conference blemish this year. A win Saturday would give Idaho its first two-game season sweep of the Aggies since 1957. Since the two teams became regular conference opponents in 1997, Idaho has never swept a season series with Utah State.
Utah State has won 30 in a row at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and hasn't been beaten at home by a WAC opponent since 2007 - a 31-game unbeaten stretch. Idaho is 1-14 all-time at Logan, with the sole win coming in 2003 by a 52-51 score. As if that's not enough, Saturday is Senior Night, and the Spectrum is sold out.
The Elusive Sweep
Idaho's 67-59 win at Nevada on Feb. 24, paired with its 72-67 victory over the Wolf Pack earlier this year in Moscow, Idaho swept Nevada for the first time in 12 years. Since the two teams became regular conference opponents in 1980, the Vandals swept the series with the Wolf Pack just three times prior to this year - in 1981, 1982 and 1999.
Kick Things Up a Notch
In non-conference play, Jeff Ledbetter is averaging 8.9 points and 2.38 made 3-pointers per game. In his 14 WAC games so far, Ledbetter is putting in 15.4 points and 3.57 made 3-balls per contest. He has also snagged 26 of his 37 steals this season against WAC opponents.
Winning Away From Home
Idaho's 67-59 win at Nevada on Feb. 24 gave the Vandals their eighth road win of the season. The last time Idaho had that many road wins in a season was in 1989-90, when they also won eight times on the road. The modern era (post-1963) record for the team is the 1981-82 squad's nine road victories.