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GAME NOTES – Eighth-Seeded Utah State Men’s Basketball Faces Top-Seeded Purdue Sunday



GAME NOTES – Eighth-Seeded Utah State Men’s Basketball Faces Top-Seeded Purdue Sunday
Opening Ideas
• Utah State is enjoying in its twenty fourth NCAA Match all-time, together with for the second straight yr and fourth time within the final six years. (USU additionally certified for the 2020 NCAA Match previous to it being canceled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.) For the reason that flip of the century, USU has performed in 12 NCAA Tournaments (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2019, 2021, 2023, 2024).
• With its 88-72 win in opposition to TCU within the first spherical, Utah State snapped its 10-game dropping streak within the NCAA Match and posted its first win since defeating Ohio State 77-68 in additional time of the 2001 NCAA Match.
• Utah State’s 16-point win in opposition to TCU (88-72) is its largest NCAA Match win in class historical past, bettering its 10-point win (91-81) in opposition to UTEP in 1970.
• That is simply the second time that Utah State has performed within the spherical of 32 of the NCAA Match since seeding began in 1980. In 2001, USU misplaced to fourth-seeded UCLA within the second spherical, 75-50. Previous to the 2001 season, the final time USU superior previous the primary spherical of the NCAA Match was in 1970 when that Aggie group defeated UTEP (91-81) within the spherical of 32, defeated Santa Clara (69-68) within the Candy 16, and misplaced to No. 2 UCLA (101-79) within the Elite Eight.
• Utah State received its first outright Mountain West common season title in its 11 years within the league. USU has now received or shared 18 convention championship all-time (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2019, 2024).
• No. 20 Utah State males’s basketball was properly represented within the league’s postseason awards as voted by the league’s head coaches. Head coach Danny Sprinkle was named the Steve Fisher Coach of the Yr, whereas junior wing Nice Osobor was named each the Participant and Newcomer of the Yr and junior guard Josh Uduje the Co-Sixth Man of the Yr.
Osobor and graduate guard Darius Brown II every earned first group all-MW accolades, whereas senior guard Ian Martinez was an honorable point out choice. Brown was additionally named to the defensive group.
• Junior wing Nice Osobor was named an Related Press Honorable Point out All-American, as introduced by the group on Tuesday. Osobor is the eighth Aggie males’s basketball participant to be acknowledged as an All-American by the AP and the primary since Neemias Queta was an honorable point out All-American in 2021.
Brown tied this system single-season document with 224 assists in the course of the 2023-24 marketing campaign. He’s one help away from surpassing the all-time document, passing Kris Clark who had 224 helpers within the 2007-08 marketing campaign.
• Utah State’s 14 wins away from residence this yr (eight street, six impartial) are tied for probably the most within the Mountain West and tied for fourth within the nation.
• Utah State is certainly one of simply three groups within the nation returning zero factors to its 2023-24 roster, becoming a member of New Mexico State and Northwestern State. The Aggies even have the second-fewest returning rebounds (0.004 %) and are tied for the second-fewest returning assists (0.003 %), each behind NMSU.

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