Utah State (4-0) at Weber State (0-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 26, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Events Center (12,000) -- Ogden, Utah. Television: None. Home Record: USU 3-0, WSU 0-0. Away Record: USU 1-0, WSU 0-2. Neutral Record: USU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Conference Record: USU 0-0, WSU 0-0. Series Record: Utah State leads, 39-26.
GAME NOTES: The Weber State Wildcats finally play in front of the hometown fans tonight, as they host the Utah State Aggies in non-conference action at the Dee Events Center.
Weber State has played just two games to this point, losing both. The squad kicked off the campaign with an 81-72 setback to BYU in Provo, and then followed that up with an 88-67 defeat at the hands of Colorado State 10 days ago in Fort Collins.
As for the Aggies, they are off to a perfect 4-0 start. The team has played three of those games at home in Logan, the most recent being an 87-68 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday.
In terms of the all-time series between these in-state rivals, the Aggies are ahead by a count of 39-26, winning the most recent clash a season ago at home, 65-55.
USU scored the first points of the game against Mississippi State and never looked back, hitting on 51.9 percent from the field and 11-of-23 behind the 3- point line in order to register the 19-point win. Preston Medlin led the way with 21 points, hitting 4-of-7 beyond the arc, while also handing out six assists. Jarred Shaw and Spencer Butterfield pitched in with 17 and 16 points, respectively, combining for 14 of the unit's 41 rebounds as well.
Medlin and Shaw lead the Aggies in scoring with 15.5 ppg, although the two are getting the job done in different ways as the former hits on 12-of-25 behind the 3-point line, and the latter uses his strength in the paint, where he logs close to eight rebounds per game, to gain access to easier, more conventional shot attempts. Butterfield checks in with 13.8 ppg, as the team outscores opponents by 18 points per contest.
The Wildcats dug themselves a deep hole in the first half against Colorado State, connecting on just seven field goals and shooting a mere 1-of-7 beyond the arc, en route to a double-digit deficit at the break and an eventual 21- point loss. Jeremy Senglin accounted for 14 points, while Joel Bolomboy and Davion Berry contributed 12 apiece, as the squad shot only 3-of-13 out on the perimeter.
Berry paces four players in double figures after two games with his 17.5 ppg, although his 38.5 percent shooting from the field is a bit lacking. Kyle Tresnak chips in another 16.5 ppg, making good on 61.9 percent of his field goal chances, but the team overall checks in at just 41.1 percent, which is one of the reasons why they are being outscored by 15 ppg in the early going.
Even with the returning talent the Wildcats have this season, the early results have not looked very favorable. Assume the team will show some signs of life against a familiar foe, but still probably come out on the losing end just the same.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah State 78, Weber State 68
11/26 10:32:51 ET