Last week proved to be a great week for Aggie Basketball. The Aggies started off by avenging an earlier loss to Cal State Fullerton, beating the Titans 60-45 at home. The Ags then went on to beat up UC Riverside 59-42, also at home. After beating UC Irvine on February 9th, the Aggies figured to be in good standings being tied for first place with UC Irvine. That was until UC Irvine lost to Pacific in Stockton, California.
Now the Aggies find themselves in familiar territory as the leader of the Big West Conference with 12 wins, 3 losses, 20-4 for the season. USU will play it's final home game of the regular season this Saturday against the University of Idaho (9-15, 6-9) at 7:05 p.m. in the Spectrum. USU will conclude it's regular season on the road at the University of Pacific on Thur., Feb. 28 and at Cal State Northridge on Sat., Mar. 2.
Care of UtahStateAggies.com:
Aggies Among The Best In The Country Over The Last Three Years: Utah State is among some select company over the past three seasons with one of the best records in the country. USU is 76-16 over the past three seasons for a winning percentage of .826. Over that time period only five teams have won 75 or more games, and USU's 76 wins rank as the third most in the country. The following is a list of which teams have won at least 75 games over the past three seasons.
1. Duke 83
2. Cincinnati 78
3. UTAH STATE 76
4. Gonzaga 76
5. Tulsa 76
Aggies Among The Nations Best: As of Feb. 11, 2002, Utah State is fifth in the country in scoring defense (59.0), 11th in rebound margin (+7.9), 14th in field-goal percentage defense (39.0), 15th in field-goal percentage offense (48.1), 17th in winning percentage (81.8), and 26th in scoring margin (+10.7).
Brown Third In The Country: As of Feb. 11, senior guard Tony Brown is ranked third in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 49.6 percent. He trails Dante Swanson of Tulsa (53.8) and Jake Sullivan of Iowa State (50.6).
Aggies Maintain High RPI: As of Feb. 18, 2002, Utah State has a RPI of 36 in the country. USU is 2-0 on the season versus teams with a RPI in the top-50 as the Aggies defeated Utah (17) and BYU (37) this year. Against teams with a RPI in the top-100, USU is 7-1 on the year with a 2-0 record versus UC Santa Barbara (91), a 2-0 record versus Montana State (93), and 1-1 record versus UC Irvine (94).
Aggies Riding Season-High Seven-Game Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last seven games which is the longest winning streak by USU this year and the longest by an Aggie team since the 2000-01 team won 12 games in a row at one point in the season. USU has also won nine of its last 10 games. The seven-game winning streak by USU is the longest by any team in the Big West Conference this year.
Utah State Has The 11th-Longest Winning Streak In The Country: As of Feb. 18, 2002, Utah State is tied with Tulsa for the 11th-longest winning streak in the country at seven games. Central Connecticut State and Western Kentucky have each won 13 games in a row, followed by Hampton (12), Kent State (11), Marquette (11), Kansas (10), Gonzaga (9), Butler (8), Maryland (8), McNeese State (8), Utah State (7) and Tulsa (7).