Utah State males’s basketball set to advance to 3rd in a row at Mountain West event
The Aggies enter because the No.2 seed, identical to the 2 earlier years.
The Utah State Males’s Basketball Crew has been right here earlier than.
In every of the previous two seasons, the Aggies have did not win the Mountain West Convention common season championship. In every of the previous two seasons, they’ve entered the convention event because the No. 2 seed. In every of the previous two seasons, they haven’t been thought-about the favorites.
However in every of the previous two seasons, the Aggies have confirmed everybody fallacious. They received these convention championships and obtained automated affords for the NCAA event. Final season it took a heroic shot from former guard Sam Merrill.
Now the Aggies are going to attempt to do one thing that no USU staff has achieved earlier than: a three-bog MW event. They start their journey Thursday in opposition to the College of Nevada-Las Vegas after the rebels beat the Air Power on Wednesday. The state of Utah had a bye within the first spherical.
“I do know it is a cliché, nevertheless it’s actually simply surviving and progressing,” USU coach Craig Smith advised the media Wednesday evening on a video convention. “At this level it is a one-game season for nearly everybody.”
The Aggies break up the two-game streak with UNLV in the course of the common season, dropping the primary and successful the second. The Rebels have the benefit of taking part in of their house enviornment, however there will likely be no followers all through the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.
UNLV has already performed its first match of the event. Smith stated groups that did not have a first-round exemption have naturally already gotten over some trouble and established a basketball tempo after successful a recreation.
“You are preventing a few of these issues on this quarterfinal recreation as properly,” Smith stated.
Nobody might play on the largest faculty basketball stage final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However the event is anticipated to happen solely in Indiana, most of it in Indianapolis.
However the Aggies should move the convention event first. Proper now, the state of Utah is sitting on the bubble for a Huge Dance at-large within the first degree 4 Out, in accordance with the newest ESPN projections. Profitable the convention event would ease the stress of ready to listen to the USU identify known as on Choice Sunday.
And USU could have been fortunate with the help. Boise State and San Diego State are on the other facet of the Aggies. So the state of Utah will not need to face two of the strongest groups within the convention earlier than the championship recreation, if it does.
However, the USU had no drawback over the previous two years beating San Diego State within the final recreation of the event.
Smith stated he thinks this 12 months’s event is vast open, and much more so this 12 months in comparison with the previous few years.
“I believe there are fairly a number of groups that may win this factor,” Smith stated.
The Aggies have one factor for them. Since Smith got here to Logan to educate the Aggies, the staff are 10-1 in March. That document features a 6-0 mark within the MW event.
The state of Utah may even enter the event in full well being. Smith has stated freshman level guard Rollie Worster will play and he expects junior guard Brock Miller to play as properly. The 2 have been out of line with accidents for the previous few weeks.
Senior ahead Alphonso Anderson, who was named the convention’s sixth man of the 12 months, stated the wholesome squad early within the event was essential. However, he added, the state of affairs with the coronavirus could have helped the Aggies modify to the sudden roster modifications. So whether or not it was harm or quarantine, the staff was prepared.
“I believe our staff did an excellent job in these conditions [injuries]Anderson stated. “I really feel like COVID has helped us ultimately. You by no means knew if somebody was going to show optimistic or one thing. We at all times needed to be prepared, taking part in totally different positions and every kind of issues like that.