In their first year in the Mountain West Conference, the Utah State Aggies are looking to make an impression.
As with most conferences across the country, the Mountain West has done a bit of shuffling this offseason, with the Aggies
leaving the Western Athletic Conference for their new home in the Mountain West. The Aggies get off to a good start with a
home game against the USC Trojans on November 8. This great non conference matchup with a Pac 12 team is quite a coup for
Aggies coach Steve Morrill and will be a great way to open the 2014 season at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.
great game to keep an eye on in the Aggie's non conference schedule is the home state duel with the BYU Cougars in a game
that will be played Thanksgiving weekend in Salt Lake City. This rivalry is red hot with both programs playing great basketball.
Utah bragging rights is on the line in this sensational preseason matchup.
Once they begin their inaugural season in
the Mountain West Conference, the Aggies will face new foes and last year's conference champions, the New Mexico Lobos on
January 28th at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and a win here could be quite statement for the Aggies. Another great matchup
takes place on February 15 in Logan, when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels come to town. The Runnin' Rebels
ranked in the top 10 in rebounds and assists last year, and the Aggies will definitely be tested in this new conference matchup.
Since 1999, the Mountain West Conference has been competing in NCAA Sports and with the shifting of
teams, 2014 may be the conference's strongest year yet. Though the conference lost BYU, Texas Christian University and the
University of Utah over the last few years, at the start of the 2014 season, the Mountain West has now added the San Jose
State Spartans and the Utah State Aggies to fill out the list of great schools and basketball programs in the conference.
With the New Mexico Lobos listed as #20 in the preseason rankings and projected as the frontrunner to win the Mountain West
Conference, all of the other programs are looking to take down the Lobos. In their first year in the conference, the Utah
State Aggies are hoping to continue the successes that they have enjoyed under head coach Steve Morrill, who missed the postseason
last year for only the first time in 13 years. The Mountain West is a tough conference and could have multiple teams in the
postseason this year.
In the state of Utah, the biggest rivalry has always been the University
of Utah Utes and the Brigham Young Cougars. For years the two schools have been vying for state supremacy in all sports. Quietly,
over the last decade or so, a new rivalry has brewed in the state when it comes to men's basketball. BYU and their coach
Dave Rose have gotten used to dominating their in-state rivals, but in recent years, the Utah State Aggies have become quite
a formidable foe for the Cougars. BYU and Rose are 7-7 against the Aggies in the last 14 meetings, a far cry from dominance
over Utah and Weber State. Before moving out of the Western Athletic Conference and into the Mountain West Conference, the
Utah State Aggies enjoyed a rivalry with New Mexico State that seems destined to come to an end. This rivalry of the Aggies
is a bitter one and has been a part of the basketball program of these two schools since 1960.
head coach Steve Morrill took over the Utah State Aggies Men's Basketball program in 1998, the Aggies had made the NCAA Tournament
11 times in the program's history. Their best finish came in the 1969-1970, when they made it all the way to the Elite Eight
before losing to the eventual national champion UCLA Bruins, coached by the legendary John Wooden. Before Morrill took over,
the last Aggie's appearance in the tournament was in 1988, when they lost to Vanderbilt in the first round. Under Steve Morrill,
Utah State has enjoyed incredible success, with the 4th highest winning percentage over this period after powerhouse programs
Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga. The Aggies made the postseason 13 years straight from 1998-2012, an incredible streak, that ended
in 2013. As respected as Steve Morrill is and strong the program is during the regular season, they have fallen short once
they make it to the Big Dance. The Aggie's have only made it out of the first round once, in 2001, where they defeated the
Ohio State Buckeyes in a thrilling overtime finish, 77-68. The Aggies lost in the second round to the UCLA Bruins. Now that
they are starting fresh in the Mountain West Conference, the Utah State Aggies are hoping a change of scene will get them
over their first round hump.
Who is the Utah State Aggies all time leading scorer?
answer is one of the most beloved Aggies of all time, Jaycee Carroll. Playing for the Aggies from 2004-2008, Carroll led the
Aggies 2,507 points in his college career, which is now third in Utah state history behind Keith Van Horn and Jimmer Ferdette.