2009–10 Utah State Aggies men's basketball team

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2009–10 Utah State Aggies men's basketball
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WAC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Western Athletic Conference
2009–10 record 27–8 (14–2 WAC)
Head coach Stew Morrill
Assistant coach Tim Duryea
Assistant coach Chris Jones
Assistant coach Tarvish Felton
Home arena Smith Spectrum
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Utah State 14 2   .875     27 7   .794
Nevada 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
New Mexico State 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Louisiana Tech 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Fresno State 7 9   .438     15 18   .455
San Jose State 6 10   .375     14 17   .452
Idaho 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Boise State 5 11   .313     15 17   .469
Hawaii 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
2010 WAC Tournament winner
As of March 22, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Utah State Aggies men's basketball team represented Utah State University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. This was head coach Stew Morrill's 12th season at Utah State. The Aggies played their home games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and are members of the Western Athletic Conference. The finished the season 27–8, 14–2 to capture the regular season championship for the third consecutive year. They advanced to the championship game of the 2010 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to New Mexico State. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 12 seed in the South Region, where they lost to 5 seed and AP #23 Texas A&M in the first round.

Pre-season[edit]

In the WAC preseason polls, released October 20 via media teleconference, Utah State was selected to finish first in the coaches poll, receiving 8 first place votes, with Sr. guard Jared Quayle selected to the All-WAC first team and Jr. forward Tai Wesley selected to the All-WAC second team. They were also selected to finish 1st in the media poll, receiving 15 first place votes, with Jared Quayle selected to the All-WAC first team.[1]

2009–10 Team[edit]

Roster[edit]

Source[2]

No. Name Ht. Wt. Position Yr. Hometown Previous School(s)
2 Eaton, Preston 5' 10" 170 Guard FR Springville, Utah Srpingville HS
5 Williams, Pooh 6' 3" 200 Guard/Forward JR Federal Way, WA Federal Way HS
12 Green, Brian 6' 1" 195 Guard JR Kaysville, UT Davis HS, Salt Lake CC
13 Medlin, Preston 6' 4" 165 Guard FR Carrollton, TX Hebron HS
15 Niang, Modou 6' 10" 220 Center SO Richard Toll, Senegal Hachioji (Tokyo, Japan)
21 Quayle, Jared 6' 1" 180 Guard SR Perry, UT Box Elder HS, Western Wyoming CC
22 Jardine, Brady 6' 7" 220 Forward SO Twin Falls, ID Twin Falls HS
23 White, Tyrone 6' 6" 175 Forward FR Portland, OR Jefferson HS, Air Force Prep
24 Newbold, Tyler 6' 4" 210 Guard JR Payson, UT Payson HS
25 Myaer, Jaxon 5' 9" 165 Guard SO Salt Lake City, UT Judge Memorial HS
30 Grim, Morgan 6' 8" 220 Forward JR Riverton, UT Riverton HS, Utah
35 Bendall, Nate 6' 9" 245 Forward JR Salt Lake City, UT Skyline HS, Salt Lake CC
42 Wesley, Tai 6' 7" 240 Forward JR Provo, UT Provo HS
44 Formisano, Matt 6' 8" 240 Forward JR Centennial, CO Heritage HS
54 DiLoreto, Anthony 7' 1" 230 Center FR Minnetonka, MN Hopkins HS

RedshirtIndicates Red Shirt Year

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at Utah State Alma Mater (Year)
Stew Morrill Head Coach 12th Gonzaga (1974)
Tim Duryea Assistant Coach 9th North Texas (1988)
Chris Jones Assistant Coach 2nd Utah (1994)
Tarvish Felton Assistant Coach 2nd Southern Utah (1999)
Lance Beckert Director of Basketball Operations 4th Daito Bunka (Japan) (1997)

2009-10 Schedule and results[edit]

Source[3]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
Fri, Oct 30
7:05pm
Northwest Nazarene W 85–51 
Smith Spectrum (8,641)
Logan, UT
Sat, Nov 7
7:05pm
Trinity Western W 65–40 
Smith Spectrum (8,962)
Logan, UT
Regular Season
Fri, Nov 13*
7:35pm
at Weber State W 66–60  1–0
Dee Events Center (9,272)
Ogden, UT
Wed, Nov 18*
6:05pm, The Mtn.
at Utah L 68–67  1–1
Jon M. Huntsman Center (9,699)
Salt Lake City, UT
Sat, Nov 21*
10:00am
at Northeastern L 64–61  1–2
Matthews Arena (1,927)
Boston, MA
Tue, Nov 24*
7:05pm
Idaho State W 77–44  2–2
Smith Spectrum (9,026)
Logan, UT
Sat, Nov 28*
7:05pm, CW30
Southern Utah W 89–49  3–2
Smith Spectrum (9,845)
Logan, UT
Wed, Dec 2*
7:05pm, CW30
Brigham Young W 71–61  4–2
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
Sat, Dec 5*
7:05pm, CW30
Saint Mary's L 68–63  4–3
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
Sat, Dec 12*
7:05pm, CW30
Utah Valley W 87–56  5–3
Smith Spectrum (9,147)
Logan, UT
Wed, Dec 16*
8:05pm
at Cal State Bakersfield W 68–51  6–3
Rabobank Arena (4,481)
Bakersfield, CA
Fri, Dec 18*
8:05pm
at Long Beach State L 75–62  6–4
Walter Pyramid (2,656)
Long Beach, CA
Mon, Dec 21*
8:05pm
Morehead State
Basketball Travelers Invitational
W 79–72  7–4
Smith Spectrum (9,086)
Logan, UT
Tue, Dec 22*
8:05pm
Cal State Fullerton
Basketball Travelers Invitational
W 83–60  8–4
Smith Spectrum (9,001)
Logan, UT
Wed, Dec 23*
8:05pm
Weber State
Basketball Travelers Invitational
W 85–73  9–4
Smith Spectrum (9,427)
Logan, UT
Tue, Dec 29*
7:05pm
Western Oregon W 78–42  10–4
Smith Spectrum (9,368)
Logan, UT
Sat, Jan 2
9:05pm, ESPNU
at New Mexico State L 55–52  10–5 (0–1)
Pan American Center (5,070)
Las Cruces, NM
Mon, Jan 4
6:05pm
at Louisiana Tech L 82–60  10–6 (0–2)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,094)
Ruston, LA
Mon, Jan 11
7:05pm
Hawai'i W 98–54  11–6 (1–2)
Smith Spectrum (9,888)
Logan, UT
Wed, Jan 13
9:05pm, ESPN2
at Nevada W 79–72 OT 12–6 (2–2)
Lawlor Events Center (7,035)
Reno, NV
Sat, Jan 16
7:05pm, CW30
Boise State W 81–59  13–6 (3–2)
Smith Spectrum (9,769)
Logan, UT
Thu, Jan 21
8:05pm, ESPN Plus
at Fresno State W 69–43  14–6 (4–2)
Save Mart Center (8,302)
Fresno, CA
Sat, Jan 23
6:05pm, CW30
at Idaho W 60–48  15–6 (5–2)
Cowan Spectrum (2,570)
Moscow, ID
Sat, Jan 30
7:05pm, CW30
San Jose State W 77–58  16–6 (6–2)
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
Wed, Feb 3
9:05pm, ESPN2
Idaho W 80–62  17–6 (7–2)
Smith Spectrum (9,777)
Logan, UT
Sat, Feb 6
7:05pm, ESPNU
Nevada W 76–65  18–6 (8–2)
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
Thu, Feb 11
7:05pm
at Boise State W 72–67  19–6 (9–2)
Taco Bell Arena (3,064)
Boise, ID
Sat, Feb 13
8:05pm
at San Jose State W 81–65  20–6 (10–2)
The Event Center (2,128)
San Jose, CA
Wed, Feb 17
9:05pm, ESPN2
Louisiana Tech W 67–61  21–6 (11–2)
Smith Spectrum (10,049)
Logan, UT
Sat, Feb 20*
10:00pm, ESPN2
Wichita State
ESPN BracketBusters
W 68–58  22–6
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
Thu, Feb 25
10:05pm
at Hawai'i W 61–50  23–6 (12–2)
Stan Sheriff Center (5,446)
Honolulu, HI
Mon, Mar 1
7:05pm
Fresno State W 76–39  24–6 (13–2)
Smith Spectrum (10,257)
Logan, UT
Sat, Mar 6
7:05pm, CW30
New Mexico State W 81–63  25–6 (14–2)
Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, UT
2010 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 11
1:00pm, ESPNU
vs. Boise State
Quarterfinals
W 84–60  26–6
Lawlor Events Center (NA)
Reno, NV
Fri, Mar 12
7:00pm
vs. Louisiana Tech
Semifinals
W 85–55  27–6
Lawlor Events Center (NA)
Reno, NV
Sat, Mar 13
8:00pm, ESPN2
vs. New Mexico State
Finals
L 69–63  27–7
Lawlor Events Center (2,748)
Reno, NV
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Fri, Mar 19*
2:45pm, CBS
vs. #23 Texas A&M
First Round
L 69–53  27–8
Spokane Arena (10,899)
Spokane, WA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Season highlights[edit]

The Aggies December 5 loss to Saint Mary's ended their 37 game home winning streak and their 65 game regular season home winning streak in non-conference games.[4]

On December 28, Jr. Tai Wesley was named the WAC player of the week for the seventh week of the season with weekly averages of 16.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.0 AST, 1.7 blocks and 65.4 FG%.[5]

On January 18, Sr. Jared Quayle was named the WAC player of the week for the tenth week of the season with weekly averages of 14.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.7 AST and 55.2 FG%.[6]

With their win over Idaho on January 23, head coach Stew Morrill recorded his 500th career victory.[7]

With their win over Hawai'i on February 25 the Aggies joined Gonzaga and Kansas as the only schools in the country to have 23 wins or more every season since 2000.

On March 7, Jr. Tai Wesley was named the WAC player of the week for the seventeenth week of the season with weekly averages of 22.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.5 AST and 82.6 FG%.[8]

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