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Utah State plays in consolation matchup tonight

Published March 14, 2012 10:26 am

Basketball • Aggies to take on CSU Bakersfield in CollegeInsider.com tournament.
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Utah State didn't have the kind of season to get the Aggies to the Big Dance, but they'll still be on the court tonight as they host CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan. There is no TV coverage.

The Aggies, who finished the year 17-15, are making their 30th postseason appearance of all-time. They've qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times and the National Invitational Tournament nine times.

While frequent participants in the post-season, the Aggies have hosted a post-season game just four times, losing all four games. Utah State hasn't won a post-season game since it upset Ohio State in overtime in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Wednesday's game could be a good opportunity for the Aggies to end that 11-game post-season losing streak, since CSU Bakersfield are just 6-11 on the road this year and are 16-14 overall.

Utah State also has history on its side, winning all six previous meetings with the Roadrunners. The players the Aggies will be concerned in stopping are junior guards Stephon Carter and Issiah Grayson.

Carter is averaging 12.2 points and is shooting 43.7 percent from the field and Grayson is averaging 10.4 points.

The Aggies, who finished fourth in the WAC with an 8-6 mark, are led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.4 points and junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 9.7 points to help the Aggies average 67.2 points per game as a team.