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Utah State basketball: Can Aggies pull a hoop repeat in MW?

As Mountain West play starts, coach hopes for similar dominating “D.”

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Utah State at Air Force

At Clune Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tipoff »  6 p.m.

TV » ROOT Sports

Radio » 1280 AM

Records »  USU (10-2); AFA (6-5)

Series history » USU leads 10-2

Last meeting » Dec. 30, 2000 at USU; USU 59, AFA 50

About the Aggies » Utah State is top 10 nationally in both rebounding margin (plus-11.8, No. 6) and assists (17.8, No. 8) this season, and both marks lead the Mountain West. … Senior guard Preston Medlin is No. 14 nationally with a 3.54 assist-to-turnover ratio, while also shooting 46.9 percent from the 3-point line for the 19th best mark in the country. … Utah State’s last loss to Air Force came in 1971, when the Aggies fell 76-72 on the road against the Falcons.

About the Falcons » Air Force lost its seven top scorers and five top rebounders from last season, thanks to graduations, departures and injuries. … Falcons guard Tre Coggins leads the team with 16.6 points per game and 2.5 3-pointers per game, both top-10 figures in the Mountain West. … This is the third consecutive year Air Force opens with a conference newcomer, beating Boise State and Nevada in the team’s past two conference openers.

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