The Utah State Men’s Basketball team currently sits at 13-1 and 1-0 in conference play. The only loss for the Aggies came against Bradley in overtime, 72-66. On December 16th the Aggies picked up an important win against San Francisco and also beat Santa Clara on the road, 84-82. At the end of December on December 22nd Utah State beat East Tennessee State 80-65.
To start off the new year, Utah State earned a victory against Air Force as the Aggies won on the road 88-60. Junior Forward Great Osobor led the Aggies in scoring with 32 points on 11/14 shooting (79%) and also led the team in rebounds with six defensive rebounds and three offensive rebounds. Senior Guard Darius Brown II led the team in assists with eight. Against the Falcons, Utah State shot 31-49 (63.3%) and had 29 rebounds and nine total turnovers. One of the concerning aspects of the game against Air Force was the 21 fouls that Utah State committed. This cannot be a consistent part of conference play otherwise the Aggies will find themselves in trouble. The largest lead for Utah State against Air Force was 28 points.
The team leader in points so far this season is Great Osobor, who is averaging 17.3 points a game. Utah State has three other players averaging double-digit points in senior guard Ian Martinez (12.8 points per game), freshman guard Mason Falslev (11.1 points per game), and senior guard Darius Brown II (10.8 points per game). Osobor leads the team in rebounds this season, averaging 9.2 per game and also leads the team in blocks, averaging 1.6 points per game. Darius Brown II leads the team in assists with 7.6 per game and Mason Falslev leads the team in steals, with 1.9 steals per game.
This has been a very strong start for the Aggies in their quest to return to the NCAA March Madness Tournament after losing to Missouri last year in Sacramento. This is a much stronger Utah State team that is about to face a very tough Colorado State team before playing Wyoming at home. After the home game against the Cowboys, the Aggies must return to the road in back-to-back road games against UNLV and New Mexico, which will not be easy contests. Utah State looks to continue to get stronger as they prepare to enter the heart of conference play.