LOGAN -- Utah State, winners of four straight WAC regular-season titles, begins its quest for a fifth tonight when the Aggies host Fresno State at the Smith Spectrum.
"I am really interested to see how it all sorts out," USU coach Stew Morril said. "I think that the WAC is a conference where you have the favorites, NewMexico State and Nevada, ... then you have a bunch of other teams with a lot of equality, a lot of parity."
Utah State is 8-6 on the season following its 66-64 loss at No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Fresno State sits 7-8 on the season.Nevada (10-3) and New Mexico State (10-5) have the best pre-league marks, while Hawaii (8-6), Louisiana Tech (8-7) and San Jose State (6-8) have all their moments.
* UTAH PLANS BLACKOUT FOR FIRST PAC-12 HOME GAME: Thursday's game marks Utah's first-ever conference home game as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, as the Utes host Washington State at the Huntsman Center. Fans are encouraged to come in black to match the black uniforms their Utes will wear.
Utah's leading scorer is Josh "Jiggy" Watkins, at 15.1 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Pac-12. He also tops the Utes in assists with 5.1. Jason Washburn is Utah's top rebounder at 7.1 boards per game.
Washington State split its first two conference games. Washington State's top scorer and rebounder is Brock Motum, who averages 14.9 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds. Reggie Moore leads the Pac-12 in assists with 5.6 per contest.
* BYU FACES LMU LIONS: Loyola-Marymount opened WCC play with a 77-76 overtime win at San Francisco. The Lions (8-6) now host BYU at Gersten Pavilion.
Drew Viney returned to the LMU lineup on Dec. 27 against Vanguard and scored a game-high 29 points with eight rebounds. He is one of three Lions in double figures for the season. Sophomore Anthony Ireland averages 14.1 while junior Jarred DuBois averages 10.2.
BYU is 1-1 in WCC play, and may see the return of wing Stephen Rogers tonight.
* TEMPLE 78, NO. 5 DUKE 73: At Philadelphia, Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help Temple (10-3) beat No. 5 Duke. Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
* NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 70: At Washington, Jason Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson's tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped Georgetown's comeback from a 17-point deficit.
In other games, No. 14 Kansas beat No. 23 Kansas State 67-49, and No. 19 Murray State defeated Eastern Kentucky 76-67.
* WILDCATS AIM FOR FIRST BIG SKY WIN: Looking for their first Big Sky Conference win, the Weber State women's basketball team takes on Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. tonight at the Dee Events Center.
"We are very excited to be at back home for the upcoming conference games this week," Weber State senior guard Caela Mohre said. "It's our home turf, and we need to come out and take care of business."
Both of the Wildcats wins this season have come on their home court, where the team has undoubtedly played its best basketball.
Weber State (0-1 Big Sky, 2-12 overall) will meet Eastern Washington (1-1 Big Sky, 7-8), coming off a 78-60 loss to Sacramento State in its Big Sky opener.
"There was a three-minute stretch (against Sacramento State) that wasn't the way we play Weber State basketball," Wildcats coach Bethann Ord said. "We played at their tempo and not ours, and that hurt us.
"I feel that the team is coming together very well."
Junior forward Amanda Hughes leads the team in both scoring (9.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game), followed closely by senior center Mikell Woodfield's 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game average.
Eastern Washington enters Thursday's game coming off a 53-46 home loss to Montana on Monday. Brianne Ryan leads Eastern Washington, and the Big Sky, in scoring with an average of 19.2 points per game.
On Saturday, Weber State will host Portland State at the Dee Events Center in a 2 p.m. tip-off.