LOGAN -- The fact that Utah State is one of only 15 college basketball teams still playing in 2012 makes a Sunday afternoon game in Logan a little less daunting.
The Aggies (20-15) host Oakland University (20-15) at 4 p.m. today at the Smith Spectrum in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament semifinal.
"In the 14 years I've been here, we've tried to avoid Sunday games and as a much as possible, Sunday practices," USU coach Stew Morrill said. "It's just a unique set of circumstances that caused us to play this game on Sunday."
The Aggies, making their 13-straight postseason appearance, are 16-4 at home. Utah State is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.4 points and 4.1 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.9 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds.
Oakland University is led by senior guard Reggie Hamilton who leads the nation in scoring at 26.3 points per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from 3-point range and 88.5 percent at the free throw line. Guard Travis Bader is averaging 15.7 points and forward Drew Valentine is averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
"They're scary, scary offensively. They averaged 82 points a game, they have a guy averaging 26 points," Morrill said. "The best thing about it is these players will feel positive about the season and I really like the taste it will leave in our seniors mouths, that we've got to 20 wins, and we've won six of our last seven."