LOGAN -- Just because the Aggies will be without their top two performers for the rest of the season, don't expect Utah State coach Stew Morrill to let up.
Utah State men's basketball will look to get back on the winning track when the Aggies host UT Arlington tonight at 7 at the Smith Spectrum.
Utah State takes a 14-3 overall and 5-2 WAC ledger into this weekend's homestand, having lost its last two games after having its 13-game win streak halted with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State on Thursday night and a 68-57 loss at Denver on Saturday afternoon.
"I expect them to play their tails off," Morrill said of the Aggies who will play. "I expect them to do their best and we lost 31 points or so offensively in Kyisean and Preston in terms of league games and that is obviously a challenge to try and make up those points," Morrill said. "We have got to try and be better defensively than we have been."
Juniors Marvin Jean and Jarred Shaw will be in the spotlight the rest of the way.
The Mavericks are 8-8 overall and 3-4 in WAC play. UTA is last (10th) in the WAC overall in scoring (60.8 ppg).
* UTAH HOSTS CAL TONIGHT: The Utah basketball squad, fresh off its first ac-12 road win on Saturday, will host Cal at 6:30 p.m. tonight..
Cal has dropped two of three entering this game after a 69-59 setback at Stanford on Saturday. Allen Crabbe currently leads the league in scoring at 19.8 points per game, 18th nationally. Backcourt mate Justin Cobbs ranks fourth in the league in assists at 4.1 per contest.
* BYU PLAYS AT GONZAGA LATE: Gonzaga University returns to West Coast Conference play tonight when BYU visits the McCarthey Athletic Center. Thursday is the inaugural National Gonzaga Day as Zags prepare to unite -- in spirit and at dozens of special events nationwide.
BYU's Brandon Davies will need to have a big game against the talented Bulldogs frontline of Kelly Olynyk, Elias Harris, and Sam Dower, who scored a combined 53 points on Saturday against Butler.
* NO. 25 MIAMI 90, NO. 1 DUKE 63: At Coral Gables, Fla., with a steady din coming from the sea of orange behind the visitors' basket, No. 1 Duke had a tough time making a shot.
The Blue Devils went more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for No. 25 Miami (14-3, 5-0 ACC), which delighted a boisterous crowd with a victory. The defeat was the third-worst ever for a No. 1 team. The last time Duke (16-2, 3-2) lost a regular-season game by a bigger margin was in January 1984.