Aggies adjusting to injuries

Mar 7 2013 - 12:13am

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LOGAN -- Usually this time of the year, Utah State coach Stew Morrill is fine-tuning, getting his Aggies ready for tournament time.

This year, Utah State (19-9, 9-7 WAC) will open its final regular-season men's basketball homestand by hosting Texas State (9-20, 4-12 WAC) tonight at the Smith Spectrum.

Game time is 7 p.m.

USU beat Texas State at UTSA on the road way back in January.

"Those games from the first weekend of conference are kind of irrelevant," Morril said earlier this week.

"Our situation is such where we don't even know for sure who we're going to be playing with tomorrow night. Spencer (Butterfield) has not practiced. He will be very brief today, he won't be in any live situations. We'll just see where we're at tomorrow as to whether he goes or not. I don't know. It depends on how he feels and we'll go from there. That's where we're at."

The Aggies were topped by No. 25 Louisiana Tech (84-61) AND UT-Arlington (61-46) last week.

Freshman Marcel Davis posted 15 points to lead the eight Aggie players in uniform Saturday night, as Butterfield did not suit up following an injury suffered in Thursday's loss. Junior TeNale Roland, who started in place of Butterfield, added 12 points for his third-straight game in double-figures and fifth time this season.

The Bobcats are 9-20 overall and 4-12 in WAC action, and enter the weekend seventh in the standings, holding a one-game lead over San Jose State and UTSA, while sitting a half-game back of Idaho for sixth-place. Texas State is led by senior forward Matt Staff and junior forward Joel Wright.

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