CEDAR CITY -- In-state battles have hardened the Aggies through the years, to the tune of averaging 23 wins a season for the last 11 years.
Utah State, 1-1 following a win over Weber State followed by a tough loss at BYU, will play it second-straight road game and third-straight in-state game as it travels to Cedar City to face Southern Utah at 7 p.m.
Utah State has won 24 of its last 31 games versus in-state opponents and is 31-11 (.738) against the state of Utah during the last 11 years.
USU is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 19.0 points and 8.5 rebounds and is shooting 70.8 percent from the field and 40.0 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists and is shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 78.9 percent at the free throw line, while senior guard Brian Green is averaging 13.5 points and is shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from 3-point range.
Southern Utah is 1-1 on the season after losing to Cal Baptist 79-69 at home and defeating Cal State Bakersfield 66-58 on the road.
The Thunderbirds, coached by Roger Reid, are led by junior guard Ray Jones who is averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Junior forward Ramell Taylor is also scoring in double-figures for SUU as he is averaging 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.
* COUGARS TO HOST CHICAGO STATE IN FIRST GAME OF SOUTH PADRE ISLAND INVITATIONAL: BYU will continue its homestand tonight at 8 p.m. when the Cougars host Chicago State in the first game of the South Padre Island Invitational.
BYU is 2-0 on the season and coming off a 78-72 home victory over Utah State. All-America candidate Jimmer Fredette had a game-high 26 points vs. Utah State and is averaging 25.0 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals while Noah Hartsock is contributing 18.0 points, 5.0 boards and 2.5 blocks. Chicago State is 1-2 on the season with a win over Concordia-Chicago and losses to DePaul and Notre Dame.
Tuesday, BYU will play its second game of the South Padre Island Invitational, hosting Mississippi Valley State.
* NO. 1 DUKE 110, COLGATE 58: At Durham, N.C., Nolan Smith scored 18 points, and Kyle Singler and Andre Dawkins each had 16 points to help Duke improve to 3-0.
Duke outscored Colgate (0-3) 27-9 during a 9 1/2-minute span, held the Raiders to one field goal in 6 1/2 minutes of the first half and extended its decade-long nonconference winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 80.
* NO. 7 KANSAS 93, NORTH TEXAS 60: At Lawrence, Kan., Marcus Morris scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes after intermission, igniting a second-half stampede to help Kansas tie the team record for consecutive home wins at 62.
Morris, held to just four points in the first half while twin brother Markieff did most of the work, scored 16 points in a 31-8 run that turned a 36-27 halftime lead into a 67-35 runaway. Marcus Morris finished with 20 points. Markieff scored nine of the Jayhawks' first 11 points and wound up with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Jayhawks (3-0) haven't lost in Allen Fieldhouse since Feb. 3, 2007.
* MINNESOTA 72, NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 67: At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court and Minnesota beat North Carolina in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Golden Gophers (4-0) mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win -- and their trip to the final Sunday against West Virginia. Tyler Zeller scored 16 points for North Carolina (2-1).
* NO. 20 GEORGETOWN 74, WOFFORD 59: At Charleston, S.C., Chris Wright had 18 points and Georgetown held off defending Southern Conference champion Wofford to reach the Charleston Classic title game.
The Hoyas (4-0) will face North Carolina State for the tournament title Sunday night. The Wolfpack beat George Mason 78-65.
* NO. 13 ILLINOIS 80, MARYLAND 76: At New York, Demetri McCamey, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey all hit three 3-pointers and No. 13 Illinois went outside for the lead and then held on despite poor free throw shooting to beat Maryland.