March 15, 2010

Disciplined Utah State poses problems for A&M

Utah State had the nation's second-longest winning streak behind Butler with 17 consecutive wins, but that all came crashing down in the Western Athletic conference championship game when New Mexico State upset the Aggies, 69-63. Utah State, however, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament anyway.

Utah State, the 12-seed in the South region, will get another set of Aggies (New Mexico State is also the Aggies) in fifth-seeded Texas A&M Friday in the second game at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.

Utah State has played in the NCAA tournament seven of the 11 seasons head coach Stew Morrill has called Logan, Utah home, and it's the Aggies' second consecutive trip. Of those seven trips, however, Utah State has won just one game, a 2001 overtime win over Ohio State in the first round.

One thing you can be sure to see from the Aggies is a well-coached team that is extremely disciplined, and for A&M it will be a very tough matchup. So let's get into the nitty-gritty of Utah State and take a look at what the Aggies will put on the floor, and what Texas A&M will need to do to advance to the second round for the fifth consecutive year.

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