USU men’s basketball to appear on national television 12 times in 2018-19

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will appear on national television 12 times this coming season, as announced by the Mountain West offices on Wednesday. The Aggies will be seen on AT&T Sports Net five times, CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks three times apiece, and have a singular appearance on Stadium.

Utah State’s television appearances begin on Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Aggies face Weber State in the annual Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, airing on AT&T Sports Net at 2:30 p.m. Other AT&T Sports Net games include road games at Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m., at Fresno State on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 p.m. (MT), and the regular-season finale at Colorado State on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. Utah State’s home contest against UNLV on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m., rounds out the games on AT&T Sports Net.

The Aggies will appear on ESPNU opening the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Nevada, with a 9 p.m. (MT) tip. USU will be featured again on ESPNU in a home contest against New Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with that game also tipping at 9 p.m. The Aggies will round out their appearances on the ESPN family of networks with an ESPN3 game at San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 9, with the tip set for 8 p.m. (MT).

Utah State will also have three appearances on the CBS Sports Network, beginning with a road contest at New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. The Aggies then have two home games on CBSSN, including a matchup with San Diego State on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and the home finale against Nevada on Saturday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Utah State will have a lone appearance on Stadium, streaming via Facebook, at Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a tip time yet to be determined.

Utah State is entering its sixth year in the Mountain West in 2018-19 and under the direction of first-year head coach Craig Smith. The Aggies return seven letterwinners and four starters from a squad that finished 17-17 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament for the first time in program history.

Headlining the returners is all-Mountain West guard Sam Merrill, who led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. He also finished second all-time in a single season in USU history with 98 3-point field goals. Senior forwards Quinn Taylor and Dwayne Brown Jr., are also in the mix of returning starters as Brown finished second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, and Taylor led the Aggies on the offensive glass with 154. Junior guard Diogo Brito appeared in every game for USU last season, including 23 starts and saw his averages increase significantly from his freshman year, averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.

Other returning letterwinners for the Aggies include sophomore guards Abel Porter and Crew Ainge, who appeared in 23 and 16 games, respectively, for Utah State last season. Porter was the starting point guard for the team during a four-game stretch in November. Sophomore center Klay Stall appeared in 10 games during the 2017-18 season before being sidelined with back issues and is anticipated to miss time in 2018-19 after suffering a knee injury in the offseason.

Utah State will have a pair of redshirts set to contribute in 2018-19 in freshman guard Brock Miller and freshman forward Justin Bean. Miller appeared in five games for USU last year, including a 15-point effort at Portland State, but his season came to an end following the game because of a foot injury.

The 2018-19 roster includes five newcomers, including two junior college transfers in junior forward Roche Grootfaam and sophomore guard John Knight III, and three freshmen in guard Tauriawn Knight, forward Ben Fakira and center Neemias Queta.

Utah State begins the 2018-19 season with an exhibition game against Evergreen State on Thursday, Nov. 1, before heading to Bozeman, Mont., for the season opener against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Utah State men’s basketball news and information is available on Facebook (facebook.com/usumensbasketball), on Twitter (@usubasketball) and on Instagram (@usubasketball). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube (youtube.com/utahstateathletics). Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@usuathletics), on Facebook (facebook.com/usuathletics) or on Instagram (@usuathletics).

2018-19 Utah State Men’s Basketball TV schedule

Dec. 8 – vs Weber State – AT&T Sports Net

Jan. 2 – at Nevada – ESPNU

Jan. 12 – at Wyoming – AT&T Sports Net

Jan. 26 – at New Mexico – CBS Sports Network

Feb. 2 – UNLV – AT&T Sports Net

Feb. 5 – at Fresno State – AT&T Sports Net

Feb. 9 – at San Diego State – ESPN3

Feb. 20 – New Mexico – ESPNU

Feb. 23 – at Boise State – Stadium

Feb. 26 – San Diego State – CBS Sports Network

March 2 – Nevada – CBS Sports Network

March 5 – at Colorado State – AT&T Sports Net

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