Mountain West announces men’s basketball 2019-20 conference schedule

Utah State Aggies guard Sam Merrill (5) looks to rebound during the second half against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, on March 15. The Aggies won against the Bulldogs, 85-60, and will advance to play San Diego State in the Mountain West Championship finals.

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will open its 2019-20 league slate at San José State on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. The 18-game schedule features home and road contests against every school in the conference, with the exception of Nevada and New Mexico. The Aggies will host the Wolf Pack inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Jan. 11, and travel to the Pit to face New Mexico in the regular season conference finale on Saturday, Feb. 29.

“It’s always an exciting day to see the Mountain West Conference schedule released,” head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith said. “It will be a little different this year with two conference games being played early December, as our conference tournament is a week earlier than the traditional weekend. We are very proud to be a member of the Mountain West. There is no question that our conference is a conference on the rise!”

Utah State will open its conference schedule against the Spartans for the fourth time since joining the league for the 2013-14 season. The Aggies are a perfect 3-0 against San José State in previous Mountain West openers. The road opener marks the second straight year that USU will open league play on the road, opening on the road at Nevada last season.

Utah State will then host Fresno State in its Mountain West home opener on Saturday, Dec. 7. The conference slate picks back up in January when the Aggies ring in the New Year in Las Vegas, facing UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 1, before returning home to host San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 4.

USU returns to the road on Wednesday, Jan. 8, facing Air Force in Colorado Springs, before hosting the Wolf Pack on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Aggies then have their first bye of the season on Jan. 15, before traveling to Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Air Force makes the return trip to Logan on Wednesday, Jan. 22, followed by another home game for the Aggies, when Utah State hosts Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Utah State then begins a two-game road swing at Wyoming on Wednesday, Jan. 29, followed by a contest at San Diego State to open the month of February on Saturday the 1st.

Back-to-back home games follow for the Aggies, with UNLV and Boise State traveling to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 8, respectively. Utah State will face Fresno State the day after Valentine’s Day in California, playing the Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Aggies then play two of their final three games at home, hosting Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 19, before their final bye on Saturday, Feb. 22. Utah State will host San José State on Senior Day for its regular season home finale on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Aggies will then close the regular season at New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 29.

The Mountain West schedule will lead up to the MW Championships inside the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 4-7.

Utah State will be looking to repeat as both regular season and tournament champions, capturing both titles during the 2017-18 season. The Aggies will be led by reigning MW Player of the Year Sam Merrill and the MW Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year Neemias Queta. USU also returns two other starters in Abel Porter and Brock Miller and a pair of letterwinners in Diogo Brito and Justin Bean.

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Utah State 2019-20 Mountain West Schedule

December 4 (Wed.)         at San José State

December 7 (Sat.)            Fresno State

January 1 (Wed.)              at UNLV

January 4 (Sat.)  San Diego State

January 8 (Wed.)              at Air Force

January 11 (Sat.)               Nevada

January 15 (Wed.)            BYE

January 18 (Sat.)               at Boise State

January 22 (Wed.)            Air Force

January 25 (Sat.)               Colorado State

January 29 (Wed.)            at Wyoming

February 1 (Sat.)               at San Diego State

February 5 (Wed.)            UNLV

February 8 (Sat.)               Boise State

February 12 (Wed.)         at Colorado State

February 15 (Sat.)             at Fresno State

February 19 (Wed.)         Wyoming

February 22 (Sat.)             BYE

February 26 (Wed.)         San José State

February 29 (Sat.)             at New Mexico

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