The challenges for smaller basketball programs run deeper than ever, and the disparity between the haves and have-nots has never been greater than in this year of the pandemic.
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— Marco Anthony scored a career-high 22 points as Utah State beat Northern Iowa 82-71 on Friday in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
- Former Utah St., BYU coach Andersen dies at 90
- MWC: Court rush not factor in USU-Nevada fracas
- Tempers flare after Nevada upset at Utah State
- Utah State AD vows to cooperate with inquiry
— Baylor Scheierman had a career-high 23 points as South Dakota State defeated Utah State 83-59 on Thursday night in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
Courtside: The guys recap the NBA Draft, highlight mid-major teams you'll see come March and talk to Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser
Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast recapping the NBA Draft, talking about the advantage overseas players have playing in professional leagues, being moved by the emotion of draft night, James Wiseman going to Golden State, Jalen “Stix” Smith jumping up to No. 10 and second round guys that could have long NBA careers. Then the guys shift gears to preview a slew of mid-major teams, including Northern Iowa, Richmond, Saint Louis, Bowling Green, Austin Peay, UNC Greensboro, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State (22:44). Later, Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser hops on from isolation to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 on his team, Cameron Krutwig doing it all, the Horizon League and how the Final Four appearance has impacted the program (39:58).
Here are your 2020 conference tournament brackets, as well as a running tally of every automatic bid secured for the 2020 NCAA tournament.
The madness is upon us. Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Utah State's upset of San Diego State, Bradley punching its ticket to the dance, Florida's meltdown against Kentucky and the incredible environment at Dayton. Then, Joe Lunardi joins the pod (19:37) to talk about the drama with Archie Miller, why the bubble is going to live in the Pac-12 and the American conference tournaments, rewarding winning over mediocrity, and East Tennessee possibly being this year's Belmont. Finally, the guys close by giving their thoughts on Penn State, Auburn, Seton Hall, Michigan State, Baylor, Michigan, Gonzaga, BYU and Villanova ahead of the postseason (43:57).
Utah State won the Mountain West and an automatic bid, shrinking the number of at-large spots available in the NCAA tournament.
Sam Merrill scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, including a contested 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, to lift Utah State to a 59-56 victory over No. 5 San Diego State in the Mountain West tournament championship Saturday.
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Big win for Utah State. BPI Bracket Predictor only gave the Aggies a 26% chance to get in as an at-large but that no longer matters! ESPN.com/bpi
Sam Merrill had 27 points and seven assists, Neemias Queta scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and No. 2 seed Utah State never trailed in its 89-82 win over Wyoming on Friday night in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals.
Sam Merrill scored 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Justin Bean had a double-double and Utah State beat New Mexico 75-70 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
Vance Jackson scored 17 points and drew a crucial foul Saturday night to help New Mexico knock off Utah State 66-64.
Sam Merrill scored 26 points with four assists and three steaks as Utah State romped past Wyoming 78-58 on Wednesday night.
Sam Merrill scored 24 points to lead Utah State to a 71-59 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.
Sam Merrill made 6 of 10 3-pointers and scored 32 points with five assists and Utah State held off Colorado State 75-72 on Tuesday night to sweep the season series against the Rams.
Neemias Queta scored 21 points and Utah State closed on a 8-0 run to beat Boise State 70-61 on Saturday night.
Neemias Queta scored 21 points with six rebounds and five assists to lead Utah State past UNLV 69-54 on Wednesday night.
With a month to go (or less) in the regular season, here are the leaders in the clubhouse for Player of the Year honors.
With Kawhi Leonard watching from one baseline, Matt Mitchell scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the second half -- including three straight 3-pointers -- to help rally No. 4 San Diego State to an 80-68 victory against Utah State on Saturday...
ESPN.com's experts discussed their worst (and best) preseason predictions and make picks for this weekend's top games.
Sam Merrill had 14 points as Utah State romped past Wyoming 68-45 on Tuesday night.
Sam Merrill knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead Utah State to a 77-51 win over Colorado State 77-61 on Saturday night, ending the Rams' five-game winning streak.
With around 50 days until Selection Sunday, how does Joe Lunardi's latest projection differ from the BPI Bracket Predictor?
Justin Bean scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and Sam Merrill scored 15 and Utah State beat Air Force 72-47 on Tuesday.