Aggie basketball gets rematch with Gaels
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:11
And now for the big show.
After a season-opening victory Saturday against Idaho State, the Utah State men’s basketball team is ready to go against the highly rated Saint Mary’s Gaels on Thursday.
“It’s been on my mind for awhile, ever since I saw this game,” said junior center Jarred Shaw. “No disrespect to the other teams we’re playing, but it kind of caught my eye. They’re normally a Top-25 team, and we’ve got them coming in the Spectrum.”
Due to past history between the two teams and the Gaels receiving votes in Top-25 polls, Thursday’s game has received national attention.
Assistant coach Chris Jones said the Aggies prepared the same for this game as they would for any other.
“We all know it’s a big game, a great opponent,” Jones said. “We don’t treat it any differently than any other game.”
Senior guard Preston Medlin redshirted during Utah State’s last matchup against the Gaels but suited up for the game during his freshman season in 2009.
“It was a tough loss when when played here against them,” Medlin said. “They were a good team just like they are now. Same coach, well-coached team, very physical.”
The Gaels are led by senior point guard and four-year starter Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova has received national acclaim and started for the Australian Olympic team in London.
“He’s phenomenal,” Jones said. “He’s basically a Steve Nash of college basketball. The ball’s in his hands 90 percent of the game. He makes plays for himself, for others. He’s a nightmare to deal with.”
Medlin faced off against Dellavedova when both were freshman and said the Australian only continues to improve.