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Men's basketball to face Idaho State in opener

staff writer

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:11

Tenale Roland takes a lay-up to the hoop

AGGIE GUARD TENALE ROLAND takes the ball to the hoop in USU’s dominant win over Simon Fraser on Saturday. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

With the opening tipoff Saturday in the Spectrum, the Utah State men’s basketball team will begin the 2012-13 regular season. Coaches and players are preparing for the matchup against the Idaho State Bengals.


“Just come out, play really hard, give the fans a good game and hope we win,” said senior forward Kyisean Reed.


With multiple newcomers on the team and preseason practices coming to a close, coaches are hoping practice really does make perfect come game time.


“We’re looking to see if we can transfer what we do in practice every day to a real game situation,” said assistant coach Tarvish Felton.


Felton said while the Aggies are working on being ready for Idaho State, they are taking a lot of time looking at themselves too.


“It’s early in the season, so we’re focused a lot on ourselves,” he said. “But the way we play and prepare, our philosophy is to not let the other team be able to do what they want to do, so you have to focus on what they’re doing.”


“It’s always good to get the first one out of the way,” Reed said. “It’s going to show us where we’re at, offensively and defensively as a team.”


Reed said he is trying to set more of a vocal tone as a leader in preparing his team for the season.


“The more I talk, the more I get them to go, the easier it will be for them,” he said.


The Aggies will play a Bengals team  looking to improve off of last year’s efforts. Idaho State returns two starters from last year’s squad that finished 9-21 overall and 7-9 in Big Sky Conference play. Felton said stopping guard play will be key for Utah State.


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