Utah State just cannot shake the bad luck this season. After losing Danny Berger to a heart attack that nearly killed him in the preseason, they still banned together to put together a great start to the season at, 14-1 and 5-0 in the WAC. Now this past weekend, they hit yet another bump in their road both on and off the court. They left the weekend against New Mexico State and Denver University with two losses and the loss of two more key players.
Preston Medlin had the unfortunate occurrence of breaking his wrist and will now have to sit out 6-8 weeks to allow the injury to heal. Medlin is the Aggies’ leading scorer on the season at 16.3 points, but he was averaging 22.0 points through Utah State’s first five WAC games. Kyisean Reed had an even more catastrophic injury, a torn ACL that will take away the rest of his season. Reed was the anchor of the Aggies defense, averaging 6.5 rebounds, while guarding the best post player of their opponents. He also chipped in 12.1 points per game.
Utah State is an annual contender in the WAC, but their losses in the form of players and games alike is setting them back greatly. Going into this weekend’s home games against Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech the Aggies are in fourth place. Despite their predicament head coach Stew Morrill will not let his team quit, saying, “We expect our players to step up and compete, as we have a lot of season left.”