This past weekend was a tough one on unbeaten men’s college basketball teams.
In fact, there are none left after No. 5 Michigan lost to No. 11 Ohio State on Sunday. No. 3 Duke and No. 7 Arizona had respective unbeaten seasons end last Saturday. Rankings are based on the latest Associated Press Poll that came out on Monday.
No. 20 Notre Dame and Wyoming also lost in the past week. What does all of this mean for Utah State?
Well, the Aggies begin this week tied with No. 4 Kansas for the longest winning streak in the nation. USU and Kansas have won 13 in a row. The Jayhawks actually extended their streak to 14 Monday night with a 61-44 win over Baylor and now hold the lead all by themselves. USU's 13-game win streak is tied for the sixth-longest winning streak in school history, including the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies (14-1, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) hit the road this week with games at New Mexico State (10-8, 4-2) on Thursday and Denver (9-7, 5-1) on Saturday. USU began the week as one of 12 teams in Division I with one loss.
A week ago the Aggies received a vote in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll. On Monday, USU showed up among “others receiving votes” in both national polls. The Associated Press Top 25 is the other poll.
In the USA Today/ESPN Poll, the Aggies picked up two votes this week and are tied with Boise State (13-2) and Bucknell (14-3) for 36th. In the AP Poll, USU is one of three teams to receive one vote each to tie for No. 37, along with Baylor (11-4) and Wyoming (14-1).
In national statistical rankings that are released each Monday, the Aggies are tied for ninth in won-loss percentage (93.3 percent), 12th in field goal percentage (49.6) and 15th in rebounding margin (+8.7). USU is also in the top 40 in three other categories, ranking 22nd in assist-turnover ratio (1.34) as well as 26th in assists per game (16.4) and 40th for 3-point field goal percentage (37.7).
When looking at statistics among WAC schools, the Aggies are on top in overall games in seven categories: Scoring (73.3 ppg), scoring margin (+9.1), field goal percentage (49.6), 3-point field goal percentage (37.7), rebounding margin (+9.2), assists (16.40) and assist/TO ratio (1.34). USU is also third in free throw percentage (70.0), scoring defense (63.5) and blocks (4.47), fifth in field goal percentage defense (41.1), sixth in rebounds (37.1), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage defense (33.4) and ninth in steals (5.47).
In conference only games, the Aggies are tops in scoring (75.0 ppg), field goal percentage (48.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.43). USU is second in scoring margin (+10.0) and assists (15.2), third in rebounding margin (+3.0) and blocks (4.40), fourth in free throw percentage (70.3), fifth in scoring defense (65.0), field goal percentage defense (41.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.1); sixth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.7) and rebounds (36.2) and eighth in steals (5.80).