The last time Utah State played basketball in the Spectrum, things were looking bright. The Ags were 3-1 and headed for the sun and surf of Maui the next day.
Two weeks and four games later, everything has turned sour. The Aggies have lost four straight and several players have been hobbling with injuries. And to top it off, their suntans have already faded.The 3-5 Aggies will try to get back in the winning column when they meet 2-3 Weber State at 7:30 p.m. in the Spectrum in the first of two meetings between the two rivals. They meet again Dec. 30 in Ogden.
After losing 65-59 to Utah in one of the poorest in-state games in years Monday night, Aggie Coach Kohn Smith brought his team back to Logan late that night and inflicted the worst torture possible upon his players - he made them watch the videotape of the game until the wee hours of the morning.
The Aggies have used six different starting lineups in eight games and they might make it seven after the struggles they've had lately. But Kohn Smith is planning on using the same lineup he used against Utah.
Rich Jardine and Randy Funk, their two leading scorers at 14.9 and 14.4 ppg, respectively, will both start along with guard Kendall Youngblood, the only player to start all eight games. Darrel White, who has been fairly impressive in two outings since becoming academically eligible, will start at forward and Matt Barnes will be the point guard.
The top reserves will be Jeff Parris inside and Allen Gordon and Albert Chappell outside.
Weber is likely to start Anthony McGowan and Aaron Bell at forwards, Michael Ostlund and Tony Nicholas at guards and Jerry McIntosh at center. The Wildcats are extremely well-balanced with all five starters averaging between 11.8 and 9.6 points per game.