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USU basketball: Utah State among the top 20 in the nation in four statistics

Utah State men’s basketball is among the top 20 of the nation in four statistics this week, including three involving ball security.

The Aggies lead the Mountain West and are No. 11 in the nation in total turnovers this season, committing just 271 this year. That carries over into turnovers per game, where USU is No. 17 in the nation (10.4) and assist/turnover ratio where the Aggies also stand at No. 17 (1.38), leading the MW. Utah State rounds out its top 20 showing behind the 3-point line where the Aggies are shooting 39.7 percent (189-of-476) and rank No. 19 nationally.

Individually, freshman forward David Collette is the lone Aggie in the top 50 in any statistic, where he ranks No. 31 in field goal percentage, shooting 56.8 percent (138-of-243) on the year.

Among Mountain West teams, Utah State ranks in the top five in 12 statistics, including assist/turnover ration (1.4, first), 3-point field goal percentage (.397, second), defensive field goal percentage (.394, third), defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.305, third), blocks (4.8, third), defensive rebounds (24.5, third), scoring offense (66.1, fourth), field goal percentage (.449, fourth), assists (14.4, fourth), 3-point field goals made (7.3, fourth), turnover margin (+1.0, fifth) and scoring defense (62.7, fifth).

Individually in the MW, sophomore wing Jalen Moore ranks in the top 10 in seven different statistics, including minutes (34.3, third), defensive rebounds (5.7, third), scoring (15.5, seventh), rebounding (6.8, seventh), 3-point field goal percentage (.402, ninth), blocks (1.0, ninth) and free throw percentage (.755, 10th).

Colette also appears among the leaders in the MW in four different statistics, including field goal percentage (.568, third), blocks (2.0, fifth), scoring (12.9, 10th) and rebounding (5.2, 14th).

Junior guards Chris Smith and Darius Perkins round out the Aggies among the MW leaders with Smith third in 3-point field goal percentage (.448), eighth in free throw percentage (.763), ninth in minutes played (32.3), ninth in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and No. 15 in scoring (11.7). Perkins is third in assist/turnover ratio (1.6), fourth in assists (3.3), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.421) and seventh in 3-point field goals made (2.0).

Utah State hosts a second consecutive home game when the Aggies face UNLV on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. MT, in its next action on the court. Fans can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network with Ari Wolfe providing play-by-play and Pete Gillen providing color or listen on the Aggie Sports Network with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and former head coach Rod Tueller serving as the analyst.

Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.