Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Recap: Utah State 72, UC Santa Barbara 59

by Nick Evans | February 23rd, 2008

A game that was billed as a battle of two premier senior guards didn’t really turn out that way. Both Alex Harris of UCSB and Jaycee Carroll of Utah State struggled the majority of the night. They still got their points, 20 and 15 respectively, but they shot a combined 13 for 36 from the field and never really got in sync.The first half was riddled with Utah State turnovers, as the Aggies committed errant pass after errant pass to allow the Gauchos to stay in the game. Despite their 11 first half turnovers, USU still went into the locker room with a four-point advantage.

The Gauchos just couldn’t find a way to stop the Aggies underneath. They had no answer for Tai Wesley, a 6’6” freshman forward, or Gary Wilkinson, a 6’9” junior forward. Wesley led the way for Utah State with 24 points and nine rebounds while Wilkinson finished with 14 and 12. When they Aggies got the ball on the low block they scored as the two forwards shot a combined 73-percent.

Alex Harris wasn’t the only one who struggled for UC Santa Barbara as the Gauchos just never found their comfort zone at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. For the night they shot 34-percent from the floor. Sophomore guard James Powell had the best night for the Gauchos and did his best to keep them in the game as he knocked down six three pointers en route to 20 points.

This sloppy game really didn’t do much for either team’s NCAA Tourney hopes. Both teams look to be bound for the NIT if they do not win their conference tournament. It would mark the ninth straight postseason appearance for the Aggies (5 NCAA, 3 NIT). For the Gauchos it would be their first postseason appearance since 2003, when they lost to San Diego State in the first round of the NIT.

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  1. Chris Hurley Says:

    Thats crazy son!! I couldnt believe, so Im checking on tourny articles and there you were! BOOM!

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  2. Larry Says:

    For the most part I agree with this Bracket.

    I would drop St. Joseph’s and Arizona due to their HOME losses today.

    I would add Western Kentucky and UAB.

    Moving up!
    Clemson, Wash St., Purdue, Baylor, Pitt, South Alabama, Kentucky

    Moving Down:
    Indiana, K-State, Gonzaga, Ariz State, St. Mary’s

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  3. John K. Says:

    How does the MVC get three bids if the season ended today?

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  4. Joe Says:

    @ Larry

    I’m sure glad that you are not on the Selection Committee.

    You move Kentucky up and you move Arizona down and they both lost.

    Arizona has 10 wins vs. top 100 RPI
    Kentucky has 4 wins vs. top 100 RPI

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  5. John Says:

    It won’t matter what we say about Kentucky. If Florida beats them(and I have all the confidence in the world we will) then Kentucky will be out. There is no possible way for the commitee to take Kentucky over Florida if we sweep them.

    @ John K. The MVC gets 3 teams because all the other bubble teams choked, so it basically fell into the Valley’s lap.

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  6. John K. Says:

    Southern Ill. gets an at-large? How????

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  7. Tony Chapman Says:

    No UAB, no Florida and no Virginia Tech? Florida is fine with me over Kentucy (we’re splitting hairs until they meet. But Va Tech — 17-11 overall, 8-6 in the ACC? Huh?

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  8. Tony Chapman Says:


    I think the committee would try it’s darndest to avoid a Kent State, Xavier matchup in the second round since they already played this year.

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  9. John Says:

    @ John K. I agree with you. I do not think Southern Illinois should get an at-large bid, but the committee is impressed with their non-conference schedule(Indiana, vs USC, Saint Louis, Butler, Nevada, Saint Mary’s), but David Mihm’s job is to project what he thinks what the commitee will do, not always the fairness on the commitee’s part. And if anyone tries to tell they don’t take into account the past history of a team like SIU, that’s wrong.

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