A program that was struggling just about a decade ago, the Aggies have now made three of the last four NCAA Tournaments and are in great shape again under another new head coach. Danny Sprinkle came to town and has 20 wins less than halfway through February of his first season. Utah State has been in great shape for most of the season, owning a NET of 28 and decent records against great teams.
Their only loss in the first two months of the season was a true road game at Bradley in the opening week. Their 16-1 start got them national attention, with nice wins against Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Colorado State. Their two Quad 1 wins were that game against the Rams and a road win at Boise State a few weeks later. The Aggies have dropped a pair of games since February began, but bounced back nicely with a 19-point win against Boise State this past weekend.
These Aggies certainly look the part of an NCAA Tournament team again, even with three double-digit losses in conference play. They have the best record and conference record in the MWC and have opportunities to further improve that resume ahead. There’s a few tricky road tests against the bottom teams, but they also still host both San Diego State and New Mexico before the season ends.
We’ve presented a current look at where these six MWC teams stand nearly halfway through February. Do you think all six of them will be selected for this year’s NCAA Tournament? Which team has the best or worst chance of making the Dance among this group?