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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah State steamrolled the rest of the Western Athletic Conference with one of the best seasons in school history, winning the regular-season title by five games.
Now that it’s conference tournament time, another Aggies romp is coming up, right?
Possibly. It’s just that Utah State isn’t looking at it that way.
With an NCAA berth not quite a sure thing and so many close games during the season, the 23rd-ranked Aggies aren’t going to take any gambles on their trip to The Strip.
“It’s a one-week event where you have a chance to get the automatic berth and that’s the way we always approach it,” Utah State coach Stew Morrill said.
Led by WAC player of the year Tai Wesley and a talented group of seniors, Utah State (28-3, 15-1) set a school record for wins on the way to its fourth straight WAC regular-season title. The Aggies won 26 of their final 27 games, became the seventh team in the 49-year history of the conference to lose one league game or less and were ranked for seven straight weeks, their longest run since the 1970-71 team was in the polls for 11 straight weeks.
Utah State even has a signature win, beating Saint Mary’s by 10 on the road Feb. 19.
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