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Utah State Basketball Fans Have A Lot To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2020, 4:56 PM

Craig Smith - Mountain West Title Game...

Head coach Craig Smith of the Utah State Aggies celebrates with his team after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs to win the championship game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aggies defeated the Aztecs 59-56. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Fans of basketball in Cache Valley have a lot to be thankful for in regards to the Utah State basketball program this holiday season.

At face value, the upcoming 2020-21 college basketball season might seem like a down year with the departure of guys like Sam Merrill and Abel Porter.

Even Utah State’s opener against Wichita State has been canceled.

Despite some negatives, things are going well for Aggie Nation.

In 2019-20, Utah State capped a 26-8 record with a win over No. 5 San Diego State to capture a second straight Mountain West tourney title.

After the season, head coach Craig Smith, who’s been discussed by many as a potential hire for Power Five schools, remained as the Aggies’ lead man.

USU big man Neemias Queta decided to stay in Logan instead of leaving early to pursue a career in professional basketball.

In November 2020, Merrill was selected during the 2020 NBA Draft and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

In the face of a pandemic, things are moving in a positive direction for Smith’s squad.

Utah State is scheduled to tip-off the 2020-21 campaign against VCU on Wednesday, November 25. The game will broadcast on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. (MDT).

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