LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball head coach Tim Duryea announced a piece of the 2015-16 schedule on Tuesday as the Aggies will play at Duke on Sunday, November 29. The Blue Devils will enter the 2015-16 season as the defending national champions.
The game fulfills the program’s focus under the first-year head coach as Duryea said when he was promoted to the head job that USU would play games where “national television was involved – games that are good for our players and our university”.
Duke and Utah State are both among the most winningest programs in the nation over the past 15 years with the Aggies carrying a .724 winning percentage (387-143) and the Blue Devils leading the way with an .832 winning percentage (476-96).
The game will be seen nationally on ESPNU with the starting time yet to be determined.
“I am thrilled for our players to be able to have this opportunity, especially our seniors,” Duryea said of the game. “When you talk about modern day college basketball programs and coaches, Duke and Coach K are the gold standard. To be able to go and compete on a national stage, in one of the cathedrals of college basketball, will be a great experience for our team and it is also a fun way for our fans to be involved as well.”
The 2015-16 Aggie roster will include five returning starters and nine letterwinners that led the team to an 18-13 record in 2014-15 and a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West. The list of returners include all three of Utah State’s all-conference selections in senior guard Chris Smith, junior forward Jalen Moore and sophomore forward David Collette.
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