Utah State Men’s Basketball Ranks Among National Leaders In Rebounding/Defense

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-This week, 9-2 Utah State men’s basketball continues to be among the national leaders in several key statistical categories.The Aggies currently rank fourth nationally in rebounding margin (+13.2), sixth in defensive rebounds per game (32), and seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense as they only allow opponents to shoot 36.5 percent from the field.The Aggies are off to their best start under a new coach in program history with Craig Smith having surpassed Ladell Andersen during the 1961-62 season.They are also 16th in the nation in scoring margin (+18 points per game) and 25th in the nation in points per game at 84.Junior guard Sam Merrill is 16th nationally in free throw percentage at 91.4 percent, making 53 of 58 free throws on the season.The Aggies are back in action Thursday against the undefeated and #21 team in the land, the Houston Cougars, at Houston. Tags: Houston Cougars/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketball December 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Ranks Among National Leaders In Rebounding/Defense Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember and October provide ideal temperatures to get perennial plants off to a good start. “Prices may actually be lower as nurseries make room for Christmas trees or reduce inventory for the slower winter months,” he said. “The day lilies won’t be blooming and the hosta may look tired, but rest assured that their half-price tag makes up for their temporary lack of beauty.” “Dead limbs you see now are truly dead and won’t be coming back,” Reeves said. “It’s guaranteed never to be leafy again, so go ahead and prune and remove it.” “There are several reasons why it’s better to plant in fall,” he said. “The most important reason is soil temperature. Roots grow best when the soil is warm, between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.” Reeves also says it’s almost time to fertilize the lawn. “Winterizer lawn fertilizers are best applied six weeks before frost,” he said. “Georgia’s annual first frost is generally mid-November, so winterizer fertilizer should go out between the middle of September to the first of October.” By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Cool fall days are still a few weeks away, but there’s much to do in the garden to get ready for the change of seasons.”Fall is fabulous for most plants,” said Georgia gardening guru Walter Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and an author and radio and television show host. “Spring planting is usually successful,” Reeves said. “But root growth is limited by cold soil. In years with a long, cool spring, like the one just past, the soil didn’t warm to 55 degrees until May. If we had a dry summer, the inadequate root system of spring-planted shrubs and trees might have led to their death.” Fall-planted trees, shrubs or perennials get several weeks of vigorous root growth to be ready for winter and for years of healthy growth. However, if you plan to plant evergreens, Reeves says, get busy. “Early fall is a great time to put in evergreens like Leyland Cypress and hollies,” he said. “It’s better to plant them early rather than late. Their foliage is tossed about by winter winds, and if they don’t have good root development, they get too dried out. If there’s a class of woody plants that needs planting early in fall rather than later, it’s the evergreens.”Put in perennials Fall is also a good time to divide day lilies and irises. “If you can remember where your daffodils were and you can find them,” he said, “now is a good time to move them.”Clean and fertilizeSome fall cleaning may be in order, too. “Nurseries have plants that have been growing in the same containers all season. The plants will be bigger and will make a more immediate visual impact,” Reeves said. As the days cool, it’s not only fun to garden, but cheaper, too.last_img read more

Dino Babers wants Syracuse to ‘try less harder’ ahead of Boston College matchup

first_img Comments Syracuse’s (3-5, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) recent three-game slide isn’t due to a lack of trying, head coach Dino Babers said during his weekly press conference on Monday. In fact, Babers believed it may the opposite — that his team is pressing at this point and needs to heed the words of advice his former head coach at Hawaii, Dick Tomey, used to tell him. “The line he used to use was, ‘try less harder,’” Babers said. “I think they’re getting out there, and they want to win so bad, and they want to do well so bad, that they jump. They move. They make a mental mistake.”The Orange’s 35-17 loss to Florida State on Saturday extended their ACC losing streak to four to begin the season, their longest winless drought to begin league play since they joined the conference in 2013. In the week leading up to the game, former starting tackle Ryan Alexander left the team, prompting Babers to call him a quitter following the contest.Matthew Bergeron, a true freshman from Canada, started in Alexander’s place and although he made a couple of expected mistakes, played well in the eyes of Babers. He noted that despite being a freshman, Bergeron is already 19 years old, a positive for both his play this year and his development moving forward. Babers also explained that players from Canada are often inherently “smarter” than their American counterparts, because they learn two languages growing up. Bergeron was part of an offensive line that has struggled of late but helped allow SU total its most rushing yards in over a month. “For the very first time it felt like we had series where we could actually run the football and move the football,” Babers said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse now shifts its focus to Boston College (4-4, 2-3), its opponent at noon on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Eagles are led by running back AJ Dillon, one of only five players in the country to have rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season. Babers acknowledged how big a part of the offense Dillon is, especially considering that BC lost its starting quarterback, Anthony Brown, due to injury earlier this month.“Coach Addazio wants to run the football, he’s an old O-line coach,” Babers said. “That’s how they decided that they want to win football games. And we’ve gotta line up, match their physicality, and stop the run. If we don’t do that it will not be good.”All three matchups between the teams since Babers became SU’s head coach in 2016 have been won by the more physical team, he said. Three years ago, the Orange defeated the Eagles, 28-20. In 2017, a Rex Culpepper-led Syracuse squad was no match for BC, which rode to a 42-14 victory on the strength of 193 yards and three touchdowns by Dillon. Last year, with Dillon banged up, SU won the rushing battle to the tune of 197 total yards and a trio of touchdowns by Eric Dungey. “It really comes down to elephants and hippos,” Babers said. “The more secure you are up front, the more things that you can do with everything else, if you’ve got a heck of a cake, you can put all different types of icing on it. And everybody likes it. If you got a cake that tastes bad, it doesn’t matter what kind of icing you put on it.”Injury notes: Babers said that he doesn’t believe McKinley Williams will be making his season debut against the Eagles. He was waiting on further updates later during the day on SU’s other injured players. Published on October 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more