User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Utah State spoils Enfield's debut, tops USC 78-65

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - When the college basketball world last saw Andy Enfield, he was leading tiny Florida Gulf Coast to a string of upsets in the NCAA tournament.

Advertisement
It led him to a job at Southern California, and boy what a reality check he got in his first game with the Trojans.

Utah State toppled USC 78-65 on Friday night in Enfield's first game as coach of the Pac-12 program.

Preston Medlin scored 17 points, while Jarred Shaw and Spencer Butterfield each added 12 for USU (1-0).

''I give Utah State a lot of credit,'' said Enfield, who gave up his job working in finance for a tech startup and, a few years later, took Florida Gulf Coast on its magical run to the Sweet 16. ''They execute their offense and they play together as a team. They played better than us tonight.''

Leading 40-33 at halftime, USU pulled away thanks to three 3-pointers from Medlin and a dunk by Shaw as part of a 16-5 run for a 56-38 lead early in the second half.

USC shot only 37 percent from the field for the game, and went only 4 for 24 from 3-point range.

Omar Oraby and Byron Wesley each scored 15 for the Trojans.

All nine players who played scored for Utah State.

''I like that all who got to play contributed,'' coach Stew Morrill said.

Morrill pointed to reserve center Jordan Stone, who had eight points and five rebounds, as an example.

''Jordan always gives you all he's got. He's such a good defender,'' Morrill said, ''and he is getting better offensively. I thought he really helped us.''

But, of course, it was Medlin's strong start to the second half that broke open the game for the Aggies.

''Preston, he's a gamer. He's explosive and he loves the game atmosphere,'' Morrill said. ''His roll in the second half was huge.''

Utah State is 79-29 in season openers and has won 18 of its last 19 season openers, including 8-0 at home under Morrill.

In all, it was too much for USC, which is in full rebuilding mode after saying goodbye to Kevin O'Neill and hiring Enfield, who is trying to establish the same high-tempo style at USC that worked so well at Florida Gulf Coast.

''Playing in front of their home crowd is a great atmosphere for a college basketball game,'' Enfield said. ''But they also have experienced players that are very skilled.''

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
South Carolina G Thornwell suspended
UCLA upsets top-ranked Kentucky 97-92
Hayes, Wisconsin rout Oklahoma
West Virginia upsets Virginia 66-57
Louisville survives Grand Canyon, 79-70
Trimble lifts Maryland over Okla. State
Baylor beats Xavier for another Top 10 win
Kansas cruises to 89-74 win over Stanford
Providence beats Rhode Island 63-60
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
26-13 L5 Days, +2,274 Overall TY
14-5 L19, 22-8 L30, 38-17 TY
17-4 L21 G-Plays, 25-8 L33 Picks
12-3 L15, 15-4 Run, 7-2 G-Plays
5-1 L6 Picks, 9-2 L11 G-Plays
8-4 L12 Picks/G-Plays, +1,587 TY
2-0 L2, 8-2 NCAA BK TY
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Picks
4-1 L3 Days, 9-3 L12 Streak
5-1 Last 6 CBK Selections
3-1 Record Saturday
5-1 Last 6, 7-2 Picks TY
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2274
Jim Feist + 1980
Bruce Marshall + 1587
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1072
NeiltheGreek + 1033
Antony Dinero + 900
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Michael Black 80 %
Brian Edwards 78 %
Scott Rickenbach 69 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1064
Kyle Hunter + 455
Dave Cokin + 421
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 877
Kyle Hunter + 510
Scott Rickenbach + 292
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 863
Kyle Hunter + 485
Joe Williams + 392
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership