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Q&A w/ Jason Walker of The Utah Statesman about Texas Tech vs Utah State (March Madness)

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 2021-03-17

Cover picture for the articleSwany: Tell us a little about the journey of Utah State to the at large bid to March Madness…. Jason: The Aggies had a rough start to the season. Their schedule was tough and the team had eight newcomers, two of them in the starting lineup. They started the season 1-3, though two of those losses were to teams now in the NCAA Tournament. After that start, USU went on an 11-game win streak, blowing out most of their opponents. Among those wins were two against the now 6-seed San Diego State and one win against Colorado State, one of the first four out. That win streak formed the core of Utah State’s resume. In January and early February, the Aggies stumbled with losses to Colorado State, UNLV and two against Boise State. These losses, especially to UNLV, had most bracketologists placing USU among the first four out, but a second-place finish in the Mountain West standings and an appearance in the conference tournament final seemed to push them comfortably into at-large bid territory since not only did they get in, but they weren’t among the committee’s last four in.

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