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— Mac McClung scored 16 points in his first career NCAA Tournament game and Kyler Edwards added 12 to help sixth-seeded Texas Tech pull away from 11th-seeded Utah State 65-53 on Friday.
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Among teams eligible for an at large bid, 37 of the top 38 in Strength of Record made the NCAA tournament. The exception was Louisville, who ranked 35th in SOR among all teams. Utah State, who ranked 66th in SOR overall, made it instead.
— Matt Mitchell scored 14 points to lead No. 19 San Diego State to a 68-57 victory over Utah State in the Mountain West Tournament championship game Saturday.
— Neemias Queta scored 18 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked nine shots as Utah State turned back Colorado State 62-50 in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Friday night.
— Neemias Queta recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds as No. 2 seed Utah State rolled past No. 7 seed UNLV 74-53 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Marco Anthony added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Aggies.
— Neemias Queta tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds and Justin Bean recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds as Utah State beat Fresno State 57-51 on Saturday night.
— Justin Bean tied his season high with 21 points plus 10 rebounds as Utah State beat Wyoming 72-59 on Thursday night.
— Neemias Queta scored 26 points with 13 rebounds and Justin Bean scored 17 with 13 boards and Utah State bounced Nevada 87-66 on Sunday.
— Utah State held off Nevada for a 75-72 win on Friday night. Daniel Foster made a 3-pointer with four seconds left to help the Wolf Pack pull within 2, but they wouldn’t get any closer.
— Derrick Alston Jr. had 23 points as Boise State edged past Utah State 81-77 on Friday night.
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— Derrick Alston Jr. had 26 points as Boise State stretched its home winning streak to 10 games, topping Utah State 79-70 on Wednesday night.
— Neemias Queta registered 14 points and five blocks as Utah State beat Fresno State 69-53 on Thursday night.
— Rollie Worster had 19 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals to lead all five Utah State starters scoring in double figures and the Aggies beat UNLV 83-74 on Wednesday night.
— Bryce Hamilton had 14 points, eight assists and five steals as UNLV narrowly defeated Utah State 59-56 on Monday night.
— Isaiah Stevens scored 18 points with eight rebounds and eight assists and Colorado State knocked Utah State out of a first-place tie in the Mountain West Conference with an 84-76 win on Thursday night.
— Brock Miller had a season-high 20 points as Utah State extended its win streak to 11 games, defeating Colorado State 83-64 on Tuesday night.
Gonzaga and Baylor are in their own tiers atop men's college basketball. Everyone else, it seems, is fighting for No. 3.