I don't know what you guys have been able to piece together about my personal life by reading this blog, but I have a few friends that are die-hard Utah State Aggies.
So when they heard BYU would be playing Utah State up in Cache Valley they made sure to be at the game, and I was lucky enough to be able to tag along.
First, I gotta say I had a great time. The Spectrum is a great place to watch a basketball game. I've always wanted to go up there, and I'm glad I was able to see a BYU/USU game. The students definitely have a passionate hatred for BYU, and I can appreciate that.
The arena itself is small. It only holds about 7,000 people, and every one of them are loud and proud. The area is so small that it magnifies the sound, too. Each in-unison clap after their weird "Sagebrush/Thistle" fight song sounded like a gunshot.
The fans were awesome. This experience solidified my opinion that Utah State basketball fans are the best fans in the state. As much as I love BYU's student section, they can't hold a candle to the Aggies. They were loud, unified, they all wore Aggie blue and they were there way early.
They were pretty classy, too. I was worried that I would get crap all night for wearing BYU gear in the student section, but everyone seemed pretty cool with it. Of course, that could just be the mustache. I find very few people want to mess with me with all this wiry hair on my upper lip.
The game itself started great, but turned into a disaster. Jackson and Jimmer were hot, Tyler Haws added some quality points and Chris Miles had the game of his life.
After half time, though, every bit of good mojo we had working for us vanished. Jimmer went cold, JT continued to shoot us right out of the game and turnovers absolutely killed us.
Plus it doesn't help that Jared Quayle went off for something like 20 points in the second half. The Aggies were hot and we were most definitely not, and USU came away with the win.
Tavernari made me furious. Is this guy a shooter or what? 1-11 from the field is just embarrassing, and I'm going to quickly stop defending him if he doesn't start hitting his shots. He wasn't putting up bad shots, that's the thing. He was getting good looks; he just wasn't hitting them.
It was a frustrating loss, but a great experience up in Logan. Thanks for a great game, Ags.