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1st in Mountain West

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington used its trademark defense (21 turnovers forced), strong perimeter shooting, Noah Dickerson (20 points) down low and a second-half boost from Naz Carter (13 points) to surge past Utah State and into the second round. Led by Matisse Thybulle, the Huskies defense flustered Utah State's Sam Merrill (6 turnovers) and Neemias Queta (4-of-12 shooting). After the Aggies closed to within a point, Washington finished the game on a 24-8 run. The Pac-12 regular-season champs are moving on

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Led by Pac-12 defensive player of the year Matisse Thybulle, Washington smothered Utah State in the first half, forcing 11 turnovers and holding Sam Merrill scoreless. Merrill, the Mountain West player of the year, came in averaging 21.2 points per game but has missed all three of his shot attempts. Washington has been good both on the perimeter (four 3-pointers) and inside (14 points from Noah Dickerson on 6-of-8 shooting).

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Not surprisingly, defense will be a theme in this game, as Utah State and Washington already have combined for 13 turnovers. Washington already had a stretch featuring three blocks -- Matisse Thybulle nearly put Abel Porter into the Huskies bench -- and a steal. Utah State is rebounding well against Washington's zone with five offensive boards already.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Starting lineups and officials for Utah State-Washington. Utah State: G Sam Merrill, G Abel Porter, G Brock Miller, F Quinn Taylor, C Neemias Queta Washington: G David Crisp, G Jaylen Nowell, F Matisse Thybulle, F Hameir Wright, F Noah Dickerson. Officials: John Higgins, Michael Irving, Justin Porterfield, Greg Evans (standby)

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Utah State guard Sam Merrill, whose parents both attended the school, on what it means having the Aggies back in the NCAA tournament and looking for their first tournament win since 2001.

North Carolina, Kentucky lead the way in Midwest (4:52)
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Porter puts the sauce on defender, sinks step-back 3 (0:15)
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Porter lobs to Queta for monster dunk (0:18)
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Merrill lifts Utah St. over Fresno St. 85-60 in MWC tourney

Sam Merrill had 22 points as Utah State easily beat Fresno State 85-60 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday night. Diogo Brito added 20 points for the Aggies. Brito also had seven rebounds for the Aggies.

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

According to espn.com/bpi, these are the bubble teams with games today where a W could swing their tournament chances by at least 50 percent compared to an L: Nebraska Utah State Indiana Ohio State Ole Miss Seton Hall Baylor St. John's TCU

Team Stats

Points Per Game78.759th
Rebounds Per Game40.129th
Assists Per Game17.117th
Points Allowed67.158th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record6-22
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances20