It will be nearly two weeks since Utah State has played a men’s basketball game when the Aggies take the court next week.
Heck, who knows, it could be longer. The rate of postponed games seems to be increasing as the regular season winds down. Almost daily the Mountain West Conference is announcing a game or series that is being postponed.
The biggest question that has yet to be answered is how are all of these postponed games going to be made up? It’s really looking like an impossibility that every postponed game will happen.
There is a week at the end of the regular season before the conference tournament is scheduled to begin set aside for making up games. But the logistics make it look like some games just won’t be played.
For instance, the Aggies have had three games postponed to this point. Fresno State needs to make up a game at Boise State as well as host USU. The Aggies had two home games against Wyoming postponed this week, and the Cowboys still have to make up two home contests against UNLV. The Rebels also have two games against San Diego State in Las Vegas to make up. Additionally, the Aztecs have two games that were not played against New Mexico in Texas. The Lobos had two games at Colorado State called off.
It just keeps going. On Friday, the Nevada at San Jose State series was postponed.
Utah State last played on Feb. 4 at Fresno State. The Aggies beat the Bulldogs, 69-53. USU has not played since and the next game scheduled is for Feb. 17 at Boise State.
That will be a longer stretch than what the Aggies dealt with in December when they went 10 days between games as they had to quarantine because of COVID-19. It was a little rough getting started back up and that will most likely be the case again this time.
USU head coach Craig Smith has had his teams playing their best as the season concludes, which is evident with back-to-back Mountain West Conference Tournament titles. But this campaign has been anything but normal
The Aggies tried to find an opponent for this weekend when informed Wyoming was choosing not to come to Logan. USU tried to get a home contest and even let BYU know it would come south for a game in Provo. Despite the Cougars having games postponed this week and not playing for 10 days, they turned the Aggies down. Other schools contacted about coming to Logan also declined.
So, USU remains atop the league for now. It looks like the Aggies will be there when next week begins as no one can catch them for now.
Boise State and Colorado State are tied for second, but the Broncos have a game Saturday and, with a win, can move ahead of the Rams, who didn’t play this week. San Diego State is a very close fourth.
It will be interesting to see how everything plays out with so many games to make up involving the top teams in the league.