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SDSU Basketball: No. 25 SDSU vs. UAPB (Game Preview)

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker.

The No. 25 San Diego State Aztecs will host Arkansas Pine Bluff Wednesday night before a sold out crowd at Viejas Arena (12,414) on the Campus of San Diego State University. The Aztecs will enter the game on Wednesday night as huge favorites against Ark-Pine Bluff. The players to watch in Saturdays game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Ark-Pine Bluff averaging 20.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Ark- Pine Bluff averaging 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games this season.

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker. DeShawn Stephens winning the tipoff against San Diego Christian

The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 36.8% from the floor and 15.3% from behind the arc. This team has a plethora of shooters and can blow out teams when they are all on as all Aztec fans have seen. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average 56.1%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. The Aztecs have shown how much work pays off in the rebounding game as the Aztecs are out rebounding their opponents 141 to 115.

The San Diego State Aztecs are ranked 25th by the AP Top 25 and 25th in the USA Today coaches poll .This is perhaps the most hyped team in SDSU history even more so than the 34-3 team two years ago. The Aztecs starting five for Wednesdays game will be Xavier Thames, Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin, JJ ‘O Brien and DeShawn Stephens. Once again the only San Diego State freshman who is red-shirting this season is Matt Shrigley. Look for Skylar Spencer to receive a lot of minutes in the upcoming game. Winston Shepard has been suspended for violation of NCAA rules. The Aztecs have appealed the suspension and lost. This is game three of the three game suspension for Winston Shepard.

The Golden Lions have some higher on their team with Trent Whiting (6-6), Mitchell Anderson (6-7) and Davon Haynes (6-8). The shortest player’s on the UAPB squad are Tevin Hammond (6-0) and Kyle Jones (5-10). The taller the teams the Aztecs play the more prepared to the Aztecs will be when they face USC’s Dewayne Dedmon (7-0), James Blasczyk (7-1) and Omar Oraby (7-2). The Aztecs and Golden Lions last met during the 2008-2009 season and SDSU won that game 93-61. Cool fact: The last time the Golden Lions came to San Diego State the basketball arena was named Cox Arena.

Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 7:30 p.m. PT Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

Radio: KOGO 600 – for link to internet radio please Click Here

TV: Fox Sports San Diego

Highlights From the last time SDSU played UAPB

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About DavidSDSU (946 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 6 years. I have blogged for FanSided 150 (Recruiting Website), FanSided's SDSU Site (Surf The Spear which is no longer online) and have written guest blogs on SDSU. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio stations ( ESPN 1700 San Diego, Mighty 1090 and Xtra Sports 1360). My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job I am a Sports Social Media Editor for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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