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

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


*** Chase Tapley was injured in practice during the week and will not start against USC. We don’t know yet if Chase will see any game time.*** The No. 25 San Diego State Aztecs will travel to the Galen Center Arena (10,258) on the Campus of University of Southern California to battle USC Sunday night. The Aztecs will enter the game on Sunday night as favorites against USC. The players to watch in Sundays game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against USC averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against USC averaging 11.8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in four 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 38% from the floor and 23.3% from behind the arc. This team has a plethora of shooters and can blow out teams when they are shooting their best as they did against Arkansas Pine Bluff. 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 187 to 151.

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 Sunday’s game will be Xavier Thames, James Rahon. 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 will be able to play for the Aztecs once again as his suspension will have been lifted.

The Trojans have some height on their team with  Ari Stweart (6-7) Zach Banner (6-9), Strahinja Gravrilovic (6-9), Renaldo Woolridge (6-9), Dewayne Dedmon (7-0), James Blasczyk (7-1) and Omar Oraby (7-2).  The shortest player on the USC team is Chass Bryan (5-9), Daniel Munoz (5-10) and Tyler Sugiyama (5-10). The Aztecs and Trojans met last season at Viejas Arena. San Diego State won that game 56-54 thanks to an Xavier Thames lay-up with :00.9 second remaining on the clock..

Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 7:00 p.m. PT Galen Center Arena in Los Angles, California.

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

TV: Tonights game between you San Diego State Aztecs and USC Trojans will no longer be on TWC Sports Net. The game has been picked up by Fox Sports Net to be shown nationally. Click Here .

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About DavidSDSU (1275 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 an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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