SDSU Basketball: 19/17 SDSU vs. CSUB (Game Preview)

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker. San Diego State's DeShawn Stephens controlling the opening tipoff

The No. 19/17 San Diego State Aztecs will host California State University Bakersfield at a sold-out Viejas Arena (12,414) on the campus of San Diego State. The Aztecs will enter Wednesday night’s game as favorites against CSUB. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against CSUB averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 12 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against CSUB averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games this season.

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker

The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 45.3% from the floor and 35.3% 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, UCLA and UCSB. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 67.2%. 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 482 to 426.

The San Diego State Aztecs are ranked 19th by the AP Top 25 and 17th 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 Wednesday’s 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, Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee II and James Johnson to receive a lot of minutes in the upcoming game.

The Road Runners have some height on their team with Mo Hughley (6-7), Tyrone White (6-7), Corey Hall (6-7), Adam Young (6-8), Justin Omogun (6-8), Kregg Jones (6-8), Abdul Ahmed (6-10) and Tyler Smith (6-11).The smallest players on the CSUB team is Dee Wallace (5-10), Britton Williams (5-11), Issiah Grayson (5-11) and Mathew Ratto (5-11).The Road Runners have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a very talented Aztec squad.

This is the first meeting between SDSU and Cal State Bakersfield.

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Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 7:00 p.m. PT Viejas Arena in San Diego California, California.

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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.

2 Comments on SDSU Basketball: 19/17 SDSU vs. CSUB (Game Preview)

  1. Kregg Jones grew up in Barbados, but went to Army-Navy up in Carlsbad for his Senior year of High School. During his freshman year in the San Joaquin Valley, he came off the bench for all 23 of his appearances. During those 23 games he averaged just 10 min/gm.

    Chris Davis
    CSUB C/O 2012

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