The No. 15/14 San Diego State Aztecs will host UNLV this Wednesday at sold out Viejas Arena (12,414). The Aztecs will enter Wednesday night’s game as favorites against UNLV. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against UNLV averaging 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in 14 games this season. Jamaal Franklin won the game last season against UNLV with a shot at the buzzer. That shot pushed Jamaal Franklin to becoming the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Chase Tapley enters the game against UNLV averaging 15.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13 games this season.
This game between SDSU and UNLV has bad blood. These two teams will go after each other. This game will be hard-fought and will go down to the last 3 minutes of the game. I do believe that the Aztecs will defeat UNLV at Viejas. The Aztecs will have issues with UNLV in Vegas. The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 45.% from the floor and 35.9% 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, UCSB and the first half of the Colorado State game. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 67.1%. 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 671 to 629.
The San Diego State Aztecs are ranked 15th by the AP Top 25 and 14th 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 Wednesday’s game.
The Running Rebels have some height on their team with Mike Moser (6-8), Roscoe Smith (6-8), Quintrell Thomas (6-8), Anthony Bennett (6-8), Khem Birch (6-9), Demetris Morant (6-9) and Carlos Lopez-Sosa (6-11). The smallest players on the UNLV team are Barry Cheaney (6-1) and Daquan Cook. The Running Rebels have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a very talented Aztec squad.
Game Day Information
Game information: Tipoff 7:00 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena (12,414) in San Diego, California.
Radio: KOGO 600 – for link to internet radio please Click Here
TV: The game will be televised Nationally on CBS Sports.
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