The 25th ranked team (USA Today Coaches Poll) in the nation the San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Boise State Broncos at Viejas Arena (12,414) on the campus of San Diego State University this Wednesday. The Aztecs will enter Wednesday’s game as the favorites against Boise State. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Boise State averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in 20 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Boise State averaging 14.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19 games this season.
The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 44% from the floor and 31.7% 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, first half of the Colorado State game, second half of the Nevada game and game against New Mexico. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 68.2%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. Rebounding is the number one weakness of San Diego State. The Aztecs have a ton of work to do in the rebounding game.The Aztecs have out rebounded teams this year 782 to 699.
The Aztecs are ranked 25th in the USA Today coaches poll. The Aztecs did drop out of the AP Top 25 poll with the loss to Air Force. Being ranked 25th in the coaches poll makes it 25 straight weeks that SDSU has been ranked in one of the two major polls. The Aztecs starting five for Wednesday’s game will be JJ ‘O Brien, Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, James Rahon and DeShawn Stephens. The line up could change before game day depending on how star point guard Xavier Thames’s back is doing. 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 Broncos have some height on their team with Jake Ness (6-8), Edmunds Dukulis (6-9), Vukasin Vujovic (6-9) and Ryan Watkins (6-9). The smallest players on the Bronco team are Jeff Elorriaga (6-2), Derrick Marks (6-3) and Mikey Thompson (6-3). The key players to watch coming into Wednesday’s game for Boise State are Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic. Derrick Marks enters the game averaging 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 games this season. Anthony Drmic enters the game averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21 games this season. The Broncos are coming off a huge victory against UNLV at home. The Broncos have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.
Highlights from last match up.
Game Day Information
Game information: Tipoff 8:00 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena (12,414) in San Diego, California.
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