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SDSU Basketball: SDSU vs. No.24 CSU (Game Preview)

SDSU vs. UNLV Men's Basketball. Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

The 22nd ranked team (USA Today Coaches Poll) in the nation the San Diego State Aztecs will travel to Moby Arena (8,745) in Fort Collins, Colorado on the campus of Colorado State University this Wednesday. The Aztecs will enter Wednesday’s game as the underdogs against the 24rd ranked Colorado State Rams. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Colorado State averaging 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 22 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Colorado State averaging 13.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21 games this season.

SDSU vs. UNLV

SDSU vs. UNLV

The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 44.3% from the floor and 32.8% 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, New Mexico and Fresno State game. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 66.9%. 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 858 to 767.

The Aztecs are ranked 22nd 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 26 straight weeks that SDSU has been ranked in one of the two major polls.The Aztecs starting five for Wednesday’s game will be Xavier Thames, JJ ‘O Brien, Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley 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 and Winston Shepard to receive a lot of minutes in Wednesday’s game.

The Rams have some height on their team with Pierce Hornung (6-5), Greg Smith (6-6), Gerson Santo (6-9) and Colton Iverson (6-10). The smallest player on the Colorado State teams is Stephon Wynn (5-6). The Rams have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a very talented Aztec squad. The last time San Diego State and Colorado State met they went into overtime and San Diego State barely escaped. The Rams did manage to beat San Diego State in the rebounding game. For San Diego State to win at Colorado State they must out rebound the Rams.

Highlights from last match up.

Poll Question

Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 8:00 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (8,745) in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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TV: CBS Sports Network

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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 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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