The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Wyoming Cowboys this Tuesday at Viejas Arena (12,414) on the campus of San Diego State University. The Aztecs will enter Tuesday night’s game as favorites against Wyoming. The players to watch in Tuesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Wyoming averaging 16.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Wyoming averaging 14.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 23 games this season.
The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 43.8% from the floor and 33.2% 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 66.7%. 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 931 to 853.
For the first time in 27 weeks San Diego State is not ranked in either the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll or the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Aztecs lost two very close games to Colorado State and UNLV last week. It was because of those losses the Aztecs dropped out of the rankings. San Diego State needs to work on rebounding on both the offensive and defensive boards. They got beat badly on the boards against both teams. The Aztecs starting five for Tuesday’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 inTuesday’s game.
The Cowboys have some height on their team with Leonard Washington (6-7) (Hurt will not play), Larry Nance Jr. (6-8), Derek Cook Jr. (6-9), Austin Haldorson (6-9) and Matt Sellers (6-10). The smallest players on the Wyoming team are Derrious Gilmore (5-10) and Jack Bentz (6-1). The Cowboys have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.
Highlights from last matchup
Game Day Information
Game information: Tipoff 7:00 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena (12,414) San Diego, California.
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