The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Nevada Wolf Pack this Saturday at Viejas Arena (12,414) on the campus of San Diego State University. The Aztecs will enter Saturday afternoon’s game as favorites against Nevada. The players to watch in Saturday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Nevada averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds in 25 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Nevada averaging 13.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 24 games this season.
The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 44.6% from the floor and 33.6% 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 and the game against Wyoming (shot 68.2%). The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 67%. 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 966 to 869.
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 Saturday’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, Dwayne Polee and Winston Shepard to receive a lot of minutes in Saturday’s game.
The Wolf Pack have some height on their team with Jerry Evans (6-8), Cole Huff (6-8), Kevin Panzer (6-9) Richard Bell (6-9) and Devonte Elliott (6-10). The smallest players on the Nevada team are Keith Fuetsch (6-0) and Deonte Burton (6-1). The Wolf Pack 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 3:00 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena (12,414) in San Diego, California.
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TV: NBC Sports Network
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