**SDSU is 5-2 in the past seven trips to the Pit. The rest of the Mountain West Conference during that time is 8-40 and the rest of the nation is 12-102! **
The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to The Pit (15,411) on the campus of the New Mexico Lobos. The Aztecs will enter Wednesday’s game as the underdogs (+5) against New Mexico. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against New Mexico averaging 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in 26 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against New Mexico averaging 13.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 25 games this season.
The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 45.1% from the floor and 34.2% 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, Nevada (both games), 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 67.2%. 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 996 to 896.
For the second time in 28 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 blew out Wyoming and Nevada this past week but it was not enough to get back into the rankings. The Aztecs went from three votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll in week 16 to 13 votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll in week 17. The Aztecs still do not have any votes in the AP Top 25 Poll. The Aztecs should be able to find the way back into the rankings next week with a win over No.14 New Mexico. 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 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, Dwayne Polee and Winston Shepard to receive a lot of minutes in Wednesday’s game.
The Lobos have some height on their team with Devon Williams (6-7), Tony Snell (6-7), Merv Lindsay (6-7), Nick Banyard (6-8), Cameron Bairstow (6-9) and Alex Kirk (7-0). The smallest players on the New Mexico team are Jamaal Fenton (5-9), Chris Perez (6-2) and Demetrius Walker (6-2). The Lobos 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. MT at The Pit (15,411) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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TV: CBS Sports Network
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