SDSU Basketball: SDSU vs. Air Force (Senior Night Game Preview)

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

***Tonights game between #SDSU and #AFA is officially sold out…. All Student and GA tickets are gone! The Seniors will play before 12,414!***

The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Air Force Academy for senior night this Wednesday at Viejas Arena (12,414) on the campus of San Diego State University. The Aztecs will enter Wednesday’s game as the favorites against Air Force. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Air Force averaging 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 27 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Air Force averaging 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 26 games this season.



The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 44.7% from the floor and 33.4% 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 1,032 to 926.

For the third time in 29 weeks San Diego State is not ranked in either the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll or the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.With the Aztecs loss to New Mexico they are now receiving zero votes in the AP Top 25 poll and seven votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll.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.

As stated in the first sentence this game against Air Force is the San Diego State senior night. Tonight’s Senior Night ceremony will honor the following student-athletes:

Chase Tapley
James Rahon
DeShawn Stephens
Narbeh Ebrahimian
Jeremy Castleberry
Aaron Douglass

We have left out San Diego State star guard Jamaal Franklin (Junior) who is debating going into the NBA a year early. Make sure to be seated early as their will be a pre game ceremony to honor the seniors. So everyone please come out and support all of the San Diego State seniors this Wednesday night! Let’s make this a game that they never forget!

The Falcons have some height on their team with Marek Olesinski, Ethan Michael (6-8), Chase Kammerer (6-8), Conner Litt (6-8), Daniel Salomon (6-9), Taylor Broekhuis (6-10) and Zach Moer (6-10). The smallest players on the Air Force team are Tre Coggins (6-2), Todd Fletcher (6-2) and Kyle Green (6-2). The Falcons have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.

Highlights From Aztec’s Loss at Air Force

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Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 8:30 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena (12,414) in San Diego, California.

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About DavidSDSU (1275 Articles)
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 an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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