The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to Boise, Idaho this Saturday to take on the Boise State Broncos at Taco Bell Arena (12,480). The Aztecs will enter Saturday’s game as the favorites against Boise State. The players to watch in Saturday’s game are Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Jamaal Franklin enters the game against Boise State averaging 17 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28 games this season. Chase Tapley enters the game against Boise State averaging 13.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 27 games this season.
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 33.1% 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 66.5%. 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 1,077 to 958.
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 Saturday’s game will be Xavier Thames, JJ ‘O Brien, Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley and DeShawn Stephens. 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 Broncos have some height on their team with Jake Ness (6-8), Edmunds Dukulis (6-9), Vukasin Vujovic (6-9) and Ryan Watkins (6-9). The smallest players on the Bronco team are Jeff Elorriaga (6-2), Derrick Marks (6-3) and Mikey Thompson (6-3). The key players to watch coming into Saturdays’s game for Boise State are Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic. Derrick Marks enters the game averaging 16.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 29 games this season. Anthony Drmic enters the game averaging 17 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28 games this season. The Broncos have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.
Highlights From Aztec’s Victory At Boise (2012 Season)
Game Day Information
Game information: Tipoff 1:30 p.m. MT Taco Bell Arena (12,480) in Boise, Idaho.
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TV: NBC Sports Network
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