San Diego State will be playing the Florida Gulf Coast this Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played in Philadelphia and tip-off is at 4:10 p.m. PT on TBS. CBS Sports recruiting blogger Jeff Borzello has come out with his top 68 teams competing in the NCAA Tournament San Diego State came in 26th place and Florida Gulf Coast came in 60th place.San Diego State the season on a losing skid winning just two of their last five games. All of the teams that San Diego State has lost to are going to be playing in March six of which will be playing in March Madness.Most of the teams that have beaten Florida Gulf Coast will not be playing in March Madness. You will be able to read about the teams who have beaten both San Diego State and Florida Gulf Coast.
This will be the first ever meeting between San Diego State and Florida Gulf Coast! San Diego State has been one of the best teams in the nation this year and one of the most inconsistent teams in the nation 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 32.4% 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 67.6%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. Rebounding is the number one weakness of San Diego State. This season this Aztecs are only out rebounding teams on average by two to three rebounds per game 36.8 to 33.4.
San Diego State will be ready for the game against Florida Gulf Coast as coach Steve Fisher knows more about Florida Gulf Coast than most people know. Steve Fisher has a condo in Fort Meyers, Florida very close to the campus of Florida Gulf Coast. He does follow the team from the other side of the country because one of his student managers at Michigan was an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast when they went from Division II to Division I. Fisher was also talked to about becoming the head coach of Florida Gulf Coast after he was let go from Michigan by his close friend who was the athletic director of Florida Gulf Coast at the time. An offer to become the head coach was never given.
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Nate Silver (New York Times): SDSU has a 70.7% chance to beat Florida Gulf Coast.
Steve Lappas (CBS): I like SDSU
As the experts start making picks for the third round we will add them here!
Keys for Victory:
1) Shoot more than 45% from the floor!
2) Point’s in the paint!
2) Only shoot 3-point shot’s that are open!
3) Limit turnovers!
4) Attack the offensive boards. If the Aztecs start missing shots like they normally do the offensive rebounds are going to win or lose the game for SDSU!
1) Force SDSU to shoot from the perimeter.
2) Force SDSU to commit turnovers.
3) Win the defensive battle of the boards.
4) Lock down Jamaal Franklin.
5) Try and get SDSU to foul out.
Players to watch for San Diego State:
Jamaal Franklin (6-5 and 205 pound Senior): Franklin is currently leading the Aztecs in points per game averaging 16.7 points, currently leading the Aztecs in rebounds per game with 9.5 and leading the Aztecs in assists per game with1.2.
Chase Tapley (6-3 and 195 pound Senior): Tapley is currently in second place on the Aztecs in points per game averaging 13.5 points, has 3.2 rebounds per game and is in second place on the Aztecs in assists with 2.8 per game.
Xavier Thames (6-3 and 190 pound Junior): Thames is currently in third place on the Aztecs in points per game averaging 9.8 points, has 2.6 rebounds per game and is in third place on the Aztecs in assists with 2.2 per game.
San Diego State Losses:
NCAA Tournament Bound Teams
Syracuse (4th seed in the East)
Arizona (6th seed in the West)
UNLV X 2 (5th seed in the East)
Colorado State (8th seed in the MidWest)
New Mexico X 2 (3rd seed in the West)
Boise State (1st Round)
Air Force Academy
Players to watch for Florida GC:
Sherwood Brown (6-4 and 200 pound Senior): Brown is currently leading the Eagles in points per game averaging 15.3 points, and is currently leading the Eagles in rebounds per game with 6.4.
Bernard Thomphson (6-3 and 166 pound Sophmore): Thomphson is currently in second place in points per game averaging 14.
Chase Fieler (6-8 and 205 pound Junior): Fieler is currently in third place in points per game averaging 12.2 points and currently in second place with 5.4 rebounds per game.
Florida GC Losses:
NCAA Tournament Bound Teams
VCU (5th seed in the South)
DUKE (2nd seed in the Midwest)
Iowa State (10th seed in the West)
Not Playing in March
San Diego State and Florida GC Rosters
|Winston Shepard||6-8||SDSU||Brett Comer||6-3||FGC|
|Matt Shrigley||6-5||SDSU||Nate Hicks||6-10||FGC|
|Skylar Spencer||6-9||SDSU||Bernard Thompson||6-3||FGC|
|JJ O’Brien||6-7||SDSU||Christophe Varidel||6-2||FGC|
|Dwayne Polee II||6-7||SDSU||Jamail Jones||6-6||FGC|
|DeShawn Stephens||6-8||SDSU||Eric McKnight||6-9||FGC|
|Jamaal Franklin||6-5||SDSU||Alexander Blessig||6-2||FGC|
|Chase Tapley||6-3||SDSU||Filip Cvjeticanin||6-9||FGC|
|James Rahon||6-5||SDSU||Chase Fieler||6-8||FGC|
|Xavier Thames||6-3||SDSU||Leonard Livingston Jr.||6-10||FGC|
|Jeremy Castleberry||5-11||SDSU||Eddie Murray||6-8||FGC|
|James Johnson||6-10||SDSU||Marcus Blake||6-7||FGC|
|Narbeh Ebrahimian||6-3||SDSU||Sherwood Brown||6-4||FGC|
|Aaron Douglas||6-1||SDSU||Dajuan Graf||6-0||FGC|
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