SDSU Basketball: No. 24 SDSU vs. USD (Game Preview)

The No. 24 San Diego State Aztecs will travel across town for the City Championship against the University of San Diego at the Jenny Craig Pavilion (SOLD OUT). The Aztecs will enter Thursday night’s game as favorites against USD. San Diego State has won the last seven meetings against cross town rival USD. The starting five for the Aztecs will be JJ O’Brien, Josh Davis, Skylar Spencer, Winston Shepard and Xavier Thames.The players to watch in Thursday’s game are Xavier Thames, JJ O’Brien and Winston Shepard. Xavier Thames enters the game against USD averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in six games this season. JJ O’Brien enters the game against USD averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in six games this season. Winston Shepard enters the game against USD averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in six games this season.

Game Notes:

  • SDSU has won 97 straight games when leading with five minutes to play.
  • SDSU has won 35 straight games against schools from the great state of California.
  • SDSU has won 7 straight games against USD (most in the history of the series).
SDSU vs. UNLV Men's Basketball.  Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

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

The Toreros have some height on their team with  Brandon Perry (6-7), Jito Kok (6-9), Simi Fajemisin (6-10) and Dennis Kramer (6-11). The smallest players on the USD team are Christopher Anderson (5-7) and Therone Tillett (5-11). The Toreros mediocre sized squad will be easily out rebounded by the very talented Aztec squad. However, this is one of the best Toreros teams in recent history. I believe the score of the game will be in the mid to high 60’s. San Diego State this season will live in the mid 70’s. If the Aztecs score more than 70 points they will be unbeatable.

This is the rest of the press conference for those who would like to watch it.

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 boards (Work on getting offensive rebounds)!

University of San Diego

1) Force SDSU to shoot from the perimeter.

2) Force SDSU to commit turnovers.

3) Win the defensive battle of the boards.

4) Try and get SDSU to foul out.

(We will have a more in-depth statistical game preview in a few weeks! This is a preview we wrote last season during the NCAA Tournament. All of our game previews will be this complex after the Aztecs have played 10 games … SDSU vs. Oklahoma preview)

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Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 8:00 p.m. PT Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego California, California.

TV: Fox Sports San Diego 

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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 have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio & TV stations. My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job, I am a Digital Assistant for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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