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SDSU Basketball: No. 6 SDSU vs. USU (Game Preview)

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

The San Diego State Aztecs will host the Utah State Aggies Viejas Arena (12,414) this Tuesday. The Aztecs (22-2; 11-1 Mountain West) will enter Tuesday’s game as the favorites against Utah State (15-10; 5-8 Mountain West). 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 Tuesday’s game are Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard and Josh Davis. Xavier Thames enters the game against USU averaging 17.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 24 games this season. Winston Shepard enters the game against USU averaging 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 23 games this season. Josh Davis enters the game against USU averaging 8.9 points and 10.9 rebounds in 22 games this season.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 43.9% from the floor and 35.9% from behind the arc. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 65.5%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. The Aztecs have out rebounded teams this year 942 to 806. San Diego State is ranked 6th in the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll and is ranked 7th in the  USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. This is just the second time in school history that the Aztecs have been ranked in the Top 10. The San Diego State Aztecs have one of the best field goal defense in the nation! San Diego State’s opponent’s has been averaging a field goal percentage of just 37.7% and 28.1% from beyond the arc. The Aztecs have been bringing massive press on opponent’s this season thanks to a very deep bench. This has allowed the Aztecs to use the full court press for a majority of every game.

The Aggies have some height on their team with Ben Clifford (6’7), Jalen Moore (6’7), Kyle Davis (6’7), Sean Harris (6’7), James Croasdell (6’7), Jordan Stone (6’10) and Jarred Shaw (6’10). The smallest players on the Aggies team are TeNale Roland (6’0), Viko Noma’aea (6’1) and Marcel Davis (6’2). The key players to watch coming into Tuesday’s game for USU are Spencer Butterfield and Preston Medlin. Spencer Butterfield enters the game averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25 games this season. Preston Medlin enters the game averaging 13.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 25 games this season. The Aggies have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.

The Show will be ready to give the Utah State team a great show. The Show is making a statement that the San Diego State Student section is one of the best in the Mountain West.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

Keys for Victory:

San Diego State University:

1) Shoot more than 45% from the floor!

2) Point’s in the paint!

3) Only shoot 3-point shot’s that are open!

4) Limit turnovers!

5) Attack the boards (Work on getting offensive rebounds)!

Utah State University 

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.

Notes:

  • Steve Fisher has won 302 games at San Diego State.
  • San Diego State has won 112 straight games when leading with five minutes left to play.
  • San Diego State is 71-6 at Viejas Arena since the name change in 2009.
  • San Diego State has a record of 30-4 when ranked in the Top 10

Game Day Information

February 18th Tipoff is at 8:05 P.T. San Diego, California.

TV: ESPN U

Radio: Mighty 1090

Highlights from San Diego State’s Victory at Utah State

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About DavidSDSU (943 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 award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 6 years. I have blogged for FanSided 150 (Recruiting Website), FanSided's SDSU Site (Surf The Spear which is no longer online) and have written guest blogs on SDSU. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio stations ( ESPN 1700 San Diego, Mighty 1090 and Xtra Sports 1360). 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 Sports Social Media Editor for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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