The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the San Jose Spartans at Viejas Arena (12,414) this Tuesday. The Aztecs (23-3; 12-1 Mountain West) will enter Tuesday’s game as the favorites against San Jose State (7-19; 1-13 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 SJSU averaging 16.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26 games this season. Winston Shepard enters the game against SJSU averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 25 games this season. Josh Davis enters the game against SJSU averaging 8.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in 24 games this season.
The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 43.4% from the floor and 35.6% from behind the arc. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 65.1%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. The Aztecs have out rebounded teams this year 1009 to 874. San Diego State is ranked 13th in the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll and is ranked 13th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. 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 38.0% and 28.5% 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 Spartans have some height on their team with Mitchell (6-7), Jaleel Williams (6-7), Chris Cunningham (6-9), Frank Rogers (6-9), Matt Pollard (7-0) and Hugh Mike Vankirk (7-1). The smallest players on the Spartans team are D.J. Brown (6-2), Jalen James (6-3), Isaac Thornton (6-3), Jordan Baker (6-4), Dylan Alexander (6-4) and Devante Wilson (6-4). The key players to watch coming into Tuesday’s game for SJSU Rashad Muhammad and Jaleel Williams. Rashad Muhammad enters the game averaging 13.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26 games this season. Jaleel Williams enters the game averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26 games this season. The Spartans have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a talented Aztec squad.
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 (A MUST)!
San Jose 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.
- Steve Fisher has won 303 games at San Diego State.
- San Diego State has won 19 consecutive games when leading at halftime.
- San Diego State has won 113 consecutive games when leading with five minutes left to play.
- San Diego State has won 39 consecutive game against teams from the state of California
Game Day Information
February 25th Tipoff is at 8:05 P.T. San Diego, California.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: Mighty 1090
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