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SDSU Basketball: No. 13 SDSU vs. Fresno State (Game Preview)

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

The San Diego State Aztecs will hit the road to play possibly the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center (16,182) this Saturday. The Aztecs (24-3; 13-2 Mountain West) will enter Saturday’s game as the favorites against Fresno State (15-14; 8-8 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 Saturday’s game are Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard and Josh Davis. Xavier Thames enters the game against SJSU averaging 16.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 27 games this season. Winston Shepard enters the game against SJSU averaging 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26 games this season. Josh Davis enters the game against SJSU averaging 8.7 points and 10.2 rebounds in 25 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 43.6% from the floor and 35.2% from behind the arc. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game. The Aztecs are shooting 65.2%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. The Aztecs have out rebounded teams this year 1048 to 904. 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 29.0% 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 Bulldogs have some height on their team with Kyle Jackson (6-6), Paul Watson (6-7), Braeden Anderson (6-9), Alex Davis (6-9) and Tanner Giddings (6-11). The smallest players on the Fresno State team are Michael Salazar Emmanuel Owootoah (5-11), Cezar Guerrero (6-1) and Allen Huddleston (6-1). The Bulldogs have a good-sized squad that will put up a fight on the boards against a very talented Aztec squad. The key players to watch coming into Saturday’s game for Fresno State are Tyler Johnson, Marvelle Harris, Cezar Guerrero and Paul Watson. Tyler Johnson enters the game averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 25 games this season. Marvelle Harris enters the game averaging 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29 games this season. Cezar Guerrero enters the game averaging 13.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 29 games this season. Paul Watson enters the game averaging 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 29 games this season. The Bulldogs 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)!

Fresno State:

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 304 games at San Diego State.
  • San Diego State has won 20 consecutive games when leading at halftime.
  • San Diego State has won 114 consecutive games when leading with five minutes left to play.
  • San Diego State has won 40 consecutive game against teams from the state of California

My Prediction:

I believe that this game will be very close (heart attack)… The shooting statistics from current and last season: 2012/2013: 43.8 % field goal … 2013-2014: 43.6% field goal … Keep in mind last years team won at home (by 22) and won at Fresno (by only 3). This years team only beat Fresno state at home (by 8 points). Based off those shooting statistics and how hot Fresno State is I am expecting a very close game. I would say game could come down to the fast few minutes. I am going to say SDSU by 1 to 2 points. Fresno State has only gotten better since last season and the last time the played us. They are hard to beat at home and will have a full crowd. Looks like the promotion for the game against us are free tickets. If SDSU does not come out focused Fresno State is good enough to win.

Highlights From the SDSU vs. Fresno St. game earlier this year.  

Will we see Dwayne Polee II attempt to up Jammal Franklin?

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Game Day Information

March 1st 2014 Tipoff is at 7:15 P.T. Fresno, California.

TV:  CBS Sports Network

Radio: Mighty 1090

 

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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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