SDSU Basketball: SDSU vs. Wyoming (Game Preview)
The San Diego State Aztecs will host the Wyoming Cowboys in a Mountain West Conference show down for 1st place this Wednesday night (8:00 pm) at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs should enter Wednesday night’s game as the favorite against Wyoming. The starting five for the Aztecs will be Matt Shrigley, JJ O’Brien, Winston Shepard, Aqeel Quinn and Skylar Spencer. The players to watch in Wednesday’s game for SDSU are Winston Shepard, Aqeel Quinn and JJ O’Brien. Winston Shepard enters the game against Wyo averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 24 games this season. Aqeel Quinn enters the game against Wyo averaging 10.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21 games this season. JJ O’Brien enters the game against Wyo averaging 9.4 points and 5.5 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 41.1% from the floor and 30.6% from behind the arc. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 62.3%. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. To date the Aztecs have outrebounded opponents 866 to 768. The Aztecs are looking to crack into the AP Top 25 this coming weekend if they can get two strong wins over fellow MW schools Wyoming and Colorado State. San Diego State’s opponents has been averaging a field goal percentage of just 37.8% and 30.0% from beyond the arc. The Aztecs have been bringing massive press on opponents 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. Opponents also have to practice playing against the Aztecs dreaded 1-3-1 zone.
The Cowboys have some height on their team with Larry Nance Jr. (6-8), Tyrell Williams (6-8), Alan Herndon (6-9), Derek Cooke Jr. (6-9) and Jonathan Barnes (6-10). The smallest players on the Wyoming team are Trey Washington III (5-11), Jeremy Lieberman (6-1), Jack Bentz (6-1), Riley Grabau (6-2) and Josh Adams (6-2). This Cowboy squad should easily be able to out rebound the Aztecs team on the defensive glass. The player to watch in Wednesday’s game for Wyoming are Larry Nance Jr., Josh Adams and Riley Grabau. Larry Nance Jr. enters the game against SDSU averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 23 games this season. Josh Adams enters the game against SDSU averaging 11.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 24 games this season. Riley Grabau enters the game against SDSU averaging 8.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 23 games this season.
Keys for Victory:
San Diego State University :
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 !
5) Make free throws
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.
5) Make free throws.
Highlights from last time SDSU played Wyoming
Game Day Information
Game information: Tipoff 8:o0 p.m. PT Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.
TV: CBS College Sports
Radio: Mighty 1090
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