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NIT: 2nd Seed SDSU vs. 4th Seed Georgia Tech (Game Preview)

San Diego State vs. Illinois Sate at Viejas Arena on November 13th 2015. This game kicked off the regular season for the Aztecs. Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat.

Your San Diego State Aztecs (2nd seed) will be playing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3rd seed) this Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the third round of the NIT (National Invitational Tournament). The winner of this game heads to New York on March 29th for the semifinals of the NIT. The game will be played here in San Diego, California, on Wednesday, March 23rd on ESPN 2. Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT. The general public sale will take place at GoAztecs.com at 5 p.m. PT, and at 9 a.m. PT Wednesday at the Aztec Ticket Office (Window E at Qualcomm Stadium) and the Viejas Arena box office.

PS: The capacity of 12,414 was the largest of more than 50-plus NIT games played in the last two years. The largest crowd of the 2015 tournament, in a game featuring Murray State and Old Dominion, was 8,161. Only one other crowd exceeded 7,000, that coming in the NIT semifinals at New York’s Madison Square Garden (7,185). (GoAztecs.com)

***SDSU and Georgia Tech will be meeting for the 1st time in both schools history. SDSU has never played a team from Georgia.***

San Diego State vs. Illinois Sate at Viejas Arena on November 13th 2015. This game kicked off the regular season for the Aztecs. Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat.

San Diego State vs. Illinois Sate at Viejas Arena on November 13th 2015. This game kicked off the regular season for the Aztecs. Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat.

OFFENSIVE BREAKDOWN

The Aztecs are still trying to improve with shooting from the floor and behind the arc. The Aztecs are shooting 42.4% from the floor and 32.7% from behind the arc. The Aztecs need major improvement in the free throw game but have improved their free throw shooting average to 68.8%. The Aztecs are ranked 262nd nationally in scoring offense. The Aztecs have also been working harder this season on offensive and defensive rebounds. The Aztecs have out rebounded teams this year 1403 to 1195.

Here is a video highlight from San Diego States victory over Washington in the 2nd round of the NIT.

The Yellow Jackets are shooting 42.4% from the floor and 35.9% from behind the arc. The Yellow Jackets average 6 made 3-point shots per game. The Yellow Jackets free throw shooting average is 72.3%. The Yellow Jackets have out rebounded teams this season 1366 to 1098. The Yellow Jackets average 73.7 points per game offensively. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 157th nationally in scoring offense. The major difference offensively between the Yellow Jackets and the Aztecs would be shooting percentage from the floor, arc and free throw line.

The Yellow Jackets are better than San Diego State in every offensive category but shooting percentage and rebounding. The Yellow Jackets shoot the same as SDSU from the floor, 3.2% better from behind the arc, and 3.5% better from the free-throw line.

In my opinion rebounding will determine if the Aztecs can take down Georgia Tech. The Aztecs need to kill it on the offensive and defensive boards to help get the easy put backs. The Aztecs have a slight size advantage over Georgia Tech and they will need to exploit that. The Aztecs also need to the the Yellow Jacket bigs in foul trouble early like they did with Washington. 

 

DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWN:

 

The San Diego State Aztecs have one of the best field goal defenses in the nation! Aztecs opponents have been averaging a field-goal percentage defense of just 37% (best in NCAA) and 30% (6th best in the NCAA) from beyond the arc. The Aztecs have held opponents to an average of 60.3 points per game this season. That’s 7 points more per game than last seasons team. The Aztecs are ranked 3rd nationally scoring defense allowing an average of 60.6 points per game. 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.

Georgia Tech’s opponent’s have been averaging a field goal percentage of 44.1% (213th best in the NCAA) and 31.7% (40th best in the NCAA) from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets have held opponents to an average of 70.7 points per game this season. That 70.7. points average per game ranks Georgia Tech as the 145th best scoring defense in the nation.

As you can tell by the statistics given above San Diego State is in another league defensively compared to Georgia Tech.

KEYS FOR VICTORY:

San Diego State University:

1) Shoot more than 45% from the floor!

2) Points in the paint!

2) Only shoot 3-point shots that are open!

3) Limit turnovers!

4) Attack the boards !

5) Make free throws

 

Georgia Tech 

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.

 

Players to watch for San Diego State:

Trey Kell (6-4 and 210 pound Sophomore): Kell currently leads the Aztecs in points per game averaging 12.6 points.

Jeremy Hemsley (6-3 and 180 pound Freshman): Hemsley is currently in second place on the Aztecs in points per game averaging 12.3 points and is in second place on the Aztecs in assists per game with 1.9.

Winston Shepard (6-8 and 210 pound Senior): Shepard is currently in third place on the Aztecs in points per game averaging 11.4 points, currently leads the Aztecs in rebounds with 6.6 rebounds per game and leads the Aztecs in assists per game with 3.0.

Skylar Spencer (6-10 and 240 pound Senior): Spencer is currently in eighth place on the Aztecs in points per game averaging 3.8 points, currently the 2nd best rebounder on the Aztecs with 5.7 rebounds per game and leads the Aztecs in blocked shots per game with 1.8. Spencer holds the San Diego State/Mountain West record for most blocks in a career  Spencer was named the Mountain West Defensive POY in 2015 and 2016. He became just the 3rd player in Mountain West History to win Defensive POY in back to back seasons.

Players to watch for Georgia Tech:

Marcus Georges-Hunt: (6-5 and 215 pound Senior): Georges-Hunt is currently leading the Yellow Jackets in points per game averaging 16.7 points and leads Georgia Tech in assists per game with 3.3.

Adam Smith: (6-1 and 165 pound Grad Student): Smith is currently in second place in points per game averaging 15.3.

Nick Jacobs: (6-8 and 262 pound Senior): Jacobs is currently tied for third place in points per game averaging 10.5 points and is second in rebounds per game with 5.9.

Charles Mitchell: (6-8 and 256 pound Senior): Mitchell is currently in fourth place in points per game averaging 10.1 points and leads the Yellow Jackets in rebounds per game with 9.6.

 

Game Day Information

Game information: Tipoff 6:00 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

TV: ESPN 2

Radio: Mighty 1090

San Diego State and Georgia Tech Rosters 

Name Height Team Name Height Team
Skylar Spencer 6-10 SDSU Charles Mitchell 6-8 GT
Angelo Chol 6-9 SDSU Tadric Jackson 6-2 GT
Dakarai Allen 6-5 SDSU Adam Smith 6-1 GT
Max Hoetzel 6-9 SDSU Marcus Georges-Hunt 6-5 GT
D’Erryl Williams 6-3 SDSU Corey Heyward 6-1 GT
Trey Kell 6-4 SDSU Travis Jorgenson 6-0 GT
Winston Shepard 6-8 SDSU Josh Heath 6-2 GT
Zylan Cheatham 6-9 SDSU Quinton Stephens 6-9 GT
Ben Perez 6-3 SDSU Sylvester Ogbonda 6-10 GT
Matt Shrigley 6-6 SDSU Nick Jacobs 6-8 GT
Malik Pope 6-10 SDSU James White 6-8 GT
Parker U’u 6-5 SDSU Abdoulaye Gueye 6-9 GT
Montaque Gill-Caesar 6-6 SDSU Rand Rowland 6-7 GT
Nolan Narain 6-9 SDSU Ben Lammers 6-10 GT
Niksha Federico 6-7 SDSU
Jeremy Hemsley 6-3 SDSU

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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 8 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.

2 Comments on NIT: 2nd Seed SDSU vs. 4th Seed Georgia Tech (Game Preview)

  1. Just a typo but thought it would be best to let you know that you put players to watch for Washington not Georgia Tech. Otherwise great article with great stats! Let’s win this!!

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