January 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM #53095
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
A pair of teams heading in two different directions will tip off on Wednesday in a Mountain West Conference game, when the Spartans host No. 7 San Diego State in San Jose.
Date/Time: 10 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Venue: San Jose State Event Center, San Jose, California
Spread: +14 San Jose State
The Aztecs (16-1) are flying high after winning their 15th consecutive game on Saturday against UNLV, improving their record to 5-0 in conference play.
San Diego State kept the Runnin’ Rebels to a 30-percent shooting mark while, leading scorer Xavier Thames, led the offensive charge once again, finishing with 18 points on 3-for-14 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds and four assists. He also went 11-for-12 at the charity stripe.
But Thames isn’t the only SDSU player that’s been hot, as Josh Davis has been on rebounding roll.
The 6-foot-8 forward arrives in San Jose as the third best rebounder in the nation, at 11.5 RPG, reaching double figures in his last 11 games.
Meanwhile, the Spartans (6-12) have dropped six in a row, well on their way of surpassing last season’s stretch run of 14 consecutive losses.
Their most recent outing, a loss to Wyoming on Saturday.
The Spartans will now try and rebound, and if they want to have any success against the Aztecs, will need for 6-foot-9 forward Chris Cunningham to control San Diego’s Davis. Cunningham averaged a team-high nine rebounds for the Spartans last season but hasn’t hit that mark in the last seven games.
San Jose will also need leading scorer Rashad Muhammad, to bounce-back game after shooting 0-for-7 against the Cowboys. The 6-foot-6 freshman guard missed all four tries from 3-point range in that game, but is still shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc while averaging nearly seven attempts per game.
Free Pick: Aztecs- This is teams’ first meeting as Mountain West Conference members. However, San Jose State has won the last three home matchups in this series, but the former WAC rivals haven’t met since the Aztecs’ 75-72 win Feb. 27, 1999.
Now the Spartans must find another way to beat San Diego State who is on a roll, defeating six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, including then-No. 16 Kansas in a 61-57 road victory on Jan. 5, when they held the Jayhawks to just 29.8 percent shooting.
I expect that type of solid defense to get it done against the Spartans in this one.
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