Colorado State (12-9) at (5) San Diego State (18-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Viejas Arena (12,414) -- San Diego, California.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: CSU 11-4, SDSU 9-1. Away Record: CSU 1-5, SDSU
6-0. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, SDSU 3-0. Conference Record: CSU 3-5, SDSU 7-0.
Series Record: Colorado State leads, 37-35.
GAME NOTES: Head coach Steve Fisher shoots for his 300th win as the head coach
of San Diego State as he leads the fifth-ranked team in the nation into battle
against Colorado State in a Mountain West Conference matchup at Viejas Arena.
The run to 300 for coach Fisher has been made that much easier this season
with a team that has won 16 straight decisions, the only setback coming
against Arizona before the Wildcats reached the top spot in the national
Not only are the SDSU players trying to reach a milestone for their coach, the
team is also expecting to move to 8-0 in conference play for the first time in
program history as well. While the Aztecs were pushed to overtime the last
time out, they still managed to take down Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith
Spectrum on Sunday by a score of 74-69, registering just the 13th home loss
for USU in the last 137 games in Logan.
While the Aztecs sit atop the MWC standings all alone as they enter the
weekend, Colorado State is stuck in the bottom half with just three wins in
eight tries. Three nights ago the Rams challenged Nevada on the road in Reno
and came up short in a 76-67 final at the Lawlor Events Center. The setback
was the second straight and the third in four games for the program.
San Diego State still trails in the all-time series with the Rams by a count
of 37-35, but the Aztecs won the first meeting of this season a month ago at
Moby Arena by a score of 71-61, as Xavier Thames tallied 23 points and Josh
Davis cleared 15 rebounds for the visitors. The victory snapped a two-game
slide for SDSU in the building.
When it comes to playing in San Diego, the Aztecs are 22-12 versus CSU and
have ripped off 10 straight wins dating back to 2004.
In a game that featured 10 ties and four lead changes, Colorado State trailed
by just five points at the break versus Nevada earlier this week, but then the
visitors went on to shoot only 30.6 percent from the floor and 2-of-13 behind
the 3-point line over the final 20 minutes of action. Jon Octeus, who made
good on all 12 attempts at the charity stripe, finished with 21 points,
followed by Daniel Bejarano with a double-double consisting of 17 points and
10 rebounds, while J.J. Avila tacked on 12 points and eight boards before
Despite shooting just 38.2 percent from the field in conference games,
Bejarano is still the leading scorer in those outings for the Rams with 20.8
ppg, pulling down 8.0 rpg along the way and also handing out 21 assists.
Avila, who has fouled out of two league bouts, checks in with 15.6 ppg, 9.6
rpg and a team-best 22 assists and 12 steals in eight MWC outings. After that
pair the contributions become more erratic, even with Octeus (10.3 ppg) having
been the high scorer the last time out.
In a hostile environment were very few visitors come out on the right side of
decision, the Aztecs could have easily watched their winning streak come to
an end against Utah State, but the team persisted and held on in overtime.
Thames was the star of the show for the visitors as he scored a career-high 31
points, 10 of which came in overtime. The only other SDSU player in double
figures was Winston Shepard with his 10 points, while Davis again was big on
the glass with 12 rebounds.
Davis, a transfer from Tulane who has 39 career double-doubles, has been
hitting the glass hard over the last couple of months and is currently
enjoying a run of 13 straight games with double-digit rebounding, the longest
active streak in the nation. Averaging 8.9 ppg and 11.6 rpg through 18
appearances, Davis is third on the roster in scoring behind Thames (17.6 ppg
and Shepard (12.9 ppg), the duo having also combined to hand out 92 assists
along the way.
Should the Aztecs come out on top in this meeting, Fisher would become the
18th head coach with his current program to have won a total of 300 games and
that should be more than enough motivation to get SDSU into the win column
once more this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 73, Colorado State 62
02/01 10:17:12 ET