San Diego State vs. California: Game Preview, TV & Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More
San Diego State looks to bounce back against a struggling Cal squad.
San Diego State looks to get one in the win column
WEEK 10: San Diego State Aztecs (5-3) vs. California Golden Bears (2-5)
WHEN: Saturday, December 8 — 8:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT
WHERE: Haas Pavilion; Berkeley, California (11,858)
TV: PAC 12 Network
RADIO: FOX Sports San Diego
SERIES RECORD: San Diego State 7-5
ODDS: San Diego State -4
San Diego State heads up to Berkeley to face off against a PAC-12 opponent, the California Golden Bears. The Aztecs look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to a tough San Diego squad.
Offensively the team is led by senior guard Devin Watson. Watson leads the team in scoring at 16.6 points per contest, while adding 4.5 assists per game. Second on the team is scoring sophomore forward Jalen McDaniels (14.3). He also leads the team in rebounding, collecting eight per game. Two other starters are in double figures, sophomore forward Matt Mitchell (12.8) and senior guard Jeremy Hemsley (10.3). Hemsley has an opportunity to jump past two Aztec legends and onto the top 20 on the all-time team scoring list. With 10 points Hemsley will pass DJ Gay into 21st place and with 13 points he passes Jamaal Franklin to land in 20th place.
Against California the Aztecs will look to get back on track. There are three issues that the Aztecs will need to get fixed this season, starting today against the Golden Bears. First the Aztecs need to rebound better. For the season the team has a poor +1.4 rebounding margin per game. In contrast, San Diego State teams of old averaged a margin anywhere between plus-four to plus-six. Secondly the Aztecs need to take care of the ball game. Currently the Aztecs are averaging 13.6 turnovers per game, which comes to 109 turnovers for the season, four less than the number of assists the team has.
Finally, the Aztecs need to get offense from their bench. The team’s starters account for 83% of the points. Whether it is moving a starter to come off the bench or getting the freshman more involved offensively, the Aztecs need to develop some viable offense.
The Golden Bears have had a rough start to the season with four of their five losses by double figures and their two wins coming against Hampton and Santa Clara. The team is being outscored by 6.2 points per game and out rebounded by 7.1 rebounds a contest.
Former Boise State Bronco Paris Austin leads five players in scoring at 13.7 per game. Behind him is sophomores Justice Sueing (11.4 points per game) and Andre Kelly (11.1; Kelly leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 per contest). Freshmen Darius McNeill and Matt Bradley round up the double-digit scorers with 11.1 and 10.6, respectively.
California is a young team and will get better as the season progresses, however they represent an opportunity for the Aztecs to get back on the right track. Last year the Golden Bears came to Viejas and shocked the Aztecs, pulling off an upset win. San Diego State will look to return the favor and exact some revenge with a victory of their own.