San Diego State vs. Wyoming: Game Preview, TV & Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More
Aztecs to bounce back against a struggling Cowboys squad.
Aztecs need a victory against the struggling Cowboys.
The roller coaster season for the Aztecs continues as now they are in a lull with losses in two out of their last three games, most recently at Boise State. What was once looked at as the easy part of the schedule can no longer be seen that way and the Aztecs need to develop into a tournament team by the Mountain West tournament.
Wyoming comes struggling with a roster of essentially seven healthy players. This has impacted the Cowboys and they have had a rough go of it this season, sporting a 4-11 record. They are capable of pulling an upset, however the Aztecs need to be ready. Here are three keys to a San Diego State victory.
It is clear that the Aztecs are not a good defensive team, which means that they can be beaten by anybody at any time. Wyoming has Justin James, an All-Mountain West selection, and he can put up big numbers at any time.
He is having a rough shooting season, but as we have seen all ready the Aztecs can make any team look good and James could be in for a monster night. The Aztecs need to put together a good defensive effort in order to pull out a victory. This is one of those games that will make you sick watching if they do not.
San Diego State has started the same lineup all season, a small lineup, and has fallen behind quite a bit. Inserting Nathan Mensah or Nolan Narain would be a good step as their defense could lead to some further offense. Currently, the starters are similar and either of those two players would add a different dimension. Adding a big would also help by adding rebounding and allow Jaden McDaniels to move to the four on defense. Having a starting lineup that plays well early is key to an Aztec victory.
San Diego State has been atrocious on the boards and is getting beat up on the glass. They need to crash the boards on both ends of the court in order to create more chances. When the offense stalls the Aztecs are left with a lot of one and out. If they were to get offensive rebounds it would help the Aztecs get more easy buckets. On the defensive end, corralling the first missed shot would allow the Aztec players to transition to offense and not force them to scramble on the defensive end.
WHO: San Diego State Aztecs (8-6, 0-1 Mountain West) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (4-11, 0-2 Mountain West)
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8 — 8:00 PM MT/7:00 PM PT
WHERE: Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena; San Diego, California (12,414)
TV: CBS Sports Network
SERIES RECORD: 41-41
ODDS: Aztecs -11.5