Predicting San Diego State’s 2019-20 Non-Conference Record
San Diego State should cruise through a relatively easy non-conference schedule
San Diego State releases its non-conference schedule
San Diego State lost their starting backcourt to graduation and forward Jalen McDaniels to the NBA, but possibly replaces them with three transfers who look to improve upon their predecessors.
The Aztecs worked diligently to put together a good non-conference schedule, announcing their way later than most teams; however, they fell short in that as there are not many marquee games and none at home. With that being said there are some opportunities to get some resume filling wins on the schedule.
Nov. 5 TEXAS SOUTHERN:
WIN: Texas Southern once again is on a whirlwind road trip to play some buy games to help their athletic department. Last year the Aztecs defeated an experienced Texas Southern team, while this year’s squad should not be as dangerous as last year’s.
Nov. 9 @BYU:
WIN: The Aztecs catch a break as BYU big man Yoeli Childs will be suspended for this game for improperly filing his paperwork to withdraw from the NBA draft. Nick Emery also leaves the team and in his wake leaves a program on probation, with reduced scholarships.
Nov. 13 GRAND CANYON:
WIN: Grand Canyon has had the Aztecs number, going undefeated in three previous tries. The Lopes have a familiar roster with good players that were under-recruited and some transfers that can make an impact, but their front-court is a bit undersized.
Nov. 20 @ SAN DIEGO:
WIN: The Toreros are in a somewhat rebuilding mode and while this game is always a tough one the Aztecs have too much talent.
Nov. 22 LIU:
WIN: The newly minted Sharks, formerly the Blackbirds, play in the Northeastern Conference. They finished 9-9 in conference and 16-16 overall, but return their top three scorers who averaged double figures.
Nov. 25 TENNESSEE STATE:
WIN: San Diego State should dominate this game from start to finish. The Tigers finished 9-21 last season and lose their top two scorers.
Nov. 28 CREIGHTON (Las Vegas Invitational):
LOSS: Creighton is set to return a ton of experience, scoring, and rebounding. This will likely be a battle and it could go either way. I am going to put this down as a loss, but it could be a win.
Nov. 29 IOWA (Las Vegas Invitational):
WIN: After making the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid the Hawkeyes return a strong squad this year. Another toss up game, but the Aztecs matchup well and I am giving this one to the Aztecs as they rarely go 0-fer a tournament.
Dec. 21 UTAH (Hall of Fame Classic):
WIN: Utah went to the finals of the NIT last season after finishing third in the PAC-12, but they had a tumultuous offseason. The Utes lose a lot this year, including two of their top three scorers. A revamped lineup may not be up to the task of beating a more veteran Aztecs squad.
Dec. 28 CAL POLY:
WIN: Cal Poly hired John Smith, a former Cal State Fullerton assistant, and he has been quickly recruiting very well for the Mustangs. They are bringing in talent, but after a 6-23 season they are still a couple of years away from being a possible upset team.
PROJECTED NON-CONFERENCE RECORD 9-1
The Aztecs have a short non-conference schedule that is interrupted in early December by the conference play. Three opportunities for big wins are available, however, all are on neutral courts. Outside of those, the rest are pretty soft.
In the last couple of years, the Aztecs have lost a game or two that they should have. And the games in the Las Vegas Invitational are difficult; going winless there is a possibility.
Also one should keep an eye on the Grand Canyon game where the Aztecs have fallen flat all three times as favorites. In reality, if they play like the second-best team in the conference then they should come into conference play with just one loss.