Boise State vs. San Diego State: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction
14 days have passed since the Aztecs last suited up and crushed the hopes and dreams of the Colorado State Rams.
Boise State seeks their twelfth straight win at Viejas Arena, one of the NCAA’s toughest hoops road venues.
San Diego, CA – The Boise State Broncos (14-4, 5-0 MW) have a serious test on the Mesa against the SDSU Aztecs (10-3, 2-0 MW) this Saturday night.
The Aztecs ranked second in the Mountain West behind then #20 Colorado State, before hammering the Rams on January 8th, in a 79-49 rout- their best ever margin of victory against a ranked opponent.
WHO: Boise State Broncos (14-4, 5-0 MW) vs. SDSU Aztecs (10-3, 2-0)
WHEN: Saturday, January 22nd – 9:30 PM EST / 6:30 PM PST
WHERE: Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
TV: CBS Sports Network
STREAMING: FuboTV – Get a seven-day free trial
LISTEN: RADIO: 101.5 KGB | XTRA 1360
SERIES RECORD: This will be the 25th meeting between the two universities. SDSU leads the series 17-7. SDSU is 8-2 at home.
LAST MATCHUP: During 2021, the Aztecs swept the season series in San Diego knocking the Broncos out of the top of the Mountain West standings in late February.
ODDS: SDSU -4.5
OVER UNDER: 120.5
Leon Rice’s Boise State Broncos enter this match with incredible momentum as they seek their twelfth straight victory. They escaped with a nail-biting road win against Utah State on Thursday night, and the Broncos now appear to be unstoppable.
Mladen Armus helped Boise State secure their road win with a phenomenal career high of 22 points and 19 rebounds before Marcus Shaver Jr. took down Utah State in the end, as his soul-crushing three-pointer went down with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock, icing the Aggies 62-59, in Logan.
The electric win ratcheted up Boise State’s streak to 11, and it’s now the second-longest streak in Broncos basketball history. The Broncos will be riding on a high, and feeling invincible.
Brian Dutcher’s elite Aztec defense will likely suffocate the Broncos’ offensive assault. If the Aztecs also show up on offense, as Lamont Butler says, “when we score like that, I mean it is hard to beat us.”
Against Colorado State, offense definitely showed up.
Matt Bradley scored 26 points and the Aztecs raced past the Rams 79-49 in a game originally scheduled for March 1, but moved up due to Covid protocol rescheduling. Chad Baker-Mazara added 14 points for SDSU which outscored the Rams 43-17 in the second half.
Butler returned from a broken wrist and posted 11 points for the Aztecs while Aguek Arop and Keshad Johnson added 10 each. Five Aztecs made double digit contributions.
Boise State is for real. Leon Rice will arrive at the Mesa ready to exploit the Aztecs’ weaknesses. If Brian Dutcher’s Aztecs complement their elite defense with dominant offense- just as they did on January 8th- the Broncos will be outclassed, and the Aztecs won’t have many weaknesses to exploit. The Aztecs are also fairly rested while Broncos are battle worn.
That’s basketball in the time of Covid.
This will be a game Aztecs fans won’t want to miss. After a hard-fought battle on Steve Fisher Court, the Aztecs will attain their sixth straight victory, and the Broncos will experience the sting of a streak-ending defeat.
Final Score: San Diego State 68, Boise State 63