Pokes Battle No. 15/14 Aztecs on Saturday in Double A
Jan. 17, 2013
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team hosts its second ranked foe of the season on Saturday when the Cowboys square off with No. 15/14 San Diego State at 5:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (14-2, 1-2 MW) struggled in a road loss at Fresno State on Wednesday, but have defeated eight of the last 13 top-25 teams to visit the Double A. The Aztecs (14-3, 2-1 MW) suffered their first defeat of the Mountain West season with an 82-75 loss at home to No. 23 UNLV on Wednesday, as all three of their MW games have been decided by seven points or less.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which is available on DirecTV channel 691.
A Look at the Matchup
Long-time head coach Steve Fisher has San Diego State poised to make another run in the NCAA tournament, after making it to the second round last season. The Aztecs returned four starters from that squad and currently sit 14-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in league play for a second-place tie in the MW standings. SDSU began conference play with a narrow 65-62 win at Fresno State, before earning a 79-72 overtime win over Colorado State at home. Most recently, the Aztecs lost an 82-75 home game to UNLV on Wednesday night. The contest was tied, 76-76, with 3:43 to go, but SDSU missed shots down the stretch for just its fifth loss in the last 63 home games. The Aztec offense scores 72 points per game on 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep, but shoots just 67 percent at the free throw line. SDSU ranks third in the MW in three-point percentage, but last in the league in free throw percentage. Defensively, the Aztecs allow 38 percent from the field and 31 percent from deep, as both marks are third. Their 5.0 blocks per game are second.
Each Team's Leaders
The reigning MW Player of the Year, junior guard Jamaal Franklin has been just as impressive this season. He averages a double-double at 18.4 points and 10.1 rebounds to go with 3.1 assists and 1.1 blocks. He ranks in the top 10 of 10 MW statistical categories, including second in points and rebounds. Senior guard Chase Tapley was selected to the preseason All-MW team as well and has shown why. He averages 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists. His 42 percent from deep is second in the MW and his 2.5 threes per game are third. Junior guard Xavier Thames adds 9.8 points and 2.4 assists, while senior forward DeShawn Stephens contributes 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Sophomore forward JJ O'Brien rounds out SDSU's probable five at 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds. Franklin posted 27 points and seven rebounds against UNLV, while Winston Shepard added 18 points off the bench and Tapley had 16.
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