Nevada vs. San Diego State: Full Game Preview

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Nevada vs. San Diego State: Full Game Preview
Nevada
(12-13, 2-8 away)
San Diego State
(19-7, 13-2 home)
Venue: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Nevada M Story 16.4 J Evans Jr 5.7 D Burton 3.5
San Diego State J Franklin 17.4 J Franklin 9.0 J Franklin 3.3

San Diego State hosts Nevada at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl on Saturday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. EST and you can see it on NBCSN. The Aztecs beat the Wolf Pack 78-57 on Jan. 23.

Nevada is in eigth place in the Mountain West and San Diego State is in third place.

In a 79-51 dismantling of Wyoming on Feb. 19, Jamaal Franklin put up 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Aztecs. With 17.4 points per game, 9 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game, he leads the team in all three categories. For the Wolf Pack, Marqueze Coleman finished with 11 points in the 69-64 loss to Fresno State on Feb. 19. He contributes 0.9 assists per game in addition to his 3.8 points per game. Nevada will hope to exploit their strength in free throw rate in this matchup. Their mark of 41.5 percent in this area ranks second in the conference and 38th in the country.

Nevada StatSmack

  • San Diego State has a better conference record than Nevada this season (7-5 vs. 3-8).
  • Boom! San Diego State humiliated Nevada by 21 points the last time they played (Jan 23, 2013).
  • San Diego State does a better job contesting shots (38.5 percent allowed vs. 44.0 percent allowed) than Nevada this season.
  • San Diego State has a better scoring defense (59.6 allowed per game vs. 70.0 allowed per game) than Nevada this season.
  • San Diego State has a stronger schedule than Nevada this season (SOS Rank: No. 31 vs. No. 82).
  • Even computers respect San Diego State more. San Diego State has a better RPI this season than Nevada (RPI: No. 29 vs. No. 156).
  • Chase Tapley is ranked 10th in the Mountain West in points, 5th in the Mountain West in three-pointers, 9th in the Mountain West in assists, and 8th in the Mountain West in steals.
  • Since 1998, San Diego State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Nevada (three vs. one).
  • San Diego State has a better record at home than Nevada this season (12-1 vs. 10-5).
  • San Diego State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (77.8 percent to 59.4 percent).
  • San Diego State is better at defending the three (31.2 percent allowed vs. 37.2 percent allowed) than Nevada this season.
NEV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Deonte Burton 33 16 2 4 1 1 2
B Malik Story 33 16 3 2 1 0 2
C Jerry Evans Jr 27 8 6 1 1 0 1
C Jordan Burris 25 7 4 2 1 1 1
C- Kevin Panzer 23 5 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Devonte Elliott 17 5 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Cole Huff 17 4 3 1 0 0 1
D M. Coleman 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
D C. Fall 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Brice Crook 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Nyeko 11 1 1 1 0 0 0
D- Keith Fuetsch 6 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Richard Bell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
SDSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Jamaal Franklin 33 17 9 3 2 1 4
B+ Chase Tapley 31 14 3 3 1 1 1
B J.J. O`Brien 27 8 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Xavier Thames 27 9 2 2 1 0 2
C+ D. Stephens 22 6 5 0 1 0 1
C+ Winston Shepard 20 6 4 2 1 0 2
C James Rahon 23 7 2 1 1 0 0
C Skylar Spencer 15 3 3 0 0 2 0
C L. Franklin 16 8 6 1 1 1 1
D+ Dwayne Polee II 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Aaron Douglas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Ryan Staten 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ James Johnson 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D N. Ebrahimian 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Castleberry 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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