SDSU vs. CSU Basketball: Kawhi Leonard, Aztecs Travel to Moby Arena To Face Rams

Nick DavisContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 19:  Travis Franklin #1 of the Colorado State Rams pumps his fist in front of UNLV Rebels cheerleaders running on the court as time expires in the Rams' 78-63 victory over UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center January 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado State won 78-63.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Fans packed the house for the first sellout in nearly a decade as CSU's comeback efforts fell short in the final moments against BYU and Jimmer Fredette. Wednesday, CSU is predicting another packed house, so the university has decided to begin giving out student tickets two days earlier to avoid long lines. The university has also announced that they will continue to give out student tickets days before, rather than at the game because the fan support the team is now gathering caused very long lines of students waiting out in the cold weather in hopes of getting a ticket. 

The 8,475 fans want a different result than the last time a top 10 team came into town. The Fredette show was eye-opening—he's a player who can completely take over a game. CSU tried collapsing on Fredette's drives, however he still found a way though the double team, or he was able to kick it to an open shooter. 

It's hard to say that CSU will be able to beat SDSU, yet it is not out of the question. CSU has climbed into the top 50 in RPI (currently 49th), and got two votes in this week's Top 25 Poll. CSU is 8-3 at home this year, and their only loss in conference play at home was to BYU. 

SDSU is outscoring its opponents by 15 points a game, which is just one point less than CSU's leading scorer, Andy Ogide, scores a game. SDSU has had some close games this season, beating IUPUI by two, Cal Poly by six, UNLV by six and San Francisco by five.

SDSU is led by sophomore Kawhi Leonard, who has scored 20 or more points seven times this season. Leonard seems to play better on the road, where he averages more than 18 points a game away from the Viejas Arena. 

CSU will have to look to their two senior big guys, Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin, who have carried the offensive load all season, averaging a combined 31 points a game. Wes Eikmeier has missed the last two games due to a foot injury and the Rams have missed his outside threat. Eikmeier has hit almost 50 percent of his three-point attempts in the last eight games. 

These teams will meet again Mar. 5 in both teams' final regular season game in San Diego. 

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