No. 21/T19 #AztecMBB to Play at No. 16/17 Kansas Sunday
Jan. 3, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
Two of the 11 active coaches that own a national championship meet Sunday when Steve Fisher and No. 21/T19 San Diego State (11-1) travel to Lawrence, Kan., to face Bill Self and No. 16/17 Kansas (9-3) in a top-25 showdown at Allen Fieldhouse. The contest, one of only two games between nationally ranked teams this weekend, is scheduled for a 3:38 p.m. CT start (1:38 p.m. PT) and will be televised to the entire country on CBS. Radio coverage will be on the Aztecs' flagship station, The Mighty 1090.
San Diego State is playing the middle contest of a three-game, three-time zone, eight-day stretch against a trio that advanced to the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Aztecs opened the three games impressively by defeating Colorado State, 71-61, on Wednesday night at Moby Arena. The Aztecs led wire-to-wire in defeating their third team that advanced to last season's NCAA tournament. All three of those victories this season have come away from home. Senior guard Xavier Thames continued his stellar play with 23 points and a career-high-tying five steals. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard added 17 points, while senior forward Josh Davis pitched in with seven points (all after halftime) and a game-high 15 rebounds. SDSU handed Colorado State just its second loss in its last 17 conference home games.
The Aztecs extended their win streak to 10 games, marking just the fifth double-digit win streak in 93 seasons of SDSU hoops (four of those have occurred this decade). San Diego State, which has won its last two games against nationally ranked opponents (No. 20 Creighton and No. 25 Marquette), is looking to win three straight games against top-25 teams for the first time in school history.
SDSU continues to be one of the top defensive teams in the country. Through Jan. 1, the Aztecs rank first in defensive field-goal percentage (34.2), first in defensive effective field-goal percentage (38.3), second in scoring defense (53.3), sixth in defensive three-point field-goal percentage (25.8), 26th in blocked shots per game (6.0) and 27th in turnovers forced per game (15.8).
Following the game, the Aztecs return home to play their first home game of the New Year when they play host to Boise State on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. PT. The Broncos, an NCAA tournament participant from last season that was picked to finish second in the Mountain West preseason poll, are currently 10-3 with their next game vs. Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 4.