M. Basketball to Play Host to SJSU on Tuesday
Jan. 8, 2018
SAN DIEGO -
NEWS AND NOTES Through games of Saturday, Jan. 6
* Although the Aztecs have won seven of the last eight encounters and five straight home encounters, the Spartans have won the most recent contest between the teams -- 76-71 at The Event Center on Feb. 7, 2017.
* San Diego State has put together consecutive impressive performances, handing Utah State its widest margin of defeat this season (79-59 on Dec. 30) and snapping Colorado State’s seven-game homecourt win streak (77-68 on Jan. 2).
* The Aztecs are one of four teams with one conference loss (Nevada is the only Mountain West team without a league loss). San Diego State this season is looking to extend its conference-high men’s basketball title total (currently at 10).
* Comparing where San Diego State was entering the fourth conference game each of the last three seasons, the 2017-18 squad is well ahead of where it was the last two years. The Aztecs have improved their RPI by 71 positions and its KenPom number by 29 positions compared to one year ago. See right box
* San Diego State has been dominant at home over the years. Against conference opponents, the Aztecs are 57-8 since Feb. 2, 2010.
* Since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, SDSU is 123-16 (88.5 percent) in home games. That is the ninth-highest winning percentage nationally during that span.
* The Aztecs rank 27th nationally in points allowed per possession (.943), 33rd in fewest fouls per game (15.9) and 40th in field-goal percentage defense (39.8). SDSU has held seven of its 14 opponents to 38.1 percent or less from the field.
* San Diego State is 8-0 this season when owning an advantage in field-goal percentage and 9-0 when attempting more free throws.
* San Diego State is 10-1 this season against teams outside the Pac-12 Conference.
* Redshirt freshman Jalen McDaniels is one of 18 freshmen nationally to average seven points, six rebounds and shoot 50 percent or better from the field, and among those 18 players, he has the fewest turnovers per 40 minutes (1.2). In his last seven games, he is averaging 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, and is 29-of-44 from the field (65.9 percent). In addition, his inaugural year productivity is reminiscent of legendary Aztec and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. See right box, previous page
* The Aztecs’ freshman class of McDaniels, Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel has had a tremendous season and is coming off their best collective game of the year. The trio combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds, while connecting on 11-of-20 field-goal attempts (55.0 percent) in the victory at Colorado State on Tuesday. In conference play, the classmates are averaging 22.7 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists. See right box
* Junior Devin Watson has four consecutive double-digit scoring games (12.3) and is 8-14 from three-point range (57.1 percent) over his last three games. He has recorded a steal in eight consecutive games (two short of his career high).
* Senior Malik Pope has scored eight or more points in six consecutive games (14.0 ppg) and has a steal in a career-best seven consecutive contests.
* True freshman Matt Mitchell has eight double-digit scoring games this season and has made 12 of his last 28 attempts from behind the arc (42.9 percent).
* Junior guard Jeremy Hemsley, who needs just 30 points to become the 32nd member of the SDSU 1,000-point club, is averaging 10.8 points in his last six games.