No. 7 #AztecMBB to Face Utah State on the Road Saturday
Jan. 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
Two of the winningest programs west of the Central Time Zone meet for the first time in 16 years when No. 7/7 San Diego State (17-1; 6-0 Mountain West) and Utah State (12-6; 2-4 MW) square off Saturday night in Logan, Utah.
Game time is scheduled for 9 p.m. MT (8 p.m. PT) with the contest airing nationally on ESPNU. The game can be heard in the San Diego market on The Mighty 1090.
The game, which features the only two Mountain West teams that own perfect home league records, highlights two of the most successful programs in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, San Diego State is 100-23, tied for the sixth-highest winning percentage during that time frame. Utah State, meanwhile, owns the nation's 12th-best record, 260-93, since the start of the 2003-04.
Furthermore, the game is a matchup of one of the nation's best home teams against a team that has proven to be quite successful on the road. Since March 2, 2006, Utah State is 124-12 at home. That is sixth-best record nationally, trailing only Kansas, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Aztecs are 30-11 in road games since March 6, 2010. That is the nation's third-best record during that span, trailing only Wichita State and Kansas. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign, SDSU owns road wins at Kansas, Gonzaga, New Mexico and UNLV.
Having already secured its best opening to a conference campaign since the 1966-67 CCAA season, San Diego State is looking to extend other lengthy winning streaks. The Aztecs enter Saturday's game having won 16 straight games overall (2nd-longest streak in school history, 4th-longest active streak nationally), nine straight January games (T-3rd-longest streak nationally), eight straight road/neutral games (3rd-longest streak in school history; tied for 2nd-longest streak nationally) and six straight conference games (T-6th longest streak in school history).
On Wednesday, the Aztecs cruised to their first 6-0 league start in 44 Division I seasons with a 75-50 victory at San José State. San Diego State never trailed and utilized a 32-2 run early in the second half to blow the game wide open. SDSU limited the Spartans to season lows in points (50, tied), field-goal percentage (33.3) and three-point field goals made (5). All-America candidate Xavier Thames paced the Aztecs with a game-high 15 points, while Winston Shepard added 12 points, nine rebounds and a season-high six assists.