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#AztecMBB Looks to Keep City Title for 8th Straight Year

The Aztecs head across town Thursday to face USD at 8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports San Diego.
The Aztecs head across town Thursday to face USD at 8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports San Diego.

Dec. 3, 2013

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The Last Meeting
San Diego56
San Diego State72
December 15, 2012
Viejas Arena
No. 18 M. Hoops Defeats Cross-Town Rival USD, 72-56
Chase Tapley scored 15 points, including consecutive 3-pointers during a decisive 12-0 run, and Jamaal Franklin had 14 to lead No. 18 San Diego State to a 72-56 victory against crosstown rival San Diego on Saturday night.

No. 24 #AztecMBB Plays Fourth Game In Eight Days, Carries 35-Game Win Streak vs. Golden State Teams Into Thursday's Game At 7-2 USD

Fresh off three victories in four days, including two wins over Associated Press Top-25 teams, No. 24/rv San Diego State (5-1) makes the 9.4-mile journey west to face San Diego (7-2) at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Game time is set for 8 p.m. PT with television coverage on FOX Sports San Diego. The contest can be heard on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.

San Diego State ran its win streak to four games and claimed the inaugural DIRECTV Wooden Legacy with a 67-59 victory over No. 25/rv Marquette. Xavier Thames, who earned tournament most-outstanding-player honors and was named the national player of the week by both CBSSports.com and NBCSports.com, scored a career-high 29 points, connecting on 10-of-11 free throw attempts in the championship game. Josh Davis added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Dakarai Allen and Winston Shepard chipped in eight points apiece.

With the game tied at 53 with 3:22 left, the Aztecs ended the game on a 14-6 run, making 3-of-5 FGs and 8-9 FTs down the stretch.

The Aztecs once again put forth a tremendous defensive effort, limiting the preseason Big East favorites to 42.0 percent from the field, including 1-of-11 from beyond the arc. SDSU also enjoyed a 37-35 rebound advantage over the Golden Eagles.

On the strength of their Wooden event performance, the Aztecs entered the AP poll this week at No. 24. After not being ranked in the top 25 in the first 40 years of the program's Division I history, the Aztecs have now been ranked four straight seasons. San Diego State has been nationally ranked in at least one of the two major national programs in 47 of the last 63 (74.6 percent) in-season polls.

Thursday, the Aztecs look to extend a series-best seven game win streak over the Toreros. Since 2003, San Diego State owns a 10-1 record against USD.

San Diego State concludes a stretch of five games in 11 days on Sunday afternoon at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for noon PT, and there are a handful of tickets that have been returned to the SDSU ticket office and are currently available through GoAztecs.com, the SDSU ticket office at Qualcomm Stadium and Viejas Arena. The Aztecs are 11-2 in their last 13 games against teams currently in the Pac-12 Conference.