The San Diego State Aztecs (11-3, 1-0 Mountain West) will look to extend their four-game winning streak tomorrow evening against the Fresno State Bulldogs (5-9, 0-1 Mountain West) at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State is coming off of a tough 74-64 loss on the road to New Mexico on Wednesday. The Bulldogs, averaging 65.9 points per game, finished the contest with four players in double figures. Guard Marvelle Harris led all scorers with 19 points off of the bench.
Harris is the leading scorer for the season, as well, registering 16.6 points per game on 44-percent shooting, including 32 percent from beyond the arc. He also averages five boards, 3.7 assists, and two steals per game, and is one of four Bulldogs averaging 10 points per game or more this season. Winston Shepard, at 10.7 points per game, is the only Aztec averaging double digits.
The Bulldogs clearly know how to effectively distribute the ball, which calls for an alert defensive mindset from all players on the floor. SDSU's offensive ineptitude is no secret, and unless the Aztecs stumble on some magical central-valley almonds (almonds are Fresno's No. 1 crop), defense will win this ball game.
Look for SDSU to put together two complete halves of basketball on Saturday night. The Aztecs let go of a 14-point halftime lead against Air Force on Wednesday and escaped Viejas Arena with just a four-point victory.
SDSU has dates set with conference stiffs New Mexico, Wyoming, and UNLV in its next three games, and a solid all-around performance against the team with the third-worst record in the league before that tough stretch would be just what the doctor ordered.
Prediction: Aztecs win 57-45