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Preview: Nevada Looks to Upset San Diego State

Two defensive-minded teams face-off in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack and San Diego State Aztecs face off tonight at 9pm EST in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament.

In the last round, the Aztecs snuck by Utah State thanks to solid play down the stretch, and a little bit of luck. But sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good, and San Diego State was able to advance into the next round.

Nevada, meanwhile, went down to the wire with New Mexico, as they needed a Cameron Oliver block in overtime to escape to the next round. Oliver had the game of his life, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Marqueze Coleman will likely remain limited, as he only played 10 minutes, and did not have much time to rest.

The two teams only met once in the regular season. It was a very close game, but the Aztecs were able to pull it out 57-54. While that was at Nevada's home court, the two teams are evenly matched. They bring a similar style to the court, as they play tough defense but usually struggle to put the ball in the hoop. Expect an ugly, low-scoring affair, with the first team to 50 likely being the winner.

Prediction:

I've been predicting Nevada will win the MW Tournament for too long to stop now, but the Wolf Pack will need another big performance from Tyron Criswell with Marqueze Coleman limited.

Nevada 56, San Diego State 55