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Nevada vs. San Diego State game preview: Wolf Pack's struggling offense faces Aztecs suffocating defense

Because the last thing an offensively challenged team like Nevada wants to play is an San Diego State team which is one of the best defensive teams in the country.

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The ongoing theme for this 2014-2015 edition of the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-14, 2-5 Mountain West) are the continuing issues on the offensive side of the ball. The Wolf Pack are tenth in the Mountain West in team scoring and shooting percentage.

Now the Wolf Pack host the San Diego State Aztecs and their fantastic defense.

The Aztecs (17-5, 7-2) are once again at the top of the Mountain West standings due to their defense that is ranked  third in the nation in scoring defense (53.1 ppg) and is second nationally in points allowed per possession at .0851 trailing only Kentucky in that category (.0817).

All in all, this is going to be quite a challenge for a Nevada team that struggles to score 60 points during certain stretches of the season.

Also not helping the Wolf Pack is their inability to protect the ball. The Wolf Pack are next to last in the Mountain West in turnovers and average 13.3 turnovers per game. The Aztecs, on the other hand, lead the Mountain West in forcing turnovers as they have forced an average of 14.5 turnovers a game which is best in the conference.

For Nevada to have a chance in this game, they have to limit its turnovers and hope the Aztecs offense, which like the Wolf Pack's offense struggles to score as well, has an off night. If the game comes down to the last few minutes Nevada needs to make clutch plays to win the game, but that is something that has eluded the Wolf Pack during their current losing streak.

"If we go out there and play hard and play smart, this could be a big win for us" said Wolf Pack guard Eric Cooper Jr., but most importantly, the Wolf Pack need their offense to play well in order to pull of the win.