San Diego State comes into the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, unbeaten in Mountain West Conference play, to take on Fresno State. The last time these two tangled, the game went to overtime on a three-point shot at the buzzer courtesy of Fresno State's Cezar Guerrero. The Aztecs prevailed in the overtime thriller, back on January 20th, 73-67. Sophomore guard Trey Kell's career high 27 points guided San Diego State in the win.
Zylan Cheatham and Jeremy Hemsley each scored 11 points a piece. Winston Shepard had a tough time vs the Bulldogs, and must have a better showing than the one back on January 20th.
Since then the Aztecs have been close to losing a couple of nail biters, including this past Saturday's contest against New Mexico, which the Mountain West Conference issued a statement (apology) that an error was made at the end of regulation, which allowed San Diego State to tie the game.
Which Fresno State men's basketball team will show up? The one who took San Diego State to overtime at Viejas Arena, and swept UNLV? Or the one that lost to San Jose State, and has been inconsistent all season? The first meeting, in San Diego, Fresno State's leading scorer was Karachi Edo.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Preseason player of the year Marvelle Harris had an off night, when Edo is the leading scorer, and that's no knock on Edo, but when you have Harris, Paul Watson, and Julien Lewis, that tells you what kind of night it was, and for Fresno State to force overtime says a lot. It also, didn't help that the bench only contributed with six points.
The Bulldogs defeated the Runnin Rebels Saturday night in double-overtime 111-104, behind Harris's 37 points. One thing is for sure, when these two play, it's one physical, defensive game. The Bulldogs and Aztecs pride themselves on defense, and Wednesday night will no different. Also, keep in mind both these schools are coming off overtime wins on Saturday night, so they might be a little fatigue.
PREDICTION: Fresno State 78 San Diego State 75