(25) San Diego State (1-1) at Missouri State (1-0)
Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: JQH Arena (11,000) -- Springfield, Missouri.
Television: None. Home Record: SDSU 1-0, MSU 1-0. Away Record: SDSU 0-0, MSU
0-0. Neutral Record: SDSU 0-1, MSU 0-0. Conference Record: SDSU 0-0, MSU 0-0.
Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams hoping to make significant noise in their
respective conferences this season square off on Saturday afternoon, as the
25th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs come calling on the Bears of Missouri State
as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge.
San Diego State is 1-1 on the young season, having dropped a 62-49 decision to
Syracuse last Sunday but then beating up on NAIA foe San Diego Christian two
days later, 91-57. The Aztecs have a couple of tough bouts against Golden
State rivals USC and UCLA lined up over the next two weeks, as well as a
potential matchup with top-ranked Indiana out in Hawaii just prior to
Christmas. SDSU kicks off Mountain West Conference action at Fresno State on
Jan. 9, 2013.
Missouri State has played only one game thus far, and the team had very little
trouble disposing of NAIA foe Philander Smith on Nov. 9, 89-61, and this game
represents the second of a season-opening four-game homestand for the Bears.
This matchup with San Diego State is going to be tough enough, but bouts with
South Carolina, Tulsa and Oklahoma State could provide for more than one
pitfall on the way to the start of Missouri Valley Conference play, which for
MSU begins at home against Southern Illinois on Dec. 30.
The all-time series between these two teams in tied at 2-2, with the most
recent meeting (2007 NIT) going to the Aztecs in a 74-70 final.
Jamaal Franklin has led San Diego State in scoring in each of its first two
games, netting 11 points in the loss to Syracuse but then exploding for a
massive double-double consisting of 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win over
San Diego Christian. Chase Tapley finished with a line of 18 points, six
boards and five assists, and the duo combined to shoot 16-of-27 from the floor
and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. The team as a whole knocked down 50.8
percent of its total shots, despite a dismal 4-of-19 showing from three-point
range. San Diego Christian hit just 34.4 percent of its field goal attempts,
lost the rebounding battle (45-36), and committed an unsightly 24 turnovers.
Though its only been two games, SDSU is shooting a meager 38.9 percent from
the floor, and has just five three-pointers in 37 opportunities (.135).
Led by a trio of talented freshman, Missouri State won its 10th straight home
opener as it beat up on visiting Philander Smith last week. Gavin Thurman (19
points, eight rebounds), Marcus Marshall (16 points, five boards, three
assists) and Drew Wilson (12 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for MSU, while
also finishing in double digits in the scoring column were Christian Kirk (14
points) and Anthony Downing (12 points). The Bears drained 48.5 percent of
their field goal attempts, which included nine three-pointers, and they
claimed a 44-29 rebounding advantage as well. At the other end, Philander
Smith made good on only 32.7 percent of its total shots, missed 18 of its 23
long-range bombs, and committed 14 turnovers.
Both teams are going to be tough outs for the majority of their opponents this
season, so this game should be close throughout and may very well go down to
the wire. Look for the Aztecs to try and fluster MSU's rookies, and to claim a
hard-fought victory as a result.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 79, Missouri State 71
11/17 10:31:29 ET
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