The No. 7 San Diego State Aztecs (17-0, 6-0 MWC) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they go head-to-head against the Fresno State Bulldogs (5-11, 1-4 MWC) at Save Mart Center. Tip-off is set for 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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In the Aztecs’ last outing, they had no trouble getting past the Boise State Broncos, 83-65. With 20 points and five rebounds, Yanni Wetzell had a good outing for San Diego State. The Aztecs forced 18 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.535).
The Bulldogs are hoping for a better outcome after their 78-64 loss to the New Mexico Lobos in their last matchup. Orlando Robinson led Fresno State in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting. New Mexico did a fantastic job of making free throws (15-21; 71.4 percent). Fresno State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.6 (above their season average of 31.5).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Aztecs won 61-52. The Aztecs played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.480 and a solid free throw rate of 0.286. For those same stats, the Bulldogs put up marks of 0.385 and 0.231, respectively. Jarred Hyder scored a game-high 23 points.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. Fresno State currently ranks 304th in possessions per game (66.9) and San Diego State is 302nd (67.0). The Aztecs should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 31st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while the Bulldogs force the 41st-fewest turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.4 percent).
San Diego State vs. Fresno State Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – San Diego State, ATS Winner – San Diego State, O/U – Over
The Aztecs are ninth in the NCAA with 2.2 blocks allowed per game while the Bulldogs are 34th with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
San Diego State allows the 28th-fewest steals per game (5.4) while Fresno State ranks 49th (5.8).
Fresno State ranks 14th in three pointers attempted per game (28.7) while San Diego State ranks 165th (21.4).
The Aztecs rank 37th in assists per game (15.8) while the Bulldogs rank 165th (12.7).
San Diego State ranks 31st in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while Fresno State ranks 113th (34.3).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 2.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Fresno State has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points.
During their last five games, the Aztecs have scored an average of 73.2 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (1.8 above their season average).