This could be a rough game for the Wyoming Cowboys (8-12, 1-5) who are win less on the road this year. The face the #4 ranked San Diego State Aztecs (20-1, 5-1) who just suffered their first loss of the season. So let's put all the factors together: Bad road team, Good home team, Team looking for redemption = Human Sacrifice?
Hopefully there won't be any blood spilled but there could be some ugly numbers posted on the scoreboard. Despite the loss San Diego State still has an outstanding shot at earning a #1 seed in the tournament. Coach Steve Fisher has done a fantastic job on the Mesa and has built a title contender.
This will be a very rough stretch for Wyoming because they travel to San Diego and then return home to host BYU and Jimmer Fredette on Wednesday. Last year Wyoming beat SDSU but that game was played in Laramie. Let's take a look at what makes San Diego State so dangerous.
The Aztecs average 72 points a game while allowing just 59. Their potent offense is matched by their tough defense. Kawhi Leonard has picked up where he left off after his MWC Freshman of the Year honor last year. The 1st round NBA prospect is averaging a double double with 16/10. He is 6-7 225lbs but has the soft hands of a guard and isn't afraid to handle the ball. DJ Gay handles the ball most of the time and is the top threat from behind the arc.
Malcolm Thomas is the enforcer inside and averages 11 points 8 rebounds and two blocks. Thomas is shooting 55% from the field and makes the most of his high percentage shots. The rest of the starting lineup includes Chase Tapley and Billy White who both have double digit scoring potential every night. White, Thomas and Gay provide plenty of Senior leadership on the floor.
KEYS FOR WYOMING
- Effective defense. The zone hasn't been working and Wyoming has struggled on defending perimeter shooting during the conference schedule.
- Slow it down. If the Cowboys try and run with the Aztecs it is going to result in a blowout.
- Kick em while they're down. After coming off their first loss there may be a chance to catch SDSU off guard. A fast start would be vital to stay in the game.