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Game notes: Upset-minded CSU visits No. 5/5 San Diego State

Jan. 30, 2014

Colorado State at No. 5/5 San Diego State | Game 22
Feb. 1, 2014 | 5 p.m. MT | San Diego, Calif. | Viejas Arena (12,414)

12-9, 3-5 MW
Last Game
at Nevada (L, 76-67)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
 Larry Eustachy
Overall Record
440-276 (23rd Season)
Record at CSU
38-18 (Second Season)
18-1, 7-0 MW
Last Game
at Utah State (W, 74-69 OT)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
5| 5
Head Coach
Steve Fisher
Overall Record
483-254 (23rd Season)
Record at SDSU
299-172 (15th Season)
Minutes Played/Game
Daniel Bejarano (35.3)
J.J. Avila (18.0)
Daniel Bejarano (9.0)
Daniel Bejarano (42)
J.J. Avila (72)
Marcus Holt (15)
Daniel Bejarano/J.J. Avila (27)
Field-Goal %
Marcus Holt (.638)
Free-Throw %
Daniel Bejarano (.796)
Three-Point %
David Cohn (.368)
Minutes Played/Game
Xavier Thames (31.1)
 Xavier Thames (17.6)
 Josh Davis (11.6)
 Xavier Thames (39)
 Xavier Thames (51)
 Skylar Spencer (48)
 Xavier Thames (35)
Field-Goal %
Skylar Spencer (.569)
Free-Throw %
Xavier Thames (.810)
Three-Point %
Xavier Thames (.459)
Category CSU SDSU
Points/Game 75.0 74.2
Points Allowed/Game 69.3 56.1
Field-Goal % .433 .438
Opponent Field-Goal % .440 .362
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .323 .378
Opponent Three-Point % .365 .271
Free-Throw % .726 .649
Rebounds/Game 38.1 40.9
Rebounding Margin +5.2 +6.3
Assists/Game 13.0 10.5
Turnovers/Game 9.0 10.5
Opponent Turnovers/Game 11.9 14.8
Steals/Game 5.6 7.9
Blocks/Game 3.1 5.9
Video: ESPNU
Play-by-play: Steve Quis
Color Analyst: Mike Wise
     DirecTV: 208
     Comcast Digital: 404
     Dish Network: 141
Audio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Gary Miller
Color Analyst: --
     Stations: 105.5 FM ESPN, KREL 1580 AM
      KSIR 1100 AM, KRFD 94.5 FM, KNZZ 1100 AM
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

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Opening tip

  • Colorado State plays the second of back-to-back road matchups, traveling to San Diego, Calif., to face the No. 5/5 San Diego State Aztecs, and looking to snap a two-game skid in conference play.
  • Tipoff between the Rams and Aztecs is set for a 5 p.m. MT at SDSU's Viejas Arena.  
  • The matchup between CSU and SDSU is the 73rd in the series. CSU holds a 37-35 advantage, but is 12-22 all-time against the Aztecs in games played in San Diego.
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller on the call.
  • The matchup will also be broadcast live on ESPNU, with Steve Quis (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (color analyst). 

About San Diego State

  • San Diego State enters Saturday’s contest ranked No. 5 in the nation with an 18-1 record on the year. The Aztecs lone loss on the season came at home against top-ranked Arizona, which was ranked No. 6/5 prior to the 69-60 win on Nov. 14. 
  • The Aztecs are unblemished in the MW this season at 7-0.
  • On the year, SDSU is 9-1 at Viejas Arena, most recently defeating UNLV at home 63-52. The Aztecs have won eight consecutive games at Viejas Arena.
  • San Diego State is led by senior guard Xavier Thames who leads the team in points per game (17.6), assists (51), steals (35) and three-pointers (39).
  • Thames is sixth in the conference in scoring, ninth in free throw percentage (.810) and first in steals per game (1.8).
  • Senior forward Josh Davis, a transfer from Tulane, leads the team with 31.1 minutes played per game and is also second in the conference in rebounding. For the year, Davis is averaging 8.9 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game, and is a key contributor to SDSU’s defense.
  • Sophomore forward Skylar Spencer helps anchor that defense and is third in the conference with 48 blocks (2.5 per game).
  • SDSU's defense ranks first in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense (.362) and points allowed per game (56.1).
  • The Aztecs also lead the MW in scoring margin (+18.1 per game), and steals (7.9 per game).
  • The Aztecs will also provide a clash with the Rams for offensive rebounds. SDSU is first in the conference with 14.1 offensive rebounds per game, while the Rams are third with 12.6 per game.
  • Head Coach Steve Fisher is in his 15th year at SDSU, where he has compiled a 299-172 record. Fisher is 483-254 overall in his 23rd season as a Division I head coach.

Series vs. San Diego State

  • Saturday’s game between San Diego State and Colorado State marks the 73rd meeting all-time between the two schools, dating back to the first meeting – a 71-57 home win for CSU – during the 1961-62 season.
  • The Rams lead the all-time series over the Aztecs 37-35, but lost the match earlier this year at Moby Arena, 71-61 on Jan. 1.
  • Colorado State has struggled on the road against San Diego State, posting a 12-22 record in games played in San Diego.
  • The Rams have lost 10 games in a row at SDSU, with their last win coming in a 72-69 victory over the Aztecs on Feb. 1, 2003.
  • Since the formation of the Mountain West conference in 1999-2000, the Rams are 9-20 against the Aztecs in regular-season matchups and 1-3 in conference tournament games.

A win over San Diego State will...

  • Move Head Coach Larry Eustachy's record to 39-18 at Colorado State and 441-276 overall.
  • Extend  the Rams' series lead over the Aztecs to 38-35 all-time.
  • Push the Rams to 13-22 on the road in the series vs. SDSU.
  • Move Colorado State’s record in MW play to 4-5, snapping the Rams' two-game losing skid, and halt the Aztecs' 17-game win streak with their first conference loss of the season.
  • Give the Rams their second road win of the MW season. CSU posted a 4-4 mark on the road in MW play in 2012-13.
  • Mark CSU's first road win over a ranked opponent since December 29, 1989 when the Rams defeated No. 24 North Carolina, 78-67, in Chapel Hill. The Rams have lost 23 consecutive games on the road against ranked opponents.

Eustachy vs. San Diego State

  • Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy is 2-3 all-time in his coaching career when facing off against San Diego State.
  • He is 1-2 against the Aztecs as the head coach of the Rams, splitting the regular-season meetings in 2012-13, and suffering a loss in the Rams' conference opener at Moby Arena on Jan. 1.

Schedule Update

  • The tip time for the Rams' Feb. 5 home game vs. UNLV has shifted times. The Rams and Rebels will now tip at 7 p.m. MT and will be streamed live on  ]
  • CSU's Feb. 18 matchup vs. Boise State will also tip at 7 p.m. MT, and is scheduled to be broadcast on

Looking ahead

  • Colorado State returns to Moby Arena for a mid-week matchup with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.Tipoff between the Rams and Rebs is set for a 7 p.m. MT at Moby Arena. 
  • The matchup between CSU and UNLV is the 47th in the series between the conference foes. CSU trails, 35-11 in the all-time series, and has posted a 7-14 mark all-time against UNLV in games played in Fort Collins.
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action.
  • The matchup will also be broadcast live on ESPN3, with Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (color analyst)




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