San Jose State @ San Diego State
Current Records: San Jose State 8-19; San Diego State 17-7
What to Know
The San Jose State Spartans haven’t won a game against the San Diego State Aztecs since Feb. 7 of 2017, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Friday. SJSU and San Diego State will face off in a Mountain West battle at 11 p.m. ET at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. The Spartans should still be riding high after a win, while the Aztecs will be looking to regain their footing.
SJSU strolled past the New Mexico Lobos with points to spare on Sunday, taking the matchup 71-55. San Jose State’s guard Omari Moore was one of the most active players for the team, dropping a triple-double on 18 points, ten assists, and ten boards. That’s Moore’s first triple-double of the season.
Meanwhile, San Diego State was just a bucket short of a victory on Tuesday and fell 58-57 to the Boise State Broncos. A silver lining for San Diego State was the play of forward Nathan Mensah, who posted a double-double on 13 points and 11 rebounds along with three blocks. Mensah had some trouble finding his footing against the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, so this was a step in the right direction.
The Spartans are the clear underdogs, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. The odds have been favorable for them against the spread on the road this season, even if it’s been tough sledding overall. They are 8-4 ATS in away games but only 15-11 all in all.
SJSU’s victory brought them up to 8-19 while the Aztecs’ defeat pulled them down to 17-7. A pair of defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: SJSU has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.60% from the floor on average, which is the 13th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. San Diego State’s defense has more to brag about, as they they come into the contest boasting the second fewest points allowed per game in…