This may be the biggest game the San Diego State Basketball program has ever had. It is by far the most important this season.
Kansas is ranked, among many, as one of the Top 5 Basketball programs in the history of the NCAA. They rank among programs like Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina. They have been to the Final Four and won the tournament a few times in the last decade.
#21 SDSU travels to #16 Kansas on Sunday for a huge matchup.
At the beginning of the season, Kansas probably thought this would not be a Top-25 matchup. Many people wrote off the Aztecs from day one, and thats why I will continue to preach Aztecs lack respect.
The key to the Aztecs success is their defense. Their defense has been outstanding this year, continuing the trend Steve Fisher has laid out in the last 15 seasons.
The Jayhawks have arguably the best player in the country in Wiggins. He is averaging nearly 16 points a game, and still isn’t playing up to his capabilities. This will be a huge matchup and I expect Josh Davis to get some time guarding the star player.
San Diego State is 23rd in the country averaging over 40 rebounds a game. This will be a huge matchup as the Jayhawks rank 6th in the country in field-goal percentage. Both teams are in the top 100 in points and field-goal percentage.
The key for the Aztec’s success is finishing. As I said in the previous SDSU article, they need to finish. When they get stops and cause turnovers they have to finish with a score. They cannot give up possessions verse this elite scoring team. Kansas also ranks among the top 30 teams for assists while SDSU pretty much forgot about assists completely as a team.
This is definitely a winnable game verse a good team, but the Aztecs will need to execute. Expect it to be a close game. If the Aztecs are going to win, Xavier Thames will have to have a big game and the SDSU big men have to dominate the boards.