The San Diego State Aztecs are a part of a four-way tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference race at 7-3 and will look to separate from the pack on Friday when they play the Nevada Wolf Pack on the road.
San Diego State Aztecs vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (-2.5, 142)
This is a January 17 rematch where San Diego State picked up the 71-59 win in a game in which both teams shot poorly, but stuck to their defense-first approaches.
The two teams combined to shoot just 11-of-44 from 3-point range while Nevada was 7-of-17 and San Diego State was 22-of-34 at the free throw line.
While both teams should see their shooting numbers increase from the first meeting, these are two defenses that throughout the season have not allowed open looks from 3-point range.
Nevada entered Thursday ranked 58th in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage at 31.5% overall, which improves to 30.8% in home games against Division I teams. San Diego State is allowing teams to make 30.5% of their threes, which ranks 31st in the nation.
Neither team is looking to push the tempo, either with Nevada ranked 253rd in total possessions per game and San Diego State ranked 207th.
The Aztecs have played at a rate of nearly 4.9 possessions per game slower over the past six games than in their first 17 games and the scoreboard has reflected that — having held six of their last seven opponents, including this Wolf Pack team, to 67 points or fewer.
Overall, Nevada ranks 26th in the nation in points allowed on a per-possession basis at home while San Diego State ranks 64th in points allowed on a per-possession basis.
With Nevada having allowed more than 72 points twice in its last 19 games, Friday’s showdown sets up to be another low-scoring affair.
The Play: San Diego State vs. Nevada Under 142