SDSU vs Utah State Preview

SDSU vs Utah State Preview
(Photo: Chadd Cady/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

This is not the conference final most would have predicted–that is due to San Diego State’s shocking upset of No.1 seed Nevada 65-56 on Friday night. Maybe the word shocking isn’t accurate because this Aztec team owns Nevada basketball . The Wolf Pack’s 58 wins the past two seasons is their best in team history, however they are 2-4 against San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher.

The Aztec upset was thanks in large part to a double-double by Jalen McDaniels (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Devin Watson who led the charge offensively with 20 points and five assists.

Utah State (27-6, 15-3) expected to be in the title game but it is their first conference championship game appearance since a 77-69 victory over Boise State in the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2011.

Five Aggies scored in double figures in Friday’s victory over Fresno State 85-60, led by junior guards Sam Merrill (22 points) and Diogo Brito who earned his 20 points off the bench.

Season Series

The team’s split the season series–it shook out like this:

At SDSU: San Diego State 68 Utah State 63

At Utah State: Utah State 70 San Diego State 54

Utah State is likely in the NCAA Tournament win or lose as major sites are predicting them in the field without securing the automatic bid:

  • ESPN continues to project the Aggies as a No. 9 seed playing in Salt Lake City at Vivint Arena in the West Region, with No. 8 Washington out of the Pac-12 as their first-round opponent.
  • Sports Illustrated has USU as a No. 10 seed playing No. 7 Iowa State of the Big 12 in the East Region in the first round.
  • CBS Sports has the Aggies as a No. 8 seed playing No. 9 Syracuse in the first round in the South Region, with first- and second-round games in Columbus, Ohio.

San Diego State will need a victory to have any hope at dancing.

Prediction

LINE: -6 Utah State

O/U: 138

Dan’s Bet: Under 138

Score Prediction: Utah State 70 SDSU 60

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