San Diego State vs Cal Preview and Prediction
San Diego State vs Cal Preview
The 13th meeting between these two California-based schools tips-off Saturday at Haas Pavilion, home of the Golden Bears.
The Bears and Aztecs meet for the third time in three seasons with one win each in the series. San Diego State took the first win of the series in a neutral-site contest at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, 77-65, on Nov. 21, 2016. Last season, Cal evened the series with a 63-62 upset in SDSU’s Viejas Arena.
Cal enters Saturday’s action looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to Bay Area rivals Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. Five Golden Bears are scoring in double figures through Cal’s seven outings this season, and the Bears lead the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2 percent) despite shooting just 14-for-38 (36.8) from beyond the arc over the last two outings.
Justice Sueing’s stat line in last season’s contest with the Aztecs included 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. He is one of two Cal returners who scored in double figures at SDSU. Darius McNeill had 10 points in last year’s meeting. McNeill has hit three or more 3-pointers in four of seven games this season. He was 4-10 against USF, just one shy of his season-high five 3-pointers against St. John’s. McNeill leads the Bears with 16 3-point makes this year.
San Diego State is 14-4 in its last 18 games – regardless of location – dating back to last season. The Aztecs have won its last three road games (tied for the 13th longest active streak in the nation).
SDSU has responded to its last four losses with a victory in the next game. The Aztecs are 10-3 in the Brian Dutcher era in the game immediately following a defeat.
Senior guard Devin Watson is one of eight players in the nation to average at least four assists and three three-point field goals per game this season.
Jeremy Hemsley, another senior guard, owns a pair of victories over California in his career, needs just 10 points to pass D.J. Gay for 21st place, 13 points to pass Lorrenzo Wade for 20th place and 20 points to pass Will Connelly and Von Jacobsen for 18th place on the school’s career scoring list.
SDSU’s losses this season include No. 1 Duke (90-64), Iowa State (87-57) and San Diego (73-61).
I’ve scouted Cal a few times already this season, and they are what I consider a ‘weak’ Power Five school. SDSU should be able to handle the Bears in this game both offensively and defensively.
San Diego State 67 Cal 52