Ebene News – United States – Saint Mary’s vs San Diego State: Aztecs return to end Gaels’ winning streak

The State of San Diego and Saint Mary’s will meet halfway between their campuses in a game on neutral ground at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The Gaels come off an impressive 53-33 Colorado State triumph, while the Aztecs suffered their first loss of the season to BYU, 72-62

Saint Mary’s plays one of his best defenses in head coach Randy Bennett’s 20 years at Moraga The Gaels are in the top 25 with a 2-point percentage allowed, limiting opponents to just 42%

They come into this game on an eight-game winning streak following a 73-56 loss to Memphis in November 25

Bennett’s teams are always strong on the defensive boards, and this year’s Gaels rank 20th in defensive rebound efficiency, according to KenPom They have six players averaging 38 or more rebounds, led by forward Kyle Bowen 58 per game in about 20 minutes per night

The Gaels’ top scorer is senior Tommy Kuhse (154 PPG, 38 RPG, 63 APG, 385% 3 points), who nearly tripled his score per game compared to last season Sophomore Alex Ducas (109 PPG, 53 RPG) and 6-foot-10 forward Matthias Tass (102 PPG, 43 RPG, 11 BPG) help limit opponents’ second chance opportunities

The Gaels also spread the word with Quinn Clinton (414% 3 points) and freshman Leemet Bockler (423% 3 points)

Bennett’s teams rarely fight, ranking 32nd in the country with just 111 turnover per game

In many ways, the state of San Diego is a mirror image of Saint Mary’s – but more athletic

The Aztecs got off to a perfect 5-0 start before stumbling at home against BYU They are ranked 26th in adjusted defensive efficiency, including 11th best defensive stealing percentage, according to KenPom San Diego State ranks 57th of the country with 172 forced turnovers per game

Their offense is led by seniors Matt Mitchell (163 PPG, 38 RPG) and Jordan Schakel (132 PPG, 37 RPG) Both guards average more than one steal per game while shooting at least 35% since In the SDSU’s 80-68 win over Non 23 Arizona State, Schakel scored 25 points and went 5 for 9 beyond the arc

The Aztecs’ home presence was greatly enhanced by the return of 6-foot-10 junior Nathan Mensah (88 PPG, 72 RPG), who missed the last 19 games of last season with a respiratory problem. points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in victory against the Sun Devils

Similar to Saint Mary’s, the Aztecs deliberately play basketball with one of the slowest rhythms in college basketball. San Diego State ranks 326th in tempo adjusted, Gaels ranks 354th

I prefer the more athletic team in this neutral court battle between two of the best basketball schools in California.It will be a slow paced game, with the Aztecs having more offensive options outside of the Gaels’ vault shooting

After embarrassing home loss to BYU, I expect Brian Dutcher to prepare Aztecs from the start Look for Mitchell and Schakel to balance Mensah’s inside game and end the Gaels’ eight-game winning streak

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Ebene News – United States – Saint Mary’s v San Diego State: Aztecs return to end Gaels’ winning streak

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