Post game press conference with San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher, guard Chase Tapley and…
Game Day Breakdown: Arkansas-PB vs. #25 SDSU
#25 San Diego State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2)
Head Coach: George Ivory
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Record: 50-82 / 5th season
Projected Starting Lineup
G – Tevin Hammond (So.) 6'0, 185
*G – Lazabian Jackson (Sr.) 6'3, 190
Jackson returns as the Golden Lions second leading scorer from an 11-22 squad last year. He's more of scorer than a shooter as he shot 26% from downtown last season and 23% so far this season.
*F – Mitchell Anderson (Sr.) 6'7, 190
F – Davon Hayne (Jr.) 6'8, 215
F – Terrell Kennedy (Sr.) 6'6, 250
The thick undersized big man is the leading scorer for the Golden Lions at 14.7 points per game. Most surprising stat is playing 36 of 40 minutes a contest.
What's a bench? Arkansas-Pine Bluff starters all play 29+ minutes a game as their bench averages less than 5 points a match.
#25 San Diego State (2-1)
Head Coach: Steve Fisher
SDSU Record: 260-161 / 14th season
Projected Starting Lineup
*G – Xavier Thames (Jr.) 6'3, 190
*G – Chase Tapley (Sr.) 6'3, 195
*F – Jamaal Franklin (Jr.) 6'5, 205
F – J.J. O'Brien (So.) 6'7, 225.
F – Deshawn Stephens (Sr.) 6'8, 225
"So I'm proud of what DeShawn brings to the table," Fisher said of Stephens on Tuesday. "Never complains, never does anything other than try to do exactly what we want. And he provides the energy and toughness that you win with. Forget about the bottom stat line. He helps us win games and he's a delight to have as part of this program."
Winston Shepard will serve the last game of his three-game suspension. Look for the Aztecs to get quality minutes from Skylar Spencer and Dwayne Polee. Games against lower level opponents will only help the younger role players. Would be nice to see James Rahon have his shot on before heading to LA on Sunday.
(* Returning Starter)
Keys to the Game
1) Complete game. Aztecs have yet to play a 40-minute basketball game against a Division-I opponent. Limit turnovers, attack the glass, get going in transition, connect from outside and continue to play harassing defense.
2) Prepare for USC and UCLA. This is nothing more than a "money game" for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. San Diego State will need to prepare themselves for the two LA schools in the PAC-12.
3) Build confidence in the bench. SDSU has seen positive moments from the guys on the pine. Both LA squads are big, especially USC, so getting Skylar Spencer involved more than usual to build confidence before some real tests would be ideal.
What to Watch
San Diego State
"They have a young team," Fisher said of MSU. "In what little I've read from publications, I think they're the fourth or fifth youngest team in the country. They have two redshirt freshmen that are very good. So you can't really count them as freshman. I think that adds a little bit to the deceitfulness of it."
"Right now, if I'm giving a scouting report on San Diego State, pack a zone in, make us shoot from the outside," Fisher explaining how to guard SDSU. "Or foul us and use your free throw defense to cause us not to make a free throw."
"It's a game where they're traveling. That's all they're doing between now and January when their conference play starts, to get money for their athletic program. And we are their next stop. So we need to come excited, ready and not be thinking Thanksgiving as we're playing the ball game."
-San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher on Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Arkansas-Pine Bluff starts the season on an 11-game road trip to raise money for their basketball program. This is more of a business trip than anything else. Don't expect the Aztecs to overlook this opponent after their rough shooting performance against Missouri State. I think SDSU gets going from outside with open looks and puts together full 40 minutes of basketball, blowing out Golden Lions.
San Diego State 79 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51
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