San Diego State Aztecs guard Xavier Thames (2). Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

No. 24 San Diego State back in action


San Diego State (5-1) heads to the University of San Diego (7-2) for its first game since winning the Wooden Legacy tournament this past Sunday.  At the tournament, the Aztecs knocked off Creighton and Marquette in back-to-back games, forcing both teams out of the AP Top 25.  Tonight, San Diego State will have to be on their game against a good San Diego Torero team in a much anticipated city rivalry matchup.

Good guard play sets the stage for an exciting game.  Aztec guard Xavier Thames will look to continue his terrific play after scoring a combined 55 points over the final two games of the Wooden Legacy.  Torero guard Johnny Dee scored 25 points in USD’s last game, and both guards are averaging about 17 points per contest.

The match up of the big men will also be important to watch.  Aztec senior forward Josh Davis is averaging 8.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while Torero senior forward Dennis Kramer is averaging 10 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.  Kramer has size on Davis, so the advantage may come down to how well the team rebounds as a whole.

Another key player for the Toreros is guard Duda Sanadze who is averaging 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.  San Diego State’s potential x factor is J.J. O’Brien who averages 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Great match ups tonight in America’s finest city.  Don’t forget to check back with FanSided.com for a game recap.

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