San Diego State Aztecs vs. Washington Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/8/13
Washington Huskies (4-3) at San Diego State Aztecs (6-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm (Viejas Arena)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The 24th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs look for their sixth straight victory when they welcome the Washington Huskies Sunday.
San Diego State is 6-1 and coming off a narrow win over rival San Diego Thursday that ended in a near stunner when sophomore Toreros G Duda Sanadze missed a three-point shot at the buzzer. Senior G Xavier Thames led the Aztecs with 17 points on 4 of 11 from the field and hit 8 of 10 from the free throw line, while senior F Josh Davis had 10 points and 15 rebounds on 37 percent shooting. The Aztecs held a ten point lead and seemed in control with just over six minutes left, but San Diego rallied to trim the lead to 61-60 with 1:37 on the clock. The two traded free throws in their next possessions to keep it a one-point game, setting up the Torreros’ last second shot. San Diego State hit just 21 of 58 from the floor, 4 of 12 from beyond the arc and 19 of 30 from the foul line, but outrebounded San Diego 44-29. Through seven games, the Aztecs are averaging 74.3 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Thames leads the team with 17.1 ppg on 45 percent from the floor and 56 percent from distance.
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Washington comes in with a record of 4-3 and off a 92-89 double overtime victory over Long Beach State Nov. 30, in which the Huskies were outshot handily from the field and from beyond the arc, shooting 38 percent from the floor and 30 percent from distance, but hit 25 of 30 free throws to the 49ers 7 of 16. Junior G Mike Anderson had a game-high 19 points and 16 rebounds and connected on 9 of 10 from the stripe. Anderson led five other Washington players in double figures. Sophomore G Andrew Andrews scored 18 points; senior F Perris Blackwell had 18 points; senior G C.J. Wilcox had 15 points and freshman guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson both added 10 points. On the season, the Huskies are averaging 84.1 ppg on 43 percent shooting and Wilcox leads the team with 22.6 ppg on 44 percent shooting.
San Diego State is currently a 14 point favorite in this one and the Huskies got beat up pretty good by Indiana, while the Aztecs have won 2 of 3 against ranked teams, taking down Creighton and Marquette to win the Wooden Legacy title and losing to Arizona. Washington can score, though, evidenced by the 84 ppg, despite the loss of 6-10 big man Jernard Jarreau for the season, leaving them on the small side. The Aztecs should take it straight, but the points are the play.