Date: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007
Time: 1 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen) TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
San Diego State Aztecs
School Colors: Red & Black
Conference: Mountain West
2007-08 Record: 9-2
Good Wins: Fresno State
Good Loses: at Cal, Saint Mary's
Bad Loses: none
The Coach:Steve Fisher
Leading Scorer Lorenzo Wade (14.4)
Leading Rebounder: Ryan Amoroso (5.7)
Assist Leader: Richie Williams (3.8)
Steals Leader: Richie Williams (2.4)
Free Throw % Tim Shelton (.778)
3 Pt%: Kelvin Davis (.468)
F Jon Patorkek 6-10, So., Anaheim, CA
F Lorrenzo Wade 6-6, Jr., Las Vegas, NV (Louisville transfer)
F Billy White 6-8, Fr., Las Vegas, NV
G Kyle Spain 6-5, Jr., Newark, CA
G D.J. Gay 6-0, Fr., Sun Valley, CA
GAME DATA: No. 19 Arizona (8-2, 0-0 Pac-10) heads back to McKale Center to host San Diego State (9-2, 0-0 MWC) on Saturday ... It is also the 23rd edition of the Fiesta Bowl Classic, which is in its second season featuring a single-game format ... This is Arizona's second consecutive game against a Mountain West Conference foe and the Wildcats are 183-132 (.581) all-time against teams that currently reside in the MWC.
at UNLV. The Cats forced the Runnin' Rebels to miss 14 of its last 16 field game in the game to erase as much as an eight-point, second-half deficit. UA limited UNLV to just 31 percent shooting and posted a +17 rebound margin in what turned out to be Arizona's first-ever win in Las Vegas. Jordan Hill totaled 16 points and 19 rebounds, while Jawann McClellan buried a trey with 26 seconds to go to secure the win.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs enter play Saturday with a 9-2 record after an 86-76 win over Navy on Dec. 17. Through 11 games, SDSU averages 72.9 points per game, shoots 47.8 percent (293-of-613), and posts a +3.3 rebound margin per game. Opponents shoot 43.2 percent from the floor and are outscored by nearly 10 points per game. Individually, three Aztecs average in double figures, led by Lorenzo Wade, who averages 14.4 points per game. Ryan Amoroso leads SDSU with a 5.7 rebounds per game average.
THE SERIES: This afternoon's game is the 24th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding an 18-5 series advantage. Arizona won the last five games in the series, which dates back to Dec. 27, 1945, and the last five contests in Tucson. The Wildcats posted a 69-48 win in San Diego on Dec. 9 of last season in the last meeting. All-time, Arizona is 12-1 in series games played in Tucson, 6-4 in San Diego, Calif., and 0-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in UA media guide for more series information.
LAST MEETING: Arizona 69, San Diego State 48, Dec. 9, 2006: Marcus Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Arizona to its seventh straight win. Williams' effort nearly overshadowed what may have been the Wildcats' best defensive effort of the year in which it limited SDSU to 32.8 percent shooting, forced 14 turnovers, posted a 43-34 rebound advantage and held the Aztecs to 31 fewer points than its season scoring average entering the game.
SDSU NOTES: Having matched the best 11-game record in its 38 seasons at the Division I level, San Diego State (9-2 overall; 0-0 MWC) plays its eighth road or neutral game of the young season at 19th-ranked Arizona (8-2 overall; 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz. in the 23rd annual Fiesta Bowl Classic.
San Diego State improved to 9-2 for the fifth time in the Division I?era and the second time in as many seasons on Monday night with an 86-76 victory over Navy. The Aztecs shook off the rust from an eight-day layoff between games to overcome an eight-point second-half deficit on the strength of a 13-0 run to extend its Cox Arena-record winning streak to 11 games.
Saturday opens a particularly challenging portion of San Diego State's schedule, as the Aztecs' next six opponents all own winning records. The Aztecs next two opponents, Arizona (8-2, ranked second in the RPI) and Sam Houston State (9-0, ranked 29th in the RPI), are a combined 16-2 and both are ranked in the top 29 of the RPI.
This is the fourth meeting this decade between the two basketball programs, with the series scheduled to continue the next two seasons (2008-09 in Tucson and 2009-2010 in San Diego).