"Game time decisions" for Tapley and Stephens

San Diego State guard Chase Tapley (knee) and DeShawn Stephens (hip pointer) are game time decisions, dealing with the UCLA 2-3 zone defense and James Rahon breaking out of his slump...

San Diego State guard Chase Tapley (knee) and Deshawn Stephens (hip pointer) are both dealing with injuries that could possibly hold each starter out of Saturday's matchup with UCLA.

"I would say both are iffy [to play against UCLA] to be honest with you," Fisher said at Tuesday's press conference. "As we speak, neither have done anything since the game on Sunday and we're Thursday before practice."

Stephens hasn't done any physical activity except cardiovascular work. While Tapley has done the same except for the addition to some light shooting but no contact.

"He [Stephens] is still very sore," Fisher said. "And Chase's knee is feeling better, but. So we'll just have to wait and see. I would say game-time decision for both."

Bruin Zone

UCLA head coach Ben Howland is well known for his stingy man-to-man defensive teams.

This year has been a different story with a Bruin team that Howland referred to as, "un-athletic."

The change in defensive philosophy has gone from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone.

Bruins haven't made the full transition to playing zone just yet but took a huge step in that direction on Wednesday night.

The shorthanded UCLA squad played zone the entire 82-56 blowout win over Cal State Northridge.

It would be foolish to think SDSU won't see the Bruins in a zone on Saturday night.

"They are going to play some zone against us, there's no question about it," Fisher said. "I would, too. I would play zone against us, also."

How will the Aztecs look to score against the zone?

"We have to do a good job of attacking the right way and we have got enough looks," Fisher explained. "…I think the fact that we played Syracuse on the opener, and we worked so hard preparing for a zone, we are much better prepared at this stage to play a zone defense than we have been in the past."

"But, you have to make shots. You know, eventually, if you don't make a perimeter shot… They will get tighter and tighter and tighter on you and they won't let you do anything inside. So we are going to have some shots and we are going to have to make some shots."

Slump Over

SDSU shooting guard James Rahon has been struggling in this young season.

Heading into the USC game he was 10-of-37 from the field and 3-for-21 from downtown.

"I didn't feel like I was struggling much this season," Rahon explained. "Just worried about playing my own game, that's what I do each and every game."

That mentality worked versus USC at the Galen Center on Sunday night as the senior finally broke out of his slump by connecting on 6-of-7 shots including 3-for-3 from three.

He'll look to continue that success against UCLA.

"Any game that you shoot well, any type of big-game atmosphere like it was at USC, definitely is a confidence builder," Rahon said. "Not only for myself, but for this team. It was a great road win, and hopefully we can carry that on to UCLA."

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