The Jayhawks traveled to San Diego yesterday for their face-off with the Aztecs in Viejas Arena tonight at 10pm Central Time. The prospects look good for Kansas (9-1) as they enter this game without a loss since Michigan State and with something prove after their loss to the SDSU Aztecs in Allen Fieldhouse in January 2014.
Head Coach Steve Fisher seems to have fallen short again with his 2015-16 team, who have already lost 5 games this season (7-5), including their most recent home loss to Grand Canyon, 52-45.
Regardless of their unimpressive season to date, the Aztecs certainly have plenty to bring to the table, specifically in terms of defense. SDSU’s defense is as stingy as ever; their opponents have only made 35.5% of their field goals so far this season.
Here’s a look at SDSU’s lineup and what they have to offer:
#42 PG – Jeremy Hemsley, 6-3, 180, fr.
- leads in scoring and assists
- averages 2.4 turnovers a game
- look for Devonté Graham as match-up
#14 F – Zylan Cheatham, 6-9, 215, RS-fr.
- second leading scorer, leads in rebounds
- tends to get in foul trouble; averages 6.9 fouls/40 min
- look for Carlton Bragg or Cheick Diallo match-up
#4 G – Dakarai Allen, 6-5, 195, jr.
- has hit a few clutch 3’s, but streaky from behind the arc (28.9%)
- leads in steals
#12 G – Trey Kell, 6-4, 210, so.
- good long range shooter (45.5% 3’s in the last 4 games)
#3 F – Angelo Chol, 6-9, 215, sr.
- doesn’t do much scoring
- 17 offensive rebounds in last 9 games
- active hands on defense – 9 steals, 12 blocks in 12 games
Srs. Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer deepen the SDSU roster from the bench, offering an offensive pick me up and rim protection respectively.
Coach Bill Self is only slightly concerned with his Jayhawks’ past performances in games going into Winter Break because he believes his 2015-16 team is focused and ready to enter their break on a happy note.
The biggest concern for Kansas in this game is shutting down the SDSU big men in the paint, and getting through the post traps on offense. The Jayhawks will have to work on their assist game and let their offenses play out in order to fight through the tough SDSU defense and see success on the boards.
Tune in to the CBS Sports Network to catch this game live at 10pm Central Time tonight – December 22.