Men's College Basketball
Preview
Ball St. at San Diego St.
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California

San Diego State has lost two of its last three games and the No. 17 Aztecs attempt to get back on track when they host Ball State on Saturday. San Diego State lost 71-62 in overtime to Cincinnati on Wednesday, two games after losing to Washington. The Cardinals were routed 72-52 by James Madison on Wednesday for their second straight loss and are 0-4 on the road as they head into a raucous environment.

Aztecs forward Winston Shepard scored 17 points against Cincinnati but was highly disappointed about the squad’s defensive performance. “We’ve got to get better on defense,” Shepard told reporters. “Defense is our staple and we’ve got to get much better.” The 71 points were the second-most allowed by San Diego State this season and raised its average points allowed to 56.6 per game.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Mountain West Network (online)

ABOUT BALL STATE (3-5): The Cardinals hope to have freshman forward Sean Sellers on the court after he injured his right knee during the loss to James Madison. Sellers, who averages 13 points per game, hurt his knee while in pursuit of a loose ball and had to be helped to the locker room. Guard Zavier Turner averages a team-best 13.7 points, guard Jeremie Tyler checks in at 11.4 and center Matt Kamieniecki averages eight points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (7-3): The Aztecs sidestepped a possible serious injury when forward Angelo Chol (5.7 points, 3.9 rebounds) landed awkwardly after a dunk against the Bearcats and grabbed his left knee. A short time later, Chol returned after receiving treatment and coach Steve Fisher said afterward that the injury didn’t appear to be serious. Shepard raised his team-best scoring average to 10.9 with guard Dwayne Polee II next in line at 9.9.

TIP-INS

1. Shepard has scored in double digits six times this season and 36 times in his career.

2. Ball State shoots 40.6 percent from 3-point range – even after shooting a season-low 26.1 percent against James Madison.

3. Aztecs G Aqeel Quinn (hand) returned after a three-game absence and scored six points against Cincinnati.

PREDICTION: San Diego State 62, Ball State 43
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Ball St. 3-5 L2 3-1 0-4 0-0 1-1 2-4 0-0
San Diego St. 7-3 L1 5-0 0-2 2-1 2-1 5-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Ball St. San Diego St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/27/99 BALL 82 SDSU 65 82 39 47.5 65 32 41.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Ball St. N/A
San Diego St. N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Ball St. N/A
San Diego St. N/A
Assists Player  
Ball St. N/A
San Diego St. N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Ball St. S. Sellers 104 49.2 27
San Diego St. W. Shepard 109 45.5 35
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Ball St. M. Kamieniecki 59 18 41
San Diego St. J. O'Brien 59 26 33
Assists Player  
Ball St. Z. Turner 27
San Diego St. J. O'Brien 20
Quickchart Matchup
Ball St. Off vs  San Diego St. Defense
66.7 Points For
56.6 Points Against
40.9 FG%
37.1 FG%
29.6 Reb
30.7 Reb
San Diego St. Off vs  Ball St. Defense
62.3 Points For
66.9 Points Against
40.0 FG%
45.5 FG%
30.7 Reb
29.9 Reb