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#751 San Diego State at #752 Nevada
When and where: Feb. 29, 2020. Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV, 8 p.m.
No. 5 San Diego State travels to play Nevada in their Mountain West Conference finale on Saturday night. The Aztecs clinched the league title more than a week ago, while the Wolf Pack can finish anywhere from second to fourth depending on how things shake out on Saturday. The Aztecs are 27-1 and 16-1, while the Wolf Pack is 19-10 and 12-5.
Aztecs looking to start new streak
San Diego State won its first 26 games before an upset loss to UNLV last Saturday. The Aztecs rebounded to beat visiting Colorado State, 66-60, on Tuesday.
The Rams led by two at the half and built a double-digit lead in the second half, but the Aztecs rallied to take a late lead and secure the victory.
Flynn leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game and also in assists with 5.1 per game. Injured starter Nathan Mensah is the leading rebounder at 6.8 per game.
Even as the Aztecs have struggled in their last two games, the defense has not dropped off. San Diego State gives up only 58.6 points per game, ranking 3rd nationally.
San Diego State averages 75.1 points per game, ranking 75th nationally. They are especially good at shooting three pointers, making 38 percent (16th).
Wolf Pack dominant at home
Nevada has been up and down most of the season, except when they play at home. The Wolf Pack is 12-2 in Lawlor Events Center, losing only to Pac 12 teams early in the season.
Nevada has won its last six games, including a 73-68 win at Wyoming on Tuesday. Nevada led by four at the half and held on for the win.
Harris leads the team averaging 21.7 points per game. Senior guard Lindsey Drew averages 4.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Nevada averages 77.5 points per game, ranking 34th nationally. Tbey are a great three-point shooting team at 38.2 percent (12th).
Nevada’s defense is not very good, however, giving up 71.9 points per game (254th).
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Nevada is 12-2 at home, with only losses to Utah and USD early in the season, which should give the Wolf Pack a big home court advantage. But the Aztecs are even better on the road, at 10-0, plus 3-0 in neutral court games. The Aztecs have less incentive for the win, as they clinched the league title last week. But they are still playing for their No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament, Nevada is playing for a second seed in the Mountain West Conference tournament. Nevada is good, but the Aztec defense will shut them down.
Take San Diego State
Prediction: San Diego State
Full-Game Total Pick
One thing is pretty clear, the way the Aztecs play defense, the under is always a good play, especially as of late. San Diego State games have gone under the last four times they’ve played, giving up 59, 55, 66 and 60 points. Nevada games have mostly gone over, including the last five games, but they haven’t faced a defense like the Aztecs. The last time the two teams met, back on Jan. 18, the score was 68-55 in San Diego.