Preview: San Diego Christian at San Diego St.

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 27, 2014
Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California
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SDChr Edge in: SDSU
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No. 23 San Diego State closes its non-conference schedule on Saturday against visiting San Diego Christian, but it would be understandable if it appears distracted. The team is awaiting more news about senior forward Dwayne Polee II, who was alert and responsive after collapsing during Monday’s 61-33 victory over UC Riverside. “We just pray that the tests can be run and determine what the cause of it might be and move forward from there," Aztecs coach Steve Fisher told reporters.

Polee has averaged 8.4 points while starting nine games for San Diego State, which has won two straight following a 71-62 overtime loss at Cincinnati. Last season’s Mountain West Conference Sixth Man of the Year is mired in a lengthy shooting slump, but he’s not alone. The Aztecs, who begin league play on Dec. 31 against Air Force, rank ninth among 11 Mountain West teams with 62.8 points per game and have shot under 45 percent in six of their last seven contests.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego

ABOUT SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN (5-7): Forward Peter Beale-Wirsing leads the undersized Hawks in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (7.7), while guard Daniel Nielsen is averaging 11.7 points on 54.1 percent shooting. Guard Rafael Rodriguez is scoring 9.9 points per game for the Hawks, who opened the season with a 22-point loss to Southern Utah and fell 69-46 to UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 19. Guard Derrick Thompson scored a team-high 15 points in a 10-point loss to San Diego on Sunday.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (9-3): Polee has been replaced in the starting lineup in recent games by senior Aqeel Quinn, who scored a game-high 18 points against UC Riverside. While the Aztecs wait for their offense to get untracked, the defense - led by athletic forwards Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer and JJ O’Brien - ranks second in the league at 54.7 points per game. Forward Angelo Chol, a transfer from Arizona, has been battling a sore left knee and could miss his second straight game.

TIP-INS

1. San Diego State has won 46 straight games against teams from California.

2. O’Brien scored 16 points in last season's 93-41 win over San Diego Christian.

3. The Aztecs have won 128 consecutive games when leading with five minutes remaining.

PREDICTION: San Diego State 74, San Diego Christian 39
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
San Diego Christian 0-4 L4 0-0 0-4 0-0 0-3 0-1 0-0
San Diego St. 9-3 W2 7-0 0-2 2-1 2-1 7-2 0-0

Last Meeting

San Diego Christian San Diego St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/20/13 SDChr 41 SDSU 93 41 27 22.2 93 44 56.9

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SDChr K. Brandon 14 21.4 7
SDSU J. O'Brien 16 77.8 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SDChr T. Cross 8 3 5
SDSU J. Davis 13 3 10
Assists Player  
SDChr T. Cross 2
SDSU A. Quinn 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SDChr P. Beale-Wirsing 49 40.4 7
SDSU W. Shepard 131 43.2 45
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SDChr P. Beale-Wirsing 25 10 15
SDSU J. O'Brien 73 35 38
Assists Player  
SDChr D. Thompson 7
SDSU J. O'Brien 27
Quickchart Matchup
San Diego Christian  Off vs  San Diego St. Def
56.3  Points For
54.7 Points Against
36.0 FG%
36.6 FG%
27.0 Reb
30.5 Reb
San Diego St. Off vs  San Diego Christian Def
62.8 Points For
73.0 Points Against
40.3 FG%
50.7 FG%
30.5 Reb
39.5 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Diego Christian Overall San Diego St.
0-4 W/L 9-3
0-0-0 ATS 5-5-1
0-0-0 O/U 3-4-0
56.2 Pts For 62.8
73.0 Pts Against 54.7
San Diego Christian A/H San Diego St.
0-4 W/L 7-0
0-0-0 ATS 2-3-1
0-0-0 O/U 0-2-0
56.2 Pts For 61.6
73.0 Pts Against 47.3