April 23, 2024
San Diego State Aztecs ahead Jaedon LeDee practices Saturday. Picture through @Aztec_MBB X

San Diego State will attempt to attain the Candy 16 for the fourth time within the final 13 NCAA males’s basketball tournaments when it faces Yale in a second-round East Area recreation Sunday night time in Spokane, Washington.

The fifth-seeded Aztecs’ hopes of advancing to the Candy 16 — and past — appeared to develop into a lot simpler Friday when the Thirteenth-seeded Bulldogs upset fourth-seeded Auburn, changing into the second-lowest seed to win within the 2024 event. Oakland, the 14th seed within the South Area, defeated third-seeded Kentucky, 80-76, Thursday.

Oddsmakers have made San Diego State a 5 1/2-point favourite. ESPN Analytics offers the Aztecs a 68.2% probability of successful.

All 5 Yale starters common in double figures, topped by 7-foot sophomore middle Danny Wolf, who’s averaging 14.3 factors per recreation.

“They’re harmful at each stage,” San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher stated at a information convention Saturday. “That’s what makes it a problem. It’s who are you able to assist off and the way dedicated are you to assist? They make that difficult each time they step on the ground.”

“They’ve bought dynamic shooters. They’ve guys that may rating with their backs to the basket. They’ve guys that may assault downhill to the basket. So that they rating at each stage. They’re actually good offensively, so it is going to be an actual problem for our half-court protection to be at its finest,” Dutcher stated.

By comparability, San Diego State has two gamers averaging in double figures, senior ahead Jaedon LeDee, who’s averaging 21.4 factors, and junior guard Reese Walters, who’s averaging 10.0, whereas two others common 9.4, Lamont Butler and Micah Parrish, each senior guards.

What the Bulldogs do finest statistically is keep away from turnovers. Yale is averaging 9.5 turnovers per recreation, tied for eleventh fewest amongst Division I groups.

The Bulldogs (23-9) are the 52nd general seed within the 68-team subject. The Aztecs (25-10) had been seeded 18th.

Yale certified for the event for the second time in three years and seventh time general by successful the four-team Ivy League Event because the second seed, defeating fourth-seeded Brown, 62-61, overcoming a six-point deficit with 23 seconds to play.

Yale is the one college within the event that doesn’t provide athletic scholarships, though the gamers can obtain monetary help from the college. No Ivy League faculties provide athletic scholarships, that means Yale’s athletes undergo the identical admission course of as different college students.

Yale’s roster contains two gamers from San Diego County — junior guard Yassine Gharram and sophomore guard Devon Arlington.

Gharram is a 6-foot-3 junior guard averaging 2.6 factors in 14.1 minutes per recreation and has performed in all 32 video games. He scored seven factors in opposition to Auburn, one off his season excessive.

Gharram averaged 19.5 factors in his profession at Foothills Christian Excessive College in El Cajon, was a four-time All-Coastal League choice and helped lead the Knights to 4 league championships.

Arlington is a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, averaging 1.6 factors and 22 minutes in seven video games. Arlington is San Marcos Excessive College’s profession scoring chief with 2,035 factors and a two-time Palomar League Participant of the 12 months.

“There’s nothing about San Diego that’s completely different than most locations within the nation for us. We simply should go locations and switch over some rocks to attempt to discover children which can be ok academically and athletically to play for us,” Bulldogs coach James Jones stated.

“Thankfully, for us we discovered two actually good gamers within the metropolis of San Diego. Yassine and Devon are each large younger males. Devon … hasn’t had a fantastic alternative but, however his alternative is coming.

“Yassine has carried out an incredible job for us. I’ve listened to each recreation we’ve performed and a variety of the commentators discuss he may begin on a variety of different groups, he simply occurs to be behind a child that’s one of the best defensive participant within the league (Bez Mbeng, chosen because the Ivy League’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months the previous two seasons).

“So actually good gamers, actually good younger males, they usually occur to reside in one of many nicest locations within the nation,” Jones stated. “In order that’s one cause to go recruit there, as a result of it’s the nicest place on the planet.”

The 6:40 p.m. recreation shall be televised by TBS. The San Diego State-Yale winner will face the winner of Sunday’s second-round recreation between top-seeded Connecticut and ninth-seeded Northwestern. That recreation shall be performed Thursday in an East Area semifinal in Boston.

A Connecticut-San Diego State recreation could be a rematch of final season’s NCAA championship recreation, which the Huskies received, 76-59.

For the second consecutive recreation, the College of Idaho’s band will fill in for the Yale band, together with carrying Yale attire.

As a result of Yale is on spring break, lots of the band members had been away and never capable of make the journey to Spokane, so the college made preparations with Idaho, an athletic division spokesman instructed Metropolis Information Service.

“I keep in mind we had been on the bench prior as a result of in our shootaround we didn’t have a band, we simply had our cheer staff that flew with us,” Wolf stated. “I keep in mind trying to my coaches and being very confused as to how we had a band all carrying extraordinarily fascinating Yale-branded gear.

“However for the College of Idaho to be gracious sufficient to come back right here and be capable to play our struggle tune to one of the best of their capability, I simply admire that.”