April 19, 2024
SDSU’s Jay Pal. Picture credit score: Derrick Tuskan by way of goaztecs.com

San Diego State has principally had its means towards West Coast Convention groups.

The Aztecs (10-2) have a profitable report towards six WCC packages and path within the all-time collection with the 2 remaining WCC colleges.

However they’re even, 2-2, with Gonzaga. That may change at 6 p.m. Friday once they tackle the powerhouse No. 13 Bulldogs (9-3) on the highway.

However SDSU’s popularity, months after an look within the title sport of the NCAA Event, isn’t too shabby both. For head coach Brian Dutcher, it’s a major match up.

“I simply thought any alternative to play Gonzaga I wished to take, and so they’re going to return again right here a yr from now,” he stated of Viejas Area. “We received a home-and-home out of it. It’s laborious to get in school basketball good home-and-home anymore. Everybody needs to play
impartial. To get them home-and-home, I’d have performed them anytime they wished to play.”

Each groups are coming off more-than-convincing wins – SDSU over Stanford 74-60 on Dec. 21, and Gonzaga, 100-76 over Jackson State on Dec. 20. The Aztecs have received three straight and the Bulldogs have gone 2-2 since Dec. 9, together with a loss to No. 5 UConn.

The groups have set requirements for excellence up to now a number of years, with San Diego State having posted a 118-25 report because the begin of the 2019-20 season. That trails solely Gonzaga (130-16) and Houston (128-22) for finest within the nation.

The Aztecs and Bulldogs are dealing with off for the fourth time since November 2010, however the first assembly got here almost 65 years in the past, on the 1959 Metropolis of Roses Event in Portland. Gonzaga received 72-69.

The Aztecs received the second matchup, 79-76 in 2010, in the course of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. Within the second sport of the 2016-17 season, the Bulldogs cruised to a 69-48 win in Spokane, additionally in the course of the Tip-Off Marathon.

SDSU prevailed the final time – at Viejas throughout Dutcher’s first season as head coach – profitable 72-70 on Dec. 22, 2017.

With a win, the Aztecs additionally delay a serious milestone for Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, who is three wins away from 700 in his head teaching profession. When he hits the mark, he’ll turn out to be the 14th lively head coach in NCAA Div. 1 historical past to achieve the milestone.