By Greg Dempson
Tip time for tonight’s contest is 9:30 ET and the contest is televised nationally on ESPN as the Aztecs face the Colonials with San Diego State currently listed as a 3 point favorite.
The Aztecs are the second seed and face the fourth seeded Colonials with the winner playing either top seeded Valparaiso or third seed BYU on Thursday night at MSG, which is the site of tonight’s two contests.
The Aztecs enter tonight’s contest off three impressive games, crushing IPFW, (79–55,) Washington, (93–78,) and Georgia Tech, (72–56.) In their win vs. the Yellow Jackets they held them to 33.3% shooting. The Aztecs feature a balanced scoring attack and a stifling defense, allowing opponents an average of 60.5 PPG and holding 12 out of their last 13 foes to 70 points or less.
George Washington enters tonight’s fray off wins vs. Hofstra, (82–80,) Monmouth, (87–71,) and most recently, Florida, (82–77.) Their signature win earlier in the season was defeating number one tournament seeded Virginia
What to Watch For
· The key matchup will be George Washington’s frontcourt, Tyler Cavanaugh and Kevin Larsen. Their dynamic duo will need another productive outing vs. the Aztecs’ trio of Shepard, Skylar Spencer and Malik Pope in order to advance to the finals. I don’t see this happening.
· The Colonials allowed an average of 69.9 PPG when away from home and San Diego State is 26–1 straight up when scoring 67 or more points n a game.
· The Aztecs are 75–40 ATS and +31.0-units after a win by 15 points.
· The Colonials are 8–20 ATS in road games after scoring 80 or more points in two consecutive games.
· San Diego State is 55–36 ATS after playing two consecutive home games.
· From game 16 out, in the past two seasons, George Washington is 4–17 ATS and -14.70-units when playing against teams that outscore their opponents by 4+ points per game.
San Diego State vs George Washington Pick
My Every Edge offering for this evening is to take the San Diego State Aztecs at –3 points.