UW-San Diego St. 3 things to watch, along with notes, quotes and prediction

Three things to watch tonight as the 25th-ranked Wyoming Cowboys host San Diego State at 9 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie:

1. Ball security: San Diego State leads the MW in turnovers forced with 15 per game. UW averages around 11, but had 13 and 17, respectively, in games last week against Boise State and Colorado State. The Cowboys can’t give the Aztecs extra possessions off turnovers.

2. Crashing the glass: San Diego State has about a six-rebound advantage on UW, although the Cowboys — in terms of defensive rebounds — have done a good job this season. UW must hold its own on the glass, and not allow San Diego State a lot of second-chance points.

3. Who makes some perimeter shots?: Meaning for UW as you know that San Diego State, and its 1-3-1 zone, will try to pack the middle to take away senior forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Derek Cooke Jr. Someone, or multiple guys, will need to make some outside shots to either take the Aztecs out of that zone or loosen it up.

For more on the game, here is my video preview:


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UW-San Diego State men’s hoops Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Mark Zeigler, who covers San Diego State men’s basketball for the San Diego Union-Tribune, for Wednesday’s game with the 25th-ranked University of Wyoming. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

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What is the latest on the condition of senior forward Dwayne Polee II after collapsing during a game earlier this season, and how has his absence impacted the Aztecs?

Mark Zeigler

Mark Zeigler

Polee is at nearly every practice, sitting on the sideline and watching. Coach Steve Fisher put it like this: “He’s still in that medical maze.” He’s seen an array of specialists, and Fisher said it will be at least another five to seven days before they sit down and aggregate all the test results and medical opinions. I still think it’s as much an if as when proposition on his return, but the earliest we’d probably see him in uniform, you’d think, would be several more weeks.

 

Has anyone stepped up in your opinion with Polee out, or who do you think needs to moving forward?

It’s probably too early to say, but Matt Shrigley has been moved into the starting lineup (in place of freshman Trey Kell) and played well against New Mexico, showing he can do more than just sit on the perimeter and make 3s. Winston Shepard also had probably the best game of his career against New Mexico, certainly the best half of his career (16 points, 7 of 8 shooting, six rebounds). Polee was not playing particularly well when he went down, and Fisher had moved him out of the starting lineup. But without him, the bench is incredibly inexperienced (only 3.2 points per game from last season) and the Aztecs lose their most athletic player. He also was the top of the 1-3-1 zone defense that was so instrumental in winning the regular-season Mountain West title last season.

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