Exactly one month ago today, undefeated San Diego State University Aztecs visited Provo, Utah and lost to the then #9 BYU Cougars by 13. Jimmer Fredette scored 43 of BYU’s 71 points while Kawhi Leonard put up 22 and 15 for SDSU. It was the first time two top-10 ranked Mountain West teams ever met. Today will be the second.
BYU would have vaulted SDSU in the polls, but they lost at New Mexico the following Saturday. Since the New Mexico loss, BYU has won 6 straight to improve to 26-2 and rise to #7 in on the ESPN/USA Today poll. BYU remains the only team to beat SDSU and the Aztecs have again moved up to #4. (#6 AP)
The SDSU crowd has been preparing for the match up.
Minutes before the 11 a.m. PST tipoff, on cue from SDSU running back Ronnie Hillman, a few thousand students will begin chanting “I believe that we will win” while jumping up and down in a sort of vertical mosh pit stretching from the front row behind the east baseline to the top row of Viejas Arena. There will be a gecko, a Spider-Man, an elf, a 12-year-old kid dressed as a banana — his dad’s a booster — and others in wacky costumes.
If SDSU wins today, they even the season series and have the advantage heading into the MWC Tournament. Winner of the tournament has a good shoat a top seed in the NCAA tournament. If SDSU slows down Jimmer it could be a long day for BYU.
The game is on CBS at 2pm Eastern. Yeah, that’s 11am in San Diego. Who’s awake?
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