San Diego State Aztecs @ BYU Cougars NCAA Basketball Free Pick: San Diego State has had one heck of an undefeated run so far, but they’re going to have to do some serious work to go on the road and beat the battle tested Cougars.
The Cougars have this kid, Jimmer Fredette, you may have heard of him. He scored 42 last time BYU took the court and is averaging 26.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 20 games this season. But the Aztecs don’t need to stop Jimmer to win this game, they’ll need to hold onto the ball and out-rebound the Cougars. SDSU shared the ball very well, with 5 players over 32 assists this season. This will be the first ranked team BYU has faced all season.
BYU has a pretty great little guard of their own, D.J. Gay. Gay has been awesome running the show for BYU, giving them some big time quickness that most teams haven’t been able to match up with. But this SDSU team really is a team, they have 6 guys averaging 20+ minutes and 7 or more points per game. They can get you in a lot of different ways. Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas both rebound the ball well and fight for points in the paint. I don’t know if BYU can match up with those two guys.
I think SDSU comes in and gives the favored Cougars a game. This 20-0 run is no joke, they are for real. I like them to win, but I’ll take the 5 points to play with just in case.
#4 San Diego State Aztecs (+5) @ #9 BYU Cougars (1/26)