No. 13/14 SDSU Opens 2nd Half of League at No. 14/16 UNLV

Feb. 8, 2012

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  GAME 24

13/14 SAN DIEGO STATE at 14/16 UNLV

Date Saturday, February 11 | 1 p.m. PT
Location Thomas & Mack Center (18,776)
UNLV Campus | Las Vegas, Nev.
TV NBC Sports Network
Radio KOGO-FM 95.7 FM & AM 600
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No. 13/14 San Diego State Opens Second Half of League Play at No. 14/16 UNLV

* Having secured its school-record seventh consecutive season with at least 20 victories, No. 13/14 San Diego State opens up the second half of Mountain West play at No. 14/16 UNLV on Saturday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center. The Aztecs, who earned a co-regular season title last season, begin the bell lap with a one-game lead over both the Rebels and Wednesday's opponent New Mexico.

* Saturday's game is one of three match-ups between AP top-15 teams (No. 6 Baylor at No. 4 Missouri and No. 11 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State).

* San Diego State owns the nation's highest winning percentage since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. During that span, the Aztecs are 54-6 (90.0 percent).

* San Diego State has won its last three meetings with teams ranked in the AP Top 25. That is a school record and is the third-longest active streak nationally (Georgetown and Kentucky, 4).

* Sophomore Jamaal Franklin is the only player in the Mountain West to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding for all games (16.0 ppg - 1st; 7.2 rpg - 3rd) and conference games only (18.0 ppg - 2nd; 9.3 rpg - 2nd). He has also reached double figures in scoring in a career-high 11 straight games and has seven double-doubles in his last 10 games.

* Junior Chase Tapley is second in the league in scoring (15.9) and is first in steals (2.09). Tapley has already surpassed his scoring total from both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. He has reached double figures in scoring in a career-high 17 straight games.

* San Diego State has defeated UNLV a school-record six consecutive times and has won nine of the last 10 meetings. The Aztecs are 21-32 all-time against the Rebels, with 17 of those victories coming under the direction of two-time national coach of the year Steve Fisher.

* The Aztecs have gone 40 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, a streak that dates back to last season. In seven conference games, SDSU opponents are shooting 39.4 percent from the field. That figure leads the Mountain West.

The UNLV Game
* San Diego State and UNLV are meeting for the 54th time overall and the 29th time in Las Vegas. * UNLV leads the overall series 32-21 and the Rebels own a 19-9 series advantage in Sin City. * San Diego State has won a school-record six consecutive meetings with UNLV. That streak ties for the second-longest active win streak against the Rebels (New Mexico State, 9). * San Diego State has won its last seven games played at the Thomas & Mack Center and has won three straight match-ups with UNLV on its homecourt. Since March 13, 2010, SDSU is 3-0 at UNLV while the rest of the country is a combined 3-25.
 

 

Jamaal Franklin hit the game-winning shot in the first meeting between UNLV and San Diego State this season.
  GAME DAY MATCH-UP
San Diego State UNLV
W-L 20-3 21-4
Streak Won 2 Lost 1
MW W-L 6-1/1st 5-2/T-2nd
RPI Ranking 49 11
Sagarin Ranking 11 15
  SERIES
All-Time UNLV leads, 32-21
MWC Era SDSU leads, 17-15
Streak SDSU won 6 straight
SDSU won 9 of 10
In Las Vegas UNLV leads, 19-9
SDSU won 3 straight
  LAST TWO MEETINGS
  03.11.11 SDSU 74, @UNLV 72 | Highlights
  01.14.12 @SDSU 69, UNLV 67 | Highlights
  OTHER MW GAMES ON SATURDAY

  Wyoming at New Mexico, 12:30 p.m. PT
  Colorado State at TCU, 5:30 p.m. PT
  Boise State at Air Force, 6 p.m. PT