Conference season is underway in the Mountain West as the top team in the conference, San Diego State, faces one of the worst, San Jose State. The San Diego State Aztecs are 9-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference while the San Jose State Spartans are 3-6 overall and 0-1 in the Mountain West. The Aztecs have won the last four meetings, including a sweep last year. Tipoff is Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.
San Jose States loses conference openerThe San Jose State Spartans took it on the chin in their Mountain West Conference opener. They lost to a very good Utah State team 71-59. Utah State is ranked No. 25 in the country, so considering they kept it close until the end is promising for the Spartans. It was their fourth straight loss, but they have played good teams including UCLA, Oregon State, and Portland State.
Seneca Knight led the Spartans with 17 points and 6 rebounds. He made 3 of 5 from three-point range. He was the only Spartan in double figures. San Jose State averages 65.6 points per game on 39.8 percent shooting from the field. They shoot 27 percent from three and 65 percent from the foul line.
The Aztecs are undefeatedThe San Diego State Aztecs are off to their best start since one Kawhi Leonard played for them. The Aztecs are 9-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Mountain West. They are ranked No. 25 in the KenPom power rankings. They posted their first conference win on Wednesday beating Colorado State 79-57. Malachi Flynn led the way with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Flynn drained 3 three-pointers. Matt Mitchell was also in double figures with 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds.
An updated story with quotes on SDSU's 83-73 win vs Iowa in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena. Malachi Flynn: "I just got going." https://t.co/p5enclhncr— Mark Zeigler (@sdutzeigler) November 30, 2019
Flynn is sixth in the Mountain West averaging 16.9 points per game and second in assists with 5.4 assists per game. As a team, the Aztecs average 77 points per game. They shoot 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. They also shoot 72 percent from the foul line.