San Diego St vs Northern Colorado: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(2) San Diego State vs. (15) Northern Colorado

West Region - Tucson

March 17 - 4:40 TNT
 

San Diego State won't have to travel far if they're to get to their first-ever Final Four, with the path being Tucson to Anaheim to Houston. But the Aztecs have never won an NCAA Tournament game in their history, carrying an 0-6 record into the matchup with Big Sky champ Northern Colorado. The Bears, making their first-ever NCAA appearance, have an outstanding guard in senior Devon Beitzel but SDSU's experience in guarding Jimmer Fredette should help them out here. Kawhi Leonard is just one of the key players Steve Fisher relies on in the frontcourt and if they need a big shot guard D.J. Gay is the guy who gets the call more times than not. Look for SDSU to run into a zone defense or two and how well they execute against it will determine how far they go.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

San Diego St

Northern Colorado

 

Stars to Watch:

Kawhi Leonard F (San Diego State)

Devon Beitzel (Northern Colorado)

 

Vegas Odds:

San Diego St -16

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: San Diego St 69 - No Colorado 57

KenPom: San Diego St 74 - No Colorado 59

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: No Colorado

 

Faces Winner Of: Temple vs Penn State