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Men's College Basketball
Preview
San Diego St. vs Arizona
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii

Two teams that have become quite familiar with each other in recent years will collide again Wednesday when No. 4 Arizona meets No. 15 San Diego State in the final of the Maui Invitational. The teams have met four times in the previous three seasons, including the Sweet 16 last March in Anaheim. The only victory the Aztecs can claim in that span was three years ago, when they ended Arizona’s 22-game home-winning streak.

Both teams have three starters and their first player off the bench back from their last meeting, but the Wildcats probably have the best additions to their starting five. Brandon Ashley was a key player for Arizona last season before suffering a season-ending broken foot in early February and freshman Stanley Johnson has already emerged as one of the team’s top players. San Diego State replaced high-scoring guard Xavier Thames with freshman Trey Kell, though the latter is coming off a 15-point effort against Pittsburgh in the semifinals.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (5-0): The Aztecs felt they let one get away against Arizona last March and have been anticipating this matchup for months. If they need someone to turn to down the stretch this season, the best bet might be J.J. O’Brien, a 6-7 senior forward who’s adept at creating his own shot in the post. He’s also shooting 81.3 percent from the free-throw line, by far the best among the starters.

ABOUT ARIZONA (5-0): The Wildcats can ding teams from a variety directions and elevations. Kaleb Tarczewski, their 7-foot starting center, didn’t make much noise the first four games this season before matching his career high with 18 points in the semifinal win against Kansas State. Gabe York, one of two returning starting guards for the Wildcats, went scoreless in the first half of the tournament opener and didn’t start the second half, but came back in the semifinals and shot 6-for-10 with 15 points.

TIP-INS

1. The Aztecs, who needed double-overtime to get past BYU in the first round, are 18-1 in last 19 overtime games.

2. San Diego State has won 125 straight games when leading with five minutes left.

3. Arizona’s last regular-season non-conference loss came at Gonzaga on Dec. 17, 2011.

PREDICTION: San Diego State 77, Arizona 74
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
San Diego St. 5-0 W5 3-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 0-0
Arizona 5-0 W5 3-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
San Diego St. Arizona
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/27/14 SDSU 64 ARIZ 70 64 33 38.9 70 27 47.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Diego St. X. Thames 25 40.9 6
Arizona A. Gordon 15 77.8 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Diego St. J. Davis 14 6 8
Arizona N. Johnson 8 2 6
Assists Player  
San Diego St. J. Davis 2
Arizona G. York 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Diego St. W. Shepard 57 43.2 22
Arizona B. Ashley 70 55.8 22
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Diego St. J. O'Brien 33 13 20
Arizona R. Hollis-Jefferson 32 10 22
Assists Player  
San Diego St. J. O'Brien 14
Arizona T. McConnell 34
Quickchart Matchup
San Diego St. Off vs  Arizona Defense
69.8 Points For
59.6 Points Against
42.7 FG%
39.8 FG%
34.4 Reb
24.4 Reb
Arizona Off vs  San Diego St. Defense
75.8 Points For
55.6 Points Against
50.0 FG%
34.6 FG%
24.4 Reb
33.2 Reb