“Aztecs Basketball—Prove Yourself”
Th-e Aztecs face back to back big games this week in the Continental Tire Invitational in Las Vegas. SDSU plays nationally ranked Creighton then likely Iowa. They’ve had a good start, but now start to play really good teams, Creighton, Iowa, Texas Tech in the tourney..
They have a chance to establish their resume, and push themselves into the Top 25-rankings.
The gritty come from behind win at BYU was an accomplishment, but that is now off-set by the struggles they had against Long Island University (LI-Who) and downtrodden Tennessee State.
You see flashes, in your face defense, an odd good game by Yonnie Wetzel or Jordan Schakel, big nights inside from Nathan Mensah. But lead guard Malachi Flynn isn’t shooting well (39%), and didn’t shoot well when he left Washington State.
Their calling card is at the other end of the floor. Try holding opponents (35%) shooting….try 20-blocked shots and 40-steals…or opponents (98) turnovers in six outings so far.
Need to find the offense now, because Creighton-Texas Tech-Iowa are big time teams.
Coach Brian Dutcher:
..Teams in Las Vegas-combined record (19-2)
..Exciting to see where we are as a team..see how good we are
..Creighton shoots 41% from the 3-point range..top ranked on offense.
..Aztecs had shots not go in vs Tennessee State…
..Had layups…open threes not go in..just have to make shot
..Haven’t had a game where our guards are red-hot, on fire.
..Yonni-Nathan playing well inside..just need consistency outside.
..Las Vegas tourney games carry clout for post season
..In search of quality resume win because we are not in Power 5-Conference
..Important to us for non conference resume
..Alot of eyes on Aztecs with ESPN televising games
..Get into rankings-it adds credence we are NCAA tourney team
..Gives us wiggle room in the conference
..I like my team-we will be competitive thru the year ..(6-0) good start-next goal…take it one game at a time
..Creighton will be a good test for us
..This has been pretty good start with our focus
..This team has clicked this year..new team..new people
..Everyone has bought in this year to practices-game plans
..Offensive struggle-defense has been good
..Missing too many shots-we make them in practice-need to do in game
..Cannot let offense dictate our defense
..Every player lives for this…5-games in 10-nights
..Practice 10-days and no games..don’t like that.
..Game feels different at 220-pounds..want to play back to way I played before
..Weight loss is a different…quicker on defense…steals..proud what I’ve done
…Push ourselves into Top 25-rankings, would help team a lot..grow-come together
..When I transferred in I looked at all aspects of program
..I believe we could be where we are right n
..Come together in July-when we were practicing together
..Creighton very good team-we know that going in
..Big test for us-our chemistry-
..Two toughest games we have had back to back
..5-games in 10-days..just lock in on scouting reporting
..Haven’t shot well the first 6-games…continue be confident
..We know how good we are..getting to top 25-would mean a lot.