San Diego State-NC State Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets

There are 32 games on Thursday and Friday, one of the most exciting 48-hour segments on the sports calendar.

We won’t be able to get individual previews up for every game, but we’ll cherry pick some of the more compelling matchups during the tournament’s “second” round.

In this post, we preview the Midwest Region’s 6-11 matchup between Steve Fisher’s San Diego State crew and the Wolfpack of North Carolina State.

San Diego State-NC State Game Info

  • Seeds & Region: #6 San Diego State v #11 NC State in Midwest Region
  • San Diego State-NC State Date: Friday, March 16th
  • San Diego State-NC State Tip Time: 12:40 ET
  • San Diego State-NC State Location: Columbus
  • San Diego State-NC State TV: truTV
  • San Diego State-NC State Announcers: Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
  • San Diego State-NC State Point Spread: NC State -1.5
  • Tickets: San Diego State-NC State Tickets
  • Tickets: All Columbus Sessions
  • Tickets: Midwest Regional Tickets in St. Louis

San Diego State-NC State Analysis and Prediction

While I’m still not convinced the Wolfpack actually deserve to be in the tournament, I do like their first round matchup.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie has been fantastic down the stretch, and the Aztecs have very little size inside, which could mean guys like Leslie and Richard Howell could wreak havoc on the glass. SDSU also struggles to defend the three-point line, while NC State sharpshooter Scott Wood is among the nation’s best long-range snipers.

On the other end of the floor, the Aztecs haven’t posted gaudy offensive efficiency numbers, which is definitely a concern.  However, I am admittedly hesitant to pick against Jamaal Franklin, who has been phenomenal for Steve Fisher’s team this year.

Predicted Winner: North Carolina State


Former McDonald's All American C.J. Leslie is ready to lead the Wolfpack to a first round Tournament win. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

San Diego State Aztecs Team Capsule

  • Conference: Mountain West
  • Record: 26-7 (10-4 conf)
  • Last 10 Games: 6-4
  • Record vs. Tournament Teams: 5-6
  • Wins vs. Tournament Teams: California, Colorado State (2), Long Beach State, New Mexico
  • Losses vs. Tournament Teams: Baylor, Colorado State, Creighton, New Mexico (2), UNLV
  • Player to Watch: Jamaal Franklin (6’5” G, So.) – 17.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 spg

San Diego State Bottoms Line:

Despite losing a number of key contributors last season, the Aztecs tied for the regular season title in the Mountain West and reached the conference tournament final.

SDSU boasts a number of talented guards, led by MWC Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin who ranks first on the team in both scoring and rebounding despite standing just 6-foot-5.  His defensive rebounding percentage is among the best in the country, and he does a terrific job of drawing fouls as well.  Xavier Thames also scores in double figures and leads the team in assists, while veteran Chase Tapley has drained 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.

On the inside, the Aztecs use a committee approach with Garrett Green, Tim Shelton, and Deshawn Stephens all averaging at least 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.  Green hits nearly 59 percent from the field, while Stephens shoots over 60 percent.

Overall, SDSU ranks 83 in adjust offensive efficiency and the only areas where they rank inside the Top 100 are turnover rate and two-point shooting.  Three point shooting has been a struggle, and as a team, they don’t get to the line or grab offensive boards often enough.  The Aztecs are definitely tough on the defensive end.  They have a low turnover rate, but they are in the Top 25 in defensive rebounding percentage and opponents’ free throw rate.

Franklin can certainly get hot and carry the team, which is exactly what he will need to do if the Aztecs want to make a deep NCAA run.

NC State Wolfpack Team Capsule

  • Conference: ACC
  • Record: 22-12 (9-7 conf)
  • Last 10 Games: 5-5
  • Record vs. Tournament Teams: 3-8
  • Wins vs. Tournament Teams: Texas, UNC-Asheville, Virginia
  • Losses vs. Tournament Teams: Duke, Florida State, Indiana, North Carolina (3), Syracuse, Vanderbilt
  • Player to Watch: C.J. Leslie (6’8” F, So.) – 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.6 bpg, 53.2 FG%

NC State Bottoms Line:

The Wolfpack snuck into the tournament with a decent showing in the ACC Tournament,which is an impressive achievement in Mark Gottfried’s first year at the helm.  Five players score at least 10.6 points per game, which isn’t necessarily surprising since the team plays only seven guys in most contests.

C.J. Leslie is an explosive athlete, who has played extremely well down the stretch.  He boasts strong rebounding percentages on both ends of the floor, blocks shots at a high rate, and does a great job of getting to the free throw line.  He’s joined up front by Richard Howell, who nearly averages a double-double with 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and ranks in the Top 75 in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

Point guard Lorenzo Brown does a little of everything with 12.7 points, 6.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals.  On the perimeter, N.C. State also has sharpshooter Scott Wood, who shoots over 41 percent from three-point range and over 91 percent from the line.

The Wolpfack finished 33rd in adjusted offensive efficiency, with their impressive performance on the offensive boards a big reason why.  They don’t get to the line a ton, but their other offensive numbers are all above average.  On the defensive end, they don’t force many turnovers but still managed to finish 75th in adjusted efficiency.


Related: Jump to our Midwest Region Bracket Breakdown

See our other individual game previews and predictions:

About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms


  1. There are certainly a whole lot of particulars like that to take into consideration. That could be a nice level to convey up. I supply the ideas above as normal inspiration however clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up where a very powerful factor will be working in trustworthy good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged round issues like that, but I am positive that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the affect of only a moment’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  2. If some one desires expert view about blogging and site-building afterward i recommend him/her to pay a visit this weblog, Keep up the good job.

  3. This is why acne is hated and need to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you are interested in other remedies for acne or if you want to gain new knowledge about acne for example if you want to know how to get rid of scars or how to prevent acne from occurring, read our other articles. But, what you may not know is the ingredients these expensive products use are available in much cheaper over-the-counter products at big discount stores.

  4. My husband and i have been absolutely joyous when Michael could carry out his researching from your precious recommendations he grabbed out of your blog. It is now and again perplexing to just choose to be handing out facts many people have been trying to sell. And we all discover we now have the blog owner to be grateful to for that. The illustrations you made, the easy web site navigation, the relationships your site assist to instill it is many extraordinary, and it’s leading our son and our family consider that this article is fun, and that is really important. Thank you for all!

  5. You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the topic and found most guys will go along with with your site.

  6. Whats up this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  7. I do love the way you have framed this difficulty and it does present us a lot of fodder for thought. However, from everything that I have seen, I just trust when the actual responses pack on that people continue to be on issue and in no way embark upon a soap box of the news du jour. Anyway, thank you for this excellent piece and though I can not concur with this in totality, I respect the point of view.

  8. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  9. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

  10. If you are going for finest contents like me, only go to see this site every day because it offers feature contents, thanks

  11. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too great. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful web site.

  12. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful information particularly the last part :) I care for such information much. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  13. My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  14. You made some nice points there. I looked on the internet for the topic and found most individuals will agree with your site.

  15. Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this website.

  16. I think other web site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and magnificent user genial style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert in this topic!

  17. That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

  18. Asthma can be triggered by many factors like allergens or irritants caused by weather conditions, food varieties, drug intake and pretty much anything that could be breathed in, even perfumes. Taking every step you can to make the world around you more allergen friendly will help keep your attacks to a minimum. I believe that asthma attacks will have more to do with environmental exposures than your family genes.

  19. Hi, I check your blog regularly. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  20. I additionally believe that mesothelioma cancer is a rare form of cancer that is normally found in those previously subjected to asbestos. Cancerous tissue form while in the mesothelium, which is a safety lining which covers many of the body’s body organs. These cells normally form inside lining of your lungs, abdominal area, or the sac that really encircles one’s heart. Thanks for revealing your ideas.

  21. I’m not sure why but this weblog is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  22. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a appropriate deal. I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent idea

  23. Hola, es posible publicar un articulo citando a este post? Gracias

  24. Great post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information particularly the last part :) I maintain such information much. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  25. We won’t be able to get individual previews up for every game, but we’ll cherry pick some of the more compelling matchups during
    bandar Togel sgp yang paling aman

  26. Leslie has been fantastic down the stretch, and the Aztecs have
    togel sgp

Speak Your Mind