San Diego State’s basketball program is making headlines with several key updates, including the addition of a game, broadcast information for a high-profile matchup, and the latest on player injuries.
Additional Game Added: In a move to provide more clarity to their basketball schedule, San Diego State has added a 31st regular-season game. The Aztecs will host Point Loma Nazarene University, a Division II team, on Nov. 27. This strategic addition aims to break up a 2½-week stretch of five away games for the Aztecs. Point Loma Nazarene University, ranked No. 8 in the CBB Nation preseason Division II poll, boasts an impressive record of 29-4 from the previous season, reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Broadcast Information for Gonzaga Showdown: Fans of San Diego State basketball received good news regarding the broadcast of the highly anticipated matchup against Gonzaga. The game, scheduled for Dec. 29, will be televised by ESPN2 at 6 p.m. This announcement comes as a relief, considering potential concerns about the game being relegated to a secondary rights holder.
Injury Update: As the Aztecs gear up for their annual closed-door preseason scrimmage against Arizona State, the team faces some uncertainties on the injury front. Elijah Saunders and Darrion Trammell have both missed the past week of practice and are currently listed as questionable for the upcoming scrimmage. Saunders is in the final stages of concussion protocol after a head injury, while Trammell is dealing with a recurring shoulder issue. Coach Brian Dutcher emphasizes the importance of not rushing players back from injuries, focusing on their long-term health and ensuring they are fully healed before returning to the court.
Non-Division I Opponents: San Diego State’s schedule includes two non-Division I opponents this season. Alongside Point Loma Nazarene University, NAIA Saint Katherine University of San Marcos is set to visit Viejas Arena on Dec. 19. While Mountain West scheduling parameters typically allow only one non-Division I opponent per season, an exception has been made this year due to the unique circumstances.
Closing Thoughts: As San Diego State basketball continues its preparations for the upcoming season, the addition of games, TV broadcast confirmations, and injury updates all contribute to the anticipation surrounding the team. Coach Dutcher expresses confidence in the strength of the team’s schedule and emphasizes the commitment to providing challenging matchups for the Aztecs. As the season unfolds, fans will eagerly follow the team’s performance, both in high-profile games and crucial conference matchups.