MWC notebook: SDSU enjoying packed arena

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  • B5Erik Menifee, CA
    Feb. 18, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I love how BYU fans completely forget the altitude factor in Provo, and how the last game was back and forth until the Aztecs got gassed due to said altitude.

    At sea level that home court advantage that BYU enjoys will be gone. Viejas Arena is one of the toughest places to play as a visitor.

    Another point - Kawhi Leonard was violently ill and throwing up prior to the game at BYU. He needed an IV for hydration prior to the game and yet he still played well in the game. Unless the flu ravages the Aztecs we should see an even better Aztec team than you saw for the first 35 minutes of that game.

    This game is no gimme for either team, but I'd say the Aztecs have the advantage here. We'll see how it plays out on the 26th...

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    re Mountainman

    I respectfully disagree on the bigs. Adv SDSU. Also, can you please point out when Hedge was right. I don't know of a game that she has been right.

  • bkcharles Snowflake, AZ
    Feb. 16, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    TJ I hope you are wrong too. Winning at SDSU would send the Cougar's RPI through the roof! Am looking forward to a good game regardless.

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 16, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    I also think that that BYU will lose at SDSU and finish second in the conference. But the loss won't drop them out of the top-ten and the real prize is the conference tournament, not the regular season crown.

    So no big deal, really.

    Should they lose, BYU will finish the season 28-3 and assuming worst case they lose in the tournament final, they would enter March Madness with a record of 30-4.

    If memory serves, that will make it back-to-back 30 win seasons.

    Not too shabby ....

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    So, how many missionaries going to be there this time - I am talking about sdsu fans. Can't wait for a farewell party.

    How many BYU fans going to be there and cheer the loudest? Very interesting thought and we will see.

    I don't see sdsu losing to nm tonight.

    Keep on wining Cougars and Aztecs and we will be there on the 26th.

    Prediction - stay tune.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    hedge; Jealous much? or is it still all hateful obsession?
    SDSU is a solid team and BYU will be fortunate to win there. I predict a close game with SDSU winning by less than 6. I really, really hope I'm wrong. BYU will have to shoot well, score over 80 and play solid defense. BYU is the more disciplined team. Should be a great game.
    Go Cougs!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    It would have been nice if the article had indicated home many seats Veijas Arena has.(12414)
    BYU has played one sellout there before and has 6 of the top thirty crowds there. San Diego is 4-2 with the crowd behind them. Last year they lost with a crowd of 9631.

    How intense would the BYU-SDSU game be if SDSU lost to New Mexico at home tonight?

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Glad to see SDSU fill the Old Arena. Hope Aztecs do well and win their first game in the NCAA tourney. They have a great coach, good talent and now a supportive fan base (as long as they win). Recently spent 2 days in San Diego. Loved the weather. Most of my high school buddies went to SDSU and loved it. I loved going to BYU.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    RPI Rankings are one thing. Winning a tough game is another.

    Neither BYU nor SDSU will make it to the final four, and will be LUCKY to win their sweet 16 game.
    Good teams, not GREAT.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 16, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Regarding the upcomming BYU game at SDSU.

    #1:BYU always seems to play better on the road with one exception at New Mexico; advantage BYU.
    #2: BYU swept SDSU last year and in Provo this year; advantage BYU.
    #3: Hedgehog has predicted a BYU loss but has been wrong 99% of the time in the past: advantage BYU.
    #4: The refs will swallow their whistles on defensive fouls against Jimmer but not against other BYU players: advantage SDSU.
    #5: BYU's big men are key to this game. If they box out Kawhi and defend him well; Advantage BYU.
    #6: This game will probably decide the MWC regular season championship and which team is more hungry; toss up on this one.
    So, 4 out of six factors and one toss up should give this game to BYU! BYU by 8 points!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    Before you can claim that the MWC is the best conference out West "Hands Down" you need some teams to win more than one game in the big dance. Next month we will see how great the conferenc is.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Feb. 16, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    SDSU is a very good team this year. Great to see it. BYU is also and that is good to see. Good to see the attention Jimmer is getting and the attention it is bringing to BYU. There is a spillover of attention that comes to the rest of the league.

    When both teams play in SD on the 26th, I am hoping for a close game that goes down to the final seconds. With SDSU having home court adavantage I would have to give them the edge in this game. BYU however seems to have played their best when on the road, so anything cn happen.

    Go Cougars, beat TCU and Wyoming before even considering SDSU.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Feb. 16, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    i wish sdsu and byu didn't have to play each other again. they're both great teams and one has to lose, no ties in bb.

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    I may be in the minority, but I'm going to miss the MWC basketball season. Ultimately Utah may end up being in a more entertaining basketball conference a few years down the road than the MWC if the Pac-12 can rebound from how down they've been in basketball the past few seasons, but right now the Mountain West is the best basketball conference out west hands down and it doesn't look like that would have changed for several seasons at least. And BYU... I am extremely excited for those Gonzaga games every year and St. Mary's makes it so that at least it's not just one decent team to play every year in conference, but on the whole the WCC doesn't hold a candle to MWC basketball. The arenas at SDSU, UNLV, New Mexico, and the ones here at the Y and U are all top-notch and there's consistently 4-5 good teams and the bottom was improving. Add in the best tourney venue in Vegas in the country (minus the homecourt advantage), and MWC basketball will be missed. Luckily football is a big upgrade for both schools

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 15, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    This should be a great end to a wonderful season. I fully expect BYU and SDSU to play two more times. Once in SD and once in the MWC tournament.

    We need our "bigs" to produce more than they have the past couple of games. Davies and Hartsock (together) should to be in the 20 - 25 point range and with 15+ rebounds.

    I like Abouo in the starting line up. K. Collinsworth can still get his minutes as the back up for Fredette, Emery and Abouo since he is so versatile. Also, want to see Rogers more. He has big time offensive potential and is proving to be a good rebounder.

  • DixieAggie St.George, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    SDSU Aztecs are on a mission to make sacrificial offerings out of the mountain lions. God speed.

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    San Diego State is great. Hope this run keeps the fans coming for quite awhile.

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Can't wait to "here" hedgehog?

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    And I cant wait to see them give him a standing ovations when he lights them up for 47 points. Like he has done-- AGAIN...

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 15, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    GO SD St!!!!!

    Can't wait to here about what the fans will be chanting when the jimer gets jammed.