|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABSan Diego State is coming into tonight's game against Uconn as the perennial survivors this year.
The team had to take Temple to double-overtime in order to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but they made key plays late in the game to put them over the edge. Strong finishes have been a trend with the Aztecs all season, but tonight will be one of their greatest challenges.
San Diego State is having a magical run in the tournament this year. Their two wins in the 2011 tournament are the only two wins in school history for the program. However, they come into this game as the No. 2 seed, while the Huskies are the No. 3 seed. So despite having little history of success in the tournament, the Aztecs are actually outranking Uconn.
But that is fine with Uconn, who are happy to be the underdogs tonight. The Huskies knocked off Cincinnati to reach the Round of 16 after getting an easy win over Bucknell in the Round of 32. They are also coming off of their amazing run in the Big East tournament where they won five games in five days to become conference tourney champions. But Uconn is showing no sign of rust or slowing down.
The sportsbook favors the Huskies to win, but the odds are extremely close. In the closest spread of any NCAA game tonight, Uconn is only the 1-point favorites to win. The total is set at 128.5. The game tips off at 7:15 PM ET in Southern California. It will be televised on CBS.
The big challenge for SDSU will be shutting down Uconn's Kemba Walker, a candidate for the national player of the year. He averages 23.6 points per game, and knows how to draw fouls from the opposing teams. The Huskies will have to shut down Kawhi Leonard, who leads the Aztecs in scoring and rebounds per game. If comes out of this one with an impressive double-double, Uconn's run in the tournament may be over.