The Arizona State Sun Devils will return home after a hard-fought road victory over their conference-rival California Bears on Tuesday. The 70-62 win brought the Sun Devils to 3-1 on the season and kept their top 25 status intact. Arizona State looks to continue their offensive effeciency on Thursday, and will count on playmakers Remy Martin and Marcus Bagley to do so. In the 2019-20 season, PAC-12 schools won the season series over Mountain West schools 14-2. watch Live now
Remy Martin led the Arizona State Sun Devils in nearly every offensive category last season and is on pace to have similar results this year. The six-foot guard has played the most minutes by a large margin and runs the offense with great pace and flow. Martin is averaging just under 18 points per game and is shooting a very impressive 56 percent from the field. Arizona State is glad their leader
The San Diego State Aztecs will have their work cut out for them on Thursday night on the road against Arizona State. The Aztecs had an ideal start to the 2020-21 season, beating the UCLA Bruins by 17 points in their season opener. San Diego State has outscored their opponents 298-217 so far this year, and their smallest margain of victory was five points.
The San Diego State Aztecs will be reliant on junior guard Jordan Schakel to bring the spark to the court on Thursday night. Schakel has recorded impressive numbers thus far, averaging 13 points and 3 rebounds per game. Schakel’s high intensity could be the difference maker in what should be a well-balanced matchup.
While San Diego State’s start to the season has been impressive, I do not forsee their offense putting enough pressure on Arizona State to emerge victorious. My prediction is as follows: The Sun Devils will out-pace and out-shoot the Aztecs, and while the game may start close, Remy Martin and company will handle the Aztecs with some ease. 76-63 Arizona State.
Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Remy Martin, Alonzo Verge Jr. and Holland Woods have combined to score 37 percent of Arizona State’s points this season. For San Diego State, Matt Mitchell, Jordan Schakel, Nathan Mensah, Terrell Gomez and Trey Pulliam have combined to account for 62 percent of all San Diego State scoring.MIGHTY MATT: Mitchell has connected on 31.3 percent of the 16 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 2 for 9 over the last three games. He’s also converted 73.7 percent of his free throws this season.
The Aztecs have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Sun Devils. Arizona State has 40 assists on 88 field goals (45.5 percent) over its previous three contests while San Diego State has assists on 40 of 73 field goals (54.8 percent) during its past three games.
Remy Martin led the Arizona State Sun Devils in nearly every offensive category last season and is on pace to have similar results this year. The six-foot guard has played the most minutes by a large margin and runs the offense with great pace and flow. Martin is averaging just under 18 points per game and is shooting a very impressive 56 percent from the field. Arizona State is glad their leader withdrew from the 2020 NBA Draft and they will need Remy Martin to be an impact performer on Thursday.
STINGY STATE: San Diego State has held opposing teams to 54.3 points per game this season, the seventh-lowest figure among all Division I teams.