NCAA Bracket Results: San Diego State Defense On Temple Carries Aztecs To Sweet 16

As we noted in the game preview, the San Diego St. Aztecs and Temple Owls matched up very well with each other, and a lot of our predictions turned out to be right.

San Diego State shooting defense held down Temple's shooting. San Diego State held Temple to 38% shooting from the field and only three points in the final overtime period, and 36.5% from two point land. Lavoy Allen, 5 for 16 shooting, Rahlir Jefferson 2 for 8 shooting, Juan Fernandez 5 for 16 shooting. If not for the Owls knocking down six threes (four from Fernandez), the Aztecs would've probably won this outright in regulation.

The Aztecs had trouble shooting twos. Usually a great two point field goal offense, SDSU could get nothing in this one. D.J. Gay shot only 2 for 9, Kawhi Leonard 5 for 13. Billy White and Malcolm Thomas got theirs inside, but the struggles for Gay and Leonard cancelled out the struggles for Allen, Jefferson and Fernandez.

The Aztecs nailed their threes. Although their inside game betrayed them, the outside saved them against Temple's porous three point defense, particularly Chase Tapley. He nailed four of San Diego State's threes and kept the team from falling into too huge an offensive rut.

Take a look at the Four Factors below and you'll see that SDSU won almost every critical category at the end.

 

 

So for those Aztecs fans a little nervous about how close this one is, don't sweat it. It was a tough matchup and you're still playing. It's better than being Pitt.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Bay Area

You must be a member of SB Nation Bay Area to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Bay Area. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Bay Area

You must be a member of SB Nation Bay Area to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Bay Area. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.