San Diego, California - San Diego State, for the fourth time in program history, will be a part of ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Aztecs will play host to Utah on Tuesday, November 18, at 1 p.m. PT in a game to be televised live on ESPN.
San Diego State-Utah will precede College GameDay, which is slated for a 3 p.m. PT start from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State and Duke is the next game on ESPN and will tip at 4 p.m. PT from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
SDSU is competing in the annual event for the first time at home after playing on the road three previous times (at Saint Mary’s, at Gonzaga, at Baylor). The non-conference match-up also marks the first meeting in a home-and-home series with the Utes. The Aztecs are scheduled to play at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City in 2015-16.
San Diego State and Utah are reigniting a series that the Aztecs have dominated in recent memory. SDSU will head into the contest having won five straight vs. the Utes, most recently in 2011 when both schools were members of the Mountain West. Since 2009, San Diego State is 6-2 vs. Utah and winners of nine of the last 14 get-togethers, which dates to 2006. SDSU has also won five in a row at home vs. the Utes.
The Aztecs are regarded as a preseason top-25 team heading in to the 2014-15 campaign, ranging anywhere from No. 9 (NBCSports.com’s Rob Dauster) to No. 21 (CBS Sports Network’s Jon Rothstein). SDSU returns three starters and eight letterwinners off last season’s squad that won the Mountain West regular-season title, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished ranked No. 13/12 (AP/Coaches) before posting a 31-5 record. San Diego State also welcomes a pair of Division I transfers and brings a consensus top-15 recruiting class into the fold.
Utah, meanwhile, completed the 2013-14 season with a 21-12 record and a first-round appearance in the NIT. Last year’s effort marked the first time the Utes posted a winning record and earned a berth in the postseason since 2008-09. Utah will head to Viejas Arena with a roster that features five returning starters and that many experts believe will compete for an NCAA berth.
The ESPN appearance is San Diego State’s first since 2011, when it played at No. 11/12 Baylor in the same 24-hour event. The home ESPN game, however, is the Aztecs’ first since Jan. 24, 2005, when they played host to Colorado State, which resulted in an 84-77 victory.
SDSU’s non-conference schedule is still being finalized and will be released upon its completion. The Aztecs’ Mountain West slate, however, was revealed last week and will begin at home on Dec. 31 vs. Air Force.
MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE CHANGES: On Friday, Aug. 1, the Mountain West announced three changes to San Diego State’s schedule. The New Mexico home game has been changed from Jan. 7 to Jan. 6. The road game at Air Force has been moved from Jan. 21 to Jan. 20. Lastly, SDSU’s road date at UNM has been moved up a day from Feb. 18 to Feb. 17. All three will air live on CBS Sports Network.