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August 22, 2013

SDSU announces non-conference hoops schedule

San Diego State will play 11 of its 12 non-conference games in the Southern California region, including seven at Viejas Arena, the Aztec men's basketball program announced Thursday. Highlighting the slate are home games vs. Arizona and Washington, the Wooden Legacy event in Orange County, a road trip to Kansas.

SDSU will prepare for the campaign with a Nov. 1 exhibition home game vs. Cal State San Marcos before opening the season with UC Riverside. The Highlanders and Aztecs will gather inside Viejas Arena on Nov. 8, with San Diego State looking to improve to 10-0 vs. UCR.

Six days later on Nov. 14, Arizona will step foot onto the Viejas hardwood for the first time since 2009. CBS Sports Network will have the 7:05 p.m. PT game as San Diego State will look to claim its third victory in the last four meetings with the Wildcats. In that 2009 outing, SDSU beat Arizona, 63-46, which was the program's first win over UA since 1983.

Before heading to the Wooden event, the Aztecs will face San Diego Christian at home on Nov. 20 for the fourth time in the last four seasons. Then it is on to the Wooden Legacy where Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Marquette and Miami (Fla.) await San Diego State.

In the opening game of the Wooden Legacy, SDSU will face College of Charleston on Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. PT at CSUF's Titan Gym. The ESPNU game will pit the Aztecs, who earned an NCAA berth in 2013, against a Cougars side that won 24 games and advanced to the CBI a season ago. Depending on the outcome, San Diego State will take on Creighton or Arizona State in Fullerton on Nov. 29 at either 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2) or 9 p.m. PT (ESPNU). The final day of the tournament will take place at Honda Center in Anaheim on Dec. 1 and will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

Later that week on Dec. 5, SDSU will get on Interstate 8 and head west to cross-town foe, USD. The Aztecs will continue the annual series, one in which they have won a series-best seven in a row, including three straight at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Overall, San Diego State leads the all-time series, 27-17.

Then to close out 2013, SDSU will play four straight on Montezuma Mesa starting Dec. 8. The Sunday matinee game featuring the Aztecs and Washington Huskies will tip at 12:05 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network. The early December game will mark the first time the schools have met since 2004, and the first time UW has visited America's Finest City since 2003.

Following a 10-day break for final exams, San Diego State will resume its slate vs. Southern Utah on Dec. 18, before McNeese State comes in for a Dec. 21 game. Then on the last Friday of 2013, St. Katherine College heads south from Encinitas to take on the Aztecs (Dec. 27). The Firebirds will be participating in their inaugural campaign.

SDSU will step into Mountain West action briefly on Jan. 1 to face Colorado State at Moby Arena and then head to Kansas for a Jan. 5 date inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Sunday afternoon game will air live on CBS at a time that has yet to be determined. Following the game in Lawrence, SDSU will continue its league schedule.

For the aforementioned games with unlisted tip times and TV, those have not been finalized yet and will be released at a later date.

San Diego State is coming off a school-record fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament where it advanced past the second round for the second time in three seasons. Last year, the Aztecs finished with a 23-11 record, which represented their eighth-consecutive campaign of 20 or more wins, and their postseason berth was their eighth in a row as well. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2013-14 season may contact the SDSU ticket office at (619) 283-7378.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE NOTES: Of the 27 games against Division I opponents in which San Diego State knows its opponent (includes day two of the Wooden Legacy), the Aztecs will face a minimum of 18 games against teams with a winning record, 15 games vs. teams that won at least 20 games, 16 games against teams that advanced to the postseason, 15 games vs. teams that won at least 20 games, 11 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament and eight games vs. teams that won at least 25 games in 2012-13... The Aztecs will face two teams that advanced to the 2013 Sweet 16 (vs. Arizona on Nov. 14 and at Kansas on Jan. 5)... San Diego State's games in which it know the specific Division I opponent it will face will be played against teams that combined to go 499-352 last season (58.6 percent)... San Diego State will ring in 2014 by facing three teams - Colorado State, Kansas and Boise State - that posted a 78-26 record last season with all three teams advancing to the NCAA tournament... The two road games during that stretch - at Colorado State and at Kansas - are against teams that went a combined 33-2 at home last season... Of the 16 regular-season home games in 2013-14, five will come against opponents that advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2013... San Diego State's first 11 games will be played in the state of California... After that, the Aztecs will play three of their next four contests in a different time zone (two in the Mountain, one in the Central)... San Diego State's current 33-game winning streak against teams from California, the longest active streak in the nation, will be put to the test eight times during the season beginning with the season-opener against UC Riverside on Nov. 8... The Aztecs, who have won 11 of its last 12 games against teams from the Pac-12 Conference, will play at least two teams from that league (Arizona on Nov. 14 and Washington on Dec. 8, both at home).


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