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Trey Kell (Photo: Derrick Tuskan) Trey Kell (Photo: Derrick Tuskan)

SDSU Men’s Basketball Announces Schedule

SDSU will open the season with three of its first four games at Viejas Arena.
By GoAztecs

San Diego State University men's basketball announced its non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season and its broadcast assignments in conjunction with the Mountain West Conference. Highlighting the schedule are home games versus Gonzaga and California, and a trip to Orange County for the Wooden Legacy.

The first chance to see the Aztecs will be Nov. 2, when they host University of California, San Diego in SDSU’s lone exhibition game of the campaign.

SDSU officially opens the season with three of its first four games at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs will host San Diego Christian College, a team SDSU has defeated all seven times they have met, on Nov. 10. A quick trip to Arizona State University is set for Nov. 14, when the Aztecs will look to avenge last year’s home loss to the Sun Devils.

SDSU will then play two straight home games against unfamiliar foes. First up is a Nov. 17 date with McNeese State University, a program the Aztecs have played just twice before. Then Eastern Illinois University will head to Montezuma Mesa on Nov. 20, in what will be the first-ever matchup between the schools.

The Wooden Legacy is next up on the docket for the Aztecs, who will draw Sacramento State University in its first game on Nov. 23 (ESPNU, 10 p.m. PT). On Nov. 24, SDSU will face either the University of Georgia or Cal State Fullerton at a time yet to be determined (ESPN2 or ESPNEWS, 4 or 6:30 p.m. PT). The final day of the event is scheduled for Nov. 26.

The Aztecs will make the trip across town to the University of San Diego on Nov. 30 and will look to extend its four-game road winning streak versus the Toreros.

Following the brief road trip, SDSU will complete its non-conference schedule with three games on Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena. Bradley University will visit on Dec. 3 as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge, which will air on the Mountain West Network in collaboration with Stadium. The University of California, Berkeley follows in the Braves’ footsteps on Dec. 9 (CBS Sports Network, 2 p.m. PT), with the Aztecs in search of their fifth straight win in the series.

The final game before the start of Mountain West action will be on Dec. 21, when the 2017 national runner-up Gonzaga Bulldogs head to the Mesa. SDSU dropped last year’s decision in Spokane, but will look to repeat 2010’s effort when it downed the Bulldogs inside the Kennel. The showdown is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network.

Switching to television assignments for the Mountain West schedule, the Aztecs are set to appear on ESPN2 twice (Jan. 13, at Boise State; Feb. 10, at Nevada); ESPNU or ESPN3 (flex scheduling) three times; ESPN3 twice to open the conference slate; and CBS Sports Network 11 times.

More schedule information will be announced in the coming weeks.

SDSU is set to return three starters, including an all-conference backcourt of Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and five players overall (Montaque Gill-Caesar, Hemsley, Max Hoetzel, Kell and Malik Pope) who saw action in the starting lineup a year ago. The Aztecs also add Devin Watson to the roster after he sat out last season following his transfer from the University of San Francisco, where he averaged 20.3 points and 4.9 assists as a sophomore in 2015-16, and Kameron Rooks, who is a graduate transfer from California. In addition to Watson and Rooks, SDSU will welcome freshmen Jalen McDaniels, Jordan Schakel, Matt Mitchell and Adam Seiko.