Keshad Johnson, with an impressive dunk against Georgetown Nov. 25. Photo credit: Derrick Tuskan, via goaztecs.com

COVID-19 concerns have moved up a marquee match-up to Saturday on San Diego State’s schedule.

The Aztecs (9-3, 1-0 Mountain West), already without a Wednesday opponent due to COVID-19 issues in the Fresno State program, also lost their Saturday game when Nevada faced COVID problems as well.

So in Nevada’s place, the Aztecs will host No. 20 Colorado State (11-0, 1-0 MW), which lost its Friday opponent, Boise State, again, due to COVID issues.  

Tipoff against the Rams will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Viejas Arena, with the game to be broadcast on CBS.  

Colorado State last played Tuesday, a 67-59 win against Air Force. San Diego State opened up their conference schedule with a 62-55 win over UNLV last weekend.

As a team, the Rams lead the MW, scoring an average of almost 82 points a game, while forward David Roddy is second among players in the conference, averaging 19.7 a game.

“They’re gifted offensively. They’re one of the top offensive teams in the country,” said head coach Brian Dutcher.

With that in mind, Trey Pulliam – who returned to practice after his recent health struggles, including strep throat – noted the impact defeating a ranked opponent could have on his team’s prospects.

“We definitely need this one,” he said.

Keshad Johnson will play Saturday after being named MW Player of the Week for his performance against UNLV when he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, a season high. It’s the first such honor for Johnson, a junior.

The Rams defeated the Aztecs at Viejas a year ago – a 70-67 decision that ended a stretch in which SDSU had won 15 consecutive home games.

San Diego State leads the all-time series against Colorado State, 46-42, but in the last 37 games against the Rams, SDSU has posted a 29-8 record.

The Aztecs played a ranked Colorado State team one time, falling 66-60 to the No. 24 Rams on Feb. 13, 2013 while on the road.

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