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San Diego State’s team is at full strength again as they return to action Saturday. Photo credit: Derrick Tuskan, via goaztecs.com

San Diego State emerges from their COVID-forced break at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and immediately come up against a team on a 10-game winning streak, Boise State.

Head coach Brian Dutcher calls it a “tremendous challenge.” So is the Aztecs’ (10-3, 2-0 Mountain West) schedule over the coming week – three games in five days – as they begin to makeup their COVID postponements.

It starts with the Broncos and UNLV at Viejas Arena – SDSU’s home game against the Runnin’ Rebels is rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday – then the team hits the road for Utah State Wednesday.

They last played Jan. 8, a resounding victory over Colorado State, before COVID wiped the Wyoming, New Mexico and UNLV games off the slate.

Dutcher said seven individuals in the program tested positive over two days and the entire team couldn’t reconvene on the court again until Monday.

“We’re dealing with it and hopefully we’re on the backside of it,” he said.

San Diego State and Boise State (13-4, 4-0 MW) represent two of the top defensive teams in the MW, ranking second and third in the conference respectively.

But the Broncos’ last three wins, over Air Force, New Mexico and Nevada, came against lesser MW lights. SDSU, though, boasting five straight victories, last won against Colorado State, thumping the formerly undefeated team by 30.

Still, with the long layoff, Dutcher said practice in part has been focused on again getting in sync.

“Offensively, it’s just about trying to get our timing back,” Dutcher said.

After the Boise State and UNLV games, the Aztecs travel to Logan to meet Utah State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. They await word on rescheduling the other two postponed games.