NCAA Division I basketball teams are allowed 30 practices in the six weeks before their first game, which is great for conditioning and drill work and installing schemes.But it’s hard to know what you have because you only play against each other.San Diego State figured out a way to play against someone else.NCAA rules allow former players to participate in the occasional practice, and the Aztecs turned that into a de facto alumni game Saturday afternoon behind closed doors at the JAM Center. Good thing, too, since coach Brian Dutcher didn’t have enough healthy bodies for the instrasquad scrimmage that would otherwise be planned on Saturdays. So Dutcher’s seven faced six alums. They played three eight-minute periods, and the final score was 49-42.The youngsters won.Perhaps more impressive was who they won without. Projected starters Matt Mitchell, Yanni Wetzel and Nathan Mensah all sat out with a variety of injuries, as did rotation members Nathan Mensah and Aguek Arop. (They have been limited participants in practice but were held out of live action.)All are 6-6 or taller, meaning the Aztecs were severely undersized on the front line. At one point, they had five guards on the floor.“They looked really good,” said… Read full this story
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