SDSU moves up in poll; Carlwell ready

by Edward Lewis

Peter Kluch / Senior Staff Photographer
Peter Kluch / Senior Staff Photographer

The San Diego State men’s basketball team will take on Utah at 7:30 p.m. tonight inside Viejas Arena, looking to extend its winning streak to four. Take a look at some of SDSU’s news and notes before tip-off tonight.

Aztecs move up in poll
SDSU didn’t move up in the ESPN / USA Today Coaches Poll, staying at No.  6, but it did manage to leap frog Connecticut in the Associated Press Poll, sliding in at No. 6.
The Aztecs’ highest ranking this season in both polls was No. 4.

No update on Shelton or Tapley
As of yesterday afternoon, head coach Steve Fisher hadn’t seen the MRI results of junior forward Tim Shelton’s injured foot. Fisher also said he hadn’t talked to sophomore guard Chase Tapley about his injured ankle either.
Both remain questionable for tonight’s game.

Carwell ready to fill in
If Shelton and Tapley can’t go tonight, sophomore guard James Rahon will slide into the starting lineup at the two-guard spot, and senior center Brian Carlwell will likely be the sixth man off the bench. Carlwell said Fisher hasn’t talked to him specifically about playing extended minutes against Utah, but the big man said he would be ready regardless.

“I just tell (Fisher) ‘Just throw me in whenever,’” Carlwell said. “‘Whatever position you need, I’ll get it done. I just want to play.’ So I’m going to come out prepared ready to go for whatever he asks me to do and we’re going to go out here and get this win (tonight).”

Leonard wins another POW
Sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard picked up his sixth career Mountain West Conference Player of the Week award, the MWC announced yesterday. It’s his third of the season. He shares this week’s honor with BYU guard Jimmer Fredette.

“I just feel good about it,” Leonard said of the award. “But we have things to do as a team still and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”