San Diego Aztecs' Stingy Defense Leads To Upset In Kansas

By John Lloyd
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The Kansas Jayhawks made a total of six shots in the first half against the San Diego Aztecs, leading to their demise. The defense that the Aztecs brought in the first half was their best performance thus far in the season.

Despite foul trouble (11 team fouls) and turnovers (nine in the first half), the Aztecs led 29-23 at the half. The offense was sloppy on both sides, but the Aztecs prevailed with better defense and slower possessions. The defense brought that same intensity in the second half, holding the Jayhawks to 34 points in the half.

Leading scorer Xavier Thames had nine points, leading all scorers in the game at the half. He finished with 16 points and was perfect at the end of the game when it came to free throws; he was their leader throughout the game.

The defense made the Jayhawks shoot a horrible 21 percent in the first half. In the second half, it was a bit of the same, as Kansas shot 29 percent for the game. The defense forced the Jayhawks into jumpers, which didn’t bode too nicely for the athletic Kansas team

Obviously the defense focused on Andrew Wiggins — as he was 4-14 from the field scoring 14 points.

Both teams shot extremely poor from the field, but the defense, particularly on the glass, gave the Aztecs the advantage throughout the game. Outrebounding Kansas is tough to do with big men Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis. The length of the guards and forwards of the Aztecs allowed them to compete on the glass and box out.

Josh Davis continues to dominate the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds. He was part of the reason that the Aztecs’ defense got the victory 61-57.

The Aztecs getting a marquee win against a ranked opponent has them playing with great confidence heading into Mountain West Conference play. The defense that they bring has to rank near the tops of the country, and the Jayhawks can attest to that.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII.

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