College hoops preview: No. 12 Dixie State at Azusa Pacific

Dixie State University (13-2, 7-2) vs. Azusa Pacific University (7-4) at Felix Event Center, Azusa, Calif., 8:30 p.m. MDT
Broadcast: ESPN Radio 106.1 FM

AzusaCougarslogoCoach: Justin Leslie
Record: 9-5, 5-3 Pac West Conference
Streak: 2 wins
PPG: 73.4
PAPG: 70.9
Probable starters: Troy Leaf (G, 6’1″, 19.2 ppg), Tyler Monroe (F, 6’7″, 12.4 ppg), Robert Sandoval (G, 6’0″, 10.3 ppg), Sharif Watson (F, 6’6″, 8.9 ppg), Kevin Stafford (G, 6’3″, 5.9 ppg)
Other key contributors: Jared Zoller (F, 6’5″, 8.6 ppg), Bertram Hall (F, 6’6″, 4.7ppg), Lydell Cardwell (G, 6’2″, 5.9 ppg), Corey Langerveld (F, 6’6″, 2.4 ppg), Andy Jones (F, 6’5”, 2.3 ppg)

dsulogoCoach: Jon Judkins
Record: 13-2 overall, 7-2 in Pac West Conference
Streak: 1 loss
PPG: 84.3
PAPG: 76.8
Probable starters: Kimball Payne (G, 6’0″, 9.3 ppg), DeQuan Thompson (G, 6’3″, 15.6 ppg), Jordan Rex (C, 6’9″, 5.7 ppg), Zach Robbins (F, 6’10″, 15.5 ppg), Dalton Groskreutz (F, 6’6″, 14.5 ppg)
Other key contributors: Mason Sawyer (G, 5’10″, 7.2 ppg), Louis Garrett (F, 6’6″, 9.7 ppg), Curtis Papenfuss (F, 6’8″, 3.5 ppg), Robbie Nielson (G, 6’4″, 5.1 ppg), Landon Clegg (G, 6’4″, 2.1 ppg)

Game outlook: Azusa Pacific has the unfortunate exclusivity of facing Dixie State after a loss again. After Dixie’s first loss, APU came to St. George and got pounded by 24 points. Dixie suffered its second loss Saturday to Cal Baptist. APU has beaten some good teams and now have the Red Storm in its environs at the Felix Event Center. Groskreutz returned against Cal Baptist but played limited minutes, as did Garrett. Robbins and Rex dominated the Cougars with their height in the first game, posting double-doubles. They will need to step up again on the road to keep pace with Cal Baptist and Hawaii Pacific in the conference standings. Thompson will need to step up if Groskreutz is still out. Thompson has shown flashes this season where he can take over a game.

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