2015 NCAA Tournament: St. Johns Red Storm vs. San Diego State Aztecs 5 Bold Predictions

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Surprisingly High Scoring

Feb 28, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher (right) yells at a referee during the first half against the Boise State Broncos at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Aztecs and Red Storm both play aggressive defense, but it is in different manners. The Aztecs do it because they cannot score. If they give up too many points, they will not be able to contend with whoever they are playing. They are stifling and give up the second least amount of points per game, behind only the Virginia Cavaliers. The Red Storm do it to speed up the game, as they frantically press and try to get out in the open court.

They are two contrasting styles that will result in a much higher scoring game than people would imagine. Neither team shoots the ball especially well, which could make for a low scoring affair. But without Obekpa in the middle, the Aztecs should find it easier to score than they normally would, as the Red Storm will be without any sort of rim protection.

The Johnnies will be playing at a frenetic pace because they will be undersized, which should speed the game up. They will be looking to score frequently and fast as the size of the Aztecs would smother them in the halfcourt.

This game will go well into the sixties, which will surprise many as it has the potential to be one of the lower scoring games of the first round.