San Diego State may play its games late at night by East Coast standards, and the Mountain West cable network isn't exactly easy to find, but N.C. State guard C.J. Williams knows what to expect from the Aztecs.
"I've seen them play a couple of times," Williams said Thursday in Columbus, where the Wolfpack prepared to face San Diego State on Friday. "I watched them in their conference tournament. I remember the shot that -- I don't remember which player it was, but he hit the shot at the end to win the game. They were ranked during the season, so you see them on TV, watch the highlights."
That would have been San Diego State's quarterfinal win over Boise State on March 8; sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin hit a 3-pointer as time expired for the Aztecs.
Williams was able to discuss San Diego State's four-guard lineup in detail, address N.C. State's matchups and assess the Aztec's style of play, which seemed to surprise the media in attendance. Williams shrugged.
"I'm just a fan of college basketball," he said. "I've been a fan since I was little. I grew up in ACC country. I'm used to watching college basketball all the time."