Monday’s contest between San Diego State (26-9) and Washington (19-14) pits two teams with differing basketball philosophies. The Huskies average 84.1 points, which ranks sixth in the country. Meanwhile, the Aztecs win with a defense that holds teams to a 60.1 scoring average.

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The Huskies’ road to the NIT semifinals in New York takes them to Monday’s second-round game at Viejas Arena — a place where San Diego State rarely loses.

The Aztecs are 118-12 (.908) at home since Nov. 22, 2008. It’s the seventh-highest winning percentage in the nation during the span.

“They’ve done quite well for a long, long time,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They don’t lose there.”

Included in SDSU’s impressive home record over the past eight years is a 70-63 win over Washington on Dec. 8, 2013.

The teams met last season at Alaska Airlines Arena and UW came away with a 49-36 victory in an epic defensive struggle. The Aztecs shot 20.4 percent from the field and the Huskies were at 37.5 percent.

“That would be awesome if we could do that somehow, but this is a different year,” Romar said when asked about holding SDSU to 36 points. “They have a different team and we have a different team. They are an opportunistic fastbreak team.

“If they have the opportunity, they’re not going to slow it down. … But we’re always trying to force the issue.”

Monday’s 8:30 p.m. contest between No. 2 seed San Diego State (26-9) and No. 3 Washington (19-14) pits two teams with differing basketball philosophies.

The Huskies average 84.1 points, which ranks sixth in the country. UW’s opponents average 80.5 points, which is 336th nationally. Meanwhile, the Aztecs average 68.4 points (276th nationally). They win with a defense that leads the country in opponents’ field-goal percentage (36.9) and holds teams to a 60.1 scoring average (third).

In last Tuesday’s 79-55 NIT opening victory, SDSU held IPFW to 31.1 percent shooting (19 of 61).

“We want teams to try to adjust to the way we play,” said UW senior guard Andrew Andrews, who averages 21.1 points. “We know their strength is their defense, but on the other end we know that our strength is our offense.

“It’ll be that battle of trying to push the pace and making it a fast-paced game maybe so we can get out in transition. They’re a really good defense, but offensively they’re not one of the best teams. So we’ll try and make them uncomfortable offensively.”

The Huskies aren’t expecting to duplicate their last offensive outing, when they outlasted No. 6 Long Beach State 107-102 Tuesday in their NIT opener.

San Diego State, the three-time regular-season Mountain West champion, has allowed more than 80 points just once this season — an 81-76 loss to Utah.

Meanwhile, the Huskies are 16-1 when they score 85 points or more and 3-13 when tallying 84 points or fewer.

“We’re going to always try to force tempo,” Romar said. “But every time we don’t set a screen, if we don’t come off a screen hard, if we don’t have the proper angle on a screen, if we drive to the basket halfheartedly and we’re not aggressive, it’ll be really rough for us to score.

“We have to make sure that we’re efficient on offense.”

As good as San Diego State has been at home the past eight years, the Aztecs are 11-4 this season on their floor.

Still, the combined winning percentage of the teams (Kansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Grand Canyon and Boise State) who won at Viejas Arena is .802.

Washington is winless in its past five true road games — four of the defeats were decided by 10 points or less. UW’s last win on an opponent’s court was an 86-84 victory at UCLA on Jan. 28.

“I don’t think it really matters where we play,” Andrews said. “Throughout the whole year we’ve shown that we can compete wherever we go. Home, away or neutral court — it doesn’t really affect us too much. We’ve just got to come out with the energy and be ready to play.”


• If the Huskies win Monday, they’ll play No. 1 seed South Carolina (25-8) or No. 4 Georgia Tech (20-14). The higher seed will host the quarterfinal matchup. The Gamecocks-Yellow Jackets game is at 6 p.m. Monday.

• Andrews has 1,795 points in his career and needs 11 to pass Jon Brockman (1,805) to move into third place on UW’s all-time scoring list. Andrews has 695 points this season, which ties Quincy Pondexter (2009-10) for the third most on UW’s season list.