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SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:22 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 8:58 pm
By Gary Parrish

This sort of thing is supposed to happen at Kentucky.

Or Duke.

Or Kansas.

Or North Carolina.

But it's not supposed to happen at San Diego State because San Diego State is not Kentucky. Or Duke. Or Kansas. Or North Carolina. San Diego State is a program that had never been ranked before last season. It is not a national power. It's just a school no different than most non-BCS schools -- the kind that can put together a memorable season with the right mixture of experienced and talented players but will then usually slip back to its normal place in the college basketball world once those experienced and talented players move on. Think Saint Joseph's with Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, then after Nelson and West left. That's what San Diego State is supposed to be. That's what most figured would happen this season.

Turns out, most were wrong.

Because the Aztecs are -- in the year after The Year -- sitting at 15-2 following Saturday's 69-67 win over No. 12 UNLV. Never mind that Steve Fisher lost his top four scorers -- including first-round pick Kawhi Leonard -- from last season's Sweet 16 team because it doesn't seem to matter. The 66-year-old coach is using different pieces but winning at the same high level. SDSU now has wins over California, Arizona, Southern California, Long Beach State and UNLV; the only losses are to No. 4 Baylor and No. 23 Creighton. That means the Aztecs have some good wins and no bad losses. That's why they're ranked 22nd this week and will be higher on Monday.

I wasn't sure I'd ever have a reason to go back to Viejas Arena after last season.

Now I'm not sure how to justify staying away.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:21 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

All schools have games against cupcakes, you know that. Aztecs also beat all three Pac-12 schools they faced too, Arizona, Cal, and Wazzu. Add to that a win against the 12th ranked team in the country and we have something going in a rebuilding year. UNLV has a lot to be proud of, including a big win against UNC.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:01 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Redlands , San Diego Christain and Chicago St 0-23 against Division 1 schools , Quite impressive schedule . I think Rider could have swept those three opponents .

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:57 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

When you play The Redlands and San Diego Christain back to backthen follow with a game against Chicago St it is quite easy to build a winning resume . Thats like having three practice games before playing UNLV . They got to work out their kinks without the fear of anyone coming close . They may have a great won loss record but not much of a resume , Doesn't strength of schedule need to be looked at a bit .

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:49 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Fisher deserves his due. He's going a great job with a young bunch of kids. The SDSU program has really made strides over the past 5 years, even before breaking through last year. Nice to be able to start fast while the kids are growing into their roles. Should be even better by March! Go Aztecs!

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:38 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Gary Parrish's biased attitude towards "non-BCS" schools is disgusting. When does the BCS factor cross over to men's hoops anyway? He is just another example media preference and its influence. 

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