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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: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:05 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning Aztec Motto

Check out this intro video for the Aztecs from Tim Shelton:


Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:45 am

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot


So what you're saying is it's okay for the Dukes of the world to play teams like the Redlands of this planet, but when SDSU does, you take a pot shot?  Our SOS is fine.  Since you obviously don't pay attention to the entire body of work, SDSU also beat the two preseason favorites in the Pac 12 this year in addition to a third Pac 12 team, making it 9 in a row vs the Pac 12.

BTW, since you're ingnorant, you might also want to know that SDSU's D improved by losing to a tough Creighton team.  By blowing a 17 point lead to a team with a similar style to UNLV earlier this year, SDSU basically got schooled into playing much better team D.  The stuff you read the box score about since it's clear you do not watch any SDSU games.  BTW, those easy games were a great chance to rest starters and gain experience for underclassmen.  You idiots are wondering why SDSU is so good this year.  Perhaps it has something to do with some of their guys coming back getting valuable floor time last year.   

BTW, with the transfers SDSU has sitting and its recruiting class, SDSU will be even better next year.

Also, the author of this article smells like BCS stink.  I bet he doesn't realize since 2008-09 (this year's seniors frosh year) San Diego State has the best record in the west.  Not UCLA, USC, U of A, Gonzaga, or UNLV.  It's San Diego Stete with 6 straight 20 win seasons.  Most people in the MW knew SDSU would be good.  Just not this good.  However, it's not a shock like it is to the author because we actually know Aztec hoops. 

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

LMAO @ Hilltopper the chump for cherry-picking.  Look at even the Bluebloods of this game, they have the same type of OOC.  BTW, way to avoid picking when SDSU beat the top two favorites of tha Pac 12, Cal and AZ (at AZ) when you know omitted truth to prove your lousy point?

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:12 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Pretty good rebuilding year I'd say.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:40 am

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

The BCS factor crosses over to hoops because schools from BCS conferences have significantly more money for their programs, which bolsters all sports, not just football.  SDSU is considering chartering flights to two upcoming games due to the toll the travel will take on the team and their ability to attend classes.  The flights would cost a total of $40,000.  This is something they almost never do for the basketball team, but is something schools in BCS conferences do frequently.   

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:23 am

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Good on SDSU! That school is starting to (maybe) follow the kind of depth building that brings certain mid-majors back to the dance every year.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:43 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

The win over UNLV was a great win for the Aztecs.  Where normally UNLV presses to get easy lay ups, the well coached Aztecs were there to defend. Where normally UNLV gets open threes, the Aztecs were there to defend with a hand in the face or a quick double team. As for people picking on SDSU for having cupcakes on their schedule, point out a team that does not.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:10 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

UNLV played their worst game of the season. 35% from the field, 50% FT and 9-14 A/TO ratio. Some credit goes to Aztec D but Rebs missed alotta wide open shots and layups. It happens, all teams have bad games. Good win for SDSU and great game for the conference. Def the Best of the West

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:56 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

Hilltopper, maybe you didn't read the entire article.  There were teams besides the 51 point win at Redlands (with two starters sitting out with knee problems).  When the Aztecs lost at Baylor it was their 4th game in 5 days.  The beat Long Beach State, UCSB, Cal, and beat Arizona in Tucson and now, UNLV.  I don't know if the Aztecs will be able to maintain this pace.  They have talent, but lack depth.  We have to worry about Shelton's knees.   They play their next 4 games away at elevations over 5,000 feet.  Fisher had to fill in some games due to the shortened MWC schedule since BYU and Utah left.  Not every Div 1 team is willing to schedule the Aztecs making it more difficult for Fisher to get those games.  They see a high risk versus reward problem.  He wants them.  As part of the agreement to enter the Big East in football he insisted he get some Big East basketball games.  It is easy to dump on them, but people forget they are really in a rebuilding year.  I prefer to give credit to Fisher and the team for what they have accomplished.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:40 pm

SDSU lost a lot but is still winning a lot

The scary good thing is that we expect to have a much better team next year given several very talented recruits and transfers. This season's team plays with great intensity and is taking full advantage of what talent we have by playing very well as a team.  Keep Going Aztecs!!!

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