The San Diego State Aztecs are still an NCAA Tournament bubble team. Even though the MWC has five 20 win teams, most experts don’t feel like the conference is as strong as it has been in the past. Even worse, those same folks seem to think that the Aztecs are on the wrong side of the bubble. Losing in their last outing to the New Mexico Lobos did not help in their quest to be awarded a pair of tourney dancing slippers either.
Their game tonight is against the Air Force Falcons, a team they lost to earlier in the season. Revenge, while a factor, won’t be the key motivation going into tonight’s game. It is the Aztecs’ senior night.
Head coach Steve Fisher is hoping that their final home game of the season will help turn the Aztecs’ fortunes around. He is also hoping that the senior night energy won’t drain his players emotionally. “Sometimes that plays a little bit into senior day,” Fisher said. “The emotion will be gone after the first up-and-down, hopefully.”
Don’t expect the Falcons to just hand the game over though. They are still clinging on to the smallest hopes of going dancing deep in the month of March. However, a loss for either team will likely knock them far off track of obtaining an at-large bid. Both will have the luxury of one more game and the MWC Tournament after this, but relying on a string of conference tournament wins will be detrimental to their NCAA Tournament dreams.
Even though San Diego State is not in a win-out situation, they need to finish their regular season by winning their final two games. Considering the perceived lack of conference strength, but the ability of other teams to knock them out early in the conference tourney, the Aztecs need to win tonight.
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