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Two San Diego State Aztecs Players Earn All-MWC Honors

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Getting lost in all the madness in this month of March is the conference awards making their rounds. Starting last week, conferences were handing out freshman of the year, coach of the year, and all-team honors as if they were going out of style. The Mountain West Conference is no different than any of their league brethren.

For the San Diego State Aztecs, two of their own earned some All-MWC team honors. Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley both got named by coaches to get on two different All-MWC teams. Tapley got named to the third All-MWC while Franklin got the nod for the first.

Franklin has been an awesome man-beast all year long. He was third in the league in scoring (17 ppg), second in rebounding (9.4) and second in steals (1.5). Not only did he earn the All-MWC team award, but Franklin has a legitimate shot to make the All-American team as well.

Tapley was awarded his second All-MWC team honor in as many years. The senior averaged over 13 points and nearly three assists per game while over turning the ball over 1.3 times an outing.

For the Aztecs as a team, they open up their MWC Tournament schedule against a hungry Boise State Broncos squad. Any success they plan on having against Boise State and in the tournament as a whole, will depend highly on these two players bringing leadership and their skills to each game.

While definitely on the right side of the bubble, San Diego State can surely guarantee their spot in the NCAA Tournament with one more victory.

The two will match-up tonight (or tomorrow depending on your preference of coast) at midnight.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: San Diego State Aztecs

Record: 26-8

RPI: 26

BPI: 42

Conference: Mountain West Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 8 in the South

 

Another year in the Mountain West, and yet another year the San Diego State Aztecs were one of the conference’s top teams (tied for first place with the Boise State Broncos in the regular season conference standings).

The MW hasn’t been getting a whole lot of love this year, but this isn’t San Diego State’s first rodeo — not even close. In fact, most fans probably expect the Aztecs to make the tournament on a yearly basis now.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Aqeel Quinn, Winston Shepard (11.1 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Winston Shepard (5.3 RPG)

Leading Passer: J.J. O’Brien (2.5 APG)

Bad Losses: Fresno State, Washington

Good Wins: Utah, BYU, Pittsburgh, Wyoming (twice), Colorado State (twice)

 

Needless to say, the Aztecs challenged themselves this season, and got a huge win over Utah. They also played the Arizona Wildcats (only lost by two points) and Cincinnati Bearcats (lost in overtime). Both teams are also part of the field of 68.

Yeah, San Diego State certainly didn’t have an easy non-conference schedule, but that should only benefit it in the dance, a tournament that features an endless amount of talent and a boatload of teams with different playing styles.

The Aztecs made it to the Sweet 16 last season, but that team also had Xavier Thames. The NCAA tournament can be a weird beast, though, so it will be interesting to see if this version of San Diego State can go on a deeper run.

The San Diego State Aztecs are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The San Diego State Aztecs will be making yet another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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