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2013 NCAA Tournament: Jamaal Franklin Shows Good Sportsmanship Following Loss to Florida Gulf Coast

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Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

Jamaal Franklin and San Diego State were chasing the same dream that Florida Gulf Coast was on Sunday evening.

The Aztecs, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, were upset by the 15th seeded Eagles who continue to take the bracket and nation by storm in becoming the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.

Franklin had a monster game on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Despite his efforts, the Aztecs are headed home, but Franklin made his mark felt on the court after the final buzzer sounded.

Franklin was seen on the national televised broadcast speaking directly with the Eagles’ leading scorer, Sherwood Brown. Franklin was being animated in his words, clearly giving Brown some additional advice moving forward. It was a tremendous act of sportsmanship from the junior star.

When Brown was asked about the situation, he explained, “Jamaal is a great player and he just told us that we did a great job and he was just saying to keep this thing going, we’re doing something special, and he just wants us to keep it moving, don’t stop now.”

Bernard Thompson simply added, “Dunk city is coming to Arlington, so everybody be ready.”

Even though Franklin’s season came to a close at the hands of a 15 seed, his show of respect for what they have accomplished did not go unnoticed. Props to Franklin for that act of sportsmanship.

Take a look at the moment here (courtesy of Yahoo! Sports).

 

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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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