The seventh ranked Aztecs increased even pressure on the teams in front of them, as they continued their winning ways against their Mountain West foe San Jose State to stay undefeated in conference play and to continue on an impressive 16-game winning streak. The only loss the Aztecs have suffered this season is to currently No. 1 ranked Arizona Wildcats when the Wildcats were sixth ranked at the time on their route to that No. 1 ranking. Plus, the game was only the second game of the year for the Aztecs, so it was better to get that defeat done early when the games were not as important, adding on to the fact that losing to the Wildcats was not a bad loss.
The key is that the Aztecs are taking care of business in their own conference. While there is still plenty of conference games to play, the important part is that they are winning the games they need to win right now. The Mountain West Conference may not be an SEC or a Big 10 powerhouse, but I believe that winning games in your conference is key in the seeding in the March Madness tournament, and this Aztecs team has proven that they have what it takes. Last year, they were a seventh seed and got to the Round of 32 before losing to a surprising Florida Gulf Coast team. The Aztecs are certainly looking like a force and have proven that by beating teams like the Kansas Jayhawks and the Marquette Golden Eagles.
The Aztecs sure could be the team that runs the table when March hits, especially if they keep on winning and the teams in front fall. Don’t be surprised if they are in the discussion for the No. 1 seed when the brackets start to shape up.