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San Diego State Aztecs Are Becoming Best Team In The Country

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The No. 5 San Diego Aztecs have won 20 straight games on the season, and adding a 15 point win over the Nevada Wolfpack just asserted their dominance in the Mountain West Conference. But can they prove to the rest of the country that they are worthy of a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament?

The Aztecs have flat-out dominated the teams in the MWC. Coach Mike Fisher has his team playing one of the best seasons in program history, mostly due to Xavier Thames’ offensive play and the rest of the team playing amazing team defense.

With the team defense, it allows the Aztecs to crash the boards better than any team in the country, allowing for easy lay-ins and transition opportunities.

Along with Thames, Winston Shepard put up great numbers in the dominating performance against the Wolfpack; Thames finished with 17 points and Shepard had 16 points.

The aforementioned 20-game win streak has been a tell-tale sign that the Aztecs are one of the best, if not the best, team in the country. Right now, the Aztecs deserve a one-seed with their performance this season. If they can remain unblemished in conference play, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII

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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.

 

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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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