While conference tournaments bring about upsets that spark excitement and anticipation, championship week also features routs of epic proportions like we saw on Thursday.
Many teams are caught sleeping at this point in the season, as conference tournament games have proven to be meaningless for teams already locked into the dance, but several teams used these games as a platform to assert their dominance on a day that saw countless teams win by 20+ points. One of the teams that recorded a statement win on Thursday was the San Diego State Aztecs, who look to add the conference championship to a resume that already includes a regular season championship and four top 25 wins.
San Diego State continued their stranglehold of the conference when the team defeated the Utah State Aggies 73-39 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. Xavier Thames was the game’s leading scorer with just 15 points, as the bench mopped up what was left of the Aggies in the second half. Unlike many other teams, the Aztecs have not let off the gas in the conference tournament, and with the win, continue their march to another Mountain West crown.
Next up for the Aztecs in the conference tournament is the UNLV Rebels, a team San Diego State has had few issues with this season. The Mountain West conference championship will ultimately come down to the cream of the crop in the conference when the Aztecs meet up with the New Mexico Lobos in a rubber match that will decide conference supremacy.
Even though winning the conference tournament would provide a confidence boost for the Aztecs, it does not really matter, as the team is still in search for the ultimate prize that is the national championship. San Diego State proves to be one of many teams that can really contend for a national championship, but will the Aztecs cut down the nets in Dallas?
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