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
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!