National recognition and respect is being earned by the San Diego State Men’s Basketball team.
The Aztecs now sit at 18-1, with 17 straight wins and a 7-0 conference record. We have already talked about their numbers; they have statistically one of the best defenses in the entire country. The Associated Press and Coaches Poll keep bumping up the Aztec’s ranking as the season goes on and the wins continue.
That is what Steve Fisher said early on in the season. He knew he had a good team. Back then, when SDSU was not ranked, Steve Fisher seemed worry free. In an interview back in November, Fisher stated his team just needs to keep focused one game at a time and — most importantly — keep winning.
Winning is what the Aztecs have seemed to do. Although playing in some close games, they still have pulled through and found ways to win. What is even more impressive, as most SDSU fans know, their only loss has come to the Number #1 Ranked Arizona Wildcats, who are undefeated.
The Aztecs may stay in the Top 10 the rest of the season. The Mountain West Conference is much weaker this season, so the games here down the stretch are not as enticing to watch. They will be challenged by Boise St. in the upcoming weeks as well as New Mexico twice in the end of the year. As I mentioned in a previous article, SDSU is in position to possibly close out the regular season undefeated, or potentially with only a couple losses.
What is also good for SDSU’s ranking is the teams they have beat. Obviously, we know they have beat 3 ranked teams. Creighton is creeping back in the top 25, now ranked 20. They also beat Villanova last week who was ranked #4 at the time and had a dominant game out of star senior Doug McDermott (39 pts) last night. Kansas just seems to keep winning. They have beat multiple ranked teams since losing to the Aztecs and their top rated defense a few weeks back.
It is an exciting time to be an SDSU Basketball fan. The mindset of this program over the last few years has now come to the expectation to make the tournament. It is now about what we are going to do in the tournament. Steve Fisher and the Aztecs need to keep focused and continue to get better every game. They need to start finishing at the basket better and continuing to dominate on defense. getting a 1-2-3 ranking in our NCAA Regional Bracket would be a huge feat and put us in position to have a smooth run to the Sweet 16, or maybe more.