Fans and students of San Diego State have enjoyed great teams on the Mesa the past few years, but could none be any better than this year’s team? The Aztec’s, after losing 3 of their 5 starters including your probably best two players in Franklin and Tapley, have came out this season firing on all cylinders going 12-1 and doing something a Steve Fisher team has never done. Go into Kansas and win.
Comparing to what is considered the greatest season of college basketball in Aztec history, the 2010-2011 season saw a record of 34-3, losing 2 of these 3 games to the same team and losing the other to the eventual champion in the NCAA Tournament. During that season, the Aztecs only beat 3 ranked teams #11 Gonzaga at the Zags, #8 BYU in the championship game of the MWC Tournament, and ranked opponent Temple in the NCAA Tournament. This year’s Aztec team, has already beaten 3 ranked teams: #20 Creighton, #25 Marquette, and #16 Kansas, all of which are either neutral or road games, just like the 3 won in the 2010-2011 season.
This year’s team has also done something that that never did, score 100 points. Which is exactly what the Aztecs did against St. Katherine’s December 27th. The highest a team has scored against the Aztec’s stellar defense this year has been 69, this is aside from that shootout against Creighton in which 80 was scored against. That 69 point total was against Arizona around the start of the year and while every game is important. The beginning of the year is usually the time for problems since the team has yet to really mesh. Just ask the 2010 team when they were down 28-6 against Green Bay, the Aztecs obviously won, but we all get the point. So with that being said, just how many times did the 2010 team allow more than 69 points? 7 times, not including the times a team hit 69 points, that would inflate that number to 9. Now, of course the Aztec season is still young and hasn’t even played more than 1 conference game, but the average points against so far for this year’s team is only just 53.6 points. The 2010 team allowed an average of 59.2 points per game against, add the old saying ‘Defense wins championships.”
Rebounding the ball has also been a very bright spot, and as an Aztec fan, it’s nice to be able to rely on your size and ability to out rebound teams again which is something that lacked a few years ago when the Aztecs played tons of guards. That being said, only time will tell if this can be SDSU’s best team ever, but certainly this season will be one to remember and enjoy for possibly years to come.
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