Wednesday, January 28, 2009

San Diego State hoops needs big-time wins

San Diego State needs to beat someone of significance if it hopes to receive an NCAA Tournament bid in men’s basketball this season.

The Aztecs may be off to a 13-5 start, but they have yet to post a win to get them over the hump when tournament selection time comes.

SDSU has faced three certain NCAA participants thus far – Arizona State, Arizona and Saint Mary’s. The Aztecs lost to all three.

Of the 13 wins, Utah has been the biggest-named opponent. And the Utes are no certain bet for the NCAAs.

Coach Steve Fisher has done a good job in his near-decade on Montezuma Mesa in turning the Aztecs from a horrible to middle-of-the-pack team. The program is good enough to make the NIT just about every year; yet you can only count on an NCAA berth (and loss) about once every five years.

Unless the Aztecs win the Mountain West Conference’s automatic NCAA bid this year, it’s going to be the same old thing:

Play in the NIT and hope for the best.


kareem said...

The Aztecs definitely need an impressive win over some NCAA bound team to give them a shot at the big tourney. The NIT is okay but it is not the dance and everyone including Cinderella wants to go to the dance. Hopefully Fisher can lead them to a big win or two against someone who will get them a ticket to the dance -- if not it may be the NIT yet again this year. Let us hope not.

sam said...

Fisher did a great job when he first came here. He turned the program around. Now it seems like the team is always gonna be an also-ran in the Mtn. West and an also-ran in the NIT. Can't anybody win big at San Diego State?