Aztecs snubbed from NCAA Tournament, is Mountain West to blame?

San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher

San Diego State Aztecs Not Selected For NCAA Tournament
Unfortunately, the Aztecs ended up on the wrong side of the bubble after losing the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game, and will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Instead, the team will be taking on IPFW in the first round of the NIT Tournament on Tuesday.

NCAA tournament selection committee brutally snubs Monmouth, mid-majors – USA Today
Coach Steve Fisher’s team had an RPI of 38 but also had some major stains — losses to San Diego (302 RPI) and Boise State (103). Most importantly, they only have three wins against the top-100. The Aztecs had the second best non-conference schedule in the country, but an atrocious year for the Mountain West polluted this team’s overall SoS.

Aztecs NCAA exclusion says a lot (about Mountain West) – San Diego Union-Tribune
The fact that San Diego State failed to crack the bracket — 25-win San Diego State, Top 40 RPI San Diego State, Record-Runaway MW Winner San Diego State, Non-Conference vs. Kansas, West Virginia, Utah and Cal San Diego State — illustrated how little the backroom blazers think of today’s Mountain West.

VIDEO: Aztecs On Disappointment Of Missing NCAA Tourney & Keeping Right Attitude Through NIT
Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer and Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher on the disappointment in missing a bid to the NCAA tournament and why it’s important to keep the right attitude and focus through the NIT.


Maurer delivers solid start vs. Giants –
Brandon Maurer worked three innings and allowed no hits aside from Williamson’s long ball. He looked a whole lot different Sunday than he did in his start last Tuesday — and it wasn’t just the fact that he was clean-shaven. The right-hander needed just 31 pitches to complete his three innings, before throwing 15 more in the bullpen afterward. That’s exactly the kind of efficiency he’ll need to complete his transition back to the starting rotation.

Gulls Skate Off in Sudden Death, a 2-1 Winner in Ontario –
Mike Sgarbossa’s goal 3:42 into sudden death overtime was a game winner, as the San Diego Gulls, for the third straight game on the week, found their way to a thrilling overtime victory, beating the Ontario Reign 2-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

San Diego Chargers agree to terms with CB Casey Hayward – Bolts from the Blue
The San Diego Chargers have found a replacement for Patrick Robinson in former Green Bay Pakcers CB Casey Hayward. With experience starting and playing the Nickel CB spot, he’ll be an effective player and a great insurance policy against injuries to Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers.

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Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin on the appeal of Philip Rivers, how many of his former Browns quarterbacks he can recall and what he’ll miss most about Cleveland.


Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon the first openly gay player in NCAA tournament – USA Today
The Pirates (25-8, 12-6) stunned No. 2 Villanova in Saturday’s Big East tournament final to earn the conference’s auto bid. And with that, Derrick Gordon will make history by becoming the first openly-gay Division I men’s basketball player to play in the NCAA tournament.

March Madness TV guide: Announcers, studio info for tourney – Sports Illustrated
The NCAA Tournament will be a lot less fun without the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team playing a part, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t watch at all. This article explains when and where you can catch all of the action for this year’s “March Madness”/


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