DAILY LINKS: SDSU’s mission: Win 4 games in 4 days

SDSU’s mission: Win 4 games in 4 days – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Aztecs (17-13, 9-9) begin as the sixth seed in a conference where someone that low has won only once in 17 years, and that was an altitude team (Colorado State) playing an hour from campus (Denver) and winning only three games in three days.

The Aztecs are, indisputably, its best defensive team. Opponents scored 63.2 points and shot 38.5 percent in conference games; next best was 68.6 and 41.5 percent. They also ranked first in blocks, second in steals and second in defensive 3-point field-goal percentage.

They rank last in average points (66.7) and assists (10.5), and are 10th out of 11 teams in shooting accuracy (41 percent) and in 3-point shooting (29.1 percent). Over their last four games, they’ve scored 55, 55, 51 and 59 points while making fewer than one out of every three shots. In the last two games, they’ve failed to score a basket in the opening six-plus minutes.

VIDEO: Aztecs Believe They Can Win Four Games In Four Days
As the the number six seed in the Mountain West Conference tournament, the Aztecs will have to win four games in four days if they are to make the NCAA tournament. It’s never been done before in conference tournament history, but the Aztecs believe they can become the first team to do it, and it starts Wednesday afternoon against UNLV.

Fisher, as usual, is non-committal about next season – San Diego Union-Tribune
Those in and around the program are used to this by now, and most privately expect Steve Fisher, who turns 72 this month, to return for the final year on his contract and perhaps beyond. They also know when he decides to retire, he’ll just retire — without the fanfare of a farewell tour.

Mexico SS Urias impresses vs. parent Padres – MLB.com
At 19 years old, the Padres’ No. 7 prospect could very well start at shortstop for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic this month. He faced his big league organization Tuesday and went 2-for-4 as Team Mexico dropped its exhibition game against the Padres, 7-3.

AUDIO: John Clayton: “When Else Has A City Offered $750 Million For A Stadium? You Can’t Kick That Aside”
ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton joined Scott and BR to talk about the latest with the Raiders to Las Vegas, Jerry Jones role in making the deal happen and what to expect from NFL Free Agency.

Adrian Peterson’s next team could be Seattle or Oakland, father says – Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Adrian Peterson’s father said Tuesday that Seattle and Oakland have emerged as the two most likely destinations if the running back leaves the Vikings.

After 10 years with Minnesota, Peterson officially will become a free agent Thursday for the first time in his NFL career. Teams could talk to Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, beginning Tuesday but can’t sign him until Thursday.

AUDIO: Vincent Bonsignore “San Diego Is Better Positioned To Secure Deal With Raiders Than Oakland”
Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore on the Raiders new financing for a move to Las Vegas, how the fellow NFL owners feel about a third team relocating and why San Diego is better equipped to land the Raiders than Oakland, should Vegas fall through.

ACEE: SDSU football doesn’t appear to have time, options – San Diego Union-Tribune
J.D. Wicker is either holding a fantastic hand that no one else sitting at the table counting cards can fathom or he is bluffing with his cards facing out toward the rest of the players.

And the San Diego State athletic director is doing it with the very future of his football program in the pot.

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki joins greats in 30K club – ESPN
There are now six 30,000-point scorers in NBA history, with Nowitzki joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Malone, Bryant and Nowitzki, who plans to play at least one more season, are the only players to score at least 30,000 points for one team.

Stories from Dirk Nowitzki’s incredible journey to 30,000 points – SB Nation
Dirk Nowitzki scored 2 points in his first game. Here’s how he made it all the way to 30,000.

AUDIO: Craig Elsten: “I Think That Was MAYBE The Kind Of Loss That Can Help This Team”
Craig Elsten, the voice of The San Diego Gulls, joins Kevin Acee once again to break down the Gulls recent heartbreaking loss to San Jose as well as set up a revenge matchup with the Barracuda on Wednesday night at the VVCC.

 

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