DAILY LINKS: What went wrong for SDSU Basketball?

SDSU’s Season Ends With 71-63 Loss To Colorado State
It was a fitting end to a turbulent season for the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team, losing to Colorado State for the third time this year on the heels of an impressive display of talent against Boise State the night before.

Analysis: What went wrong for Aztecs – San Diego Union-Tribune
Consistency was a word you heard often, inside and outside the program. They couldn’t play well for 40 minutes, couldn’t hold leads, couldn’t string together positive possessions late in games, couldn’t string together victories. On Wednesday they went down 21 to last-place UNLV and won in overtime. On Friday they led Colorado State 15-2 and lost by eight.

It was the third time this season, incredibly, incomprehensibly, that they have led Colorado State by exactly 13 and lost.

If you’re not good enough, you just lose. If you lead by 13 and then lose, over and over and over, you’re good enough but something else is amiss.

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It’s Crowded At The Top Of The NCAA Tournament – FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions are up and ready for your perusal. But while we’re really excited about the tournament, we have to say this is not a year in which we’re going to be able to help you all that much, at least in the Elite Eight and beyond.

That’s because there’s as much parity in the tournament as there’s ever been — not necessarily from the very top of the field to the very bottom, but certainly among a group of No. 1 and No. 2 seeds that aren’t all that easy to distinguish from one another. Meanwhile, the blue bloods have to navigate a minefield of underseeded teams such as Wichita State and SMU, with some having more perilous paths than others.

UCSD draws familiar foe in regional final – San Diego Union-Tribune
The rivalry between UCSD and Chico has been growing stronger each season. With nine years at the coaching helm, Clink has led the Wildcats to six NCAA tournament berths and three CCAA regular-season titles. Chico has won more than 70 percent of its games in Clink’s time.

Olen is starting to build those kind of numbers. In his time in La Jolla, his teams have consecutively finished seventh, fourth, second and first in the CCAA regular season – this year’s title being the first for the school.

Blanked in the Bay – SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls (34-15-3-2, 73 pts.) saw their seven-game point streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Barracuda (36-12-2-4; 78 pts.) at SAP Center on Sunday afternoon. Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick (24-8-3) made 25 saves in his AHL-leading ninth shutout and third against the Gulls this season.

SoccerCity details undermine case for haste – San Diego Union-Tribune
MLS executives say San Diego must have a soccer stadium built by 2020 or miss its chance to acquire an expansion franchise, with a final decision due this autumn.

Still, the case for haste seems weak. The soccer league has historically lost money. A failed team may be on sale soon.

And the league professes a deep desire for the San Diego market. This month SoccerCity bolstered its investor group with Landon Donovan, one of the game’s rare American stars, who has the kind of clout you need to persuade league executives to extend deadlines.

Donovan, who has moved his family to San Diego, virtually ensures the success of the group’s plan for a soccer academy at the Chargers old training complex in Mission Gorge, which is also part of the initiative.

VIDEO: Is It Possible To Renovate Qualcomm Stadium?
From 2015, Scott Kaplan and former Chargers COO Jim Steeg (and member of the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group) investigate the deterioration of Qualcomm Stadium.

Ryan Leaf, in his own words – San Diego Union-Tribune
“I dealt with the media poorly. I dealt with my teammates poorly. I was now making $5 million a year and was miserable doing something I had wanted to do since I was 4. The third game of my career, we played Kansas City and I played as poorly as I’ve ever played in my life. I completed one of 15 passes and had two interceptions. I yelled at a reporter in a clip that’s now famous, and I can almost narrow it down to a feeling where that was where my NFL career ended. Three games in, 22-year-old kid.”

Blash continues power surge with 5th homer – Padres.com
Midway through Spring Training, five homers is enough to top the leaderboard in both the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League.

Over in Florida, it’s Bryce Harper who has separated himself from the pack with five dingers. (No surprise there.)

But in Arizona? Well, that would be slugging Padres outfielder Jabari Blash, who is fighting for a spot on San Diego’s Opening Day roster.

SD City College wins state basketball title – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego City College beat top-seeded Fullerton College 53-51 in the CCCAA final on Sunday afternoon at Las Positas College in Livermore, overcoming a seven-point deficit with five minutes to go, tying it with 11 seconds left and winning on a coast-to-coast layup that banked in at the buzzer.


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