March 11, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Fourth-seeded San Diego State (21-9 overall; 9-7 Mountain West), winners of a Mountain West Conference-record four league tournament titles (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2011), which is a part of its record seven MW titles (includes regular-season titles in 2006, 2011* and 2012*) begins play in the 2013 Reese's MW Championship against fifth-seeded Boise State (21-9 overall; 9-7 MW) on Wednesday night at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The fourth quarterfinal game of the day is scheduled for a 9 p.m. PT start, with national television coverage on CBS Sports Network. KOGO AM 600 and 101 KGB will have the game on radio.
The preseason Mountain West favorites have overcome a rash of injuries to three different starters and narrow defeats (four losses by four points or less) to put itself in a position to extend its streak of consecutive NCAA tournament berths to four. The Aztecs continue to have an impressive resume, and as of Monday are ranked 32nd in the RPI, 26th in the BPI, 27th in Pomeroy and 30th in Sagarin.
Last Saturday, the Aztecs once again suffered a razor-thin loss on the road, falling to Boise State, 69-65. The Aztecs, who made just seven first-half field goals and fell behind by 16 points, rallied to within three points on four occasions in the second half before losing to the Broncos for the first time in six all-time meetings. Junior guard Xavier Thames scored 18 points, his highest output since suffering a lower back injury in early January. Senior Chase Tapley added 17 points and junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin posted his 25th career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
In addition to winning a league-best four tournament titles, San Diego State has also advanced to a conference-best four straight tourney finals. Among major conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12, SEC and Mountain West), only San Diego State and Ohio State have advanced to their tournament finals each of the last four seasons.