San Diego State Aztecs moved up to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 15 in the Coaches Top 25 poll this week, after one of their biggest wins in program history Sunday afternoon as San Diego State upset No. 16 Kansas 61-57 at Allen Field House. San Diego State’s RPI has also improved to 19th in the nation after defeating previous No. 1 RPI team Kansas.
The Aztecs started the game leading 8-4 and never trailed throughout the 1st half as the Aztecs matched every Kansas run on their way to a 29-23 lead at the half. It was the first time Kansas had trailed at home at the half this season. San Diego State and their dominant defense held Kansas to only shooting 6-29 (20.7%) from the field in the half.
The Aztecs continued to hold Kansas in check in the second half, withstanding ever one of Kansas runs….even in the game’s final seconds as the Aztecs never trailed in the second half on their way to a 61-57 upset win at Allen Field House. Kansas had the chance to tie or take the lead in the games final seconds, but they were unable to hit their free throws and the Aztecs were able to make theirs to seal the win. Xavier Thames in particular was clutch for the Aztecs making their last four free throws.
Xavier Thames also lead team in scoring with 16 points. Josh Davis had another double-double today with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
On defense the the Aztecs stifled the dynamic Jayhawks offense, as they held them to only 29% from the field and the presumed number one overall draft pick in next years NBA draft to only 14 points.
With the win the Aztecs became only the 9th team to defeat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse under Bill Self and only the third since 2007. The Aztecs also snapped Kansas’s 68 straight non-conference at home game winning streak.
The Aztecs with the win improve to (12-1) on the season and will head back home to take on conference rival Boise State on Wednesday.
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self had nothing but praise for the Aztecs after the game told Ruben Meza of Aztecs Sports Report.
“They’re one of the premier teams that we have played this year…. This is a hard place to win.” – KU coach Bill Self on San Diego State.
“They whipped us, they outcoached us.” – Self on San Diego State.
The Aztecs were ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and
No. 19 in the Coaches Top 25 poll last week.