San Diego State Aztecs ranked No. 13 in the latest Top 25 poll’s


San Diego,CA- The San Diego State Aztecs dropped from 6th to 13th in the Associated Press and from 7th to 13th in Coaches Top 25 poll this week. The Aztecs were previously ranked number six in the Associated Press and Number seven in the Coaches Top 25 poll’s.

This is the first week the Aztecs haven’t been in the Top 10 since the start of the new year.

The Aztecs went 1-1 this past week. The San Diego State Aztecs defeated Utah State 60-45 Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.

The Aztecs dominated the Aggies maintaining a double digit lead since 10:57 in the first half. The Aggies 45 points was their second lowest point total on the season (their lowest being 42 in a 62-42 loss to UNLV) and the lowest point total the Aztecs have held an opposing offense to since holding McNeese State to 36 back in December.

Matt Shrigley had his best game of the season, with scoring a career high 15 points on and tying a career high with four 3-pointers.

On Saturday the New Mexico Lobos upset rival San Diego State 58-44. The Aztecs were out played and out matched from the start.

New Mexico lead the Aztecs from the start and never trailed. The Lobos came out of the gate firing on offense, leading the Aztecs 23-14 midway through the first half. The Aztecs were able to go on a run to end the half and cut the Lobos lead to 29-22 at the half.

The Aztecs were horrific on offense in the first half, as the Aztecs only shot 29.7% from the field and leading scorer Xavier Thames was only 1 for 9 from the field.

The Aztecs would score to start the second half to cut the Lobo’s lead to five, but that’s as close as the Aztecs would get as the Lobos blew out the Aztecs in the second half to defeat the Aztecs 58-44. New Mexico took control of the game, going on a 21-2 run after the Aztecs scored the first basket of the second half to put the game away.

The key to the game tonight was simple for the Aztecs….they had to contain the Lobos leading scorer Cameron Bairstow and they did anything but.

Bairstow dominated the game in the post, scoring 26 points, with 10 of his points coming in the Lobos 21-2 second half run.

The loss to the Lobos once again showed the Aztecs biggest weakness, any given night if the Aztecs don’t score they can’t win. The Aztecs held the Lobos to a season low 58 points, but even that wasn’t enough to even keep the game close, let alone win. The Aztecs formula is plain and simple if the Aztecs score their average of 60-70 points they more and likely will win, but on nights when the offense isn’t their, asking the team to hold the opposing offense to less than 50 points is a tough task for any team to do in College basketball.

The Aztecs fall to (23-3, 12-2 MWC) on the year. With the loss the Aztecs are now tied for first place in the Mountain West standings with New Mexico at 12-2 in league play. The Aztecs are still tied for the third-most conference wins in a single league season with 12.

The Aztecs also continue to be the highest ranked team on the west coast, with no other west coast team ranked in the Top 25 poll’s.

The Aztecs return to the court Tuesday night as they host San Jose State.