San Diego, CA- The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the Stanford Cardinals 72-64 in their annual “Secret Scrimmage” Saturday afternoon according to ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.
Goodman also reports that the Aztecs looked good on offense with balanced scoring, as six Aztecs had between 8-15 points.
This was a good early test for the San Diego State Aztecs. Stanford is the 26th best team in the nation, as they are the leading team in “others receiving votes” in both preseason Top-25 polls. Stanford last season finished (23-13) and like the San Diego State Aztecs advanced to the Sweet 16.
The San Diego State Aztecs open the season on November 7th against Point Loma at Viejas Arena for their only exhibition game of the season and expectations are very high for this seasons team.
The San Diego State Aztecs received their highest pre-season ranking in school history this week, as the Aztecs were ranked 16th in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The San Diego State Aztecs are also ranked No. 17 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. The Aztecs previous high preseason ranking was No. 20 in the 2012 preseason Coaches Poll. The Aztecs are the only school from California and the Mountain West to be ranked in both Top 25 polls.
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The San Diego State Aztecs went (31-5) last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, before falling to No. 1 Seed Arizona 70-64 . The San Diego State Aztecs also won the Mountain West regular-season championship with the most conference wins by an Aztecs team, as they went (16-2) in conference play. The San Diego State Aztecs finished last season ranked No. 12 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll’s, despite being unranked to begin the season.
Despite the loss of leading scorer Xavier Thames and leading rebounder Josh Davis, the Aztecs return three starters in Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer, JJ O’Brien and Dwayne Polee, Matt Shrigley, Aqeel Quinn and Dakari Allen off the bench. To go along with that the Aztecs are bringing in a a top-15 recruiting class, the highest ranked recruiting class in program history in freshmen Trey Kell, Kevin Zabo, Malik Pope and Zylan Cheatham.