Aztecs in NCAA tourney for 3rd straight year



SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego State Aztecs are in the NCAA tournament for the third straight year, earning the No. 6 seed in the Midwest region and a game Friday against No. 11 seed North Carolina State.

The Aztecs (26-7) lost to New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference tournament title game on Saturday night, 68-59.

Coach Steve Fisher got the Aztecs back to the NCAAs even though they entered the season largely as an afterthought. The Aztecs lost four starters, including Kawhi Leonard to the NBA, off the team that won a school-record 34 games and reached the Sweet Sixteen last year. Prior to last season, the Aztecs had never won an NCAA tournament game.

If the Aztecs beat NC State (22-12), they will face the winner of the Georgetown-Belmont game.

Fisher was the MWC Coach of the Year and guard Jamaal Franklin was the league Player of the Year.