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  1. Xavier Thames leads No. 4 San Diego State to first Sweet 16 since 2011

    Mar 22, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Xavier Thames factored into 45 of San Diego State’s 63 points in their win over North Dakota State.

  2. No. 4 San Diego State needs overtime to beat No. 13 New Mexico State

    Mar 21, 2014, 2:04 AM EDT

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    No. 4 San Diego State managed to escape in overtime after nearly giving the game away in regulation. But they’re going to need to be better offensively against North Dakota State on Saturday.

  3. Mountain West Tournament: Tough afternoons for Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard III spell doom for No. 8 San Diego State

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Tough afternoons for Xavier Thames and Winston Shepard III hurt No. 8 San Diego State, but they should be encouraged by the play of Dwayne Polee II in Las Vegas.

  4. No. 10 SDSU uses 26-4 run to beat No. 21 New Mexico, win MWC title

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

    Alex Kirk, Skylar Spencer

    No. 10 San Diego State overcomes a 16-point second half deficit as they knock off No. 21 New Mexico and bring home a Mountain West title. But should that change how we view the Aztecs?

  5. Winston Shepard III, Xavier Thames lead No. 10 San Diego State past UNLV

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:53 AM EDT

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    Senior guard Xavier Thames has led the way all season long for No. 10 San Diego State, as he’s been the best scorer and playmaker for a team one win away from the outright Mountain West regular season title. That was once again the case Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but he had help down…

  6. San Diego State’s underwhelming offense

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:23 AM EDT

    Steve Fisher

    There are a few highly-ranked teams this season that thrive on defense but have so far left much to be desired on the other side of the ball. One such squad San Diego State. Despite their overwhelming victory against San Jose State tonight — 90-64, a game in which the Aztecs scored 1.20 points per…

  7. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: This is really all you need to know about McDermott: He averaged 27.5 points in wins at Marquette and over Seton Hall at home, and no one even batted an eye. How good do you have to be for 55 points over the course of two games in the Big East…

  8. Aztecs’ defense, athleticism on display in blowout win

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT

    Xavier Thames

    At the end of January, San Diego State traveled to Logan to face Utah State, a newcomer to the Mountain West Conference. Stew Morrill’s squad introduced the Aztecs to their style of play, one that had helped USU notch eight consecutive 20-plus win seasons in WAC. The Aggies converted 54 percent of their two-point field…

  9. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: What else can be said about McDermott’s season — and his career — at this point? He had 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting in a win at Butler in which he just so happened to hit the game-winning three with 47.8 seconds left. He followed that up by scoring 39 points…

  10. CBT Roundtable: Game’s on the line, who do you want with the ball?

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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    At this point in the season, Doug McDermott is the clear favorite for National Player of Year and, in the eyes of most observers, the guy that everyone would want taking a shot with the game on the line. That’s exactly what happened last week, when Greg McDermott drew up the Bill Self’s famous ‘Chop’…

  11. Xavier Thames, No. 5 San Diego State snatch valuable opportunity from Boise State

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Boise State entered Wednesday’s game against No. 5 San Diego State in need of a statement victory. Leon Rice’s team, having already lost seven games and sitting in the middle of the Mountain West standings, wouldn’t have many more opportunities for such a result with the conference not playing at the level it did a…

  12. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 4, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    St. Johns v Creighton

    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: Last week, I wrote that McDermott was the runaway favorite to for National Player of the Year. I think everyone pretty much agreed with me at the time. He’s played one game since then, against St. John’s, scoring 39 of Creighton’s 63 points and burying the game-winning three at the buzzer.…

  13. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: Since 1997-1998, no college basketball player has averaged 24.5 points, 7.2 boards and shot 43.0% from beyond the arc. In NBA history, no player that has shot more than 15 threes in a season has averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 boards and shot 43.0% from three. Right now, McDermott is averaging 24.3…

  14. No. 10 San Diego State flexes defensive muscle against UNLV

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

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    One of the greatest attributes of Steve Fisher’s San Diego State Aztecs is their length, and its something the nation’s tenth-ranked team has put to good use on both ends of the floor for much of this season. Offensively, with guard Xavier Thames and forward Winston Shepard III leading the way, San Diego State consistently…

  15. College Hoops Week in Review: Justin Jackson leads Cincinnati, San Diego State Road Warriors

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nebraska v Cincinnati

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Jackson, Cincinnati The Bearcats could not have asked for a better stop to league play in the inaugural season of the American. After knocking off SMU in Cincinnati on New Year’s Day, Mick Cronin’s club went down to Memphis where they laid the wood on the Tigers, whipping then-No. 18…

  16. No. 21 San Diego State snaps No. 16 Kansas’ 68-game home winning streak

    Jan 5, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT

    San Diego St v Kansas

    Xavier Thames was the hero for No. 21 San Diego State. He’s the guy that hit a big three with three minutes left to push SDSU’s lead to 55-48 with three minutes left. He’s the guy that hit four straight free throws in the final minute to ice SDSU’s 61-57 win over No. 16 Kansas,…

  17. Refusal to settle offensively proves beneficial for No. 21 San Diego State

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

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    While their game at No. 16 Kansas on Sunday afternoon represents a major opportunity for both No. 21 San Diego State and the Mountain West given the league’s low number of marquee non-conference victories, the fact of the matter is that from an importance standpoint that game isn’t as important as a conference matchup. The…

  18. College Basketball Talk’s Top 20 Most Improved Players

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Ron Baker

    Prior to the season, every pundit for every outlet across the country will put together his or her list of players with the potential to have a breakout season. Which freshmen will have big sophomore seasons? Which seniors will finally get the chance to step into a starring role? What transfers spent their redshirt year…

  19. Improved offensive execution pushes No. 24 San Diego State past Washington

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Just days after surviving a tough test at city rival San Diego, No. 24 San Diego State played arguably its worst half of the season against Washington on Sunday afternoon. While the Aztecs aren’t a team chock full of prolific shooters, they do have multiple athletes capable of finding quality looks both at the rim…

  20. College Hoops Week in Review: Villanova, Xavier Thames shine in holiday tourneys

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Xavier Thames, San Diego State This was supposed to be a down year for San Diego State. This was supposed to be their rebuilding season, the in-between season where Winston Shepard and Dakarai Allen mature into stars while the Aztecs try to learn how to survive the loss of Jamaal Franklin…

  21. San Diego State’s defense makes them a contender in the Mountain West

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

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    With the loss of leading scorers Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, there was a question of where San Diego State would find its offense in 2013-14. That was a big reason why the Aztecs were picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason poll, with few expecting Steve Fisher’s team to be capable of…

  22. San Diego State weathers Creighton rally, earns 86-80 win

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    UNLV v San Diego State

    Creighton’s defense isn’t particularly strong. That’s common knowledge for any college hoops fan. But, their offense? Perhaps the best in the game. Doug McDermott is arguably the best pure scorer in college basketball who can score from anywhere on the court, and they have a bevy of three-point shooters that can really fill it up.…