It all came down to one final shot — an off-balance prayer that had the entire city of San Diego on the edge of its collective seat. The attempt was true, rattling home and sending the raucous crowd at Viejas Arena into hysterics.
Red Panda had done it.
Five bowls, flipped onto her head from atop a god damn unicycle.
For God so loved the world that he gave us this, the annual men’s basketball game between San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. And for the 31st time in 49 meetings His glory shined brightest among the wicked. The secular, publicly-educated Aztecs beat the papist USD Toreros 66-57 at the Jenny.
Jenny Craig, patron saint of diet-conscious wine moms, has a nice little crib over there in Linda Vista. The team, staff and students are unfailingly polite, plus they’re all like pre-law or a future bank officer from somewhere you’ll need a loan. It almost takes the fun out of housing them every* year.
Lord knows it ain’t really much fun. With the Aztecs a perennial contender and USD still finding its way in its post- point-shaving scandal years, the “city championship” series is almost all downside for SDSU. If they win it’s expected, if they lose it’s a disaster. San Diego State is now 11-0 in their last 11 series meetings played indoors and we shan’t mention that other time.
The San Diego State men’s basketball team led for roughly 12 minutes of the second half Sunday night against Washington State, and by as many as 9 points. It was an impressive feat considering star forward Malik Pope injured his ankle in the opening minutes of the game and didn’t play at all after halftime.
Nevertheless, late in the second half I was getting ready to write about another gutsy, gritty victory. Glory be to this amazing win spurred by senior Trey Kell, who OH MY GOD HE JUST ROLLED HIS ANKLE, TOO WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.
Kell’s injury was the turning point in a late collapse that saw SDSU lose 93-86 to the sharpshooting Cougars in a game that has presented an early season crisis for the Aztecs on a couple of fronts.
Before I dive into the SDSU men’s basketball team’s win over THE ESS-EEE-CEE on Friday, I must offer an official mea culpa. It was fewer than two weeks ago that the Aztecs played a half of basketball in Tempe so heinous that I kind of had a nuclear meltdown in the game recap. I thankfully stopped short of calling this a lost season, but I sure didn’t imply that it wasn’t.
Since then, SDSU has handily beaten three really bad teams, which could easily be dismissed as irrelevant on account of those teams being really bad and stuff. But this — a gutsy 75-68 win over a possibly pretty respectable Georgia Bulldogs squad in the Wooden Legacy Tournament semifinals — was something else.
So ignore the idiot blogger boy. The Aztecs (5-1) might actually be good this year, friends.
The San Diego State Aztecs easily beat Sacramento State 89-52 in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament produced by ESPN, who in their sadistic post-capitalist wisdom deemed that this game should tip off at 1:05 a.m. Eastern/10:05 p.m. Pacific on Thanksgiving night.
There have been some pretty great tandems in San Diego State men’s basketball history. Gwynn and Cage. Heath and Slaughter. Leonard and Castleberry.
Malik Pope and Devin Watson won’t play together long enough to be mentioned in that lofty company. And, as we learned Tuesday, there are plenty of reasons to doubt this season of The Pope and Watson Show will be ultimately memorable or even satisfying.
But you know what? These two are going to make things fun as hell at times.
The San Diego State men’s basketball regular season — thus the official launch of the Brian Dutcher era — starts Friday! To get you sufficiently lit/hyped/demoralized/angry, the staff writers of Kabeer Thirty now offer our bold predictions on what the 2017-18 season has in store.
The San Diego State men’s basketball team kicked off the Brian Dutcher era on Thursday night with a 98-79 win over UC San Diego. Yes, yes, I know: “Kicked off” is a stupid and embarrassing expression to use when writing about hoops, but you know what? I’m not changing it.
IT’S THE PRESEASON FOR BLOGGERS TOO. I’m here to learn from my mistakes and get better, folks.
Tonight’s game wasn’t on TV (not even the TV they have on computers these days) and I didn’t attend the contest because LOL I’m not paying $15 parking for a stupid exhibition game. So I didn’t see it. Lemonverbena had other plans, as well, and VocalMinoritySDSU lives in the Yukon Territory or somesuch. Fortunately, Attempted Chem was on the scene at State to drink beer, eat greasy Mexican food that will definitely not give him the runs and provide this handy Tweetcap for the first non-super secret fake game of the Dutcher era!