Game Recap: Aztecs lose to UC Stinkin’ Berkeley

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It all came down to one final shot ‚ÄĒ 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.

Unreal.

Red Panda had done it.

Five bowls, flipped onto her head from atop a god damn unicycle.

Savor the moment, SDSU men’s basketball fans. Because Red Panda’s halftime show Saturday was the closest thing to national relevance that we’ll get to experience for the rest of the regular season.

The Aztecs suffered a last-second 63-62 home loss to a brutally bad Cal team, essentially changing the font on their NCAA tournament resume to Comic Sans.

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Game Recap: Fresh-faced freshman propels Aztecs to blowout of Bradley

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Freshman hoops players come in many forms.

There are the guys who step in on Day 1 looking like grown-ass men, able to easily get a role as an extra in the kind of pro basketball movie that stars either a Wayans brother, a golden retriever or both. Matt Mitchell or Tim Shelton circa 2007 are great examples of this.

Then there are the guys who would definitely get their IDs thoroughly scrutinized were they ever to attempt to buy a pack of smokes. Even after a redshirt season, wiry 6-10 forward Jalen McDaniels definitely falls into this category.

Every time I see McDaniels on the court, I’m struck with the strangely maternal urge to go home and bake him a pie. Eat, eat, Jalen – you’re skin and bones!

(Note: I will not actually do this. Not only should Jalen not accept homemade pastries from strange bearded men, it’s also the kind of NCAA infraction that would get a mid-major program the death penalty.)

Yet McDaniels is starting to show signs that his game is more mature than his physique might lead you to believe. In a couple of productive performances at the Wooden Legacy last weekend, McDaniels looked like a useful reserve. In the Aztecs’ 75-52 home win over Bradley Sunday afternoon, he looked like a weapon.

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Game Recap: SDSU opens Dutcher era by dominating team of local ragamuffins

I always forget San Diego Christian College’s moniker, which is silly because we play these human traffic cones from Santee every single year as an early season appetizer. I’m pretty sure it’s a majestic bird of some kind, right? The San Diego Christian Embezzling Buzzards? That seems right.

Aw hell, I’ll just Google tonight’s game so I can know for sure.

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Right. The, uh, San Diego Christian Gray Crests. Got it.

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Cold beer, new faces and hella baskets: an exhibition basketball Tweetcap

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!

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Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a six seed

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The San Diego State men’s basketball team, forced to suit up for the play-in round of the Mountain West tournament for the first time ever, overcame a horrific¬†first half to beat the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 62-52 in overtime. It was a really exciting game in a “this shouldn’t be remotely this stressful” kind of way. It was a game that affirmed the old adage: Never¬†question the heart of a six seed.

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Aztecs win ugly, look much better in alternate realities

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Science, religion and philosophy contemplate the nature of our universe. Whether dogmatic or pragmatic, wherever you the reader¬†fall¬†on the spectrum of¬†What is reality and Why are we here, we can objectively agree on this: The San Diego State men’s basketball team shot 28.8 percent in a Division I game and still won by 13 points, beating Air Force 51-38 at Viejas Arena. It is settled fact¬†that the Falcons have lost 22 straight conference road games. Continue reading “Aztecs win ugly, look much better in alternate realities”

San Diego State men beat Utah State men at basketball, are genetically superior

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You guessed it, comrades: student-athletes from San Diego State University played another intercollegiate basketball game, this one a 66-62 road win over Utah State. It bore little or no relation to national security, treason, –ļ–ĺ–ľ–Ņ—Ä–ĺ–ľ–į—ā or any number of other potential looming crises. After all, there’s 351 Division I men’s basketball programs in this country and SDSU is but one of them! Really puts things in perspective when you step back and look at the big picture.

It’s a tired and well-worn clich√© to say that one game is a microcosm. But. This game showcased inherent traits¬†of the 2016-17 Aztecs in a nutshell: an athletic, highly talented team that can play lockdown defense and run¬†anyone in their conference out of the building, and also an underachieving team that easily loses its way and can blow a lead of any size. And do it all¬†with key contributors out with injuries.

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Salty Aztecs kick Nevada’s ass

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The Viejas Arena lights were still dimmed for pregame festivities, and I was certain SDSU was¬†about to get run out of the damn building. It¬†wasn’t just¬†that Nevada is arguably the conference’s best team (although it is) or the fact that the Aztecs were¬†coming off an embarrassing, listless loss at San Jose State (although they were).

It was also the body language of the players.

As Slash’s¬†opening riff on “Welcome to the Jungle” sounded and the¬†video board cut to the scene in the tunnel outside the Aztecs locker room, the¬†usual bouncy exuberance was missing. Rather than getting amped¬†to someone’s fiery oration, the players¬†looked like weary commuters at a bus stop. During the introduction of starters, there was no joyful dancing – a fact noted by¬†my wife who greatly enjoys such things (she thinks Dakarai Allen has by far the best moves, for the record).

I’m glad to say now, in the wake of SDSU’s 70-56 dismantling of the Wolf Pack, that¬†I had misread the situation. Apparently they weren’t feeling too listless to dance. Maybe they were actually just too pissed.

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