Game Recap: Aztecs have Normal one in win over Illinois State

Coming into this Saturday’s game against Illinois State (alma mater of Steve Fisher, who used to pass out free tickets to students in his first year as San Diego State head coach) in Normal, Illinois, it was not yet entirely clear how good this Aztecs men’s basketball team is.

We know they’re “good” but with three wins over three bad teams, one win over a good team, and two blowout losses to two very good/great teams, they had yet to make a significant impact – positive or negative – on their tournament resume.

While they have a long way to go until March, SDSU added what will probably end up being a pretty solid win with a 75-65 victory over the Redbirds and improve their season record to 5-2.

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Love (Lost) And Basketball

There are essentially two generations of San Diego State sports fans. There are those who remember watching Marshall Faulk play, and those who came after.

(OK I guess there is a third group who remembers cheering on the San Diego Normal School Wampus Cats, but they’re also pushing 100 and hopefully doing something better than reading this blog.)

My point is, if you’re part of the post-Faulk era, like I am, odds are you fell in love with the Aztecs the same way I did: the men’s basketball team.

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The best wins of the Fisher Era, ranked

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Steve Fisher won 386 games as head coach at San Diego State University. That’s a lot of wins! So many, in fact, that it would be a fool’s errand to attempt to pick only 10 that stand out among the rest.

On the other hand, this is a blog on the internet. So, uh, I made a list.

(cough)

Anyway, here are the 10 best victories of the Steve Fisher Era. Know that if you disagree with anything here it is because you are dumb and bad and don’t appreciate Steve Fisher at the same level I do.

Anyway, the list:

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Steve Fisher retires

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A 72-year old man engaged in a rigorous, stressful, all-consuming profession decided to retire today. It shouldn’t come as a shock.

And yet…

And yet, disbelief is all I can muster.

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A rare garbage hoops season (very likely) comes to an end

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After the dumbfounding mediocrity of the regular season, the glory of the first two games of the Mountain West Tournament had us all dreaming of a storybook ending for our SDSU men’s basketball heroes.

There shall be no storybook ending for our SDSU men’s basketball heroes.

The Aztecs bowed out to Colorado State 71-63 in the semifinals on Friday night/very nearly Saturday morning in Las Vegas. The grim demise came after leading – often dominating – for most of the way; about as fitting an epitaph as you can write for this year’s squad, actually.

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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 lose to San José State but it’s fine, nothing matters

I imagine San José as something like an Escher drawing of the continuous stairs, only with cookie-cutter business parks, strip malls and endless tract homes. A bubble-inflated hamster wheel of blandness and rewarded mediocrity. It’s the Bay Area, but the real boring part. Look at this bullshit:

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A gerrymandered archipelago of carved-out mesas and subdivisions. What are all those little enclaves? Is that where Silicon Valley isolates its service workers, red-lined in unincorporated Santa Clara county?

That’s where the Aztecs went and lost tonight, 76-71 to the Spartans. They played bad. This season is bad. Multiple unrelated exterior events are bad.

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Aztecs beat San José State, get first conference win in game that happened

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Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
     – The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields Forever”

San Diego State men’s basketball: What is it? I thought I knew a few things, maybe not always important things, but at least some idea of the world and our place in it. Now it’s 2017 and honestly I don’t know anything. If you’re telling me you know things, I’ve got doubts. Shit is weird and getting weirder, some great unraveling seems underway, a dark version of history we’re doomed to repeat. On the other hand, American institutions are in doubt, facts are dead and news is whatever you decide it is!

Objectively I can say the Aztecs beat the San José State Spartans 76-61 at Viejas Arena. It’s good to win! SDSU had started 0-3 in conference, which is bad and makes everybody feel bad. So this is better. But don’t hold me to that, who’s to judge, make up your own damn mind.

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