San Diego State Preparing for Mountain West Tournament
“We’re beginning….book number three.”
Those were among the first few words spoken by San Diego State men’s basketball coach Steve Fisher during his weekly press conference inside the bowels of Viejas Arena.
His Aztecs head into this third phase of their season following a disappointing book one (a non-conference schedule that included losses to USD and Grand Canyon) and an impressive book number two (a 16-2 conference record that culminated in a third straight regular season crown).
“(We’re) happy to be the number one seed,” Fisher said. “Our goal is to go in and win the tournament, and we’re not The Lone Ranger with that thought in mind.”
One of the keys to book number three having a happy ending will no doubt be the offense, a unit that averaged a hair under 80 points per game in the Aztecs’ five most recent wins.
“Everything’s starting to come together,” said sophomore guard Trey Kell. “Everyone’s shooting the ball really well. We’re letting our defense fuel our offense.”
The team is hoping that this latest trip to Sin City will end with them cutting down the nets; San Diego State has not won the conference tournament since beating BYU in the 2011 final.
“If you’re not the best team in a one-and-done, then you’re not the best team,” Fisher said. “We haven’t been since 2011.”
“We’ll make sure that everyone is aware that it’s been a while.”
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