SDSU Men's Hoops Climbs In AP Poll, Enters ESPN/USA Today Poll

Jan. 2, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's basketball team, winners of a season-high five consecutive games, moved up one position in the AP Top 25 poll and made its season debut in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Aztecs are ranked 24th in the AP and 25th in the coaches' poll, released on Monday.

San Diego State, which has matched its second best start to a Division I season, improved to 12-2 on the season last Friday with a 94-43 victory over Redlands at a sold-out Viejas Arena. The 51-point margin of victory matched the fourth largest in 91 seasons of Aztec basketball and was the largest under head coach Steve Fisher.

The victory was the 53rd straight against teams ranked outside the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. That is the second longest active streak nationally, trailing only Ohio State (54).

So far this season, SDSU has defeated a pair of nationally ranked teams (at Arizona, vs. California), the two teams predicted to finish atop the Big West (vs. Long Beach State, at UC Santa Barbara) and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant USC. The Aztecs haven't suffered a setback since Nov. 30 and their two losses have come to No. 4/5 (AP/Coaches) Baylor and Creighton, currently ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

San Diego State returns to action on Thursday when the Aztecs play host to San Diego Christian. Game time at Viejas Arena is set for 7 p.m. PT and as of last Friday fewer than 1,500 tickets remain for the game. Tickets to the San Diego Christian and Chicago State (Jan. 10) games are available for half price and start at just $10. Fans can purchase tickets online, 24 hours a day at GoAztecs.com.

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