#AztecMBB Notebook: Fisher Earns Midseason COY
Jan. 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO - With the non-conference portion of the season behind us and teams fully entrenched in conference play, the San Diego State men's basketball team has captured the attention of several analysts and media outlets across the country.
At the midway point of the season, SDSU head coach Steve Fisher was named Midseason Coach of the Year by two CBSSports.com staff writers, as well as one ESPN.com and NBCSports.com analyst. Several pundits credit Fisher for not only this season's success, but the rebuilding job he's done since stepping onto Montezuma Mesa in 1999. In addition, observers applaud Fisher for the 13-1 start to the season in what many thought would be a rebuilding year.
NCAA Tourney Bound
The Aztecs have already defeated three teams predicted to make the NCAA Tournament by multiple media outlets (Kansas, Boise State and Creighton), and are predicted to be as high as a No. 3-seed in March by CBSSports.com, while both ESPN.com and NBCSports.com have SDSU as a No. 5-seed. With San Diego State's only loss coming to No. 1 Arizona and games against MW foes predicted to make the field of 68 (New Mexico, Nevada and Boise State) on the horizon, SDSU still has time to further improve its resume.
National Championship contenders
On Wednesday, ESPN.com selected San Diego State as one of its "new names chasing a national title" this season. The Aztecs also received Team of the Week honors from both ESPN.com and NBCSports.com after road victories over MW opponent Colorado State, 71-61, on New Year's Day, and at No. 18/20 Kansas, 61-57, on Jan. 5.
No. 13/15 San Diego State continued its momentum this week, defeating MW foe Boise State, 69-66, at home on Jan. 8. The Aztecs have now won 12-consecutive games heading into Sunday's road contest against Air Force, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. MT and can be seen on the internet on ESPN3.