It has happened again. San Diego State is gaining national attention for all the right reasons.
A couple of months ago it was because SDSU was ranked for the first time among the nation’s top universities by U.S. News & World Report. Now our men’s basketball team is ranked for the first time in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s preseason poll, coming in at No. 25.
The ranking is well deserved recognition for a program that has won at least 20 games in each of the past five seasons. We have all known for a while just how good our Aztecs are. Now the rest of the nation is starting to catch on.
Of course, our women’s basketball team has been ranked before and just completed one of its most successful seasons ever, reaching the Sweet 16 last spring. Rest assured Beth Burns has her players ready to challenge for a conference championship once again and a spot in the NCAA Tournament in March.
But national attention has been rare and is relatively new for Coach Steve Fisher’s men’s program. Now excitement is building. The Alumni Association filled four buses for the trip to Long Beach State and the game with the 49ers. We’re also looking forward to several sold-out games in Viejas Arena this season.
With the first game still a couple of weeks away, it will be a long season with the Aztecs facing tough competition on the road to a conference championship and, hopefully, another NCAA Tournament appearance. Advancing in the national rankings won’t be easy.
So for now we’re celebrating the team’s first appearance in the AP poll. Congratulations, Aztecs and keep on climbing!