San Diego St. Rumors & News

  • Steve Fisher wins distinguished Wooden Legend of Coaching award "Though Aztec fans are well aware of what he's accomplished, it's possible no coach is more underappreciated nationally than Steve Fisher. The 69-year-old San Diego State coach has built a West Coast power out of practically nothing. And so this week, it was announced that Fisher would become..." October 04

  • SDSU's Cheatham out with broken foot

    San Diego Union-Tribune "San Diego State fans may indeed get to see star recruit Zylan Cheatham play this season. They’ll just have to wait. Coach Steve Fisher said Wednesday that the 6-foot-8 freshman forward has a broken bone in his left foot from an injury sustained earlier this summer and it could be “three to four..." August 28

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Report: James Johnson to transfer to Liberty

    College Basketball Talk "James Johnson is headed to his third school in four years. The former San Diego State and Virginia big man will finish out his collegiate career at Liberty, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of Johnson played the first semester of his career with the Cavaliers, but left the..." April 23

  • Arizona Wildcats beat San Diego State 70-64 to reach Elite Eight

    Arizona Daily Star "Nick Johnson found his stroke just in time, and for that the Arizona Wildcats are headed to the Elite Eight for the second time in four seasons. Having missed his first 10 field goals, Johnson scored 13 points in the final 2:46 to help lift the Wildcats to a 70-64 win over San Diego State in..." March 28

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

  • For San Diego State, beating Arizona would be milestone victory

    Arizona Republic "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women's track-and-field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. "Want to talk about my bracket?" she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 26

  • Shepard tries to 'shake' shooting slump

    San Diego Union-Tribune "If the first step to recovery is acknowledgement, Winston Shepard is on his way to rediscovering his shooting touch. He puts his hand in the air. He nods. He admits it. He’s in a slump. “From the NBA level all the way down, players go through stretches like this,” Shepard said Monday. “It..." March 25

  • Powerful Cats stand in way of SDSU's first Elite 8 trip

    Arizona Daily Star "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women’s track and field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. “Want to talk about my bracket?” she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 25

  • SDSU painfully familiar with Sweet 16 foe Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are painfully familiar with their opponent in the Sweet 16, the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats. Last season, Nick Johnson swooped out of nowhere to block a layup by Chase Tapley to preserve a one-point Wildcats win in a tournament in Hawaii. In the second game..." March 25

  • Thames, SD St. Aztecs stampede past NDSU Bison, 63-44

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The glass slipper was on the floor. This year, the Aztecs stomped on it. San Diego State – well, Xavier Thames, really – took out 12th-seeded North Dakota State 63-44 at Spokane Arena on Saturday afternoon to exorcise the ghosts of last year’s NCAA Tournament loss to Florida Gulf Coast and earn..." March 22

  • SDSU coach happy to move on, but rips NCAA

    Fox Sports "San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher had plenty to have happy about after Thursday’s 73-69 win over New Mexico State. But he took a moment to switch gears after the game. “I’m going to do something I never do: I’m going to complain about the NCAA process,” he said. Fisher went on to..." March 21

  • SDSU beats New Mexico St. 73-69, gets Cinderella next

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Spokane River cuts through downtown with some dramatic drops in elevation, and with the recent snowmelt the waterfalls are churning. San Diego State coach Steve Fisher had the bus driver stop to look as they crossed over them on the way to practice Wednesday, and he joked that he’d like to..." March 21

  • Aggies' big man Bhullar stands in SDSU's way

    Fox Sports Southwest "Steve Fisher cut down the final net in the NCAA tournament 25 years ago and reached two other national championship games, so he knows about playing deep into March. He'd like to think his fourth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs can advance beyond the opening weekend this year. To have that..." March 19

  • Three thoughts: SDSU, New Mexico

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Three thoughts on San Diego State’s 51-48 win against New Mexico at Viejas Arena on Saturday night to claim the outright Mountain West championship: 1. Now what? The Aztecs are 27-3 and likely headed to Spokane, Wash., for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament as, according to the latest..." March 19

  • New Mexico Lobos Take Down Aztecs to Claim MW Tourney title "Lobo Coach Craig Neal has his first championship ring as New Mexico's head man. His New Mexico Lobos also have some Mountain West jewerly. And senior Cameron Bairstow has a MVP trophy. “It was very special to me,” Neal said of his first title as a head coach. “I’ve told my guys that they’ll..." March 16

  • San Diego St. 59, UNLV 51

    ProSportsDaily "Dwayne Polee II scored 18 points off the bench as the Aztecs held off a late rally to defeat the Runnin' Rebels in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Xavier Thames collected 17 points and six assists for top-seeded San Diego State (29-3), which will play New..." March 15

  • San Diego St. 73, Utah St. 39

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames had 15 points and seven assists as the Aztecs won easily in their Mountain West Conference tournament opener over the Aggies in Las Vegas. Winston Shepard added 13 points for San Diego State (28-3), which shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 7-of-17 from 3-point range. The..." March 14

  • SDSU beats New Mexico for MW title

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Steve Fisher is an old school Big Ten basketball coach, from the days of Bobby Knight and Gene Keady. You play man-to-man defense because zones are soft, a cop-out, the ultimate sign of weakness. Guess how Fisher and his Aztecs just won a Mountain West championship on Saturday night. “I used..." March 09

  • San Diego St. 73, UNLV 64

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames scored a game-high 19 points and the visiting Aztecs finished the contest on a 12-2 run to remain tied for the Mountain West Conference lead with one game to play. Matt Shrigley and Dwayne Polee II came off the bench to score 14 and 13 points, respectively, as San Diego State..." March 06

  • San Diego St. 82, Fresno St. 67

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames scored 22 points and Aqeel Quinn matched a career high with 17 as the visiting Aztecs completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs after drawing clear in the second half. Winston Shepard had 13 points and Skylar Spencer added nine for San Diego State (25-3, 14-2 Mountain West), which..." March 02

  • San Diego St. 90, San Jose St. 64

    ProSportsDaily "Winston Shepard scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists as the host Aztecs remained in a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico. JJ O'Brien and Dwayne Polee II each joined Shepard with a team-high 12 points and Matt Shrigley added 11 points for..." February 26

  • New Mexico Lobos/Bairstow Pound San Diego St. Aztecs 58-44 "A Mountain West championship might not have been claimed Saturday night in The Pit – the Aztecs get their West Coast rematch -- but a Lobos’ name was firmly stamped on the Player of The Year trophy. UNM’s seemingly unstoppable Cameron Bairstow ripped through one of the nation’s premier defense..." February 23

  • SDSU shows its depth in rout of Utah St.

    San Diego Union-Tribune "On a late January trip to Logan, Utah, San Diego’s State’s basketball team got a career night from guard Xavier Thames, and it needed it. Thames scored 21 points against Utah State in regulation, enough to get the Aztecs to overtime, during which Thames tacked on another 10 to hand the Aggies a..." February 19

  • One-two punch keeps San Diego State on the rise in college basketball

    Los Angeles Times "Another sellout crowd is on its feet at Viejas Arena for the final minute of yet another San Diego State basketball win. On this night, a well-respected Nevada team that came in with a highly touted defense has been drubbed by 15 points. Xavier Thames, a senior who is San Diego State's leading..." February 18

  • Shepard lifts Aztecs over Air Force, 64-56

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The shot had no chance. With the shot clock down to nearly zero, San Diego State guard Xavier Thames launched a rushed and desperate 3-pointer that was wide when it left his fingers. The ball dropped left of the rim and an Air Force rebound would give the Falcons a chance to get to within two..." February 16

  • At San Diego State, the basketball court is a classroom

    USA Today "Steve Fisher and his San Diego State staff do their homework before they see recruits, like all good coaches do. They know players' backgrounds, playing styles and outside interests. And then, when they're visiting recruits at their homes, Fisher will often ask for another tidbit of..." February 12

  • Wyoming Cowboys get defensive to upset No. 5 San Diego St. Aztecs, 68-62 "Larry Shyatt hoped that one day his University of Wyoming men's basketball team would find a rainbow after a eight losses by eight points or less this season, including a pair of road losses last week by a combined seven points. Shyatt's Cowboys found that rainbow, but instead of a pot of gold..." February 12

  • At San Diego State, the basketball court is a classroom

    USA Today "Steve Fisher and his San Diego State staff do their homework before they see recruits, like all good coaches do. They know players' backgrounds, playing styles and outside interests. And then, when they're visiting recruits at their homes, Fisher will often ask for another tidbit of..." February 11

  • Aztecs run win streak to 20 straight

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Nevada’s basketball team arrived at Viejas Arena on Saturday night knowing it had a respectable defense. The statistics said so. San Diego coach Steve Fisher, who knows something about the subject, said so. A couple hours later, the Wolf Pack left the court understanding that there is a..." February 09

  • SDSU's Shepard hurts wrist, to have MRI

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Though he took part in light shooting practice and non-contact drills Thursday, San Diego State's Winston Shepard III was to have "precautionary" x-rays and an MRI on his left wrist later in the day. The Aztecs did not expect to get results until Friday. Shepard came out of Wednesday's game at..." February 08

  • Aztecs are the "Show" on the road

    San Diego Union-Tribune "“The Show” was 900-some miles away. Steve Fisher didn’t have the raucous San Diego State student section waiting just outside the locker-room door, didn’t have the benefit of the home crowd’s motivation and inspiration. Indeed, if the Aztecs head coach felt the need for one of those “I believe..." February 08

  • Aztecs rally for epic win at Boise State

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Halfway through the Mountain West Conference schedule, San Diego State remains a candidate to become the first team ever to go unbeaten in MWC play. Those 19 straight wins, that 20-1 record and the No. 5 national ranking all are quite nice, obviously. Perhaps the best thing about this..." February 06

  • Could San Diego State notch a No. 1 seed?

    USA Today "AT THE WATER COOLER: Don't look now, but San Diego could be making a case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Veteran coach Steve Fisher's squad is one of four teams in the Coaches Poll without multiple losses and its résumé includes wins over Creighton and Kansas. The fifth-ranked Aztecs, a..." February 05

  • SDSU beats Rams 65-56, gives Fisher 300 wins

    San Diego Union-Tribune "During warm-ups, Josh Davis stood on the baseline, chatting up San Diego State assistant coach David Velasquez as his teammates ran drills. Davis was suited up, but in those minutes before the Aztecs’ meeting with Colorado State, a team that prides itself on physicality under the basket, it was..." February 02

  • Aztecs continue climb in polls to No. 5

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Top 25 to Top 20 to Top 15 to Top 10 to Top 5. San Diego State rose two spots to No. 5 in both major college basketball polls released Monday, passing Villanova and Michigan State after they suffered losses during the week. The only schools of the 350 in NCAA Division I now ranked ahead of the..." January 28

  • No. 7 SDSU fends off Aggies in OT

    Salt Lake Tribune "Three nights removed from its worst loss of the year, Utah State pushed the No. 7-ranked team in the nation to the absolute brink. It was heated. It was wild. It featured the shots that will live forever on highlight tapes and in the memories of both competitors and fans. But unfortunately..." January 26

  • No. 7 San Diego State routs San Jose State 75-50

    San Jose Mercury News "San Jose State hosted its highest-ranked opponent in 23 years Wednesday night, and the result was about as expected -- a 75-50 loss to No. 7 San Diego State before 4,117 at the Event Center. It was the first time the Spartans hosted a top-10 team since No. 1 UNLV came to town in 1991, and it..." January 23

  • Good chance Aztecs will go beyond No. 7

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Seventh. The San Diego State basketball team that was supposed to be in a transition season is now behind only Arizona, Syracuse, Michigan State, Villanova, Wichita State and Florida in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. And there’s a good chance the No. 7 Aztecs..." January 22

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

  • Aztecs grinding to anything but a halt

    Fox Sports "I walked into Viejas Arena this week knowing next to nothing about the 10th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs. Be honest: Unless you live within a short drive of this gorgeous campus that'™s a few miles from the beach, you don'€™t know anything about this basketball team either. OK, you probably..." January 18

  • Coach's Corner: San Diego State's Steve Fisher

    USA Today "It's 80 degrees, a picture-perfect day in southern California, and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher – understandably – doesn't have much to complain about. In his 15th season, Fisher has his 11th-ranked Aztecs at 15-1, nationally relevant and a potential Final Four contender. He lost a bit..." January 18