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 scorer, has put himself within two points of reaching 1,000 points in his career as the Aztecs win for the 20th consecutive time, tying a school record.
Could this team, currently ranked No. 6 with a 22-2 record, be as good as the 2010-11 squad that was 34-3 and made it to the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament?

The Aztecs lost Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, their top two scorers last season, to the NBA and graduation. But instead of rebuilding, San Diego State simply reloaded.

Thames has moved past the 1,000-point threshold and is scoring at a clip of 17.7 points per game, nearly double his average from last season. Center Josh Davis took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a student who has graduated to transfer without penalty. He came in from Tulane and is averaging 10.9 rebounds.

And, although the feature players have changed, key to San Diego State's success are the two faces on the bench that have not.
Coach Steve Fisher and top assistant Brian Dutcher have guided the Aztecs for 15 years.

Together, they have 303 wins at San Diego State, plus 109 before that at Michigan.

Dutcher, 54, is one of the best college basketball minds never to have held a head coaching position. It doesn't bother him, though, because he knows one day this program will be his.