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 18-1 Aztecs: Arizona (20-0), Syracuse (19-0), Florida (17-2) and Wichita State (21-0). It is the fourth straight week they have risen in the AP rankings, from No. 21 on Dec. 30 to No. 13 to No. 10 to No. 7 to No. 5. Preseason: They received no Top 25 votes in either poll and were picked fourth in the Mountain West behind New Mexico, UNLV and Boise State. It is the second highest AP ranking in school history, trailing only the No. 4 on Jan. 24, 2011. The Aztecs were fourth in the USA Today coaches poll for two weeks that season. There was speculation that Kansas might jump the Aztecs this week despite losing to them at home Jan. 5. The Jayhawks (15-4) have won six straight since – five against teams either currently or recently ranked – but they were sixth in the AP and tied with defending NCAA champion Louisville at seventh in the coaches. SDSU has a bye Wednesday, making its only game this week Saturday afternoon at Viejas Arena against Colorado State – a team it beat 71-61 in Fort Collins to open the Mountain West season. The Aztecs currently have a No. 2 seed in the latest projected NCAA Tournament bracket by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had them as a 3 in a bracket he released Thursday, but that was before then-No. 3 Michigan State lost at home to Michigan. They are getting less love from the computers and Mountain West.
Aztecs continue climb in polls to No. 5
San Diego Union-Tribune | Jan 28