Yearlong offensive struggles have finally caught up.
By Andy Cohen
The San Diego State Aztecs plummeted from 6th in the AP poll and 7th in the Coaches poll to 13th in both yesterday after losing to New Mexico 58-44 in Albuquerque on Saturday night. Perhaps “plummeted” is a bit much. This isn’t the Aztec basketball apocalypse…..yet.
Let’s not take anything away from the Lobos here. They are a very good team who just happens to be playing its best basketball of the entire season right now. The Aztecs hit a buzzsaw at the wrong time.
But to say that the Aztecs have been in an offensive funk since the first quarter of the conference season would be a bit of an understatement. This team has prided itself on its effort and effectiveness on the defensive end of the floor all year, and through the non-conference season they were able to do just enough offensively to power them through some very big games, most notably against then #20 Creighton (now ranked #9 in the AP poll) and at then #16/17 Kansas (now #5/6), who just secured their 10th straight conference title to go against only their ninth home loss that the Aztecs dealt them on Jan 5 during that same period.