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San Diego State Aztecs unraveling down the stretch

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The San Diego State Aztecs are realizing what it’s like to be a real threat in the NCAA. After losing twice in the last week (at Wyoming and at New Mexico) the Aztecs are learning that every team is gunning for them.

The New Mexico Lobos were no different Saturday night dominating from the opening tip en route to a 58-44 win.  The Lobos at one point were up by 23, leaving the Aztecs with many questions to answer. San Diego State has fallen behind far too often this regular season, especially given their strength of schedule.

The problem for the Aztecs is their offensive production. San Diego State currently sits in last place in assists and free throw percentage and ninth in field goal percentage in the Mountain West.  On top of this, in the Aztecs’ three losses Xavier Thames has averaged 13 points and  has shot a dismal 23.4 percent from the field. 

San Diego State must become more consistent offensively if they wish to make a deep run into March Madness.

If Thames plays like Jamaal Franklin did down the stretch last season the Aztecs will be ousted rather quickly in the tournament. But if the guard can start taking the right shots and J.J. O’Brien can start becoming a presence on offense the Aztecs will have a true shot for the NCAA Championship. 

Photo Credit: K.C. Alfred/UT San Diego

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.

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