San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher is in his 15th season coaching the Aztecs, and this is his seventh time leading the team to the NCAA tournament. Fisher awoke the sleeping giant that was San Diego State basketball, and prior to his arrival to the school the Aztecs had only had three NCAA bids from 1970 to Fisher's arrival. The tournament bid this season is the Aztecs fifth straight NCAA tourney bid.
The pinnacle of San Diego State basketball was in 2010-11 season when the team made it to the regional semifinal before falling to Connecticut to finish the season with a 34-3 record. That team had future NBA players Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas, plus others who played internationally.
The 2012-13 team looked to make a return trip to the Sweet 16, but they ran into Dunk City in No. 15 seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the round of 32 and were upset by the Eagles -- a major upset to say the least.
This 2013-14 is looking to get to the Sweet 16 for the first a No. 4 seed and their first matchup they get to face WAC champion New Mexico State on Thursday night. Being a No. 4 seed will projects out to be a Sweet 16 team with that seed, but that was not the case last season when they were a heavy favorite but lost in the round of 32.
This current squad rivals that Leonard-led team and by being ranked in the top-10 for a good portion of this year, so not making the Sweet 16 would be considered a major disappointment.
Here is a quick look at the Aztecs tournament history: