9:48 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- San Diego State did nothing spectacular and might not find its play on many tournament video clips.Leave the stylish dunks to other games around the bracket.The Aztecs found a way to play another game, and that's all that mattered."We don't think about the highlights and everything," guard Chase Tapley said. "A win is a win, and we'll take it any way we can get it."
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 22: Sam Grooms #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners attempts to control the ball in the first half...(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Jamaal Franklin came into the tournament with a sour taste in his mouth -- self-inflicted as it might have been. The junior went 3 of 13 against New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals. He shot 6 of 13, plus 7 of 7 from the free-throw line to lead the Aztecs with 21 in this win..
X factor: The boards. Oklahoma is a tough inside team and while Romero Osby still got 22, the Aztecs 36-28 advantage on the boards (especially 10 offensive rebounds) proved to be huge for SDSU.
That was a much-needed shot in the arm for the Mountain West Conference. The league, which has lauded itself and been lauded, as one of the best in the country, had a rough start to the NCAA tournament. New Mexico, UNLV and Boise State all lost in their opening games, the Lobos and Runnin' Rebels as upset victims. The Aztecs and Colorado State are the lone league winners.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-58 (.397)||24-56 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-21 (.238)||6-15 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-8 (.500)||16-17 (.941)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
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