SDSU-TCU Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

March 3, 2012

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Postgame notes from San Diego State's 98-92 overtime victory over TCU on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas

San Diego State-TCU Postgame Notes

Score: [21/23] San Diego State 98, TCU 92 (overtime)
Records: [21/23] San Diego State 24-6, 10-4 MW; TCU 17-13, 7-7 MW
Next Game: Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2012 | vs. Boise State | noon PT | The Mtn., 4SD

Champions

  • San Diego State claims its second consecutive Mountain West regular-season title, the third of the MW era (2005-06, 2010-11 and 2011-12, all under Steve Fisher, the fifth of the Division I era (also 1976-77 and 1977-78) and the 18th in the programs' 91 seasons.
  • Counting Mountain West Conference regular season championships and tournament titles, San Diego State now has seven MW conference titles and has earned a trophy on the last four occasions the league has presented one. Amazingly, San Diego State has earned six of the last 13 conference championships in men's basketball. Below is a look at Mountain West Conference titles since the 2005-06 season:

    Season     Regular-Season Champion(s)       Conference Tournament Champions
    2005-06    San Diego State                  San Diego State
    2006-07    Brigham Young                    UNLV
    2007-08    Brigham Young                    UNLV
    2008-09    Brigham Young, New Mexico, Utah  Utah
    2009-10    New Mexico                       San Diego State
    2010-11    San Diego State, Brigham Young   San Diego State
    2011-12    San Diego State, New Mexico
    

  • For the first time in the 13-year history of the Mountain West Conference, a team has won four straight men's basketball titles (counts regular-season and tournaments). San Diego State claimed the 2010 tournament title, earned a co-championship with Brigham Young in 2010-11, before repeating as the tournament champion in 2011 and today, claiming the 2011-12 regular season title.
  • San Diego State now owns seven Mountain West Conference men's basketball championships (regular season titles in 2005-06, 2010-11, 2011-12 and tournament titles in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2011). Below is a look at current members of the program and the number of titles they have been a part of:

    Name, Current Position                              No. Mountain West Titles
    Steve Fisher, head coach                                           7
    Brian Dutcher, associate head coach/coach in waiting               7
    Mark Fisher, assistant coach                                       6
    Tony Bland, assistant coach                                        2 (1 as a player)
    Matt Soria, director of operations                                 7
    David Velasquez, director of player development                    6
    Tom Abdenour, athletic trainer                                     1
    Randy Shelton, strength and conditioning coach                     3
    
    Student-Athletes w/Multiple Titles No. Mountain West Titles Tim Shelton 4 Chase Tapley 4 Alec Williams 4 Jamaal Franklin 3 LaBradford Franklin 3 James Rahon 3

    Themes

  • San Diego State wins the 2011-12 Mountain West Conference regular-season championship (tied with New Mexico) and will be the number one seed in next week's conference tournament.
  • San Diego State has won four consecutive games and answered the program's first three-game losing streak in more than four years with four straight victories.
  • San Diego State snaps TCU's eight-game homecourt winning streak and becomes the only Mountain West Conference team to win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum this season.

    Game Notes

  • San Diego State is 4-0 this season in overtime and is 14-1 in its last 15 overtime games.
  • San Diego State owned a +13 rebound margin. It is the eighth time in the last nine games that the Aztecs have outrebounded its opponent as SDSU is 20-2 this season when owning an edge in the category.
  • San Diego State snaps a 24-game losing streak when the opponent scores between 90-99 points.
  • San Diego State scored a season-high 98 points, its most since scoring 119 against Campbell on Dec. 12, 2006.
  • San Diego State set season highs for free throws made (28), fouls committed (26) and players fouled out (3).
  • TCU set highs for an Aztec opponent in field goals attempted (70), free throws attempted (34) and fouls committed (27).

    March Madness

  • San Diego State wins its eighth consecutive regular-season game in the month of March.
  • San Diego State has won its last 12 games against Mountain West Conference competition in the month of March.
  • San Diego State is now 21-4 in its last 25 games played during the month of March. That figure includes NCAA, postseason NIT and Mountain West tournament games.

    Counting Wins

  • San Diego State has now won 24 games this season, which is tied for the fourth most in the 91 seasons of Aztec Basketball.
  • SDSU head coach Steve Fisher now has nine seasons with at least 24 wins. Five of those campaigns have occurred at San Diego State.
  • San Diego State had previously clinched the program's record seventh consecutive 20-win season.
  • San Diego State closes to within one victory of extending its school record of consecutive seasons with at least 25 victories to four.

    Road Warriors

  • San Diego State improves to 7-4 in road games and will finish the season with a .500 or better in road contests for the fourth consecutive season.
  • San Diego State is now 21-5 in its last 26 road games.
  • San Diego State is now 24-2 in its last 26 road games against non-top 25 teams.

    Breaking The End of Season Road Jinx

  • This marks the 12th time in the Division I era that San Diego State is ending the regular season with two road games. The Aztecs have two sweeps (1977 and 2012), split the trip twice (1976 and 1972) and have been swept eight times.
  • San Diego State entered this two-game road swing having been swept on the end of season two-game road swing the last seven times. The Aztecs had lost 14 consecutive games when facing that scenario prior to the wins Wednesday at Boise State and today at TCU.
  • It is worth noting that Steve Fisher coached San Diego State teams only encountered the situation once before. That was in 2003, when the Aztecs lost at Colorado State (which went on to win the MWC tournament) and at UNLV. Entering this season, that is the only time in Steve Fisher's head coaching career he has ended the regular season with consecutive road games.

    Series Notes

  • San Diego State leads the all-time series with TCU, 13-4. The Aztecs have won the last eight meetings between the teams and have swept the season series each of the last four seasons.
  • The Aztecs are 6-2 against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. SDSU has won on its last four trips to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

    Jamaal Franklin (35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists)
    For the second consecutive game, the sophomore led San Diego State in points, rebounds and assists... Franklin scored a career-high 35 points... It was his third 30-point game, eighth 20-point game and 25th double-figure game of the season... He led the Aztecs for the 14th time in scoring this season, 15th time in rebounding this season and the fifth time in assist this seasons.. He posted his 11th double-double of the season and the 12th of his career... The sophomore has double-doubles in three straight games and eight times in his last 11 games... He reached double figures for the 17th consecutive game... He made 9-of-18 field goal attempts and was 3-of-8 from three-point range... He has five treys in his last two games... Shot 50 percent or better from the field in his last three games (22-of-42 during that span)... The 14 free throws made are the second most in the Steve Fisher era, trailing Brandon Heath's 17-for-17 performance against UNLV on Feb. 12, 2005.

    Chase Tapley (18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists)
    The junior posted his 53rd career double-digit scoring game and reached 10 or more points for the 22nd time in his last 24 games... He had a three-point field goal, marking the eighth time in the last nine games he has made a trey...His four assists were his most since recording four dines on Jan. 10th against Chicago State... The 18 points represent his highest output since scoring 22 at UNLV on Feb. 11.

    Xavier Thames (16 points, 7 rebounds,2 assists)
    The sophomore guard reached double figures for the 12th time this season and the 16th time in his career... He has scored 10 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since doing so in Nov. (at Baylor, USC, Long Beach State)... He played 36 minutes tonight with one turnover, marking the fourth straight game he has had one turnover or less... Thames was 7-of-8 from the field, making him 10-for-13 from the field in the past two games.

    James Rahon (12 points, 3 rebounds)
    The junior reached double figures for the 40th time in his career and his 22nd time as a member of the Aztecs. He connected on 2-of-5 from three-point range, giving him 6 made threes in his last three games... Rahon now has 149 career three-point field goals. Recorded just one turnover in the game, giving him a turnover or less in 57 of his last 64 games.