Men's Basketball Ranked 20th in Preseason Coaches' Poll

Oct. 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's basketball team enters the 2012-13 campaign ranked 20th in the USA Today preseason coaches' top-25 poll, it was announced Wednesday morning.

The Aztecs will carry a preseason coaches' poll ranking into their season opener for the first time in program history and the No. 20 ranking is the highest preseason rating in either poll (AP, Coaches) in school history.

In 2010-11, SDSU went into its season opener ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll, but was just outside the Coaches' poll in the receiving votes category at No. 26. Last year, the Aztecs received one point in the preseason AP, which was good for a 46th-place tie, and none in the Coaches' before being ranked in both polls the final 11 weeks of the regular season.

SDSU will face a pair of teams above it in the 2012-13 rankings during the first month of the season. The Aztecs open the campaign vs. No. 9 Syracuse in the Battle on the Midway on Nov. 9, and face No. 13 UCLA on Dec. 1, in the Wooden Classic at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Tickets for the Battle on the Midway and the Wooden Classic are still available. Battle on the Midway tickets are available through GoAztecs.com, Window E at Qualcomm Stadium, or by calling 619-283-7378. For those interested in buying Wooden Classic tickets, please call 619-283-7378.

Current San Diego State students interested in attending the Wooden Classic can purchase tickets at a special discounted price of $15 by showing their valid Red ID. Those tickets are available at the Viejas Arena box office.

The Aztecs, who finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 26-8 record, are coming off their fourth straight season with at least 25 victories and their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. In each of the last seven years, the back-to-back Mountain West regular-season champions have won 20 or more games and have advanced to the postseason.

In 2012-13, San Diego State is slated to return four of its five starters and its top four scorers from last season. The Aztecs are also slated to welcome three Division I transfers and a heralded recruiting class.