Men's Basketball Ranked 20th in Preseason AP Poll

Oct. 26, 2012

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The San Diego State men's basketball team will enter the 2012-13 campaign with its highest Associated Press preseason ranking in school history after landing at No. 20 in first AP Top-25 Poll of the year, which was released Friday.

The Aztecs, who are the preseason Mountain West favorites, are 20th after earning 463 points and have spent the last 13 weeks ranked in the AP Poll. The 13-week stay in the poll is the 13th-longest streak in the nation.

The preseason ranking marks the second time in school history in which San Diego State has entered a campaign ranked in the AP Poll. In 2010-11, SDSU was ranked No. 25 before embarking on a season that took them to the Sweet 16 and a 34-3 record.

With a No. 20 preseason ranking from the AP and the Coaches' Polls, the Aztecs open a season ranked in both polls for the first time in school history. In 2010-11, SDSU was 25th in the AP and found itself just outside the top 25 in the Coaches' at No. 26.

San Diego State, which finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked 22nd in the AP Poll, is slated to face a pair of teams ranked ahead of them in the first month of the season. The Aztecs will clash with No. 9 Syracuse on Nov. 9, on the USS Midway, and then travel to Anaheim, Calif., for the Wooden Classic where No. 13 UCLA awaits (Dec. 1).

Tickets for Northrop Grumman Presents 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 returns four of its five starters and its top four scorers from last season. The Aztecs also welcome three Division I transfers and a heralded recruiting class.