San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball

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San Diego State Aztecs
2014–15 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team
San Diego State Aztecs athletic logo
University San Diego State University
First season 1921-22
All-time record 1,366-1067-1 (.560)
Conference MWC
Location San Diego, CA
Head coach Steve Fisher (16th year)
Arena Viejas Arena
(Capacity: 12,414)
Nickname Aztecs
Student section The Show
Colors

Red, black, and White

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2011, 2014
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2011, 2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1975, 1976, 1985, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1976, 1985, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011
Conference regular season champions
1923, 1925, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1968, 1977, 1978, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2014

The San Diego State Aztecs basketball team is the basketball team that represent San Diego State University Aztecs in San Diego, California. The school's team currently competes in the Mountain West Conference, and play their home games in Viejas Arena. The team began play in 1921 and have been to 6 NAIA tournaments winning in 1941, 3 NCAA Division II tournaments, 5 NIT tournaments, and 8 NCAA Division I tournaments. Since joining the Mountain West Conference, the Aztecs have won 4 MWC tournaments. Former players who went on to achieve notable success in other areas are Art Linkletter and Tony Gwynn.

Team history[edit]

The Aztecs first began playing during the 1921–22 basketball season as part of the Southern California JC conference.[1] They competed in Division III until 1956. They competed in 6 NAIA tournaments. Runners up in 1939 and in 1940, the Aztecs finally prevailed and won the 1941 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2] They became a NCAA Division I school in 1970 and moved to the Western Athletic Conference in 1978.[3] In 1999 the Aztecs left the WAC and became a charter member of the Mountain West Conference.[4] Prior to entering the Mountain West, they went to 3 NCAA Conference tournaments. During their time in the MWC, the Aztecs have won 4 conference tournaments and have been to 4 NCAA tournaments and 4 NIT tournaments.[4] In 2010–11 season, the Aztecs were ranked as high as 4th in the nation and won their first ever games in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen.[5]

Rivalries[edit]

The Aztecs have three major rivalries, the UNLV Rebels, the USD Toreros, and the BYU Cougars. Their primary rival is the UNLV Rebels, especially in recent years with some memorable showdowns. The USD Torereos are the Aztecs crosstown rivals and play them annually through non-conference play, also known as the City Championship. The Aztecs rivalry with the BYU Cougars is inactive since 2011 when the Cougars left the MWC for the WCC, although it is now widely recognized that the New Mexico Lobos have since filled that position.

Facilities[edit]

Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl

The Aztecs play their home games at Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena), which is located on the west side of campus. Viejas Arena opened in 1997 as Cox Arena and seats 12,414 for basketball games.[6] In 2009, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the naming rights for ten years.[7] The arena features an octagonal scoreboard with video-replay system, that includes up-to-the-minute statistical information on individual players.[7] The facility is also equipped with seven locker rooms, two of which are complete with team rooms, equipment rooms, and a shared training room.[7]

Prior to the opening of the arena, men's basketball played its games at Peterson Gym and, for more than 30 years, at the San Diego Sports Arena.[8][9][10]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Denotes through the 2013–14 basketball season.
Name Seasons Record Percentage
C.E. Peterson 1921–26 70–30 .700
Tom McMullen 1926–29 23–17 .575
Morris Gross 1929–42 190–85 .690
Don DeLauer 1942–43 14–9 .609
Alex Alexander 1943–45 17–26 .395
Charlie Smith 1945–48 45–36 .563
George Ziegenfuss 1948–69 316–229 .580
Dick Davis 1969–74 65–67 .492
Tim Vezie 1974–79 77–62 .554
Smokey Gaines 1979–87 112–117 .489
Jim Brandenburg 1987–91 52–87 .356
Jim Harrick Jr. (Interim coach) 1992 0–7 .000
Tony Fuller 1992–94 20–37 .351
Fred Trenkle 1994–99 55–83 .399
*Steve Fisher 1999–present 310–174 .638

Season-by-season results[edit]

  • All information retrieved from the 2010–11 San Diego State Aztec Men's Basketball Media Guide

Division III era[edit]

Southern California JC
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1921–22 C.E. Peterson 4–1 (2nd) 14–8
1922–23 C.E. Peterson 6–0 (1st) 17–5
1923–24 C.E. Peterson 5–1 (2nd) 7–6
1924–25 C.E. Peterson 3–0 (1st) 17–7
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1925–26 C.E. Peterson None 15–4
Southern California Intercollegiate Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1926–27 Tom McMullen 5–6 (4th) 9–6
1927–28 Tom McMullen 2–6 (6th) 10–8
1928–29 Morris Gross* 3–4 (4th) 8–8
1929–30 Morris Gross 2–5 (5th) 6–6
1930–31 Morris Gross 3–4 (4th) 7–3
1931–32 Morris Gross 5–1 (1st) 13–2
1932–33 Morris Gross 4–3 (3rd) 5–6
1933–34 Morris Gross 10–2 (1st) 11–5
1934–35 Morris Gross 5–5 (4th) 13–7
1935–36 Morris Gross 7–3 (2nd) 11–5
1936–37 Morris Gross 9–1 (1st) 17–9
1937–38 Morris Gross 5–3 (2nd) 20–8
1938–39 Morris Gross 6–2 (1st) 24–7 Lost NAIA Finals

* Tom McMullen coached first 7 games of 1928–29 season

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1939–40 Morris Gross 3–3 (3rd) 22–6 Lost NAIA Finals
1940–41 Morris Gross 8–4 T-(1st) 24–7 Tournament Champions
1941–42 Morris Gross 8–4 (1st) 13–9 Lost NAIA 2nd Round
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1942–43 Don DeLauer/Dick Mitchell* None 14–9
1943–44 Alex Alexander None 6–10
1944–45 Alex Alexander None 11–16
1945–46 Charlie Smith None 18–8

* Co-Head Coaches

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1946–47 Charlie Smith 5–5 T-(2nd) 13–5
1947–48 Charlie Smith 5–5 (3rd) 14–13
1948–49 George Ziegenfuss 6–4 (2nd) 13–13
1949–50 George Ziegenfuss 5–5 (3rd) 14–10
1950–51 George Ziegenfuss 3–7 (5th) 9–19
1951–52 George Ziegenfuss 3–5 (5th) 11–12
1952–53 George Ziegenfuss 7–3 (2nd) 16–12
1953–54 George Ziegenfuss 8–2 (1st) 18–6 Lost NAIA 1st Round
1954–55 George Ziegenfuss 5–3 T-(2nd) 17–19
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1955–56 George Ziegenfuss None 23–6 Lost NAIA 3rd Round

Division II era[edit]

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1956–57 George Ziegenfuss 6–2 (1st) 17–10 Lost NCAA DII Quarter-Finals
1957–58 George Ziegenfuss 9–1 T-(1st) 17–8
1958–59 George Ziegenfuss 7–3 (2nd) 17–8
1959–60 George Ziegenfuss 2–3 (6th) 9–17
1960–61 George Ziegenfuss 3–7 (6th) 10–14
1961–62 George Ziegenfuss 5–7 (5th) 10–16
1962–63 George Ziegenfuss 8–4 T-(2nd) 17–9
1963–64 George Ziegenfuss 6–4 (3rd) 15–11
1964–65 George Ziegenfuss 5–5 T-(3rd) 14–11
1965–66 George Ziegenfuss 6–4 T-(2nd) 14–12
1966–67 George Ziegenfuss 9–1 (1st) 24–5 Lost NCAA DII Quarter-Finals
1967–68 George Ziegenfuss 11–3 (1st) 21–6 Lost NCAA DII 2nd Round
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1968–69 George Ziegenfuss None 10–15
Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1969–70 Dick Davis 3–7 (5th) 13–13

Division I era[edit]

Aztecs inside Viejas Arena
Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1970–71 Dick Davis 3–7 (5th) 12–14
1971–72 Dick Davis 7–5 (3rd) 18–10
1972–73 Dick Davis 7–5 (3rd) 15–11
1973–74 Dick Davis 4–8 T-(4th) 7–19
1974–75 Tim Vezie 6–4 (2nd) 14–13 Lost NCAA 1st Round
1975–76 Tim Vezie 5–5 T-(3rd) 16–13 Champion Lost NCAA 1st Round
1976–77 Tim Vezie 9–3 T-(1st) 13–15 Lost 1st Round
1977–78 Tim Vezie 11–3 T-(1st) 19–9 Lost Semi-Finals
Western Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1978–79 Tim Vezie 4–8 T-(5) 15–12
1979–80 Smokey Gaines 3–11 T-(7th) 6–21
1980–81 Smokey Gaines 8–8 (5th) 15–12
1981–82 Smokey Gaines 11–5 T-(2nd) 20–9 Lost NIT 1st Round
1982–83 Smokey Gaines 8–8 T-(5th) 18–10
1983–84 Smokey Gaines 6–10 T-(6th) 15–13
1984–85 Smokey Gaines 11–5 (2nd) 23–8 Champion Lost NCAA 1st Round
1985–86 Smokey Gaines 7–9 (6th) 10–19 Lost Semi-Finals
1986–87 Smokey Gaines 2–14 T-(8th) 5–25 Lost Quarter-Finals
1987–88 Jim Brandenburg 5–11 (7th) 5–23 Lost Quarter-Finals
1988–89 Jim Brandenburg 4–12 (9th) 12–17 Lost First Round
1989–90 Jim Brandenburg 4–12 (8th) 13–18 Lost First Round
1990–91 Jim Brandenburg 6–10 T-(7th) 13–16 Lost Quarter-Finals
1991–92 Jim Brandenburg* 0–16 (9th) 2–26
1992–93 Tony Fuller 3–15 T-(9th) 8–21 Lost Quarter-Finals
1993–94 Tony Fuller 6–12 (9th) 12–16 Lost Quarter-Finals
1994–95 Fred Trenkle 5–13 (9th) 11–17 Lost Quarterfinals
1995–96 Fred Trenkle 8–10 T-(6th) 15–14 Lost Quarter Finals
1996–97 Fred Trenkle 4–12 (7th) 12–15
1997–98 Fred Trenkle 5–9 (6th) 13–15 Lost Quarter Finals
1998–99 Fred Trenkle 2–12 (8th) 4–22

* Jim Harrick Jr. coached the final 7 games of 1991–92 season.

Mountain West Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1999-00 Steve Fisher 0–14 (8th) 5–23 Lost Quarter Finals
2000–01 Steve Fisher 4–10 (7th) 14–14 Quarter Finals
2001–02 Steve Fisher 7–7 T-(4th) 21–12 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2002–03 Steve Fisher 6–8 (5th) 16–14 Lost Quarter Finals Lost NIT 2nd round
2003–04 Steve Fisher 5–9 T-(5th) 14–16 Lost Quarter Finals
2004–05 Steve Fisher 4–10 (6th) 11–18 Lost Semi Finals
2005–06 Steve Fisher 13–3 (1st) 24–9 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2006–07 Steve Fisher 10–6 T-(3rd) 22–11 Lost Quarter Finals Lost NIT 2nd round
2007–08 Steve Fisher 9–7 (4th) 20–13 Lost Semi Finals Lost NIT 1st round
2008–09 Steve Fisher 11–5 (4th) 26–10 Lost Finals Lost NIT Semi-finals
2009–10 Steve Fisher 11–5 T-(3rd) 25–9 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2010–11 Steve Fisher 14–2 T-(1st) 34–3 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Steve Fisher 10–4 T – (1st) 26–8 Lost Finals Lost NCAA 2nd round
2012–13 Steve Fisher 9–7 T – (4th) 23–11 Lost Semi-Finals Lost NCAA 3rd round
2013–14 Steve Fisher 16-2 (1st) 30–4 Lost Finals Lost NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Team records[edit]

All-time record vs. current MWC teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current MWC opponents as of the completion of the 2012 season:

Opponent Games Played Won Lost Percentage Streak First Meeting
Air Force 72 50 22 .694 Won 3 1973-74
Boise State 9 8 1 .889 Won 3 1976-77
Colorado State 73 36 37 .493 Won 2 1961-62
Fresno State 106 58 48 .547 Won 8 1939-40
Nevada 11 8 3 .727 Won 3 1956-57
New Mexico 78 34 44 .436 Lost 1 1975-76
San Jose State 66 32 34 .485 Won 3 1936-37
UNLV 59 24 35 .407 Won 3 1965-66
Utah State 6 3 3 .500 Won 3 1962-63
Wyoming 74 35 39 .473 Lost 1 1978-79
Totals 554 288 266 .520

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Career leaders[edit]

Single season leaders[edit]

(*) Lead conference

Single game leaders (DI era)[edit]

Notable former players[edit]