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#4 San Diego State loses at home to UNLV, meaning there are no undefeated teams remaining


The 1976 Indiana Hoosiers would be toasting champagne tonight if they were as conceited as the 1972 Miami Dolphins. That’s because San Diego State fell at home to UNLV. 66-63.

It was just kind of an all-around loss for the Aztecs, to a fairly mediocre UNLV squad that currently sits outside the top-100 of the KenPom rankings. San Diego State came out flat, though, falling behind 37-25 at the half, and the deficit expanded to 14 early in the second half. The Aztecs didn’t go away, though, mounting a late comeback and cutting the lead to 1 with 15 seconds remaining on a deep Malachi Flynn three.



After Flynn missed a three, UNLV inbounded long, though SDSU forward Matt Mitchell came up with a steal and had a chance to tie the game from halfcourt.



And with that, the Aztecs lost their chance at an undefeated regular season, much less their chance to make a season-long run. It’s possible to look at this result as a positive; it might ultimately cost them a shot at a #1 seed, depending on their results and the results of others throughout the season.

But that might actually mean they have a better shot to stay in the Western region (Gonzaga is likely a higher #1 seed, and they’d get the Los Angeles regional preference) as a #2 seed, and it also removes the “Can they do it?” narrative that might add more pressure than is helpful on bigger stages. In any case, making it nearly to March without a loss is an incredible feat no matter the schedule to this point. There’s a reason no one else had done that this season. What a run.

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