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Aztecs turn attention to Walker, UConn in regional

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San Diego State's D.J. Gay, right, and San Diego State's LaBradford Franklin celebrate their 71-64 double overtime victory over Temple in a West Regional NCAA college basketball tournament third round game Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. San Diego State's D.J. Gay, right, and San Diego State's LaBradford Franklin celebrate their 71-64 double overtime victory over Temple in a West Regional NCAA college basketball tournament third round game Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Now that San Diego State has reached the NCAA round of 16 for the first time, the easiest part will be the bus ride up the freeway to Anaheim.

Once there, star guard Kemba Walker and the No. 3 seed UConn Huskies will be waiting for the second-seeded Aztecs on Thursday.

To advance, the Aztecs (34-2) will have to play better than they did in escaping with a 71-64 double-overtime win against Temple on Saturday.

They also have to find a way to slow down Walker, who averages 23.6 points per game.

The Aztecs hope that facing Jimmer Fredette three times this season will help them defend Walker. Fredette led BYU to two regular-season victories against the Aztecs, who then beat the Cougars in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship game.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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