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Cardiff Kook dons black and red for Aztec - UConn match-up

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Watch the Aztecs take on UConn in Round 3 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS 8 Thursday, March 24 starting at 4:15 p.m.

ENCINITAS (CNS) - With San Diego State University's men's basketball team one win away from the "Elite 8" in the NCAA basketball tournament, even "Cardiff Kook" is rooting for the Aztecs.

The whimsical surfing statue at Cardiff by the Sea has been clad in a black number 15 SDSU jersey worn by star Aztec forward Kawhi Leonard.

He's also wearing sneakers and has a basketball attached to his fingers, while holding a red spear and standing on a surfboard, according to a photograph posted on a website dedicated to the statue.

Underneath, a sign reads "Black & Red! Black & Red!" and small tombstones are stuck in potted plants, one of which reads "RIP Bears" and "RIP Owls," the mascots of the Aztecs' victims in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament - the University of Northern Colorado and Temple University.

The statue, erected along Highway 101 in 2007, is frequently dressed up in humorous garb, and gained notoriety last year for being the "victim" of a shark attack.

SDSU plays the University of Connecticut at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. The 34-2 Aztecs had never won a game in the tournament until this year.

 

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