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Aztec Madness: Aztecs take the court at the Honda Center

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego State's men's basketball team will face Arizona Thursday night in the Aztecs' first Sweet 16 appearance since 2011.

The 7:17 p.m. game, which will be played in Anaheim, is rematch of a Nov. 14 game won by Arizona, 69-60.

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The Aztecs won their next 20 games, tying the school record.

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The Aztecs, who are seeded fourth in the West Region, have never won a Sweet 16 game. They lost to eventual national champion Connecticut, 74-67, in 2011, also at Honda Center, in their only previous appearance.

The game matches two of the nation's top five teams in scoring defense. San Diego State is second in the nation, allowing 56.6 points and Arizona fifth, allowing 58.2 points.

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