March Madness: 11th seed SDSU Aztecs take on 6th seed Houston Co - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

March Madness: 11th seed SDSU Aztecs take on 6th seed Houston Cougars

Posted: Updated:
San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher smiles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nevada in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday, March 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher smiles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nevada in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday, March 9, 2018, in Las Vegas.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — No. 6 seed Houston (26-7) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10)

First round, West Region; Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 4:20 p.m. PDT

Watch on: TBS

BOTTOM LINE: Led by star guard Rob Gray, Houston’s run to the American Athletic Conference title game locked up an at-large bid to the Cougars’ first NCAA Tournament since 2010. San Diego State won the Mountain West with first-year coach Brian Dutcher on the sideline.

SAMPSON’S HARDWARE: Houston coach Kelvin Sampson earned the AAC’s coach of the year award earlier this week, his fifth such award from four different leagues. Sampson became the 14th coach to take four or more schools to the NCAA Tournament this year.

RELATED: Make your CBS 8 Bracket Buster picks now and win FREE pizza for a year!

KELL ME MORE: Aztecs guard Trey Kell missed three games to an ankle injury, but his return has coincided with a nine-game win streak. Kell averaged 18.3 points during the Mountain West Tournament, including a 28-point effort against New Mexico in the title game.

POSTSEASON DROUGHT: The once-proud Cougars have been to five Final Fours, including three straight from 1982-84. But the latter of those was also the last time they won an NCAA Tournament game.

DID YOU KNOW: The Aztecs are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 19 years, all of which have occurred with Dutcher on the bench. He was an assistant to former coach Steve Fisher for the first eight, including two Sweet 16 trips.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     
  • Baseball owners extend Manfred's contract, TV deal with Fox

    Baseball owners extend Manfred's contract, TV deal with Fox

    Thursday, November 15 2018 12:54 PM EST2018-11-15 17:54:22 GMT
    Friday, November 16 2018 1:44 AM EST2018-11-16 06:44:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Raoux, File). FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at the annual MLB owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press tha...(AP Photo/John Raoux, File). FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at the annual MLB owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press tha...
    Baseball owners have extended the contract of Commissioner Rob Manfred through the 2024 regular season and signed off a new television deal with Fox that runs through 2028. 
    Baseball owners have extended the contract of Commissioner Rob Manfred through the 2024 regular season and signed off a new television deal with Fox that runs through 2028. 
  • Zach Ertz on record-setting pace for tight ends

    Zach Ertz on record-setting pace for tight ends

    Thursday, November 15 2018 3:39 AM EST2018-11-15 08:39:05 GMT
    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:04 PM EST2018-11-15 23:04:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates his touchdown catch on a pass form quarterback Carson Wentz during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates his touchdown catch on a pass form quarterback Carson Wentz during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Philadelphia.
    Zach Ertz caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in Philadelphia's victory over New England in the Super Bowl and hasn't stopped making receptions. 
    Zach Ertz caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in Philadelphia's victory over New England in the Super Bowl and hasn't stopped making receptions. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.