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San Diego State Aztecs
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School Name: San Diego State University Aztecs
Location: San Diego, California
Arena: Viejas Arena
Capacity: 12,424
Conference: Mountain West
Head coach: Brian Dutcher

The San Diego State Aztecs basketball team is the basketball team that represent San Diego State University Aztecs in San Diego, California. The school's team currently competes in the Mountain West Conference, and play their home games in Viejas Arena. The team began play in 1921 and have been to 6 NAIA tournaments wining in 1941, 3 NCAA Division II tournaments, 5 NIT tournaments, and 7 NCAA Division I tournaments. Since joing the Mountain West Conference, the Aztecs have won 4 MWC tournaments. Notable former players who went on to achieve notable success in other areas are Art Linkletter and Tony Gwynn.

Team history

The Aztecs first began playing during the 1921-22 basketball season as part of the Southern California JC conference. They competed in Division III until 1956. They competed in 6 NAIA tournaments. Runners up in 1939 and in 1940, the Aztecs finally prevailed and won the 1941 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1] They became a NCAA Division I school in 1970 and moved to the Western Athletic Conference in 1978. In 1999 the Aztecs left the WAC and became a charter member of the Mountain West Conference. Prior to entering the Mountain West, they went to 3 NCAA Conference tournaments. During their time in the MWC, the Aztecs have won 4 conference tournaments and have been to 4 NCAA tournaments and 4 NIT tournaments. In 2010-11 season, the Aztecs were ranked as high as 4th in the nation and won their first ever games in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen.[2]

Facilities

The Aztecs play their home games at Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena), which is located on the west side of campus. Viejas Arena opened in 1997 as Cox Arena and seats 12,414 for basketball games.[3] In 2009, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the naming rights for ten years. [4] The arena features an octagonal scoreboard with video-replay system, that includes up-to-the-minute statistical information on individual players. The facility is also equipped with seven locker rooms, two of which are complete with team rooms, equipment rooms, and a shared training room.[5]

Prior to the opening of the arena, mens basketball played it games at Peterson Gym and the San Diego Sports Arena.[6][7]

Head coaches

  • Denotes through the 2010-11 basketball season.
Name Seasons Record Percentage
C.E. Peterson 1921-26 70-30 .700
Tom McMullen 1926-29 23-17 .575
Morris Gross 1929-42 190-85 .690
Don DeLauer 1942-43 14-9 .609
Alex Alexander 1943-45 17-26 .395
Charlie Smith 1945-48 45-36 .563
George Ziegenfuss 1948-69 316-229 .580
Dick Davis 1969-74 65-67 .492
Tim Vezie 1974-79 77-62 .554
Smokey Gaines 1979-87 112-117 .489
Jim Brandenburg 1987-91 52-87 .356
Jim Harrick Jr. (Interm coach) 1992 0-7 .000
Tony Fuller 1992-94 20-37 .351
Fred Trenkle 1994-99 55-83 .399
*Steve Fisher 1999-present 232-152 .604

Season-by-season results

  • All information retrieved from the 2010-11 San Diego State Aztec Men's Basketball Media Guide

Division III era

Southern California JC
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1921-22 C.E. Peterson 4-1 (2nd) 14-8
1922-23 C.E. Peterson 6-0 (1st) 17-5
1923-24 C.E. Peterson 5-1 (2nd) 7-6
1924-25 C.E. Peterson 3-0 (1st) 17-7
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1925-26 C.E. Peterson None 15-4
Southern California Intercollegiate Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1926-27 Tom McMullen 5-6 (4th) 9-6
1927-28 Tom McMullen 2-6 (6th) 10-8
1928-29 Morris Gross* 3-4 (4th) 8-8
1929-30 Morris Gross 2-5 (5th) 6-6
1930-31 Morris Gross 3-4 (4th) 7-3
1931-32 Morris Gross 5-1 (1st) 13-2
1932-33 Morris Gross 4-3 (3rd) 5-6
1933-34 Morris Gross 10-2 (1st) 11-5
1934-35 Morris Gross 5-5 (4th) 13-7
1935-36 Morris Gross 7-3 (2nd) 11-5
1936-37 Morris Gross 9-1 (1st) 17-9
1937-38 Morris Gross 5-3 (2nd) 20-8
1938-39 Morris Gross 6-2 (1st) 24-7 Lost NAIA Finals

* Tom McMullen coached first 7 games of 1928-29 season

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1939-40 Morris Gross 3-3 (3rd) 22-6 Lost NAIA Finals
1940-41 Morris Gross 8-4 T-(1st) 24-7 Tournament Champions
1941-42 Morris Gross 8-4 (1st) 13-9 Lost NAIA 2nd Round
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1942-43 Don DeLauer/Dick Mitchell* None 14-9
1943-44 Alex Alexander None 6-10
1944-45 Alex Alexander None 11-16
1945-46 Charlie Smith None 18-8

* Co-Head Coaches

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1946-47 Charlie Smith 5-5 T-(2nd) 13-5
1947-48 Charlie Smith 5-5 (3rd) 14-13
1948-49 George Ziegenfuss 6-4 (2nd) 13-13
1949-50 George Ziegenfuss 5-5 (3rd) 14-10
1950-51 George Ziegenfuss 3-7 (5th) 9-19
1951-52 George Ziegenfuss 3-5 (5th) 11-12
1952-53 George Ziegenfuss 7-3 (2nd) 16-12
1953-54 George Ziegenfuss 8-2 (1st) 18-6 Lost NAIA 1st Round
1954-55 George Ziegenfuss 5-3 T-(2nd) 17-19
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1955-56 George Ziegenfuss None 23-6 Lost NAIA 3rd Round

Division II era

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1956-57 George Ziegenfuss 6-2 (1st) 17-10 Lost NCAA DII Quarter-Finals
1957-58 George Ziegenfuss 9-1 T-(1st) 17-8
1958-59 George Ziegenfuss 7-3 (2nd) 17-8
1959-60 George Ziegenfuss 2-3 (6th) 9-17
1960-61 George Ziegenfuss 3-7 (6th) 10-14
1961-62 George Ziegenfuss 5-7 (5th) 10-16
1962-63 George Ziegenfuss 8-4 T-(2nd) 17-9
1963-64 George Ziegenfuss 6-4 (3rd) 15-11
1964-65 George Ziegenfuss 5-5 T-(3rd) 14-11
1965-66 George Ziegenfuss 6-4 T-(2nd) 14-12
1966-67 George Ziegenfuss 9-1 (1st) 24-5 Lost NCAA DII Quarter-Finals
1967-68 George Ziegenfuss 11-3 (1st) 21-6 Lost NCAA DII 2nd Round
Independent
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1968-69 George Ziegenfuss None 10-15
Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Post Season
1969-70 Dick Davis 3-7 (5th) 13-13

Division I era

File:Cox Arena interior 2006-02-08.JPG

Aztecs inside Viejas Arena

Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1970-71 Dick Davis 3-7 (5th) 12-14
1971-72 Dick Davis 7-5 (3rd) 18-10
1972-73 Dick Davis 7-5 (3rd) 15-11
1973-74 Dick Davis 4-8 T-(4th) 7-19
1974-75 Tim Vezie 6-4 (2nd) 14-13 Lost NCAA 1st Round
1975-76 Tim Vezie 5-5 T-(3rd) 16-13 Champion Lost NCAA 1st Round
1976-77 Tim Vezie 9-3 T-(1st) 13-15 Lost 1st Round
1977-78 Tim Vezie 11-3 T-(1st) 19-9 Lost Semi-Finals
Western Athletic Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1978-79 Tim Vezie 4-8 T-(5) 15-12
1979-80 Smokey Gaines 3-11 T-(7th) 6-21
1980-81 Smokey Gaines 8-8 (5th) 15-12
1981-82 Smokey Gaines 11-5 T-(2nd) 20-9 Lost NIT 1st Round
1982-83 Smokey Gaines 8-8 T-(5th) 18-10
1983-84 Smokey Gaines 6-10 T-(6th) 15-13
1984-85 Smokey Gaines 11-5 (2nd) 23-8 Champion Lost NCAA 1st Round
1985-86 Smokey Gaines 7-9 (6th) 10-19 Lost Semi-Finals
1986-87 Smokey Gaines 2-14 T-(8th) 5-25 Lost Quarter-Finals
1987-88 Jim Brandenburg 5-11 (7th) 5-23 Lost Quarter-Finals
1988-89 Jim Brandenburg 4-12 (9th) 12-17 Lost First Round
1989-90 Jim Brandenburg 4-12 (8th) 13-18 Lost First Round
1990-91 Jim Brandenburg 6-10 T-(7th) 13-16 Lost Quarter-Finals
1991-92 Jim Brandenburg* 0-16 (9th) 2-26
1992-93 Tony Fuller 3-15 T-(9th) 8-21 Lost Quarter-Finals
1993-94 Tony Fuller 6-12 (9th) 12-16 Lost Quarter-Finals
1994-95 Fred Trenkle 5-13 (9th) 11-17 Lost Quarterfinals
1995-96 Fred Trenkle 8-10 T-(6th) 15-14 Lost Quarter Finals
1996-97 Fred Trenkle 4-12 (7th) 12-15
1997-98 Fred Trenkle 5-9 (6th) 13-15 Lost Quarter Finals
1998-99 Fred Trenkle 2-12 (8th) 4-22

* Jim Harrick Jr. coached the final 7 games of 1991-92 season.

Mountain West Conference
Season Head Coach Conference Overall Conference Tournament Post Season
1999-00 Steve Fisher 0-14 (8th) 5-23 Lost Quarter Finals
2000-01 Steve Fisher 4-10 (7th) 14-14 Quarter Finals
2001-02 Steve Fisher 7-7 T-(4th) 21-12 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2002-03 Steve Fisher 6-8 (5th) 16-14 Lost Quarter Finals Lost NIT 2nd round
2003-04 Steve Fisher 5-9 T-(5th) 14-16 Lost Quarter Finals
2004-05 Steve Fisher 4-10 (6th) 11-18 Lost Semi Finals
2005-06 Steve Fisher 13-3 (1st) 24-9 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2006-07 Steve Fisher 10-6 T-(3rd) 22-11 Lost Quarter Finals Lost NIT 2nd round
2007-08 Steve Fisher 9-7 (4th) 20-13 Lost Semi Finals Lost NIT 1st round
2008-09 Steve Fisher 11-5 (4th) 26-10 Lost Finals Lost NIT Semi-finals
2009-10 Steve Fisher 11-5 T-(3rd) 25-9 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA 1st round
2010-11 Steve Fisher 14-2 T-(1st) 34-3 Tournament Champion Lost NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011-12 Steve Fisher TBD

Team records

Career leaders

Career Scoring Leaders
Seasons Player Points
2004-07 Brandon Heath 2189
1981-84 Michael Cage 1,846
1983-86 Anthony Watson 1,735
1955-57 Tony Pinkins 1,475
1952-54 Bob Brady 1,389
1973-76 Steve Copp 1,352
2007-11 Billy White 1,294
1966-68 Al Skalecky 1,271
1987-89 Tony Ross 1,259
2006-09 Kyle Spain 1,230

Career Rebound Leaders
Seasons Player Rebounds
1981-84 Michael Cage 1317
1966-68 Al Skalecky 1090
2007-08,09-11 Malcolm Thomas 842
2004-2006 Marcus Slaughter 775
1963-65 Larry Meek 764
1973-76 Steve Copp 737
1982-85 Leonard Allen 724
2009-11 Kawhi Leonard 716
1974, 1976-79 Joel Kramer 711
1954-56 Aerick Sanders 686

Career Assist Leaders
Seasons Player Assists
1978-81 Tony Gwynn 590
2006-09 Richie Williams 479
1994-97 Chad Nelson 412
2004-07 Brandon Heath 394
1974-77 Mark Delsman 376
1983-86 Anthony Watson 356
1982-83 Keith Smith 349
2001-03 Deandre Moore 339
1977-78 Dean Decker 307
1974-76 Ray Leary 279

Career Steals Leaders
Seasons Player Steals
2006-09 Richie Williams 246
2004-07 Brandon Heath 217
1983-86 Anthony Watson 192
1994-97 Chad Nelson 175
2007-11 Billy White 149
1978-81 Tony Gwynn 141
2006-09 Kyle Spain 137
1980-83 Eddie Morris 131
1998-99 Matt Watts 126
1989-90 Michael Best 126
1981-84 Michael Cage 126

Career Games played Leaders
Seasons Player Games
2007-11 D.J. Gay 140
2007-11 Billy White 134
2006-09 Richie Williams 127
2004-07 Brandon Heath 125
2005-09 Matt Thomas 124
2003-06 John Sharper 119
1982-85 Leonard Allen 116
2006-09 Kyle Spain 115
1999-02 Myron Epps 113
1993-96 Berry Randle 113

Career Minutes played Leaders
Seasons Player Minutes
2004-07 Brandon Heath 4,275
1981-84 Michael Cage 4,262
2007-11 D.J. Gay 4,222
2006-09 Richie Williams 3,780
1994-97 Chad Nelson 3,692
2007-11 Billy White 3,532
1983-86 Anthony Watson 3,330
1982-85 Leonard Allen 3,191
2007-08, 09-11 Malcolm Thomas 3,156

Single season leaders

(*) Lead conference

Season Scoring Leaders
Season Player Points PPG
1983-84 Michael Cage 686 24.5
2006-07 Brandon Heath 637 22.5
1985-86 Anthony Watson 630* 19.3
2005-06 Brandon Heath 607* 18.4
1952-53 Bob Brady 585 20.9
2010-11 Kawhi Leonard 557 15.5
1982-83 Michael Cage 547 19.5
1984-85 Anthony Watson 544 17.5
1978-79 Kim Goetz 532* 20.5
2004-05 Brandon Heath 532 18.3

Season Rebound Leaders
Season Player Rebounds RPG
1966-67 Al Skalecky 394 13.6
2010-11 Kawhi Leonard 380* 10.6
1965-66 Al Skalecky 356 13.7
1980-81 Michael Cage 355* 13.1
1982-83 Michael Cage 354* 12.6
1983-84 Michael Cage 352* 12.6
1971-72 Chris McMurray 350 12.5
1967-68 Al Skalecky 340 12.6
2009-10 Kawhi Leonard 336* 9.9
2005-06 Marcus Slaughter 329* 11

Season Assists Leaders
Season Player Assists APG
1979-80 Tony Gwynn 221* 8.2
1981-82 Keith Smith 212* 7.3
1977-78 Dean Decker 176 6.3
2003-04 Wesley Stokes 175 5.8
1984-85 Creon Dorsey 171* 5.5
1980-81 Tony Gwynn 164 6.3
1975-76 Ray Leary 163 5.6
1978-79 Tony Gwynn 153* 5.7
2006-07 Richie Williams 151 4.6
1995-96 Raymond Kelly 150 5.2

Season Steals Leaders
Season Player Steals SPG
2008-09 Richie Williams 77* 2.1
1984-85 Anthony Watson 74 2.4
2006-07 Richie Williams 69* 2.1
1989-90 Michael Best 65 2.2
1998-99 Matt Watts 65* 2.6
1995-96 Raymond King 63 2.2
2004-05 Brandon Heath 63* 2.2
1988-89 Michael Best 61 2.3
1997-98 Matt Watts 61 2.2
1978-79 Tony Gwynn 59 2.2

Season Blocks Leaders
Season Player Blocks
1984-85 Leonard Allen 82
2010-11 Malcolm Thomas 75
2009-10 Malcolm Thomas 52*
1983-84 Michael Cage 47
1990-91 Marty Dow 46
1983-84 Leonard Allen 46
1981-82 Leonard Allen 45
1979-80 Eddy Gordon 43
2006-07 Jerome Habel 41*
1992-93 Joe McNaull 41
1991-92 Joe McNaull 41
1982-83 Leonard Allen 41

Single game leaders (DI era)

Most Points in a game
Date Player Points Opponent
2/20/1986 Anthony Watson 54 USIU
3/3/1979 Kim Goetz 44 Utah
2/9/1979 Kim Goetz 42 Colorado State
2/5/1980 Eddie Morris 41 UNLV

Most Rebounds in a game
Date Player Rebounds Opponent
12/29/1980 Michael Cage 26 LaSalle
2/24/79 Steve Malovic 23 New Mexico State
12/21/1971 Chris McMurray 23 Chapman University
3/13/2010 Kawhi Leonard 21 UNLV

Most Assist in a game
Date Player Assists Opponent
2/5/1980 Tony Gwynn 18 UNLV
3/7/1981 Tony Gwynn 16 New Mexico State
2/14/1980 Tony Gwynn 14 New Mexico State

Notable former players

  • Art Linkletter - Television personality
  • Tony Gwynn - Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame outfielder for the San Diego Padres.
  • Michael Cage - NBA
  • Kawhi Leonard - NBA

References

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