Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are in the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year, earning the No. 4 seed in the West and a matchup against some old friends with 13th-seeded New Mexico State.
The Aztecs (29-4) and Aggies (26-9) will play Thursday in Spokane.
New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies was on Fisher's first staff after he was hired at SDSU in 1999. One of their first recruits, Aerick Sanders, is on Menzies' staff.
Says Fisher: "There will be a San Diego State connection. We'll look forward to the challenge."
SDSU lost to New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament title game on Saturday. New Mexico State, with 7-5 center Sim Bhullar, routed Idaho for its third straight Western Athletic Conference tournament title.
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