Men’s Team Gets a No. 6 seed; Women’s Team Gets No. 12 Seed
By Ryan Schuler
March 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The Aztecs are going dancing. Both the San Diego State men’s and women’s basketball teams received bids to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
On Sunday, most known as “Selection Sunday” during college basketball season, the No. 22/23 Aztec men received their first at-large selection into the tournament in program history. SDSU (26-7) received the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the No. 11 seeded North Carolina State on Friday, March 16 at 9:40 a.m. PT.
The winner of this game will then play the winner of the game between No. 3 seed Georgetown and No. 14 seed Belmont on Sunday, March 18.
This is the Aztecs’ third consecutive trip to the “Big Dance” and eighth overall. The Wolfpack (22-12) are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season. SDSU and N.C. State have never played against one another.
The SDSU women’s team earned a No. 12 seed and will face No. 5 seed Louisiana State University on Sunday, March 18 in Baton Rouge, La. at 4:45 p.m. PT. The winner of the SDSU-LSU game will play the winner of No. 4 seed Penn State and No. 13 UTEP on Tuesday, March 20.
Unlike the men’s team, the women’s team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the Mountain West Conference championship last Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aztecs defeated the University of New Mexico, 57-43.
This is SDSU’s third appearance in the tournament in the last four years and ninth in program history. In 2010 as a No. 11 seed, the Aztecs defeated No. 6 Texas and No. 3 West Virginia to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.