Another sellout crowd is on its feet at Viejas Arena for the final minute of yet another San Diego State basketball win.
On this night, a well-respected Nevada team that came in with a highly touted defense has been drubbed by 15 points. Xavier Thames, a senior who is San Diego State's leading scorer, has put himself within two points of reaching 1,000 points in his career as the Aztecs win for the 20th consecutive time, tying a school record.
Could this team, currently ranked No. 6 with a 22-2 record, be as good as the 2010-11 squad that was 34-3 and made it to the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament?
The Aztecs lost Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, their top two scorers last season, to the NBA and graduation. But instead of rebuilding, San Diego State simply reloaded.
Thames has moved past the 1,000-point threshold and is scoring at a clip of 17.7 points per game, nearly double his average from last season. Center Josh Davis took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a stud...