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Fourteen is also the number of conference basketball games that SDSU coach Steve Fisher lobbied hard for -- "I voiced my opinion," as he put it -- in negotiations with the Big West as the Aztecs sought a home for their other sports after announcing a 2013 move to the Big East in football only. The Big West will have 11 member schools by 2013, and a balanced schedule would mean 20 conference games.
That would leave Fisher with only 10 or 11 to get enough high-profile games to offset the expected dip in power rating from playing in a league that last season was ranked 25th nationally out of 33 conferences. Fewer conference games mean more nonconference games -- 16 or 17 with a 14-game Big West schedule – and that, Fisher said, "gives us latitude and flexibility."
"I think we'll have enough wiggle room," Fisher said, "where we could get an at-large bid."
"I would have NEVER transferred to SDSU if they were in the Big West … I’m an Aztec but it’s a terrible Bball conference."
Within minutes, Wade’s comments were retweeted by a New Mexico fan to Winston Shepard, a four-star recruit from Las Vegas – where Wade also grew up – who has SDSU and the Lobos among his finalists. That prompted current Aztecs basketball player Tim Shelton to tweet Wade: “Can we please not go there Zo … Lol. Sensitive subject this whole big west talk.”