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Thursday, January 19, 2012
3-point shot: Fisher shines at SDSU

By Andy Katz

1. Seriously, if San Diego State keeps this up and wins the Mountain West, Steve Fisher has to win national coach of the year. The Aztecs were gutted by exhausted eligibility and early entries. There was no reason to believe the Aztecs would win the MWC, beat UNLV and New Mexico, let alone clean up against the top of the Pac-12 in Cal and Arizona. SDSU’s victory at UNM on Wednesday night should be a strong signal that the Aztecs have a national program under Fisher. The Big West is getting quite a gem in 2013.

2. Oregon coach Dana Altman said he did recruit Doug McDermott out of high school for Creighton, and had him on a recruiting visit, but McDermott ended up going to Northern Iowa. His own father, Greg McDermott, didn’t consider him good enough to be in the Big 12 at Iowa State. Now, under his father at Altman’s former school, McDermott has a shot to be national player of the year. Altman said he had no idea he was so gifted a scorer. Can a Creighton player win national POY? “I don’t see why not,’’ Altman said. “He’s putting up unbelievable numbers.’’

3. The Big 12 still anticipates West Virginia will be playing in its league next season. The Big East hasn’t finished scheduling yet for football, let alone hoops. But the Big East still expects the Mountaineers to be in the Big East next season. Lawyers and a judge or possibly a mediator will decide which league West Virginia plays in. At least one Big East source said there is no indication in the Providence offices that the Big East will be without West Virginia, Syracuse or Pitt next season. This story will bubble up even more in April, when football schedules have to be done. Not having WVU in the Big East means those schools have to find another game and the same is true if the Mountaineers aren’t in the Big 12.