Tuesday, December 4, 2012
3-point shot: Aztecs loading up for 2013
By Andy Katz
1. San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said Monday on our ESPNU College Basketball Podcast that he has already secured a heavy schedule for next season, the program's first in the Big West. Fisher said he had to get big-time games in light of moving to the new conference -- the Aztecs will start a series at Kansas, renew one with Arizona, continue one with USC, play at Cincinnati and face Memphis and Temple, with one of the games home and one on the road to be determined by the Big East, per the conference agreement for taking San Diego State football. San Diego State will also play in the 2013 DirecTV Classic. That loaded schedule that should give the Aztecs plenty of nonconference pop. Fisher also said he couldn't get over how much the Aztecs faithful dominated the crowd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., during Saturday's victory over UCLA in the Wooden Classic.
2. Charlotte appears to be heading in the right direction as it gets ready to join Conference USA. There is still plenty to do in the Atlantic 10 and in nonconference games. But the 49ers are off to a 7-0 start, the best in the program's history. That seems amazing, but it's true, according to the school. Coach Alan Major has a young lineup, with mostly freshmen and sophomores seeing the court. Sophomore Pierria Henry was the MVP of the Great Alaska Shootout. Virginia Tech transfer JT Thompson, who missed two seasons with knee injuries, has played in six of seven games and been a steady influence on the locker room so far. Charlotte has a monster city showdown against Davidson on Wednesday.
3. Nebraska crushed USC on Monday after taking apart Wake Forest. Neither of those teams will be in the NCAA tournament. But keep an eye on Nebraska. Tim Miles has steadily climbed the coaching ladder from North Dakota State to Colorado State to Nebraska for a reason. He can coach. He can motivate. And he can build. The Huskers have given up 63 points in a game only once this season, when Kent State beat them with 74. I didn't pick Nebraska over Creighton, scheduled for Thursday, as my upset of the week, but I thought about it. The Huskers have a legit shot to upset the Bluejays in a rivalry game if they can defend like they did against USC. Miles would certainly earn state cred if he were to take down Creighton in his first game in the rivalry.