SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 18: Xavier Thames #2 of the San Diego State Aztecs strectches out his arms defending against an inbounds pass in the second half of the game against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at the Viejas Arena on January 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Even head coach Steve Fisher wondered how far his 5th-ranked Aztecs would drop in the national rankings if their 20-game winning streak ended. San Diego State then fell at Wyoming, so Monday's Top-25 release was awaited with great anticipation.
It was then received with a great big smile.
SDSU only lost one spot in the Associated Press rankings. They fell two spots to number seven in the Coaches Poll. The prevailing thinking was a "non-traditional power" like the Aztecs would tumble out of the top 10.
"We are now regarded as a team with a program," coach Fisher. "It's not unusual to have San Diego State ranked, and I like that, coupled with the fact that some of those teams right there lost, also."
Last week, the 6th, 7th and 9th-ranked teams also lost, so a few of the clubs that would have jumped the Aztecs more or less held serve.
"And that's about what you would hope to happen if you're a San Diego State fan," said Fisher. "You would have to say that's pretty fair."
SDSU's next game is Tuesday night at home against Utah State. Opening tip is scheduled for 8:00 at Viejas Arena.