Aztecs Face New Mexico State in NCAA Tourney

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    NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports on the excitement building in anticipation for the Aztecs game against New Mexico State. (Published Thursday, Mar 20, 2014)

    Aztecs fans are ready. Let's hope the team is.

    Coach Steve Fisher and his San Diego State University men's basketball team are 7-point favorites to beat New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

    The Aztecs got in some practice Wednesday after meeting with the media.

    The team goes into the game without a great shooting percentage. There's also the height of the Aggies. SDSU may not get many second chances.

    For Coach Fisher, it's also an interesting matchup in that he faces one of his former assistant coaches.  Marvin Menzies was on his first coaching staff at SDSU.

    The start of the NCAA Tourney is an exciting time according to Ben Eisenstein, Marketing Director at the SDSU Bookstore.

    "Campus is just abuzz, you can really feel it," Eisenstein said adding that sales of Aztecs gear have increased.

    Fan favorites are "Top of the Mountain" and "I Believe That We Will Win" T-shirts.

    Desmond Castain stopped by the bookstore to buy some gear. He's hoping for the best. 

    "I work tonight so I'm going to have to keep up through friends. After that I'll have to catch up on TV," he said.

    It's a big game for sophomore Marisol Hogan.

    "I'm so pumped for tonight, going to represent my home city," Hogan said. "I really think we can make it far." 

    Tip off is slated for just before 7 p.m. There's a watch party at the school's new student union that's open to students or alums looking for a place to watch the game.