The Aztecs have been plagued by slow starts and missed shots all season. Many times their superior defense was enough to keep them in the game.
But it was not going to work against Duke.
The Blue Devils ended the Aztecs season with a 68-49 win in the Round of 32. Duke scored the first eight points of the game. After six and a half minutes, the lead was already in double digits and the Aztecs, although they threatened to make it close a few different times, simply don't have the offensive firepower to overcome that kind of deficit against one of the best offenses in the nation.
Freshman forward Jahlil Okafor, possibly the NCAA Player of the Year, had 26 points. The Aztecs entire starting five (Winston Shepard, Aqeel Quinn, J.J. O'Brien, Dwayne Polee, Skylar Spencer) combined to score 33 points.
San Diego State finishes the season with a 27-9 record, but they lose O'Brien, Polee, Aqeel and fellow senior Ryan Staten to graduation. There is also speculation that junior Winston Shepard and even freshman Malik Pope could leave early for the NBA, so this SDSU team could look dramatically different when they start the 2015-2016 season in November.