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Aztecs Hope To Extend Season

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Aired 3/24/11

Tickets to the Aztec game in Anaheim are tough to come by. The team says it is ready to play.

The San Diego State University basketball team hopes a friendly Anaheim crowd makes a difference in their NCAA tournament game today. The Aztecs play The University of Connecticut Huskies in the West Regional game.

Marcus Slaughter #42 hugs Brandon Heath #1 and John Sharper #15 of the San Diego State University Aztecs after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys 69-64 in the championship of the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament on March 11, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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Above: Marcus Slaughter #42 hugs Brandon Heath #1 and John Sharper #15 of the San Diego State University Aztecs after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys 69-64 in the championship of the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament on March 11, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

UConn head coach Jim Calhoun has won the national title twice. Aztec coach Steve Fisher won the title once, when he was at The University of Michigan. SDSU won 34 games this season, losing twice to BYU. UConn won 28 games and lost nine. Senior San Diego State point guard DJ Gay knows being on a team that's made the Sweet 16 is special.

"We have to sit back and embrace it and enjoy the opportunity we were given," Gay said. "But at the same time, we know that with this opportunity something even bigger could happen."

Gay knows UConn has a longer history in the tournament, but the San Diego point guard said the team won't be playing history books.

"We've never been to a Sweet 16 before., We worked all season to get to this point and we'll see what happens on Thursday."

The team has a plan, said Gay, and they're prepared to make adjustments.

Fans hoping to watch the game live at the Honda Center in Anaheim also need a plan. The school only got 1,250 tickets for the game and all of them have been accounted for. Online ticket sellers are offering seats to the regional finals for as much as $1,000.

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