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San Diego State faces big test vs. BYU

Updated: February 23, 2011, 3:20 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

It has been a great season for Steve Fisher and his San Diego State Aztecs. This weekend, his squad has a big test as they play host to BYU.

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AP Photo/Jae C. HongD.J. Gay, who is averaging over 12 ppg, has been key to the Aztecs' success.

My friends, you can make a case for Fisher as the national coach of the year. His team is 27-1 heading into the Mountain West showdown against Jimmer Fredette and the Cougars. Remember this, San Diego State was not even ranked in the preseason top 25 of the ESPN/USA Today poll!

Kawhi Leonard has enjoyed a solid season, averaging a double-double with over 15 points and 10 rebounds. This club is a lot more than a one-man team. Senior guard D. J. Gay has been a key player, averaging over 12 points per game. And when you add guys like Billy White, Malcolm Thomas and Chase Tapley to the mix, the Aztecs have the talent to really do some damage during March Madness.

San Diego State made some noise early by knocking off Gonzaga. Wins over St. Mary's, Wichita State and at California added to the teams confidence.

Now comes the challenge against BYU. Dave Rose's club has been super this season and it should be a fight to the finish.

The Aztecs are looking to avenge their lone loss of the season, a 71-58 Cougars win at Provo. Fredette put up 43 points in that contest, hitting shots from all over the court. Leonard, who was ill before the game, still had 22 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

You know the fans will be rocking and rolling in Aztec country. This should be a special game that helps determine the best of the best in the Mountain West. With Fisher's squad already setting a school record in W's, San Diego State is playing for a high seed in the Big Dance.

It has been a magical season for San Diego State. We will see if the Aztecs can get another big win this weekend when the Cougars come knocking at their doorstep.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.