The last time San Diego State (4-0) and Arizona (4-0) met was in the championship game at the Maui Invitational eight years ago. This time around, the No. 17 Aztecs and the No. 14 Wildcats will square-off in the semifinals at the Lahaina Civic Center on Tuesday. San Diego State has been to the last two NCAA tournaments with coach Brian Dutcher in his sixth season at the helm after 18 years as associate head coach. The Aztecs are 123-40 in that span. Tommy Lloyd led Arizona to the Sweet 16 in his first season as head coach and is now 37-4 with the Wildcats. It was Arizona’s first postseason bid since 2018.
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Game Date: Nov. 22, 2022
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San Diego State put away Ohio State in its quarterfinal game with a 23-7 stretch in the second half to go up 16 points with 9:58 remaining. The Aztecs went on to an 88-77 win. Matt Bradley scored 18 points for San Diego State, while Lamont Butler and Micah Parrish each dropped 16.
The Wildcats led Cincinnati by as much as 16 points in the second half and shot 79.3 percent in the second half and 62.3 percent for the game in a 101-93 victory. Azuolas Tubelis had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Qumar Ballo added 21 points and 10 boards in the win. Kerr Kriisa added 11 points and dished out seven assists,
Arizona has won the last four meetings and holds a 24-7 edge all-time against the Aztecs. The last matchup was on Nov. 26, 2014 in the championship of the Maui Invitational with the Wildcats beating San Diego State 61-59.
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