Go Fish

Steve Fisher knows all about beginner’s luck.

He’s still trying to figure out the rest of the story.

Looking more like a professor ready to teach an Introduction to Psychology class than a basketball coach, Fisher’s finally found a team that defines his coaching career. And this comes from a guy who cut down the nets.

Fisher won the 1989 National Championship in college basketball with the Michigan Wolverines. He coached six tournament games without a loss as Glen Rice led an incredibly talented team past Seton Hall for a memorable NCAA title.

He hasn’t sniffed a Final Four in San Diego since.

Fisher’s San Diego State Aztecs, under the radar with a 19-0 record, give the 65-year-old coach an outstanding shot to accomplish something not many folks can wrap their heads around. San Diego State can finish the regular season with a perfect record. They would have to beat a very dangerous BYU team twice (with another possible shot against the Cougars in the conference tournament) to achieve that rare honor.

It’s a challenge, but it’s very possible.

San Diego State sits at number six in both college basketball polls.

How many of you knew that?

On television, they live in the clouded ancillary network called The Mountain. I get every sports channel on Comcast and they don’t offer The Mountain. It’s not exactly the worldwide leader of sports.

The Aztecs have appeared on ESPN exactly one time this season. During the tip-off marathon in November, San Diego State met Gonzaga and Billy White showed why he will become a dominant inside presence in the NBA next season.

San Diego State has many things working against them as conference play starts in earnest. They aren’t a marquee program, have never made a final four and almost never are referred to as the best team in California.

It’s different this year. San Diego State enters late January as the best team on the west coast.

Steve Fisher and his Aztecs have three months to finish strong.


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