Little-known fact: Steele, the point guard, averaged 40.3 minutes in SEC play, including two overtime games.
No. 11 San Diego State
Conference: Mountain West.
Against tournament field: 2-2.
Away from home: 11-6.
In last 10 games: 8-2.
Impressive victories: Feb. 8, home vs. Air Force, 61-51; Jan. 11, at Utah, 72-67; conference final vs. Wyoming, 69-64 (OT).
Disturbing losses: Nov. 19, Illinois-Chicago, 66-63; Nov. 30, at San Diego, 90-80; Dec. 6, at California, 82-64.
Top players: Jr., Brandon Heath, G, 18.5 ppg.; Jr., Marcus Slaughter, F, 16.6 ppg., 11.0 rpg; Jr., Mohamed Abukar, F, 13.8 ppg.; Fr., Kyle Spain, F, 9.3 ppg., 5.8 rpg.
Scouting report: Heath, who played at Westchester High, works from the perimeter while Slaughter can be a dominating inside presence for a team that won its conference tournament despite shooting only 29% in the final.
Little-known fact: The Aztecs' regular-season conference title was their first outright championship since 1978.
No. 12 Kent State
Location: Kent, Ohio.
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