Update: This has been some rebuilding season for San Diego State, which was supposed to fall back after losing stars James Franklin and Chase Tapley. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title after being picked to finish fourth. Senior guard Xavier Thames has been the catalyst in the team's second Sweet 16 appearance in school history. In wins over New Mexico State and North Dakota State, Thames had 53 points and only four turnovers in 78 minutes. Thames is surrounded by players who struggle to score but play outstanding defense. Dwayne Polee II, the Mountain West's sixth man of the year, did not play (coach's decision) in San Diego State's nine-point loss to Arizona this season. Polee had 15 points and six rebounds in each of San Diego State's wins at theSpokane subregional. Top-seeded Arizona advanced out of the San Diego subregional with easy wins against Weber State and Gonzaga. The Wildcats have adjusted to the season-ending injury to forward Brandon Ashley by going to a smaller lineup. The Wildcats play ferocious defense and have five players averaging double figures in scoring, led by guard Nick Johnson (17.5) and freshman forward Aaron Gordon (17.0).