The last undefeated team in college basketball has fallen. San Diego State just suffered its first lost, and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is in serious jeopardy.
San Diego State – 26-0 prior to Saturday night – dropped a 66-63 stunner to the UNLV Rebels this evening. The Rebels came into tonight’s contest with just a 14-14 record, but certainly looked the part against one of the best teams in the nation.
The Rebels jumped out to a 12-point lead at the half, which ultimately proved to be a huge difference. The Aztecs mounted a ferocious near-comeback in the second-half, closing the deficit to just one point with a little under 14 seconds remaining in the game. But the Rebels held on for the win, thanks to a couple of clutch, late free-throws.
San Diego State now drops to 26-1, and may be in jeopardy of falling to the two-seed line in the updated tournament seeding projections. But seeing as this is the Aztecs’ first loss of the season – and coming this late in the season – the committee might cut them some slack. Either way, we surely didn’t see this upset coming. UNLV is fired-up about the big win:
RUNNIN' REBELS DEFEAT HIGHEST RANKED OPPONENT ON THE ROAD SINCE 1991‼️
— UNLV Men's Basketball (@TheRunninRebels) February 23, 2020
Prior to Saturday night’s contest, SDSU was 3-0 when trailing at the half.
But the Aztecs’ perfect record has come to an end.
San Diego State has a chance to bounce back next Tuesday against Colorado State.