San Diego State vs. Hous­ton

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WHY IT WILL HAP­PEN: Ne­vada was the top seed in the Moun­tain West tour­na­ment — un­til it met the buzz-saw that is San Diego State. The Aztecs went up by 30 at half­time. Win­ners of nine in a row, San Diego State is fi­nally healthy, look­ing like the team that beat Gon­zaga in De­cem­ber. Hous­ton has also been hot, win­ning five in a row be­fore a one-point loss to Cincin­nati in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle game. But the Aztecs have more op­tions of­fen­sively, with four play­ers av­er­ag­ing dou­ble fig­ures in scor­ing.

WHY IT MIGHT NOT: San Diego State is 1-4 in games de­cided by four points or fewer and has lost five games this sea­son when lead­ing in the fi­nal five min­utes.

X FACTOR: Trey Kell missed four games in late Jan­uary and early Fe­bru­ary, but the Aztecs’ spark plug is back and bet­ter than ever. The se­nior guard is av­er­ag­ing 18 points,

4.8 re­bounds and 4.3 as­sists in his last four games.

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