After the Arizona Wildcats took down the Kansas State Wildcats Tuesday evening by a score of 72-68, the college basketball world was guaranteed an EA Sports Maui Invitational Championship Game that would have lots of story lines.
The one we get is the one most people expected heading into this week.
The Aztecs and Wildcats will meet at 8 PM MT on ESPN Wednesday night.
Two years ago, SDSU and Arizona met in the state of Hawaii, just on a different island. And you may remember how that one ended.
After a strange opening-round win against the BYU Cougars, the Aztecs returned to their normal selves against Pitt. That BYU/SDSU game finished with a 92-87 final in double overtime. SDSU had only given up a total of 73 points in its previous two games. Aqeel Quinn led the way with 22 points, including six three-pointers against the Cougars. Winston Shepard, J.J. O'Brien and Trey Kell also scored in double-digits.
Against Pitt, the Aztecs got back to suffocating defense, something that could give Arizona some major problems on Wednesday. Freshman Trey Kell had the best offensive game of his young career, putting up 15 points. 12 of those came early on in the game as SDSU pulled away early. Shepard added 13 points, and Angelo Chol (remember him?) scored ten points.
This will easily be Arizona's toughest opponent of the young season, and it will be a big litmus test for both of these teams looking towards March.