San Diego State has misplaced large to Syracuse on each coasts, first within the spacious Carrier Dome in upstate New York after which on the flight deck of a decommissioned plane provider on San Diego’s waterfront, the place the wind blowing off the close by Pacific Ocean altered the course of the 3-pointers the Aztecs launched futilely over the Orange’s shutdown 2-3 zone defense.

Now the Aztecs, the No. 6 seed within the Midwest Region, will face the Eleventh-seeded Orange within the heartland within the first spherical of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening. Coach Brian Dutcher thinks the setting in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis might be a lot kinder to the Aztecs in opposition to the relentless defense favored by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

“Obviously I like it, going against a zone team, the backdrops will be shorter,” Dutcher stated. “We won’t be playing in a dome, so any advantage we can get, I’m looking forward to taking. I think the backdrops there will be better-suited to go against a zone team. It’ll be way better suited than playing on an aircraft carrier, I can tell you that.”

Ah sure, the plane provider sport. Although the gamers from that sport on Nov. 11, 2012, have lengthy since moved on, neither program will ever neglect the distinctive setting and the way it dramatically affected the sport.

The Aztecs and a neighborhood sports activities fee have been ready to coax the Orange into to a uncommon non-conference foray outdoors of Syracuse for a sport performed on the flight deck of the USS Midway, which is now a museum. The sport was supposed to have been performed on a Friday night, however the specter of rain compelled it to be moved again two days to Sunday afternoon.