San Diego State's basketball program has evolved to the point where Steve Fisher believes they are second to none on the West Coast, even in comparison to Pac-12 schools.
The Aztecs have beat Arizona, Cal, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara this season despite losing four starters from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16.
"I will say this, and this will sound egotistical, I think we're the best program on the West Coast," Fisher told reporters Tuesday. "So I don't know what that means for major, mid-major, high-major, low-major or no-major, but I think we're the best program on the West Coast. If you walk into our building, we have an atmosphere that a lot of the Pac-12 schools would cry to have, with the crowds that we've got and the success that we've had."
Somehow Cal received more votes from the coaches than did San Diego State despite losing to them.
"I truly don't look at it, but when everyone starts talking about it I look at it," Fisher said. "And I'm like a fan now, when I'm a fan I'm saying I think we're better than half the teams that are rated. I made that statement yesterday, when we play a rated team they'll probably play that. Would we like to be rated? Yeah. Are we rated? No. If we win tomorrow [against San Diego] will be rated next Monday? I don't know. I do know if we keep winning, then eventually we will be rated. We've beaten some pretty good teams. Does it have a body of work to merit us being rated? Probably. Truly we haven't gotten caught up in it. I haven't mentioned it one time in the locker room about we're not rated, here's what we have to do to get rated."