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To go deep in NCAA tourney, Aztecs must first get past 7-5 Aggies center Bhullar

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    San Diego State coach Steve Fisher talks about his team's first round NCAA basketball tournament game against New Mexico State at a press conference Monday, March 17, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego State coach Steve Fisher talks about his team's first round NCAA basketball tournament game against New Mexico State at a press conference Monday, March 17, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

Steve Fisher cut down the final net in the NCAA tournament 25 years ago and reached two other national championship games, so he knows about playing deep into March.

He'd like to think his San Diego State Aztecs can advance beyond the opening weekend this year. To have that chance, though, the defensive-minded Aztecs will have to get past an intriguing matchup Thursday night in Spokane against New Mexico State and its 7-foot-5, 355-pound center, Sim Bhullar.

Aztecs forward Winston Shepard recalls beating Bhullar in high school.

Says Shepard: "All I can really remember is we had a triple team on him and we still got dunked on."

Bhullar is five inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico, which beat SDSU two of three times this season.