SAN DIEGO – Xavier Thames and the 10th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs will have home court advantage in raucous Viejas Arena.
The No. 21 New Mexico Lobos will have the Cameron Bairstow advantage.
On Saturday night, the Aztecs (26-3, 15-2) and Lobos (24-5, 15-2) meet for the outright Mountain West Conference title, two weeks after Bairstow scored 26 points in the Lobos' 14-point victory against the Aztecs in Albuquerque.
SDSU coach Steve Fisher says he originally wondered why the teams played twice in two weeks.
Now he's cool with it.
Says Fisher: "It's fitting that the two best teams are playing where one will win the conference championship."
Besides getting a trophy and the right to hang a banner in its arena, the winner gets the top seed in next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas.