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Column: Can Aztecs lock up a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

Junior guard Malachi Flynn dribbles past Utah State sophomore center Neemias Queta during the Aztecs’ 59-56 loss against Utah State at Thomas and Mack Center on March 7.

Fans were still exiting the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas after Saturday’s Mountain West Conference men’s basketball tournament final when bracketologists began to calculate the implications of San Diego State’s defeat to Utah State.

A consensus among experts quickly developed.

Dayton, for the time being, would unseat SDSU (30-2, 17-1 MWC) as the final 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, moving the Aztecs from the top of the East Region to the second seed in the West.