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Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes San Diego State University For Its Participation In The NCAA Men's Final Four Championship

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Sacramento CA – This Week, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced legislation, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 60, which would promote well-deserved recognition for the outstanding accomplishments of the San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team this season.

"As a proud graduate of San Diego State and a former basketball player, I congratulate Coach Brian Dutcher and the entire men's basketball team for making history as the first California State University program to appear in a regional final game, the Final Four, and the national championship game," said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's basketball tournament, known as "March Madness," is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in multiple rounds for the national championship. During the 2022-23 season, the Aztecs finished with a record of (32-7), capturing the Mountain West Conference regular season with a 15-3 record, then winning all three conference tournament games. They earned a No. 5 seeding in the South Region of the NCAA tournament.

"We are incredibly grateful for this recognition from Assemblymember Holden," said San Diego State University President Adela de la Torre. "It exemplifies the massive outpouring of support we've seen expressed across the West Coast and from our nearly 500,000 alumni everywhere. The emotion, the excitement, and the sheer pride we have seen these last weeks has been awe-inspiring. It's also a testament to not just the Aztecs' success on the court, but also for the level of class with which they have represented our university, and California."

SDSU defeated the College of Charleston and Furman before beating the overall number 1 seed Alabama and Creighton to win the South Regional and advance to the Final Four. In the national semi-final game against Florida Atlantic University, SDSU won 72-71 on a buzzer-beater by Lamont Butler.

Even though the University of Connecticut defeated the Aztecs in the national championship game, they deserve to be congratulated by the California State Assembly and the California State Senate.