SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- San Diego State tries to record its first Division I postseason victory in six attempts on Wednesday, when it hosts Santa Barbara in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The Aztecs (15-13) are 0-4 all time in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Cal-Irvine, 70-69, in their only previous NIT appearance on March 12, 1982.
Tony Bland is the Aztecs' leading scorer with 16.7 points per game.
San Diego State owns a 50-33 lead in its all-time series with Santa Barbara.
The winner of the Big West Conference regular-season title, the Gauchos (18-13) will be competing in their first NIT since 1993 and fourth in school history.
Branduinn Fullove was named 2003 Big West Player of the Year. The junior guard is averaging 15.0 points per game.
The victor takes on the Nevada-Texas Tech winner in the second round.