Ranked as the 21st-best recruit in the country by Rivals, Shepard came to San Diego State with the wrong mindset.
San Diego State couldn’t shoot straight most of the night and turned ball over at the worst of times. Then, a final burst of magnificent athleticism allowed the Aztecs to survive and play again.
Temple has its roots firmly in the gritty tradition of Philadelphia basketball, not much flash but loads of defense and unselfishness. San Diego State has no tradition beyond all that gorgeous beach — and a handful of NCAA tournament defeats before this year.