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02/17/16 - Spartans Boosted to #11, Heading to Regionals
By the Staff
A strong second semester gave the Spartans the wins they needed to move up in the West regional rankings. Ranked #14 after three periods, the fourth and final ranking took into account games from the entire second semester. The Spartans went 7-3 in this time and gained wins against ranked opponents Long Beach State, Boise State, and Denver.

1. Arizona State Sun Devils (Elite/Gold)
2. Utah Utes
3. Utah State Aggies
4. Northern Arizona IceJacks
5. Weber State Wildcats
6. Northern Colorado Bears
7. Arizona State Sun Devils (Maroon)
8. Boise State Broncos
9. UNLV Rebels
10. Montana Tech Ore Diggers
11. San Jose State Spartans
12. San Diego State Aztecs
13. Denver Pioneers
14. Texas A&M Aggies
15. Cal State Northridge Matadors
16. BYU Cougars
17. Long Beach State 49ers
18. Wyoming Cowboys
Also receiving votes: LMU, Texas, Washington

This year, the top 18 teams are ranked in each region instead of the top 15. The top 2 teams get an auto-bid to Nationals, while teams ranked 3-12 will get battle it out in 2 rounds of the Regional Playoffs. Teams 9-12 have play-in games on the Friday before the usual two rounds.

This means SJSU will get a rematch against Montana Tech on Friday, February 26th in Logan, Utah. The winner of that game will play either the host Utah State Aggies or the Northern Arizona IceJacks on Saturday.

The Spartans certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to make another upset-run to Nationals. They'll have a chance to tune-up one last time on Senior Night this Friday.

Go Spartans!
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