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Oklahoma basketball: Amath M'Baye hasn't fared well against San Diego State

One Sooner has faced San Diego State: Amath M'Baye, during his time at Wyoming. While M'Baye's teams didn't fare well against the Aztecs, the Sooner standout impressed coach Steve Fisher. M'Baye has struggled lately, but teammate Romero Osby says M'Baye's gotten his confidence back.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 21, 2013

PHILADELPHIA —  One Sooner has faced San Diego State.

And if it were up to San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, and conference rules didn't exist, that player would never have become a Sooner.

Two seasons ago, junior Amath M'Baye was on the roster of Mountain West Conference school Wyoming. He faced San Diego State four times —  where Fisher saw his intense energy, athleticism and talent  —  before transferring to Oklahoma.

“Had there not been a rule within the league about taking transfers, we would have been on the front doorstop knocking to try to get him to come to our place,” Fisher said.

Now, M'Baye is on a four-game streak of struggles for Oklahoma. Back when he was a freshman and sophomore, M'Baye was an energetic force, like the one fans saw early this season that faded the deeper OU went into conference play.

Fans hope to see M'Baye's energy return again Friday when the Sooners and the Aztecs tip their NCAA Tournament opener at 8:20 p.m. As for how he's competed against SDSU, well, that repeat of history is something M'Baye wants to change.

The matchups aren't something he likes to talk about. The subject of his four games against the Aztecs cast a sour look on M'Baye's face.

In his four meetings with San Diego State, M'Baye went 1-3. The first one was an 85-83 victory in which M'Baye had six points, one assists and two steals. The next three were 28, 39 and 27-point losses, respectively.

In those four games, M'Baye went 9-of-30 and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.

“I remember struggling,” M'Baye said. “It was a bad game. They were winning by about 20 or 25. They were impressive then.”

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