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Bhullar’s average of 10.3 points is fourth behind Daniel Mullings (16.8), DK Eldridge (11.5) and Nephawe (11.1). Bhullar does lead the Aggies with 7.9 rebounds, while Nephawe averages 7.8.

NMSU coach Marvin Menzies was on Fisher’s first staff at San Diego State.

“We’ll be bitter enemies for 40 minutes. Then we’ll be great friends, like we are right now, when that game’s over,” Fisher said.

Fisher said he spoke with Menzies on Sunday night after the pairings were announced, and again on Monday.

“We talked about how we’re so happy for each other and our families that we’re in the tournament. But we just desperately wished we hadn’t been paired up against one another,” Fisher said. “That’s what the thrust of it was. When I saw our name with them, I said, ‘Boy, I’m happy we’re going to Spokane. I’m happy we’re a 4 seed, but I wish it was someone other than Marvin Menzies and New Mexico State we were playing.’ “

Fisher won the national championship with Michigan in 1989. He got the Wolverines back to the title games in 1992 and 1993, although those appearances were vacated following the Ed Martin scandal.

SDSU has reached the Sweet Sixteen once, three years ago when it lost to eventual national champion UConn in the regional semifinals in Anaheim.

The regional is once again in Anaheim.

“I’m hoping we’re playing for three weeks. I’m hoping we’re doing something that you want to talk about next week and then the week after,” Fisher said.

“We’re going up to Spokane to win two games. We’re going up to Spokane to say we have things to do. We want to be playing a week from now, but we want to take care of business in game one and then in game two. So we’re no different than most of the teams. We’re not just happy to be here. We want to make some noise and win some games. How much, how many? We’ll find out.”