It was announced Sunday afternoon that the San Diego State basketball team will not play in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

The ommission of SDSU from the field of 68 ends the team’s streak of six consecutive tournament appearances, which was a program record.

The Aztecs would have clinched an automatic bid with a victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship, but the Bulldogs defeated them 68-63.

The loss put them back on the tournament “bubble,” where they lost out such teams as University of Michigan, Tulsa University and Syracuse University.

Going into the day, SDSU was listed as one of the last four teams in by ESPN insider Joe Lunardi.

The Aztecs will instead settle for the National Invitation Tournament, better known as the NIT.

SDSU will be joined by fellow mid-major conference teams, such as St. Mary’s and Brigham Young University.

The Aztecs are a No.2 seed in the 32-team bracket, and will host Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne at Viejas Arena on Tuesday, March 15.

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