|Men's Basketball Faces #12/11 Kansas Monday Night|
Mon. Nov. 26 #12/11 Kansas (4-1)
Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan. 8:00 p.m. CST
SPARTANS FACE #12 KANSAS FOR THE FIRST TIME: San Jose State travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to face #12/11 Kansas for the first time in school history this Monday night. The Spartans will make their only scheduled appearance on ESPNU this season.
The Spartans enter the game with a 2-2 record and are on a two-game winning streak. The team defeated UC Santa Cruz, 94-54, this past Tuesday night. Chris Cunningham had his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Nick Grieves came off the bench and scored 18 points, all from behind the three-point arc.
LIVE STATS: All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”
RADIO COVERAGE: All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play for all games. The Spartans will also have select games broadcast on KLIV, 1590 AM. A complete listing of those games can be found on page 3. The pregame show for all games will start 15 minutes prior to tip.
TV COVERAGE: The San Jose State-Kansas game will be broadcast on ESPNU Monday night. Mark Jones and Red Gettys will call the action.
WATCH ESPN: The Kansas game will also be available on Watch ESPN. WatchESPN brings you 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN Networks on your computer, mobile phone, and tablet. The WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com have you covered with live streaming access to the following ESPN networks, live events, and shows. A link to the game can be found on SJSUSpartans.com.
VIDEO COVERAGE: All home San Jose State games will be available on the Gold Zone on the Spartan website at www.sjsuspartans.com, for a nominal fee.
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PARKING: Parking for all fans is available in the Seventh Street Garage, located on the corner of Seventh and San Salvador Streets, for $5, cash only.
ABOUT KANSAS: The Jayhawks enter Monday night’s game with a 4-1 record and won the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic with a 73-59 win over Saint Louis this past Tuesday and defeated Southeast Missouri State (74-55), Chattanooga (69-55) and Washington State (78-41) to get to the title game. The team’s only loss was against Michigan State, 67-64, on November 13, in Atlanta. Kansas brings a 24-game home winning streak into Monday night’s game.
Head coach Bill Self is in his 10th year at Kansas with a 273-54 record. The Spartans have faced Coach Self four other times in school history when he was the head coach at Tulsa. Self won all four meetings, two in the 1997-98 season and two in the 1999-2000 season.
Four players average double figures in points, led by Ben McLemore at 14.0 per game. Jeff Withey is averaging 13.8 points per game and a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State. He has a 79-143 record in eight seasons with the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT: Chris Cunningham had his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 18 rebounds as San Jose State defeated UC Santa Cruz, 94-54, on Tuesday, November 19. He was 9-for-10 from the floor and dished out a season-best four assists in 31 minutes of action. The Spartans won their second consecutive game of the season.
Starting guard James Kinney and reserve guard Nick Grieves each scored 18. Grieves pounded down six 3-point baskets on just eight long-distance attempts including three in a 58-second span when the game was already decided for his first double-figure scoring game of his career. Xavier Jones was a fourth double-digit scorer for the Spartans with 10 points.
EVENT CENTER RECORD TIED: With nine blocks against UC Santa Cruz, the Spartans tied an Event Center record for most blocks in a game. Alex Brown and Jaleel Williams each recorded two blocks.
9 Blocks by the Spartans at The Event Center
vs. UC Santa Cruz, November 20, 2012
vs. Utah State, January 5, 2006
vs. UC Santa Barbara, November 24, 1999
THE LAST TIME ON ESPNU: The Spartans last made an appearance on ESPNU during the 2009-10 season when the team won 72-45 over Fresno State on February 27, 2010, at The Event Center. On Senior Night, the four seniors nearly outscored the Bulldogs by themselves with 44 points combined.
SPARTANS VS. TOP-20: San Jose State has just four wins against top-20 foes in school history. The last win came against Alabama when the Crimson Tide were ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll. On Dec. 27, 1996, San Jose State posted a 60-59 overtime win in the Comerica Cable Car Classic.
TIME CHANGE: The Spartan game at Montana State will now tip at 12:00 p.m. MST/11:00 a.m. PST. The Bobcat football team hosts an FCS playoff game that night.
ON THE ROAD FOR THREE: The Kansas game starts a stretch of three consecutive road games for the Spartans. After a trip to Lawrence, the team travels to Montana State at the end of the week for a non-conference game on Saturday, December 1. The Spartans wrap-up the three games with a bus trip to UC Davis on Wednesday, December 5.
THREE GAMES BY 4 PTS OR LESS: The Spartans started the 2012-13 season with three games that have been four points or less. The Spartans lost by four points at New Orleans, lost by two points to Houston, and needed overtime to defeat Weber State by one point.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season. James Kinney scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played against Houston. The 10 rebounds are the most he has collected in his Spartan career.
Chris Cunningham led the Spartans with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz.
GRIEVES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITY: Nick Grieves made the most of his first appearance of the season against UC Santa Cruz. In 11 minutes of action, he attempted eight three-point field goals, making six including three in a span of 58 seconds. Grieves ended the game with 18 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
GARRETT MAKES SOLID CONTRIBUTION: Louis Garrett had his best output of the season with seven points and three assists in the win over Weber State. He played 20 minutes and also had a rebound and a blocked shot.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL: Alex Brown alters shots on the court and did so against Weber State with a season-best five blocks. In four games, Brown already has 10 blocked shots.
2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 12 and 14-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. All 10 team advance to the tournament, with teams 7-10 playing on the 12th, and the eight remaining teams in the tournament playing on the 14th. The championship game will be shown live on ESPNU on the 16th at 8 p.m. PST.
UP NEXT: San Jose State travels to Montana State for a game on Saturday, December 1, at 12 p.m. MST.