|Spartans Start WAC Tourney With Hawai'i|
Upcoming games: Western Athletic Conference Tournament, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Hawai’i, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 12:00 p.m. (PST)
(If necessary) Idaho, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m. (PST), ESPNU
(If necessary) Utah State, Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. (PST)
(If necessary) Championship game, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 6:00 p.m. (PST) ESPN2
San Jose State record: 15-14, 5-11 WAC. The Spartans completed their first regular-season winning record in 10 years losing at Boise State, 66-51, on March 6. San Jose State is the eighth seed in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Hawai’i record: 18-11, 8-8 WAC. The Rainbow Warriors’ five-game winning streak ended at Fresno State in an 85-70 loss on March 5. Hawaii is seeded fifth in the WAC Tournament.
Idaho record: 18-12, 9-7 WAC. The Vandals have a two-game winning streak after defeating Seattle University, 78-69, on March 5. Idaho is the fourth seed in the WAC Tournament.
Radio Coverage: KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Mike Chisholm calls the play-by-play. Air time for the Hawai’i game is 11:30 a.m. (PST). If necessary, broadcast time for the Idaho game on March 10 is 11:30 a.m.; and 5:30 p.m. for the March 11 Utah State contest. Should San Jose State advance to the championship game, KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) will join the network for the broadcast that starts at 5:30 p.m.
Television coverage: The ESPN family of networks will televise selected WAC Tournament games. Should San Jose State play Idaho on March 10, ESPNU will televise the game live. If San Jose State advances to the championship game, ESPN2 will provide exclusive cable coverage. Dave Flemming calls the play-by-play and Sean Farnham provides the commentary for all WAC Tournament games.
Live stats: Live Stats coverage is available at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the “Live Stats” icon at the top of the home page.
Above .500 going into WAC Tournament: For the first time since 2001, San Jose State is above .500 going into a WAC Tournament. The Spartans are 15-14 after losing to Hawai’i on March 3 and at Boise State on March 5.
15 wins for the first time since 2000: For the first time since 2000, San Jose State is at 15-win plateau following the New Mexico State-Louisiana Tech homecourt sweep for the second season in a row. A win over Hawai'i would give the Spartans their first 16-win season since 1987.
All-WAC selections: Guards Adrian Oliver and Justin Graham were named to the 2010-11 Western Athletic Conference post-season honors teams.
Oliver became the first San Jose State player to earn two first-team All-WAC honors since the Spartans joined the conference in 1996. He leads the conference in scoring with a 24.3 points per game average.
Graham, second on the Spartans in scoring at 14.8 per game and the new school career recordholder in assists, was named an honorable mention selection and to the All-Defensive team. Graham is the San Jose State single-season and career recordholder in steals.
The selections of Oliver and Graham are just the second time two Spartans received All-WAC recognition in one season. In 2003, forward Antonio Lawrence was named to the All-Newcomer team and guard Brandon Hawkins was named to the All-Defensive team.
Points allowed going down: In San Jose State’s last seven games, the opposition averaged 68.0 points an outing. In the five games before the long February home-stand, San Jose State’s opponents averaged 79.0 points a contest.
Shamburger among San Jose State’s highest scoring freshmen: Since freshman eligibility was reinstated in 1972, Keith Shamburger is one of four San Jose State freshmen with a double-figure scoring average. With six points in the WAC Tournament, he will be the highest scoring freshman at San Jose State since 1972.
Assists-to-turnover ratios: San Jose State, Utah State, Boise State and Fresno State are the four WAC teams currently with more assists than turnovers this season. The Spartans are +38; the Aggies, +107; Fresno State, +15; and Boise State, +21. Only four of the 13 Spartans have more turnovers than assists at the end of the regular season.
Reviewing records from the 1990 season to the present, no San Jose State team finished a season with more assists than turnovers.
Low turnover count: The Spartans are averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game. Fourteen times this season, the Spartans committed 10 or fewer turnovers in a game.
In the December 12 win over Eastern Washington, the Spartans were charged with a season-low four turnovers - the fewest turnovers in a game since the 2006 Hawai’i contest when San Jose State had five.
The Spartans are 9-5 in games with 10 or fewer turnovers this season.
Three-point shooting rise: Five times in the last 10 games, San Jose State made at least 50 percent of its three-point field goal tries. The Spartans had a season best 61.5 percent (8-of-13) in the March 3 Hawai’i game. In the last 10 games, the Spartans converted 43.3 percent (68-of-157) from three-point range.
Free throw shooting on target: San Jose State is one of the best free throw shooting teams nationally ranking among the top-30 teams. Ten times this season, the Spartans converted at least 80.0 percent of their free throws in a game.
San Jose State has a 75.3 percent team free throw percentage - 2.5 percentage points higher than last season’s school record of 72.8 percent heading into the WAC Tournament.
WAC Tournament history: Since joining the WAC in 1996, San Jose State is 2-13 in WAC Tournament games. The Spartans have opening-round wins over Rice in 2002 and Louisiana Tech in 2008. Among the 2011 WAC Tournament teams, San Jose State is 0-1 against Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico State; 0-2 against Hawai’i and Utah State.
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