Men's Hoops Hosts UNLV For National TV Game
Jan. 2, 2018
MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS RUNNIN' REBELS FOR NATIONAL TV GAME
The San José State men's basketball team is hosting UNLV on Wednesday night for an 8:00 p.m. (PT) tipoff on AT&T SportsNet. Tickets for the game are available now via the Spartan Ticket Office and tickets will also be available at The Event Center box office window before tomorrow's game. Justin Allegri will have the radio call on KLIV 1590 AM.
San José State 3-10, 0-2 MW vs. UNLV (11-3, 0-1 MW)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 8:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
Tickets: Spartan Ticket Office (408) 924-7589
TV: AT&T Sports Net
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM & KSJS 90.5 FM
Series: UNLV leads, 35-6
Last Meeting: SJSU defeated UNLV, 76-74, on Feb. 11, 2017
Trend: The Spartans beat UNLV twice last season, snapping a five-game losing streak
HISTORY WITH UNLV
The Spartans beat UNLV in both meetings last season making it the first time doing so since the 1993-94 season. The Runnin' Rebels hold a 35-6 lead over the Spartans in the all-time series and prior to last season hadn't lost a game to SJSU since 1996.
TWO RUNNIN' REBELS AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Opponents of UNLV this season have had their hands full with Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston who both come into Wednesday's game averaging a double-double with points and rebounds. McCoy, the 7-foot freshman from Chicago is averaging 18.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Juiston, a junior college transfer in his first season with UNLV, is putting up 15.9 points and 10.7 boards per contest. Meanwhile a familiar face to the Spartans Jovan Mooring remains a staple in the UNLV lineup averaging 15.0 points and better than two assists per game. UNLV comes to San Jose after losing for just the third time this season to Boise State at home, 83-74.
IF NOT FOR TURNOVERS
San José State's first two games in Mountain West play have been marred by turnovers. The Spartans turned it over 23 times in both games which led to a combined 62 points. Meanwhile SJSU only got a combined five points off of Utah State and Colorado State giveaways. Putting the two games together, the Spartans outshot their opponents 47.9 percent to 41.9 percent, outrebounded them to a margin of +12.5 and sank 46.2 percent from deep compared to 35.7 for the opponents.
SPARTANS FORCE COLORADO STATE TO COME BACK
SJSU had two 15-point leads in the first half and held a 14-point lead at one point in the second period, but Colorado State staged a comeback and took a 59-52 victory inside The Event Center. SJSU's 23 turnovers were a big reason why the Rams got back into the game. CSU's first run in the second half cut SJSU's lead from 14-7, but the Spartans were able to get stops and push that lead back to double-digits. But when the Rams started their second run it was three straight turnovers by the Spartans which let things get out of hand. San José State actually made more baskets in the game, 21-19, but 26 points off of turnovers were too much for the Spartans to overcome.
BAUMANN HEATING UP
Freshman wing Noah Baumann has hit a Mountain West best 7-of-9 shots from beyond for the Spartans in the last two conference games. His 11.5 points per contest in league play ranks second on the team. He reached a new career-high of 14 points in just 17 minutes against Colorado State. In just 13 minutes at Utah State he scored nine points and hit all of his 3-pointers. A limiting factor for Baumann is turnovers, of which he has seven in the last two contests.
FISHER IN DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING AGAIN
For the second time in three games Keith Fisher III has grabbed at least 10 boards. He finished with a career-high 13 boards in the win at Santa Clara (12/21) and most recently hauled in 10 rebounds against Colorado State. Fisher's effort on the glass is one reason why SJSU has the best rebounding margin in the Mountain West and one of the best in the country.
SJSU REMAINS TOP-20 IN REBOUNDING MARGIN
San José State holds a +8.8 rebounding margin against its opponents which is tops in the Mountain West and 18th in the country. Southern Illinios remains the only team this season to outrebound SJSU and that was by just two. The matchup on the boards Wednesday should be interesting because while UNLV ranks in the middle of the Mountain West pack with a +6.0 margin, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston are both averaging double-digit rebounds per game this year.
WELAGE LEADS SPARTANS IN SCORING AGAIN
Junior forward Ryan Welage led the Spartans in scoring for the 10th time this season with his 16 points last game against Colorado State. His 18.2 points per game ranks fourth in the Mountain West for overall scoring. The junior from Greensburg, Ind., has registered seven games of 20 or more points and has one 30-point game this year. He's tracking for 1,000 career points, which would happen later this month if he keeps up with his scoring average.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Junior forward Ryan Welage is 48 points away from becoming the 15th player in program history to reach 1,000-career points. He will be the first to do so since Justin Graham did it in 2011. He's also climbing the career ranks in made three-point baskets coming into Wednesday's game tied for fourth with 125. The mark has Welage even with Robert Owens and trailing only Rashad Muhammad (134), Adrian Oliver (138) and the all-time leader Tim Pierce (153).
ON THE HORIZON
San José State plays a pair of games on the road following Wednesday's contest. First SJSU heads out to Albuquerque on Jan. 6 to face New Mexico before a Tuesday night visit to San Diego on Jan. 9. The Next home game for the Spartans will be Jan. 13 against Air Force.