Spartans Host Hawai'i; Hillman Celebration

Upcoming game:    San Jose State vs. Hawai’i, Saturday, February 4, 2012,
            The Event Center, San Jose, Calif., 6:00 p.m. (PST)

San Jose State record:
7-15, 0-7 WAC. The Spartans won one out of three games a week ago. San Jose State defeated CSU Bakersfield, 78-70, before losing at Idaho, 74-66, and at Utah State, 82-65.

Hawai’i record
: 12-9, 4-3 WAC. The Rainbow Warriors split a pair of games last week losing at Utah State, 77-74, and winning at Idaho, 76-70.
San Jose State-Hawai’i series: The Rainbow Warriors lead the series, 26-12. Hawai’i won the first meeting between these teams this season, 82-69, in Honolulu. San Jose State’s last victory in this series was a 75-74 decision in the opening round of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Spartans’ victory was their first in three tries against the Rainbow Warriors in post-season action. Hawai’i posted WAC Tournament wins over San Jose State in 2002 and 2005.

The Rainbow Warriors have a four-game regular-season winning streak over the Spartans. San Jose State’s last victory in Honolulu was a 73-61 triumph on January 17, 2009.

Radio Coverage: KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) also will broadcast the Hawai’i game. Michael Spero will provide the play-by-play on KLIV. Broadcast time for San Jose State basketball locally is 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Television Coverage:
There is no television coverage of the Hawai’i game.

San Jose State to retire Darnell Hillman’s #45: 
A member of the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame, Darnell Hillman will have his jersey #45 retired in halftime ceremonies of the San Jose State-Hawai’i game.
Hillman played for the Spartans’ varsity team in 1969, was drafted into the Army and became the school’s first NBA first-round draft when he was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the eighth overall selection in 1971.
Hillman played 10 professional seasons with ABA and NBA teams and was the 1977 NBA Slam Dunk champion outscoring Larry McNeill.
Presently, he is the Indiana Pacers’ associate director for community relations.

Wil Carter - Academic All-District:
 A communication studies major, Wil Carter is one of five Capital One Academic All-District VIII first-team players eligible for Academic All-America honors.
The senior from Pocatello, Idaho, met the criteria of being enrolled at a four-year college or university for at least one year, achieving and maintaining a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average at the four-year institution, and contributing in a meaningful way to one’s team.
Carter heads into the Hawai’i game averaging 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. He now is one of 40 NCAA Division I players competing for 2011-12 Academic All-America recognition.

WAC leader in assist-to-turnover ratio: San Jose State is the one of two Western Athletic Conference team with more assists than turnovers. Three times this season, the Spartans were credited with 20 or more assists in a game including a school record 30 in the Holy Names triumph on November 22. The previous school record was 24 on two occasions. Four times this season, San Jose State was charged with fewer than 10 turnovers including a season-low five in the January 12 Nevada game.

Better care of the ball: The Spartans’ 11.2 turnovers per game in the WAC are second best. Eleven times and four in conference play, San Jose State was charged with  10 or fewer turnovers in a game.


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