Men's Hoops Has Winning Streak In Mind

Upcoming games:    San Jose State at Louisiana Tech
            Thursday, February 23, 2012,
            Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, La., 7:00 p.m. (CST)

            San Jose State at New Mexico State
            Saturday, February 25, 2012,
            Pan American Center, Las Cruces, N.M, 7:00 p.m. (MST)

San Jose State record: 9-17, 1-9 WAC. The Spartans have two wins in the last three games after a 79-67 victory at Sacramento State. 

Louisiana Tech record: 13-14, 3-7 WAC. The Bulldogs have a two-game winning streak after an 84-62 .
New Mexico State record:
20-8, 7-3 WAC before the February 23 game versus Hawai’i. The Aggies have a three game-winning streak after a 71-55 victory over Drake. 
San Jose State-Louisiana Tech series: The Bulldogs lead the series, 14-9. Louisiana Tech won the first meeting between these teams this season, 71-67, on January 21. San Jose State won last year’s game at the Thomas Assembly Center, 79-74.

San Jose State-New Mexico State series:
The Aggies lead the series, 31-12. New Mexico State won the first meeting between these teams, 79-63. for the Aggies’ first win in San Jose in three seasons. San Jose State seeks its first win in the Pan American Center in nine tries. The Spartans’ last victory in Las Cruces was a 71-67 overtime decision on March 5, 1994.

Radio Coverage: KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. justin Allegri calls the play-by-play for the Louisiana Tech game. Air time is 4:30 p.m. (PST). KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) joins the broadcast network for the New Mexico State game. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play for the Saturday night contest in Las Cruces. Broadcast time is 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Television Coverage: The San Jose State-New Mexico State game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Arizona. Glen Cerny and Rus Bradburd will handle broadcast duties.  Fox Sports Arizona’s coverage begins at 10:00 p.m. (CT).

Internet Coverage: The San Jose State-New Mexico State game will be available live on ESPN3 and as part of the ESPN Full Court pay-per-view package. Glen Cerny and Rus Bradburd have the broadcast responsibilities.

Seeking two straight road wins: San Jose State has its second chance this season to win back-to-back road games when the Spartans take on Louisiana Tech. In 2010-11, San Jose State had a pair of consecutive road wins with triumphs at Eastern Washington and Oregon to open the season and at UC Irvine and Seattle University in December 2010.

Best shooting stretch of the season: For the second time this season, San Jose State has three games in a row converting 40.0 percent or better of its field goal attempts. The Spartans made 53.1 percent of their tries, including 68 percent in the second half, of the Sacramento State victory on February 18. For the last three games, San Jose State is shooting 47.6 percent as a team to raise its team field goal percentage to 40.0 percent for 2011-12.

Single-Game Free Throw Shooting at Sacramento State: San Jose State had a single-game best 90.5 percent team free throw shooting in the February 18 win at Sacramento State. The Spartans are the top free throw shooting team in the WAC at 74.8 percent. In the last eight games, the Spartans made 80.4 percent (119-of-148). Nine times this season, the team reached or exceeded the 80-percent plateau in a game.

2011-12 San Jose State’s double-digit games: San Jose State is 4-3 this season in games which a team overcame at least a 10-point deficit. The Spartans have wins over CSU Bakersfield (-19), Coppin State (-15), UTSA (-14) and Sacramento State (-12 on Feb. 18) and losses to Hawai’i (+14 on Feb. 4), Louisiana Tech (+11 on Jan. 21) and at Weber State (+10 on Dec. 3). 

Statistical streaks in 2011-12: In the Sacramento State victory, San Jose State scored at least one point on 16 consecutive possessions in the second half.
Arguably, the streak is as unique as one earlier in the season when three Spartan opponents (Montana State, UTSA and Weber State) combined to make 45 consecutive free throws before a Weber State player missed a free throw late in the second half of a 91-89 double-overtime loss.

Three-Point Shooting Proficiency: The February 18 Sacramento State game is the tenth time this season San Jose State made at least 40.0 percent of its 3-point field goal tries. The Spartans are 6-4 in games converting 40.0 percent or better from 3-point field goal territory. San Jose State has a season-best 57.9 percent in the January 14 game at Fresno State.


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