Men's Basketball Takes On San Diego State Saturday Night
Feb. 23, 2018
The San José State men's basketball team hosts San Diego State on Saturday night inside the Event Center with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. (PT). Tickets for the game are available now at the Spartan Ticket Office, which can be reached at 408-924-7589. ESPN 3 will broadcast the game live and fans can listen to the home broadcast by tuning into KLIV 1590 AM to hear Justin Allegri's play-by-play call.
San José State (3-23, 0-15 MW) vs. San Diego State (16-10, 8-7 MW)
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
SPARTANS HONORING WELAGE
Earlier this season Ryan Welage became the 15th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the 108-year history of the SJSU men's basketball program. He has since risen among the all-time scoring ranks to seventh with 1,200 points. SJSU Director of Athletic Marie Tuite and head coach Jean Prioleau will present Welage with a ceremonial 1,000-point basketball prior to tipoff on Saturday night.
KING OF THE THREE-BALL
Ryan Welage sank four 3-pointers last game at Nevada which brought him into a tie with Tim Pierce as the all-time leader for made threes in a SJSU career with 153. His first 3-pointer of the night Saturday would make him the all-time 3-point makes leader in program history.
SPARTAN OPPONENTS LOADING UP FROM DOWNTOWN
In the last two games Wyoming and Nevada combined to attempt 79 3-pointers against the Spartans. The two combined to make 40.5 of the shots from beyond the arc. Wyoming jacked up 42 shots from downtown which was a school record for a Spartan opponent. Kendall Stephens and Hallice Cooke shot 26 of Nevada's 37 threes in the last game, of which they hit 12. Guarding against easy points in the paint, the Spartans have been playing the 3-point percentages against their opponents. San Diego State comes in shooting 34.7 percent as a team from beyond the arch, ranking seventh in the Mountain West.
MW TOURNAMENT SEEDING IMPACT
At 0-15 in league play San José State is locked in the 11th spot and will play the sixth-seeded team in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament. Right now teams four through eight in the Mountain West standings are all separated by 2.0 games, and one of them is San Diego State. The Aztecs are currently in sixth place and one of three teams heading into the weekend with an 8-7 record in Mountain West play.
LAST MEETING WITH SAN DIEGO STATE
San José State suffered a 36-point, 85-49, loss to San Diego State earlier this season on January 9 inside Viejas Arena. The one shining moment of the evening was Ryan Welage sinking a pair of free throws in the second half for career-points 999 and 1,000. With that he etched his name in the SJSU history books as just the 15th player in the 108-year history of the program to reach 1,000 points.
SERIES HISTORY WITH SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State holds a 37-35 edge over San José State in the all-time series. SJSU's 76-71 win over the Aztecs last season inside The Event Center last year snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series which dated back to 1999.