Spartans Host Pair To Close Regular Season

Upcoming games:    San Jose State vs. Utah State
            Thursday, March 1, 2012,
            The Event Center, San Jose, Calif., 7:00 p.m. (PST)

            San Jose State vs. Idaho
            Saturday, March 3, 2012,
            The Event Center, San Jose, Calif., 7:00 p.m. (PST)

San Jose State record: 9-19, 1-11 WAC. The Spartans lost games at Louisiana Tech, 75-49, on February 23, and at New Mexico State, 79-68, on February 25. 

Utah State record: 15-14, 6-6 WAC. The Aggies have split their last six games alternating wins and losses. Utah State topped Idaho, 67-50, on February 24.
Idaho record: 16-12, 7-5 WAC before the March 1 game at Hawai’i. The Vandals won five games in a row before losing at Utah State, 67-50, on February 24.

Radio Coverage: KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. justin Allegri calls the play-by-play for the Utah State game. Air time is 6:30 p.m. (PST). KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) joins the broadcast network for the Idaho game. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play for the Saturday night contest. Broadcast time is 6:30 p.m. (PST).

Television Coverage: There is no play-by-play television coverage of either the Utah State or Idaho game.  

Internet Coverage:
The San Jose State-Utah State game will be available on Michael Spero provides the play-by-play.

San Jose State-Utah State series: The Aggies lead the series, 48-21. Utah State has won the last nine meetings including a 82-65 decision in Logan earlier this season.
San Jose State’s last win in the series was a 70-67 decision in San Jose on February 18, 2008.

San Jose State-Idaho series: The Spartans lead the series, 13-9. Idaho won the opening meeting of the season between these teams, 74-66. The Vandals won last year’s game in San Jose, 75-67. The Spartans’ last victory in the series was a 74-68 triumph in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Final regular season games: San Jose State closes out the 2011-12 regular season with home games against Utah State, March 1, and Idaho, March 3. Idaho is San Jose State’s regular season finale for the second time in five seasons. The two teams closed out the 2007 regular season at The Event Center.

Forwards Wil Carter and Garrett Ton, center Matt Ballard, and guard Calvin Douglas are four San Jose State seniors playing their final two home games for the Spartans. The quartet will be recognized during Senior Night pregame festivities on March 3 against Idaho. Carter (Salt Lake Community College), Ballard (Irvine Valley College) and Douglas (City College of San Francisco) are in their second year with the Spartans. Ton is in his fourth active season at San Jose State.

Going for two in a row:
San Jose State tops the Western Athletic Conference and is 31st nationally in team free throw accuracy at 74.5 percent. The Spartans seek to become the conference’s next team to repeat as top free shooters. In 2010-11, San Jose State made a school record 75.4 percent of its tries. Utah State (2006, 2007, 2008) is the WAC’s most recent team to lead the conference in free throw shooting in back-to-back years. Fresno State (73.3 percent) and Utah State (71.0 percent) are the only other WAC teams with a free throw shooting percentage above 70.0 percent.

Turnovers Not Popping Up: Fourteen (14) times this season, San Jose State was charged with 10 or fewer turnovers in a game. The Spartans had a season low four in the February 11 game against Nevada.

          Most recently, San Jose State’s eight turnovers at New Mexico State on February 25 are the fewest by an Aggie opponent in 2011-12. During New Mexico State’s first four games of its current five-game winning streak opponents were averaging 15.5 turnovers a game.

          Earlier in the season, San Jose State was charged with seven turnovers at Idaho and five at Utah State.


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