Men's Hoops Gets Fresh Start At WAC Tournament

Upcoming game:    Western Athletic Conference Tournament
                             San Jose State vs. Nevada, quarterfinal round,
                             Thursday, March 8, 2012,
                             The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas,Nev., 6:00 p.m. (PST)

San Jose State record:
9-21, 1-13 WAC. The Spartans finished the regular season with four losses after a 70-64 loss to Idaho. 

Nevada record: 25-5, 13-1 WAC. The Wolf Pack completed the regular season as the WAC champion. Nevada won six of their last seven including a 79-69 victory over Louisiana Tech.
 
Radio Coverage: KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play Alex Scott and Jeff Bowe will be available to assist Allegri. Broadcast time is 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Television Coverage: There is no play-by-play television coverage of the San Jose State-Nevada game.

San Jose State-Nevada series: The Wolf Pack leads the series, 50-47.  Nevada has won the last 10 meetings between these teams including a 76-70 triumph in San Jose on February 11. San Jose State’s last win in the series was a 62-60 victory in San Jose on January 10, 2008. In the only post-season game these teams played, Nevada defeated San Jose State, 78-69, in the 2009 WAC Tournament.

Winning as an eighth seed: For the fifth time since 2003, San Jose State is the eighth seed in a Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. The 2011 Spartans became just the second team to win two or more games as an eighth seed with victories over Hawai’i and Idaho. Overall, San Jose State is 3-4 playing as the Tournament’s eighth seed.

Facing the top seed:
For the third time in the last five WAC Tournaments, San Jose State faces the top-seeded team. Last year, the Spartans lost to eventual WAC Tournament champion Utah State in the semifinal round. In 2008, San Jose State’s season ended in the quarterfinal round to top-seeded Utah State.

Turnovers Not Popping Up:
Fifteen (15) 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.

Some Field Goal Defense:
In San Jose State’s win over Fresno State on February 9, Fresno State became the sixth Spartan opponent that failed to make 40 percent of its field goal tries in a game with its 34.7 percent figure. San Jose State is 6-0 when it contributes to a team’s shooting percentage under 40 percent.

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.

Three-Point Shooting Record: In the Fresno State win, San Jose State set a single-season school record for most 3-point basket tries attempted. The previous record was 561 set by the 2002 team. Heading into the WAC Tournament, the Spartans have 685 three-point basket tries.

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