Regular Season Men's Basketball Begins With Two Home Games This Week

Nov. 7, 2017

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MEN'S BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON TIPS OFF FRIDAY
The San José State men's basketball team begins the 2017-18 regular season with Friday night at 7:00 p.m. (PT) in The Event Center against Antelope Valley. Two days later the team takes on San Diego in a Sunday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. (PT). Tickets for both games are on sale now at the Spartan Ticket Office. The contests will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard on KLIV 1590 AM with Justin Allegri's call.
 
GAME #1
 
San José State (0-0) vs. Antelope Valley (2-1)
Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
 
 
Series: SJSU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: SJSU defeated Antelope Valley, 90-60, on Dec. 02, 2015
Trend: The Spartans have won the only meeting against Antelope Valley
 
GAME #2
 
San José State (0-0) vs. San Diego (0-0)
Sunday, November 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
 
 
Series: San Diego leads, 8-7
Last Meeting: San José State beat San Diego, 76-67, on Nov. 27, 2015, in the Great Alaska Shootout
Trend: A win for the Spartans would make it three in a row over San Diego.
 

SPARTANS ON KLIV 1590 AM
Every regular season San José State men's basketball game will be broadcast live on KLIV 1590 AM with the Voice of the Spartans Justin Allegri on the call. Fans can either tune their radio dials, log on to www.kliv.com or follow @1590KLIV on Twitter to listen to the broadcasts.
 
TWO REDSHIRTS MAKING THEIR DEBUTS
Friday will be the official debut for guard Nai Carlisle and forward Keith Fisher III who both redshirted last season. Carlisle is poised to help the Spartans on the defensive end immediately while he works on his new shot. The natural lefty made the switch to shooting right-handed during the offseason. Standing 6-foot-8, Fisher hope to find similar success with the Spartans as he had at the high school level. He was the #2-rated power forward in California according to ESPN.com upon his arrival in San Jose. After redshirting the 2016-17 season Carlisle, Fisher and the Spartans are ready to go.
 
PRIOLEAU PREACHES DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING
From the moment he was introduced as the Spartans' head coach in August, Jean Prioleau said this year's team would be predicated on defense and rebounding. With only two exhibition games to look at, the Spartans have executed the plan so far, holding their preseason opponents to a combined 31 percent (31-100) shooting. SJSU was +18 in the rebounding category over the two exhibitions.
 
SPARTANS HAVE PRESENCE INSIDE
For the first time in a long time San José State will have the services of two centers in Oumar Barry and Ashtin Chastain who both stand 6-foot-11. Unique in their own ways, the San José State will need both centers to play a roll in Jean Prioleau's inside-out style offense. While the two towers will do most of their work around the rim, they both connected on multiple shots from beyond the arc during the preseason.
 
1,000 POINTS IN REACH FOR WELAGE
Ryan Welage begins his junior campaign as the leading scorer returning from last year's team at 13.2 points per game. He comes into 2017-18 with 716 career points and would become the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000 points plateau. With a 30-game schedule Welage would need to average 9.5 points per game to hit the mark. He's averaged 11.7 points per game through his first two seasons as a Spartan.
 
FINAL SEASON FOR Jalen James BEGINS FRIDAY
Point guard Jalen James is the lone senior on this year's roster. He brings the experience of over 2,000 minutes across 90 career games and has started 60 of them. His career has included game-winning shots at the buzzer on the road at Nevada and a painful season-ending injury. The 2017-18 Spartans have seven players who will be making their collegiate debuts and will need James this season to lead the way.
 
KNOW THE FOE: ANTELOPE VALLEY
The Antelope Valley Pioneers of the NAIA's California Pacific Conference will be making their second trip to The Event Center in as many years. They are 2-1 this season and were edged, 70-69, in their last outing against Division II Alaska-Anchorage. The University of Antelope Valley is located in Lancaster, Calif., and has been offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees since 2009. The Pioneers finished last season 13-14 overall. Antelope Valley is coached by Darwin Cook.
 
KNOW THE FOE: SAN DIEGO
The Toreros were predicted to finish in sixth place out of 10 teams in the West Coast Conference by the preseason coaches' poll. The team has four starters returning from last year's team including Olin Carter III who averaged 15.3 points per game in 2016-17. Sunday's game will be the season opener for San Diego which is coached by Lamont Smith in his third season.