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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State men’s basketball will play a nationally televised game against No. 10 Nevada Wednesday evening at the Lawlor Events Center. The game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Pete Gillen on the call. As always, Justin Allegri will have the Spartans’ radio call on KLIV 1590 AM. Tip-off between the Wolf Pack and Spartans is set for 8:00 pm PT.
San Jose State (3-10, 0-1) at No. 10 Nevada (14-1, 1-1)
Wednesday, January 9, 8:00 pm PT
Lawlor Events Center
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What Would a Win Mean?
The Spartans are looking for their first win over a ranked team since 1999 when they defeated No. 19 Alabama 60-59 in overtime. A win would also be the fourth of the season, tying last season’s overall total.
Sharpest Shooter in the West (or Anywhere Else, Really)
Sophomore Noah Baumann ranks third in the nation in 3-point FG percentage. He is touting a 55.4% clip on 31-of-56 shooting. He is also averaging 2.4 3’s per game, which ranks in the top 10 in the Mountain West. He has hit at least 1 3-point bucket in 11 straight games.
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has made a big impact this season on and off the court. The 6’10″ forward is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game and ranks fourth in the MW with 9.2 rebounds per game. He also ranks 40th nationally in rebounds per game and 37th in defensive rebounds per game. He has six double-doubles on the season, ranking third in the conference and 23rd nationally and has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games, including 11 straight.
Head coach Jean Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason as he brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.
Oh My, Oumar!
Senior center Oumar Barry is playing his best basketball as a Spartan as of late. Against Bethune-Cookman, he finished with a then-career-high 13 points and seven rebounds. He followed that up with his most dominating performance at SJSU as he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his first-career game with double digit rebounds. Barry also blocked two shots and was 7 of 10 at the free throw line to help the Spartans to a victory.
Barry followed up with another double-double against Stanford (15 points, 10 rebounds). After playing 38 career games without recording a double-double, he now has two in the last four games.
Barry’s then scored a career-high 18 points before fouling out with 4:36 to play at Cal and led the team with 11 points at Saint Mary’s. In his last five games, he is averaging 14.2 points per game.
Series History With Nevada
Nevada holds a 59-50 advantage in the series and has won nine of the last 10 games. SJSU’s last win was on February 18, 2014 in a 66-64 win in Reno, Nev. Prior to that, SJSU’s last win was on January 10, 2008.
The Wolf Pack welcomes the Spartans to Reno with a 14-1 record and a No. 10 national ranking in the AP rankings. After reaching as high as No. 6 in the poll after winning 14 straight games, Nevada suffered their first loss to New Mexico 85-58. Despite the loss, the Wolf Pack still sits atop the MW standings and is 7-0 at home on the season.
Nevada leads the MW in scoring offense at 80.4 points per game. They also lead the conference in turnover margin with +2.9, which does not bode well for the Spartans, who rank last in the category at -3.9. The outstanding trio of forward Jordan Caroline and twins Caleb and Cody Martin are among the best players in the MW. Caroline is just below averaging a double-double at 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.