San Jose State vs. Nevada series postponed

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team was looking forward to returning home to San Jose, Calif., to host its first “real” homestand for the first time in a while. But not so fast, my friends.

The Spartans had to break the bad news on Friday afternoon. Due to COVID-19 concerns within the Nevada men’s basketball team, the two-game series between the Spartans and Wolf Pack originally scheduled for February 13 and 15 has been postponed.

The Mountain West conference will announce further updates and schedule adjustments at a later date.

The Spartans came off a bye week, only to receive another week off out of precaution. SJSU will continue to practice and make the most out of their free time, and then turn their attention to the UNLV Rebels for a two-game series scheduled to be played on February 19 and 21 at the Provident Credit Union Event Center.

San Jose State’s next opponent? No. 10 Nevada

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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.

Game #14
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
Reno, Nev.

Live Stats
Fans can view live stats of all SJSU men’s basketball games, home and away, by accessing the “Live Stats” feature at Click on the link on the men’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.

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.

Steady Steadman
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.

Staff Shakeup
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.

Brent Brennan press conference wrap: Commentary on San Jose State football

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — I know I sound like a broken record, but San Jose State has nothing to play for (and nothing to lose). However, SJSU has a game coming up against Fresno State inside Bulldog Stadium this Saturday at 4:00 pm PT on ESPNU. So the Spartans must prepare themselves in order to snatch the Valley Trophy away from the rival Bulldogs in the nationally televised game.

Here’s my Q&A with Spartans head coach Brent Brennan:

1. Why did you decide to punt at the 50 down on two possessions with five minutes left?
Because the down and distance was more than I thought. I think it was maybe fourth and nine or fourth and 11…I was ready. I told coach (Kevin) McGiven this is going to be fourth down, depending on what we get here and then we didn’t get enough on third…and then our defense was playing so well. I thought we would be able to get a stop there. That was why.

2. Christian Johnson picked up the fumble recovery in the second quarter for the first of his career. That was obviously a moment worth noting, but what else were you proud of when it came to the Spartan defense?
I thought the Spartan defense did a great job. I thought that coach (Derrick) Odum and the staff had the guys really prepared–multiple fourth down stops and we had the play where we got to run into the punter, so that gave them five yards, then gave them a fourth and short.

Ethan Aguayo, I believe, made a huge hit and we stopped them there. Also, we got good field position with our offense–multiple fourth down stops and two turnovers. Obviously, Ethan again with the tipped interception on the screen play. It was a really big moment in that game early on.

I thought our defense played really, really hard. There were a couple throws we’d like to contest a little better or finish a little better, but I thought against a really physical running attack and against a team that had really been playing really excellent offense the previous month, I thought our defense did a really good job holding them to 21 points and doing what we did against the run game and on third down and the turnover battle was four to one, maybe. So it’s just a lot of good stuff.

3. The US Open Trophy made a guest appearance at the game. Just how awesome was it to see the trophy and did you, the other coaches and the players touch the trophy or avoid it altogether?
You know what? I was unaware the US Open Trophy was at the game until I saw a picture of it. My brother-in-law is a big golfer and he showed me a picture of it, so I was unaware that it was there.

Obviously, it was really cool that it was, but we were so locked into Senior Day and making sure that that experience for our seniors and their families was something that they would remember and something that would be positive for them. So that’s kind of where I was at.

Three takeaways from San Jose State’s 21-12 loss to Nevada on Senior Day

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans were fired up for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon versus the Nevada Wolf Pack inside CEFCU Stadium. Unfortunately, things weren’t that great, and Spartans head coach Brent Brennan was unable to let this year’s seniors leave the game with a win.

Here are my three takeaways from SJSU’s 21-12 loss to Nevada.

Missing you
The Spartans got on the board first, thanks to five-year quarterback Michael Carillo’s one-yard touchdown pass to Josh Oliver, who ran for the opening touchdown. But senior kicker Bryce Crawford’s extra point attempt failed, so the Spartans settled for an early 6-0 lead to start the game.

Fast forward to the third quarter, where the Spartans made an effort to cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to 14-12. Carrillo threw yet another touchdown pass, a 22-yarder, to senior running back DeJon Packer for the touchdown. But the Spartans’ two-point conversion attempt failed, so there’s that too.

Needless to say, SJSU has failed at two extra point opportunities to cap off their touchdowns, so that’s something that the Spartan coaching staff needs to address to the Spartan players.

For the first time
If there’s anything the Spartans could look back upon to crack a smile, it’d be the superb moment when Christian Johnson picked up the fumble recovery in the second quarter for the first of his career.

Johnson is far from a household name, but he drew some attention to his name Saturday. That’s a good start for the sophomore defensive end, who has been competing for playing time on the Spartan defensive line thus far.

Keep up the good work, Johnson!

West Coast
The Spartans lost to the Wolf Pack in their final home game of the season, but the Senior Day has showcased this year’s seniors, including senior tight end Josh Oliver, who’s a versatile tight end who gives the Spartans a target on pass plays. Oliver also proved to be a capable blocker.

Before the game, no tight end in the nation has risen higher than Oliver, a Paso Robles, Calif. native, per Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy.

Nagy added that it seems like most, if not all, West Coast agents are on Oliver at the moment.

San Jose State closes out home football schedule on Senior Day Saturday

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Saturday afternoon is going to be a special day for 15 San Jose State football seniors who will be honored in the pregame ceremonies at CEFCU stadium before the 2:00 pm PT kickoff versus Nevada. The Wolf Pack is a high scoring team, so it’ll likely be a challenge for the Spartans; but it’ll be a special day nonetheless.

Anyways, here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s game.

San Jose State vs. Nevada
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018,
CEFCU Stadium
San Jose, Calif., 2:00 pm PT

San Jose State’s record
1-9, 1-5 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at Utah State, 62-24, on Nov. 10.

Nevada’s record
6-4, 4-2 Mountain West. The Wolf Pack won their third consecutive game, 49-10, over Colorado State on Nov. 10.

How to get tickets?

Athletics Ticket Office, 1393 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112, weekdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For home games at CEFCU Stadium:
• New modern family plan
• Spartan alumni season ticket pricing in a distinct seating section

Series history
Nevada leads the series, 20-9-2, dating back to 1899. The Wolf Pack have wins in the last eight of the last nine meetings between these teams including a 59-14 victory in Reno a year ago.

The Spartans’ last win in the series was a 14-10 decision at home in 2016.

For 15 years, these teams held the NCAA FBS single-game record for total yards in a game by both teams (1,640). San Jose State out-gained Nevada, 849 to 791, in a 64-45 victory in San Jose on Nov. 10, 2001.

KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates San Jose State football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The Nevada broadcast begins at 1:30 pm PT with a pregame show.

San Jose State’s network affiliate is KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas).

KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) also will broadcast the San Jose State-Nevada game starting at 1:45 pm PT.

ESPN3 will provide play-by-play coverage of the San Jose State vs. Nevada game. Trey Bender calls the play-by-play. Al Groh offers analysis. The live telecast is scheduled for 2:00 pm PT.

Final home game for Spartan seniors
San Jose State will be recognizing 15 seniors in pregame ceremonies.

2018 schedule rated as one of the toughest
According to the NCAA Statistics Service for games played through Nov. 10, San Jose State’s first 10 opponents compiled a .593 winning percentage, tied for 34th best among FBS schools and tops along with Wyoming among the 12 Mountain West members.

Incorporating the current records of the Spartans’ final two opponents, Nevada and Fresno State, San Jose State’s schedule is tied for he 17th most challenging based on opponent winning percentage (.613). No other Mountain West school is in the top 50.

Tre Walker produces 2018 Mountain West best
Wide receiver Tre Walker produced the Mountain West’s first 200-plus yard receiving game of the 2018 season with his seven receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns at Utah State on Nov. 10.

Walker’s 209 receiving yards are tied for 16th best nationally this season in games played through November 10. Prior to his breakout game, the Mountain West best was 188 yards by Colorado State’s Preston Williams in the Aug. 25 game at Hawaii.

Walker also became the first San Jose State player in 11 years to gain at least 200 yards in pass receiving in a game. The last time it was done was Kevin Jurovich’s 233 receiving yards in a 2007 game vs. New Mexico State.

Justin Holmes becomes the 29th
Senior Justin Holmes became the 29th San Jose State player to catch 100 passes in a career with his one reception at Utah State.

Seniors Tre Harley (97) and Josh Oliver (93) are next in line to the 100-career reception plateau.

A punt return for a touchdown
Freshman Tre Jenkins scored San Jose State’s first punt return touchdown in the Utah State game on a 41-yard return. Jenkins’ run back for a score was the first by a Spartan since Tyler Ervin’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl.

San Jose State announces game times vs. Army West Point and Nevada

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By: Ana Kieu

In collaboration with the Mountain West and ESPN, San Jose State now has its game times for its October 13 non-conference contest with Army West Point at Levi’s Stadium, and the November 17 conference encounter with Nevada in CEFCU Stadium.

The first SJSU-Army football game will have a 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET game time on October 13. ESPNU will provide live coverage from Levi’s Stadium, the home of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 7, 2019.

Army (3-2) has its bye weekend for the week ending October 6 while SJSU (0-4, 0-1 MW) hosts Colorado State this Saturday at CFECU Stadium in a 7:30 pm PT contest.

The SJSU-Nevada football game on Saturday, November 17, will have a 2:00 pm PT game time. ESPN3 will provide the broadcast coverage from CEFCU Stadium on the SJSU campus.

Tickets for all SJSU home football games are available through or by calling the SJSU Athletics Ticket Office at (408) 924-7589.

Whoa, Nellie! There’s a new cash cow in town and it’s not marijuana

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by Charlie O. Mallonee

The Supreme Court of the United States just blew the lid off the sports world on Monday when it ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The PASPA law was passed in 1992 and limited sporting betting to Nevada and on a limited basis to Montana, Deleware, and Oregon who already had some sports gambling set up through their lotteries.

“The Supremes” ruled 6-3 saying it is up to the states to decide if they want to allow their residents to be able to wager on sporting events. What they really said, is it is up to the states to decide if they want to put an end to the flood of cash that goes to Nevada and get a piece of the action back in the form of taxes. Legalized sports gambling at the state level could also “take a bite out of crime” hurting the illegal underground gambling operations.

The potential influx of tax income from sports betting could eclipse the present revenue received from the lottery, marijuana, Indian casinos, and horse racing combined. It really could be the tax windfall many states have trying to create for many years.

Could there be abuses?

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Of course, there will be abuses. There will be people who gamble wager too much. There will be people who will go bankrupt and lose their homes. Families will fall apart. But, this is happening now except the money is flowing into the state of Nevada or into the hands of criminals.

The majority of people will participate with no problem and will enjoy the opportunity to test their skill. A few people will become “super rich”. Even if you do not like sports and will not bet on a game, you will benefit as newfound tax revenue that flows in the state.

Pro sports teams are not happy

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The major professional sports organizations are not happy. Why? Because there is about to be a “boatload of cash” enter the sports market and at the moment, they are completely out of the loop when it comes to getting their hands on what could potentially be billions of dollars.

Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have proposed the concept of an integrity fee where one-percent of bets would go to the leagues to help combat point-shaving and other illegal gambling corruption. A little of that one-percent might also wind up in the team’s coffers.

According to an expert quoted in USA Today, that one-percent take would really represent a 20-percent income grab by the pro teams. The gaming expert stated most sports book operations keep only five-percent of the revenue they take in from gamblers.

The bottom line is that for now all of the teams – pro, college, and amateur – are going to find themselves out in the cold when it comes to sports gambling revenue. The only way they are going to be able to wedge their way in is to find a legal loophole or to get Congress to sponsor legislation mandating states to cut them in on the profits.

If you live in California, don’t get too excited

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The current estimate is that it will take up to five years for the Golden State to put a sports betting plan into place. Why will it take so long? Politics – plain and simple is what will delay the start of wagering in California. How should the money be used? What should the age limits be? Where should betting be allowed to take place? Should state income tax be collected on the winnings?

As you can see, it will be a real political donnybrook.

We will be sharpening our skills

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In the meantime, we at will be sharpening our skills in preparation for giving you the best information available to assist you in making your wagering decisions when you can finally lay your money down on your favorite team.

San Jose State’s woes continue as No. 20 Nevada eases to 80-67 victory

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By: Ana Kieu

Radio broadcaster Justin Allegri set the scene for the unbalanced San Jose State Spartans vs. Nevada Wolf Pack game Wednesday night at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The lopsided matchup was broadcasted live on ESPN3 and KLIV 1590 AM, but the Spartans’ storyline remained the same as they’re still looking for a conference win.

The ball was up in Northern Nevada, and the Wolf Pack took an early lead and never looked back. The Spartans, though, were affected by 13 turnovers.

Nevada hit 7-of-11 shots from downtown in the opening moments of the game, and San Jose State trailed the Wolf Pack 23-14 at the 11:51 mark of the first half.

Ryan Welage had 10 points midway through the first, but the Spartans continued to trail the Wolf Pack 30-22 with 7:30 left in the first.

The Spartans trailed the Wolf Pack 42-29 at the end of the first.

Both teams scored 38 points apiece in the second half. However, Nevada handed SJSU a 80-67 loss at home.

For the Spartans, Welage led all scorers with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Oumar Barry scored 12 points, one rebound and one assist. Jalen James had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Jaycee Hillsman had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Keith Fisher III had five points, five rebounds and three assists. Noah Baumann had five points and three rebounds. Ashtin Chastain had just four points and four rebounds.

Spartans’ starting lineup: Jalen James, Oumar Barry, Jaycee Hillsman, Ryan Welage and Keith Fisher III.

Wolf Pack’s starting lineup: Kendall Stephens, Cody Martin, Jordan Caroline, Caleb Martin and Hallice Cooke.

Up Next
The Spartans return home to host the Aztecs this Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 pm PT on ESPN3.

Morris Phillips on the NCAA

by Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–The Cal Bears are getting confidence with these non conference games wins like the one Saturday against the Fresno State Bull Dogs 67-56 in an 11 point victory and it’s an opportunity to gain confidence with a young basketball team which is great. The Bears have got new players that haven’t had expereince at the division one level and that’s why home games or pre conference games are so critical so that will help them.

The Bears didn’t see anybody of size this week and obviously when the conference games start they will be seeing bigger teams and taller players and the Bears will have to contend with those teams. At that point Cal will be the smaller team of the group. Especially they played Nevada and Fresno State on Saturday at Haas Pavilion and they saw a pair of undersize teams and that won’t be the case in the Pac 12.

The one thing that’s going on right now for the first time since 2006 the number one team in the country is from the Pac 12 Arizona who won against Michigan to secure that number one spot and the Pac 12 looks to be as balanced and competitive as it has been in years top to bottom and their already getting raves for being one of the strong leagues in the country.

Once again Cal is not in a conference schedule there is nothing compared to what they will see once the conference season starts. Just to run through the team, Arizona is number one, Oregon is ranked, Washington State looks to be much improved, Washington as like Cal a younger team trying to find it’s way.

Stanford is kind of interesting they just lost their point guard Aaron Bright for the season the Pac 12 is going to be a bear and every week it’s going to be tough ball games that are going to be very closely contested. Cal is going to be right there in the mix. They are younger and less experienced than some of the teams that they will face.

Morris Phillips covers Cal basketball and is filling in for Dr.Michelle Richardson this week for the NCAA commentary

Michael Duca on Cal basketball

by Michael Duca

BERKELEY–What you want to do is construct a schedule that challenges your team and give it the opportunity to give it different kinds of looks. What a way for Cal (8-3) to rack up a win over the Fresno State Bull Dogs (6-5) an 11 point victory on Saturday night at Haas with a 67-56 victory. It’s silly the way you can beat non-conference teams like this but this is the way you get into the NCAA Tournament.


Getting there you need to play North Carolina, Duke, Michigan in the pre season and it really doesn’t matter who else you play you can play 11, 12, 13 non conference games and you want to make sure you win most of them and you want to be sure your team is challenged a little bit in the process. 8-0 at home is good, they lost three away from home not so good but that’s how Cal constructs their pre conference schedule so that their almost entirely at home.


The interesting thing is a lot people are wondering how Cal would be this year without Allen Crabbe, without a two time Pac 12 player, who was a good shooter, a good scorer who left early for the NBA and is intimately acquainted with the bench up in Portland now. The answer is their doing just fine the Bears are not relying on just one guy to score for them now their spreading that scoring all around.


The Bears had six players in double figures earlier this week against Nevada and three of those players came off the bench. You like to have an eight man rotation that has eight guys that can score in double figures and so Saturday night against the Bull Dogs the Bears spread the scoring around quite as thickly but you did have two guys with double figures in rebounds from Richard Solomon and David Kravish both.


One night Justin Cobbs comes and gets you 25 points and the next night he gets eight or nine assists so Cobb can find different ways to adjust his game to what needs to be done on the floor. The conference games will be starting soon enough and there are a lot of very good teams in the Pac 12 this year. Washington is always a tough team for Cal, Oregon is a nationally ranked team, UCLA is a nationally ranked team Arizona is a top ranked team.


You have just a variety of squads in the Pac 12 that could give anybody fits on any given night and Cal is always going to struggle when they go to places like Utah or Colorado because of the altitude. It’s going to be a very competitive conference, it will not surprise me Cal in the top second tier after Arizona and UCLA who will be right up there with Oregon.


The Cal Bears Tyrone Wallace you look at him on the floor and you think he’s a tweener and it’s the same position that former Bear Patrick Christopher used to play he has the scoring ability to rebound like a power forward with Kravish and Solomon and with that many rebounds to be gathered in right around the bucket and paint he is one of those guys like Kravish was a couple of years ago who has a nose for the ball. I don’t know if Wallace studies and scouts down the other team but he’s got a playbook in his mind where to go on the floor.


Michael Duca covers the Cal Bears for Sportstalk Radio each week