The San Jose State Spartans travel to Denver to battle the Pioneers in a WAC shoot out. The Spartans (9 – 7, 3 – 2 WAC) suffered a tough loss to Utah State 66 – 60 in Logan, UT on January 11. The Pioneers (9 – 7, 5 – 1 WAC) defeated Seattle 64 – 51 in Seattle, WA on January 12.
The Spartans are led in the scoring column by James Kinney (20.6 points per game), Chris Cunningham (11.0 ppg), and DJ Brown (9.8 ppg). Cunningham controls the glass with 9.1 rebounds per game, followed by Alex Brown (5.7 rpg) and Kinney (5.5 rpg).
The Spartans score 69.7 ppg, while allowing 67.1 ppg. SJSU shoots 41.3% from the field, 32.7% from 3-point distance, and 68.1% from the charity stripe. The Spartans out-rebound opponents 40.2 to 35.7 per game.
The Pioneers are led by Royce O’Neale (12.8 ppg), Chris Udofia (12.1 ppg), Chase Hallam (10.1 ppg), and Brett Olson (8.8 ppg). O’Neale (5.6 rpg), Udofia (5.1 rpg), and Hallam (3.9 rpg) also lead the Pioneers in rebounding. Udofia and O’Neale are the primary playmakers with 3.56 and 3.25 assists per game, respectively.
Denver averages 62.5 ppg, and allows 55.7 ppg. The Pioneers shoot 45.8% from the field, 36.1% behind the 3-point line, and 72.9% from the free throw line. Opponents out-rebound Denver 31.2 to 26.0 per game.
Denver likes to keep the score low, and milk the shot clock. On defense, they will limit Kinney’s touches, as he is capable of exploding for points on every possession. SJSU will have a distinctive size advantage, and will look to crash the offensive boards to get second-chance scoring opportunities. Denver will have to effectively block out Cunningham and Brown on defense to neutralize the size difference, and hope the Spartan twin towers get into foul trouble.
Tip off is 6 pm Pacific time.
Topics: Alex Brown, Brett Olson, Chase Hallam, Chris Cunningham, Chris Udofia, College Basketball, Denver Pioneers, DJ Brown, James Kinney, NCAA, Royce O'Neale, San Jose State Spartans, San Jose State Spartans Basketball