Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

Spartans Host Aggies: Game Preview

The San Jose State Spartans host the New Mexico State Aggies in a WAC rematch at the Event Center tonight.  The Spartans (9 – 14, 3 – 9 WAC) enter the game with an 8-game losing streak after a loss to Utah State 63 – 36 in San Jose last Friday.  The Aggies (17 – 8, 10 – 2 WAC) defeated Seattle 60 – 57 in Las Cruces, NM last Saturday.

The Spartans are led by Chris Cunningham’s 10.4 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.  DJ Brown scores 9.6 ppg, but the Spartans are playing without leading scorer James Kinney, who was suspended indefinitely.  Alex Brown grabs 4.9 rpg for the Spartans.  DJ Brown dishes out 4.0 assists per game to lead the Spartans in that category.

As a team, SJSU shoots 38.3 percent from the field, 31.0 percent behind the 3-point line, and 65.5 percent from the free throw line.

The Aggies are led by Daniel Mullings (14.4 ppg), Bandja Sy (11.2 ppg), Tyrone Watson (10.8 ppg), and Sim Bhullar (10.2 ppg).  Sy (7.3 rpg) and Bhullar (6.0 rpg) lead the Aggies in rebounding.  Watson dishes out 2.9 apg.

NMSU shoots 46.0 percent from the field, 31.0 percent behind the 3-point arc, and 66.2 percent from the charity stripe.

The Aggies have five players who average 5 or more rebounds per game, so the Spartans must keep the Aggies from crashing the boards in order to have a chance at winning the game.  With Kinney out, the Spartans have struggled to score points, so they must work each possession deep into the shot clock to make the Aggies work on defense, hoping to limit New Mexico State on the offensive end.  They must also limit their turnovers, set effective screens, make hard cuts, and move the ball to create better scoring opportunities in order to pull the improbable upset victory.

Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time.

Tags: Aggies Alex Brown Bandja Sy Chris Cunningham College Basketball Daniel Mullings DJ Brown Event Center James Kinney NCAA New Mexico State San Jose State San Jose State Spartans Sim Bhullar Spartans Tyrone Watson

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