Game notes: CSU men's basketball visits MW newcomer San José State Wednesday




Jan. 7, 2014

Colorado State at San José State | Game 16
Jan. 8, 2013 | 8 p.m. MT | San José, Calif. | The Event Center (5,000)

COLORADO STATE RAMS SJSU SPARTANS
Record
9-6, 0-2 MW
Last Game
at New Mexico (L, 80-73
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
 Larry Eustachy
Overall Record
437-273 (23rd Season)
Record at CSU
35-15 (Second Season)
Record
6-8, 0-2 MW
Last Game
at Utah State (L, 86-67)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR| NR
Head Coach
Dave Wojcik
Overall Record
6-8 (First Season)
Record at SJSU
6-8 (First Season)
CSU STATISTICAL LEADERS SJSU STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Daniel Bejarano (33.9)
Points/Game
J.J. Avila (18.9)
Rebounds/Game
Daniel Bejarano (9.4)
Three-Pointers
Daniel Bejarano (23)
Assists
J.J. Avila (52)
Blocks
Steals
J.J. Avila (17)
Field-Goal %
Marcus Holt (.659)
Free-Throw %
Daniel Bejarano (.821)
Three-Point %
David Cohn (.483)
Minutes Played/Game
Rashad Muhammad (30.1)
Points/Game
 Rashad Muhammad (16.6)
Rebounds/Game
 Chris Cunningham (6.9)
Three-Pointers
 Rashad Muhammad (44)
Assists
 D.J. Brown (51)
Blocks
 Chris Cunningham (14)
Steals
 D.J. Brown (20)
Field-Goal %
Chris Cunningham (.472)
Free-Throw %
Devante Wilson (.871)
Three-Point %
Rashad Muhammad (.454)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU SJSU
Points/Game 78.3 70.6
Points Allowed/Game 71.0 72.3
Field-Goal % .447 .397
Opponent Field-Goal % .445 .418
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .328 .367
Opponent Three-Point % .353 .347
Free-Throw % .729 .726
Rebounds/Game 39.0 38.6
Rebounding Margin +5.6 +1.3
Assists/Game 13.7 12.7
Turnovers/Game 8.8 12.7
Opponent Turnovers/Game 11.9 9.8
Steals/Game 5.5 5.0
Blocks/Game 3.3 3.2
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Video: Mountain West Network
Play-by-play: Rich Cellini
Color Analyst: Kris Johnson
     DirecTV: --
     Comcast Digital: --
     Dish Network: --
     Streaming: CSURams.com/videos
Audio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Gary Miller
Color Analyst: Brian Roth
     Stations: 105.5 FM ESPN, KREL 1580 AM
      KSIR 1100 AM, KRFD 94.5 FM, KNZZ 1100 AM
     Streaming: ESPNDenver.com
Live Stats: GameTracker
     CSURams.com

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Opening tip

  • Colorado State plays the second game of a two-game road stretch, traveling to San José, Calif., for a matchup against Mountain West newcomer San José State. 
  • The tilt between the Rams and the Spartans is set for a 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT tipoff at The Event Center. 
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action. 
  • The contest will stream, free of charge, on the new Mountain West Network at CSURams.com/videos and TheMW.com with Rich Cellini and Kris Johnson on the call. 
  • The matchup is just the seventh in the series. Colorado State is 6-0 all-time against SJSU, including two wins in games played in San José. 

About San José State

  • San José State enters Wednesday's contest tied with Colorado State and Fresno State at 0-2 in league play.  
  • The Spartans, in their first year as a member of the MW, have suffered a home loss to Nevada (62-50), and a road loss against Utah State (86-67). The losses snapped a four-game win streak after a 2-6 start to the season. 
  • SJSU is 4-1 this season at home, with wins over Cal State Fullerton (81-59), UC Davis (89-85, 3OT), Westminster (73-66) and Pacifica (87-59), and the loss to Nevada. 
  • The Spartans are led by freshman guard Rashad Muhammad, the only freshman to rank in the top 20 in the MW in scoring at 16.6 points per game. He ranks second in the MW averaging 3.1 three-pointers per game, behind only Boise State's Jeff Elorriaga.  
  • Senior forward Chris Cunningham ranks as SJSU's top rebounder at 6.9 boards per game, 11th in the league. 
  • Offensively, the Spartans rank 10th in the MW scoring 70.6 points per game, and rank 9th in the league allowing   72.3 points per contest. 
  • Head coach Dave Wojcik is in his first year at the helm of the SJSU program, and his first season as a head coach, after spending the previous three seasons as associate head coach at Boise State. 

Series vs. San José State

  • Wednesday's game between the Rams and the Spartans marks the seventh in the series between the programs, dating back to the first meeting - a 91-65 CSU win - during the 1969-70 season. 
  • Colorado State is 2-0 all-time against the Spartans in games played in San José, capturing a 66-64 win during the 1996-97 season, and a 58-41 win the following year. 
  • The Rams have also captured three home wins over SJSU, and posted a 61-57 neutral-court victory at the Pearl Harbor Invitational on Dec. 23, 1999, the last meeting between the two programs.

A win over San José State will...

  • Give Head Coach Larry Eustachy his 36th win at Colorado State and the 437th of his career. 
  • Snap CSU's four-game road losing streak. 
  • Improve the Rams to 7-0 all-time against San José State, and push CSU's record against the Spartans in San José  to 3-0.  
  • Give the Rams their first Mountain West win of the season, and their fifth conference road win in two years under Larry Eustachy.

Eustachy vs. San José State

  • Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy has played against San José State eight times in his 23-year career as a head coach, posting a 5-3 career mark against the Spartans.
  • As the head coach of Utah State, Eustachy went 5-2 against SJSU, winning the first five matchups in the series before two straight losses late in the season to his then-conference rivals in the WAC. 
  • Eustachy last faced SJSU on Dec. 2, 2001 as the head coach at Iowa State.  The Spartans bested Eustachy's Cyclones 64-62 in a contest played at ISU.

Barnes' era at San José State

  • Colorado State assistant coach Steve Barnes returns to San José State as a Colorado State Ram after previously serving as the Spartans' head coach for three seasons, from 1999-2002.
  • Barnes was 39-51 during his tenure at SJSU, including a 16-32 mark in WAC play.  
  • He posted back-to-back seasons of .500 hoops in his first two campaigns, going 15-15 in 1999-2001 and 14-14 in 2000-01. 
  • Barnes left SJSU after a 10-22 campaign in 2001-02.

Eustachy's first 50

  • Through his first 50 games as the head coach at Colorado State, following the Rams' Jan. 4 contest at New Mexico, Larry Eustachy has compiled a record of 35-15 (.700), the best mark in program history. 
  • Eustachy's 35 wins over his first 50 contests, eclipse the old mark of 32-18 (.640) held by legendary Rams' player and coach Boyd "Tiny" Grant in his first 50 games at the helm of the Rams' program. 
  • Other notable records accumulated by CSU head coaches in their first 50 games include:
     > Ritchie McKay - 31-19 (.620)
     > Harry Hughes - 29-21 (.580)
     > Stew Morrill - 27-23 (.540)
     > Jim "J.J." Williams - 25-25 (.500)

Rams vs. conference newcomers

  • Through the varying lineups of membership of the Mountain West, Colorado State - a charter member of the league - has fared well against incoming programs in their first year in the conference. 
  • Heading into Wednesday's matchup against conference-newcomer San José State, the Rams a 8-2 against first-year members of the MW in their inaugural seasons.  
  • During the 2005-06 season, TCU's first as a member of the MW, the Rams went 2-1 against the Horned Frogs, splitting the regular-season series (each winning at home), before capturing a 64-60 win the MW tourney. 
  • When Boise State entered the league in 2011-12, the Rams split the regular-season series against the Broncos, with each team winning on their home floor. 
  • Last season, the Rams posted a perfect 5-0 mark against league newcomers.  The Rams swept two regular-season meetings each against Fresno State and Nevada, before knocking the Bulldogs out of the 2013 MW Championships.

Looking ahead

  • Colorado State returns home for a Saturday afternoon matchup against Fresno State. 
  • The tilt between the Rams and the Bulldogs is set for a 7 p.m. MT tipoff. 
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action. 
  • The contest will stream, free of charge, on the new Mountain West Network at CSURams.com/videos and TheMW.com. 
  • The contest is the 24th in the series between the Rams and Bulldogs.  Colorado State holds a slight edge, 12-11, including two regular-season wins and a victory in the MW tournament last season. 

 

 

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