UC Davis (3-8) at San Jose State (3-6)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 18, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Event Center (5,000) -- San Jose, California.
Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 1-3, SJSU 1-0. Away Record: UC Davis
0-5, SJSU 2-4. Neutral Record: UC Davis 2-0, SJSU 0-2. Conference Record: UC
Davis 0-0, SJSU 0-0. Series Record: San Jose State leads, 14-7.
GAME NOTES: San Jose State plays in front of a favorable crowd for just the
second time tonight, as the Spartans entertain the UC Davis Aggies in non-
SJSU, which is kicking off a four-game homestand with this meeting, won its
only other home date by a score of 81-59 versus Cal State Fullerton on Nov.
23. Following the victory, the Spartans dropped back-to-back outings versus
Portland and Weber State before bouncing back with a 72-68 win versus Houston
on the road 11 days ago.
As for the Aggies, a team which has come up empty in all five true road games
in 2013-14, they are dealing with a six-game losing streak at the moment. UC
Davis last played on Saturday at Stanford and came up short in an 83-56 final.
The good news for the Aggies is that after this trip to San Jose they will
return home for three straight contests against Air Force, Furman and Simpson.
San Jose State has won three straight in the series with the Aggies and is now
ahead by a count of 14-7 all-time.
Against Stanford the Aggies didn't stand a chance as they made just 9-of-31
(.290) shots from the field in the first half, including 2-of-11 behind the 3-
point line. For the game, UC Davis converted only 34.5 percent from the floor
and allowed the Cardinal to make good on 58.5 percent on the other end. Georgi
Funtarov accounted for 13 points and six rebounds for the visitors, followed
by Brynton Lemar with 11 points, five boards and four assists.
Part of the problem for the Aggies as the moment is that they are missing two
of their key players in Josh Ritchart and J.T. Adenrele who are suffering with
injuries to an ankle and left knee, respectively. Adenrele is out following
surgery and Ritchart, the team's leading scorer with 17.3 ppg, remains
questionable coming into the week. Corey Hawkins, the next-best scoring option
for the Aggies with his 16.6 ppg, shot just 2-of-11 from the floor as he
finished with eight points and seven rebounds against Stanford at Maples
Jalen James was the star of the show for the Spartans in their latest game
versus Houston as he recorded a triple-double, posting 12 points, 13 rebounds
and 10 assists in the road win. James, who also had a couple of steals in an
effort to offset six turnovers, shot 3-of-4 from the floor and made all four
of his opportunities at the free-throw line, not to mention 2-of-2 beyond the
arc. Rashad Muhammad and Devante Wilson checked in with 21 and 16 points,
Thanks to just the second triple-double in school history, James is now
putting up 7.4 ppg, pulling down 5.4 rpg and is second on the team in assists
with 30 in his nine starts. Leading the way in scoring for the program is
Muhammad with his 17.0 ppg, even through he has started only one game this
season, while Jaleel Williams is responsible for 11.7 ppg despite shooting
only 38.0 percent from the field and 25.5 percent behind the 3-point line.
Far from a dominating team to begin with, the Aggies cannot afford to be
playing without Ritchart for much longer because the chances of the team
coming out on top in his absence become more and more less likely.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Jose State 69, UC Davis 62
12/18 10:32:42 ET
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