Texas-San Antonio (8-21) vs. San Jose State (9-19)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (7,471) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: UTSA 3-9, SJSU 5-9. Away Record: UTSA 4-11,
SJSU 4-9. Neutral Record: UTSA 1-1, SJSU 0-1. Conference Record: UTSA 3-14,
SJSU 3-14. Series Record: San Jose State leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners get their first taste of the
Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night, as the team tangles
with the San Jose State Spartans during the 30th annual event at Orleans Arena
in Las Vegas.
UTSA, which is the ninth-seed in the tourney, made the switch from the
Southland Conference to the WAC for this year so this is all new territory for
the program. For the most part, wins have come few and far between for the
Roadrunners here in 2012-13, although the team did recently piece together a
three-game win streak.
The Roadrunners actually had better results on the road (2-6) against
conference foes than they did at home (1-8) this season, so perhaps a change
of scenery will do them some good.
As for the eighth-seeded Spartans, a team which has a record of only 4-15 in
this tournament over the years and has never come close to bringing home the
trophy, they've been an afterthought in the WAC this season as they closed
with a 13-game slide, although the run of ineptitude could have been even
longer if not for the fact that their March 7 date at home against this same
UTSA squad had to be canceled due to a leaky roof at The Event Center.
With the cancellation of that one contest, it means these teams met only once
during the regular season back on New Year's Eve, with the Spartans posting an
80-67 victory, which means the all-time series now stands at 2-1 in favor
The survivor of this contest will be back in action on Thursday night to do
battle with the top-seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the quarterfinals.
The Roadrunners used to be a major factor in the Southland, but they've won
just four times since a few days before Christmas and yet they are probably
the favorite to take care of business against the slumping Spartans. With a
trio of tough, offensive-minded performers in Kannon Burrage (17.1 ppg),
Michael Hale III (16.1 ppg, 102 assists) and Jeromie Hill (12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg),
the Roadrunners have just enough fire power to get them through, at least to
action on Wednesday night where they would be taking on top-seeded LaTech.
The trouble with the Spartans, as if there is only one issue plaguing the
program, is that they've been operating for months now without leading scorer
James Kinney (20.6 ppg), who appeared in just half the team's games before
being suspended. Without their leading scorer, the Spartans put all the
pressure on Chris Cunningham (10.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg) to keep them alive and it
simply didn't happen. San Jose State averaged a mere 57.7 ppg in conference
play this season, a number which still included a handful of games played by
Kinney before he made his exit.
Needless to say, with a 13-game slide to close out the regular season, there
is little reason to believe SJSU will be any more than a disappointing one-
and-done in this event.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-San Antonio 64, San Jose State 57
03/12 10:30:46 ET
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