The San Jose State Spartans return home after a three-game road trip to face the UC-Davis Aggies Wednesday.
San Jose State is 3-6 and dropped two of their last three, but come in off a 72-68 win over Houston Dec. 7 in their last outing. Freshman G Rashad Muhammad scored a game-high 21 points and connected on 5 of 7 from downtown to help the Spartans battle back from 13 down in the second half to tie the game at 60 with under five minutes to play. The two sides then traded baskets until San Jose State when up for good on a three-point basket by Muhammad at the 1:34 mark. Through 9 games, the Spartans are averaging 69.2 ppg on 38 percent shooting and Muhammad leads the team with 17 ppg on 41 percent from the floor and 43 percent from distance.
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UC Davis, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 3-8 and on a six-game losing streak, in which the Aggies have dropped four contests by a minimum of 14 points. UC-Davis struggled from the field in its last outing against Stanford Saturday, shooting just 34 percent and connecting on 7 of 20 from beyond the arc. Freshman F Georgi Funtarov had a team-high 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds, while freshman G Brynton Lemar added 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. The rout was on early with the Cardinal storming out to a 22-7 lead and UC-Davis unable to get its footing, trailing 40-23 at the half. The Aggies never got close and saw the Stanford lead swell to as many 31 points. On the season, UC-Davis is averaging 69.4 ppg on 44 percent shooting and senior F Josh Ritchart leads the team with 17.3 ppg on 63 percent from the field and 56 percent from downtown.
The line in this one is currently set at -9.5 for San Jose State and although both these teams are sitting with three losses, the Spartans have the better ones, if that makes any sense. Losses to N. Illinois and Milwaukee in the final seconds as well as solid wins over Houston and Portland (who UC Davis lost to by 17), not to mention the Aggies’ six game skid, all give San Jose State the edge here.
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