San Jose State Spartans (3-19) at Colorado State Rams (10-16)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado State Rams -8 -- Over/Under:
Mountain West Network
The San Jose State Spartans will travel to Moby Arena to take on the Colorado State Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The San Jose State Spartans lost their 11th straight game and dropped to 3-19 (0-11 MW) on the season after being defeated by the New Mexico Lobos, 71-68, this past Saturday. San Jose State played New Mexico tough, however, couldn’t fight back after a late 7-1 Lobos run gave New Mexico a 69-63 lead with 1:09 left in regulation. San Jose State shot 47.1% from the field however, committed 25 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Spartans was Jaycee Hillsman who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 66.0 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Jose State has been led by Ryan Welage (18.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jaycee Hillsman (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg), Keith Fisher III (8.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg), and Oumar Barry (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -6.3.
The Colorado State Rams lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 10-16 (3-10 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Air Force Falcons, 78-73, this past Tuesday. Air Force led by a 37-27 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 60-43 lead with 12:11 left in regulation. Colorado State allowed Air Force to shoot 45.6% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Nico Carvacho who had a double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Colorado State is averaging 71.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado State has been led by Prentiss Nixon (16.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Deion James (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jeremiah Paige (10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Che Bob (10.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 bpg). Defensively, Colorado State is allowing their opponents to average 77.3 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Spartans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rams are 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, are just 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
It’s been a tough year for the Spartans as San Jose State ranks 326th in scoring offense and 237th in scoring defense, however, the San Jose State has played better as of late in their last 3 games against UNLV, Wyoming, and New Mexico, the Spartans have lost by just an average of 5.3 ppg. Colorado State has struggled on both ends of the court this season and it’s been a tough past couple of weeks for the Rams as not only have they not picked up a in since early January, the Rams are without the head coach who was put on administrative leave by the school. Colorado State ranks just T-241st in scoring offense and 296th in scoring defense and as there is so much turmoil in the program, which included the players skipping Thursday’s practice, I’m taking San Jose State to cover with the points in this one.