San Jose State (3-3) at UC Davis (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (7,100) -- Davis, California. Television: None. Home Record: SJSU 2-1, UC Davis 0-1. Away Record: SJSU 1-2, UC Davis 1-3. Neutral Record: SJSU 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Conference Record: SJSU 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: San Jose State leads, 13-7.
GAME NOTES: Playing at home for just the second time this season, the Aggies of UC Davis seek just their second win in six opportunities on Wednesday night as they host the San Jose State Spartans in non-conference action.
Except for an 85-82 loss versus Northern Iowa back on Nov. 18, the Aggies have been racking up the mileage by playing four of their first five games of the season outside of Davis. The team most recently tangled with Idaho in Moscow on Saturday night, dropping a 73-66 final at the Cowan Spectrum for their second straight setback.
As for the Spartans, who like the Vandals hail from the Western Athletic Conference, they are an even 3-3 at the moment thanks to an 82-74 triumph over Montana State on the road Saturday as well. The win was the third in the last four games for SJSU, the lone loss coming against 10th-ranked Kansas on the road which is certainly understandable.
The Spartans lead the all-time series by a count of 13-7 over UC Davis, with SJSU posting a 79-59 in the most recent meeting last season at home.
While shooting better than 52 percent from the field in both halves against Montana State, the defense held the hosts to a mere 34.8 percent from the floor in the event, making it slightly easier for the Spartans to come away with the win. James Kinney scored a game-high 23 points, adding seven rebounds, while Chris Cunningham managed to record a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards for the visitors. LaVanne Pennington chipped in 11 points off the bench and D.J. Brown filled his stat line with 10 points, nine assists and six boards before fouling out. Brown, who entered the game against MSU with just 14 dishes over the course of the first five games, is one of three players on the roster scoring in double figures with his 10.8 ppg. Just ahead of him is Cunningham with 11.2 ppg to go along with his 9.5 rpg, while Kinney is by far the most productive scorer with 22.8 ppg, making him one of the top players in that category in the country.
The Aggies opened the meeting with Idaho on a 5-0 run, but the advantage was short-lived as the Vandals took over at the break and eventually grabbed the win, even though the hosts made a total of only nine field goals in the second half. Corey Hawkins logged 37 minutes for the Aggies, finishing with a team- best 20 points and six assists, while Ryan Sypkens checked in with 14 points as he converted 4-of-11 shots behind the three-point line, which means the rest of the Davis players combined to make just 4-of-17 beyond the arc. Coming up a point shy of a double-double was Ryan Howley who corralled 10 rebounds, all at the defensive end of the floor for a group that had just 24 boards overall and a mere four at the offensive end. Hawkins, the leading scorer in four of the five games this season for UC Davis, is pouring in 21.4 ppg and is also second on the team with 18 assists, so at least he is making an attempt to get his teammates involved. Sypkens (17.4 ppg) and Howley (8.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg) have also done their best to get this team into the win column.
At some point the Aggies are going to put it all together and start putting up wins, but for now they'll still have to settle for a team like SJSU to take advantage.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Jose State 68, UC Davis 61
12/05 10:32:53 ET