Nevada (10-5, 3-0) vs. San Jose State (5-11, 1-3)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 7 p.m. PST
Where: Provident Credit Union Event Center in San Jose, CA
Online: Mountain West Network
Matchup History: Nevada leads 60-48
Coming off two straight conference victories at home, the Nevada men’s basketball team (10-5, 3-0) hit the road for two contests, starting out with the San Jose State Spartans (5-11, 1-3). Nevada is one of the three undefeated teams in conference play, along with San Diego State (4-0) and in-state rival UNLV (3-0). The Wolf Pack have defeated the Spartans in their last eight meetings.
Nevada is coming off a strong 83-66 victory versus the Boise State Broncos (10-6, 2-2). Senior guard Jazz Johnson set career-highs in points (34) and three-point baskets (8) in the winning effort. They held the Broncos to 36.2 percent shooting, including 5-of-26 (.192) from beyond the arc.
The Wolf Pack rank No. 2 in the conference -- No. 15 in the nation -- in three-point percentage at 38.6 percent. They also rank No. 7 in the nation three-point defense, with opponents only hitting 26.3 percent of its three-point field goals.
Johnson leads the Pack and ranks No. 3 in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game. The 5-foot-10 guard poses as a big deep threat for any opponent. The sharpshooter has made a career-best 45.5 percent of his threes, canning 51 total threes on 3.4 three-point field goals per game. His 51 total three-point makes is T-12 most in the nation.
Junior guard Jalen Harris is second on the team -- T-5 in the conference -- in scoring with 17.2 points per game. He shoots 41.5 percent from the floor and 31.9 percent from deep. The 6-foot-5 guard tops the team in rebounding at 6.6 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard Lindsey Drew leads the team in assists, dishing out 4.5 assists per game. He is coming off a season-best nine assist performance versus Boise State. He is third on the squad in scoring with 12.7 points per game on a career-best 54.4 percent shooting.
After beginning the season 3-2, SJSU dropped its next eight games, falling to 3-10. The Spartans have been victors in two out of its last three games, but fell in its most recent contest versus Fresno State 79-64. Senior guard Brae Ivey tallied a team-high 19 points, tying a season-high with five three-point field goals on seven attempts.
San Jose State ranks among the bottom-two in the conference in scoring (68.1 ppg), field goal percentage (40.1) and three-point field goal percentage (30.1).
Sophomore guard Seneca Knight is the only Spartan player to eclipse double-digits at 12.4 points per game. He has scored double-digit point totals a team-high 12 times this season, including a season-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting versus Grambling on Nov. 20. The 6-foot-6 guard is second on the team in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and assists (2.6 apg).
Ivey is second on the team in scoring with 8.9 points in 26.4 minutes per game. In his last three games, the 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 18.3 points per game, canning 12-of-24 shots from deep in that span. He is shooting 40.0 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from three on the season.
Sophomore Christian Anigwe has made a strong impact at the rim for the Spartans. The 6-foot-9 forward is T-5 in the conference in total blocks (20) and blocks per game (1.3). He is tallying 5.5 points with a team-high 5.8 rebounds per contest in 23.7 minutes.
Junior guard Richard Washington has made a strong contribution off the bench in his first season of eligibility. The former Wake Forest product is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points -- third on the team -- in 20.3 minutes per game.
Ivey and freshman guard Omari Moore are the only two Spartans who are shooting above 35 percent from the three-point line (among Spartans who average at last 10.0 minutes per contest). Moore is averaging 5.2 points in 18.4 minutes per game, while shooting 40.0 percent from the three-point line.
However, the 6-foot-6 guard has only shot 15 total three-point shots, so it is a small sample size. Eight of those 15 attempts have come in the last five games -- shooting 50.0 percent from deep in that span -- so it is something to look out for when he is on the floor.
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Nevada Game Notes: https://bit.ly/36AZoYJ
SJSU Game Notes: https://bit.ly/2R0wJ8O
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