WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. today at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/RADIO: FSN/950 AM
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS
COACH: George Nessman (37-86 SJSU record) is in his fifth year with the Spartans.
LAST SEASON: 13-17 overall, 6-10 in WAC (tied 6th)
PREDICTION: Picked eighth in the WAC coaches and media poll. Picked fifth by Lindy’s magazine.
SERIES HISTORY: UW leads 1-0. Last meeting 88-69 in 1976.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Adrian Oliver (left), the former UW Husky, makes his first return to Washington. He’s playing his first full season with the Spartans after missing parts of the past two seasons after transferring. He led SJSU with 17.1 points last season, but played just 18 games because of eligibility rules and injuries (knee strain, sprained ankle and torn ligaments in his foot).
Photo credit: San Jose State
— San Jose State beat William Jessup, a NAIA school, 89-63 in it’s opener. In that game, the Spartans led 46-31 at halftime and by as many as 32 points twice in the second half. They shot 46.0 percent from the field, but committed 21 turnovers.
— SJSU returns four starters.
— Depth could be an issue. The Spartans play an 8-man rotation and there’s a big drop-off in talent when Nessman goes to his bench. F Kyle Thomas, a 6-8 transfer Loyola University of Illinois, is SJSU’s top reserve. And senior G Robert Owens is the Spartans’ three-point shooter. He took six in the opener and sank two.
— Last season’s 13-17 record was their best record since 2001. The Spartans have made just one NCAA tournament appearance (1996) since 1980.
KEY MATCHUP: Washington’s front line, particularly C Matthew Bryan-Amaning will have a tough matchup against SJSU twin towers C Chris Oakes and F C.J. Webster. Oakes averaged 7.6 rebounds last season, which was second in the WAC and Webster was 6.5, which was eighth.
F – Webster, 6-9, 255, Jr., 7 ppg., 12 rpg.
F – Chris Jones, 6-4, 205, Fr., 13, 5
C – Oakes, 6-10, 235, Sr., 12, 15
G – Oliver, 6-4, 210, Jr., 11, 11
G – Justin Graham, 6-4, 195, Jr., 18, 5
UW ASSISTANT RAPHAEL CHILLIOUS SCOUTS SAN JOSE STATE:
FRIDAY NOTES AND LINKS:
— Got to start out with hearty congratulations to former UW assistant Cameron Dollar who got his first win last night as Seattle University coach. The Redhawks beat Fresno State 85-84 on a last minute shot from sophomore guard Cervante Burrell.
— Speaking of the SU, several Husky players were on hand to watch their former coach. Dollar said: “I saw them. Those are my guys. I love those dudes. It was good seeing them.”
— Definitely didn’t expect Cal to lose as badly as they did to Syracuse last night. I missed the game, but saw the highlights as the Bears were mauled inside by the Orange in a 95-73 defeat. The Bears were missing G/F Theo Robertson (right foot), but from what I hear, Cal’s front line was overrun by the Orange and the Bears couldn’t break Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.
— Arizona had few problems cooking Rice 66-49.
— Klay Thompson scored 37 points – a season high for a Pac-10 player – to lead Washington State past IPFW.
— And finally, here’s another preview of tonight’s UW-San Jose State game from Scout.com.