February 4, 2023

After a week on the road, the San Jose State men’s basketball team returns to the friendly grounds of Provident Credit Union Tuesday night for a duel between Mountain West and the Air Force. Both teams bring identical 12-8 overall and 3-4 MW records into play. The teams tied with Fresno State for sixth place in the MW standings. SJSU fell 75-74 in the last second in Utah State, while the Air Force fell 70-60 in San Diego State on Saturday.

MARCH TO MARCH MINI PLAN: The Spartans have a special 6 game miniplan available for purchase. Purchase your tickets and support your Spartans at the Provident Credit Union Events Center. Click here for more information and to purchase the mini subscription.

SUITS AND SNEAKER WEEK: In conjunction with NABC’s Coaches vs. Cancer program, the San Jose State men’s basketball program will participate in Suits and Sneakers Week. The trainers wear adidas NMD shoes.

ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons go into Tuesday night with exactly the same record as the Spartans, 12-8 overall and 3-4 in MW. The team lost 70-60 at home to San Diego State last Saturday night. Head Coach Joe Scott is in his third year of his second term at the helm of the Air Force program.
Series record – 9-13
Last two SJSU wins in a row – The Spartans won both meetings during the COVID season when the team moved operations to Phoenix due to Santa Clara County restrictions.
The last 10 series meetings
3/3/2018 L 93-61 USAFA
01/26/2019 L-2OT 73-71 San Jose
02/23/2019 L 82-68 USAFA
03/13/2019 L 87-56 Las Vegas
01/25/2020 W 90-81 San Jose
02/15/2020 L 95-86 USAFA
01/28/2021 W 59-58 Phoenix
01/30/2021 W 75-62 Phoenix
01/25/2022 L 63-53 San Jose
03/01/2022 L 58-54 USFA

CONSISTENCY IN THE STARTING LINEUP: This season, the Spartans have used the same lineup for all 20 games. This is a change from previous years when San Jose State fielded 13 different starting lineups for the 2021-22 season.

Spartan starting lineup Alvaro Cardenas, Omari Moore, Trey AndersonSage Tolbert III & Ibrahima Diallo
San Jose State is just one of nine teams nationwide to use the same starting lineup for every game this season (ending 1/22/23).
Cornell Louisiana Princeton
Gonzaga Marquette rice
Hawaii Marshall State of San Jose

GÖRENER BRINGS A LIFT OFF THE BENCH AT AGGIES: in the state of utah, Tibet Gorener came off the bench and led the Spartans with a best 20 points of the season. He was 7 of 11 out of the field and making a career-best 6 three-pointers. He also grabbed two rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

FREEZE JANUARY: Typically, the deep freezes of January in Canada occur during the winter months. Unfortunately, the month of January has not been good for the Spartans as the team is only 1-4 in the month with two games remaining. The team averages just 61.8 points per game and shoots just under 30 percent from three-point range.

It is positive that Omari Moore averaged 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He became the 16th Spartan in school history to score 1,000 career points as he scored 24 points in the New Mexico loss. He and Alvaro Cardenas handed out 29 and 25 assists respectively Ibrahima Diallo blocked eight shots.

DELIVER THE SKIRT: The spartan duo of Omari Moore and Alvaro Cardenas are two of the best for dealing the ball during the Mountain West game. Moore has 41 assists in six games, the second-highest in conference play. He has provided five or more assists in six of MW’s seven games. Cardenas has 29 assists in seven games, making it the sixth-highest total since he dished out nine assists in the win over Fresno State.

SJSU LOOKS FOR 4TH MW WIN: With three wins to start the Mountain West season, the Spartans are aiming for their fourth MW win. That feat hasn’t been achieved since the 2016-17 season when the team went 7-11. The 2015-16 team finished the MW 4-14 as the only other team to win more than three conference games since SJSU joined the MW in 2013-14.

NEXT: The Spartans travel to Southern California to face San Diego State Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Viejas Arena. Fans can watch the game on FS1.

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