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San Jose State (8-17) at Sacramento State (9-16)



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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 10:05 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Nest (1,200) -- Sacramento, California . Television: None. Home Record: San Jose State 6-6, Sacramento State 6-7. Away Record: San Jose State 1-11, Sacramento State 3-9. Neutral Record: San Jose State 1-0, Sacramento State 0-0. Conference Record: San Jose State 1-9, Sacramento State 4-10. Series Record: San Jose State leads, 18-2.

GAMES NOTES: The San Jose State Spartans will travel to The Nest for a BracketBuster pairing with the Sacramento Sate Hornets on Saturday night.

This will be the 21st all-time meeting between these squads but only the seventh since 1980. The Spartans have been a dominant team against the Hornets, winning 18 of 20 previous meetings against Sacramento state including six of the last seven.

San Jose State has stumbled along this season producing an 8-17 record mainly due to a weak 1-9 record in the Western Athletic Conference. The Spartans lost in their last outing against Nevada to give them four losses in the last five games. Conference play begins again for the Spartans when they face Louisiana Tech on Thursday.

Sacramento State had a spurt of success earlier in the month in which the Hornets put together four straight wins. They have since lost consecutive games and are no just 9-16 overall to go with a 4-10 mark in the Big Sky conference. The Hornets will play their final home game this season with a matchup against Portland State next time out.

San Jose State dropped a 76-70 decision against Nevada last Saturday despite outscoring the Wolf Pack 30-21 from three-point range. The difference came on shots from inside the arc as Nevada hit on 46.7 percent of its shots overall to just 42.6 percent for the Spartans.

The offensive showing by the Spartans against Nevada was right in line with this season. San Jose State is averaging 69.4 points per game, while shooting only 39.6 percent from the floor. On defense the Spartans haven't been strong enough, allowing 73.8 points per game. Junior guard James Kinney (16.3 ppg) again found himself trying to carry the Spartans against Nevada, as he poured in 26 points in the losing effort. Sophomore guard Keith Shamburger (13.8 ppg) had 17 points in the loss as well and has been a solid second option for the Spartans this season. On the inside, Wil Carter (12.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg) has been the key contributor.

Sacramento State watched Portland State light it up all night as the Hornets fell 85-67 to the Vikings in their last outing. Portland State shot a scorching 65.2 percent, including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc, while Sacramento State fell behind by shooting 39.3 percent overall.

A bright spot in the loss to Portland State was the continued improvement of sophomore guard Jackson Carbajal (9.7 ppg) who put in a season-high 19 points and has now scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, Carbajal's scoring has been a welcome addition to a team in the bottom half of the Big Sky, with the Hornets managing 66.0 points per game on 44.6 percent from the floor. The Hornets have been a stronger defensive squad than their counterparts, allowing 67.8 points per game. Forward John Dickson (11.8 ppg) and Joe Eberhard (11.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg) are the only two players averaging in double figures, while Dylan Garrity runs the point effectively, dishing out a conference high 6.6 assists per game.

This game has little in it beyond bragging rights for the two teams. For once Sacramento State will have the advantage heading into this game with the superior offense led by Garrity and the continued success of Carbajal in its home gym.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sacramento State 67, San Jose State 63

02/18 10:41:54 ET