A pair of California schools meet on the hardwood up in the Capital of Silicon Valley. The San Diego Toreros open up their 2017-18 schedule as they travel to face the San Jose State Spartans Sunday afternoon. San Diego finished the 2016-17 season 13-18 on the year overall and 6-12 in the West Coast Conference. San Jose State opened their 2017-18 season with a 97-45 trouncing of Antelope Valley at home Friday night. The Spartans have a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 76-67 road win in the last meeting on November 27, 2015.
San Diego Toreros Look to Start 2017-18 Season Off On Right Foot
San Diego had their ups and downs last season as they finished the season 13-17 in the regular season and 6-12 in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros were knocked off 60-55 in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament by Portland, a team that had lost 16 straight conference games entering that contest. The Toreros were below average on the offensive end as they finished 325th in the country with 65.3 points per contest. San Diego was 295th in rebounding with 33.2 boards a night and was tied for 267th with 12.1 assists per game. The Toreros were tied for 147th in scoring defense with 71.3 points per game.
Olin Carter III is the team’s leading returning scorer from last season after putting up 15.3 points a night. Cameron Neubauer (11 points, 5.4 rebounds), Tyler Williams and Juwan Gray each put up at least 6.7 points a night last season. The Toreros are going to have to get some quality production from some of their younger guys to help support the returning players from last season. San Diego shot 40.7 percent from the floor as a team last season. The Toreros sank 8.3 three pointers a night while connecting on 34.8 percent of their long range attempts.
San Jose State Spartans Seek 2-0 Start
San Jose State had little problem winning their season opener and while San Diego isn’t a powerhouse, they’re a step up in competition from Antelope Valley. The Spartans were never really challenged in the win over the Pioneers. After leading 48-33 at the half, San Jose blew the doors off by outscoring Antelope Valley 49-12 in the second half to turn the game into a rout. The Spartans shot 52.3 percent from the floor and drilled nine of their 18 three point attempts. San Jose State cashed in 20 of 27 free throw attempts, won the rebounding battle 53-31 and forced 18 turnovers. The Spartans held the Antelopes to 24.6 percent shooting overall and 3 of 21 from beyond the arc. Ryan Welage poured in a career-high 30 points for the Spartans in the win. Jalen James put up 15 points while Keith Fisher III and Noah Baumann each chipped in 12 in the contest.
- Toreros are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite of 0.5-6.5
- Toreros are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite
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San Jose State had an easy time of their season opening victory and that allowed them to knock the rust off. San Diego opens their season here and that is always something that one has to take into consideration. The Toreros do bring back four of their top six scorers from a season ago but the supporting cast still has something to prove. The Spartans looked good in the opener and things should work in their favor playing at home here. Look for San Jose State to defend their home floor: take the points here.