Breakdown: Fresno State vs San Jose State

Breakdown: Fresno State vs San Jose State

Fresno State and San Jose State renew their rivalry in the Mountain West after a one season break. The Bulldogs look to win their third straight conference game versus a Spartan team that is yet to win in Mountain West play.

Fresno State (10-13, 3-7) vs. San Jose State (6-16, 0-10)

Point Guard
#3 Cezar Guerrero (6-1, 190, So.) 13.6 ppg, 4.1 apg
#12 Jalen James (6-3, 170, Fr.) 6.9 ppg, 3 apg

Jalen James has had to take on the starting point guard spot as a freshman this year. He's averaging 3 assists per game but shooting just 34 percent from the field. He is active on the boards as the team's third leading rebounder. Guerrero bounced back from a poor performance versus Wyoming by scoring 18 points versus Air Force.

Advantage: Fresno State

Shooting Guard
#1 Tyler Johnson (6-4, 186, Sr.) 15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg
#20 Isaac Thornton (6-3, 170, Fr.) 3.8 ppg

Isaac Thornton is another freshman starting in the Spartans' backcourt. His minutes have varied from 31 to 7 over the course of the season and he has scored in double digits just once. Tyler Johnson will find favorable matchups with whoever the Spartans decide to throw at him.

Advantage: Fresno State

Small Forward
#23 Marvelle Harris (6-4, 212, So.) 16.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg
#4 Brandon Mitchell 2 ppg (6-7, 210, Fr.) 3 ppg

Brandon Mitchell started the Spartans' last game in place of the injured DeVante Wilson. Marvelle Harris has limited his shots and done a better job attacking the rim since his shooting numbers dropped off after a hot start to the season.

Advantage: Fresno State

Power Forward
#22 Paul Watson (6-7, 187, Fr.) 10.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
#2 Jaleel Williams (6-7, 220, Jr.) 11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Jaleel Williams has been one of the brighter spots in the Spartans struggles this season. Williams has topped 20 points in three games this season and logged one double-double. Williams opened conference play with five good games, but has shot just 28 percent in the five games since.

Advantage: San Jose State

Center
#10 Alex Davis (6-9, 205, Jr.) 5.8, 4.4 rpg
#35 Matt Pollard (7-0, 265, Fr.) 1.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

A 7-footer in the opposing lineup usually spells trouble for the Bulldogs, but Matt Pollard won't be a big mismatch for the Bulldogs. Pollard has received more playing time as of late for the Spartans, but has hardly made a dent in the stat-sheet. He's missed all 9 of his shot attempts over the last four games. Alex Davis' athleticism could give Pollard problems as well.

Advantage: Fresno State

Benches

San Jose State's leading scorer has started just one game this season. Rashad Muhammad, younger brother of NBA rookie Shabazz Muhammad, is averaging 14.7 points per game for the Spartans. He averages the most minutes of anyone on the Spartan roster. Chris Cunningham also average 8 points and was recently moved out of the starting lineup.

Advantage: San Jose State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Dave Wojcik

Dave Wojcik is in his first year at San Jose State. Wojcik takes on the tough task of rebuilding the Spartans' program after George Nessman's eight seasons with just one winning record. Wojcik was previously an assistant coach at Boise State.

Advantage: Fresno State

Intangibles

Fresno State has won back-to-back games and knows they have a good opportunity to make it three straight versus San Jose State. SJSU has lost 10 straight and is yet to get a win in conference play. It is unclear if the Spartans' third scoring option, Devante Wilson, will be ready to play Saturday after missing the previous game with a knee injury.

Advantage: Fresno State

Prediction

The San Jose State Spartans come out swinging versus rival Fresno State. The Bulldogs won't let this opportunity slip away, however. Fresno State builds a double digit lead by the opening minutes of the second half and takes their third straight win.

Fresno State 71, San Jose State 57

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