ROAD TRIP: Seattle University leaves Wednesday for its first Western Athletic Conference road trip of the season, heading to Logan, Utah for Thursday's game against Utah State. The Redhawks will travel from Logan to San Jose, Calif., Friday in preparation for Saturday's contest at San Jose State before returning to Seattle Sunday. Seattle U is facing the two teams that won two road games during the first weekend of conference play.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast both games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 5:50 p.m. Thursday and 6:45 p.m. Saturday. ESPN3 will pick up the broadcast produced by Utah television station KMYU on Thursday night, while links to San Jose State's live stats and video will be available on the men's basketball schedule page on GoSeattleU.com.
THE IDAHO GAME: In Seattle University's first Division I conference game in 33 seasons, the Redhawks pulled ahead in the second half, but the Idaho Vandals rode the three-point shooting of Robert Harris to come from behind for a 71-64 victory last Saturday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center. In a game with eight ties and 10 lead changes, an 11-3 Redhawk run was punctuated by a three-pointer from Chad Rasmussen to give Seattle U its biggest lead of the game at 56-49 with 6:07 remaining in the second half. Kyle Barone pulled down an offensive rebound and followed with a dunk, plus Harris made a layup, as a 6-0 Vandal run pulled the visitors to within one at 56-55. Harris hit a three-pointer with 2:34 left in regulation to tie the game at 60-60. After Seattle U regained the lead, Harris hit another three-pointer to put the Vandals up, 63-62, with 1:32 remaining. Prince Obasi made one of two free throw attempts, but Harris once again connected from long distance as Idaho took a 66-63 advantage into the final minute. The Vandals closed out the contest when Mike McChristian stole the ball and drove in for a dunk as time ran out.
SCOUTING UTAH STATE: The Aggies come into Thursday's game with an 11-1 overall record and are currently on a 10-game winning streak after losing to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15. Utah State is 2-0 in the conference after road victories last weekend at UTSA (71-67) and at Texas State (81-57). The Aggies are scoring 72.1 points per game and giving up 62.6 points per contest. As a team, Utah State is shooting 51.1 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies are sixth in Division I in field goal percentage, 25th in three-point field goal percentage, and ninth in rebounding margin, averaging 10.2 rebounds more than their opponents. Preston Medlin leads the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game. Jarred Shaw is shooting 57.1 percent from the field as he averages 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Kyisean Reed is contributing 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game thanks in part to shooting 60.5 percent from the field.
SEATTLE U VS. UTAH STATE: This is the 30th meeting all-time between Seattle University and Utah State. Utah State leads the overall series, 15-14, including a 10-4 advantage in Logan. The first meeting took place Dec. 1, 1956, in the Idaho State College Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho, a 66-59 Seattle U victory. Utah State won the next meeting on Dec. 3, 1959, in Seattle, 85-73. The two schools met twice per season every year from 1965-66 through 1975-76, when Seattle U swept Utah State (75-66 in Seattle, 79-73 in Logan). After 36 years, the two teams renewed acquaintances last season, with each squad winning on its home floor. Utah State won the meeting in Logan Dec. 17, 2011, 78-53, while Seattle U was triumphant at KeyArena Jan. 19, 2012, 73-66.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans enter Thursday's game against Idaho with a 7-5 overall record. San Jose State is tied for first in the WAC standings with a 2-0 record after wins at Texas State (72-55) and at UTSA (80-67) last weekend. The Spartans are averaging 71.1 points per game and giving up 67.4 points per contest. As a team, San Jose State is shooting 43.1 percent from the field, including 36.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. James Kinney leads the conference and is seventh in Division I in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game. He also leads the squad with 2.5 steals per game. Chris Cunningham is contributing 10.6 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game, while D.J. Brown is averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.
SEATTLE U VS. SAN JOSE STATE: This will be the eighth meeting all-time between Seattle U and San Jose State, with the Spartans holding a 5-2 series advantage. These teams first met during the 1947-48 season, with San Jose State winning both games in Seattle, 52-33 and 59-39, on Dec. 19-20, 1947. The two teams played back-to-back again in Seattle on Dec. 2-3, 1955, with San Jose State winning the first game, 65-59, before Seattle U broke through for a 62-46 victory. It was almost 55 years before the next meeting, the first one between the two teams in San Jose. Taylor Olson hit a three-pointer as time wound down to give the Redhawks a 90-88 victory over the Spartans Feb. 22, 2010. San Jose State has come to KeyArena in each of the past two seasons and left with victories: 86-70 on Dec. 18, 2010 and 84-74 on Dec. 30, 2011.