Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
Wendell Faines
Idaho hosts SJSU Saturday
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/01/2013
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Game 21: Idaho (8-12, 4-6) vs. San Jose State (9-12, 3-7)
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 (7:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Moscow, Idaho (Cowan Spectrum)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Television: None
Online Video: VandalXtra
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Military Appreciation
Saturday's game is Military Appreciation Day. All active-duty military personnel and veterans, as well as their immediate family, will receive a special $5 general admission ticket to Saturday's game.

A Look at the San Jose State

San Jose State is 9-12 overall and 3-7 in WAC play. Leading scorer James Kinney averages 20.6 points, but he has not played in the last six games. Forward Chris Cunningham averages 10.7 points and ranks second in the WAC with 8.6 rebounds per game. As a team, SJSU shoots 39.1 percent from the field and averages 64.5 points per game. Opponents are averaging 67.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Since the start of WAC play, the Spartans are averaging WAC lows of 58.2 points per game and 36.8 percent shooting. Overall, SJSU’s 3-point field goal percentage defense of .309 ranks third in the WAC and its 38.0 rebounds per game rank fourth. SJSU has a 4-6 road record this season, but has lost four in a row away from home after Thursday’s 56-48 loss at Seattle U.

SJSU Head Coach George Nessman
In his eighth season at San Jose State, George Nessman holds an 86-153 record. He’s a 28-year coaching veteran with stops at Porterville (Calif.) CC and Bakersfield (Calif.) CC, along with time as the head coach at De La Salle High School at Concord, Calif. He led SJSU to a 2011 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) bid, the program’s first postseason action since the 1996 season. Nessman served as an assistant at Cal for one season (2004-05) before taking over at SJSU.

Idaho Vandals
Idaho shot 53.2 percent from the field, connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers and tied a season low with just nine turnovers, but defense and rebounding came up short in a 77-67 loss to Utah State on Thursday. The Vandals were held to just 16 rebounds - the lowest total of the Don Verlin era - and Idaho gave up a 59.6 shooting percentage to the Aggies. It was Idaho’s first home loss to Utah State since the 2010 season.

Vandals vs. Spartans
San Jose State holds a 13-11 series edge, but Idaho has a three-game winning streak against SJSU. While it only has 24 total entries, the series is actually one of the oldest at Idaho. The two teams first met in the 1926-27 season, a 21-14 Vandal win. A victory on Saturday would tie Idaho’s longest win streak in the series at four. Overall, Idaho is 5-3 against SJSU at home. It’s historically a series of close games, with 17 of the 24 meetings being decided by single figures, including a 64-55 Vandal win on Jan. 3 at San Jose. Senior center Kyle Barone led Idaho with 16 points and 13 rebounds in that game.

The Most Versatile Big Man
Senior center Kyle Barone become the most balanced post player all-time at Idaho on Jan. 26 against UTSA. With 1,245 points, 770 rebounds, 122 assists and 112 blocks, Barone became the first Vandal player to reach at least 1,000 career points, 750 career rebounds, 100 career assists and 100 career blocks. He is just the fifth active NCAA Division I player to reach that standard this season.

That’s  a Lot of  Misses
On Jan. 3, Idaho took a road win at San Jose State and held the Spartans to .282 overall shooting in the game. It was Idaho’s lowest opponent FG percentage of the Western Athletic Conference era and the lowest against a conference opponent since holding UC Santa Barbara to a .213 clip on Feb. 5, 2004, at the Cowan Spectrum. You’d have to go back 20 years to find a time the Vandals held a conference opponent to a lower field goal percentage in a road game, though. That game was a 52-43 Vandal win at Idaho State in which Idaho limited the Bengals to a .250 (14-56) field goal percentage on Mar. 6, 1993.

Early Perimeter Contributor
Guard Connor Hill set an Idaho freshman record with 47 made 3-pointers last season. He’s well on his way to becoming the top sophomore sharpshooter in school history. He has 55 triples this season, just nine short of the sophomore standard of 60 set by Orlando Lightfoot in 1991-92.

Getting to 100 Quickly
On Jan. 31 against Utah State, sophomore Connor Hill canned his first two 3-point field goal attempts. In doing so, he tied Deremy Geiger (50 games) as the third-quickest Vandal to reach 100 career triples. Gordon Scott set the standard with his 100th 3-pointer in his 36th career game in the 1999-00 season, followed by Dwayne Williams, who made his 100th in game No. 47, also in the 1999-00 season. Geiger tallied his 100th in his 50th career game last year in 2011-12.

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