Here is my question-and-answer session with Kevin McCarthy, who runs the Spartan Roundball blog that covers San Jose State men’s basketball, about Wednesday’s game with the University of Wyoming.
Tip off is at 8 p.m. MT Wednesday at The Event Center in San Jose, California.
The records might not indicate it at 5-11 overall and 0-4 in the Mountain West, but San Jose State does seem like an improved team. Would you agree with that, and in what areas are they better?
San Jose State is playing Mountain West Conference opponents much closer thus far this season and, with a few differences in foul shooting and last-minute finishes, could possibly be 2-2 or 3-1. As compared to last year, having a full roster in 2015-16 has been a godsend. There is much more depth, the offense isn’t as heavily dependent on three-point attempts and there are a couple of players who can be effective inside the paint.
One thing that stands out with San Jose State is that it is a bigger team overall. How has that size benefitted or even hurt this team this season?
Last year, the Spartans had no inside game and were easy to plan for defensively. Points in the paint remains a game in-game-out work-in-progress, but the top three scorers are 6-foot-9 Frank Rogers, 6-foot-7 Princeton Onwas and 6-foot-9 Ryan Welage. Rogers was suspended last season, Onwas sat out as a redshirt transfer from Utah and Welage is a true freshman. Without this newish size, San Jose State would consistently not be playing any close games in the Mountain West.