Breakdown: San Jose State vs Seattle

San Jose State (2-8) hosts their final non-conference game at The Event Center this season versus Seattle on Saturday at 7 p.m. SanJoseState.Scout.com breaks down tonight's matchup

San Jose State 2-8 vs. Seattle 3-5

Point Guard

#1 Jordan Baker (6-4, 195, Jr.) 10.6 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.4 rpg
#1 Isiah Umipig (6-0, 190, Sr.) 17.9 ppg, 3.4 apg.

Isiah Umipig was a double digit scorer at Cal State Fullerton before transferring to Seattle and averaging nearly 20 points per game. Umipig ranks 12th in the nation in 3-point attempts with 72 on the season and no one ranked ahead of him can top his 47 percent clip from deep. Baker fills up the stat sheet in points, assists and rebounds, but turnovers too at 3.6 per game

Advantage: Seattle

Shooting Guard

#0 Rashad Muhammad (6-6, 170, So.) 12.1 ppg
#35 Jarell Flora (6-3, 180, Sr.) 13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Jarell Flora is another 3-point shooter in the Redhawks’ backcourt. Between Flora and Umipig, the two take 15 3-point attempts per game. He’s gone two games without making a shot from deep (0-8), but expect that to change Saturday night. Rashad Muhammad is the Spartans’ best player and they won’t be waiting for him to come off the bench like usual. He’s averaging 19 points on 61 percent shooting in his last three games.

Advantage: San Jose State

Small Forward

#2 Isaac Thornton (6-3, 190, So.) 1.6 ppg, 3 rpg
#13 Emmanuel Chibuogwu (6-6, 185, So.) 3.5 ppg,

Neither one of these two players has scored more than six points in a game this season. Don’t expect this matchup to have a huge impact on the outcome of the game as both are role players who don’t see a ton of minutes. Thornton will likely be on the court longer and is getting more opportunities with some Spartans missing time.

Advantage: San Jose State

Power Forward

#2 Jaleel Williams (6-7, 220, Sr.) 9 ppg, 3.7 rpg
#21 William Powell (6-6, 215, So.) 6 ppg, 7.3 rpg

William Powell gives the Redhawks a consistent six points and seven rebounds per game. In his last six games, his points have deviated only one point away from the average and his rebounds deviating only two points from the average. Williams isn’t the rebounder that Powell is, but is more likely to score in double digits. His game expands to the perimeter compared to Powell who plays closer to the rim.

Advantage: San Jose State

Center

#24 Ryan Singer (6-11, 220, Fr.) 2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
#24 Jack Crook (6-1J, 255, Jr.) 6.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg

The matchup at center features two 6-foot-11 bigs. Seattle center Jack Crook has been slow to develop at the college game out of England, but with the right matchups he has been able to post two double-doubles this season. Don’t expect spectacular numbers out of him tonight but he will get his touches. Spartan freshman Ryan Singer has shown flashes when given the minutes.

Advantage: Seattle

Benches

Rashad Muhammad is usually the Spartans’ spark off the bench, but versus St. Katherine that role was given to Frank Rogers. The 6-foot-9 junior is averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Seattle will go six players deep on their bench rotation, but have no reliable scorers.

Advantage: San Jose State

Coaches: Dave Wojcik vs. Cameron Dollar

Cameron Dollar is in his sixth season coaching the Seattle Redhawks. The team posted a winning record in only his first season. They spent three years as Independents and are in their third year in the WAC. Dave Wojcik also took on a rebuilding program, but Wojcik and the Spartans have the advantage of playing in the Mountain West.

Advantage: San Jose State

Intangibles

Seattle has had a rough start to the month, losing to UC Santa Barbara 87-46 and to Eastern Washington 87-75. San Jose State got their first win in nearly a month over St. Katherine. Saturday is their last chance to grab a win over a D-1 opponent at home before a trip to Washington State and then conference play.

Advantage: San Jose State

The Count: San Jose State 6-2

Prediction

San Jose State needs Rashad Muhammad to keep his hot shooting going for another game. As long as he doesn’t go cold, the Spartans have the slight edge over Seattle and grab their first win over a D-1 opponent this season

San Jose State 64, Seattle 61


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