Win or lose tonight at San Jose State, Utah State will break one streak and extend another, and Aggie senior Jay Goodman should join the 1,000-point club.
Goodman, the only Big West player rated in the top five in six different statistical categories, needs only 11 points to become the 26th Aggie to reach 1,000 for a career. He has averaged 23.5 points a game the past four games, 18.9 a game for the season and has had no games less than double figures.The Aggies are on a three-game losing streak, but coach Kohn Smith's teams have won eight straight games against the Spartans and are 4-0 in San Jose since Smith became coach. USU itself has a nine-game win streak over San Jose and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Smith, who missed Saturday's loss at Pacific with illness that he said resulted from fatigue, is expected back on the bench tonight.
USU is 6-8 overall but 3-3 in the Big West. San Jose State is 4-9, 1-4 and not happy with the state of Utah. It started a five-game losing streak when it fell by 13 to the Utes in Salt Lake City. The losing streak was finally snapped Saturday when the Spartans defeated Nevada 73-70 at home.
Lest the Ags be too confident, San Jose's league losses are to Long Beach, UNLV, New Mexico State and Pacific - all in the top half of the league.
San Jose's best thing is rebounding. Its opponents average just 30 rebounds a game against San Jose, lowest in the Big West, and the Spartans' +4.5 rebound margin is No. 3 in the league.