Jan 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose State Spartans guard Keith Shamburger (1) shoots the ball against the New Mexico State Aggies during the second half at the Event Center Arena. New Mexico State won 79-63. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Non-Conference Basketball Preview: San Jose State


On November 26th, the Kansas Jayhawks host the San Jose State Spartans in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Spartans finished last in the WAC last season, with a record of 9-22, and 1-13 in conference. This season, San Jose State looks to rebound from such a porous season.

It all starts with the trio of James Kinny. Senior guard Kinny averaged 16 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. Kinny exploded for 31 points in a game vs Seattle last season. He has the potential to do this every game. Losing fellow starters Wil Carter and Keith Shamburger hurts, putting even more pressure on Kinny.

Guys who could step up and provide more scoring for the Spartans include: D.J. Brown, Lavonne Pennington and Stephone Smith. Brown, just a sophomore played significant minutes last year as a freshman. The guard averaged eight points, three rebounds and two assists per contest. Pennington as a senior, could see his role increase. He averaged four points and two rebounds last year. Smith contributed with four points and three rebounds.

San Jose State has meetings with New Orleans, Houston, Weber State and UC- Santa Cruz before traveling to Kansas. The game will be shown on ESPN U at 7:00 p.m. central time.


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