With two arguably dominant wins in a row at home under its belt, the SJSU football team will hit the road to take on San Diego State, the first truly tough test for the Spartans since nearly beating Stanford in the seasons opening game.We look at it as a big deal any time we play a school within our system, head coach Mike MacItyre said about SDSU in regards to the California State University system. Our kids are pumped to play in this game.The most daunting task for SJSU this weekend is to put a halt to the Aztecs two-headed monster of a run game it continues to show success with week after week. Sophomore Adam Muema and senior Walter Kazee make up an SDSU running duo that has gained 494 yards this season. Putting each of their contributions in perspective, the two are only four rushes and 10 yards apart in season statistics, with Muema leading in both categories. Kazee, however, has four rushing touchdowns on the season, one more than Muema.MacIntyre said the run defenses strategy will be very similar to what they put out on the field to help stop Stanford and star running back Stepfan Taylor.We go to fill our gaps, line up correctly, MacIntyre said. We got to be physical and we do have a bunch of physical guys.(San Diego State) does a really good job like Stanford at times of getting you out of position so we have been working on lining up correctly. We have been working on alignments because that to me is really important.Last week in a 49-41 win over North Dakota State in San Diego, the two Aztec running backs combined for 229 yards rushing on 31 carries and three touchdowns. MacIntyre said containing them will be crucial in order for SJSU to capture its first road win in 2012.We have to wrap them up. We have to gang tackle, he said. We have to know how to fit their runs.In addition to Muema and Kazee, SDSU has a pretty impressive quarterback in senior Ryan Katz, a transfer from Oregon State playing in his first season with the Aztecs.The thing he can do really well is he has an incredible arm but he can also run, MacIntyre said. He really has a way to improvise, put the ball down and run. Im very impressed with their offensive ability.Last week, Katz added 80 yards on the ground to the 241 yards he gained through the air and showed how two-dimensional he can be. He also showed how efficient he can pass, completing 11-of-18 passes without throwing an interception while finding receivers in the end zone three times.The Aztecs two-man run game, along with an efficient quarterback who can also run, is proving to be a difficult matchup for SJSU, but MacIntyre said the defense has been working on turning SDSUs offense into a one-dimensional game.Once they get the run game going they kind of get you in a dilemma there so we have to try and get them one-dimensional the best way we can, he said. Hopefully well be able to stop the run enough that we wont have to commit as many to the run and play the pass a bit better.Junior wide receiver Noel Grigsby, who broke the schools all-time receptions record in the teams win over Colorado State, will play this Saturday after missing some time in practice after falling on his right shoulder in practice on Tuesday. Grigsby now has 165 career receptions at SJSU, five more that the records previous holder, Kevin Jurovich.Senior offensive lineman David Quessenberry also should play after missing the game against Colorado State with an ankle injury.MacIntyre said the teams depth, which showed by replacing Quessenberry on Saturday, is a key to the team staying competitive thus far this season.The better players you have, the more depth you have, the more experience you have; the more games you win, he said. Were getting to that point. Hopefully we stay relatively healthy and are able to play a lot of guys.MacIntyre said he wants more consistency out of his running backs. SJSU has been up and down all season long. It gained just 72 yards against Stanford; 216 on UC Davis then down to 139 against Colorado State.If we can (become more consistent) it will help us run the clock some and finish some games out, he said. I want us to keep growing in that area and I think we are.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Alanna Smith's jumper with 23 seconds left capped Stanford's rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal edged top-seeded Notre Dame 76-75 Sunday to reach its first Final Four since 2014.
Brittany McPhee scored 27 as the second-seeded Cardinal (32-5) won its eighth in a row overall. This was the third straight year Stanford and Notre Dame have met in the NCAA Tournament, with the Cardinal winning twice.
Down 47-31 in the third quarter, Stanford surged to end Notre Dame's 17-game winning streak. The Irish (33-4) had a final shot, but McCall blocked Arike Ogunbowale's drive near the basket.
The win in the Lexington Regional gives Stanford a chance to pursue its third national championship under coach Tara VanDerveer.
Among those in the crowd at Rupp Arena was Jon Samuelson, whose daughter, Karlie, scored 15 for Stanford. A day earlier, he was at the Bridgeport Regional to see another daughter, UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson, help the Huskies win their 110th straight game.
Smith finished with 15 points.
Ogunbowale had 25 and Marina Mabrey 20 for Notre Dame, which had sought its sixth Final Four in seven seasons.
After driving for a basket with 51 seconds left, Smith added her biggest shot for the go-ahead score. Stanford then denied Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen and Ogunbowale on successive attempts in the final 15 seconds to spark a wild celebration.
THE BIG PICTURE:
Stanford once again proved no deficit was too big to overcome. The Cardinal shot 12 of 26 on 3-pointers, Samuelson and McPhee each making five. Not bad, considering Stanford shot 2 of 15 overall in the second quarter while getting outscored 23-7. ... McCall had 15 rebounds.
Notre Dame seemed to do everything right for most of the game but couldn't stop Stanford's perimeter game in the second half. The Irish also made just 11 of 31 shots after halftime and were topped 33-32 on the boards.
Stanford faces the South Carolina-Florida State winner in the Final Four in Dallas next weekend.
BERKELEY – Wyking Jones, who has served the past two seasons as a Golden Bear assistant coach and has nearly 15 years of experience in collegiate coaching, has agreed to become the next men's basketball coach at the University of California. Over the course of his career, he has been a part of teams that have won a national championship and advanced to a pair of Final Fours, set all-time win records and been conference-leading defensive units.
"I am very excited to announce Wyking Jones as our next men's basketball coach at Cal," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "We conducted a thorough search, looking near and far and talking to people all around the country. We consulted with several Cal basketball alumni, as well as a multiple NBA and college coaches – some of the most experienced basketball minds in the game. Ultimately, we came back to where we started and found what we wanted right here in Berkeley.
"Wyking exudes all of the characteristics we want in a head coach," Williams added. "He is a person of high character who understands what it takes to thrive on and off the court. He has an affinity for Cal and its values, he has developed strong relationships with the student-athletes he coaches, and he has experienced success at the highest levels of the sport. Over the two years he has been in Berkeley, we have seen without a doubt that Wyking can coach, teach and be a leader of young men. We fully believe our men's basketball program is on an upward trajectory, and Wyking is poised to continue that momentum and take our program to even greater heights."
A California native who grew up in Inglewood, Jones played for and graduated from Loyola Marymount. Following a brief professional career, his coaching stops have taken him to Louisville, New Mexico and Pepperdine, in addition to his alma mater. Jones has mentored over a half-dozen current NBA players, including Cal's Jaylen Brown, who was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
While an assistant coach at Cal, Jones helped the Bears to a combined 44-24 record and reach the postseason twice. In 2015-16, Cal finished 23-11 overall, third in the Pac-12 and received a No. 4 seed to the NCAA Tournament – the highest in the history of the program. This past year, the Bears posted a 21-13 mark and earned a berth to the National Invitation Tournament.
Charged with coaching Cal's big men, Jones helped forward Ivan Rabb become a two-time All-Pac-12 performer and Brown earn All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in 2015-16. In addition, center Kingsley Okoroh, who will return for his senior season next year, set a school record with 74 blocks this past season.
Over his two years at Cal, the Bears' defense has led the Pac-12 in points per game and field goal percentage allowed both seasons – 67.3 ppg and 39.6 percent in 2015-16 and 63.4 ppg and 40.0 percent in 2016-17.
Jones' connections to the Bay Area run deep as his wife Estrella was born and raised in Berkeley and his sister-in-law, Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir, serves as UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and has been a Cal faculty member since 2008.
"I am extremely excited to be taking over at Cal as the new men's basketball head coach," Jones said. "To be able to lead this incredible group of men is a dream come true for me. When I left Louisville and decided to come home to California, I was stepping out on faith, but I knew in my heart this was where I needed to be. Coach Martin left an unbelievable foundation for the program and we will work hard to continue to elevate Cal basketball. I want fans to know that I'm excited to coach these guys, not only for what they can do on the court but to continue to cultivate them as young men."
Jones enjoyed tremendous success at his stops prior to moving to Cal. During his four seasons under head coach Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2012-15, the Cardinals compiled a 123-30 record, reached two Final Fours and captured the 2013 NCAA title. Louisville also completed the 2014-15 season with a 27-9 record, advancing to the regional final.
Prior to Louisville, Jones served two seasons on the coaching staff at New Mexico with then-head coach Steve Alford where the Lobos won a combined 52 games, including a school-record 30-victory campaign in 2009-10, finishing with a No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press national poll.
From 2002-06, Jones spent five seasons at Pepperdine where he was the Waves' recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount, during the 1996-97 season. In addition, Jones served as the travel team manager for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) from 2006-09.
As a student-athlete, Jones was a standout at LMU from 1991-95 under head coach John Olive, scoring 1,076 points and collecting 493 rebounds. He was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection, highlighted by a 19.7 ppg average as a junior. Jones earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount in 1995.
Following graduation, Jones played professional basketball from 1995-2001 in Italy, France, Japan, Lebanon and South Korea. He also served on the staff at Nike Elite Youth Basketball four two years from 2007-08. Jones and his wife, Estrella, have a son, Jameel and a daughter, Zoe.
What They're Saying …
"I'm ecstatic about the news. Coach Wyking is great with the players, knows his spots and gives us the confidence to go out there without looking over our shoulders." – freshman guard Charlie Moore
"I was recruited by Coach Wyking when I was first looking at schools. We were two California guys in Kentucky who started out as rivals but remained close. I saw him being able to do great things, and to start his head coaching career with him as my head coach is the best thing I could picture happening. Having him as my head coach now is one of the best things I could ever see." – senior forward Marcus Lee
"Wyking is a five-star recruiter, a five-star coach and a five-star person. I'm so happy for him and his family." – Louisville head coach Rick Pitino
Wyking Jones Year-by-Year
Fulltime Assistant Coach
Year School Record Postseason
2016-17 California 21-13 NIT (1st round)
2015-16 California 23-11 NCAA (1st round)
2014-15 Louisville 27-9 NCAA (Elite Eight)
2013-14 Louisville 31-6 NCAA (Sweet 16)
2012-13 Louisville 35-5 NCAA (Champion)
2011-12 Louisville 30-10 NCAA (Final Four)
2010-11 New Mexico 22-13 NIT (2nd round)
2009-10 New Mexico 30-5 NCAA (2nd round)
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