San José State Men’s Basketball Update

The San José State Spartans men’s basketball team has won three games in a row to improve their record to 5-11 overall and 3-9 in Mountain West Conference play. But let’s not get too excited and have a “bring on Gonzaga!” parade.

Of the five wins: one is against division 2 Fresno Pacific, another is against NAIA Benedictine University at Mesa. SJSU’s first win against a division 1 opponent came last Saturday against a New Mexico team who’s ranked #281 in the KenPom rankings, and the last two wins have been against an Air Force team who’s KenPom ranking is #328. Keep in mind, there’s 357 Division 1 teams.

So two wins against non-division 1 teams and the 3-game winning streak coming against two teams in the bottom 76 in the country is not something to parade about.

SJSU’s remaining regular season schedule:

@ San Diego State (February 8 & 10)

vs. Nevada (February 13 & 15, SJSU’s first two games at home inside the Event Center this season)

vs. UNLV (February 19 & 21)

@ Wyoming (February 25 & 27)

I personally, unfortunately, don’t see another win for SJSU in those final eight games. But who knows, miracles happen.

Jean Prioleau is in year four of a five year contract. He has an overall record of 20-88 (.185) and a Mountain West regular season record of 8-58 (.121), if you include the MWC Tournament then his MWC record is 8-61 (.116).

There’s also been a mass exodus of players transferring out of the program (both mid-season and in off-season). Sounds more like a philosophical problem more than a program problem.

San José State hasn’t been good at basketball for a long time. When Dave Wojcik was the head coach from 2013-17 the Spartans were better than they’ve been in a long time, it was time for unbridled optimism. But then the administration forced Woj out.

The administration hired Prioleau late in the 2017 off-season, so he got a free pass good or bad his first year, but we’re now four disastrous seasons into the Prioleau era.

Since San José State is on the cheap side, Prioleau will likely be the head coach in the 2021-22 season for the fifth and final year of his contract, which he can also thank coronavirus for that as well. Even though this past offseason the University got rid of their most successful softball coach in history, which is still mind boggling.

When you would rather act like a true division 1 program and not actually try to get wins like one, you have a problem with your school and administration.

San José State University needs to part ways with President Mary Papazian, Director of Athletics Marie Tuite, men’s basketball coach Jean Prioleau and football coach Brent Brennan.


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