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The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

Bronson Koenig's buzzer beating three pointer defeated Xavier to cap an incredible opening four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

The 2016 version of March Madness has been just that: Madness. Brackets were busted early and then completely blown up by the end of the first round. For as much fun as the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been, there have been some bad parts of it as well. Below we will take a look at the good and bad from the first four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Good

  1. Upsets Galore – #15 Middle Tennessee defeated one of the National Title favorites and #2 seed Michigan State in the first round. Double digit seeds won left and right (#13 Hawaii over #4 Cal, #11 Wichita State over #6 Arizona, #12 Yale over #5 Baylor, #11 Northern Iowa over #6 Texas, #10 VCU over #7 Oregon State, #10 Syracuse over #7 Dayton, #11 Gonzaga over #6 Seton Hall, #12 Arkansas-Little Rock over #5 Purdue, and #14 Stephen F. Austin over #3 West Virginia). That all made for some great action, particularly on Friday.
  2. The ACC – The Atlantic Coast Conference has put a record 6 teams through to the Sweet 16 (Miami (FL), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse, and Virginia). That is incredible to have 38% of the remaining field, but it also came down to some favorable matchups like Syracuse against Middle Tennessee. However, that is no fault of the ACC as their teams delivered.
  3. “Mid-Majors” – This was a good tournament for the upsets (see above), but the “Mid-Majors” got plenty of support in close games and some great stories. Stephen F. Austin got 33 points from Thomas Walkup, who played incredibly against West Virginia and had a solid game against Notre Dame. Yale won their first ever Tournament game against Baylor. Hawaii defeated Cal. Northern Iowa captivated the nation not once, but twice against teams from the state of Texas. First it was Texas and this buzzer beater, but then it was their collapse against Texas A&M. Saint Joseph’s played a great second round game against top seeded Oregon. Finally, Middle Tennessee going toe-to-toe with Michigan State was easily the biggest story of the first round. Mid-Majors should not be discounted in the future when picking brackets.
  4. The #1 Seeds – The top four seeds in the Tournament all looked good on the first weekend, but also faced some competition at times. Kansas took a big lead against UConn before that dwindled, but the Jayhawks fended off that challenge. North Carolina had a close first half against Florida Gulf Coast and Providence, but dominated the second half of those games to pull away. Virginia and Oregon had tough second round games against Butler and Saint Joseph’s, respectively. However, they were able to get through those games and move to the Sweet 16. The top seeds look mighty tough, but this is March Madness afterall and we have seen that anything is possible.

The Bad

  1. Brackets – Michigan State was picked to win a lot of brackets and their upset loss ended any hopes of a prefect bracket on CBS Sports. The Spartans’ loss did other damage to Final Four picks as well according to CBS Sports. Here is my 2017 New Year’s Resolution: Do not fill out a bracket.
  2. The Referees – The inconsistency of the officials calling the Tournament made it frustrating to watch at times. Between Duke and UNC-Wilmington, the referees called every soft foul imaginable while other games would let them play. Constant foul calling stems the flow of the game for TV viewers, but how frustrating must that be for a player on the floor? One thing that needs to be looked at is how much contact to allow. It does come down to each referee, but how can one game have a foul called 80 feet from the basket for putting a hand on a player’s hip and another not call a push off?
  3. Game Management – You can call this the Northern Iowa Special. The Panthers blew a 12 point lead with 35 seconds left in the game and then lost in double overtime to Texas A&M. They are not the only team to make questionable calls though. Xavier was up three in the final 10 seconds, but opted not to foul the Badgers’ shooters. Wisconsin subsequently tied the game and then Bronson Koenig hit a three at the buzzer to end Xavier’s season. Purdue deserves mention as well for letting Little Rock comeback late in the game and losing in double OT. There was also near comebacks by Wichita State (trailed 27-6 to Miami) and Yale (down as much as 27 to Duke), but those two were not able to complete the miracle comebacks.
  4. Seeding/Selection Committee – The NCAA Basketball Selection Committee did a bad job selecting teams last Sunday. It turns out they did a bad job of seeding the teams as well. Stephen F. Austin deserved better than a 14 seed as did Middle Tennessee at 15. And this was before the games were played. It is easy to pile on the Committee after the fact, but some of the seeding was questionable beforehand. In addition, the scheduling for Wichita State was brutal. The Shockers had a late game on Tuesday, late game on Thursday, and an early game on Saturday, which may have contributed to them starting as flat as they did.
  5. Wisconsin versus Pittsburgh – This was about as ugly a game to watch in recent tournament memory. The Badgers won 47-43 after scoring only 16 points in the first half. The teams combined to go 35 of 101 from the field and 7 of 30 from beyond the arc. The 90 total points were the fewest since 2000 in the NCAA Tournament. The game was wretched, but Badger fans felt greatest about the result and were lifted in the second round too.

Let’s hope the final two weekends give us as much entertainment as the first weekend provided.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/8/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/8/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Monday, December 8, 2014. Three Ivy League teams played – Harvard, Yale, and Brown. All of the games were intriguing with Yale going on the road to face the Florida Gators as the most intriguing given their upset of UConn on Friday night.


Harvard Pulls Away From Boston U Late

Wesley Saunders nearly put up a triple-double to help Harvard put away Boston U in the final 5 minutes. Harvard went on to win 70-56 on Monday evening.

It was an even first half for both teams. Harvard led 12-8 after seven and a half minutes, but Boston came back with an 11-2 run to lead 19-14. Harvard would battle back to lead a few minutes later. Late in the half, Corbin Miller hit back-to-back three pointers and Harvard clung to a 34-33 lead at the break.

Boston U was led in the first half with 7 points from Nathan Dieudonne and Blaise Mbargorba. Dieudonne grabbed 7 of Boston’s 13 rebounds in the first half. The Terriers hit 48% from the field while making 50% of their three pointers (3 of 6). Harvard was led by Wesley Saunders with 8 points and 6 assists. Zena Edosomwan and Corbin Miller both contributed 6 points apiece. The Crimson shot 44% from the field and hit 33.3% on three pointers (5 of 15).

Harvard gained the upper hand early in the second half with a 9-2 run in the first 5 minutes to lead 43-35. The Terriers fought back to knot the game at 45 on John Papale’s three pointer with 11:19 left in the game. After a timeout, Saunders responded with a three pointer of his own while Harvard ripped off a 12-2 run to take control of the game. The closest Boston got in the final 5 minutes of the game was 8 points at 57-49.

In the second half Boston shot 32% from the field and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). John Papale had 8 points in the second half. Harvard was led by Corbin Miller in the second half with 8 points. Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders both scored 7 points. Harvard shot 34.6% from the field in the second half and hit only 2 of 8 three pointers. Their main advantage was from the charity stripe where they went 16 of 17 in the second half (94.1%).

For the game, Boston was led by Blaise Mbargorba with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Also chipping in 10 points and 4 assists was John Papale. The Terriers went 20 of 49 from the field (40.8%) and hit 5 of 13 three pointers (38.5%). They went 11 of 20 from the free throw line (55%), had 7 steals, and committed just 8 turnovers.

Harvard was led by Wesley Saunders with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. Corbin Miller scored 14 points while Siyani Chambers finished with 10 points and 7 assists. The Crimson went 20 of 52 from the field (38.5%) and hit 7 of 23 three pointers (30.4%). The Crimson shot an excellent 92% from the free throw line by hitting 23 of 25 attempts. They out-rebounded Boston 37-27, had 17 assists, 6 blocks, and committed 9 turnovers.

Boston U (2-6) faces Quinnipiac (3-4) Sunday afternoon at home. Harvard (7-1) is sporting a 6 game win streak going into a nice 13 day break. However, they will be faced with a tough game at Virginia (9-0) on December 21.


Florida Obliterates Yale

Just three days after pulling a stunning upset of UConn, Yale got their doors blown off by the Florida Gators and it was not even close. Florida dominated 85-47.

Yale struggled mightily on defense in the first half. Yale led 5-4 at the first TV timeout before the Gators took over with a 15-4 run to make it 19-9 halfway through the first 20 minutes. It did not get any better as the Bulldogs gave up bucket after bucket. Florida led 46-20 at halftime.

Justin Sears had 9 first half points for Yale with the Bulldogs shooting 30.4%. They went 1 of 7 from beyond the arc (14.3%) and committed 9 turnovers. The Gators were on fire shooting 67.7% from the field (21 of 31) and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). Michael Frazier II had 15 points in the first half on 6 of 8 shooting (3 of 5 from deep) while Jacob Kurtz came off the bench to contribute 8 points.

The second half was not much better for Yale. The Gators opened with an 11-5 heading into the first TV timeout to lead 57-25. The Gators continued to dominate with another run of 15-4 nearly halfway through the second half. The Gators continued to pour it on, before the Bulldogs scored 8 points in the final two minutes to make the score look only slightly better.

Justin Sears finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Jack Montague and Armani Cotton both added 8 points. Yale went 16 of 47 from the field for the game (34%) and hit 4 of 13 three pointers (30.8%). They made 11 of 15 free throws (73.3%), but committed 15 turnovers.

The Gators were scintillating the entire game. Michael Frazier II had 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, Chris Walker scored 13 points and grabbed 6 boards, and Jacob Kurtz had 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Gators went 37 of 58 for the game (63.8%) and hit 10 of 19 three pointers (52.6%). They attempted only 4 free throws, hitting one, out-rebounded Yale 33 to 23, had 10 steals, blocked 6 shots, and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale (8-3) has 10 days off before traveling to face Vermont (4-4) on December 18. Florida (4-4) faces Texas Southern (1-6) on Friday.

Brown Pulls Off Road Shocker At Providence

Brown went into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and shocked Providence 77-67 on Monday evening. Five Bears finished in double figures and the Bears used 10 three pointers to help them pull the upset.

Providence took a slim lead at 7-2 in the opening three minutes before ripped off a 15-0 run led by Cedric Kuakumensah’s 10 points in that run. Providence was able to make a little head way by going on a 10-2 run to trail 19-17 past the midway point of the first half. The Friars would eventually tie the game by going on a 13-5 run to end the half. Tyler Harris scored 5 of the last 7 points and the game was all square at going into halftime.

Brown was led by Cedric Kuakumensah’s 10 early points in the first half. He also grabbed 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 39.3% from the field and hit 38.5% of their three pointers. The Friars shot 39.3% from the field as well, but hit just 1 of 11 three pointers (11.1%) in the first half. LaDontae Henton had 9 points and 4 rebounds while Kris Dunn scored 7 points.

The second half remained even until nearly three quarters of the clock was gone. Back-to-back three pointers by JR Hobbie made it 58-53 then came a heads up play by Hobbie to push the ball up the court quickly and he found Leland King for an easy layup and a 60-53 lead. Henton responded with a three of his own to cut it back to a 4 point deficit. However, the Bears were too much on the free throw line hitting their last 13 in a row to seal the game.

Leland King led Brown with 16 points for the game. Cedric Kuakumensah scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while Steven Spieth also had 15 points and grabbed 7 boards. JR Hobbie had 13 points while Tavon Blackmon had 11 points and 7 assists. The Bears shot 24 of 55 from the field for the game (43.6%) and hit 10 of 23 three pointers (43.5%). Brown hit 19 of 24 free throws (79.2%) and committed 13 turnovers.

Both LeDontae Henton and Kris Dunn scored 16 points for the Friars. Henton also had 8 rebounds while Dunn had 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tyler Harris scored 13 points and grabbed 6 boards. The Friars went 25 of 63 from the field (39.7%) and hit only 4 of 19 three pointers (21.1%). Providence went 13 of 21 from the free throw line (61.9%), out-rebounded Brown 39 to 36, had 7 steals, blocked 7 shots (Carson Desrosiers had 5), and committed 12 turnovers.

Brown (5-6) has won 4 of their last 5 games and does not play again for two weeks. They face Central Connecticut State (1-7) on December 22 on the road. Providence (6-3) has now lost three in a row and face Rhode Island (5-2) Wednesday at home.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, November 28, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton. Brown finished off their Las Vegas Invitational tournament while Princeton continued their Wooden Legacy tournament. Dartmouth was home to IPFW and Yale went on the road to face Providence.


Brown Breaks 5 Game Losing Streak With Win Over Prairie View A&M

Leland King’s 17 points and Steven Spieth’s 16 points paced the Brown Bears to their second win of the season over Prairie View A&M on Friday. The Bears won 81-71 to come back from Las Vegas splitting their two games.

The first half was an even affair for both teams. To that end, the largest lead held by either team was 4 points and neither team could establish a large run to create separation. In addition, both teams shot decently in the first half. Prairie View shot 44.1% from the field and 2 of 4 on three pointers in the first half. The Panthers were led by Tre Hagood and John Brisco with 9 points each. Meanwhile, Brown shot 46.4% from the field and hit 2 of 8 three pointers in the first half. Leland King had 9 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Bears.

It the second half, Brown slowly ground their way to a sizable margin. They hit the 10 point margin with 11:25 left with a 58-48 game and got the lead as high as 17 points two minutes later with a 9-2 run. Even with 3 minutes left in the game Brown lead 74-57. The Panthers were able to close out the game on a 14-7 run, but it was not nearly enough to make it a contest as they lost 81-71.

In the second half, Tre Hagood had 14 points to lead the Panthers. Prairie View went 14 of 35 from the field (40%) and hit 1 of 3 three pointers. Brown was led by Steven Spieth’s 11 points and 6 rebounds in the second half. The Bears shot 68.2% from the field in the final 20 minutes including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Bears also out-rebounded the Panthers 22-11 in the second half.

Tre Hagood finished with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, but went only 3 of 11 from the charity stripe. John Brisco scored 16 points and Reggis Omwukamuche finished with 12 points. Prairie View shot 29 of 69 from the floor (42%) and hit 3 of their 7 three pointers (42.9%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line going 10 of 21 (47.6%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Four Bears ended up scoring in double figures. Leland King had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Steven Spieth scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, JR Hobbie scored 12 points, and Rafael Maia had 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 28 of 50 from the field (56%) and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). The Bears went 19 of 23 from the free throw line (82.6%), out-rebounded the Panthers 41-27, and committed 21 turnovers. The 21 turnovers on Friday marks the fourth time the Bears have committed over 20 turnovers in a single game.

Prairie View (0-7) will play Schreiner on Wednesday night. Brown (2-5) will head back home to play Johnson and Wales on Sunday afternoon.


Dartmouth Earns First Win On Three Pointer Buzzer Beater

Connor Boehm drained a three point shot as time expired to lift Dartmouth to a 68-67 win over IPFW on Friday. The three pointer capped a double-double day for Boehm who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

IPFW started well with a 9-4 run to open the game, but the Big Green answered back with an 11-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. With 11:39 left in the first half, Dartmouth held a 17-14 lead. It would be nearly three and a half minutes between made buckets with IPFW having the honors of bookending the dry spell. From 11:39 to 3:19 in the first half, Dartmouth failed to score a single point while IPFW took a 27-17 lead. Dartmouth made two three pointers to end the half down only 31-28.

IPFW shot 45.8% from the field in the first half while hitting 3 of 9 three pointers. Steve Forbes accounted for 14 of the team’s 31 points. Dartmouth shot 37.9% from the field and hit 4 of 9 threes. Gabas Maldunas led with 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Big Green.

The second half was a back and forth battle with Dartmouth grabbing a 37-36 lead. Neither team took control of the game on the scoreboard as the game was 65-64 in favor of Dartmouth with 53 seconds left. IPFW took a 66-65 lead on Isaiah McCray’s dunk before a missed shot by Maldunas would put the Mastodons on the free throw line. Joe Reed hit the first free throw to make it 67-65, but missed the second. Connor Boehm corralled the rebound with 9 seconds left. Alex Mitola’s pass to Boehm with just seconds remaining ended with Boehm hitting the three point for the 68-67 victory.

In the second half, IPFW shot 48.7% from the floor and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They may rue their 12 of 21 free throw shooting in the second half (57.1%) and 8 turnovers. Joe Edwards led IPFW with 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Alex Mitola had 16 second half points on 7 of 9 shooting with Gabas Maldunas scoring another 10 points in the second half. The Big Green shot 50% from the field and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half.

IPFW had 4 starters score in double figures. Steve Forbes had 19 points, Joe Reed scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, Joe Edwards scored 12 points, and Isaiah McCray had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Mastodons went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and 5 of 16 from the perimeter (31.2%). They hit 18 of 30 free throws (60%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 39-35, and committed 14 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Connor Boehm had his double double of 10 points and 14 boards. The Big Green went 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%) and 7 of 16 from three point land (43.8%). They went to the charity stripe only 8 times, making 3 of those (37.5%) and committed only 6 turnover, easily a season’s best.

IPFW (3-2) continues their season on the road at Stetson (2-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-2) will play again at home on Sunday against New Hampshire (2-2) searching for back-to-back wins.


Yale Loses First Big Test To Providence On The Road

Yale kept it close throughout on the road against Providence, but could never sustain their run to take a lead as they lost 72-66. LeDontae Henton scored 29 points for the Friars to continue his string of excellent performances.

Yale looked promising in the first half as they started the game by hitting some of their three pointers to take a 15-14 lead. Yale held a 23-22 with 6:51 left in the first half, which was the last time they would lead for the rest of the game. The Friars ended the first half on a 12-4 run to grab a hold of the game going into halftime with a 34-27 lead.

Javier Duren was the spark for Yale in both halves, but in the first he had 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting while he also hit 2 three pointers. Yale shot 37.5% from the field and only 28.6% from the three point line. Providence was led by none other than LaDontae Henton with 10 points. The Friars hit 50% of their shots while that percentage also held for their three point shots.

Yale opened up the second half on a quick burst to close deficit down to 2 points at 34-32, but four points from Tyler Harris and another seven from Henton made it a 45-36 game with 14:26 left to play. The flow of the game was uneven for both teams in the second half. Every time Providence would appear to be pulling away, Yale would come back to close it down to a or 7 point deficit. However, Yale found it difficult to make it less than a 3 point game for much of the second half. The Bulldogs were down 69-66 with 21 seconds remaining after Greg Kelley drained a three pointer, but they would not get any closer than that. The Friars hit 3 of their last 4 free throws while Yale missed their final two three pointers to finish the game.

In the second half Javier Duren had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Townsend chipped in with 8 points and 3 boards. Yale shot 44.1% from the field in the second half and hit only 4 of 17 three pointers (23.5%). Providence was led by Henton’s 19 second half points while Tyler Harris had 9 points. Providence shot 52.2% from the field, hit only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%), and struggled from the free throw line hitting 13 of 23 (56.5%).

Javier Duren ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Yale. Makai Mason was the only Bulldog to finish in double figures as he had 12 points including hitting 3 three pointers. Justin Sears was held in check going 3 of 6 for 7 points and 6 rebounds. Sears also had 6 turnovers and fouled out against the Friars. The Bulldogs went 24 of 58 from the field (41.4%) and hit 8 of 31 three pointers (25.8%). They also went 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Providence was led by Henton’s 29 points and 6 rebounds. He was aided by 14 points and 7 rebounds from Tyler Harris. Ted Bancroft finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds while Kyron Cartwright had 8 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Friars went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2%) and hit only 3 of 13 three pointers (23.1%). Overall, they struggled from the charity stripe hitting 25 of 40 free throws (62.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale (5-2) saw their 5 game winning streak snapped on Friday. They have a chance to start a new one on Sunday with a home game against Hartford (5-1). Providence (6-0) has their toughest test of the season thus far (and probably the entire season) with a road trip to Rupp Arena to face the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) on Sunday.


San Diego’s First Half Shooting Dooms Princeton

Johnny Dee dropped 29 points for San Diego to lead them past Princeton in the Wooden Legacy tournament. San Diego won by a final score of 75-65.

There was no indication early in the first half of Princeton’s struggles that were to come. The Tigers held a 10-6 lead with Amir Bell accounting for half of those points. The Tigers still led 12-8 with 13:49 remaining before San Diego ripped off a 15-5 run to claim the lead at 23-17. The Toreros led by as much as 15 points near the end of the first half and held a 40-28 lead at the break with neither team scoring any points in the final minute.

Amir Bell led the Tigers in the first half with 8 points. Princeton shot 37% from the field in the first half thanks largely to the opening 7 minutes. They went 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed only 4 turnovers. San Diego was led by Johnny Dee’s 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting in the first half. The Toreros shot 57.7% from the field in the first half and 5 of 6 on three pointers (83.3%). San Diego also won the battle on the glass with 19 rebounds to only 10 for Princeton.

From a statistical standpoint, the second half was a mirror image of the first half. Princeton was able to cut the deficit to 7 points at 51-44. The Tigers continued to shoot the ball well and closed the game to as little as 4 points, but San Diego’s three point and free throw shooting was enough to buoy their advantage. It was enough to win by double digits at 75-65.

Spencer Weisz scored 13 second half points and grabbed 7 boards for Princeton. Amir Bell contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds with Princeton shooting 54.2% from the field and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Tigers made all 9 of their free throws and kept their turnovers to a minimum at 4 in the final 20 minutes. San Diego shot a poor 28.6% from the field in the second half, but they hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%) and 13 of 18 free throws (72.2%). Johnny Dee had 16 points while Chris Anderson scored 11 points for San Diego.

Princeton’s top scorer for the game was Spencer Weisz with 18 points and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. Amir Bell was right on his heels with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting and he also grabbed 4 rebounds. Alec Brennan had a quiet 9 points as well for Princeton. The Tigers shot 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They shot well from the charity stripe going 13 of 15 (86.7%) and committed only 8 turnovers for the entire game.

Other than Johnny Dee’s 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting (5 of 8 from deep), San Diego had only one other player score more than 10 points. That ended up being Chris Anderson with 11 points and he also nabbed 7 boards while finishing with 7 assists. Brett Bailey had 7 points and 9 boards. San Diego shot 23 of 54 from the field (42.6%) and an excellent 11 of 17 from beyond the arc (64.7%). They hit 18 of 26 free throws (69.2%), out-rebounded Princeton 39-27, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (1-5) has dropped five games in a row. They have a chance to break that streak on Sunday night against San Jose State (1-5) Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2). San Diego (4-2) faces Western Michigan (4-2) on Sunday and then has two excellent opponents on the road for their next two games. They face San Diego State (5-1) and UCLA (4-2) in a span of 3 days next week.