The San Jose State Spartans take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Check out our college basketball odds series for our San Jose State Arkansas prediction and pick. The San Jose State Spartans are continuing to rebuild under coach Tim Miles. San Jose State has been a bottom-rung program in recent years, toiling in obscurity in the bottom tier of the Mountain West Conference. While San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State, UNLV, New Mexico, and Utah State figure to be in the mix for the Mountain West title this season, San Jose State is simply not going to be a factor. The Spartans’ goal as a program is to make their way out of the lower tier of the conference and into its middle third. They can’t compete for a title until they can at least move above Air Force and Wyoming. San Jose State would love to get to a point where it is not playing in the Mountain West Tournament’s opening-round game. Getting an opening-round bye would not only make it possible for SJSU to advance in its conference tournament; it would reflect growth and development within the program.