SAN JOSE -- San Jose State is preparing for Monday night's game against No. 12 Kansas like it's just another game on the schedule.
However, when you're facing one of the elite teams in the nation, a program that played in the title game of the NCAA tournament last season -- in a matchup on ESPNU -- it's a bit more than just another basketball game.
"As a little kid I dreamed about playing big-time basketball," Spartans junior forward Chris Cunningham said. "And, to play in that arena, one of the most historic in college basketball, is exciting."
That historic arena is Allen Fieldhouse, which has a reputation for loud sellout crowds of 16,300 fans.
"We played at Utah State last season," senior guard James Kinney said. "They pack 10,000 in every game. It's really loud. I feed off that ... the crowd, the lights and a nationally televised game. There's not much else you need to get going for a game like this."
San Jose State (2-2) is coming into the game with some momentum after defeating UC Santa Cruz and Weber State.
"Our formula is starting to come together," coach George Nessman said. "We look at the quality of play, not the record. It's always good when new players step in early and contribute. Usually, the new guys take time to get adjusted to D-I play. I'm encouraged by this."
A few transfers who are providing quality minutes are guard Xavier Jones, center Alex Brown and forward Louis Garrett.
While the Spartans are excited about this matchup against Kansas (4-1), they aren't getting caught up in the all the hype.
"If we defeat Kansas, we'll be excited, but we won't hang a banner in here (San Jose State Event Center)," Nessman said. "We still have to prepare for Montana State."