Jan. 4, 2012
UC Riverside (6-8, 0-1)
UC Davis (1-12, 0-1)
Jan. 5, 2012 • 7 p.m. • The Pavilion (5,931)
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio/Video: www.ucdavisaggies.com/BigWestTV
Live Stats: www.ucdavisaggies.com
UC Irvine (4-10, 1-1)
Jan. 7, 2012 • 7 p.m. • The Pavilion (5,931)
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio/Video: www.ucdavisaggies.com/BigWestTV
Live Stats: www.ucdavisaggies.com
TV/RADIO/INTERNET: All UC Davis games are aired on KSAC (105.5 FM)... This is the first year the Aggies and KSAC have teamed to air UC Davis men's basketball... Pregame begins 30 minutes before tipoff... SCOTT MARSH will call the play-by-play for all games and BILL HERENDA will provide analysis for most contests... Audio for all games will also be streamed free of charge on www.ucdavisaggies.com... Video for leagues games is through Big West TV (fee applies).
LIVE STATS: Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis road games by visiting www.ucdavisaggies.com... Media are advised to select "Media View" on Gametracker for stats updated the quickest while covering home games.
TICKETS: Season and single-game tickets for Aggie home games can be purchased through the "Tickets" link at www.ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752-1915.
OPENING TIPS: UC Davis returns home after a season-long five-game roadtrip, its longest since opening the 2006-07 with six straight away from The Pavilion... UC Davis is 3-1 in Big West Conference home-openers, including wins over UC Riverside in 2007-08 (58-54) and 2008-09 (69-58)... The Aggies' tough 65-64 loss at Cal State Fullerton last weeked marked the first time they've played two one-point games in the same season since 2008-09 when they went 2-1 in such matchups... Sophomore G/F Josh Ritchart came off the bench to hit a career-high tying five 3-pters at Fullerton, the third time he's done it this year and the sixth as an Aggie... UC Davis has two of the top five three-point shooters in the league in G Tyler Les (T1st, 2.69 pg) and Ritchart (5th, 2.29)... Les has been on a tear lately, canning 21 treys in his last five games... He's made at least one in 12 straight games and at least two three-pointers in his last seven... The Aggies continue to lead the Big West in 3-pters made (8.2) and are second in pct. (.365)... They're on pace to break the school record for treys made (244) and attempted (674), both in 2008-09... UC Davis has attempted fewer than 10 free throws in three of its past five games after not trying at least 17 in its previous five... The Aggies have used a different starting lineup in each of its last nine games with only G Ryan Howley starting every game this year... F Alex Tiffin had a career-best and team season-best 10 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton, doubling his previous high... Ritchart has a career-high 10 blocks this season... The Aggies are also looking to snap a nine-game losing streak... They are in the midst of playing eight of 10 on the road.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. HIGHLANDERS: The Highlanders lead UC Davis 27-26 in a long all-time series that was first played in the 1960-61 season... UC Riverside won 85-81 in the second matchup between the teams last season, ending a three-game Aggie winning streak in the series... UC Davis owns an 11-5 advantage at The Pavilion including a 4-0 mark in the Division I era.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ANTEATERS: UC Irvine holds a 14-12 lead in its series with the Aggies which started in 1965-66... UC Davis is 4-3 against the Anteaters at The Pavilion including winning the last four... The Aggies and Anteaters played two epic games last season, both of them double-overtime... UC Davis won 108-107 at home before UC Irvine returned the favor with a 96-87 win on its home floor.
UC RIVERSIDE SCOUTING REPORT: The Highlanders enter the weekend last in Big West scoring (58.9) but are second in defense (63.2) and have won two of their past three games... They lead the league in field goal defense (.403) and are allowing opponents to make just 33.5 pct. from beyond the arc, second-best in the conference... G PHIL MARTIN (15.6) and G KAREEM NITOTO (10.3) lead the team in scoring and have combined for more than half (31) of the team's 60 3-pters... Martin (5.4) and F KEVIN BRADSHAW (5.0) are tops in rebounding... Martin had 22 points and G ROBERT SMITH added 16 in Monday's 63-52 home loss to Cal State Northridge... UC Riverside was held to 38.5 pct. from the floor but had four players combine to block seven shots.
UC IRVINE SCOUTING REPORT: The `Eaters are coming off a 74-60 loss to Big West favorite Long Beach State on Monday night, snapping a modest two-game winning streak... They opened the year with six straight losses and later lost three in a row... G DAMAN STARRING (11.9) and F/G MICHAEL WILDER (10.7) are both scoring in double figures while F/C WILL DAVIS II is one of four UC Irvine players who are averaging at least 5.0 rpg... The `Eaters, like the Highlanders, have also played effective defense, ranking third in the league in overall shooting (.403) defense... They have canned 107 treys (7.4 pg) including 32 by Wilder and 24 from Starring... UC Irvine is outrebounding its opponents an average of 39.0-38.3 rpg.
CAL STATE FULLERTON, UC DAVIS 64: G/F Josh Ritchart tied a career-high with five three-pointers and UC Davis completed a 16-point comeback to tie the game late in the second half, but the host Titans were able to squeak out a 65-64 win in the Big West Conference opener for both teams last Thursday... The Aggies trailed 36-20 with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left in the opening half and were down 43-30 at halftime... However, they shot 56 percent (14 of 25) from the floor after the break, got to within three points early in the second half and stayed close before tying the game 59-59 on G Eddie Miller's jumper in the paint with just over two minutes to go... UC Davis later trailed 63-61 while working for a final shot but Miller's attempt was off the mark... Fullerton made two ensuing free throws and Ritchart's fifth three-pointer at the buzzer made it one-point decision... The Aggies came out strong in the second half, opening with a 12-2 run over the first five minutes to climb to 45-42 after less than five minutes, helping get close the rest of the way.
RITCHART MAKES FIVE TREYS: It was deja vu all over again for G/F Josh Ritchart who had five three-pointers at Cal State Fullerton last week... He also did so against Bryant (Nov. 12) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 27) this season and against UCLA, Pacific and Cal State Fullerton last year, establishing his career-bests... Ritchart was named the Co-Freshman of the Year in the Big West last year.
BIG RALLY ALMOST REWARDED: The Aggies trailed by 16 points in the first half at Cal State Fullerton, were down by 13 at half but fought back to tie the game with just over two minutes left... They also had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.
AGGIES MATCH REBOUND HIGHS: UC Davis tied a season-high with 26 defensive rebounds on its way to beating Cal State Fullerton on the boards, 36-35... It was the second time the Aggies have owned an advantage on the glass over an opponent this season.
HOWLEY LEADING ON THE GLASS: G Ryan Howley is well in front of the 3.7 rpg. career average he had entering the year, leading UC Davis this year at 5.8 rpg... He is ninth in the Big West, had a career-high nine against Bryant on Nov. 12 and had no fewer than four until UCLA held him to just two on Dec. 17.
LES TIES SCHOOL RECORD: G Tyler Les tied a school record with eight 3-pters against San Jose State on Dec. 20... He made five in the second half and was 8 for 9 overall... Les' treys doubled his previous best - done three times this season already - while giving him a career-high 24 points... Three other Aggies also made eight in a game, most recently F KYLE BRUCCELERI against Northern Colorado in 2006.
SLOW START: The last time UC Davis was 1-12 after 13 games was during the 1960-61 season when it started 1-13 and finished 4-17 overall.
LONG ROAD TRIP: UC Davis just finished a five-game roadtrip, its longest of the season and the longest since going 0-6 on the road to start the 2006-07.
BIG WEST RANKINGS: Among the major categories, G Tyler Les is T-1st in made 3-pters (2.69) while G/F Josh Ritchart (2.23) is fifth... Freshman G Tyrell Corbin is third in free throws (.822) and Les is third in 3-pt. pct. (.438)...Ritchart is is 11th in scoring (12.2) while G Ryan Howley is ninth in rebounding (5.8).
NCAA STAT LEADERS: The Aggies enter the New Year ranked 43rd in 3-pters per game (8.2), their best showing among the stat categories... They are also 92nd in 3-pt pct. (.365) and 194th in assists (12.7).
A.P. FOCUSES ON LES'S: Associated Press writer Janie McCauley wrote a feature story on head coach Jim Les and son G Tyler Les and their unique dad-son/coach-player relationship... The story ran nationwide on Dec. 8... To read the story, go here: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/120811aaa.html.
NBA PEDIGREES: UC Davis features three players whose fathers have played in the NBA... G Tyler Les is the son of head coach Jim Les who spent seven seasons in the NBA, including four with the Sacramento Kings; G Tyrell Corbin is the son of current Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin who played 13 years professionally; and G Corey Hawkins is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hersey Hawkins, currently an executive with the Portland Trailblazers... Hawkins, who transferred from Arizona State this fall, will not play this season due to NCAA transfer rules... He'll have three years remaining.
FIFTH YEAR IN BIG WEST: The Aggies enter their fifth season in the Big West Conference after officially joining the league in 2007... UC Davis is 21-44 (.323) in its previous four seasons, earning trips to the conference tournament in 2009 and 2010, the latter when it advanced to the semifinals... The Aggies are 46-88 (.343) at the Div. I level overall... They had a program-best 14 wins in 2009-10, finishing 14-18 overall.
ROSTER MAKEUP: Ten of UC Davis' 15 players are underclassmen... Broken down, the Aggies' roster is comprised of four freshman, six sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.
COMING VIA TRANSFER: Four players have made their way to UC Davis from other schools, three of them from Div. I programs... G Eddie Miller (Cal), F Harrison Dupont (The Citadel) and G Corey Hawkins (Arizona State) are four-year transfers while G Paolo Mancasola is a JC transfer from Shasta College.
LES ASSEMBLES STRONG STAFF: HEAD COACH Jim Les went near and far when putting together his assistant coaches... Kevin Nosek, a member of the Aggies' 1998 NCAA Division II Championship team, returns for his ninth year with the program while fellow alum Gus Argenal, who graduated in 2004, is back for his second stint with UC Davis... He was most recently at Chico State... Veteran Chris Davis, who Les faced in the Missouri Valley while he was at Bradley and Davis at Drake, joins the Aggies after three seasons in the Big East at Providence where he was the Friars' recruiting coordinator.
UC DAVIS SIGNS THREE: The Aggies announced G DARIUS GRAHAM (Sacramento HS, Sacramento, Calif.) and F TYLER OTT (Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah) signed National Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period on Nov. 9 and then added G OLIVIER-PAUL BETU (Worcester Academy; Worcester, Mass.) this past Wednesday... Graham averaged 10.6 ppg and was an All-Metro Conference first-team pick last year while helping the Dragons to the NorCal Regional semifinal final... Ott averaged 14.6 ppg last year and is an all-state honoree at Desert Hills... Betu, originally from Montreal, is the fourth-rated guard in Canada's prep class of 2012 and the 18th-rated player overall... He averaged 15.1 ppg. and 5.1 assists last year.
SYPKENS OUT FOR SEASON: Head coach Jim Les said that G Ryan Sypkens will be sidelined the remainder of the season due to injury (knee)... Sypkens averaged 14.5 points over the first four games of the season... Sypkens will seek a medical hardship waiver to help the junior guard preserve a season of eligibility.
SILVA LEAVES PROGRAM: Senior G Ryan Silva has decided to leave the program... He appeared in four games this season averaging 0.8 ppg and 8.0 min/game.
LOOKING AHEAD: After playing just two home games in its previous seven, the Aggies will return to the road for three straight including a pair next weekend at Long Beach State (Jan. 12) and Cal State Northridge (Jan. 14).