Jan. 9, 2013
Cal Poly Mustangs (7-6, 3-0 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (4-9, 0-2 BWC)
Jan. 10, 2013 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,931) - Davis, Calif.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (5-10, 1-3 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (5-9, 1-2 BWC)
Jan. 10, 2013 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,931) - Davis, Calif.
UC Davis will continue its season-long three-game homestand, and will look to earn its first win against the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs since Feb. 4, 2010, when the teams take the court at The Pavilion Thursday night. UC Davis trails the all-time series 31-13, with only a four-game difference separating the two in the 16 games played (Cal Poly leads 10-6) against one another at the Division-I level.
On Saturday, UC Davis will end its three-game homestand against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. UC Davis' last victory against UCSB took place at The Pavilion on Jan. 22, 2009, a game that ended in the Aggies' favor by a score of 89-75. Since the 2004-05 season, the first for UC Davis as a Division I athletics program, the Aggies have recorded two of its three wins over the Gauchos at home.
Series Record: Cal Poly leads 31-13
Last UC Davis Win: 83-63 (H) (2/4/10)
Last Cal Poly Win: 69-56 (A) (3/1/12)
Current Streak: Cal Poly +4
Series Record: UC Santa Barbara leads 21-5
Last UC Davis Win: 89-75 (H) (1/22/09)
Last UC Santa Barbara Win: 90-43 (A) (3/3/12)
Current Streak: UC Santa Barbara +8
LISTEN LIVE TO UC DAVIS MEN'S BASKETBALL
For the second year, all UC Davis men's basketball games will be aired on KSAC (105.5 FM). Pregame begins 30 minutes before tip-off, Scott Marsh (@scottmarsh1140) will call the play-by-play with Bill Herenda (@billherenda) providing analysis for most contests this season. All games will also be streamed free of charge at ucdavisaggies.com.
FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis road games by visiting ucdavisaggies.com. Media are advised to select "Media View" on Gametracker as stats updated the quickest on this medium when covering home games.
AGGIE SPORTS UPDATE
UC Davis Athletics, in partnership with KSAC (105.5 FM) in Sacramento, debuted "Aggie Sports Update" on Dec. 4. A weekly radio show featuring interviews with coaches and student-athletes, updates on all 23 varsity teams and opportunities to win tickets and prizes, the 30-minute show is hosted by longtime Aggie broadcaster Scott Marsh (with KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman also taking the microphone from time to time) and will air every Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. Besides airing on KSAC, "Aggie Sports Update" will stream live on UC Davis' official athletics website, www.ucdavisaggies.com.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 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.
MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Media, UC Davis men's basketball fans and anyone else that is interested in learning more about the Aggie men's basketball program can download the 2012-13 media guide in PDF format at the men's basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com.
MARCH TO 1,000
Competing in its 101st season, the UC Davis men's basketball program inches itself towards the 1,000-victory milestone with every win accumulated this season. Entering the 2012-13 campaign with 990 wins, the Aggies need six more victories to accomplish this feat.
TOP-TEN ALL-TIME TOTALS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens and junior swingman Josh Ritchart are amongst the top-ten active Big West career scoring leaders this season. Currently ranked No. 6 with 703 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits two spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 8 slot with 686 points.
HE'S ALSO ON THE LIST
Ryan Howley is another Aggie who finds himself alongside the top names in the Big West as the senior guard is ranked No. 3 amongst all active players in the conference with 381 rebounds.
Senior guard Ryan Howley set two new tournament records during UC Davis' tenure at the World Vision Challenge in Logan, Utah. Just two days after setting a single-game rebounding record with 15 boards earned vs. Southern Illinois (12/20/12), Howley capped his three-game stint by earning 11 rebounds against Nicholls State (12/22/12) to finish with an all-time tournament total of 38 rebounds, shattering the previous mark of 33.
HOME SWEET HOME
UC Davis will continue its season-long three-game homestand Thursday evening against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Wrapping up its home stint this Saturday versus UC Santa Barbara, that game against the Gauchos will be the Aggies' third home game within an eight-day timespan; UC Davis competed in as many home games throughout the months of November and December combined. Of the 30 games on the Aggies' schedule this season, 13 will take place inside The Pavilion.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
One of only two teams to sport an undefeated conference record entering Thursday's slate of games, the Cal Poly Mustangs arrive to Davis looking to extend their three-game win streak. The Mustangs defeated UC Riverside, Long Beach State and UC Irvine in its first games of their conference schedule and will also open a three-game road swing of its own Thursday night against the host Aggies. Highlighted by its two-point victory at then-No. 11 UCLA, the first lost suffered by the Bruins since opening a newly-remodeled Pauley Pavilion, Cal Poly also earned non-conference victories against Northern Colorado, Menlo College and Eastern New Mexico. The Mustangs last started its conference schedule with a 3-0 record in 1996-97, their inaugural season in the Big West.
Scoring 10 or more points in 17 of his last 23 games played, and four double-doubles to his credit this season, junior forward Chris Eversley leads all Mustangs averaging 15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, and is responsible for almost 25 percent of his team's points and total rebounds recorded. Possessing a formidable 5-1 home mark this season, Cal Poly has won two of its seven games played outside Mott Gymnasium.
UC DAVIS VS. THE NATION
Through games of Jan. 6, UC Davis finds itself amongst the nation's top men's basketball programs in a number of statistical categories. The Aggies' are ranked No. 53 in three-point field goals made per game (7.6), No. 60 in assists (15.4 apg), No. 72 in free-throw percentage (.727), No. 86 in three-point field goal percentage (.359) and No. 90 with its 1.09 assists-to-turnover ratio.
Ryan Sypkens is ranked No. 5 in the nation with his .505 three-point percentage, and is No. 8 with his 3.64 three-point field goals made per game figure - marks that top the Big West in each respective category. Sypkens also enters UC Davis' game against Cal Poly tied for No. 10 in scoring at 14.5 ppg.
CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Not only does Ryan Howley possess the second-highest rebounding average in the conference (9.3 rpg), the senior guard also leads all Big West players with 7.4 defensive rebounds per game.
PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top percentage at the charity stripe this season in the Big West and the seventh-highest free throw percentage in the nation with his .910 success rate. In addition to being ranked No. 56 in the country in scoring at 17.8 ppg, Hawkins' average also doubles as the Big West's fourth-highest figure. Hawkins is also No. 6 in the Big West averaging 1.6 steals per game and No. 10 with his 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that sits near the top of a statistical category as the sophomore forward enters this weekend's Big West home opener ranked No. 3 in the conference with his .561 field goal percentage. He is also No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per contest.
Tyler Les is another Aggie sharpshooter that is dangerous from behind the arc as the junior guard's .425 three-point field goal percentage is the seventh-highest mark in the conference.
THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 5 in assists (4.2 apg) and No. 8 with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all Big West players, senior guard Paolo Mancasola completes the list of Aggies who are turning in top-10 performances on a consistent basis for head coach Jim Les.
HOW LOW DID THEY GO?
Against Eastern Washington (12/17/12), the Aggies only committed four turnovers, a program-low since starting Division I competition during the 2004-05 season.
RITCHART REIGNS AT IRVINE
Junior swingman Josh Ritchart tied/set four new season highs when UC Davis visited the Bren Events Center for its Big West opener on Dec. 29, 2012. Ritchart set two new season bests by scoring 15 points on six field goals, and tied another two by recording seven rebounds and draining three three-pointers for the third time this year.
ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES FOR HAWKINS
Throughout the three-game World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah, sophomore guard Corey Hawkins averaged 16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.0 apg to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Hawkins also led the team in scoring with 20 points against Southern Illinois (12/20/12).
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T FREE
UC Davis minimized the number of extra Eastern Washington possessions by brilliantly making the most of its possessions on offense. The Aggies did not commit a turnover throughout the final 22:37 of action against the Eagles on Dec. 17. In that game UC Davis only committed a total of four turnovers.
Against the Eastern Washington Eagles (12/17/12), five players scored double figures for the Aggies for the first time since UC Davis downed Pacific 73-64 last February. Leading the way for UC Davis in scoring against the Eagles were Tyler Les (18 pts.), Josh Ritchart (14), J.T. Adenrele (13), Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Sypkens (10).
AN ALL-AGGIE AFFAIR
Five Division I school are nicknamed the Aggies, nearly half of that list faced one another on Dec. 21, when UC Davis faced Utah State. North Carolina A&T, New Mexico State and Texas A&M are the other Aggie athletics programs that compete at the D-I level. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Delaware Valley College also use the Aggies moniker, the only schools to do so at the Division II and Division III levels respectively.
UC DAVIS' DOUBLE-DOUBLE LIST DOUBLES
J.T. Adenrele is the second Aggie to record a double-double this season after finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Eastern Washington. The sophomore forward followed those totals with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort to record his second double-double in as many games vs. Nicholls State at the World Vision Challenge. The double-doubles are the first two of Adenrele's collegiate career. Ryan Howley posted UC Davis' other double-doubles (11 pts./13 reb.) in the team's season opener at Oklahoma State (11/9/12) and against Nicholls State (10 pts./13 rebs, 12/22/12) in the Aggies' tournament finale at the World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah.
LES + LONG RANGE = TROUBLE FOR OPPONENTS
Junior guard Tyler Les not only finished with a game-high 18 pts. versus Eastern Washington to set a new season-high mark, but also finished as the team's leading scorer from three as he was responsible for four of the Aggies' 10 three-point field goals.
ADENRELE LEADS THE WAY AT STANFORD
On Dec. 15, at Stanford (12/15/12), J.T. Adenrele turned in one of his most successful performances as an Aggie. The sophomore forward set a new career-high by scoring 23 points, and tied another by sinking five of his six shots at the free-throw line. Adenrele also recorded a season-high six rebounds, and tied another season high with five free-throws made against the Cardinal.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods also served as a homecoming (of sorts) for freshman forward Tyler Ott. A native of St. George, Utah, Ott attended Desert Hills High School before arriving to Davis this fall. While attending Desert Hills, Ott was named the Utah's 3A state MVP after averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while helping lead the Thunder to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state championship game. He also earned a trio of 3A state championships in the high jump for Desert Hills' track and field team.
BRYNTON LEMAR INKS NLI WITH AGGIES
Brynton Lemar, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Augustine High School in San Diego has signed a national letter of intent to join the UC Davis men's basketball program. Throughout his three years at St. Augustine under the tutelage of head coach Mike Haupt, he has led his team to victories in more than two-thirds of its games played. With Lemar in the lineup, the Saints have compiled a 59-30 overall record.
Lemar averaged 25.0 points per game throughout the 2011-12 season for a St. Augustine squad that finished with a 23-7 overall record and advanced to its California Interscholastic Federation section quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Shortly after his junior campaign concluded, Lemar was the only member of his team to earn a coveted spot on the All-Western League's first team.
During his sophomore season, the combo guard averaged 22.0 ppg and helped his team advance to the quarterfinals after posting a 23-7 mark. He averaged 15.0 ppg throughout the 2009-10 season, his first as a member of the Saints' boys basketball program.
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