Jan. 22, 2014
Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (12-5, 1-2 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (6-13, 1-3 BWC)
Thursday, Jan. 23 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,670) - Davis, Calif.
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM) - Scott Marsh on PBP
In-game Twitter Updates
DAVIS, Calif. - Responsible for the last two head-to-head victories, UC Davis will look to end its season-long three-game homestand and earn its third straight victory against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors.
As was the case with the Aggies last Saturday, Hawai’i also earned its first Big West win that same evening with a resounding 100-69 home victory against UC Riverside.
One of the toughest teams to face on their home court, the Rainbow Warriors have not earned a road victory since Dec. 7 when the team captured a 10-point triumph in Flagstaff, Ariz., against Northern Arizona.
Of Hawai’i’s 12 victories, 10 were earned on its home floor.
Thursday’s matchup is the only game on UC Davis’ schedule this week as the Aggies are the designated bye team for Saturday’s round of league games.
LISTEN LIVE TO UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL
For the third year, every UC Davis men’s basketball game will air on KSAC (105.5 FM). Scott Marsh (@ScottMarsh1140) will call the action and begin his broadcast 30 minutes before tip-off with his pregame show. Fans can also listen to Marsh online for every men’s basketball game at ucdavisaggies.com.
CRUNCH NUMBERS HERE
Find out what is happening during every UC Davis men’s basketball game through live stats. Links for every men’s basketball game are available by clicking “Gametracker” (home games) or “Live Stats” (road games) on the team’s schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com.
SECURE YOUR SEATS
Season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets can be purchased through the “Tickets” link at ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by phone at (530) 752-AGS1.
IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
UC Davis men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, and all other Aggie intercollegiate athletics programs on Twitter at the handle @UCDavisAggies. In-game updates are also available on the department’s secondary Twitter handle, @UCDavisInGame.
TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM FOR FREE
Live streaming for all Aggie men’s basketball Big West games are streamed for free at BigWest.TV. Basketball fans can also access the link needed to watch all UC Davis home games on BigWest.TV by accessing the link entitled “Live Stream Provided by BigWest.TV” on the sidebar of the men’s basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com.
A CLOSER LOOK AT HAWAI’I
In the midst of a challenging portion of its schedule that includes four road games within a 16-day timespan, Hawai’i will start its current road swing at The Pavilion Thursday night before ending the weekend at UC Irvine. The Rainbow Warriors enter Davis after defeating UC Riverside by 31 points; prior to that victory, UH dropped consecutive road contests at Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge.
Led by senior forward Christian Stanhardinger and his 18.2 points per game average, four players lead the way for head coach Gib Arnold in scoring this season. Also helping the Rainbow Warriors average 81.8 ppg, the 20th-highest average in the country and top mark in the league, are junior guard Garrett Nevels (14.0 ppg), sophomore forward Isaac Fotu (13.8 ppg) and senior guard Brandon Spearman (11.4 ppg).
Against UC Riverside, Stanhardinger earned his fifth double-double of the year by ending with 27 points and 11 rebounds. With that effort, Stanhardinger has scored double digits in the last seven straight games and has recorded 10 or more rebounds in three occasions throughout that same timespan.
Series Record: Series Tied at 2-2
Last UC Davis Win: 89-65 (2/14/13) in Davis
Last Hawai’i Win: 74-61 (12/11/12) in Honolulu
Current Streak: UC Davis +2
SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE
After Hawai’i took the first two head-to-head meetings, UC Davis evened the all-time series by sweeping the Rainbow Warriors last season. Entering Thursday’s matchup, each team sports one home and road victory against the other; all four wins earned by 10 or more points.
UH posted the first victory in its inaugural meeting against the Aggies on Feb. 9, 2011, by a score of 83-69 before taking its second straight against UC Davis, on Dec. 11, 2011, by a 74-61 margin.
On Jan. 19, 2013, UC Davis became the first Big West team to hand Hawai’i a home loss and exited the Stan Sheriff Center with a 93-82 win. Just a few weeks later on Valentine’s Day, the Aggies showed no love to the Rainbow Warriors in their 89-65 home triumph.
Two of the league’s top three-point specialists will battle one another when Nevels squares-off against Aggie sharpshooter Ryan Sypkens. Nevels leads the conference with his .479 three-point percentage, Sypkens leads all Big West players with his 3.32 three-point field goals made average.
BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT
If recent numbers are any indication, Thursday’s game will feature two of the league’s top three offenses. In league games only, Hawai’i leads the Big West with its 81.0 points per game average while UC Davis is tied for second with its 72.2 ppg mark.
SECOND-HALF SCORING SPLURGE
Behind its stellar second-half shooting, UC Davis erased its six-point halftime en route to an eight-point win against Cal State Fullerton (1/18). Throughout the final 20 minutes of action, the Aggies were 14 of 23 and posted a .609 shooting percentage. That is the highest field-goal percentage recorded in a single half by UC Davis against a Division I squad.
In their home opener against Holy Names, the Aggies shot a season-high .696 (16 of 23) in the second half.
A FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS TO A FAMILIAR PLACE
UC Davis men’s basketball alum Dedrique Taylor entered The Pavilion for the first time as Cal State Fullerton’s head coach when the Titans battled the Aggies on Jan. 18. Taylor competed for UC Davis men’s basketball from 1995-97, helped the Aggies compile a 43-16 overall record and earn two trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament’s second round throughout his two seasons on campus. Three years after he graduated from UC Davis, Taylor returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach during the 2000-01 season.
YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST
Named to the starting lineup by head coach Jim Les for the first time in his career when UC Davis hosted Cal State Fullerton, sophomore forward Justin Dueck took full advantage of that opportunity and more than held his own against the Titans’ bigs. Throughout his 22 minutes, Dueck recorded a career-high five rebounds and earned one assist.
OPB HELPED UCD EARN A VICTORY
Also earning his first start of the season, and second of his career, Olivier-Paul Betu also made an impact against Cal State Fullerton by single-handedly forcing four of the Titans’ 17 turnovers. In addition to finishing with a career-high four steals (of the team’s seven steals earned that evening), Betu was responsible for half of the Aggies’ six assists.
THANK YOU FOR THE MISCUES
By forcing Cal State Fullerton to commit 17 turnovers, the highest total by an Aggie opponent in a regulation game, UC Davis scored a season-high 29 points off those Titan errors.
Against San Jose State, the Aggies forced their opponent to turn the ball over on s season-high 22 occasions throughout that triple-overtime contest.
UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL HELPS “KNOCKOUT” SLAVERY
The UC Davis men’s basketball team, in addition to several campus ministries, hundreds of students and community members, aim to break a world record and raise money to fight human trafficking through the childhood game of “Knockout” this Friday, at The Pavilion, starting at 6 p.m.
Knockout is a rapid-fire free-throwing basketball game, otherwise known as “Bump.” The world record for the largest game of knockout is 571 people, and the goal is to break that record, with more than 600 students and community members participating in Davis. With each person bringing $10, organizers hope to donate more than $6,000 to the International Justice Mission (IJM), which investigates human trafficking. IJM conducts raids to free slaves, rehabilitates victims and corrects local justice systems to prevent recurrence of the problem.
There are more than 27 million slaves in the world, mostly women and children according to recently released studies and reports; visit www.catalystdavis.com/knockoutslavery for additional information about IJM and its cause.
HAWKINS ENTERS THE HOMESTRETCH
Responsible for 942 points throughout his illustrious career, junior guard Corey Hawkins is just a few games away from becoming the 20th Aggie to score his 1,000th career point. As a freshman at Arizona State, Hawkins recorded 49 points before transferring to UC Davis; in his first season as an Aggie, he set a new school record by scoring 569 points-the most ever recorded by a UC Davis sophomore-and enters Thursday’s game with 284 to his credit this year.
If successful, Hawkins will become the second Aggie to cross the 1,000-point threshold this season, joining senior guard Ryan Sypkens who reached this milestone in last November’s Causeway Cup battle.
HOW DID HE SCORE 1,000 AGAIN?
If successful in recording his 1,000th career point, little time will pass before junior guard Corey Hawkins scores his 1,000th point as an Aggie. Midway through his second season, Hawkins has already amassed 875 points throughout his distinguished career at UC Davis.
RYAN SNIPE-KENS STRIKES AGAIN
Last season, Ryan Sypkens ended the year with NCAA rankings of No. 2 in three-point field goal percentage (.461) and No. 4 in three-point field goals per game (3.66). Buoyed by his recent record-setting performance, Sypkens is currently No. 13 in three-point field goals per game (3.32) and No. 32 in three-point percentage (.423).
By finishing with 15 points against Cal State Fullerton (1/18), Ryan Sypkens is now ranked No. 14th all-time in scoring and is within reach of Fowzi Abdelsamad (2000-05) and his career total of 1,235 points.
SEEING 20/20/20/20/20 THIS SEASON
Last season, Corey Hawkins led the Big West with 15 games of 20 points or more; the junior forward recorded his fifth 20-plus point effort of the season when he dropped 22 points (on 8 of 16 shooting) versus Cal State Fullerton.
CLIMBING THE LEAGUE’S THREE-POINT LADDER
Including his three treys-against Cal State Fullerton, senior Ryan Sypkens continued his ascent up the Big West career chart. Now ranked No. 4 with 283 career treys, the senior guard needs just one basket from distance to jump past Utah State’s Tony Brown (1999-02) and UNLV’s Anderson Hunt (1989-91) who also share the No. 4 spot with matching three-point totals.
JOHNSON FOLLOWS THE RULE OF THREE
Against UC Riverside (1/16), junior guard Avery Johnson set three new career highs in his inaugural Big West home game. In addition to scoring 12 points on four field goals, three of his baskets were from three. His appearance against the Highlanders also marked the third time in his UC Davis career that Johnson was named a starter by head coach Jim Les.
BOZNER SETS NEW BESTS
In UC Davis’ Big West opener at Cal State Northridge (1/9) Clint Bozner played one of his best games ever as an Aggie. Besides setting a new career-high with 12 points, the junior forward also tied another career mark by finishing with six rebounds.
WE LOVE FREEBIES!
Also taking place against the Matadors was the Aggies’ most successful shooting performance from the free throw line this season as the team was 15 of 16 and finished with a season-high .938 percentage.
Even though the Aggies set a new Division I standard Thursday night against the Matadors, their percentage just missed the all-time school record of .958 set on March 6, 2004, at Cal State Stanislaus. That evening, the Aggies were 23 of 24 at the stripe.
HE LOVES FREE STUFF TOO
Corey Hawkins is a big reason why UC Davis was as successful from the line when his team visited CSUN as he led all players with his 11-for-12 effort, falling one free throw shy of tying his career high for the third time.
REWRITING HISTORY (AGAIN)
Responsible for the most three-point field goals made in a single season and career, senior guard Ryan Sypkens now holds a hat trick of records thanks to his stellar shooting against Simpson (1/2). That evening, Sypkens canned 10 of 14 shots from distance to set a new program mark for the most three made in a single game.