Jan. 29, 2014
UC Davis Aggies (6-14, 1-4 BWC)
Cal Poly Mustangs (8-11, 4-2 BWC)
Thursday, Jan. 30 - 7 p.m. PT
Mott Athletics Complex (3,032) - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM) - Scott Marsh (PBP)
In-game Twitter Updates
UC Davis Aggies
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (12-6, 3-2 BWC)
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 4 p.m. PT
The Thunderdome (5,600) - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM) - Scott Marsh (PBP)
In-game Twitter Updates
Following its season-long three-game homestand, UC Davis will open its swing through Central California Thursday evening at Cal Poly. Facing the Mustangs for the first time since their opening-round matchup at last year's Big West Men's Basketball Tournament in Anaheim, Calif., a victory will give the Aggies its first win in San Luis Obispo since Feb. 28, 2009.
Two days later, the Aggies will end its brief road trip in Santa Barbara, Calif., against the UCSB Gauchos before returning to The Pavilion for their next two 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.
WATCH THE AGGIES COMPETE FROM YOUR FAVORITE SEAT
By accessing the link entitled "Live Stream Provided by BigWest.TV" on the sidebar of the men's basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com, fans can access a free video stream of every Big West Conference involving UC Davis this season. Nationally televised appearances, or games broadcasted by ESPN3 are the only exceptions. Links for all video streams provided by BigWest.TV, Fox Sports or ESPN are available on the weekly calendar of events at ucdavisaggies.com, men's basketball"schedule" webpage and weekly release once posted online.
A CLOSER LOOK AT CAL POLY
Coming off a three-point loss at UC Riverside last Saturday, the Cal Poly Mustangs return home for their next two games beginning with Thursday's tilt against the Aggies.
The Mott Athletics Center, home of the Mustangs, has quickly become one of the toughest environments to compete in as evident by Cal Poly's record in San Luis Obispo. Before suffering a one-point loss to Long Beach State on Jan. 18, the Mustangs won their previous 16 straight home games.
Besides leading the Mustangs in scoring with his 13.5 points per game average, senior forward Chris Eversley also leads his team in rebounding with his 7.0 rpg figure. Eversley is one of 10 Mustangs who have competed in at least 15 of Cal Poly's 19 games played this season; including freshman guard Taylor Sutlive (14 games played) and junior guard Michael Bolden (12 gp), UC Davis will face a rotation of Mustangs that can swell to as many as 12 players.
Series Record: Cal Poly leads 33-14
Last UC Davis Win: 69-67 (1/10/13) in Davis
Last Cal Poly Win: 64-41 (3/14/13) in Anaheim, Calif.
Current Streak: Cal Poly +2
A CLOSER LOOK AT UC SANTA BARBARA
As is the case with Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara also enters this week's schedule off a two-point loss suffered at Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. Before facing the Aggies, the Gauchos will host UC Irvine Thursday evening.
Limiting the damage caused by UCSB's Alan Williams will dramatically aid the Aggies' cause as the junior center is a key reason why the Gauchos occupy a spot in the top half of the Big West's standings. The league's scoring and rebound leader, Williams averages a double-double with his 22.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game-figures that represent more that 30 percent of his team's scoring and rebound totals.
Williams is the lone Gaucho represented in the conference's top 15 in both categories.
Fans in attendance Saturday afternoon will witness the league's top two scorers battle one another with Corey Hawkins entering the week tied for No. 2 in scoring at 18.2 ppg.
Series Record: UC Santa Barbara leads 22-6
Last UC Davis Win: 64-56 (2/7/13) in Santa Barbara
Last UC Santa Barbara Win: 66-59 (1/12/13) in Davis
Current Streak: UC Davis +1
RITCHART'S SEASON ENDS EARLY
A fixture in the team's starting lineup throughout his nine appearances, senior guard/forward Josh Ritchart will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season due to injury.
Before he was forced to the sideline, Ritchart was UC Davis' top scorer (17.3 ppg), leading rebounder (6.6 rpg) and shot blocker (1.3 blocks per game).
In addition to shooting 50 percent or higher from the field in every game played-an impressive feat considering that one-third of his attempts were taken from behind the arc-Ritchart led all Big West Conference players with a .563 percentage from three and was No. 2 with a .632 field goal percentage.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Josh Ritchart, UC Davis' second key contributor to miss a significant portion of the season, will join junior forward J.T. Adenrele on the sidelines after he suffered a season-ending knee injury while performing a non-contact drill during a preseason practice.
Throughout the first nine games of the season, Ritchart set numerous career highs, averaged 17.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg.
Adenrele ended the 2012-13 season, his second as an Aggie, with All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention accolades after posting 12.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg figures.
Ryan Sypkens will enter Thursday's game at Cal Poly with 400 career field goals to his credit, the fifth-highest total earned by a UC Davis player solely against Division I competition. Led by Vince Oliver and his 540 field goals, only five Aggies have recorded 400 or more baskets since the program began competing at the Div. I level in 2004.
Bookended by Oliver and Sypkens, Mark Payne (2007-11; 453 FGM), Dominic Calegari (2006-10; 447 FGM) and Joe Harden (2008-11; 443 FGM) are the other Aggies to sport field goals made totals of 400 or higher.
Of Sypkens' 400 career field goals, .712 percent (285) were made from three.
HAWKINS ENTERS THE HOMESTRETCH
Responsible for 963 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 896 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. 16 in three-point field goals per game (3.25) and No. 38 in three-point percentage (.422).
By finishing with 15 points against Cal State Fullerton (1/18), Ryan Sypkens climbed another position and is now No. 14th all-time in scoring in the program's 100-plus year history. Fowzi Abdelsamad (2000-05) and his career total of 1,235 points is the next Aggie within Sypkens' sights.
BIG TIME BENCH EFFORT
Led by Iggy Nujic who scored a season-high 17 points and Ryan Sypkens who chipped in another 10, UC Davis' bench players recorded a collective 38 points, a season-high, against Hawai'i (1/28). That total is a six-point improvement over the previous season best, also set at home, versus Air Force (12/21).
SEEING 20/20 (TIMES THREE) THIS SEASON
Last season, Corey Hawkins led the Big West with 15 games of 20 points or more; the junior forward recorded his sixth 20-plus point effort of the season when he dropped 21 points (on 7 of 12 shooting) against Hawai'i (1/23).
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 285 career treys, the senior guard needs 23 buckets from distance to jump past Cal State Fullerton's Bobby Brown (2003-07) into the conference's No. 3 spot.
SHARING MEANS CARING
Redshirt freshman guard Darius Graham and junior guard Corey Hawkins have not been shy in sharing the ball this season as the two lead the team in assists. Graham, who has 77, and Hawkins, with 48, have earned just under half of their team's assists this season (.492 pct.).
If other Big West players are not aware of junior guard Corey Hawkins and junior forward Avery Johnson's quick hands, they certainly will be after facing the Aggies since the pair lead the team with 30 and 25 steals. Hawkins and Johnson's collective total equals the combined total of their other 10 teammates.
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 this year.
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 LED UCD TO 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, helped raise money to fight human trafficking through a sponsored event that featured the childhood game of "Knockout" on Jan. 24.
By securing their spot at this event with a $10 donation, all proceeds received benefitted the International Justice Mission (IJM). An organization that 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.
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 head coach Jim Les named Johnson a starter.