Feb. 5, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis Aggies (8-12, 4-5 BWC)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-14, 3-7 BWC)
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 - 7 p.m.
The Thunderdome (6,000) - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 22-5
Last UC Davis Win: 89-75 (H) (1/22/09)
Last UC Santa Barbara Win: 66-59 (H) (1/12/13)
Current Streak: UC Santa Barbara +9
UC Davis Aggies
Cal Poly Mustangs (9-11, 5-5 BWC)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Robert A. Mott Gymnasium (3,032) - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 31-14
Last UC Davis Win: 69-67 (H) (1/10/13)
Last Cal Poly Win: 67-65 (H) (1/28/12)
Current Streak: UC Davis +2
UC Davis will continue its three-game road swing Thursday evening at UC Santa Barbara in the Aggies’ annual Central California trip. With one victory separating UC Davis from four other Big West teams, a victory inside The Thunderdome Thursday evening will help the Aggies climb the standings, take one more step towards securing a berth (and a more favorable seed) in the Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament next month and snap a nine-game slide against the Gauchos.
Before returning home, UC Davis will visit Robert A. Mott Gymnasium with an opportunity to earn its first sweep over the Cal Poly Mustangs since the 2005-06 season. The Mustangs remember their last game against the Aggies quite vividly, a game that saw UC Davis sophomore guard Corey Hawkins sink a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot in front of the Aggie faithful on Jan. 10.
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, 2012. 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 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 ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752 AGS1.
MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Media, UC Davis basketball fans and anyone else that is interested in learning more about the team can download the 2012-13 media guide in PDF format at the men’s basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com. A link to download the basic version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, for free, is also provided.
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 two more victories to accomplish this historical feat.
I WANT THREE, STOP ME IF YOU CAN
Since conference competition began last December, the Aggies have become one of the most dangerous teams in the Big West from three. The Aggies currently lead all teams (conference games only) with their .412 three-point percentage.
That phrase has been uttered by many Aggie opponents this season when Ryan Sypkens takes a shot from three - and for good reason. The junior guard is No. 2 in the nation with a .493 success rate from distance, and is also No. 5 averaging 3.8 threes per game.
AGGIES DRAW NORTHERN COLORADO IN THIS YEAR’S BRACKETBUSTERS
UC Davis will host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 23, in a 1:30 p.m. game at The Pavilion in the 11th-annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event as announced Monday on ESPNU’s 2013 BracketBusters Selection Show. This is the second straight BracketBusters paring involving a Big Sky opponent, the Aggies earned a five-point road victory over Northern Arizona in last year’s game.
February 11, 2006, was the last time UC Davis faced Northern Colorado, a game the Aggies won at home 86-73 to extend their win streak over the Bears to three games.
UC Davis is 2-3 all-time in the BracketBusters event; including their win against the Lumberjacks last season, the Aggies defeated Boise State on the Broncos’ own court during the 2009-10 campaign. Other past BracketBusters opponents include Loyola (Md.) during the 2007-08 season, and home games against Fresno State (2008-09 season) and Hawai’i (2010-11 season)
The two-day event features 122 teams from 13 conferences, the largest pool in the event’s history, including all 10 Big West schools. As part of the agreement, all BracketBusters home teams will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.
THAT’S ONE WAY TO END A HALF
In its seven point victory on Jan. 26 vs. UC Riverside, UC Davis connected on its last 11 consecutive shots taken in the first half to enter the locker room with an 11-point advantage. During that 9:08 shooting streak, the Aggies took the lead for good with just under seven minutes remaining until halftime.
KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL
Playing all but three minutes against UC Riverside, junior guard Tyler Les ended that game with a career-high seven assists, and was responsible for more than one-third of his team’s total.
KING OF THE THREES
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens enters Saturday’s game at Pacific with 75 three-point field goals, eight shy of tying the program record for the most threes made in a single season. The top total of 83 was set during the 2004-05 season, and is currently held by Fowzi Abdelsamad.
UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL HELPS “KNOCKOUT” SLAVERY
The UC Davis men’s basketball team, in addition to several campus ministries and hundreds of students and community members, raised money to fight human trafficking through the childhood game of “Knockout” on Friday, Jan. 25. Knockout is a rapid-fire free-throwing basketball game, otherwise known as “Bump.” With each person bringing $10, organizers donated all money collected to the International Justice Mission, 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.
SUITS AND SNEAKERS SATURDAY
The 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend was held from January 25 to January 27, with members of the UC Davis coaching staff participating last Saturday evening when the Aggies hosted UC Riverside.
Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the American Cancer Society by encouraging member coaches and their coaching staffs to wear sneakers with their suits at games held that weekend to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. By wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one’s risk of the disease.
Five players scored double figures for the first time since UC Davis downed Pacific 73-64 last February in the Aggies’ 22-point victory over Eastern Washington (12/17). Leading the way for the Aggies in scoring that evening were: Tyler Les (18 pts.), Josh Ritchart (14), J.T. Adenrele (13), Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Sypkens (10).
Eleven games later against UC Riverside, the same quintet finished in double figures to lead the Aggies to another home victory. This time it was Adenrele (20) who led UC Davis’ scoring charge, followed by Sypkens (17), Ritchart (13), Les (12) and Mancasola (10).
FABULOUS AT 40
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins became the first Aggie in recorded history to score 40 points in one game when UC Davis faced Hawai’i on Jan. 19. His total is a new UC Davis single-game scoring record, breaking a 34-year old individual scoring record held by Mike Lien when he recorded 39 against Cal St. Stanislaus at The Pavilion on Feb. 17, 1979.