Aggies Host Hawai'i, CSUN in February's First Home Games

Ryan Sypkens will set two new program records when he makes his next three-point shot.
 
Ryan Sypkens will set two new program records when he makes his next three-point shot.
 

Feb. 14, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

Game 23

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (15-9, 9-4 BWC)
at
UC Davis Aggies (9-13, 5-6 BWC)

Feb. 14, 2013 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,900) - Davis, Calif.

Internet Stream: BigWest.TV
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: ucdavisaggies.com
In-game Twitter Updates: @UCDavisAggies

The Last Meeting
UC Davis93
Hawai'i82
January 19, 2013
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawkins Scores 40 As Aggies Down Hawai'i, 93-82
Corey Hawkins' school-record tying eight three-pointers helped him score an Aggie-record 40 points, and UC Davis opened a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 93-82 Big West Conference men's basketball win at Hawai'i on Saturday night.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis74
Cal State Northridge71
January 17, 2013
Northridge, Calif.
Mancasola's Three Secures 74-71 UC Davis Victory
A three from senior guard Paolo Mancasola with 23 seconds remaining in Thursday's Big West Conference game at The Matadome in Northridge, Calif., turned a two-point UC Davis lead into a more comfortable five-point cushion en route to a 74-71 Aggie victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors.

Series Record: UC Davis trails 2-1
Last UC Davis Win: 93-82 (A) (1/19/13)
Last Hawai'i Win: 74-61 (A) (12/11/11)
Current Streak: UC Davis +1
 

Game 24

Cal State Northridge Matadors (13-12, 4-9 BWC)
at 
UC Davis Aggies 

Feb. 16, 2013 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,900) - Davis, Calif.

Internet Stream: BigWest.TV
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: ucdavisaggies.com
In-game Twitter Updates: @UCDavisAggies

Series Record: UC Davis trails 17-10
Last UC Davis Win: 74-71 (A) (1/17/13)
Last Northridge Win: 84-80 (H) (1/14/12)
Current Streak: UC Davis +2


OPENING TIPS 
UC Davis will host a home game for the first time since facing UC Riverside on Jan. 26, in a Valentine's Day matchup against Hawai'i. Victorious in its record-setting meeting in Honolulu on Jan. 19, the Aggies hope to show their fans a lot of love Thursday night by defeating the Rainbow Warriors to sweep the season series. 

The Aggies will end their weekend by hosting Cal State Northridge; by defeating the Matadors on their own floor last month, UC Davis will have an opportunity to earn its inaugural regular season sweep over their Valley visitors with a victory Saturday night.

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.

LISTEN TO LES LIVE ON THE GRANT NAPEAR SHOW THIS FRIDAY
Grant Napear, legendary play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings and host of his afternoon sports-talk program on CBS Sports 1140, will speak with head coach Jim Les about his Aggie men's basketball team this Friday evening (Feb. 15) at approximately 6 p.m. The interview will air on KHTK 1140 AM and online by clicking here.

IT'S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
UC Davis men's basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other 22 Aggie athletics programs on Twitter on the handle @UCDavisAggies.

WATCH THE AGGIES IN ACTION 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 "Watch Games Online at BigWest.TV" on the sidebar of the men's basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com.

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.

ESPN SELECTS UC DAVIS FOR NATIONALLY TELEVISED BROADCAST
The Pavilion will host its inaugural nationally-televised game when UC Davis faces Long Beach State in a Big West Conference matchup on Thursday, March 7, as announced by ESPN on Monday. Chosen by the network as its "Wild Card" game, ESPN2 will begin its broadcast at 8 p.m. Involved in numerous regional broadcasts since its transition to Division I competition, ESPN2 will provide the Aggies their first-ever opportunity to compete in front of a national audience on their home court.

KING OF THE THREES... ALMOST
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens enters Thursday's game  versus Hawai'i tied with Fowzi Abdelsamad for the most three-point field goals made in a single season. Originally set during the 2004-05 season, the current program record of 83 will no longer exist when Sypkens makes his next basket from distance. 

ISN'T THAT IRONIC
Fowzi Abdelsamad also holds the UC Davis career three-point field goal record with 197 baskets, a total that will soon slip to second place all-time since Ryan Sypkens also possesses the exact same career total. Not only will Sypkens set a new single-season with his next three, that basket will also set a new program high. 

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 .404 three-point percentage. 

NO SHOT FOR YOU
In addition to leading the Big West with its three-point percentage in conference games only, UC Davis is the toughest team to score against from long range.  Tied with Long Beach State with its percentage, opponents are shooting a paltry .348 from three against the Aggies.

HE'S NUMBER ONE
The Big West Conference's No. 1 overall leading scorer with Cal State Fullerton's D.J. Seeley at 19.3 ppg, Corey Hawkins is also the top point producer in conference games only as well averaging 21.4 ppg against Big West teams.

UH-OH
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 .485 success rate from distance, and is also No. 4 averaging 3.77 threes per game.

FIRE AWAY!
Ryan Sypkens' .485 three-point percentage and 3.8 three-point field goals figure also double as the Big West's top figure. 

CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Not only does Ryan Howley possess the No. 5 rebounding average in the conference (7.7 rpg), the senior guard is also ranked No. 1 with 6.0 defensive rebounds per game. 

PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top free-throw percentage in the Big West, his .899 success rate at the line is also No. 23 in the nation. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Big West and No. 24 nationwide in scoring at 19.3 ppg, Hawkins is also No. 8 in the Big West in steals (1.5 spg) and No. 7 in defensive rebounds (4.8 drpg).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that possesses a top-10 Big West ranking as the sophomore forward is No. 2 in the conference with his .576 field-goal percentage and is No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per game.

CLIMBING THE LADDER
Tyler Les continues to ascend the rankings with his .414 three-point field goal percentage. The junior guard is now No. 6 in the conference in this category.

THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 2 in assists at 4.2 per game and No. 9 with his 1.6 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

AGGIES SET CONFERENCE TEAM HIGHS
UC Davis sank 16 three-point field goals in its road trip to Hawai'i on Jan. 19, a total that is the highest set by a Big West team in any game this season. The Aggies are also one of two conference teams to record a perfect performance at the charity stripe; in addition to UC Davis' 13-for-13 effort at Sacramento State (11/20), UC Santa Barbara made all four of its free throws at San Diego State (12/6).

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 BracketBusters 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.