Aggies Ready for Beach Battle, BracketBusters

Paolo Mancasola enters Wednesday's Big West game at Long Beach State averaging 4.2 assists per game, the second-highest average in the conference.
 
Paolo Mancasola enters Wednesday's Big West game at Long Beach State averaging 4.2 assists per game, the second-highest average in the conference.
 

Feb. 19, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

Game 25

UC Davis Aggies (11-13, 7-6 BWC)
at
Long Beach State 49ers (16-9, 12-2 BWC)

Feb. 20, 2013 - 7:05 p.m.
Walter Pyramid (4,200) - Long Beach, 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 Davis46
Long Beach State80
March 8, 2012
Anaheim, Calif.
Top-Seeded 49ers Down Aggies At Big West Tourney
Senior Eddie Miller scored a team-high 17 points to lead eighth-seeded UC Davis during Thursday's Big West Tournament quarterfinals, but top-seeded Long Beach State countered with a balanced scoring attack to beat the Aggie men's basketball team 80-46 at Honda Center.

Series Record: UC Davis trails 16-2
Last UC Davis Win: 82-76 (A) (2/5/09)
Last Long Beach Win: 80-46 (N) (3/8/12)
Current Streak: Long Beach +7
 

Game 26 - Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters

Northern Colorado Bears (9-15)
at
UC Davis Aggies 

Feb. 23, 2013 - 1:30 p.m.
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 leads 3-1
Last UC Davis Win: 86-73 (H) (2/11/06)
Last Northern Colorado Win: 111-77 (A) (12/6/66)
Current Streak: UC Davis +3

OPENING TIPS 
Winners in six of its last nine games played to climb above .500 in conference play, UC Davis will face the Long Beach State 49ers for the first time this season Wednesday night. The Aggies are in a unique position; the final Big West Conference team to visit the Walter Pyramid this season, UC Davis has an opportunity to snap the 49ers’ 25-game home winning streak and hand Long Beach its first conference loss in over three years (last loss took place on Feb. 17, 2010, vs. Pacific) and prevent the reigning Big West champions from posting its third consecutive unblemished home conference record. Coming off two impressive wins against Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge last week, UC Davis is one of the hottest teams in the Big West and can earn its first three-game win streak since the 2009-10 season with a victory over the 49ers. 

UC Davis will return to The Pavilion for its final non-conference game of the season to face the Northern Colorado Bears in this year's Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event. Offering the Aggies a brief respite from its final Big West road swing of the season, UC Davis will seeks its fourth-straight victory over Northern Colorado in a 1:30 Saturday matinee matchup.

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.

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.

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 through the handle @UCDavisAggies.

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.

BIG WEST HONORS HAWKINS AGAIN
Awe-inspiring performances in last week’s home games versus Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge helped Corey Hawkins earn Player of the Week honors from the Big West Conference as announced Monday afternoon. The award was one of two received throughout the day as College Sports Madness also named Hawkins its Big West Player of the Week.

This is the second time this season the sophomore guard was recognized by the Big West and College Sports Madness as he received both awards after his record-setting efforts against, coincidentally, Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge when the Aggies visited each campus last month.

Responsible for nearly one-third of his team’s points, Hawkins helped UC Davis earn its first sweep of the season over (then) second-place Hawai’i and the program’s first-ever sweep against Cal State Northridge.

For the week, Hawkins scored a combined 52 points and shot 61.5 pct. from the floor, including a 72.7 pct. clip from three to finish as the Aggies’ leading scorer in both games.

The Goodyear, Ariz., native also led UC Davis at the line in last Thursday’s game versus Hawai’i and recorded a team-high five assists. Two days later against Cal State Northridge, Hawkins posted his third 30-point scoring effort of the season and scored seven of the Aggies’ 12 points from the line. 

ONE SHOT, TWO RECORDS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens is the Aggies' new all-time three-point king as he toppled Fowzi Abdelsamad’s single season and all-time field goal records in his first shot of the game vs. Hawai’i (2/24). Originally set during the 2004-05 season, the single-season record of 83 is now 91 and counting. Abdelsamad’s previous career mark of 197 three-point baskets is now the No. 2 total. With more than a year of eligibility remaining, Sypkens has an opportunity to separate himself from the pack as he has recorded 205 field goals from distance throughout his three-plus seasons of competition at UC Davis. 

SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State will bring its 25-game home court winning streak against Big West competition into Wednesday’s game against UC Davis. Possessing an undefeated home conference record the last three years, Long Beach State will face a UC Davis team looking to earn its first win inside the Walter Pyramid since Feb. 5, 2009. The 49ers last lost at home against a conference opponent on Feb. 17, 2010. 

Senior guard James Ennis has scored double-digits in the last 30-straight games, ending with 20 or more points in eight games this season. Ennis is also ranked No. 3 in the Big West with 1.5 blocks per game, No. 5 in scoring at 17.4 ppg and at the line with his .840 free throw percentage  No. 8 with a .493 field goal percentage. 

SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADO
UC Davis will host Northern Colorado in the 11th-annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. inside The Pavilion. This is the second straight BracketBusters paring involving a Big Sky opponent, the Aggies earned a five-point road victory over Northern Arizona last year.

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.

Entering Wednesday's game versus North Dakota, the Bears have won their last three straight games, shooting .500 or higher in all three contests. Last Saturday against Sacramento State, the Bears ended with 17 assists against 10 turnovers, the second-best ratio of the year. As was the case with UC Davis' Corey Hawkins, Northern Colorado forward Derrick Barden also received Player of the Week accolades from the Big Sky Conference.

UC Davis is 2-3 all-time in the Ramada Worldwide 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.

WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
By virtue of leading the entire conference in scoring with his 19.9 ppg average, Corey Hawkins’ 437 points is the highest total posted by a sophomore this season. 

IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
UC Irvine’s Chris McNealy is ranked No. 10 in the Big West with 727 points scored throughout his three-plus years as an Anteater. Corey Hawkins will undoubtedly earn a spot as one of the Big West’s top-10 all-time scorers sooner than later as the Aggie sophomore has scored 437 points in his first 22 games.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
Ryan Sypkens is enjoying his most successful season as an Aggie; already responsible for breaking two school records, the third-year guard is also ranked No. 3 amongst all Big West juniors with a 14.4 ppg mark.

ROAD WARRIORS
One of only two Big West teams that possess a .500 home and road conference record, UC Davis has split its six games played away from The Pavilion. The only team with a higher road winning percentage is the Aggies’ next opponent - Long Beach State (4-2).

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 .419 three-point percentage. Pacific currently occupies second place with its .392 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 third-toughest toughest teams to score against from long range as the Aggies are holding their opponents to a .348 success rate from behind the arc.

BREAK OUT THE BROOMS
By defeating Hawai’i at home on Feb. 14, UC Davis earned its first regular season sweep over a Big West opponent since the 2009-10 season when the Aggies swept Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.

UC DAVIS SHOWS NO LOVE TO HAWAI’I
UC Davis dominated Hawai’i to such a degree in the first half, the Rainbow Warriors entered the locker room at the break shooting 52.2 pct. (12-for-23) and still trailed the Aggies by 16. That lead swelled to as many as 28 points before officially resting on its final 24-point cushion. 

AGGIES WIN THE BOARDS BATTLE
Entering its Valentine’s Day matchup facing one of the top-20 rebounding teams in the country, UC Davis not only outrebounded Hawai’i by a 38-29 margin but grabbed nearly twice as many offensive rebounds (17-9) compared to the Rainbow Warriors to set a new season high.

WHEN DO WE PLAY THEM AGAIN?
Including its 93-point effort in Honolulu last January, the top-two scoring totals posted by the Aggies this season took place against Hawai’i. UC Davis entered its home game against the Rainbow Warriors averaging 71.5 ppg, and left The Pavilion after scoring 89 points to earn the win.

QUINTUPLE TROUBLE
Led by Corey Hawkins with his 21 points, five Aggies finished in double figures for the third time this season against the Rainbow Warriors. Completing the five were Ryan Sypkens (17 pts.), Tyler Les (11), Paolo Mancasola (11) and J.T. Adenrele (10). On all three occasions, the Aggies earned a victory.

HE’S NUMBER ONE
The Big West Conference’s No. 1 overall leading scorer, Corey Hawkins is also the top point producer in conference games only at 22.3 ppg. UCSB’s Alan Williams, the second-highest scorer in conference games, trails Hawkins by almost four full points.

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. 3 in the nation averaging 3.79 three-point field goal per game and No. 4 with a .484 three-point percentage.

CALL HIM RYAN SNIPE-KENS
Ryan Sypkens’ .494 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. 4 rebounding average in the conference (8.0 rpg), the senior guard is also ranked No. 2 averaging 6.1 defensive rpg.

PICK YOUR POISON
Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top free-throw percentage in the Big West, his .878 success rate is also No. 20 in the nation. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Big West and No. 15 nationwide in scoring at 19.9 ppg, Hawkins is also No. 7 in the BWC in steals (1.5 spg) and defensive rebounds (4.7 drpg).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that possesses a top-10 Big West ranking as the sophomore forward is No. 1 in the conference with his .574 field-goal percentage and is No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.4 per game.

DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF HIM
Tyler Les continues to ascend the rankings with his .421 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 1.7 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

TOP 10 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 as of Feb. 18. Ranked No. 6 with 860 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits three spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 9 slot with 772 points.

HE’S ALSO ON THE LIST
Ryan Howley is another Aggie whose occupies a spot on one of the Big West’s all-time active leaders list. As of Feb. 18, the senior guard is ranked No. 3 in the conference with 453 career rebounds. 

NEW YEAR, NEW RESULT
Ending the 2011-12 season ranked last in the conference with its -5.7 rebounding margin, UC Davis has improved its performance underneath the basket throughout the 2012-13 season and currently possess a +0.1 differential. 

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 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).

CHART TOPPERS
UC Davis players possess the highest individual totals in four different categories so far this season. That list includes:

Scoring: Corey Hawkins, 40 pts. at Hawai’i (1/19)
FG Pct.: J.T. Adenrele, 1.000 (8-for-8) vs. Cal Poly (1/10)
3-Pt. FGM: Ryan Sypkens, 8 at Nevada (11/28), Corey Hawkins, 8 at Hawai’i (1/19)
FT Pct.: Corey Hawkins (12-for-12) vs. S. Illinois (12/20), Corey Hawkins (12-for-12) at Hawai’i (1/19), 
            Corey Hawkins (9-for-9) at Sac. State (11/20), Corey Hawkins (8-for-8) vs. Pacific (1/19)

NO SHAME IN SECOND PLACE
In addition to the list above, two Aggies have posted the Big West’s second-highest single-game totals in two categories:

FGA: Corey Hawkins, 23 at UC Irvine (12/29)
Assists: Paolo Mancasola, 11 at Hawai’i (1/19)