Feb. 26, 2014
Cal Poly Mustangs (10-16, 6-7 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (8-19, 3-9 BWC)
Thursday, Feb. 27 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,670) - Davis, Calif.
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM) - Scott Marsh (PBP)
In-game Twitter Updates
DAVIS, Calif. - Four games remain in the regular season for UC Davis, each provide the Aggies with an opportunity to clinch a spot in the Big West’s year-end basketball tournament. With four teams jockeying for this year’s league title, and the other five battling for the best possible remaining seeds, Thursday’s game is an important one for both teams.
A victory will give UC Davis a season sweep over the Mustangs and pull the team even with Cal State Fullerton and its four conference wins (depending on the result of the Titans’ home game against CSUN), Cal Poly can clinch a tournament seed with a victory over the Aggies.
ESPN2 RETURNS TO THE PAVILION
The Big West Conference announced that ESPN2 will broadcast the UC Santa Barbara-UC Davis game on Saturday, March 1, from The Pavilion. The Aggies’ final home game of the season will now start at 5 p.m.
Monday’s selection was determined using a “Wild Card” format that enabled the network to broadcast one of the four Big West men’s basketball games taking place that day. With its decision, ESPN2 will broadcast a nationally televised UC Davis home game for the second time in as many seasons.
Fans can purchase tickets for the 2014 home finale, against UC Santa Barbara, online at ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis ticket office located at Aggie Stadium, or by phone at (530) 752-AGS1.
ESPN3 SELECTS AN ALL-UC MATCHUP
After recently receiving word about ESPN2’s decision to broadcast UC Davis’ March 1 home matchup against UC Santa Barbara, the network announced its intention to also broadcast the Aggies’ March 6 game, at UC Riverside on ESPN3. Tipoff from SRC Arena in Riverside, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m.
UC Davis made its first appearance on ESPN3 in its Big West opener, at Cal State Northridge, on Jan. 9.
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.
THAT’S THE TICKET!
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, regardless of network affiliation, are also available on the weekly calendar of events at ucdavisaggies.com.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
In its last game against UC Riverside, Cal Poly entered with a 1-5 mark in games decided by five points of less. The Mustangs reversed their fortunes with a 69-64 win against the Highlanders thanks to their 8 of 15 (.533 percent) shooting from three.
Cal Poly remains No. 6 nationally in fewest turnovers per game (9.3), has nine or fewer errors in its last six straight games and have committed single-digit turnovers in 15 of 26 games.
Senior Jamal Johnson is getting close to become the sixth player with 300 career assists. The 6-0 guard sits No. 7 all-time in Cal Poly’s history with 278 assists, and needs nine more to unseat Shanta Cotright (1993-97) from the No. 6 position.
Series Record: Cal Poly leads 33-15
Last UC Davis Win: 62-58 (1/30/14) in San Luis Obispo
Last Cal Poly Win: 64-41 (3/14/13) in Anaheim
Current Streak: UC Davis +1
SO... NOW WHAT?
With more than half of the conference’s teams battling for the highest berth possible at the Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament, the league will use the following criteria if two teams are tied in the standings at the end of the year (as listed in the conference’s tournament bylaws):
1. The winner of the two-game series between the tied teams shall be declared the higher seeded team in the championship tournament.
2. If still tied, the team with the best win-loss record in conference games against common opponents beginning at the top of the standings and working down the standings until the tie is broken shall be declared the higher seeded team. Ties among teams at the top of the standings should be broken first to establish a ranked order.
3. If still tied, the higher seeded team shall be determined by a coin toss conducted by the commissioner.
If more than two teams are tied for a position in the final standings, the higher seeded team will be determined using the following formula:
1. The teams shall be ranked based on win-loss record against the other tied teams. If a team is ranked ahead of the other teams, it shall receive the higher seed and the remaining teams shall be seeded based on the two-way tie-breaker formula.
2. If more than two teams are still tied, the teams shall be ranked based on win-loss record against the other tied teams. If a team is ranked behind the other teams, the remaining teams (if still tied based on wins and losses against the other tied teams) shall be seeded based on the two-way tie-breaker formula.
3. If more than two teams are still tied, the teams shall be ranked based on the best win-loss record in conference games against common opponents beginning at the top of the standings and working down the standings. Ties among teams at the top of the standings should be broken first to establish a ranked order. If a team is ranked ahead of the other teams, it shall receive the higher seed, and the remaining teams shall be seeded based on the two-way tie-breaker formula.
4. If more than two teams are still tied, the teams shall be ranked based on the best win-loss record in conference games against common opponents beginning at the top of the standings and working down the standings. Ties among teams at the top of the standings should be broken first to establish a ranked order. If a team is ranked behind the other teams, the remaining teams (if still tied based on results against a common opponent) shall be seeded based on the two-way tie-breaker formula.
5. If still tied, the higher seeded team shall be determined by a coin toss conducted by the commissioner.
CAN WE AVOID THIS, IF POSSIBLE?
The following five teams are battling for the final berths at this year’s Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament. Below is a snapshot of each team’s final games of the year.
UC Davis: vs. Cal Poly (2/27); vs. UCSB (3/1); at UC Riverside (3/6); at UC Irvine (3/8)
Cal Poly: at UC Davis (2/27); at UC Irvine (3/1); vs. UCSB (3/8)
Cal State Fullerton: vs. Cal State Northridge (2/27); vs. Long Beach State (3/1); vs. UC Irvine (3/6); at Hawai’i (3/8)
Cal State Northridge: at Cal State Fullerton (2/27); at UC Riverside (3/1); vs. Long Beach State (3/6)
UC Riverside: vs. Cal St. Northridge (3/1); vs. UC Davis (3/6); at Long Beach State (3/8)
HAWKINS HAS ISLAND FEVER
In his first visit to Hawai’i in a UC Davis uniform, Corey Hawkins scored eight three-pointers to tie a school record and set another program high by recording 40 points against Hawai’i (1/19/13) last season.
By defeating the Rainbow Warriors that evening, the Aggies, who tied another school-record by making 16 three-pointers-including 14 in the first half-swept their two Big West road games that week.
Hawkins was 10 of 14 from the field, including 8 of 9 from beyond the arc, and shot a perfect 12 for 12 from the line and earned a double-double with his 12 rebounds to lead his team to victory.
In this year’s matchup at Hawai’i, Hawkins received a warm ovation from the partisan crowd after scoring 29 points after finishing 8-for-14 overall, 4-for-5 from three and 9-for-13 from the stripe.
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