Feb. 27, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis Aggies (12-14, 7-7 BWC)
UC Riverside (6-21, 3-11 BWC)
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 8 p.m.
Student Recreation Center (3,168) - Riverside, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 29-27
Last UC Davis Win: 79-72 (H) (1/26/13)
Last UC Riverside Win: 59-54 (A) (12/4/12)
Current Streak: UC Davis +1
UC Davis Aggies
Cal State Fullerton (14-13, 6-8 BWC)
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 6:05 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) - Fullerton, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 11-8
Last UC Davis Win: 78-75 (H) (2/25/12)
Last Cal State Fullerton Win: 95-88 (H) (1/24/13)
Current Streak: Cal State Fullerton +1
UC Davis will start its final conference road trip of the season in the Inland Empire against the host UC Riverside Highlanders. Victorious in three of its last four games, another Aggie road victory will push the team's conference road record to .500 and help UC Davis improve its potential seeding at the Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament with three conference games remaining. Even though Riverside is 6-21 this season, five of those wins have been earned on its own home floor inside the Student Recreation Center. Prior to UC Davis' victory last January, these teams split their previous 10 head-to-head matchups.
In their previous matchup last January, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton scored 183 points combined in a high-energy event that fall in Fullerton's favor. Since that matchup, the involved participants have experienced different fortunes as the Titans have won two of their seven conference games compared to the Aggies' who have won four of seven Big West contests.
If their last meeting, and the conference standing are any indication, Saturday's season finale will be an exciting one to watch or listen to as only one Big West victory separates UC Davis from Cal State Fullerton as the two enter this week's action in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Saturday's game is the final home event for Fullerton this season; a Aggie victory will not only spoil the day's celebration, but earn UC Davis its first victory inside Titan Gym since Dec. 28, 2010.
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.
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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.
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 on Monday, Feb. 18. 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.
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 leads the nation with his .484 three-point field goal percentage and is No. 4 averaging 3.79 three-point field goal per game.
PICK YOUR POISON
In addition to Sypkens, Corey Hawkins also possesses two NCAA national rankings with his 20.5 ppg scoring average (No. 12) and .864 free throw percentage (No. 31.).
In addition to being also ranked No. 1 in the Big West in both categories, Hawkins is tied for No. 6 in defensive rebounds (4.7 drpg), No. 7 in steals (1.5 spg), No. 8 in three point percentage (.402) and No. 14 in rebounding (5.7 rpg).
WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
By virtue of leading the entire conference in scoring with his 20.5 ppg average, Corey Hawkins' 492 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 741 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 492 points in his first 24 games.
WITHIN RANGE EVERYWHERE
Ryan Sypkens is enjoying his most successful season as an Aggie; already responsible for breaking two school records, the third-year guard is ranked No. 11 in the conference and No. 3 amongst all Big West juniors with his 14.4 ppg mark.
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 22.2 ppg. Cal State Fullerton's D.J. Seeley, the second-highest scorer in conference games, trails Hawkins by almost four full points.
CALL HIM RYAN SNIPE-KENS
Ryan Sypkens' .484 three-point percentage and 3.8 three-point field goals figure also double as the Big West's top figure.
HE'S KNOWN AS MR. WINDEX
Not only does Ryan Howley possess the No. 5 rebounding average in the conference (7.8 rpg), the senior guard is also ranked No. 2 averaging 5.8 defensive rpg.
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 .573 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 .420 three-point field goal percentage. The junior guard is now No. 6 in the conference in this category.
THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 3 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.
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 .418 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 fourth-toughest team to score against from long range as the Aggies are holding their opponents to a .346 success rate from behind the arc.
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. 26. 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 781 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. 26, the senior guard is ranked No. 3 in the conference with 465 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 0.0 differential.
COOL AS ICE
In their Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Presented by ESPN matchup versus Northern Colorado (2/23), Paolo Mancasola sent the Aggie faithful home happy by making the game-winning basket, his only field goal of the afternoon, with 1.8 seconds remaining to clinch another last-second UC Davis victory. Mancasola is the second player to sink a last-second game-winner; on Jan. 10 versus Cal Poly, an eight-foot, midair put-back by Corey Hawkins narrowly beat the buzzer to help the Aggies earn their first Big West victory of the season over the Mustangs.
KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL
Known for his three-point shooting prowess, junior guard Tyler Les has dona great job setting his teammates up throughout the season as well. Against Northern Colorado (2/23) T. Les ended his day with eight assists, a new career high.
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), (12-for-12) at Hawai'i (1/19), (9-for-9) at Sac. State (11/20), (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:
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