Surging Aggies Prep For Central Coast Matchups

Paolo Mancasola

Feb. 28, 2012

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Game 29
UC Davis (5-23, 3-11)
Cal Poly (15-14, 6-8)

Mar. 1, 2012 • 7 p.m. • Mott Gym (3,032)
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Game 30
UC Davis  
UC Santa Barbara (15-9, 9-4)

Mar. 3, 2012 • 7 p.m. • The Thunderdome (6,000)
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TV/RADIO/INTERNET: All UC Davis games are aired on KSAC (105.5 FM)... This is the first year the Aggies and KSAC have teamed to air UC Davis men’s basketball... Pregame begins 30 minutes before tipoff... SCOTT MARSH calls the play-by-play for all games and BILL HERENDA provides analysis for most contests... Audio for all games is streamed free of charge on Video for leagues games is through Big West TV.

LIVE STATS: Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis road games by visiting

TICKETS: Tickets for Aggie home games can be purchased through the “Tickets” link at, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752-1915.

OPENING TIPS: Winners of four of its last six games after an 18-game losing streak, UC Davis finishes the regular season with a pair of road games that will have no effect on its Big West Tournament matchup next week... The Aggies, who will be the No. 8 seed, are locked into a 6 p.m. matchup on Mar. 1 against top-seeded Long Beach State... UC Davis is coming off its marquee win of the season so far after downing second-place Cal State Fullerton on Saturday... The Aggies outrebounded the Titans 45-33, their highest rebound total in more than two years and their largest margin since early last season... UC Davis didn’t trail in the game, the first time that’s happened since beating the Titans 88-72 on Dec. 28, 2010...  G/F Josh Ritchart, who averaged 18.0 ppg. and 10 rpg., in the Aggies’ two games last week, was named the Big West Player of the Week on Monday, the Aggies’ first since G Joe Harden earned the honor on Nov. 16, 2009... Ritchart had 16 points and 12 rebounds at Seattle last week, and G Eddie Miller had 17 and 12 versus Cal State Fullerton, giving UC Davis three double-doubles this season... G Tyler Les has 76 3-pters and needs eight to break G FOWZI ABDELSAMAD’s (83; 2005) school record and is just two from owning second... Ritchart is also moving up the charts, sitting fifth with 67... UC Davis has won four out of six for the first time since the first half of last season and is trying to capture at least five of seven for the first time since 2008-09... The Aggies need 17 3-pters to break the school record of 244 established in ‘08-09... They’re averaging 8.1 pg... Freshman G Tyrell Corbin has moved into a tie for fifth in Big West steals (1.3 pg).

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MUSTANGS: Cal Poly owns a 31-12 lead in its all-time series with UC Davis which began in 1947-48... The Mustangs won the first nine games in the series while the Aggies later won four straight from 2004-05, part of a span in which they captured 8 of 12... Cal Poly has won four of the past six including the last three... G Eddie Miller had 16 points in the teams’ first meeting this year on Jan. 28 as UC Davis enjoyed 17-point leads in both halves, but the Mustangs battled back to win 67-65... F WILL TAYLOR had 18 points to lead Cal Poly which survived Miller’s made tip-in that came an instant after the final buzzer. 

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis started playing in the 1926-27 season with the Aggies winning the first two matchups... The Gauchos, however, have won 20 of the past 23 games and lead the all-time series 20-5... They’re 9-1 since the Aggies joined the Big West in 2007, have won seven straight and 10 of the past 11... G ORLANDO JOHNSON scored 21 points to lead five Gauchos in double figures and UCSB built a 48-29 halftime lead during its 86-59 win on Jan. 26.

CAL POLY SCOUTING REPORT: The Mustangs enter the week having dropped three straight and five of their last seven after their earlier win over the Aggies... G DYLAN ROYER scored 14 points but host UCSB took a 68-60 decision over its Central Coast rivals on Saturday at The Thunderdome... Cal Poly features the Big West’s top defense (61.6 ppg) and allows just 29.6 rebounds, also tops in the league... Royer is making 46.4 pct. from 3-pt to lead the Big West... Cal Poly is averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game, 14th nationally, while its 4.8 rebound margin is 39th... F WILL TAYLOR is averaging 6.9 rpg, fourth-best in the conference, and is third in field goal pct. (.532).

UCSB SCOUTING REPORT: G ORLANDO JOHNSON, with 1,710 points, became the Gauchos’ all-time leading scorer in their win over the Mustangs and is currently the league’s top scorer (19.8) while ranking 10th in rebounding (6.0)... G JAMES NUNNALLY is another key threat, averaging 15.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg, ranking seventh and fifth, respectively, in the Big West... UCSB has won four of its past five games and seven of its past nine as it tries to secure the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament... The Gauchos average a league-best 38.4 rpg and 5.4 blocks... UCSB is shooting 45.3 pct. from the field (3rd, Big West) and 36.5 pct. from 3-pt (3rd) while playing good defense to allow just 40.1 pct. (2nd) and 33.6 pct. (3rd), respectively, in those same two categories.  

RECAP: UC DAVIS 78, CS FULLERTON 75: G/F Josh Ritchart scored 20 points and blocked a potential game-tying three-pointer by G Isiah Umipig with 11 seconds left as UC Davis never trailed while upsetting Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference game at The Pavilion on Saturday night... Ritchart hit four three-pointers, matching the four made by teammate G Tyler Les who had 14 points... G Eddie Miller, one of two Aggie seniors along with F Adam Malik honored during pregame ceremonies, posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while freshman G Tyrell Corbin finished with 10 points... UC Davis never trailed in the game, jumping to a 12-0 lead while holding Cal State Fullerton scoreless for more than six minutes out of the gate... The Aggies went up by 14 points early in the second half, saw the Titans get to within 52-46 at the midway point and then rebuilt it to 10 points down the stretch... They led 76-73 with 11 seconds to go before Ritchart’s key block.

STARTING LINEUP VARIETY: The Aggies have used 15 different starting lineups, including different quintets in 10 consecutive games earlier this season... G/F JOSH RITCHART’s 23 starts lead the team while G Tyrell Corbin has 22.

WEEKLY ACCOLADES: G/F Josh Ritchart was named the Big West Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 18.0 ppg and 10 rpg in a split of games against Seattle and Cal State Fullerton... He’s the Aggies’ first winner of the award since G Joe Harden shared the award with Long Beach State’s F LARRY ANDERSEN in 2009... F Harrison Dupont was instrumental in the Aggies’ modest two-game winning streak two weeks ago and was recognized by College Sports Madness website for his efforts as its BWC Player of the Week... He averaged 18.0 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. while shooting 56.5 pct against Pacific and Northern Arizona.

AGGIE AGGIE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: UC Davis has three double-doubles this season, two of them by G/F Josh Ritchart and one by G Eddie Miller... Ritchart went for 16 and 13 at Cal State Northridge and then 16 and 12 at Seattle... Miller finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds in the win over Cal State Fullerton... G Joe Harden (3) and G Mark Payne (2) led UC Davis in that department last season.

3-POINT RECORDS ARE FALLING: G Tyler Les tied a school record with eight 3-pters against San Jose State on Dec. 20... Three other Aggies have achieved that feat, most recently G/F KYLE BRUCCELERI in 2006 vs. Northern Colorado... Les was 8 of 9 (.889), fourth-best in Div. I this year, while his eight treys are T-16th... Les is currently second on the Aggies’ single-season list for 3-pters with 77 and needs seven to overtake G Fowzi Abdelsamad (83; ‘04-05)... Ritchart (67) is currently fifth for an Aggie season... UC Davis (228) is on pace to break the school record for 3-pters (244; ‘08-09) and is slightly behind (600) to set a new mark for attempts (674; ‘08-09).

REBOUNDING IMPROVING: UC Davis is currently ninth in the Big West in rebounding (31.4 pg) but has shown marked improvement recently... It’s averaged 42.5 rpg the last two games; the Aggies’ best back-to-back performance of the season... Their 45 boards are the most since garnering 47 against visiting Whitter on Dec. 30, 2009 while their +12 rebounding margin is best since a +17 (43-26) advantage against UC Santa Cruz last season.

AMAZING COMEBACK: The Aggies trailed Northern Arizona on the road by 21 points in the first half on Feb. 18 and were down 45-26 at halftime... However, they shot 63.6 pct. in the second half, erased the deficit in barely more than eight minutes and eventually went up by eight points before winning, 70-65...The comeback was the Aggies’ largest in a victory since moving to NCAA Division I in 2007-08 and their biggest since rallying from 17 down to beat UC Irvine 108-107 in overtime last year.

SEASON-HIGH BLOCKS: UC Davis had a season-high six blocked shots in the win over Cal State Fullerton... G/F Josh Ritchart, who got a hand on a potential game-tying trey with 11 ticks left, had two as did F J.T. Adenrele...  The Aggies have twice had four this season... Their best last year was nine at Seattle.

WINNING LOOKS GOOD: Four players - G/F Josh Ritchart (15.2), G Eddie Miller (13.2), G Tyler Les (12.3), F Harrison Dupont (11.8) - have averaged double figures during the past six games (four wins)... The Aggies are shooting 42.6 pct., holding opponents to 26.9 pct. from 3-pt and are shooting 72.6 pct. from the charity stripe.

NCAA RANKINGS: UC Davis continues to be among the top three-point shooting teams in the country, ranking 30th in 3-pters per game (8.1) and 34th among Div. I teams in percentage (.380)... G Tyler Les is 20th for accuracy (.427) while he (34th, 2.7) and G/F Josh Ritchart (71st, 2.5) are both in the top 100 for treys made.

LOSSES TIE SEASON MARK: The Aggies’ 23 losses this season is tied for most in a season... They had 23 in 2006-07 finishing 5-23.

INJURIES TAKE THEIR TOLL: Five different Aggies have suffered injuries this season which have caused them to be in street clothes for games... G Harrison Dupont (head) missed four games due to injury, including three to start the year; G Eddie Miller (leg) missed five due to injury but was limited to just a few minutes in several others; G Ryan Sypkens (knee) played in the first four but is sidelined for the remainder of the year; G/F Josh Ritchart (flu) missed the UCSB game on Jan. 26; and G Ryan Howley (knee) has sat out the last nine games after leaving the game at Pacific after just two minutes... UC Davis players that have seen action on the court this year have missed a total of 39 games... G Paolo Mancasola (shoulder) dressed against Cal State Fullerton but did not play.

ENDING THE STREAKS: The Aggies’ victory against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 9 halted an 18-game losing streak... It was the program’s longest since dropping 22 in a row during the 1952-53 (13 gms) and 1953-54 (7 gms) seasons... The longest losing streak in program history was 24 straight covering parts of two seasons from 1950-51... UC Davis lost 16 straight games away from The Pavilion (14 road, 2 neutral) before its comeback win at Northern Arizona.

NBA PEDIGREES: UC Davis features three players whose fathers have played in the NBA... G Tyler Les is the son of head coach Jim Les who spent seven seasons in the NBA, including four with the Sacramento Kings; G Tyrell Corbin is the son of current Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin who played 13 years professionally; and G Corey Hawkins is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hersey Hawkins, currently an executive with the Portland Trailblazers... Hawkins, who transferred from Arizona State this fall, will not play this season due to NCAA transfer rules... He’ll have three years remaining.

UC DAVIS SIGNS THREE: The Aggies announced G DARIUS GRAHAM (Sacramento HS, Sacramento, Calif.) and F TYLER OTT (Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah) signed National Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period on Nov. 9 and later added G OLIVIER-PAUL BETU (Worcester Academy; Worcester, Mass.)... Graham averaged 10.6 ppg and was an All-Metro Conference first-team pick last year while helping the Dragons to the NorCal Regional semifinal final... Ott averaged 14.6 ppg last year and is an all-state honoree at Desert Hills... Betu, originally from Montreal, is the fourth-rated guard in Canada’s prep class of 2012 and the 18th-rated player overall... He averaged 15.1 ppg. and 5.1 assists last year.

LOOKING AHEAD: UC Davis will take on top-seeded Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. at Honda Center... It’s the Aggies’ third-ever Big West apperance and their first since 2010 when they advanced to the semifinals.