Feb. 28, 2014
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (18-8, 9-4 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (9-19, 4-9 BWC)
Saturday, March 1 - 5 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5, 670) - Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. - For the second time in as many seasons, ESPN2 will visit Hamilton Court when the UC Davis Aggies host UC Santa Barbara in its final home game of the 2013-14 season. Prior to tip, Aggie men’s basketball will honor its only graduating senior, Ryan Sypkens, in a pregame ceremony. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as a sellout crowd is expected.
Kanoa Leahey and Sean Harrington will call Saturday’s 5 p.m. game from The Pavilion as ESPN2’s play-by-play announcer and game analyst.
Series Record: UC Santa Barbara leads 23-6
Last UC Davis Win: 64-56 (2/7/13) in Santa Barbara
Last UCSB Win: 82-67 (2/1/14) in Santa Barbara
Current Streak: UCSB +1
DANKE, GRACIAS, MAHALO, THANK YOU
Before the start of Saturday’s home finale against UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis men’s basketball will honor graduating senior Ryan Sypkens who will compete on Hamilton Court for the final time.
Throughout his time as an Aggie, Sypkens earned all-Big West recognition when the league named him to its all-freshman team following the 2009-10 season, in addition to receiving honorable mention last year.
Sypkens, one of the greatest three-point sharpshooters ever to compete for UC Davis, holds all major three-point records by draining the most threes in a single game (10), single season (106) and career (307).
One of four Big West players ever to score 300 or more treys, Sypkens can hold the No. 1 spot by connection on another five shots from distance throughout his team’s final game.
ANOTHER FORMER AGGIE RETURNS
Currently in his 16th season at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Bob Williams will return to The Pavilion to face a team he once coached from 1990-1998. Teams under Williams’ tutelage sported a combined overall record of 158-76 (.675) and a 90-22 conference mark (.804). In his final season as the Aggies’ head coach, Williams guided his team to a 31-2 record, and ended the season as Division II National Champions.
Now colleagues competing against one another, current UC Davis assistant coach Kevin Nosek played for Williams during that title-winning season.
Earlier this season, UC Davis alum Dedrique Taylor made his inaugural appearance (1/18) as the head coach of Cal State Fullerton’s men’s basketball team.
FUNTAROV IS DOUBLE TROUBLE
With his parents in attendance after making the trip fro Bulgaria to watch their son compete for the first time since arriving to UC Davis, freshman forward Georgi Funtarov posted the Aggies’ second double-double of the season. Against Cal Poly (2/27) Funtarov scored a season-high 17 points, on another season-high 10 rebounds in addition to connecting on all four shots from three.
SO WHO DO WE GUARD?
For the fourth time this season five or more Aggies scored double figures to help UC Davis capture a season sweep over Cal Poly.
UC Davis also accomplished this feat in its season opener, at Portland (11/8), in triple overtime at San Jose State (12/18) and in overtime, at home, against Cal State Northridge (2/6).
For the first time since the 2005-06 season, UC Davis captured a regular season sweep over Cal Poly. After downing the Mustangs on their floor on Jan. 30 by a 62-58 score, Cal Poly watched UC Davis light up the scoreboard by recording 13 three-point field goals to blast past the Mustangs 85-73, on Feb. 27.
DROPPING SHOTS FROM DISTANCE
For the fourth time this season, UC Davis scored a season-high 13 field goals from three en route to a victory when the Aggies hosted Cal Poly (2/27). The Ags also canned 13 from three against Simpson University (1/2), UC Riverside (1/16) and Cal State Northridge (2/6).