UC Davis, UC Irvine battle once again for Big West title

March 2, 2018

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Game 30

UC Davis Aggies (20-9, 11-4 BWC)
UC Irvine Anteaters (16-15, 11-4 BWC)

Saturday, March 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Bren Events Center (5,000) - Irvine, Calif. 

Watch on ESPN3/WatchESPN.com - Tim Becwar (PBP), Dave Miller (Analyst), Megan Reza (Sideline)
Radio: KSAC 105.5 FM - Scott Marsh (PBP)
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Gameday Central  |  Game Notes



DAVIS, Calif. - On January 4 inside the Pavilion, UC Davis and UC Irvine faced each other in their Big West opener, a game the Aggies won by a 64-53 score in a rematch of last year’s Big West Tournament championship. Eight weeks later, these teams will meet once again in another game with championship implications due to results that took place in the preceding weeks.

With wins in eight of its last nine games, UC Irvine climbed the standings and occupied first place by half a game over UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara entering the final week of the regular season. With the Anteaters off on Thursday, combined with the Aggies’ fourth win in a row (and eighth in the last 10), plus UC Santa Barbara’s home loss to Long Beach State, a familiar situation will now take place on Saturday inside the Bren Events Center for ESPN3’s 7:30 p.m. game.

For the second straight season, the winner of this game will capture the Big West’s regular season title, receive an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament and enter this year’s league playoffs, beginning Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, as its No. 1 seed. An Aggie victory will not only give the team its third conference championship in the last four seasons, but spoil UC Irvine’s Homecoming festivities as well.

Calling the biggest regular season league game of the year for ESPN3’s broadcast are Tim Becwar (PBP), Dave Miller (analyst) and Megan Reza (sideline).

Said UC Davis head coach Jim Les following Thursday’s home win over Hawai’i, “[UC Irvine] is a lot like us. They are really good defensively, and they have a number of guys who can score. ... This is going to be a knock-down, drag-out championship bout… and I like it.”

And coach is correct because, entering this weekend’s showdown, UC Irvine and UC Davis possess the league’s top two defenses and two of the three lowest opponent field goal percentages throughout league play.

With these teams splitting their last 10 played, Saturday’s game has the potential to become the latest chapter of the Big West’s most entertaining, and competitive rivalries in recent seasons.

Series Record: UC Davis trails 23-17
Last UC Davis Win: 1/4/18 - H, 64-53
Last UC Irvine Win: 3/4/17 - A, 79-49
Series Streak: UC Davis +1

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