#UCDvsUCR Highlights Thursday's League Schedule

Ryan Sypkens needs two three-point field goals to become the Big West's all-time sharpshooter from behind the arc.
 
Ryan Sypkens needs two three-point field goals to become the Big West's all-time sharpshooter from behind the arc.
 

March 5, 2014

Game 30

UC Davis Aggies (9-20, 4-10 BWC)
at
UC Davis Highlanders (9-19, 4-10 BWC)

Thursday, March 6 - 7 p.m. PT
SRC Arena (3,168) - Riverside, Calif.

Watch on ESPN3 - Trent Schlom (PBP), Richie Schueler (Analyst), Sanaz Tavassol (Sideline)
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM) - Scott Marsh (PBP)
Internet Audio
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

DAVIS, Calif. - For UC Davis, this week's goal is simple: Win, and you are in next week's Big West Tournament. In order to accomplish this, the Aggies must win Thursday's road matchup at UC Riverside to stave off elimination; by winning the first head-to-head matchup in early January, the Highlanders will sweep the season series and own the tiebreaker over the Aggies with a win on its own court. 

A UC Davis victory will give the team a huge advantage going into Saturday's game at UC Riverside by forcing the Highlanders to defeat Long Beach State, on its own court Saturday afternoon (something UCR has not accomplished since Jan. 24, 2009) to avoid being eliminated.

Before Saturday's round of games takes place, the Aggies must pick up a win in a game that ESPN3 will carry online. Trent Schlom will call the action courtside at SRC Arena and will be joined by Richie Schueler who will provide game analyst. Sanaz Tavassoi will serve as the sideline reporter that evening.

A CLOSER LOOK AT UC RIVERSIDE
Perseverance enabled the Highlanders to eke out a close victory Saturday after being on the wrong end of so many others.  With a 4-11 record in games decided by five points or less, UCR squeezed past Cal State Northridge, 106-105, in double overtime for its most meaningful win of the season. 

Senior Chris Patton had a game-high and season-high 30 points in the win over CSUN.  He added 11 rebounds for his double-double of the season.  Patton made 13 of 19 shots in a season-high tying 36 minutes as the Highlanders halted a five-game losing streak. 

UCR set season-highs for free throws made (34) and attempted (39) in the win against CSUN.  The 34 makes are tied for the 10th most in school history and tied for the most in the Division I history of the program.  UCR is third among league teams in free throw percentage (.732). 

Series Record:
UC Riverside leads 30-28
Last UC Davis Win: 59-52 (2/28/13) in Riverside
Last UC Riverside Win: 81-69 (1/16/14) in Davis
Current Streak: UC Riverside +1

ESPN3 SELECTS CRITICAL BIG WEST CONTEST
After 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 on Jan. 9 in its Big West opener, at Cal State Northridge.

THAT'S THE (PRIME) TICKET!
In addition to its opening game of the week, at UC Riverside, UC Davis men's basketball will make another appearance in front of a national audience thanks to Fox Sports West Prime Ticket. Mark Rogondino (play-by-lay), Michael Cage (analyst) and Rahshaun Haylock (sideline) comprise the crew responsible for calling the 2014 regular season finale, from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., between UC Davis and UC Irvine. 

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 begin his broadcast 30 minutes before tip-off with his pregame show. Fans can also listen to Marsh online 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.

SO... NOW WHAT?

Below is a list of possible scenarios for UC Davis with one tournament berth remaining.

Thursday's UC Davis at UC Riverside Matchup

- UC Riverside wins: Highlanders clinch the last spot, UC Davis is officially eliminated

- UC Davis wins: Both teams still in contention, Aggies control their destiny

Saturday's Games (If UC Davis wins Thursday)

- UC Davis clinches last available tournament berth with a win at UC Irvine or a loss by UC Riverside at Long Beach State

- UC Davis advances if both teams lose

- If UC Davis loses, and UC Riverside wins, the Highlanders capture the last possible spot due to its head-to-head record against other Big West teams (UCR would finish 1-1 vs. Long Beach, Aggies are 0-2 against the 49ers; see tiebreak criteria in the following note)

PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN
The league will use the following criteria if teams are tied in the standings at the end of the year (as listed in the conference's tournament bylaws) with regard to tournament seeding:

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.

DANKE, GRACIAS, MAHALO, THANK YOU
Before the start of last Saturday's home finale against UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis men's basketball honored graduating senior Ryan Sypkens who competed 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 connecting on another two from distance throughout his team's final two games.