March 6, 2013
Long Beach State 49ers (17-11, 13-3 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (14-14, 9-7 BWC)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 8:05 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,687) - Davis, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 17-2
Last UC Davis Win: 82-76 (A) (2/5/09)
Last Long Beach State Win: 71-65 (A) (2/20/13)
Current Streak: Long Beach State +8
UC Irvine Anteaters (17-13, 10-6 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,687) - Davis, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 17-12
Last UC Davis Win: 108-107 (2OT, H) (1/29/11)
Last UC Irvine Win: 69-58 (OT, A) (12/29/12)
Current Streak: UC Irvine +4
Thursday's nationally televised game at The Pavilion is an important one for both Long Beach State and UC Davis for a variety of reasons. With a win, the 49ers can claim another Big West title outright, secure a No. 1 seed in next week's Big West Men's Basketball Tournament and become the first school to win three straight conference titles outright since Pacific achieved this feat from 2003-06.
For UC Davis, one of the hottest teams in the conference with wins in seven of its last 10 games, a victory will help the team continue its climb up the standings and share fifth place with a Hawai'i team that lost both head-to-head matchups against the Aggies, and will compete in its final game of the season at Cal State Northridge Thursday night. A UC Davis victory will also earn the team a split of the season series, snap an eight-game slide against the 49ers and provide the perfect ending for a team that is competing in front of a nationally televised audience, at home, for the first time in the program's history.
The Aggies will end their regular season Saturday evening when UC Irvine visits The Pavilion, an evening that will also feature a Senior Day ceremony honoring Ryan Howley and Paolo Mancasola. The final appearance at home for each, the duo hope to help their team end the season with a win, earn a split of the season series prior to next week's Big West Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
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!
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 @UCDavisAggies.
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 "Live Stream Provided by 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.
SETTING THE NEW STANDARD
UC Davis will enter Thursday's game against Long Beach State with 14 victories, tying the 2009-10 team for the most Division I victories earned in a season. With two games remaining, the 2012-13 squad has two opportunities to earn win No. 15, a new program-high. The Aggies competed as a Division I independent from 2004-2007 and joined the Big West Conference prior to the start of the 2007-08 academic year.
ALONE AND LOVING IT
With its three-point win at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, March 2, UC Davis set two new program highs since its transition to Division I competition. With nine Big West and six road wins to its credit, this year's team is now responsible for recording the most victories in each category. The previous highs of eight conference and five road wins were held by the 2009-10 and `08-'09 teams respectively.
IF YOU THINK WE'RE DANGEROUS NOW...
Saturday's home game versus UC Irvine is the last game for two graduating seniors - guards Ryan Howley and Paolo Mancasola. With the senior duo responsible for a collective 300 of the 2,008 points scored this season, 85.1 percent of the Aggies offense will return next season.
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. Chosen by the network as its "Wild Card" game, ESPN2 will begin its broadcast at 8 p.m., with tip-off scheduled to take place five minutes later. 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. Rich Cellini and Corey Williams will provide play-by-play and analysis respectively.
ONE SHOT, TWO RECORDS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens is the Aggies' new all-time three-point king as he topped Fowzi Abdelsamad's single season and all-time field goal records in his first attempt versus Hawai'i (2/24). Originally set during the 2004-05 season, the single-season record of 83 is now 99 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 213 field goals from distance throughout his three-plus seasons of competition at UC Davis.
HAWKINS NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Receiving National Player of the Week after his record-breaking performance at Hawai'i earlier this season, College Insider recognized Corey Hawkins once again by naming him the Big West Conference's Most Valuable Player.
Entering Thursday's nationally televised home game against Long Beach State, the sophomore guard holds the school record for the most points scored in a game with his 40-point effort (on 14 shots) at Hawai'i last Jan. 19, and sits alongside Tyler Les and Ryan Sypkens for the most three-point field goals recorded in a game with eight.
Hawkins is also ranked No. 13 nationally in scoring at 20.5 ppg and is No. 43 at the free throw line with a .856 success rate.
A ONE-TWO PUNCH
The Aggies have swept three conference teams this season - Hawai'i, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside - a new Division I program high.
DIFFERENT YEAR, DIFFERENT RESULT In only its second year under the leadership of head coach Jim Les, this year's UC Davis roster has earned nine overall and six additional wins compared to last year's team.
AGGIES VS. THE NATION
UC Davis possesses top-20 national rankings in three statistical categories:
No. 7 in three-point field goal percentage (.402)
No. 17 three-point field goals made per game (8.3)
No. 19 in field goal percentage (.476)
ONE OF THE BIG WEST'S BEST
With 99 threes to his credit this season, Ryan Sypkens now occupies 10th place in the Big West Conference's single-season record book.
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 country with his .474 three-point field goal percentage, and is No. 4 averaging 3.8 three-point field goals per game.
PICK YOUR POISON
In addition to Sypkens, Corey Hawkins also possesses two NCAA national marks as he is No. 13 in scoring at 20.5 ppg, and is No. 43 at the free throw line with a .856 percentage. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Big West in scoring, Hawkins is No. 2 in free throw percentage (.576 FT pct.), No. 7 in defensive rebounds (4.6 drpg) and steals (1.5 spg), No. 9 in three-point field goal percentage (.409 3FG pct.), No. 10 in three-point field goals made (3.8 3FGM) and No. 15 in rebounding (5.5 rpg).
WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
By virtue of leading the Big West in scoring at 20.3 ppg, with 508 points to his credit, Corey Hawkins leads all conference sophomores in both categories this season.
IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
UC Irvine's Chris McNealy entered this week's action ranked No. 10 in the Big West with 743 points scored; 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 trails the third-year Anteater by 235 points by posting 508 points of his own throughout his his first 25 games as a Big West student-athlete.
WITHIN RANGE EVERYWHERE
Already responsible for breaking two school records, Ryan Sypkens is ranked No. 10 in the conference and No. 3 amongst all Big West juniors with his 14.4 ppg average.
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 21.7 ppg. UC Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, the second-highest scorer in conference games, trails Hawkins by more than two full points per game.
CALL HIM RYAN SNIPE-KENS
Ryan Sypkens' .474 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 senior forward Ryan Howley possess the No. 5 rebounding average in the conference (7.7 rpg), the senior guard is also ranked No. 3 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 .576 field-goal percentage and is No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per game.
DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF HIM
Tyler Les continues to ascend the rankings with his .433 three-point field goal percentage. The junior guard is now No. 4 in the conference in this category.
THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 5 in assists at 4.0 per game and No. 9 with his 1.6 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 are one of the most dangerous teams in the Big West from distance. The Aggies currently lead all teams (conference games only) with their .420 three-point percentage.
TOP 10 ALL-TIME TOTALS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens and junior swingman Josh Ritchart are amongst the top-10 active Big West career scoring leaders this season as of March 5. Ranked No. 6 with 890 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits three spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 9 slot with 796 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 March 5, the senior guard is ranked No. 3 in the conference with 479 rebounds.
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 +0.8 differential.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE (FOR OPPONENTS)
Possessing a team-high five, J.T. Adenrele posted double-doubles in last week's road games at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. Adenrele helped the Aggies leave the Inland Empire with a win for the first time since Jan. 28, 2010, by scoring 13 points and earning a team-high 10 of UC Davis' 36 rebounds. Two days later, the Roseville native entered the locker room at the break with his fifth double of the year (13 points, 10 rebounds) and ended his evening with a team-high 22 points (on a career-high 10 field goals) and 15 rebounds.
COOL AS ICE
In February's 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 topple the Mustangs.
BIG WEST TOURNAMENT SINGLE SESSION TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Single session tickets for the 2013 Big West Basketball Tournament will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets at the Honda Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000. The 2013 Big West Tournament marks the third year the event has been hosted at Honda Center, with each year seeing dramatic increases in attendance.
The men's tournament begins on Thursday, March 14 at Honda Center with four quarterfinal games. The semifinals and championship games for both the men and the women will take place Friday and Saturday at Honda Center.
Tickets for the event range from $10-$22 for general admission seats for the women's tournament games and $27-$34 for reserved seating to the men's tournament games. Big West students can purchase a ticket to any Honda Center session for $10 with a valid student I.D.
For more tournament specifics, visit the Big West Basketball Tournament website at www.bigwesttournament.com.
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