Sept. 24, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - An early season matchup at Oklahoma State of the Big 12 Conference, a regional contest against NIT champion Stanford and a potential nationally televised ESPN2 game against Long Beach State, highlight an ambitious 2012-13 UC Davis men's basketball schedule announced on Monday by head coach Jim Les.
Les, entering his second year at the helm of the Aggies' program, will lead a UC Davis team that will play 15 home games, including two exhibitions, while traveling to the World Vision Challenge Tournament at Utah State for three games, part of a 17-game road schedule.
All games during the upcoming season can be heard on KSAC (105.5 FM) which will be the Aggies' broadcast partner for the second consecutive season. Games will also be simulcast on www.ucdavisaggies.com.
Season tickets for the 2012-13 UC Davis season are available by visiting the Aggies' athletics website or calling the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 (2471).
"Building a championship basketball program requires challenging ourselves against top-tier opponents and this schedule reflects that philosophy," Les said. "Our players are excited about the opportunities that are upcoming and are using that to motivate their efforts in our preseason workouts."
After exhibition games against UC Santa Cruz (Nov. 1) and Menlo College (Nov. 6), the Aggies will open the regular season at Oklahoma State (Nov. 9). The Cowboys, 15-18 last season against a rugged schedule, beat UC Davis 85-41 during the 1993-94 season in the only other game between the programs.
A highly anticipated game at Stanford (Dec. 15) will mark the sixth game between the Aggies and Cardinal since 2004, and the second in as many years. Stanford visited UC Davis last season with the Aggies returning the favor this year at legendary Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal posted a 26-11 record in 2011-12, rolling to five consecutive wins in the NIT in March to capture its second tournament championship with a 75-51 win over Minnesota at Madison Square Garden.
The 18-game Big West Conference season, which includes new member Hawai'i for the first time, will end with a game on Thursday, Mar. 7 against Long Beach State. The game has been identified by ESPN2 as a "wildcard" game along with Cal State Fullerton at UC Santa Barbara. The network will choose closer to the game date which game it will broadcast. If selected, it will be the first Aggie men's basketball game ever broadcast by ESPN2 from The Pavilion.
Northern Arizona, which UC Davis rallied to beat in an ESPN BracketBusters game in February after trailing by 21 points, opens the regular-season home schedule (Nov. 18) with San Jose State (Dec. 5) and Eastern Washington (Dec. 17) also visiting before the start of the Big West Conference season just prior to New Year's Day.
Besides Oklahoma State, the Aggies' nonconference road slate includes the annual Causeway Classic matchup with Sacramento State (Nov. 20), as well as games at Nevada (Nov. 28) and Idaho (Dec. 1).
UC Davis will also play at the World Vision Challenge while making its second-ever trip to Utah State. The Aggies will face Southern Illinois (Dec. 20), the host Aggies (Dec. 21) and Nicholls State (Dec. 22), renewing all-time series with each program.
UC Davis will open conference action on Dec. 29 at UC Irvine before returning for three straight against local rival Pacific (Jan. 5), Cal Poly (Jan. 10) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 12). Hawai'i makes its first visit to The Pavilion as a Big West member on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) after playing a nonconference matchup in 2011. The Aggies will play nine home games during the Big West season.
The Aggies will also participate in the ESPN BracketBusters event for the fifth consecutive season, hosting a game on Feb. 23. The opponent will be determined during midseason.
The Big West Tournament returns to Honda Center in Anaheim for the third straight year and will be held Mar. 14-16. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
UC Davis will attack the 2012-13 season with several talented veterans and exciting newcomers. Nine players will make their collegiate debut for UC Davis. The team got a headstart to the year with its recent foreign tour to Italy and France in which it won four of five games.