UC Davis Heads To Oklahoma State For 2012-13 Opener

Tyler Les
 
Tyler Les
 

Nov. 8, 2012

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Game 1
UC Davis Aggies (0-0)
at 
Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-0)

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Nov. 9, 2012 • 6 p.m. (Pacific)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
TV: Fox College Sports Central
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: www.ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: www.ucdavisaggies.com

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 tipoff, Scott Marsh will call the play-by-play with Bill Herenda providing analysis for most contests this season. However, with Marsh calling Saturday's UC Davis football game at Eastern Washington, Herenda will make a rare appearance as the Aggies' play-by-play announcer Friday evening. All games will also be streamed free of charge on www.ucdavisaggies.com.

FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis games by visiting www.ucdavisaggies.com. Media are advised to select "Media View" on Gametracker for stats updated the quickest while covering home games.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Season and single-game tickets for Aggie home games can be purchased through the "Tickets" link at www.ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752-1915.

OPENING TIPS
UC Davis will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys for only the second time in the program's history when the teams take the court at Gallagher-Iba Arena Friday night.  This is the second time that the Aggies have made the trip to Stillwater, Okla., the Cowboys have yet to face UC Davis at The Pavilion.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. OKLAHOMA STATE
Aggies trail 0-1

NEW YEAR, NEW ROSTER
There are seven new additions to the men's basketball program, a group of newcomers that is comprised of three true freshmen (Darius Graham, Tyler Ott and Olivier Paul-Betu), two junior college players (Clint Bozner and Spencer Clayton) and two four-year transfers (Avery Johnson and Iggy Nujic). Due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson and Nujic will not compete for the Aggies this season.

WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART
For two Aggies, the start of the 2012-13 season could not arrive fast enough as Corey Hawkins and  Justin Dueck will now have the opportunity to take the floor for head coach Jim LesA transfer who arrived to UC Davis last year, Hawkins was unable to compete due to NCAA rules and regulations, Dueck was a redshirt during his first year on-campus. 

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES' ROSTER
In addition to the seven newcomers to the program, six letterwinners also return to the team this season. Continuing their careers as an Aggie are J.T. Adenrele, Ryan Howley, Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola and Josh Ritchart. Led by seniors Howley and Mancasola, this year's roster features five upperclassmen.

NBA PEDIGREES
UC Davis features two players whose fathers have played in the NBA. Tyler Les is the son of head coach Jim Les who spent seven seasons in the NBA, including four with the Sacramento Kings; Corey Hawkins is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hersey Hawkins who is currently an executive with the Portland Trail Blazers.

A NEW TWIST ON A UNIQUE SITUATION
The 2012-13 season is the second opportunity for Tyler Les to compete for his dad, Jim.  Unlike most father-son coach-player duos, it was T. Les that was the first to arrive to UC Davis. The junior guard first competed as a Aggie during  the 2010-11 season, J. Les joined the team's coaching staff the following season.

POSSIBLE FIRST FOR THE PAVILION
The UC Davis-Long Beach State matchup scheduled to take place on Mar. 7, 2013 is a wildcard game for ESPN2.  If selected by the network, it will be the first nationally-televised Aggie basketball game from The Pavilion. 

LES ASSEMBLES STRONG STAFF
Head coach Jim Les went near and far when assembling his staff of assistant coaches. Kevin Nosek, a member of the Aggies' 1998 NCAA Division II Championship team, returns for his 11th year with the program. Chris Davis, who Les faced in the Missouri Valley while he was at Bradley and Davis at Drake, will start his second season with Aggies after spending three seasons in the Big East at Providence where he was the Friars' recruiting coordinator.  Kyle Vogt, most recently at Western Illinois University and who has been a part of nearly 180 wins during his coaching career, joined the UC Davis men's basketball program as an assistant coach in July replacing Gus Argenal who is now at Rice. Mark Darnall enters the 2012-13 season, his second on the Aggie staff, continuing his role as UC Davis' first-ever Director of Basketball Operations after assisting Les at Bradley University as the team's video coordinator.

BON VOYAGE 
UC Davis faced a number of top-caliber teams throughout its 10-day trip throughout Italy and France this past summer. Under NCAA rules, collegiate teams can make a foreign trip every four years. Nearly 60 Div. I teams made such excursions, a list that also included Big West counterparts Pacific (France, Aug. 10-20) and Cal State Northridge (Canada, Aug. 21-26). While overseas, the Aggies competed against Latina Basket, a member of the Italian B-1 League, a U.S. military team based in Camp Darby and a local professional team - Don Bosco Livorno - while in Livorno, Italy, Golf-Juan, a French National 2 team and Cagnes Sur Mer, member of the NM3 Division in France.

RITCHART RECOGNIZED FOR HIS RANGE
Josh Ritchart, one of the top three-point shooters in the Big West Conference who made at least five treys in a game five times last season, has been named to the 2012-13 Madness Big West Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference second team by College Sports Madness. Ritchart led the team in scoring 10 times and either led or shared rebounding honors in 10 games. He averaged 5.1 rpg, double his average from 2010-11 when he was named the Big West Co-Freshman of the Year and was a Freshman Mid-Major All-American by CollegeInsider.com.

DANGEROUS FROM DOWNTOWN
UC Davis junior Tyler Les, who canned 82 three-pointers last season including a school-record tying eight against San Jose State, was selected as No. 35 on CBSSports.com's preseason list of the top 50 shooters in NCAA Division I. Les, a 6-foot-2 guard from Peoria, Ill., ranked 27th among the nation's shooters in three-point percentage last season, making 41 percent of his 200 attempts. He was also ranked 45th in treys per game, averaging 2.7. Les was just one shy of the single-season Aggie record.

LOOKING AHEAD
More than a week will pass between games for the Aggies once they return from their season-opener in Stillwater, as the team will not return to action until its home opener on Nov. 18 versus Northern Arizona. That meeting against the Lumberjacks is the only regular season home game that will take place throughout November, UC Davis will open its three-game road trip two days later at Sacramento State.
The Last Meeting
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Oklahoma State85
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