UC Davis To Host Stanford On Friday Night

Alex Tiffin has started all four games this season for UC Davis.

Nov. 17, 2011

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Game 5
Stanford Cardinal (3-0)
UC Davis Aggies (1-3)
Nov. 18, 2011 • 7 p.m. • The Pavilion (5,931)
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: www.ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: www.ucdavisaggies.com

TV/RADIO/INTERNET: All remaining UC Davis games will be aired on KSAC (105.5 FM)... This is the first year the Aggies and KSAC have teamed to air UC Davis men's basketball... Pregame begins 30 minutes before tipoff... SCOTT MARSH will call the play-by-play for all games and BILL HERENDA will provide analysis for most contests... All games will also be streamed free of charge on www.ucdavisaggies.com... Friday's game will be aired on Comcast SportsNet with SCOTT REIS (play-by-play), DAN BELLUOMINI (analyst) and MATT STEIMETZ (sidelines).

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.

TICKETS: 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 hosts Stanford for the first time since upsetting the Cardinal 64-58 on Dec. 4, 2005... That was the Aggies' lone win in the 16-game series that dates back to 1914-15... Friday's game marks the third time since 2005 the teams have met - and the second time on Hamilton Court... UC Davis is currently 1-3 for the second consecutive year and is trying to avoid a 1-4 start for the first time since 2008-09...  The Aggies have already played two more games than any other Big West team... UC Davis is averaging 10.3 three-pointers over its first four games, ahead of the 8.0 treys it averaged last year... The Aggies' starting lineup for each of its first four games has been comprised of a freshman (G Tyrell Corbin), two sophomores (F Josh Ritchart, F Alex Tiffin) and two juniors (G Ryan Sypkens, F Ryan Howley)... The Aggies entered Tuesday's game against UC Santa Cruz shooting .526 from the line (20 of 38) but upped that percentage to .681 after going 29 of 35 (.829) versus the Banana Slugs... Three players - Corbin (17), Sypkens (10) and Howley (10) - have double-digit assists through the opening part of the season... UC Davis has been outscored an average of 40.0-34.0 ppg. in the first half but has turned the tables on the opposition 40.0-38.3 ppg. in the second... The Aggies are 1-58 all-time against current members of the Pac-12 Conference... The Aggies are in the first of two three-game homestands this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. STANFORD: The Cardinal lead UC Davis 15-1 and have won the past two games, both at Maples Pavilion... The series began in the 1914-15 season and Stanford won the first 13 before UC Davis captured a historic 64-58 at home in 2005... The Cardinal won 84-72 in 2006 and then 85-69 in 2009. 

A LOOK BACK TO DEC. 4, 2005: Stanford jumped to a 12-point lead in the first half before the Aggies rallied and took their first lead on three free throws by G Vince Oliver with 11:56 left, making the score 39-36... W Phil Rasmussen's layup with 4:32 to go put UC Davis in the lead for good.. The Aggies led by as many as eight points down the stretch... Rasmussen scored 18 points while F Thomas Juillerat (15), Oliver (12) and W KYLE BRUCCELERI (10) each reached double figures as well... UC Davis was 3 of 15 from beyond the arc (Stanford was 1 for 15) and held a 40-33 rebounding advantage... The Aggies also had just nine turnovers. 

UC DAVIS 84, UC SANTA CRUZ 78: Freshman G Tyrell Corbin scored a game-high 16 points and went 10-for-10 from the line in the second half as UC Davis rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat UC Santa Cruz 84-78 in a nonconference men's basketball game played before 849 fans on Tuesday night at The Pavilion... The win was Jim Les' first as Aggie head coach.. G Harrison Dupont, making his Aggie debut, scored 15 points before fouling out while G Paolo Mancasola and F Josh Ritchart each had 11... UC Davis also went 29 of 35 from the free throw line in the game, including 20 of 25 after halftime... Corbin made all 10 of his free throws during the final seven minutes of the game... UC Davis trailed by a dozen points in each half, the last time coming 61-49 with 15:04 left... Corbin's free throws with 2:02 put the Aggies in the lead for good.

SYPKENS FROM LONG RANGE: G Ryan Sypkens made 66 three-pointers during his sophomore season last year and is already off to a strong start as a junior, canning 14 (3.5 avg.) over his first four games... He is currently T-3rd in the Big West for treys made which has helped him average 14.5 ppg, currently 10th in the league... He had 19 points against both Southern Utah and San Diego State at last weekend's Basketball Traveler's Classic hosted by the Aztecs... While it doesn't officially count, Sypkens had a monster game against Menlo in an exhibition on Nov. 4, making a half-dozen three-pointers and scoring 30 points.

CORBIN DISHING IT EARLY: Freshman G Tyrell Corbin made his Aggie debut with a strong effort against Southern Utah, scoring 15 points and picking up five assists in the opener... He also had seven dishes in Sunday game against San Diego State... He is ranked sixth in the Big West (4.3) in the early going.

REPLACING SCORING PUNCH: UC Davis lost its top two scorers to graduation in G Mark Payne (15.5 ppg) and G Joe Harden (14.9), both now playing professionally... The duo represented 42.7 percent of the Aggies' scoring last season... However, UC Davis returns the next eight scorers on the list, led by G Eddie Miller (12.5) who was third overall. 

SUPER SENIOR SILVA: G Ryan Silva returns for his fifth year on the court after receiving a medical hardship waiver for the 2009-10 season when injury limited him to just eight games... Silva is a career 41.5-percent shooter from three-point territory who made 55 over his first two seasons, including 34 in 2008-09.

NBA PEDIGREES: UC Davis features three players whose fathers have played in the NBA... G Tyler Les is the son of head coach Jim Les who spent seven seasons in the NBA, including four with the Sacramento Kings; G Tyrell Corbin is the son of current Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin who played 13 years professionally; and G Corey Hawkins is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hersey Hawkins, currently an executive with the Portland Trailblazers... Hawkins, who transferred from Arizona State this fall, will not play this season due to NCAA transfer rules... He'll have three years remaining.

LES ASSEMBLES STRONG STAFF: HEAD COACH Jim Les went near and far when putting together his assistant coaches... Kevin Nosek, a member of the Aggies' 1998 NCAA Division II Championship team, returns for his ninth year with the program while fellow alum Gus Argenal, who graduated in 2004, is back for his second stint with UC Davis... He was most recently at Chico State... Veteran Chris Davis, who Les faced in the Missouri Valley while he was at Bradley and Davis at Drake, joins the Aggies after three seasons in the Big East at Providence where he was the Friars' recruiting coordinator.

CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: UC Davis will face 2010 NCAA Tournament teams San Diego State, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara (twice) during the 2011-12 season while facing Pac-12 member Stanford at home on Nov. 18... The matchup at UCLA will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim, site of the Big West Tournament... SDSU earned a spot in the Sweet 16 last season...  The Aggies will face teams from The Summit League and Northeast, Big Sky, Western Athletic and Pac-12 conferences.

UC DAVIS SIGNS THREE: The Aggies announced G DARIUS GRAHAM (Sacramento HS, Sacramento, Calif.) and F TYLER OTT (Desert Hills HS, St. George, Utah) signed National Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period on Nov. 9 and then added G OLIVIER-PAUL BETU (Worcester Academy; Worcester, Mass.) this past Wednesday... Graham averaged 10.6 ppg and was an All-Metro Conference first-team pick last year while helping the Dragons to the NorCal Regional semifinal final... Ott averaged 14.6 ppg last year and is an all-state honoree at Desert Hills... Betu, originally from Montreal, is the fourth-rated guard in Canada's prep class of 2012 and the 18th-rated player overall... He averaged 15.1 ppg. and 5.1 assists last year.

CARDINAL SCOUTING REPORT: Stanford is off to a 3-0 start after opening the year with a 91-52 win against Central Arkansas (Nov. 11) and then beating Fresno State, 75-59, on Monday and Colorado State, 64-52, on Tuesday in the first two rounds of the Preseason NIT... It'll face Oklahoma State next Wednesday in the semifinals... G AARON BRIGHT (16.3), F/C JOSH OWENS (13.0) AND G CHASSON RANDLE (10.7) are each averaging in double figures early on for the Cardinal which is outscoring its opponents 76.7-54.3 so far... Stanford is also been dominant on the boards, owning a 41.7-28.3 advantage through three games... F JOSH HUESTIS is averaging 7.3... The Cardinal have been bitten by the turnover bug, picking up 46 against 36 assists (0.8 ratio)... Bright had 21 points in the win over Fresno State, best on the team this season while Huestis had 11 boards... Stanford, picked sixth in the Pac-12 this season, finished 15-16 overall last year.

EXPERIENCE VS. STANFORD: Four members of the current Aggie squad played the last time Stanford and UC Davis met in 2009... F Ryan Howley had 19 points and six rebounds while G Ryan Sypkens hit four three-pointers and scored 16 points, both of them picking up starts during their freshman season... F Adam Malik had two points... The remaining Aggie that's faced Stanford in the past is senior G Eddie Miller but he did so as a member of the Cal Bears where he played his first two seasons... He saw less than a minute's action in the Cardinal's 75-69 home win in 2009.

UC DAVIS ALL-TIME VS. PAC-12: The Aggies have had a rough go through the years against the Pac-12's current members... They are 1-58 all-time with the one victory coming against Stanford in 2005... Here's how it breaks down by school: Arizona (0-1), Cal (0-32), Oregon (0-4), Oregon State (0-1), Stanford (1-15), UCLA (0-4) and Utah (0-1)... UC Davis has never faced Arizona State, Colorado, USC, Washington and Washington State.    

RITCHART RETURNS: ©/F Josh Ritchart, made his true freshman season with the Aggies last year a memorable one, earning Big West Co-Freshman of the Year and Freshman Mid-Major All-America (CollegeInsider.com) honors after averaging 7.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg... He ranked second in the Big West in three-point pct. (.409) and had a breakout game at UCLA when he scored 23 points (9 of 12 FG)... He had five treys against the Bruins... He also had 20 points in an early Big West game at Cal State Fullerton.

DUPONT IS DUPER IN DEBUT: After transferring from The Citadel after his freshman season, F Harrison Dupont had to wait a year to get on the floor with UC Davis because of NCAA transfer rules... Injury prevented him from making his debut until Tuesday but he did so in strong fashion, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting against UC Santa Cruz... He scored 11 points in the second half... DuPont also added a couple of steals before fouling out with 3:53 left... He came to the Aggies after starting 19 games at The Citadel, averaging 8.3 ppg. and earning Southern Conference All-Freshman Team accolades from both the coaches and media.

FIFTH YEAR IN BIG WEST: The Aggies enter their fifth season in the Big West Conference after officially joining the league in 2007... UC Davis is 21-43 (.328) in its previous four seasons, earning trips to the conference tournament in 2009 and 2010, the latter when it advanced to the semifinals... The Aggies are 46-79 (.368) at the Div. I level overall... They had a program-best 14 wins in 2009-10, finishing 14-18 overall.

ROSTER MAKEUP: Ten of UC Davis' 16 players are underclassmen... Broken down, the Aggies' roster is comprised of four freshman, six sophomores, three juniors and three seniors.

COMING VIA TRANSFER: Four players have made their way to UC Davis from other schools, three of them from Div. I programs... G Eddie Miller (Cal), F Harrison Dupont (The Citadel) and G Corey Hawkins (Arizona State) are four-year transfers while G Paolo Mancasola is a JC transfer from Shasta College, although he did redshirt a season at the University of San Diego.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies will conclude their current three-game homestand on Tuesday when they host rival Sacramento State on Tuesday at 7 p.m... The game will provide 10 points for the all-sports Causeway Cup with the Hornets... UC Davis currently leads 25-5 through the fall season ... The Causeway Classic football game, with its 10 points at stake, will be played Saturday.