Nov. 27, 2013
Idaho Vandals (3-3)
UC Davis Aggies (3-4)
Saturday, Nov. 30 - 2 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,670) - Davis, Calif.
UC Davis Aggies
Seattle Redhawks (3-2)
Monday, Dec. 2 - 7:05 p.m.
KeyArena (9,686) - Seattle, Wash.
DAVIS, Calif. - After a brief break, UC Davis men's basketball will play two games in three days starting Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion when the Aggies host the Idaho Vandals in a 2 p.m. non-conference game. The team will then travel to Seattle, Wash., to face the Seattle Redhawks Monday night at 7:05 p.m. before returning to Davis. Live stats, in-game Twitter updates and radio broadcasts on KSAC (105.5 FM), and online at ucdavisaggies.com are available for both games as a video stream is only available for Saturday's home contest.
'TIS THE SEASON FOR SAVING MONEY
UC Davis will host an Aggie Blue Friday and Cyber Monday promotion where fans can receive 25 percent off Aggie Pride outlet items and 60 percent off reserved seats for UC Davis’ Dec. 7 home game against Nevada. For additional information, visit http://bit.ly/AggieBlue_CyberMonday.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
UC Davis men’s basketball would like to thank everyone who participated in the program’s annual canned food drive which took place on the night of this years’ cross-Causeway matchup. All proceeds will benefit the Yolo Food Bank.
A CLOSER LOOK AT IDAHO
UC Davis will host Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 30, the first of two afternoon non-conference games on the Aggies this season. In addition to its 2 p.m. tip against the visiting Vandals, UC Davis will host Air Force in a 2:30 p.m. non-conference matchup on Dec. 21. After Saturday’s game, three of UC Davis’ following four games will take place on the road as a non-conference contest versus Nevada on Dec. 7 is sandwiched between matchups at Seattle (Dec. 2), Stanford (Dec. 14) and San Jose State (Dec. 18).
Picked second in the WAC by its media and fourth by the coaches this season, Idaho is in the middle of a stretch of games that includes nine of 10 on the road. What started in Portland, Ore., last weekend at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament continued at Boise State last Wednesday and includes stops at UC Davis on Saturday, at Montana, at Portland State, at Idaho State and at Cal State Northridge in the upcoming weeks.
Series Record: Idaho leads 3-0
Last UC Davis Win: N/A
Last Idaho Win: 73-66 (A) (12/1/12)
Current Streak: Idaho +3
A CLOSER LOOK AT SEATTLE
As is the case with Idaho, the Seattle Redhawks will also compete in a road game against a cross-state rival. The Vandals will take on Boise State Wednesday night while the Redhawks will face Eastern Washington Friday evening.
Redshirt junior Isiah Umipig, a former member of Cal State Fullerton's men's basketball team, paces the Redhawks in scoring with his 18.4 points per game average; junior guard Jarell Flora and senior forward Clarence Trent trail their teammate with respective 12.0 ppg and 10.2 ppg marks.
Victorious in three of its last four games, Seattle downed Cal State Fullerton before defeating Evergreen State and UC Riverside; sandwiched between those last two victories was a loss suffered at Boise State. Even though the Redhawks are only five games into their schedule at the time of this release, a pattern is starting to evolve as all three wins took place inside KeyArena with both losses recorded on the road
Series Record: Tied at 3-3
Last UC Davis Win: 80-58 (H) (11/27/10)
Last Seattle Win: 73-59 (A) (2/20/12)
Current Streak: Seattle +1
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 will call the action and begin his broadcast 30 minutes before tip-off with his pregame show. Fans can also listen to Marsh online for every men’s basketball game this season through an internet broadcast available at ucdavisaggies.com.
GIVE ME MY STATS, STAT!
Find out what is happening during every UC Davis men’s basketball game through live stats. Links for every men’s basketball home and road game are available by clicking “Gametracker” or “Live Stats” respectively on the team’s schedule located on its homepage. Due to the increased use of smartphones and tablet computers, Gametracker was redesigned this past summer and is now available for use on any tablet computer of mobile device.
SECURE YOUR SEATS
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 IN ACTION FOR FREE
Live streaming for UC Davis men’s basketball home, and all 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.
COMING TO A COMPUTER NEAR YOU
After rolling out its mobile production facility at the women’s soccer conference semifinals, the Big West Conference, in conjunction with ESPN, will broadcast a minimum of 13 men’s basketball games on ESPN3 this season. The conference’s inaugural game on ESPN3 will involve UC Davis when the team visits Cal State Northridge, on Jan. 9, in its Big West opener.
Through the Big West’s new mobile production facility, each game will be produced by the Conference utilizing full ESPN production standards, including graphics, replay and on-air crew. It is the first fully operational mobile production unit of its kind that expands upon what ESPN Emerging Technology has already done at the institutional level. Depending on ESPNU’s selection, ESPN3 will broadcast one game not selected by its sister station from the following matchups on March 6: UC Davis at UC Riverside, UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State at Cal State Northridge.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
In this year’s Causeway matchup, fans in attendance at The Pavilion witnessed a rare historical moment when Ryan Sypkens connected on his first attempt from three at the 18:28 mark of the second half to record his 1,000th career point. The senior from Elk Grove is the first Aggie to join this exclusive, now 19-member club, since Mark Payne reached this milestone on Nov. 14, 2010.
RITCHART’S REIGN IN PORTLAND LEADS TO WEEKLY AWARD
The Big West Conference recognized UC Davis senior Josh Ritchart Monday afternoon as its Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for helping the Aggies earn two victories at the Portland State Tournament.
The 6-foot-9 forward was virtually unstoppable when UC Davis faced SIUE in its tournament-opener last Friday, a game that saw Ritchart score a career-high 35 points on 12 of 14 shots, en route to an 80-75 victory. The native of Auburn, Calif., also collected 13 rebounds to post his team’s first double-double of the year.
Less than 24 hours later, Ritchart narrowly missed a second-straight double-double when he finished with nine points and nine rebounds in UC Davis’ 64-61 overtime win versus Loyola Chicago.
By ending his weekend against tournament host Portland State with 17 points and seven rebounds, Ritchart averaged 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds for the week. Collectively, he shot 67.6 pct. (23 of 34) from the field and 44.4 pct. (4 of 9) from three.
AGGIES WELCOME ISAIAH WALTON
UC Davis men’s basketball opened the fall signing period in impressive fashion by signing Elyria High prospect Isaiah Walton to a National Letter of Intent as announced by head coach Jim Les on Nov. 13. Walton is the inaugural member of the Aggies’ incoming class of 2014 and is scheduled to attend classes at UC Davis next fall.
Hailing from Oberlin, Ohio, the 6-foot-3 senior, lauded as one of the top guards in Ohio’s Class of 2014 by numerous prep pundits, committed to the UC Davis shortly after his official visit.
As a junior, Walton averaged 17.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals as Elyria’s primary shooting guard. In addition to scoring a career-high 30 points against Parma High School during league competition last season, Walton also guided his Pioneers to an 18-6 record. By helping his team earn a berth in the Division I district semifinals, the Northeast Conference and Lorain County each named Walton to their respective all-league and all-county first teams.
Even though numerous east coast, Mid-American Conference and Horizon League schools also pursued Walton, the Aggies were his top choice since his initial conversations with the staff.