Dec. 11, 2013
UC Davis Aggies (3-7)
Stanford Cardinal (6-2)
Saturday, Dec. 14 - 5 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,233) - Stanford, Calif.
Television: Pac-12 Networks (Bay Area)
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
In-game Twitter Updates
DAVIS, Calif. - In the first game following each of their respective finals week, UC Davis and Stanford will battle one another at Maples Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 14, in a televised matchup available on the Pac-12 Networks' Bay Area channel.
After UC Davis defeated Stanford by six during the 2005-06 season at The Pavilion, the Cardinal have emerged victorious in the following four head-to-head games. A win will give UC Davis its first road triumph over the Cardinal, 15 of the 17 previous meetings have been hosted by Stanford.
Beginning this weekend, UC Davis will remain local for all remaining games scheduled this month as the Aggies will visit San Jose State on Wednesday, Dec. 18, prior to hosting Air Force and Furman at The Pavilion on Dec. 21 and 30 respectively.
A CLOSER LOOK AT STANFORD
Victorious in five of its last six games, Stanford will host UC Davis for the second time in as many seasons at Maples Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The Aggies are one of two Big West teams on the Cardinal's schedule as Cal Poly will also visit campus on Dec. 29.
Junior guard Chasson Randle (18.5 ppg), one of four Stanford players that possess double digit scoring marks, leads a Cardinal attack that is averaging 81.8 points per game. Senior forwards Anthony Brown (16.5 ppg), Dwight Powell (15.1 ppg) and Josh Huestis (11.4 ppg) are the other players that lead head coach Johnny Dawkins' offense. Huestis also leads his team in rebounding at 8.0 per game.
Collectively, these four Cardinal players are responsible for 178 of the team's 229 field goals and 201 of 300 rebounds recorded.
Series Record: Stanford leads 16-1
Last UC Davis Win: 64-58 (H) (12/4/05)
Last Stanford Win: 75-52 (A) (12/15/12)
Current Streak: Stanford +4
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 on Nov. 26. All proceeds will benefit the Yolo Food Bank.
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, UC Davis' holiday toy drive, held on Dec. 7 when the Aggies hosted Nevada, was a resounding success. All proceeds collected that night benefitted Toys for Tots.
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 game are available by clicking "Gametracker" (home games) or "Live Stats" (road games) on the team's schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com. 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 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.
Against Nevada (12/7) four Aggies finished with season-high totals. In addition to Corey Hawkins who led the team with 34 points, new marks were set by Brynton Lemar (16 pts.), Georgi Funtarov (13 pts. and 6 rebs.) and Iggy Nujic (10 pts.)
FIRST-YEAR GUARD PLAYS LIKE A SENIOR
With his end-to-end layup in the final seconds against Nevada, freshman guard Brynton Lemar forced another five minutes of action by tying the game at 74 apiece after 40 minutes of regulation. In just his 10th collegiate game, Lemar stepped up to make his first clutch basket as an Aggie.
CALM, COOL AND EFFICIENT
By connecting on 12 of his 14 field goal attempts against SIUE (11/22) at the Portland State Tournament, Josh Ritchart is responsible for the highest field goal percentage (.857) recorded by any Big West player this season.
Ritchart's 14 free throw attempts taken that same game are also a league high.
PICK YOUR POISON
In the Aggies' tournament-opener at Portland State, it was Josh Ritchart who led UC Davis to victory. The following day against Loyola Chicago (11/23), it was Ryan Sypkens' turn to step up and help his team earn another win. In that game, Sypkens hit 5 of 6 three-point shots, including the game tying shot to extend that game another five minutes. In overtime, Sypkens also hit the go-ahead basket, also from behind the arc, to give the Aggies the lead for good.
Sypkens' .833 percentage from three is the highest mark earned by any Big West player this season.
RYAN SNIPE-KENS STRIKES AGAIN
In UC Davis' season opener against Holy Names (11/11), Ryan Sypkens fell one three-pointer shy of tying a single-game record held by numerous players, including him. However, his seven baskets from three tie him with Kyle Odister (Cal Poly) and Taran Brown (UC Santa Barbara) for the most three-pointers made in a game by a league player.
COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY RECOGNIZES RITCHART
Dominating performances throughout UC Davis' first eight games of the season helped Josh Ritchart earn a spot on College Hoops Daily's All-Big West Conference Team for the month of November.
Ritchart, who ended the month of November as the league's leader in three-point field goal percentage with his .560 clip, was also ranked No. 2 with a .647 field goal percentage, No. 3 in scoring with 17.8 points per game and No. 9 with 6.6 rebounds per game. All four marks were team high figures entering the Aggies' first game of December.
Ritchart's presence was felt throughout all eight games that took place in November, not just the three scheduled in Portland; besides finishing with team-high scoring and rebounding totals on two occasions, he also led all Aggies in blocked shots in five games.
The award was the second received by Ritchart in November as the Big West Conference honored the senior guard/forward as its Men's Basketball Player of the Week after his dominating performance throughout the Aggies' schedule at the Portland State Tournament.
Josh Ritchart, who has shot 50 pct. or better from the field in all nine games played, ranks No. 2 in the Big West with a .632 field goal percentage. More impressively, almost one-third of his attempts have come from beyond the arc. Ritchart is the Big West leader in three-point field goal percentage (.563), and has hit eight of his last 15 from distance.
The senior guard/forward entered the Aggies' matchup against Nevada also ranked No. 2 in defensive rebounds per game (5.11), No. 3 in the Big West in scoring (17.3 ppg), tied for No. 4 in blocked shots (1.33 bpg), No. 6 in three-point field goals made per game (2.00) No. 10 in rebounding (6.6 rpg)
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, UC Davis supporters 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.
UC DAVIS WELCOMES 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.
A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?
Even a fire alarm could not deter future Aggie Isaiah Walton from scoring a team-high 24 points, including three baskets during a 10-0 fourth quarter scoring run, to lead Elyria High School to a 12-point victory over Midview High School. Delayed for more than 30 minutes, Walton helped his team open its season by scoring 20 of the game's first 29 points to give his team a wire-to-wire victory.
TWO SCHOOLS, 20 MILES, ONE RIVALRY
UC Davis and Sacramento State met for the 112th time when the teams faced one another in this year's Causeway Cup game. Outside of Sacramento State, UC Davis men's basketball competed against three teams on a more frequent basis-a list that includes former Div. II, California Collegiate Athletic Association members Chico State (178 games), San Francisco State (148 games) and Humboldt State (122 games).