UC Davis will face the Southern Illinois Salukis for the first time since Dec. 2, 1972, in the Aggies’ first game at the World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods. Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. (PT) game is the first of three the Aggies will play throughout their time in Logan, Utah. UC Davis will face host Utah State in an 7 p.m. (PT) primetime matchup Friday night before ending tournament play the following day at 4:30 p.m. (PT) versus Nicholls State. An internet radio broadcast, live stats and in-game Twitter updates will take place for all three games, KSAC (105.5 FM) will also broadcast Friday and Saturday’s contests.
‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
Toys for Tots held a toy drive during the Aggies’ home game vs. San Jose State (12/5/12), an opportunity that numerous fans took full advantage by donating new and unused toys for local children in need. The men’s basketball program thanks everyone who made last Wednesday’s toy drive a successful event, and encourages people who are interested in donating their time and/or additional items to visit www.toysfortots.com.
TRULY A TEAM EFFORT
Aggie men’s basketball would also like to thank all fans that participated in the team’s food drive during its home opener vs. Northern Arizona on Nov. 18. Due to the generosity of its supporters, 315 pounds of food was donated to the Food Bank of Yolo County to help local families in need. Individuals who are interested in volunteering for, or donating their time and/or items to the Food Bank of Yolo County are encouraged to visit www.foodbankyc.org.
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.
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 tip-off, Scott Marsh will call the play-by-play with Bill Herenda providing analysis for most contests this season. KSAC will air Friday and Saturday’s men’s basketball games from Logan, Utah, all games will also be streamed free of charge this season on ucdavisaggies.com.
FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis road games by visiting ucdavisaggies.com. Media are advised to select “Media View” on Gametracker as stats updated the quickest on this medium when covering home games.
AGGIE SPORTS UPDATE
UC Davis Athletics, in partnership with KSAC (105.5 FM) in Sacramento, debuted “Aggie Sports Update” on Dec. 4. A weekly radio show featuring interviews with coaches and student-athletes, updates on all 23 varsity teams and opportunities to win tickets and prizes, the 30-minute show will air every Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 throughout the basketball season. The show will be hosted by longtime Aggie broadcaster Scott Marsh, with KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman also taking the microphone from time to time. Besides airing on KSAC, “Aggie Sports Update” will stream live on UC Davis’ official athletics website, www.ucdavisaggies.com.
A CLOSER LOOK AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
UC Davis will face the Southern Illinois Salukis for only the third time in the program’s history in the opening game of the World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods. The Salukis enter the event with a 6-2 overall record, however, both losses took place on the road. Last season, the Salukis dropped all four neutral-site games, and suffered 11 of their 23 losses outside of Carbondale, Ill. In its last two games, the SIU erased a 13-point first half deficit to defeat New Orleans by 13, then pieced together a late-game rally two days later to beat Green Bay by two. Led by senior guard Jeff Early (14.6 ppg), four Salukis possess double-digit scoring averages. Early also leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. Southern Illinois averages 69.2 ppg, opposite its opponents who have managed to score 59.5 ppg throughout the Salukis’ first eight games. Keep an eye on Southern Illinois at the free-throw line, especially if the game is close and entering the final minutes as the team shooting .655 from the charity stripe.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR UC DAVIS - at UTAH STATE
UC Davis will face event host Utah State in an all-Aggies matchup during day two of competition at the Challenge. Utah State enters the classic-format tournament with a 4-1 home record, and a .988 all-time winning percentage as a tournament host. Utah State has won 42-straight home tournament games since suffering its only loss to Wyoming on Dec. 28, 1971, and will begin Challenge competition Thursday night against Nicholls State. Friday’s game is the second time that Utah State will battle UC Davis; Utah State was victorious in the only previously played head-to-head game, one that also took place in Logan.
WRAPPING UP THE WEEK - vs. NICHOLLS STATE
UC Davis will have an opportunity to double its win total against the Nicholls State Colonels when the two take the court for the second time in the program’s history in the tournament finale for each team. Saturday’s game will also serve as the final non-conference tune-up for the Aggies as they will face a six-day layoff before returning to action in their Big West opener, at UC Irvine, on Dec. 29. The Colonels will travel to Utah with a 1-5 record; as was the case with Southern Illinois, Nicholls State was also able to defeat Green Bay, albeit by a more comfortable 13-point margin. Leading the way for Nicholls State are a pair of freshman, guards Fred Hunter and T.J. Carpenter are the team’s top-two players and are averaging 25.3 ppg/7.3 rpg and 12.7 ppg/4.5 rpg apiece. Combined the two are responsible for 47 percent of their team’s points and 33 percent of the Colonels’ rebounds.
TOP-TEN ALL-TIME TOTALS
Junior swingman Josh Ritchart and junior guard Ryan Sypkens are amongst the top-ten active Big West career scoring leaders entering the 2012-13 season. Currently ranked No. 6 with 640 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Ritchart sits two points ahead of teammate Sypkens who occupies the No. 7 slot with 638 points.
HE’S ALSO ON THE LIST
Ryan Howley is another Aggie who finds himself alongside the top names in the Big West as the senior guard enters action in Utah ranked No. 3 in rebounds with 337 amongst all active players in the conference.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN’T FREE
UC Davis minimized the number of extra Eastern Washington possessions by brilliantly making the most of its possessions on offense. The Aggies did not commit a turnover throughout the final 22:37 of action against the Eagles last Monday. In that game UC Davis only committed a total of four turnovers.
Against the Eastern Washington Eagles last Monday (12/17/12), five players scored in double figures for the Aggies for the first time since UC Davis downed Pacific 73-64 last February. Leading the way for UC Davis in scoring against the Eagles were Tyler Les (18 pts.), Josh Ritchart (14), J.T. Adenrele (13), Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Sypkens (10).
UC DAVIS’ DOUBLE-DOUBLE LIST DOUBLES
J.T. Adenrele is the second Aggie to record a double-double this season after finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds in last Monday’s game versus Eastern Washington. The double-double is the first of the sophomore forward’s collegiate career. Ryan Howley posted UC Davis’ other double-double (11 pts./13 reb.) in the team’s season opener at Oklahoma State (11/9/12)
LES + LONG RANGE = TROUBLE FOR OPPONENTS
Junior guard Tyler Les not only finished with a game-high 18 pts. versus Eastern Washington to set a new season-high mark, but also finished as the team’s leading scorer from three as he was responsible for four of the Aggies’ 10 three-point field goals. Les is now tied for sixth in the Big West with his .417 three-point field goal pct.
ADENRELE LEADS THE WAY AT STANFORD
Last Saturday’s game at Stanford (12/15/12) was one of the finest performances as an Aggie for J.T. Adenrele. The sophomore forward set a new career-high by scoring 23 points, and tied another by sinking five of his six shots at the free-throw line. Adenrele also recorded a season-high six rebounds, and tied another season high with five free-throws made against the Cardinal.
Sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele enters action in Utah leading the Big West with his .644 field goal percentage. Adenrele has made 38 of his 59 shots, and leads the conference’s second-ranked player by more than nine percentage points (Brian Bennett, Cal Poly, .551 FG Pct.).
AN ALL-AGGIE AFFAIR
Five Division I school are nicknamed the Aggies, nearly half of that list will face one another Friday night when UC Davis takes the court against Utah State. North Carolina A&T, New Mexico State and Texas A&M are the other Aggie athletics programs that compete at the D-I level. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Delaware Valley College also utilize the Aggies moniker, and are the only schools to do so at the Division II and Division III level respectively.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods will also serve as a homecoming for freshman forward Tyler Ott. A native of St. George, Utah, Ott attended Desert Hills High School before arriving to Davis this fall. While attending Desert Hills, Ott was named the Utah’s 3A state MVP after averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while helping lead the Thunder to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state championship game. He also earned a trio of 3A state championships in the high jump for Desert Hills’ track and field team
UC DAVIS VS. THE NATION
Through games of Dec. 10, UC Davis finds itself amongst the nation’s top-50 men’s basketball programs in a number of statistical categories. The Aggies’ are ranked No. 34 in free-throw percentage (.752),No. 39 in three-point field goals (8.0/gm.) and No. 53 in assists (15.6/gm.).
The Big West Conference’s most successful three-point shooter this season, Ryan Sypkens’ 4.57 three-point field goals made per game average is the highest in the nation. The junior guard’s .533 three-point percentage is also the third-highest figure amongst all Division I players.
CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
The second Aggie to earn a top-50 statistical ranking is senior guard Ryan Howley as he is No. 35 in the nation averaging 9.6 rpg.
POSTING PROLIFIC POINT TOTALS
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins competes the trio of Aggies who possess a top-50 individual statistical ranking as he is No. 27 in the nation with a .913 free-throw percentage and No. 44 in scoring at 19.0 ppg.
BRYNTON LEMAR INKS NLI WITH AGGIES
Brynton Lemar, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Augustine High School in San Diego has signed a national letter of intent to join the UC Davis men’s basketball program. Throughout his three years at St. Augustine under the tutelage of head coach Mike Haupt, he has led his team to victories in more than two-thirds of its games played. With Lemar in the lineup, the Saints have compiled a 59-30 overall record.
Lemar averaged 25.0 points per game throughout the 2011-12 season for a St. Augustine squad that finished with a 23-7 overall record and advanced to its California Interscholastic Federation section quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Shortly after his junior campaign concluded, Lemar was the only member of his team to earn a coveted spot on the All-Western League’s first team. During his sophomore season, the combo guard averaged 22.0 ppg and helped his team advance to the quarterfinals after posting a 23-7 mark. He averaged 15.0 ppg throughout the 2009-10 season, his first as a member of the Saints’ boys basketball program.
BASKETBALL IS BACK ON BIGWEST.TV
For the eighth year, all 10 Big West member institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV. For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West schools. BigWest.TV covers conference sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every UC Davis home and conference game for both the men’s and women’s programs. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and Big West Championships.