Dec. 28, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. -
UC Davis will start its Big West schedule on the road for the third straight season when the Aggies face the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday, Dec. 29. Since joining the Big West prior to the 2007-08 season, UC Davis is 3-2 in its conference openers. This year’s squad will take the floor having won three of its last four games played, and hopes to snap its six-game slide against the Anteaters in head-to-head games played inside the Bren Events Center. UC Irvine enters Saturday’s contest on a streak of its own as well; even though the Anteaters have won three of their last nine games, those three victories have taken place throughout their last five games.
Series Record: UC Irvine leads 16-12
Last UC Davis Win: 108-107 in 2OT (H) (1/29/11)
Last UC Irvine Win: 68-61 (A) (2/2/12)
Current Streak: UC Irvine +3
‘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 the Food Bank are encouraged to visit www.foodbankyc.org.
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. With Marsh calling the action from the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, Calif., Herenda will call the play-by-play Saturday night in Irvine.
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.
UC Davis will begin its Big West schedule on the road for the third consecutive season Saturday evening when the Aggies face the UC Irvine Anteaters inside the Bren Events Center. Since joining the conference in the 2007-08 season, UC Davis is 3-2 in its five Big West openers. The Aggies have won both conference home openers vs. UC Riverside (2007-08) and Cal State Fullerton (2009-10), and earned its first road conference-opening win during the 2010-11 season at Cal State Fullerton. In its two losses, UC Davis was defeated by an average of 2.0 points.
Big West Openers
Dec. 29, 2011 at Cal State Fullerton L, 65-64
Dec. 28, 2010 at Cal State Fullerton W, 88-72
Jan. 2, 2010 vs. Cal State Fullerton W, 67-63
Jan. 5, 2009 at Cal State Northridge L, 84-81
Jan. 4, 2008 vs. UC Riverside W, 58-54
MARCH TO 1,000
Competing in its 101st season, the UC Davis men’s basketball program inches itself towards the 1,000 victory milestone with every win accumulated this season. Entering the 2012-13 campaign with 990 wins, the Aggies need six more victories to accomplish this feat.
MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Media members, UC Davis men’s basketball fans and anyone else that is interested in learning more about the Aggie men’s basketball program can download the 2012-13 media guide in PDF format at the men’s basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com
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 Jan. 1. 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.
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.
TOP-TEN ALL-TIME TOTALS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens and junior swingman Josh Ritchart are amongst the top-ten active Big West career scoring leaders entering the 2012-13 season. Currently ranked No. 5 with 693 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits two spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 7 slot with 661 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 is ranked No. 3 amongst all active players in the conference with 375 rebounds.
THE NOISE YOU HEAR ARE RECORDS BEING BROKEN
Senior guard Ryan Howley set two new tournament records during UC Davis’ time at the World Vision Challenge in Logan, Utah. Just two days after setting a single-game rebounding record with 15 boards earned vs. Southern Illinois, Howley capped his three-game stint by earning 11 rebounds against Nicholls State to finish with an all-time tournament total of 38 rebounds, shattering the previous mark of 33.
UC DAVIS VS. THE NATION
Through games of Dec. 23, 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 assists (16.4/gm.) and three-point field goals made (8.2/gm.), No. 40 in three-point field goal percentage (.377), No. 47 in free throw percentage (.738) and No. 48 in field goal percentage (.468).
For the fourth consecutive week, Ryan Sypkens leads all players in the nation with 4.27 three-point field goals made per game. The junior guard is also ranked No. 6 in the country with his .522 three-point field goal percentage, a mark that is also the top three-point shooting percentage in the Big West. Sypkens also enters UC Davis’ conference-opener ranked No. 7 in the Big West with a .517 field goal percentage, and No. 8 in scoring at 16.2 points per game.
CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Senior guard Ryan Howley, the conference’s leading rebounder, is the only player in the Big West to sport a double-digit rebound average entering league play. Not only does he possess the highest rebound figure in the conference, and the 15th -highest average at 10.5 rpg, Howley also leads all Big West players with 8.3 defensive rebounds per game.
PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the 17th-highest free throw percentage in the nation at .912 in addition to being ranked No. 77 in the country in scoring at 17.5 ppg, an average that doubles as the Big West’s fourth-highest figure. Hawkins also occupies top-10 Big West rankings with his free-throw percentage (.912/No. 2), steals (1.5 per game/No. 7), and assists (3.7 apg/No. 10).
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that sits atop a statistical category as the sophomore forward enters this weekend’s Big West opener leading all conference players with a .618 field goal percentage. He is also No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per game.
Tyler Les is another Aggie sharpshooter that is dangerous from behind the arc as the junior guard’s .441 three-point field goal percentage is the seventh-highest mark in the conference.
THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 5 in assists (4.2 apg) and No. 6 with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all Big West players, senior guard Paolo Mancasola completes the list of Aggies who are turning in top-10 performances.
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 on Dec. 17. In that game UC Davis only committed a total of four turnovers.
HOW LOW DID THEY GO?
Against Eastern Washington, the Aggies only committed four turnovers, a program-low since beginning Division I competition during the 2004-05 season.
Against the Eastern Washington Eagles (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).
AN ALL-AGGIE AFFAIR
Five Division I schools are nicknamed the Aggies, nearly half of that list faced one another on Dec. 21, when UC Davis faced 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.
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 sophomore forward followed those totals with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort to record his second double-double in as many games vs. Nicholls State at the World Vision Challenge. The double-doubles are the first two of Adenrele’s collegiate career. Ryan Howley posted UC Davis’ other double-doubles (11 pts./13 reb.) in the team’s season opener at Oklahoma State (11/9/12) and against Nicholls State (10 pts./13 rebs, 12/22/12) in the Aggies’ tournament finale at the World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah.
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.
ADENRELE LEADS THE WAY AT STANFORD
On Dec. 15, at Stanford (12/15/12), J.T. Adenrele turned in one of his most successful performances as an Aggie. 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.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The World Vision Challenge, Sponsored by Gossner Foods also served as a homecoming (of sorts) 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
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.
BIG WEST TOUR RETURNS IN 2013
The Big West Tour presented by ampm returns for 2013, running January 24 through February 28. Over the five weeks of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the nine Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prize packs, receive ampm scratcher cards and enter drawings at each campus for an iPad Mini. Most tour stops will also provide samples of products found at ampm stores as the 2013 Big West Basketball Tournament at Honda Center draws closer.
Aggie men’s basketball fans can participate in the Big West Tour at the Memorial Union on Jan. 24, 2013, at the Memorial Union from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and at The Pavilion later that evening when UC Davis takes on Cal State Fullerton.
Returning as the presenting sponsor of The Big West Tour, ampm will provide prizes at each tour stop, and will also distribute scratcher cards available on each of the tour campuses throughout the conference season. Scratcher prizes include free ampm products as well as Big West Tournament tickets, bookstore giftcards, iPad Minis and a grand prize of a $1,000 electronics shopping spree. ampm has been a proud partner of the Big West Tour since 2010.
The Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2013 season, the event’s fourth year at the Anaheim-based arena. The tournament runs March 12-16, with the women’s first and second rounds March 12-13 at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center, the women’s semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 15-16, and the entire men’s tournament at Honda Center March 14-16.
SYPKENS TIES PROGRAM RECORD
On Nov. 28 at Nevada, Ryan Sypkens shot 8-for-13 from three to finish with 24 points. The junior guard is the second Aggie to make a school-record eight three-point field goals as junior guard Tyler Les also drained eight from distance last season against San Jose State (12/20/11). Sypkens’ eight baskets from three are also a new career high.
SHARES WELL WITH OTHERS
Responsible for nearly half of his team’s assists at Nevada (11/28/12), senior guard Paolo Mancasola also set a new career high by finishing with eight assists. This is the second time this season that he set a new career best in this statistical category as it is a one-assist improvement over his previous high set against Northern Arizona (11/18/12).
The Aggies’ game at Nevada was the second occasion this season that Ryan Sypkens and Paolo Mancasola set new three-point shooting (8 3-pt. FGM) and assist (8 ast.) career highs respectively in the same game. Numbers earned against the Wolf Pack were an improvement over their respective three-point shooting and assist totals of seven 3-pt. FGM and seven assists previously recorded vs. Northern Arizona (11/18/12).
AGGIES CAPTURE CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
In front of a standing-room only crowd at The Nest, UC Davis scored 63 points in the second half to defeat Sacramento State 87-76 in the 111th Causeway Classic (11/20/12). The Aggies connected on 22 of 34 shots (64.7 percent) throughout the final 20 minutes of action, and built a lead as large as 14 before ending on its final 11-point margin. As a team, the Aggies were a perfect 13-for-13 from the line and won the battle of the boards from start-to-finish, outrebounding the Hornets by a final margin of 45-31. The road team has now won the last three Causeway Classics.
A PERFECT PERFORMANCE
In this season’s Causeway Classic matchup, UC Davis made all 13 of its attempts from the free throw line en route to an 11-point victory over the host Sacramento State Hornets. This was the first time that the Aggies shot a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe since its 16-for-16 performance at UC Irvine on Mar. 16, 2008.
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.
THEY COULDN’T STOP HIM OR CONTAIN HIM
Corey Hawkins connected on half of his 20 shots, and made all but one of his nine free throws against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to lead all players with 30 points. In only his second game as an Aggie, the sophomore guard became the first player since Eddie Miller posted 35 points at UC Riverside (2/26/11) to score 30 or more in a game.
SYPKENS SETS CAREER HIGH
On his 9-for-13 shooting, including seven baskets made from three, Ryan Sypkens set two new career highs in the Aggies’ home opener against Northern Arizona on Nov. 18. Sypkens scored 25 points against the Lumberjacks, beating his previous best of 22 last set against Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 5, 2011. It was fitting that the basket that broke his previous career high was a three, one of seven made that afternoon from distance to set another new career mark. Sypkens’ previous high last took place on Nov. 13, 2011, at San Diego State, when the junior guard made five baskets from behind the arc. Sypkens set another career high from three just two games later, and also tied a program record with eight three-point field goals made at Nevada (11/28/12).
DROPPING DIMES ALL OVER THE COURT
Ryan Sypkens was not the only player to set a new career-high against the Lumberjacks as Paolo Mancasola ended his day with seven assists, one more than his previous mark also set at home against Cal State Northridge (2/9/12) last season. As was the case with Sypkens, Mancasola set a new career high two games later when he earned eight assists at Nevada (11/28/12).
READY TO PLAY
In the Aggies’ season-opener on Nov. 9, at Oklahoma State, Ryan Howley earned his first career double-double by finishing with 11 points and a (then) career-high 13 rebounds.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
The Aggies’ season-opener against the Cowboys also marked the first appearance in a UC Davis uniform for sophomore guard Corey Hawkins. Forced to sit out he 2012-12 season after transferring from Arizona State, Hawkins scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed three rebounds in his Aggie debut.
ALSO MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
A true freshman guard, Darius Graham also turned in a solid performance throughout his 24 minutes of action in his first game as an Aggie. Graham finished with seven points, five rebounds and led all Aggies with four assists.
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 this season.
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.
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 Division I shooters. 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.
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.
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. 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.
THE AGGIES ARE BACK IN THIS YEAR’S BRACKETBUSTERS
UC Davis is one of 122 teams that will participate in the 11th-annual BracketBusters, a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other. Thirteen games from this year’s event will be nationally televised on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. ESPN2 will feature five BracketBusters games, while ESPNU and ESPN3 will each house four games. The 13 BracketBusters matchups with dates, times and networks will be announced Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The televised matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.
BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, will provide the 26 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 96 teams not selected for BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.
The 122-team field will feature teams from 13 conferences, including all 10 Big West schools. As part of the agreement, all 13 of the BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 58 home squads, will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.
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. The Aggies ended their trip with a 4-1 record out of their five games played.
DISSECTING UC DAVIS’ ROSTER
In addition to the eight 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, Josh Ritchart and Ryan Sypkens. Led by seniors Howley and Mancasola, this year’s roster features eight upperclassmen.
Darius Graham, Corey Hawkins, Ryan Howley, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola, Olivier Paul-Betu, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Justin Dueck, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Tyler Ott
Ryan Howley, Paolo Mancasola
Spencer Clayton, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Corey Hawkins,
Redshirt Freshmen (1)
Darius Graham Tyler Ott, Olivier Paul-Betu
WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART
For two Aggies, the start of the 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 Les. A transfer who arrived to UC Davis last year, Hawkins was unable to compete due to NCAA rules and regulations, Dueck was a redshirt last year.
A BIT O’BACKGROUND ON UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL
UC Davis will begin its sixth season as a member of the Big West conference when the Aggies start their 2012-13 schedule at Oklahoma State. The Big West is the fourth conference the men’s basketball team has been affiliated with, other conferences include:
Far West Conference: 1925-1982
Northern California Athletic Conference: 1982-1998 (Division II)
California Collegiate Athletic Conference: 1998-2004 (Division II)
Division I Independent: 2004-2007
Big West Conference: 2007-present
NOTE: The Far West Conference became the Northern California Athletic Conference in 1982.
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.
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