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UC Davis (1-3) at Idaho (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cowan Spectrum (7,000) -- Moscow, Idaho. Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 0-1, Idaho 1-2. Away Record: UC Davis 1-2, Idaho 0-2. Neutral Record: UC Davis 0-0, Idaho 0-0. Conference Record: UC Davis 0-0, Idaho 0-0. Series Record: Idaho leads 2-0.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams desperate for a win will square off this Saturday when the UC Davis Aggies take on the Idaho Vandals at Cowan Spectrum.
A jumper at the buzzer from Deonte Burton sank UC Davis in a crushing 84-83 loss at Nevada on Wednesday. The defeat was the third in four games for UC Davis, whose only win this year came on the road against Sacramento State (87-76). This game ends a three-game road trip for UC Davis which will be back on its home floor Wednesday against San Jose State.
It hasn't been much better for Idaho this year as the Vandals lost consecutive games for the second time this season with a 64-55 loss to Washington State on Wednesday. That setback drops the Vandals to 1-4 overall this year with the lone win coming against Green Bay. This is technically the fourth home game of the season for the Vandals, but the first at Cowan Spectrum, as the team spent the first three contests at Memorial Gym. The Vandals begin a two-game road stint against Eastern Washington in their next matchup.
There have just been two previous meetings between these squads both of which have ended in Idaho wins. Those victories had the Vandals winning by an average of 19.5 points.
It was a back and forth affair for UC Davis against Nevada but eventually the Aggies succumbed to the Wolf Pack on Burton's jumper. The Aggies had taken the lead in the previous possession on a 3-pointer from Ryan Sypkens, but couldn't hold on. UC Davis kept itself in the game by shooting 54.9 percent in the game while nailing 11-of-20 shots from beyond the arc. Sypkens hit eight of those triples and finished with a game-high 24 points.
Scoring has not been the problem for UC Davis. The Aggies are putting up 79.2 points per game, while shooting at an impressive 48.9 percent clip from the field, both of which rank within the top-30 in the country. However, the Aggies have provided little resistance on defense with opponents running up 79.5 points per game. UC Davis does manage to control the boards most nights with a rebounding margin of +7.7. Corey Hawkins (21.8 ppg) and Sypkens (18.2 ppg) have been the lynch-pins of the offense with each scoring in bunches. Sypkens isn't a very versatile scorer as he relies almost entirely on shots from the outside, as 63 of his 73 points have come from beyond the arc. Hawkins has the ability to shoot from beyond the arc (6-of-18) as well, but gets his points more often from closer in. J.T. Adenrele (11.2 ppg) is also scoring in double figures, while Ryan Howley (86 ppg, 11.5 rpg) leads the efforts on the glass.
Despite outscoring Washington State from beyond the arc (15-9) and holding a slight edge on the boards (36-33), Idaho was still unable to prevail against the Cougars. That was largely because of the Vandals' inconsistent shooting (41.5 FG percentage) and the 11 turnovers they gave up, while forcing only four. Three players scored in double figures, led by Stephen Madison's 13 points.
Putting points on the board has been more of an issue for Idaho, which is netting only 63.6 points a game, despite shooting at a healthy 46.1 percent clip. Center Kyle Barone (15.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) scores the most of the limited points that Idaho puts in and has done so with great efficiency, as he connects on 58.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Madison (14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is also a solid scorer in the frontcourt and one of only three players on the team bringing down more than four rebounds per game. Connor Hill (10.6 ppg) rounds out the top scorers and is the only other player scoring more than six points a contest. Like Sypkens, Hill gets the bulk of his offense from beyond the arc.
Neither of these teams has gotten off to the type of start they may have wanted. UC Davis has shown toughness on the road and with the scoring duo of Hawkins and Sypkens, the Aggies can heat up and score enough to get back in the win column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 79, Idaho 74
12/01 10:37:51 ET
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