Cal Poly (4-8) at Delaware (7-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 3-1, Delaware 2-1. Away Record: Cal Poly 0-6, Delaware 4-6. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 1-1, Delaware 1-0. Conference Record: Cal Poly 0-0, Delaware 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between teams from opposite coasts takes place this afternoon, as the Cal Poly Mustangs drop in on the Delaware Blue Hens at the Bob Carpenter Center.
A long way from home, the Mustangs are hoping their 0-6 road record isn't an indication of how they'll perform this afternoon in the First State, but there's little reason to believe the visitors will have luck on their side. The squad is closing out a four-game road trip that has seen them bow to Loyola Marymount, Pittsburgh and Stanford, all by at least 17 points.
Since late November the Mustangs, who are set to tip off their Big West Conference schedule versus Hawaii next Thursday, have won just once against a Division I opponent (Santa Clara).
As for the Blue Hens, this game marks just their fourth at home on the campaign and the second during a three-game homestand. The squad kicked off the new calendar year on Wednesday by hosting Liberty and capturing a 77-64 win. The victory was the second in the last three outings for a team that is now an even 7-7.
Against the Cardinal last Sunday at Maples Pavilion, Cal Poly fell behind by double digits at the break and never fully recovered as it shot just 35.4 percent from the floor and 5-of-20 behind the 3-point line. Chris Eversley made good on two of his five 3-point chances as he tallied a game-high 25 points, but he was the only Mustangs starter in double figures. Joel Awich did come off the bench to offer up 11 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes before fouling out, but it wasn't nearly enough for the visitors.
Eversley is producing a team-best 14.5 ppg at the moment and is also tops on the glass for the Mustangs with 7.3 rpg, which makes one wonder why he insists on taking so many shots from behind the 3-point line (59) where he is just 28.8 percent accurate. Dave Nwaba posts another 11.8 ppg and is smart enough to know that his 60.2 percent shooting from the floor doesn't have to be hampered by even attempting a single shot out on the perimeter.
Playing at home for the first time in more than a month, the Blue Hens survived a meeting with Liberty that featured four ties and 11 lead changes, claiming the 13-point victory. Jarvis Threatt led four players in double figures as he dropped in 19 points, followed by Kyle Anderson with 14 and both Davon Usher and Devon Saddler with 13 points apiece. Defensively, the Hens held Liberty to just 2-of-14 shooting behind the 3-point line, but the hosts were dominated on the glass, 42-33.
Saddler, who has appeared in just seven of the team's 14 games, is still listed as the top overall scorer based on average with his 20.1 ppg, converting an even 50 percent of his field goal tries. Usher (17.4 ppg) and Threatt (17.4 ppg) have supplied plenty of offense themselves, the former also pulling down 6.5 rpg and the latter accounting for a team-best 76 assists and 32 steals as he displays his quick hands at both ends of the floor.
Now that the Blue Hens are back to full strength, an opponent that has traveled all the way across the country like Cal Poly should be easy pickings.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 78, Cal Poly 64
01/04 10:37:26 ET