Cal Poly (10-16) at UC Davis (8-19)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 27, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (8,000) -- Davis, California.
Television: None. Home Record: Cal Poly 6-5, UCD 5-8. Away Record: Cal Poly
3-10, UCD 1-11. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 1-1, UCD 2-0. Conference Record: Cal
Poly 6-7, UCD 3-9. Series Record: Cal Poly leads, 33-15.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Big West Conference foes will meet up at The Pavilion on
Thursday night, as the UC Davis Aggies play host to the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Cal Poly had lost six of its previous seven bouts prior to its most recent
contest last Saturday when it got back on the winning track with a 69-64 home
triumph over UC Riverside. The Mustangs have still underwhelmed this season
both overall (10-16) and in the league play (6-7), and they have played
especially poorly on the road (3-10).
UCD's campaign has been a struggle from the very start, as it is just 8-19 and
3-9 in conference action. The Aggies are currently sliding with four straight
losses, most recently flying out to Honolulu last Saturday to fall on the
wrong end of an 86-77 decision at Hawaii.
The Aggies won the first meeting between the teams this season, 62-58 back on
Jan. 30, although the Mustangs have still won six of the past eight matchups
and hold a 33-15 lead in the all-time series.
The Mustangs trailed their most recent game by three with under 13 minutes to
play but promptly took control with a 12-2 run and held on down the stretch
for the four-point victory. Although they shot a lowly 35.4 percent from the
field on the evening, much worse than UCR's 45.8 percent, they outscored it
from 3-point range (24-12) and the free-throw line (27-16). Chris Eversley
made all but one of his 10 tries from the charity stripe on his way to 22
points, while Michael Bolden and Dave Nwaba both netted 13 points.
Points have come at a premium for Cal Poly this season, as it shoots a lowly
41.2 percent from the field for 63.7 ppg, which all but negates is excellent
play on the defensive end of the court (.432, 64.0 ppg). Eversley owns
lackluster percentages from the field (.399), 3-point range (.313) and the
foul line (.697) but still leads the team with 13.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Nwaba is
the only other player to score in double figures on a nightly basis with 11.6
ppg on 53 percent from the floor.
The Aggies' exhausting trip to Hawaii did not end well, as they were outshot
from the field, 57.1 percent to 44.2 percent, and lost the rebounding battle,
34-28, en route to the nine-point setback. Corey Hawkins overcame the
struggles of most of his teammates by shooting 8-of-14 from the field,
including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, on his way to 29 points. Clint Bozner
made the most of his 22 minutes off the bench by pouring in 16 points.
On the season, UCD has solid offensive attack, as it shoots 44.3 percent from
the field for 71.3 ppg, but its downfall has come on the opposite end of the
floor where it boasts one of the nation's worst defenses, yielding 78.4 ppg on
48.8 percent shooting. It is also regularly outmanned on the boards with a
-7.0 rebound margin. Hawkins is the Big West's second-best scorer with 18.9
ppg and is also a sound perimeter defender with 1.5 spg. Ryan Sypkens brings
11.6 ppg to the table thanks largely to his prowess from long range (83-
Cal Poly will likely be able to score more than it's used to against a porous
UCD defense, but even against the struggling Aggies, it is difficult to trust
the Mustangs heading out on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 72, Cal Poly 70
02/27 10:17:55 ET
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