Nicholls State (1-7) vs. UC Davis (3-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 22, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) -- Logan, Utah.
Television: None. Home Record: Nicholls State 1-0, UC Davis 1-2. Away Record:
Nicholls State 0-6, UC Davis 1-5. Neutral Record: Nicholls State 0-1, UC Davis
1-0. Conference Record: Nicholls State 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: UC
Davis leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The three-day World Vision Basketball Challenge draws to a close
on Saturday, as the UC Davis Aggies settle in against the Nicholls State
Colonels in non-conference play at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah.
Nicholls State, a team which plays in the Southland Conference, has come up
empty in the first two games of this event, first losing to host Utah State on
Thursday night by a score of 79-72, and then bowing to Southern Illinois on
Friday in a 65-53 final, which means the group has now fallen in five straight
games. The lone win for the Colonels came against New Orleans last month,
As for the Aggies, they are hoping to leave the state of Utah with a pair of
victories in three tries. The team landed in Logan after defeating Eastern
Washington on Monday, taking down Southern Illinois (78-70) in order to
register their first set of back-to-back wins on the season. However, Friday
was a different story for UC Davis as the team was topped by the host Aggies
in a 73-61 final.
The Aggies won the only previous meeting between the two programs back in
2007-08 with a narrow 69-67 final.
With just 26.1 percent shooting from the floor in the first half last night,
the Colonels dug themselves a hole that was too big to climb out of as they
suffered the double-digit loss to Southern Illinois. Fred Hunter tallied 14
points and seven rebounds for a group that finished the contest making only
36.2 percent from the floor. Dantrell Thomas tacked on 13 points, six assists
and five more boards, but still Nicholls was handled on the glass, 42-29. Now
winless in all seven games away from home in the early going, the Colonels are
being outscored by more than 13 ppg. However, trying his best to keep Nicholls
relevant is Hunter who is one of the top performers in the Southland
Conference with 22.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg, although he is shooting just 3-of-16
behind the 3-point line. Defensively, this is a program allowing foes to shoot
not just 50.1 percent from the field but also 42.5 percent out on the
The Aggies shot a strong 55.2 percent from the field in the first half against
USU last night, but then the second half saw the visitors hit the skids as
they made good on just 33.3 percent from the floor, including 3-of-14 beyond
the arc, en route to the double-digit setback. Ryan Sypkens tried to keep hope
alive with 12 points, followed by Corey Hawkins and reserve Clint Bozner who
both tallied 11 points in the setback. Ryan Howley also came off the bench to
offer up seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds, five of which came at the
offensive end of the floor, but that also meant the rest of the roster
accounted for just a single offensive rebound in the meeting. In the last four
games the Aggies have had a different leading scorer each time out, but
overall the top performer remains Hawkins with his 17.3 ppg thanks to a
sensational 93.1 percent shooting at the free-throw line and not so much his
38.3 percent from the floor and 23.9 percent on the outside. Sypkens (15.0
ppg) and J.T. Adenrele (11.9 ppg) are also crucial pieces to the offensive
puzzle for the group.
Except for Hunter, the Colonels are probably overmatched across the board,
even by a team that has won a total of just three games. Expect the Nicholls
star to get his points, but not enough to help the squad stay out of the loss
column yet again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 66, Nicholls State 60
12/22 10:39:45 ET