UC Davis (8-11) at Pacific (12-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 10:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Spanos Center (6,150) -- Stockton, California. Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 3-5. Pacific 8-2. Away Record: UC Davis 3-6, Pacific 2-5. Neutral Record: UC Davis 2-0, Pacific 2-1. Conference Record: UC Davis 4-4, Pacific 6-2. Series Record: Pacific leads, 81-12.
GAMES NOTES: The streaking Pacific Tigers will look to keep the good times rolling when they host the UC Davis Aggies in a Big West Conference bout at the Spanos Center.
While the Aggies have not been as hot as the Tigers, they have been picking up some steam of late. After a 79-72 victory over UC Riverside last Saturday, UC Davis has now won three of its last four contests and pulled to even in conference play (4-4). Overall the Aggies are still just 8-11, including a paltry 3-6 record in road contests. The Aggies will have plenty of opportunity to improve on that as this game kicks off a three-game road trip.
The Tigers have been red hot since the calendar year changed with wins in six of the last seven games. The most recent victory was a 71-67 win over Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. With that victory the Tigers are now 12-8 overall, rising to second place in the Big West with a 6-2 ledger. This game wrap as up a three-game homestand for Pacific, which is 8-2 at the Spanos Center. Next up is a trip to face Cal Poly.
To call this a rivalry would be rather misleading considering how dominant Pacific has been all-time. The Tigers own an 81-12 edge and with their 74-64 win earlier this season, have won 26 of the last 28 meetings.
After getting out to an 11-point lead at halftime the Aggies iced their win over UC Riverside by shooting 50 percent in the final period, while hitting 15-of-22 shots from the free-throw line. The Aggies shot 56.8 percent from the filed in the game and hit 10 shots from 3-point range.
Putting up points hasn't troubled the Aggies this season. They are the third- best scoring team in the Big West (73.2 ppg), shooting the second-best percentage from the field (.476). Keeping other teams from lighting up the scoreboard has been another matter. The Aggies are letting up 74.4 points per game on the season. Big West leading scorer Corey Hawkins (19.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.6 apg) has been critical to the Aggies' offensive success. Ryan Sypkens (14.3 ppg) and J.T. Adenrele (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) are solid scorers themselves, while Paolo Mancasola (5.3 ppg, 4.4 apg) does a good job of keeping his teammates involved.
Despite being outscored 36-24 from beyond the arc, Pacific was able to top Cal State Fullerton but holding the superior shooting percentage as the Tigers hit an even 50 percent of their attempts.
The Tigers cannot claim the same type of proficiency on the offensive end of the floor as the Aggies. In fact Pacific is near the middle of the pack in terms of scoring among Big West teams, ranking seventh in points per game (68.6). Rebounding has been a weakness though as the Tigers are second to last in that department (31.4 pg) among Big West teams. Lorenzo McCloud (11.6 ppg, 3.9 apg) leads the team both in scoring and distributing. The Tigers prefer a more balanced offensive approach as six players score at least 5.5 points per game.
Pacific's defensive strength will be put to the test in this matchup. The Tigers already proved once before that they could handle the Aggies though and on their home floor should do so yet again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pacific 69, UC Davis 65
02/02 10:45:50 ET