Northern Arizona (0-2) at UC Davis (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (5,931) -- Davis, California. Television: None. Home Record: Northern Arizona 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Away Record: Northern Arizona 0-2, UC Davis 0-1. Neutral Record: Northern Arizona 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Conference Record: Northern Arizona 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: Northern Arizona leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The UC Davis Aggies will host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks as both teams are still searching for their first win of the new season.
NAU is coming off a harsh 92-54 whipping at the hands of nationally-ranked UNLV. The Lumberjacks shot a mere 25.0 percent from field and 23.8 percent from three-point range, while allowing UNLV to shoot 50.0 percent from the field. That loss dropped them to 0-2 as the team also fell on the road to Oregon (83-73) to open up the 2012-13 campaign.
As for UC Davis, the Aggies lost their season opener at Oklahoma State, 73-65, but have been idle since Nov. 9. UC Davis turned the ball over 21 times in the game, which led to 22 points for the Cowboys. They will be playing in their home-opener and have won two straight and 25 of their last 34 home-openers. The team has won four of its five home-openers since joining the Division I ranks.
Northern Arizona holds a 2-1 series advantage against UC Davis, but the Aggies got in the win column a year ago in Flagstaff.
The Lumberjacks are still in search for their first win as they travel to Davis for their third straight road game to kick off the season. They fell to Oregon in their opener and then routed by UNLV. In the loss to Oregon, NAU's 24 personal fouls led to 22 made free throws by the Ducks compared to only five for the Lumberjacks. In their first two games, the Lumberjacks have shot a mere 33.8 percent from the field, while allowing their opponents to shoot an efficient 49.2 percent. They are allowing 87.5 ppg, while only recording 63.5 ppg themselves. DeWayne Russell is leading the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 ppg. He is followed in the scoring column by Michael Dunn (12.0 ppg) and Gabe Rogers (10.5 ppg), although the scoring pool dries up considerably after that.
UC Davis fell in its opener even while outrebounding the Cowboys 43-29 and shooting 41.8 percent from the field compared to 40.9 by Oklahoma State. Corey Hawkins led the team in scoring with 13 points, but Ryan Howley was more impressive, recording his first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. True freshman Darius Graham made a solid first impression for the Aggies, netting seven points, grabbing five rebounds and recording four steals in his debut. The team's 21 turnovers are what hurt the Aggies and taking better care of the ball is a must if they plan on improving on their five total wins from a year ago.
Both teams are searching for their first win and with the Lumberjacks finding difficulty scoring points, UC Davis has a great shot at winning this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 74, Northern Arizona 62
11/18 10:43:53 ET