UC Davis (3-6) at Utah State (7-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, December 21, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: D.G. Smith Spectrum (10,270) -- Logan, Utah. Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 1-2, USU 5-1. Away Record: UC Davis 1-4, USU 2-0. Neutral Record: UC Davis 1-0, USU 0-0. Conference Record: UC Davis 0-0, USU 0-0. Series Record: Utah State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Winners of six straight games, the Utah State Aggies host the Aggies of UC Davis as part of the World Vision Basketball Challenge at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.
Since losing to Saint Mary's-CA by a score of 67-58 back on November 15, USU has been unstoppable. On Thursday, the squad took care of Nicholls State in a 79-72 final in the first round of games in this event. The victory was the seventh in eight tries overall this year for the squad.
As for the Aggies from UC Davis, they landed in Utah with a total of just two wins in eight opportunities, the most recent of those coming against Eastern Washington at home, 87-65, on Dec. 17. On Thursday, the team put together a very strong effort with a 78-70 win over Southern Illinois, marking just the second victory away from home in 2012-13.
Utah State won the only previous meeting between these two teams by a score of 81-55 during the 2004-05 campaign.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday as well, with Utah State challenging Southern Illinois and UC Davis going up against Nicholls State.
J.T. Adenrele registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds as he helped lead the UC Davis Aggies to the eight-point win over the Southern Illinois Salukis on Thursday. Although he shot just 4-of-14 from the floor and missed all five of his attempts beyond the arc, Corey Hawkins finished with a team-best 20 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists for the Aggies. Ryan Sypkens accounted for 15 points and Ryan Howley a game-high 15 rebounds off the bench for UC Davis. In a game that featured five ties and 13 lead changes, the Aggies overcame 16 turnovers by producing a 44-30 edge in rebounding. Even though UC Davis ruled the glass yesterday, the team is beating opponents by just 1.5 rpg overall through nine games. Howley has now jumped up to 10.3 rpg, which is reason enough for him to remain in the paint and not float out to the perimeter where he has made just 1-of-12 shots. Hawkins leads the team in scoring with 18.0 ppg and is second in assists with 35 dishes.
Kyisean Reed registered a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as the Utah State Aggies posted the seven-point win over the Nicholls State Colonels in the second game of the night on Thursday. Reed, who knocked down 7-of-9 shots from the floor, added four blocked shots and three steals for the Aggies. Also recording a double-double for the hosts was Jarred Shaw with 19 points and 11 boards, while Spencer Butterfield tacked on 14 points in the triumph. Utah State not only converted 55.3 percent from the field in the contest, it also outscored the Colonels at the charity stripe, 23-13. Shaw, one of two players to have started every game this season for USU, leads the team in scoring with 14.9 ppg and is also tops on the glass with 10.1 rpg which has helped the program register a 14.1 rpg advantage over the competition. Preston Medlin and Reed are also clutch scorers for the hosts with 12.1 and 11.9 ppg, respectively.
It was great for UC Davis to come out on top on Thursday, but going up against the hosts of this tournament is a completely different story because those Aggies are in their element in Logan which means USU holds a distinct advantage in this meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah State 77, UC Davis 68
12/21 10:31:48 ET