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Men's Basketball

Conference Unbeaten UCSB Hits Road For Two Games

1/22/2019

Weekly Release No. 12

TIPOFF TIME

UC Santa Barbara Moves To 3-0 In League Play
UC Santa Barbara extended its winning streak to six straight with Thursday’s 69-58 victory at UC Davis.  The Gauchos improved to 3-0 in Big West play for the first time since the 2001-02 season.  UCSB has never started conference play 4-0 as a Big West member, but gets the opportunity to do so onThursday at Cal State Fullerton.  The Gauchos have won three of the last four meetings at Titan Gym.

Great Start
UCSB’s 14-3 start is the program’s best since 1988-89 when that squad began 15-2 through 17 games.

Highlanders Pick Up Patrick’s First Big West Win
UC Riverside handed first-year head coach David Patrick his first Big West victory, snapping Hawaii’s five-game losing streak thanks to a barrage of three-pointers. The Highlanders sank 13 treys in a four-point win and supported their standing as the conference’s most prolific team from distance. UCR is averaging a league-best nine threes per game.

Turner Readies For 300th Career Game At UCI
UC Irvine ninth-year head coach Russell Turner will coach in his 300th game for the school when the Anteaters trot onto the Stan Sheriff Center hardwood Wednesday at Hawai‘i.  Turner is 172-127 at UCI – No. 2 in school history for overall wins and No. 9 on the Big West list.  He will become the 11th individual to reach the 300-game mark as a Big West coach.

Roadkill
UCI is 2-0 in Big West road games this season entering Wednesday’s contest at Hawai‘i.  The Anteaters have won seven straight league road games dating back to last season. They last lost on the road to a Big West opponent on Jan. 20, 2018 against UCSB.

Diane On Pace To Join Exclusive Club
CSUN redshirt freshman Lamine Diane is having an outstanding season as the Big West leader in both scoring (23.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg). He is bidding to become just the eighth player in Big West history to lead the conference in both categories. More impressively, he would become the first freshman to do so. Four of the previous seven to accomplish the feat played in the NBA.

Player, School Years
Kevin Magee, UC Irvine 1980-81, 1981-82
Sidney Green, UNLV 1982-83
Larry Johnson, UNLV 1990-91
Michael Olowokandi, Pacific 1997-98
Ralphy Holmes, Cal State Fullerton 2004-05
Christian Maraker, Pacific 2005-06
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara 2013-14

Home Court Advantage?
The sample size is still somewhat small, with only two weeks of conference play off the board. But the road team is a more than respectable 8-8 overall, and six of the nine schools have at least one conference road win.

PRIOR TO TIPOFF

LONG BEACH STATE AT CSUN (ESPN3) - Both squads are coming off close losses. Long Beach State fell by two in overtime to Cal State Fullerton, while CSUN lost by six to UC Irvine after leading by as many 18 points. CSUN has played in a conference-high 11 games decided by five points or less, going 5-6 overall. LBSU is second in that category with seven close games played (4-3).  CSUN freshman Lamine Diane is tied for seventh nationally in double-doubles with 11. LBSU senior Deishuan Booker is playing at an all-conference level with point totals of 32, 28 and 33 in his last three games. He is 41-of-45 at the foul line during that stretch. PXP: Rahshaun Haylock • ANALYST: Richie Schueler • SIDELINE: Olivia Phelps

UC RIVERSIDE AT CAL POLY (BIGWEST.TV) - Cal Poly is seeking to avoid an 0-4 Big West start for the second time in three seasons.  Mustang sophomore Mark Crowe has hit at least one three-pointer in all 16 games this season. UC Riverside started three freshmen in its win over Hawai‘i and the trio of Zac Watson, Dragan Elkaz and Callum McRae combined for 40 of the team’s 75 points. Elkaz dropped career highs of 25 points and seven three-pointers on the ‘Bows.  Limiting the league’s best three-point shooting squad in UCR – 37.6% on the year – is of paramount concern to a Mustang side ranked next-to-last in three-point field goal percentage defense (.366).

UC IRVINE AT HAWAI‘I (BIGWEST.TV) - UC Irvine has won four times in its last five trips to the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai‘i is 9-2 at home this season.  The Rainbow Warriors are 8-2 when holding an opponent under 70 points. Drew Buggs dished out 18 assists against just two turnovers in two road games last week.  The UH guard has 93 assists and only 41 turnovers – +2.3 assist to turnover ratio – second only to CSUN freshman Darius Brown II (3.0) in that category.  UCI’s bench had a monster 43-4 edge in bench points in last Saturday’s win at CSUN. The ‘Eaters had 26 offensive rebounds that helped fuel a 36-5 advantage in second chance points.

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