Long Beach State Tangles With Pair of Top 10 Opponents
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This Week in the Big West - December 3-9, 2012
Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 5
Men's basketball nonconference play continues this week as Long Beach State confronts formidable road tests against No. 4 Syracuse and No. 7 Ohio State, and UC Santa Barbara visits red hot No. 15 San Diego State.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara posted wins last week amongst a difficult schedule that included four games against ranked opponents. LBSU and UCSB won tightly contested road battles at West Coast Conference opponents Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara, respectively. UC Riverside downed Northern Colorado, 69-63, at home to raise the Big West’s record against Big Sky Conference opponents to 6-2.
• The opportunity for additional victories slipped away in a few cases as UC Davis lost a heartbreaker by one point at Nevada, while Cal State Fullerton’s trip to the northwest yielded a four-point loss to Eastern Washington and a two-point setback to Washington. The Titans led at halftime in both contests, but struggled to find their shooting touch in the second half. CSF also could not overcome a disparity in free throw attempts against UW as the Huskies attempted 30 freebies to the Titans’ 10.
• Big West teams are collectively 7-12 in games decided by five points or less so far this season. Cal State Fullerton (0-3), UC Davis (0-2) and UC Irvine (0-3) have found themselves in a myriad of tight games but have come out on the tough end of the result.
• Several Big West players rank among the national statistical leaders. UC Davis junior Ryan Sypkens is No. 1 in the nation in three-pointers with 5.0 made per game. He tied the program record for made threes in a game with eight against Nevada. Sypkens ranks No. 4 in the country in three-point field goal percentage (.568). Aggie teammate Ryan Howley is No. 10 in rebounding (11.2 rpg). Cal State Fullerton senior D. J. Seeley (t-8th in steals), Hawai’i senior Jace Tavita (t-10 in assists), CSUN’s Greene (15th in free throw percentage) and UC Irvine freshman Alex Young (10th in assist/turnover ratio) also grace the nation’s best in other categories.
• More ranked foes confront the Big West this week as Long Beach State travels to No. 4 Syracuse (ESPN2) and No. 7 Ohio State (Big Ten Network), while UC Santa Barbara visits No. 15 San Diego State. The Orange and Buckeyes mark the ninth and 10th top 25 opponents that LBSU will have faced dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season. During that stretch, the 49ers squared off against No. 9 Pittsburgh, No. 6 Louisville, No. 13 Kansas, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 14 Xavier and No. 22 New Mexico – all in 2011-12. This season alone LBSU already has met No. 11 North Carolina and No. 10 Arizona.
• For the eighth year, institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV. For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules.
Big West.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s 10 member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Championships.