Final Nonconference Flurry Before League Play Begins
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This Week In The Big West - December 17-23, 2012
Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
Eighteen games take place over the next six days to close out the nonconference portion of the schedule and usher in Big West play. Hawai’i hosts the fourth annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with hopes of outlasting a field that includes No. 4 Arizona and No. 15 San Diego State.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine picked up important road wins to highlight last week’s schedule in men’s hoops. The Titans stopped a six-game road losing streak with a 93-86 victory at Texas Southern Sunday. It was also CSF’s first nonconference road win since an 81-50 triumph against Utah on Dec. 7, 2011. The Anteaters, which scored the game’s final 12 points to pull out a 58-51 win at Fresno State Saturday, snapped an 0-12 slide against non-conference road opponents in the process. Prior to Fresno State, UCI’s last nonconference road victory came against Cal State Bakersfield, 76-73, nearly two years ago on Jan. 19, 2011.
• A final flurry of nonconference games dot the schedule this week before schools hop into Big West play. Eighteen games will be played in the next six days. Tough matchups are in store as five of those games take place on the road against Pac-12 opponents – Long Beach State (UCLA), UC Santa Barbara (California), Cal Poly (Washington), UC Irvine (USC) and Cal State Northridge (Utah). The Anteaters also host SEC foe LSU. Road battles take center stage as Pacific travels to Saint Mary’s and UCSB visits Wyoming in a pair of rematches from earlier this season.
• Two tournaments are also on tap as Hawai’i hosts the fourth annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The field includes No. 4 Arizona and No. 15 San Diego State, along with Miami (FL), a team receiving votes in the the most recent Associated Press poll. The Rainbow Warriors drew the Hurricanes as their opening opponent Saturday in a game that ESPNU will televise. Meanwhile, UC Davis partakes in the World Vision Challenge with Southern Illinois, host Utah State and Nicholls State on the ledger.
• Hawai’i finished with its highest point total in more than 18 years when it defeated Chaminade, 104-93, at a neutral site court in Moloka’i Saturday. UH last scored 104 points in a double-overtime win over UTEP in 1994. Junior forward Christian Standhardinger produced his third consecutive double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He is tied with Cal State Northridge’s Stephan Hicks and UC Santa Barbara’s Alan Williams for the Big West lead with four double-doubles.
• Cal Poly continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.5), while UC Davis junior Ryan Sypkens remains No. 1 in three-point field goals per game (4.57). Cal State Northridge is No. 4 in the country in free throw percentage at 78.8 percent.
• 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.