Men's Basketball Enters Final Week Of Regular Season
Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 18
Long Beach State attempts to wrap up the outright men's basketball regular season title, UC Davis hosts its first nationally televised game and Pacific head coach Bob Thomason paces the sidelines at Spanos Center for the last time in his storied 25-year history as the program's mentor.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• The No. 1 seed for the Big West Tournament – March 14-16 at Honda Center – is still up for grabs entering the final week of the regular season. Long Beach State (17-11, 13-3), which has earned at least a share of the regular season title, can clinch the title outright and wrap up the No. 1 seed with a win at either UC Davis or Pacific this week.
• Pacific (17-12, 11-5) has a shot at gaining the No. 1 seed with two wins coupled with two LBSU losses. With both teams finishing 13-5, the determining tiebreaker would be UC Davis. The Tigers are 2-0 against the Aggies while the 49ers would have split the season series with the Aggies should Pacific and LBSU finish 13-5.
• The 49ers are aiming to become the first school to win three straight outright Big West regular season titles since UNLV reeled off seven straight from 1982-89. Pacific ran off three in a row from 2003-06, but the first of that trio was a co-championship with Utah State.
• Cal Poly and UC Irvine are positioned to become the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a pair of wins this week. If both teams finish at 12-6, the No. 2 seed would be determined by which team finishes higher among UC Davis, Pacific or Hawai’i.
• Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara are jockeying for the No. 7 and No. 8 seed. The Titans can clinch the No. 7 seed with a win at UCSB Thursday.
• Cal Poly, UC Davis and UC Irvine are hot entering the home stretch of the regular season. The Mustangs have won six of their last seven games and the Aggies have won five of their last six. The Anteaters have reeled off five straight victories, the program’s longest win streak since the 2005-06 club won eight in a row.
• Four schools could finish their home conference schedules undefeated. Cal Poly and Pacific would join LBSU and UCI with perfect 9-0 Big West records at home with two wins this week. The Mustangs have won 12 straight home league games dating back to last season.
• Pacific’s Bob Thomason will coach his final home game when Long Beach State visits the Spanos Center Saturday for a game on Fox Sports West. In his 25th season as head coach, Thomason is the Big West’s all-time winningest coach in both overall (431) and conference (246) victories.
• UC Davis will play host to the first nationally televised game in school history when ESPN2 airs Thursday’s showdown against LBSU at The Pavilion.
• Cal Poly set a program record for single-game three-point field goal percentage, hitting at a 80.0 percent (12-for-15) clip in its win over Cal State Northridge Thursday.
ª Cal State Fullerton senior Kwame Vaughn joined teammate D.J. Seeley on the list of players to score 1,000 points in a career. Vaughn scored 29 against UC Davis to finish the night with 1,011 career points, becoming the 22nd player in Titan history to reach the milestone. UC Irvine senior Daman Starring is next in line to etch his name in history. The guard sits just eight points shy of becoming the 22nd player in UCI history to tally 1,000 career points. Teammate Michael Wilder also recently made the list.
• With eight blocked shots Saturday against Long Beach State, UCI sophomore Will Davis II increased his single-season school record to 73. The 73 blocks rank seventh in Big West single-season history and he is only six shy of leapfrogging into fourth.
• UC Davis junior Ryan Sypkens leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.474) and ranks fourth with 3.81 threes made per game. He moved into a tie for 10th place in Big West single-season annals with his 99th three of the season last week.
• 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.