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Cal Poly Readies For Wichita State In NCAA Second Round

3/21/2014

Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 21

The No. 16 seed Cal Poly men's basketball team is set to face top-seeded Wichita State in an NCAA Tournament second round game today at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• In its first NCAA Tournament game as a Division I program, Cal Poly secured its first postseason victory with a 81-69 win over Texas Southern in Wednesday’s first round game in Dayton.  The No. 16-seed Mustangs  now travel to St. Louis for a second round matchup against top-seeded Wichita State in the Midwest Regional.

• Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no 16th seed has ever upended a No. 1.

• Cal Poly became the first Big West program to win an NCAA Tournament game since eighth-seeded Pacific defeated Pittsburgh in the 2005 first round.  The Mustangs seek the distinction of being the first Big West program to win two games in the NCAA Tournament since former conference member New Mexico State did so in 1992.

• Cal Poly was the first No. 7 seed – and the lowest seed overall – in Big West Tournament history to win the title.  The Mustangs knocked off No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara and top-seeded UC Irvine to reach the championship game, and in their third title game appearance, toppled No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge to pave the way to the NCAA’s.

• Through games of March 19, Cal Poly is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game (9.0).  The Mustangs committed just a combined 18 turnovers in their three Big West Tournament victories.  Cal Poly’s 10 turnovers against Texas Southern marked only the fourth time in the last 19 games that the team has had double-digit miscues.

• Cal Poly’s four-game winning streak is its longest of the season.

St. Louis Bound: Cal Poly succeeded in its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance, defeating fellow No. 16 seed Texas Southern in a First Four game Wednesday in Dayton.  The Mustangs shot a season-high 56.9% (29 of 51) and scored their highest number of points (81) against a Division I opponent this season.

Special Space: Senior Chris Eversley’s nine rebounds against Texas Southern pushed his career total to 605, making him just the sixth player in Cal Poly history to compile at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

Johnson Eyes Assist Chart: Senior guard Jamal Johnson is one assist away from becoming the sixth player in school history with 300.

Block Time: Sophomore Dave Nwaba blocked three shots in each of the last two games.  The wing had accumulated 15 blocked shots in the previous 31 contests before increasing his rim protecting production during the postseason.