UCSD RECORDS (through 2/16)
vs. Top 25: 2-3
NABC National Poll (2/14): Receiving Votes
D2SIDA National Poll (2/14): Receiving Votes
NCAA West Region Poll (2/15): 2
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Tickets for all regular season home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17) and visiting student tickets are $5. UCSD students and children under 7 are free.
For the second-straight season, UC San Diego's home games will be streamed live at UCSDtritons.tv. A season pass can be purchased for $34.99, which gives users access to all live events (baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo and more) for the entire 2016-17 academic year. In addition, a single day pass is available for $5.99. Broadcasts are free for users connected to a UCSD network. The multi-camera production comes to you in high definition with full audio commentary, and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. Veteran broadcaster Steve Quis will handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by an array of guests, including former UCSD basketball players.
MORE LIVE COVERAGE
All home and away games will be covered by live stats with many road contests also featuring a live video stream. For all coverage, check the men's basketball schedule page.
OLEN AND ACEE
Once again this year, head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on Trending Now with Kevin Acee on The Mighty 1090. Olen will join Acee every Monday at 8:35 p.m. throughout the season. You can listen on the radio or online here. All segments are archived on Olen's bio page.
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (stats through 2/16)
G: 5 George Buaku (Jr./6-3/185): 5.5 p/g, 2.7 r/g, 2.3 a/g, 29.4 m/g
G: 1 Aleks Lipovic (Sr./6-5/205): 7.8 p/g, 1.4 r/g, 2.3 3fg/g, .456 3fg%, 19.1 m/g
G: 13 Adam Klie (Sr./6-4/205): 14.2 p/g, 6.7 r/g, 4.5 a/g, .490 fg%, 0.8 s/g, 31.5 m/g
F: 14 Christian Oshita (So./6-6/210): 10.5 p/g, 4.5 r/g, 1.4 3fg/g, 26.3 m/g
C: 44 Chris Hansen (So./6-7/265): 12.7 p/g, 6.0 r/g, .498 fg%, .870 ft%, 0.7 b/g, 22.8 m/g
Starters Returning (3): Chris Hansen (So. C); Adam Klie (Sr. G); Aleks Lipovic (Sr. G)
Starters Lost (2): Drew Dyer (F); (G)
Other Letterwinners Returning (6): Anthony Ballestero (Jr. G); George Buaku (Jr. G); Koree Cox (Sr. G); Kenny Fraser (Jr. F); Brett Oosdyke (So. F); Eric Patton (So. F)
Other Letterwinners Lost (3): (F/C); (G), (G/F)
Redshirt Freshmen (1): Ben Rico (G)
Newcomers (5): Joshua Brooks (Jr. G); Scott Everman (Fr. F); Mikey Howell (Fr. G); Christian Oshita (So. G/F); Michael Shoemaker (Jr. F)
UCSD won both of its CCAA games in Los Angeles last week, defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills (82-70) and Cal State LA (86-84) to stretch its win streak to four.
• UC San Diego 82, Cal State Dominguez Hills 70
• UC San Diego 86, Cal State LA 84
TOURNEY BERTH, HOME QUARTERFINAL CLINCHED
The Tritons have secured a spot in the upcoming eight-team CCAA Tournament. San Francisco State, Sonoma State and Chico State have also punched their tickets. In addition, UCSD, SF State and SSU have clinched home quarterfinal games on Feb. 28. The semifinal and title games are scheduled for March 3-4 at The Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Tickets for the semis and final are available now online at csusumcougars.com/tickets or by calling 760-750-7102.
IN THE WEST
The first NCAA regional rankings of the season were released Wednesday. In the West, it goes California Baptist, UC San Diego, San Francisco State, Western Washington, Chico State, Sonoma State, Hawaii Pacific, Dixie State, Alaska Anchorage and Chaminade. Two more rankings will be released with the top eight teams in the final list qualifying for the NCAA West Regional.
Saturday, the three senior members of this year's squad - guards Koree Cox, Adam Klie and Aleks Lipovic - will be celebrated before playing in the final home regular season game of their careers.
KLIE BREAKS REBOUNDING RECORD
On Feb. 4, Adam Klie grabbed six rebounds against Cal State East Bay to become UC San Diego's Division II (since the 2000-01 season) career leader. At the end of the night, he had 569 boards to his name, surpassing former leader Justin Brue, who totaled 564 between 2009 and 2013. Paul Trainer (1971-75) is UCSD's all-time leader with 1,094 rebounds.
KLIE CLOSING IN ON POINTS MARK
Now with 1,355 career points, Adam Klie is second on UCSD's Division II-era list. Jordan Lawley (2006-10) is the leader with 1,398 points, 43 in front of Klie.
UC San Diego is giving up just 62.9 points per game to opponents. That average is the third-best in the country. The Tritons have surrendered under 50 points in two of their last four games, including a season-low 41 to Cal State Monterey Bay on Feb. 3.
Anthony Ballestero dished out a career-high nine assists versus Cal State East Bay on Feb. 4, topping his previous best of five. The nine helpers were the most by a Triton in a single game since James McCann had 10 on three occasions during the 2013-14 season.
LIPOVIC FOR THREE (x5)
Aleks Lipovic drained five three-pointers - all in the first half - in the Feb. 4 victory against Cal State East Bay. The first came just 1:27 into the game, while the next four were back-to-back-to-back-to-back, starting with 7:44 left in the opening stanza. Lipovic has a team-high 36 treys this season.
BEST-EVER CCAA START
This season, UCSD recorded its best-ever start to a CCAA campaign since joining the league in 2000. The Tritons' win against Cal State LA on Dec. 29 put them at 5-0, eclipsing their previous best mark of 4-0 to kick off the 2015-16 league slate. They went on to improve to 9-0 before suffering their first league loss at Sonoma State on Jan. 14, 2017.
For the second-straight season, UC San Diego posted a seven-game win streak. This year's started on Dec. 16 vs. Cal State San Bernardino and ended on Jan. 14 at Sonoma State. The streaks stand as the longest in the team's Division II history (since the 2000-01 season).
With six made baskets at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7, Adam Klie brought his career total to 450, the most by any Triton since the team moved to Division II status for the 2000-01 season. Klie passed current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer, who drained 449 field goals between 2012 and 2016.
KLIE JOINS EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Adam Klie recorded his 500th career rebound on Dec. 30 vs. Stanislaus State, making him just the second Triton to amass 1,000 points and 500 boards during UCSD's Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). Current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer is the other Triton to accomplish the feat. He totaled 1,333 points and 563 rebounds between 2012 and 2016.
Aleks Lipovic made his return to the Triton lineup on Dec. 12 against No. 13 Western Washington. He hadn't played since suffering a leg injury against Sonoma State on March 1, 2016. Lipovic, who started 25 contests in 2015-16, missed the final three games of last season in addition to the first eight of this season. He got his first start of 2016-17 at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7.
The Tritons have done a stellar job keeping the ball to themselves this season, averaging just 10.4 turnovers/game, which ranks ninth in the country. The team's 250 turnovers are the 10th-fewest in the nation. On Dec. 19, the Tritons turned the ball over just four times against Cal State Dominguez Hills, a season low.
Cal Poly Pomona, which has won six of its last seven games, comes into Friday's tilt at 9-11 overall and 7-9 in the CCAA. Jordan Ogundiran is scoring a team-best 12.8 points/game, while Jeremy Dennis is just behind at 11.8. Chris Sullivan is pulling down 5.1 rebounds/game and Ogundiran is dishing out 3.0 assists/game. In league games, CPP is second in steals (7.7) and third in scoring defense (64.6).
Cal Poly Pomona holds a commanding 26-13 lead in the all-time series against UC San Diego. However, the Tritons have won the last four meetings, including a 64-62 win in Pomona on Nov. 29.
Humboldt State, which plays at Cal State San Bernardino Friday, enters the week at 12-12 overall and 6-10 in the CCAA. Four Lumberjacks are scoring 10-plus points a game including Tyras Rattler (14.7), Nikhil Lizotte (13.0), Malik Morgan (12.6) and Calvin Young (10.0). HSU is averaging 73.3 points in league games, which ranks fourth. The 'Jacks lead all CCAA teams in three-pointers, averaging 9.1/game.
Humboldt State leads the all-time series against UC San Diego, 17-8. The last time the two squads met was in the championship game of last season's CCAA Tournament. The 'Jacks won 80-68.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 2/15)
1. UC San Diego, 14-3 (19-5)
T-2. San Francisco State, 13-3 (20-3)
T-2. Sonoma State, 13-3 (17-5)
4. Chico State, 11-5 (18-6)
5. Cal State San Marcos, 10-6 (16-8)
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 8-8 (12-10)
7. Cal State LA, 8-9 (13-13)
T-8. Cal State San Bernardino, 7-9 (11-10)
T-8. Cal Poly Pomona, 7-9 (9-11)
10. Humboldt State, 6-10 (12-12)
11. Cal State East Bay, 5-12 (12-13)
12. Stanislaus State, 3-13 (6-17)
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-16 (3-20)
UCSD IN THE CCAA STATS (through 2/15)
Team (league games, top 5)
1. Scoring Margin, 8.7
2. Scoring Defense, 60.0
2. Free Throw Percentage, .747
2. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.8
3. 3-Point Field Goal Percentage, .382
3. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.21
4. 3-Point Field Goals Made/Game, 8.6
4. Rebounds/Game, 36.0
4. Assists/Game, 13.0
Individual (league games, top 10)
1. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .976
4. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.2
5. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Adam Klie, 1.6
6. Field Goal Percentage: Adam Klie, .478
7. 3-Point Field Goals/Game: Aleks Lipovic, 2.3
8. Rebounds/Game: Adam Klie, 6.9
T-8. Blocks/Game: Chris Hansen, 0.9
UCSD IN THE NATIONAL STATS (through 2/15)
Team (all games, top 50)
3. Scoring Defense, 62.9
9. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.4
10. Fewest Turnovers, 250
20. Field Goal Percentage Defense, .408
Individual (all games, top 100)
49. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .870
67. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.5
67. Assists: Adam Klie, 109
QUICK STATS (through 2/16)
HIT THE BOOKS (through 2/16)
Here's a look at where senior guards Adam Klie and Aleks Lipovic can be found in UC San Diego's Division II career record book. The No. 1 mark is in parentheses.
1. Field Goals Made, 499
1. Rebounds, 578
2. Points, 1355 (1398)
T-2. Steals, 94 (130)
3. Free Throws Attempted, 464 (524)
3. Free Throws Made, 301 (424)
4. Field Goals Attempted, 968 (1045)
4. Assists, 293 (469)
4. Minutes, 3218 (3378)
3. Three Pointers Made, 217 (254)
3. Three Pointers Attempted, 558 (638)
HANSEN EARNS FIRST CAREER CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Chris Hansen averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent over two wins to earn his first career CCAA Player of the Week honor on Dec. 6. The sophomore center recorded his sixth career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Cal Poly Pomona, both game-highs, while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Against No. 17 Chico State in La Jolla, Hansen scored a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds. He was a combined 12-for-13 from the free throw line. It was the second league award for a Triton this season as Adam Klie was recognized on Nov. 15.
KLIE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Klie was named the season's first CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 15. Over two victories at UCSD's CCAA/PacWest Challenge, Klie averaged 18.0 points, the second-highest of any player. He led all players with 11 assists. Klie netted a team-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against Dixie State. He had more team-highs with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals versus Azusa Pacific. The seven assists tied a career-high. Klie was tabbed the tourney's MVP.
ALL-TOURNEY HONOR FOR HANSEN
Chris Hansen averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over two wins en route to earning CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament honors on Nov. 12. The sophomore center recorded a double-double against Dixie State, dropping 14 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. The next night, Hansen had 16 points versus Azusa Pacific.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Chico State, 138 points (11 first-place votes)
2. UC San Diego, 119 (1)
3. Humboldt State, 117
4. Cal Poly Pomona, 110
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 94
6. San Francisco State, 84 (1)
7. Cal State LA, 74
8. Cal State San Marcos, 58
9. Stanislaus State, 52
10. Cal State Monterey Bay, 58
11. Sonoma State, 40
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 37
13. Cal State East Bay, 35
••• 2017: CCAA Player of the Week (12/6), San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for December, CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: CCAA Freshman of the Year, All-CCAA Honorable Mention, All-CCAA Tournament Team, Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team
••• 2017: CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team, CCAA Player of the Week (11/15), CCAA/PacWest Challenge MVP, CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: All-CCAA First Team, All-West Regional Tournament Team, All-CCAA Tournament Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, CCAA Player of the Week (2/2), CCAA All-Academic, National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.)
••• 2015: All-CCAA Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, CCAA All-Academic, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.)
••• 2014: CCAA Freshman of the Year, CCAA All-Academic
••• 2016: All-CCAA Honorable Mention
UC San Diego is coming off a historical 2015-16 season, setting program records for overall wins (24) and CCAA victories (15). The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time, earning the program's first tourney victory and ultimately advancing to the West Regional championship game. UCSD was nationally-ranked for the first time since joining Division II (2000-01), climbing as high as No. 6 in early February and finishing the year at No. 21. The Tritons went 7-3 against teams ranked in the national top 25. A seven-game win streak to start the season was the team's best in DII play. UCSD was ranked first nationally in three point field goal percentage defense (28.8) and was third in scoring defense (62.5) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.9). They led the CCAA in scoring margin (7.9), three point field goal percentage (37.6), three point field goal percentage defense (28.1) and defensive rebounds/game (28.2). Drew Dyer was named All-West Region, while he and were selected to the All-CCAA First Team. was tabbed the CCAA Freshman of the Year. Dyer and Klie both scored their 1,000th career point and Dyer set a school single-season record with 92 three-pointers made. Off the court, Klie earned Academic All-America accolades, just one of 15 honorees nationwide.
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Over his three years at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to a 55-30 (.647) overall record with a 40-24 (.625) mark in CCAA play. UCSD recorded a historical season in 2015-16, setting program records for overall wins (24) and CCAA victories (15). The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time, earned the program's first tourney victory and ultimately advanced to the West Regional championship game. UC San Diego was nationally-ranked for the first time since joining Division II (2000-01), climbing as high as No. 6 in early February and finishing the year at No. 21. Olen joined the UCSD coaching staff as a second assistant under head coach Bill Carr for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance.
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Next week, the Tritons play their final regular season game with a Thursday, Feb. 23 match-up at Cal State San Bernardino (7:30 p.m.). For a complete season schedule, click here.