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24th-Ranked Tritons Tip Off Season Friday at RIMAC Arena!

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UC San Diego, ranked 24th nationally, opens its 2018-19 campaign this week by hosting the CCAA/GNAC Challenge Friday and Saturday at RIMAC Arena. Joining the Tritons will be Cal State Dominguez Hills from the California Collegiate Athletic Association as well as Simon Fraser and No. 14 Western Washington out of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

UC SAN DIEGO SCHEDULE
Game 1 - CCAA/GNAC Challenge
Friday, Nov. 9 • 7:30 p.m. PT
No. 24 UC San Diego (0-0) vs. Simon Fraser (0-0)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 3-0
Live Video (free) • Live Stats (free) • Tickets

Game 2 - CCAA/GNAC Challenge
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 7:30 p.m. PT
No. 24 UC San Diego (0-0) vs. No. 14 Western Washington (0-0)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: Western Washington leads 3-1
Live Video (free) • Live Stats (free) • Tickets

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 9
5:30 p.m. - Cal State Dominguez Hills vs. Western Washington
7:30 p.m. - UC San Diego vs. Simon Fraser

Saturday, Nov. 10
5:30 p.m. - Simon Fraser vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:30 p.m. - UC San Diego vs. Western Washington

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LET ME IN
One ticket is good for both tournament games on the day purchased.

Reserved Chairback Seating
• Adult - $12.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $8.00

General Admission
• Adult - $10.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $5.00
• UC San Diego students, Children 3 and Under - Free

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THE NEXT BEST THING
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena, all four tournament games will be covered by free live video as well as free live stats.

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HOOPS ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
All home games this season will be covered by a live pay-per-view video stream at UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window and $34.99 for the entire 2018-19 academic year, which includes all broadcasts from other Triton athletics teams. The high definition broadcasts can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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FREE T-SHIRT FRIDAY!
It's Triton Friday and we want everyone to be wearing blue and gold at the game. We literally have you covered as everyone in attendance at RIMAC Arena will receive a FREE t-shirt!

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FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION NIGHT
Friday night we will be celebrating all UC San Diego faculty and staff members by offering four free tickets to each with a valid ID.

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NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY NIGHT
Saturday, UC San Diego Athletics will be hosting a Native American Community Night Social in collaboration with the Intertribal Resource Center. The social is part of the University’s month-long celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This is a great opportunity for our Native American students and community members to gather, socialize, and create connections while enjoying an exciting men's basketball game between two nationally-ranked teams. The event will be hosted in the RIMAC Skybox from 7-8:30 p.m.

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-0
• Streak: n/a
• NABC National Ranking: 24
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 19
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

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UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (4)
Christian Bayne (Sr., G, 6-2, 185)
Scott Everman (Jr., F, 6-7, 220)
Christian Oshita (Sr., G/F, 6-6, 210)
Eric Patton (Sr., F, 6-6, 210)

Starters Lost (1)
George Buaku (G, 6-3, 185)

Others Returning (5)
Chris Hansen (RJr., C, 6-7, 245)
Mikey Howell (RSo., G, 6-3, 165)
Ben Rico (RJr., G, 6-4, 180)
Tyrell Roberts (RFr., G, 5-11, 170)
Martin Tombe (So., F, 6-6, 209)

Others Lost (5)
Anthony Ballestero (G, 5-10, 175)
Kenny Fraser (F, 6-7, 200)
Kennedy Koehler (F, 6-7, 215)
Brett Oosdyke (F, 6-7, 215)
Michael Shoemaker (F, 6-8, 216)

Newcomers (7)
Gabe Hadley (So., G, 6-4, 200)
Jeremy Johnson (RJr., G, 6-3, 185)
Will Pallesi (Fr., G, 6-3, 180)
Connor Peterson (RJr., G, 6-2, 192)
Justin Pratt (Fr., G, 6-3, 190)
Kaden Rasheed (Fr., G, 6-1, 185)
Lunden Taylor (Fr., G, 6-3, 180)

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ABOUT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: n/a
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a

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ABOUT SIMON FRASER
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: n/a
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a

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ABOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: n/a
• NABC National Ranking: 14
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 14

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HANSEN RETURNS TO ACTION
Junior center Chris Hansen will be back on the court this season after redshirting in 2017-18 following shoulder surgery. He was an All-CCAA First Team pick as a sophomore and the league's Freshman of the Year in 2016. Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Tritons in field goal percentage (.505), free throw percentage (.874), and blocks (22) over the 2016-17 season. As a freshman, he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds and posted a team-best .595 field goal percentage. For a video feature on Hansen, click the link under the headline above. 

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RIMAC RENOVATION
The Tritons will be playing in an updated RIMAC Arena this season as it recently underwent its first significant renovation in its nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995). The project has modernized the arena and improved training and competition facilities for student-athletes. In addition, the venue will provide fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation included new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features are the addition of a 50-foot wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility was also constructed.

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2017-18 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• Overall: 21-11
• CCAA: 15-7 (T-3rd)
• Home: 8-4
• Away: 10-4
• Neutral: 3-3
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Quarterfinalist

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FINAL 2017-18 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Cal Poly Pomona*, 18-4 (22-7)
2. Chico State, 16-6 (20-8)
T-3. Cal State San Marcos, 15-7 (20-9)
T-3. UC San Diego%, 15-7 (21-11)
5. San Francisco State, 14-8 (19-10)
6. Stanislaus State, 12-10 (17-12)
7. Cal State San Bernardino, 11-11 (13-14)
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-12 (13-17)
9. Cal State LA, 9-13 (13-15)
10. Sonoma State, 8-14 (10-16)
T-11. Cal State East Bay, 6-16 (10-18)
T-11. Humboldt State, 6-16 (9-19)
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-19 (4-22)
* regular season champion
% tournament champion

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BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

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NABC NATIONAL POLL
(10/30, preseason)
1. Bellarmine
2. West Liberty
3. Lincoln Memorial
4. West Texas A&M
5. Northwest Missouri State
6. Saint Anselm
7. Queens
8. Indiana (Pa.)
9. Cal Poly Pomona
10. Southern Nazarene
11. Valdosta State
12. West Florida
13. Ferris State
14. Western Washington
15. East Stroudsburg
16. Virginia State
17. Morehouse
18. St. Cloud State
19. Regis
20. Southwest Minnesota State
21. Dallas Baptist
22. Florida Southern
23. Findlay
24. UC San Diego
25. Missouri Southern

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NABC POLL
• Preseason: 24

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D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(10/30, preseason)
1. Bellarmine
2. Lincoln Memorial
3. West Liberty
4. West Texas A&M
5. Northwest Missouri State
6. Indiana (Pa.)
7. Southern Nazarene
8. Queens
9. Saint Anselm
10. Valdosta State
11. Cal Poly Pomona
12. Ferris State
13. West Florida
14. Western Washington
15. Virginia State
16. St. Cloud State
17. Northern State
18. Regis
19. UC San Diego
20. East Stroudsburg
21. Morehouse
22. Southwest Minnesota State
23. Florida Southern
24. Missouri Southern
25. Findlay

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA POLL
• Preseason: 19

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2018-19 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. UC San Diego, 141 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Cal Poly Pomona, 136 (4)
3. Chico State, 116
4. Stanislaus State, 114
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 84
6. Cal State LA, 80
7. Cal State San Marcos, 76
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 68
9. San Francisco State, 54
10. Sonoma State, 50
11. Cal State East Bay, 42
12. Humboldt State, 36
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 17

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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 five seasons at the helm, he has led the Tritons to a 103-47 (.687) overall record with a 72-34 (.679) mark in CCAA play. UC San Diego has won two CCAA Tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA postseason in 2016, 2017, and 2018 under Olen. The team has won over 20 games in each of the last three seasons. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant 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. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

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GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UCSD Athletics' online partner Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego has four games crammed into a six-day period to kick off its season. Following this week's tournament, the Tritons turn around to host Saint Martin's on Monday, Nov. 12 and make a quick trip to Point Loma on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

Follow the Tritons
For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at UCSDTritons.com and through social media on Twitter (@UCSDTritons), Instagram (@UCSDTritons) and Facebook (UCSDTritons). To stay tuned in to UC San Diego Men's Basketball, follow the team's Instagram (@UCSDmbb) and Twitter (@UCSDmbb), as well as Head Coach Eric Olen's Twitter (@CoachEricOlen) and Associate Head Coach Clint Allard's Twitter (@CoachAllard).

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