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Christian Bayne leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 0.6.

Seventh-Ranked Tritons Take Five Game Win Streak to Hawai'i

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Riding a five-game win streak, No. 7 UC San Diego travels to the Hawaiian Islands to compete in the inaugural Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational. The Tritons join Chaminade, Dallas Baptist, Emmanuel, Hawai'i Pacific, Southern Nazarene, Western Oregon, and Western Washington at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu.

UC San Diego opens play against Hawai'i Pacific on Dec. 16. It will be just the second-ever meeting between the teams. In December of 2006, the Sharks defeated the Tritons, 53-50, in La Jolla.

The squad will play single games on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 with its opponent to be determined according to Sunday's results.

For a tournament bracket and schedule, click here.

You can also follow the team on its Instagram (@ucsdmbb). Players will be taking over the account and posting from Honolulu Monday and Wednesday. 

THE SCHEDULE
Game 10 - Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational
No. 7 UC San Diego (8-1) vs. Hawai'i Pacific (3-3)
Sunday, Dec. 16 • 10 p.m. PT
Hawai'i Convention Center • Honolulu, Hawai'i
Series Record: HPU leads 1-0
Live StatsLive Video

Game 11 - Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational
No. 7 UC San Diego (8-1, 5-0) vs. TBD
Monday, Dec. 17 • Time TBD
Hawai'i Convention Center • Honolulu, Hawai'i
Live StatsLive Video

Game 12 - Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational
No. 7 UC San Diego (8-1, 5-0) vs. TBD
Monday, Dec. 18 • Time TBD
Hawai'i Convention Center • Honolulu, Hawai'i
Live StatsLive Video

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 8-1
• CCAA: 5-0
• Home: 6-0
• Away: 2-1
• Neutral: 0-0
• Against Ranked Teams: 1-0
• Streak: Won 5
• NABC National Ranking: 7
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 6
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: 1
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1

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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 THE TOURNEY
The inaugural Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational is an eight-team tournament with a traditional bracket format that will crown a true champion. The stacked field includes No. 20 Chaminade, Dallas Baptist, Emmanuel, Hawai'i Pacific, No. 11 Southern Nazarene, No. 7 UC San Diego, RV Western Oregon, and RV Western Washington. All but three of the teams (Dallas Baptist, Emmanuel, Southern Nazarene) hail from the West Region. Hawai'i Pacific is sponsoring the event at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu. For a tournament bracket and schedule click here.

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UC SAN DIEGO AGAINST THE FIELD
Chaminade: 1-2
Dallas Baptist: have never met
Emmanuel: have never met
Hawai'i Pacific: 0-1
Southern Nazarene: have never met
Western Oregon: 1-2
Western Washington: 2-3

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WEEKLY REWIND
• 12/6/18 at La Jolla: UC San Diego 80, San Francisco State 79

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BIG MAN KNOCKING DOWN THE TREYS!
A 60.0 three-point field goal percentage may suggest shooting guard, but its 6'7" center Chris Hansen who currently (through games of 12/12) leads the country in that statistic. Hansen has drained 24 of 40 from long range and has at least one trey in eight of nine games. Twice this season he has netted a career-high six three-pointers. 

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TRITONS CRACK TOP 10 IN BOTH NATIONAL POLLS
The University of California San Diego broke into the top 10 in both Division II national polls on Dec. 4, coming in at No. 8 in the D2SIDA National Media Poll and No. 10 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Poll. The Tritons' best NABC ranking since becoming an NCAA Division II program prior to the 2000-01 season is sixth in February of 2016.

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FIVE ALIVE
UC San Diego's current five-game win streak is its longest of the season. Last year, the Tritons strung six victories together, while they won 12 straight games during their 2016-17 campaign. 

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HANSEN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK...AGAIN
For the second time in three weeks, Chris Hansen was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 27. Over two conference victories, Hansen averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. He shot 59.3 percent (16-27) overall and 57.1 percent (8-14) from behind the three-point arc. Against Cal State San Bernardino, Hansen established new career-highs with 29 points and six three-pointers while adding 11 rebounds for a double-double. Four nights later vs. Chico State, the junior struck for another double-double with 22 points and a career-best 14 boards. He was 7-for-10 from the field and matched his career-high with three blocks. Hansen earned the season's first CCAA Player of the Week award on Nov. 13. A Triton has won the honor every week this year as Christian Oshita picked up the accolade on Nov. 20.

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IN THE 90's
UC San Diego has scored 90-plus points in three of nine games, netting 97 against both Western Washington and Cal State San Bernardino and 96 against Saint Martin's. If you're wondering, the program record for team points scored in a game is 146 vs. West Coast Christian back in 1979.

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OSHITA EARNS WEEKLY CONFERENCE AWARD
Following a week in which he averaged 27.5 points, Christian Oshita was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 20. Oshita turned in a masterful performance in a win against Saint Martin's, scoring a career-high 35 points and netting a career-best nine three-pointers. He also set career marks in field goals made (13) and three-point field goals attempted (12). Oshita was 13-for-16 (81.3 percent) in overall shooting and 9-for-12 (75 percent) from behind the arc. He also added four rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 30 minutes of floor time. Two days later, Oshita had a 20-point outing at crosstown rival Point Loma. He again led all players in points while also grabbing five rebounds. For the week, Oshita topped the Tritons in points, points per game, field goal percentage (65.5), and three-point field goal percentage (63.2). He was second on the team in rebounds and rebounds per game (4.5).

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MOST POINTS IN OVER A DECADE
Christian Oshita's career-high 35 points against Saint Martin's on Nov. 12 were the most scored by a Triton since Henry Patterson dropped 37 against Cal State Monterey Bay in January of 2008.

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AND THE NINE THREES?
Christian Oshita netted a career-high nine 3-pointers on Nov. 12 vs. Saint Martin's. The last time a Triton hit more from long range was back in March of 2007 when Robby Peters put in 13 against Cal State Monterey Bay. That baker's dozen stands as UC San Diego's all-time single game record.

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LIGHTS OUT AGAINST THE SAINTS
UC San Diego was on fire from the field against Saint Martin's on Nov. 12. The Tritons shot 69.2 percent (18-26) from behind the 3-point line, their best since February of 2008 when they hit 12 of 16, 75 percent, against Sonoma State. Overall vs. the Saints, UC San Diego was 35-for-52, 67.3 percent. That percentage was the team's best since February of 2007 when it made 31 of its 44 shots, 70.5 percent, against Sonoma State.

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HANSEN NUMBER TWO IN CAREER BLOCKS
With 47 blocks to his name, Chris Hansen sits at No. 2 on UC San Diego's Division 2 career list. He has work to do before moving up to the top spot as Justin Brue totaled 90 from 2009-13.

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BAYNE HITS 500
Christian Bayne entered the season with 498 career points. A three-pointer vs. Simon Fraser on Nov. 9 pushed him past the 500 mark.

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HANSEN APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Entering the tournament, Chris Hansen has scored 888 career points over 72 contests and needs just 112 more for 1,000. He'll become the sixth Triton to hit that mark during the team's Division II era.

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DOUBLE-DOUBLE TALK
Chris Hansen (4)
• 12/6 vs. San Francisco State (27p, 11r)
• 11/24 vs. Chico State (22p, 14r)
• 11/20 vs. Cal State San Bernardino (29p, 11r)
• 11/9 vs. Simon Fraser (19p, 11r)

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ABOUT HAWAI'I PACIFIC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-3
• PacWest: 1-2
• Home: 2-1
• Away: 0-1
• Neutral: 1-1
• Streak: Lost 2
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: n/a
• PacWest Preseason Poll: 5

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ABOUT CHAMINADE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 6-0
• PacWest: 3-0
• Home: 6-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: Won 6
• NABC National Ranking: 20
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 23
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: 4
• PacWest Preseason Poll: 4

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ABOUT DALLAS BAPTIST
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-3
• Heartland: 2-0
• Home: 4-0
• Away: 2-2
• Neutral: 1-1
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• Heartland Preseason Poll: 1

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ABOUT EMMANUEL
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-4
• Conference Carolinas: 3-0
• Home: 4-2
• Away: 3-2
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll: 4

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ABOUT SOUTHERN NAZARENE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-1
• Great American: 3-1
• Home: 5-0
• Away: 3-1
• Neutral: 1-0
• Streak: Won 1
• NABC National Ranking: 11
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 14
• Great America Preseason Poll: 1

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ABOUT WESTERN OREGON
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 6-1
• GNAC: 2-0
• Home: 5-0
• Away: 0-1
• Neutral: 1-0
• Streak: Won 3
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: 7
• GNAC Preseason Poll: 3

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ABOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-2
• GNAC: 1-1
• Home: 3-0
• Away: 1-2
• Neutral: 3-0
• Streak: Won 1
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: 8
• GNAC Preseason Poll: 4

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HE'S BACK!
Chris Hansen had a stellar return to the court after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign. He was back in the lineup on Nov. 9 for the first time after not playing since March of 2017 due to shoulder surgery. It didn't look like the 2017 All-CCAA First Team pick and 2016 CCAA Freshman of the Year had taken any time away as he recorded a double-double with 19 points and a game-best 11 rebounds in a win against Simon Fraser. He went 7-for-10 with two 3-pointers, an assist, and two steals. The next night, Hansen scored a game-high 26 points, one short of his career-high, in an upset of No. 14 Western Washington. The junior center went 11-for-14 with two 3-pointers while adding four rebounds and two blocks. Over the two victories, Hansen shot .750 en route to being named to the CCAA/GNAC Challenge All-Tournament Team. For a video feature on Hansen's return, click here.

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TRITON DEBUTS
Four Tritons played in their first game in the blue and gold on Friday, Nov. 9 against Simon Fraser including Gabe Hadley, Jeremy Johnson, Connor Peterson, and Tyrell Roberts. Kaden Rasheed made his collegiate debut on Nov. 12 vs. Saint Martin's.

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OSHITA TO REDSHIRT
Christian Oshita will redshirt this year and return as a senior for the 2019-20 campaign. Prior to the first game of the season, Oshita suffered a shoulder injury in practice. After playing four games and averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, he decided he will sit out and get his shoulder back to 100 percent. 

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RIMAC RENOVATION
The Tritons are 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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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/12)
UC San Diego, 5-0 (8-1)
Cal State East Bay, 4-1 (8-2)
Cal Poly Pomona, 2-1 (4-1)
Cal State LA, 2-1 (6-3)
San Francisco State, 3-2 (6-3)
Humboldt State, 3-2 (6-4)
Sonoma State, 3-2 (5-4)
Chico State, 2-2 (2-2)
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1-1 (3-5)
Cal State San Bernardino, 1-2 (5-3)
Stanislaus State, 1-4 (4-5)
Cal State San Marcos, 0-4 (3-7)
Cal State Monterey Bay, 0-5 (0-9)

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS
(all games through 12/12)
3. Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 12.7
12. Three-Point Field Goals: 114
19. Three-Point Field Goal Attempts: 283
22. Turnovers/Game: 10.9
26. Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.43
31. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 40.3
35. Field Goal Percentage: 49.5
40. Scoring Margin: 12.3
43. Free Throw Percentage: 76.4

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TRITONS IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS
(all games through 12/12)
1. Chris Hansen, Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 60.0
19. Chris Hansen, Double-Doubles: 4
26. Chris Hansen, Field Goal Percentage: 61.5
56. Chris Hansen, Defensive Rebounds/Game: 6.22
69. Chris Hansen, Free Throw Percentage: 87.9
85. Chris Hansen, Points/Game: 19.0
89. Chris Hansen, Rebounds: 72
90. Chris Hansen, Rebounds/Game: 8.0
92. Chris Hansen, Points: 171
93. Chris Hansen, Three-Pointers: 24
99. Chris Hansen, Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 2.67

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA STAT RANKINGS
(league games through 12/12)
1. Scoring Offense: 79.0
1. Scoring Margin: 13.2
1. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 36.7
1. Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 13.0
1. Free Throw Percentage: 79.4
1. Assists/Game: 16.00
1. Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.29
3. Scoring Defense: 65.8
3. Field Goal Percentage: 46.3
3. Blocks/Game: 3.20
5. Steals/Game: 7.40
5. Turnovers/Game: 13.0
7. Rebounds/Game: 35.4
7. Rebound Margin: 1.0
8. Rebounding Defense: 34.4

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TRITONS IN THE CCAA STAT RANKINGS
(league games through 12/12)
1. Chris Hansen, Points/Game: 21.4
1. Chris Hansen, Rebounds/Game: 9.6
1. Christian Bayne, Assist/Turnover Ratio: 0.6
2. Chris Hansen, Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 3.4
3. Chris Hansen, Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 56.7
4. Tyrell Roberts, Assists/Game: 3.4
5. Chris Hansen, Field Goal Percentage: 57.4
5. Scott Everman, Blocks/Game: 1.2
5. Chris Hansen, Blocks/Game: 1.2
6. Chris Hansen, Free Throw Percentage: 90.9
9. Christian Bayne, Assists/Game: 3.0

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NABC NATIONAL POLL
(12/11)
1. Bellarmine
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Saint Anselm
5. Valdosta State
6. Nova Southeastern
7. UC San Diego
8. USC Aiken
9. Cal Poly Pomona
10. Florida Southern
11. Southern Nazarene
12. Barry
13. West Texas A&M
14. Findlay
15. Morehouse
16. Ashland
17. Bentley
18. West Liberty
19. Queens
20. Chaminade
21. St. Thomas Aquinas
22. Missouri Southern
23. Saint Martin's
24. St. Edward's
25. Shippensburg

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 12/11: 7
• 12/4: 10
• 11/27: 16
• 11/20: 19
• Preseason: 24

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D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(12/11)
1. Bellarmine
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Saint Anselm
5. Valdosta State
6. UC San Diego
7. USC Aiken
8. St. Edward's
9. Nova Southeastern
10. West Texas A&M
11. Saint Martin's
12. Lewis
13. Queens
14. Southern Nazarene
T-15. Lynn
T-15. Missouri Southern
17. St. Thomas Aquinas
18. Fairmont State
19. West Liberty
20. Findlay
21. Cal Poly Pomona
22. Bentley
23. Chaminade
24. Ashland
25. Florida Southern

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 12/11: 6
• 12/4: 8
• 11/27: 9
• 11/20: 13
• 11/13: 15
• Preseason: 19

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D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(12/10)
1. UC San Diego
2. Saint Martin's
3. Cal Poly Pomona
4. Chaminade
5. Point Loma
6. Northwest Nazarene
7. Western Oregon
8. Western Washington
9. San Francisco State
10. Concordia

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 12/10: 1
• 12/3: 1
• 11/26: 1
• 11/20: 2

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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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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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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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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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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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GEAR UP
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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 hosts two conference games prior to the new year, entertaining Humboldt State on Dec. 29 and Sonoma State on Dec. 31. The Tritons play at home just twice in January.

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.

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