Game No. 13
UC San Diego Tritons (8-4, 3-3) at Chico State Wildcats (7-3, 3-3)
Friday, January 7, 2011
Acker Gymnasium (2,143) • 7:30 pm
Game No. 14
UC San Diego Tritons at Cal State Stanislaus Warriors
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena (2,000) • 7:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
Both of the Tritons' games this weekend will be streamed live. Click here to access the Wildcats Network and watch the live broadcast against Chico State. The matchup against Cal State Stanislaus can be accessed via Warrior TV here.
First Things First
After defeating Cal State East Bay on Monday to begin a three-game in six-day stretch, the UC San Diego men's basketball team will head back to Northern California to take on Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend. The Tritons will battle the Wildcats on Friday at Acker Gymnasium in Chico, before matching up with the Warriors at Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock on Saturday. As usual, both games will follow the women's contests, with tip-off slated for approximately 7:30 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD enters Friday's tilt with Chico State sporting an overall record of 8-4 and a 3-3 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association after knocking off Cal State East Bay, 64-53, on Monday night in Hayward. The Tritons have now won two straight and three of four overall to improve to .500 in league play after falling at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State in early December. UCSD is 5-3 away from home in 2010-11 and 2-2 in true road contests.
Defense the Difference Against East Bay
The Tritons turned in another excellent effort on the defensive end against Cal State East Bay, limiting the Pioneers to just 53 points on 38% shooting from the floor. CSUEB's point total was the second-lowest for a UCSD opponent this season and Monday's effort marked the sixth time the Tritons have held a team below 40% shooting for the game. Head coach Chris Carlson's squad also held a commanding 47-23 advantage on the glass, which was UCSD's second-biggest rebounding margin in 2010-11. For the season, UCSD ranks fourth in the CCAA allowing 61.4 points per game.
Scouting the Wildcats and Warriors
• Chico State carries an overall record of 7-3 and an even 3-3 mark in the CCAA into Friday's clash after falling at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills last weekend. The Wildcats dropped a 71-62 decision to the Golden Eagles on Friday and then lost a New Year's Eve bout with the Toros, 76-65. Sophomore guard Damario Sims leads four players averaging double figures at 14.0 points per game, while also bringing down 3.0 rebounds per night. He is shooting a team-high 42% from the three-point line. Junior guard Jay Flores is the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder at 11.5 points and 4.8 boards per game. The Wildcats currently rank fifth in the CCAA both offensively and defensively, averaging 69.0 points per game, while surrendering 62.2 on the other end.
• Cal State Stanislaus begins the week with an overall record of 3-7 and a 1-5 league mark after losing to Cal State Dominguez Hills (64-53) and Cal State L.A. (66-59) in CCAA play last week, as well. The Warriors have lost four of their last five overall, with the one win coming in a nonconference matchup with Cal Baptist on December 18. Junior forward Reggie Jones is averaging a team-high 14.1 points per game, while also leading the team in field goal percentage at 55%. Junior guard Evan Scott is also having a fine season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds through 10 games. Stanislaus currently owns the CCAA's worst offense at just 59.2 points per game, while the defense is allowing 65.4, a figure that ranks seventh. The Warriors will entertain Cal State East Bay on Friday night, before UCSD gets to town on Saturday.
Head-to-Head with Chico, Stanislaus
UCSD trails the all-time series with Chico State, 12-10, but holds a 16-13 head-to-head advantage with Cal State Stanislaus. The Tritons dropped both contests with the Wildcats last season, losing a 77-68 decision in the first meeting on January 7 at RIMAC and then suffering a 58-42 defeat in the rematch on February 13 in Chico. UCSD swept the season series with Stanislaus a year ago, picking up an 81-72 home win in the first meeting, before claiming a 56-48 triumph in Turlock in the second.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • Fr., 5-10, 165 - UCSD's assist leader at 3.2 per game.
G - Justin Brue • So., 6-4, 205 - Tallied 13 points and eight boards in loss to Humboldt State on Dec. 19.
G - Casey Ryan • Sr., 6-4, 195 - Recorded his fifth double-double of the season in win at East Bay.
F - Ryan Peters • So., 6-3, 200 - Third on the squad averaging 24.5 minutes per game.
C - Christian Hatch • Jr., 6-8, 245 - Scored a career-best 24 points and grabbed 12 boards vs. Pioneers.
Senior guard Casey Ryan was outstanding in UCSD's two games last week, averaging 19.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists to lead the Tritons to victories over Sonoma State and Cal State East Bay. He had a career night against the Seawolves last Thursday, finishing with a personal-best 28 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while also grabbing nine boards and dishing out five assists. The Jackson, Calif. native followed that performance with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against the Pioneers on Monday, tallying his team-leading fifth double-double of the year. Ryan is averaging 13.0 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds through 12 games this season.
Center of Attention
Junior center Christian Hatch had a monster game against Cal State East Bay as well, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Tritons' 11-point victory. He converted 6-of-9 shots from the field and 12-of-14 attempts at the free throw line to match his career-high, set in UCSD's loss at Cal State Monterey Bay earlier this season. The performance marked his third double-double of 2010-11 and fourth straight double-digit scoring effort. On the season, Hatch is averaging a team-high 13.8 points, while bring down 6.0 boards and shooting 57% from the floor.
Three of a Kind
Sophomore guard Tyler McGrath had his best game as a Triton on Monday, finishing with a career-best 13 points in 26 minutes off the bench. He was 4-of-10 from the field, with all four of his field goals coming from behind the three-point line, and went 1-of-2 at the foul stripe. McGrath, who's previous best was 11 points, is now averaging 7.7 points on 43% shooting this season. He leads UCSD with 11 threes through 12 games.
Tritons Picked to Finish 11th in CCAA Coaches Poll
UCSD was selected to finish 11th in the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season standings, according to the league's preseason coaches poll that was released last month. The Tritons, who finished ninth in the conference last season at 7-15, received 21 points in the poll, 10 behind 10th place Cal State Monterey Bay. Defending national champion Cal Poly Pomona was picked to win the 2010-11 CCAA regular season title, receiving 10 first place votes and a total of 120 points. Cal State Dominguez Hills collected 100 points and earned one first place vote to finish second, while Cal State San Bernardino was third after garnering 98 points. Humboldt State, which earned the remaining first place vote, tallied 95 points to finish fourth, followed by Chico State (85), Sonoma State (69), Cal State Stanislaus (58), San Francisco State (52), Cal State L.A. (51), and Cal State Monterey Bay (31) coming in fifth through 10th, respectively. Cal State East Bay, which is not eligible for the conference title, finished 12th with 12 points.
While UCSD's defense ranks fourth in the CCAA allowing just over 61 points per game, the offense currently ranks seventh, putting up 66.1... The Tritons were able to defeat Cal State East Bay despite shooting just 39.6% from the field, which was their second-lowest percentage of the season... UCSD shot 45% in the 77-55 win over Sonoma State last week... The Tritons enter Friday's game as one of the top free throw shooting teams in the CCAA at 74%... That figure ranks third overall behind Humboldt State (76%) and Cal State Stanislaus (75%)... UCSD was 22-of-30 at the line against the Pioneers, 73%... Following this week's matchups with Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus, the Tritons will return to La Jolla to host four straight, beginning with Cal State L.A and Cal State Dominguez Hills on January 13 and 15, respectively... Both contests will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.