Tritons Visit SDSU, UC Irvine for Exhibition Games
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The fifth-ranked University of California San Diego men’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of exhibition contests this week. The Tritons will play at San Diego State on Wednesday, before traveling to UC Irvine Friday night.
at San Diego State (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West)
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – 7 p.m.
Viejas Arena, San Diego
at UC Irvine (0-0, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, Nov. 1 – 7 p.m.
Bren Events Center, Irvine
UC San Diego has once again been picked first in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released by the conference on Monday. UC San Diego received 143 total points and 11 of 13 first-place votes from the league's head coaches. This marks the second consecutive season in which the Tritons have been selected first in the survey.
The Tritons are ranked fifth in a preseason poll of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released Tuesday. Defending champion Northwest Missouri State is ranked first. Last season, UC San Diego was ranked No. 24 in the preseason. The Tritons posted a 26-8 record and captured the CCAA tournament title, ultimately making a run to the NCAA Division II West Regional semifinals.
EXPERIENCED SQUAD RETURNS IN 2019-20
This year’s squad returns four starters including redshirt senior All-American Chris Hansen. Last year’s CCAA Player of the Year, Hansen averaged 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In addition to Hansen, guards Tyrell Roberts and Mikey Howell, and forward Scott Everman return. Roberts was last year’s CCAA Newcomer of the Year, averaging better than 14 points per game. Howell led the Tritons in assists, finishing third in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 2.3. Everman contributed 9.5 points while finishing second on the team in blocked shots behind Hansen. Also returning to the floor for UC San Diego is redshirt senior Christian Oshita, who was leading the team in scoring at 19.5 points per game before he was sidelined with a season-ending shoulder injury.
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Head coach Eric Olen is entering his seventh season as the Tritons’ head coach. Over his first six seasons, Olen has posted a 129-55 record and a .701 winning percentage as UC San Diego’s head coach. He was the CCAA Coach of the Year in 2016-17.
ABOUT THE AZTECS
San Diego State returns two starters from last season’s team that went 21-13. The Aztecs are coached by Brian Dutcher, who enters his third season. SDSU was picked to finish second in a preseason poll of Mountain West media members.
ABOUT THE ANTEATERS
UC Irvine is coming off the most successful season in school history. Last year, the Anteaters won the Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. UCI posted a 31-6 overall record. Head coach Russell Turner enters his tenth season at the helm in Irvine. This year’s team returns nine players from 2018-19, and the Anteaters were picked to repeat as Big West champs.
UC San Diego is 0-11 all-time against San Diego State in regular season play, with the two teams last meeting in 2009.
The Tritons are 1-9 all-time against UC Irvine in the regular season. The two teams last squared off in 2015, with the Anteaters earning an 89-73 win.
No. 5 UC San Diego opens its season on Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Simon Fraser in the CCAA/GNAC Challenge, hosted by Western Washington. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
UC SAN DIEGO PARTNERS WITH ESPN NETWORKS
All UC San Diego home men’s and women’s basketball games and men’s and women’s volleyball matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3, making the Tritons one of just three NCAA Division II programs to have all of its home basketball games air live on ESPN Networks.
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BIG WEST BOUND
UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team. In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play.
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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 summer 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 preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 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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