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ESPNU To Air UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara Battle For First Place


Weekly Release No. 13


Showdown For First Place Coming Up
The battle for first place is set for Thursday when UC Irvine travels to UC Santa Barbara for an 8:00 p.m. tip on ESPNU. The Anteaters (5-1), riding a three-game winning streak, sit one-half game ahead of the Gauchos (4-1) in the Big West standings. Both squads have been hot – UCI winning six of its last seven games, and UCSB seven of eight.
Streaks On The Line
One of two streaks will come to an end when UCI visits UCSB’s Thunderdome for the nationally televised game.

• UCI has won eight straight road games against Big West opponents dating back to Jan. 20, 2018, when the ‘Eaters fell at UCSB. The eight straight Big West road wins is the longest in UCI’s Division I history.

• UCSB is 9-0 at home this season and has won 10 straight in the Thunderdome going back to the final home game of 2017-18. The 10 game home court winning streak is the third-longest in school history, trailing the all-time record of 15 straight in 1987-88 (5) and 1988-89 (10), and 12 in a row from 2016-17 (1) to 2017-18 (11).

Three Games Slated For ESPN3
The schedule is saturated with three ESPN3 games this week. Cal State Fullerton and CSUN is the featured game on Wednesday. The Titans have won four straight after an 0-2 start, shooting 50 percent or better in all four. The Matadors are 2-0 in Big West road games. CSUN has not won three consecutive Big West road games since the 2007-08 season. UC Riverside hosts Cal Poly and UC Davis on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

Galloway Moves Up Big West Rebounding List
Senior JONATHAN GALLOWAY moved into second at UC Irvine on the career rebounding list with 854, surpassing Will Davis II (852). Dave Baker (1971-75) is the school’s all-time leader with 926. Galloway’s 10 boards against UC Riverside on Saturday – his eighth double-digit performance this year – moved him into 13th in the Big West career book. Pacific’s Sam Willard (874, 2007-11) and Utah State’s Eric Franson (885, 1991, 1994-96) are next on the list.

Diane On Pace To Join Exclusive Club
CSUN redshirt freshman LAMINE DIANE is having an outstanding season as the Big West leader in both scoring (23.4 ppg) and rebounding (10.9 rpg). He could become just the eighth player in Big West history to lead in both categories. More impressively, he would become the first freshman to do so.

Player, School Years
Kevin Magee, UC Irvine 1980-81, 1981-82
Sidney Green, UNLV 1982-83
Larry Johnson, UNLV 1990-91
Michael Olowokandi, Pacific 1997-98
Ralphy Holmes, Cal State Fullerton 2004-05
Christian Maraker, Pacific 2005-06
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara 2013-14


CSUN AT CAL STATE FULLERTON (ESPN3) - CSUN is the Big West’s top-ranked offense in both overall (78.1 ppg) and conference (79.0) games. The league’s top two scorers are also Matadors – redshirt freshman LAMINE DIANE (23.5 ppg) and sophomore TERRELL GOMEZ (20.1 ppg). CSUN is one of just two teams in the country with two 20 point scorers. The other is Duke – RJ Barrett (23.9) and Zion Williamson (21.7). Cal State Fullerton is shooting 53.3% (113-of-212) from the field over the last four games. PxP: Trent Rush • ANALYST: Bob Williams

CAL POLY AT UC RIVERSIDE (ESPN3) - Cal Poly has lost 20 consecutive true road games dating back to last season. The last Mustang road win occurred on Nov. 18, 2017, at Santa Clara. The Mustangs have dropped 10 straight road games to Big West opponents, with the last win coming against UC Riverside on Feb. 25, 2017.  Tenth-year mentor Joe Callero will be coaching in his 300th career game with the Mustang program. Besides leading scorer DIKYMBE MARTIN (16.0 ppg), UC Riverside has six other rotation players averaging from 6.2 to 8.5 points per game - three of those are freshmen and two sophomores. PxP: Rahshaun Haylock • ANALYST: Bob Williams • SIDELINE: Matt Brown

UC IRVINE AT UC SANTA BARBARA (ESPNU) - In UC Irvine’s first five trips to the Thunderdome under Russell Turner, the Anteaters lost all five. Since then, the ‘Eaters have won two of the last three meetings at UCSB. UCI is shooting 46.7% (28-of-60) from three-point range over the last three Big West games after shooting 26.1% (17-of-65) through the first three. The Gauchos have committed 10 or less turnovers in nine of the last 10 games. UCSB’s three Division I transfers - AR'MOND DAVIS (Alabama), DEVEARL RAMSEY (Nevada) and JaQUORI McLAUGHLIN (Oregon State) are averaging a combined 37.8 points per game.  PxP: Sam Farber • ANALYST: Ben Braun

LONG BEACH STATE AT HAWAI‘I (BIGWEST.TV) - In league games, Long Beach State (78.8 ppg) and Hawai‘i (77.6) are the second and third-highest scoring teams in the Big West. Beach guard DEISHUAN BOOKER has scored 20 or more points in five straight games. Hawai‘i guard DREW BUGGS had a Big West single-game high 12 assists in his last outing.