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Back-to-Back ESPN3 Broadcasts Begins For UC Davis Men’s Basketball Thursday In Long Beach

(via @UCDavisMBB // Twitter)

UC Davis Aggies (6-11, 0-1 BWC)
Long Beach State Beach (6-12, 1-1 BWC)

Thursday, Jan. 16 – 7 p.m.
Walter Pyramid (4,000) – Long Beach, Calif.

Gameday Central

Watch on ESPN3 – Trent Rush (PBP), Richie Schueler (Analyst), Courtney Sweet (Sideline)
Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK – Scott Marsh (PBP)
Live Stats
In-Game Twitter Updates

DAVIS, Calif. —  Off last Saturday as the league’s designated bye team, UC Davis will return to Big West play on Thursday when it visits the Walter Pyramid to face the Long Beach State Beach. Yes, you read that correctly: Long Beach State officially changed the nickname for all sports other than baseball to Beach with the NCAA.

Starting with Thursday’s 7 p.m. matchup in Long Beach, ESPN 3 will broadcast both UC Davis basketball games scheduled this week. On the call courtside for the network in Long Beach are Trent Rush (PBP), Richie Schueler (Analyst) and Courtney Sweet (Sideline).

On the call for Sports 1140 KHTK and its internet audio broadcast, available on TuneIn Radio by searching the phrase Sports 1140 KHTK, is Scott Marsh. Live stats and in-game Twitter updates are also available; links for each medium are available at UC Davis Men’s Basketball Gameday Central.

Long Beach State will host the Aggies in its Big West home opener after splitting last week’s road games at CSUN and UC Santa Barbara. After falling to the Matadors, 95-77, the Beach bounced back by defeating the Gauchos, 55-52.

Even though Long Beach leads the overall series, 22-8, the Aggies have fared well in recent years by winning four of the last five head-to-head games. Of UC Davis’ eight wins versus Long Beach, six took place since the 2015 season.

If recent results offer any indication of Thursday’s matchup, expect a hard-fought contest that will need extra time to determine a winner. Prior to last year’s series, which ended with each team protecting its home court in regulation, three of four games were decided in overtime — or double OT, as was the case when the Aggies visited the Walter Pyramid in 2018, and exited with a 105-104 buzzer-beating win.

If this is a close game heading into the homestretch, UC Davis holds a strong advantage over Long Beach State with its success at the free throw line this season. Compared to the Beach’s .681 clip at the stripe, the seventh-highest out of the Big West’s nine teams, the Aggies lead the conference, and rank No. 17 in the NCAA, with their .773 percentage.

Series Record: UC Davis trails 22-8
Last Long Beach State Win: 1/12/19 — A, 82-77
Last UC Davis Win: 2/16/19 — H, 77-73
Series Streak: UC Davis +1