Long Beach State vs. UC Riverside: Full Game Preview

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Long Beach State vs. UC Riverside: Full Game Preview
Long Beach State
(8-8, 3-6 away)
UC Riverside
(4-12, 3-3 home)
Venue: UC Riverside Student Recreation Center
10:00PM ET / 7:00PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Long Beach State J Ennis 16.6 J Ennis 6.9 M Caffey 4.3
UC Riverside C Patton 11.0 J Fox 6.3 R Smith 2.7

On Thursday, Long Beach State visits UC Riverside Student Recreation Center to take on UC Riverside. The game tips off at 10:00 EST. The 49ers are 6-3 against the Highlanders over the last four years. They won 64-40 on 2/25/2012 the last time they played.

Long Beach State is in 1st place in the conference, UC Riverside is in 8th place.

In their last outing, behind 18 points and 6 assists from Michael Caffey, the 49ers defeated Hawaii 76-72 on January 12th. He is averaging 12.4 points per game while also contributing a team-high 4.3 assists per game. The Highlanders were defeated by Cal State Fullerton 71-69 on January 12th despite 19 points and 9 rebounds from Josh Fox. He averages 10.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game.

Long Beach State looks to have the advantage over UC Riverside in one significant area, scoring, where the 49ers have an edge over the Highlanders, 67 points per game to 58 points per game. A key area of strength for UC Riverside is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.6, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 39th nationally).

UC Riverside StatSmack

  • At least you keep showing up. Long Beach State has an average margin of victory of 11 over UC Riverside in 15 wins since 2000.
  • We just win. Long Beach State has more wins over the last 5 years than UC Riverside (90 vs 67).
  • You get an A for effort, but Long Beach State has emerged victorious against UC Riverside the last 6 times they've played.
  • How does our back look? Long Beach State is ranked higher than UC Riverside in the Big West (#1 vs #6).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Long Beach State has a stronger schedule than UC Riverside this season (SOS Rank: #8 vs #302).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Long Beach State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 887) than UC Riverside, per the NCAA.
  • Long Beach State embarrassed UC Riverside by 24 points the last time they played (Feb 25, 2012).
  • The Long Beach State blocks leader (James Ennis) has more blocks than the UC Riverside blocks leader (Lucas Devenny).
  • Long Beach State players are more experienced than UC Riverside players (7,329 minutes played vs 6,917 minutes played).
  • Long Beach State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.587 to 0.433).
LBSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B James Ennis 33 17 7 2 1 2 3
B- Michael Caffey 34 12 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Tony Freeland 27 9 5 1 1 0 2
C+ Dan Jennings 25 10 6 1 0 1 2
C+ Keala King 28 8 5 3 1 0 2
C P. Pappageorge 29 7 2 2 1 0 1
C- Deng Deng 17 7 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Kris Gulley 24 6 4 1 1 0 2
D Kyle Richardson 14 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Nick Shepherd 11 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Edgar Garibay 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
F Gatete Djuma 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Branford Jones 15 8 3 3 2 0 1
UCR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C- Chris Patton 26 11 5 1 1 1 2
C- Josh Fox 26 10 6 1 0 0 2
D+ Chris Harriel 27 10 4 2 2 0 2
D Taylor Johns 17 6 5 0 1 1 1
D Robert Smith 31 8 3 3 1 0 3
D Lucas Devenny 19 2 5 1 0 1 1
D Dayton Boddie 14 4 2 1 1 0 1
D- Davin Guinn 21 5 4 1 1 0 2
D- Austin Quick 19 3 2 2 1 0 2
F Tre Owens 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
F Steven Jones 9 2 0 1 0 0 0
F Tajai Johnson 7 2 0 0 0 0 1
F T.J. Burke 6 1 1 0 0 0 1
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