|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).