UC Riverside vs. Pacific: Full Game Preview
|UC Riverside||C Patton 12.2||J Fox 6.5||R Smith 2.6|
|Pacific||L McCloud 11.2||S Taku 3.9||L McCloud 3.8|
On Thursday, Pacific plays host to UC Riverside at Spanos Center. Tip-off is at 10:00 EST. The Tigers are 5-3 against the Highlanders over the last four years. They won 60-52 on 2/2/2012 the last time they played.
Pacific is in 2nd place in the conference, UC Riverside is in 9th place.
The Tigers got past Cal State Northridge 74-62 on January 19th with the help of 16 points and 5 rebounds from Ross Rivera. While contributing 3.4 rebounds per game, he also scores 9.1 points per game. For the Highlanders, Chris Harriel put up 17 points and 6 rebounds in the 68-58 win over UC Irvine on January 19th. He is averaging 11.1 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.6 per game.
Digging into season numbers, Pacific has the advantage in one key category, scoring, where the Tigers have an edge over the Highlanders, 68 points per game to 60 points per game. A key area of strength for UC Riverside is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.6, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 37th nationally).
UC Riverside StatSmack
- The Pacific assist leader (Lorenzo McCloud) has more assists than the UC Riverside assist leader (Robert Smith).
- At least you keep showing up. Pacific has an average margin of victory of 16 over UC Riverside in 18 wins since 2001.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Pacific currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (943 to 887) than UC Riverside, per the NCAA.
- It must sting. Pacific has blown out UC Riverside by 20 points or more on 6 occasions since 2003.
- Pacific takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than UC Riverside (3 vs 0).
- Pacific is a better free-throw-shooting team (68.5% vs 53.9%) than UC Riverside this season.
- People just expect us to beat you. Pacific has been the favorite 20 out of the last 22 times.
- It's only wins and losses, but Pacific has a better overall record than UC Riverside this season (6-7 vs 3-10).
- We just win. Pacific has more wins over the last 5 years than UC Riverside (98 vs 67).
- The Pacific basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than UC Riverside (95% vs 67%).
- Pacific has a more potent offense, scoring more points (67.7 per game vs 57.2 per game) than UC Riverside this season.
|C-||R. De Souza||17||4||2||2||1||0||1|