UC Irvine vs. Long Beach State: Full Game Preview

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UC Irvine vs. Long Beach State: Full Game Preview
UC Irvine
(10-10, 3-9 away)
Long Beach State
(10-8, 5-2 home)
Venue: The Walter Pyramid
7:05PM ET / 4:05PM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UC Irvine D Starring 14.1 A Folker 6.5 A Young 3.9
Long Beach State J Ennis 17.0 J Ennis 7.2 M Caffey 4.4

On Saturday, Long Beach State hosts UC Irvine at The Walter Pyramid. The game tips off at 7:05 EST. The 49ers are 8-2 against the Anteaters over the last four years. The last time they met (3/9/2012) they won 68-57.

UC Irvine is in 3rd place in the conference and just behind 1st place Long Beach State with a chance to catch up.

In an 81-71 triumph over Cal State Fullerton on January 19th, James Ennis put up 23 points and 11 rebounds for the 49ers. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 17.0 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocks per game. For the Anteaters, Daman Starring finished with 22 points in the 68-58 loss to UC Riverside on January 19th. His 14.1 points per game is the highest mark on the team. A key area of strength for UC Irvine is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.0, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 48th nationally).

UC Irvine StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Long Beach State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 939) than UC Irvine, per the NCAA.
  • You get an A for effort, but Long Beach State has emerged victorious against UC Irvine the last 4 times they've played.
  • James Ennis is ranked 5th in the Big West in points, 9th in the Big West in rebounds, 8th in the Big West in steals, and 3rd in the Big West in blocks.
  • Long Beach State has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (32% vs 44%).
  • Long Beach State has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than UC Irvine ($28,628 vs $47,853).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Long Beach State has come back to win after being down at half against UC Irvine 10 times since 1997.
  • Long Beach State has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than UC Irvine ($17,468 vs $24,974).
  • Michael Caffey is ranked 3rd in the Big West in assists and 5th in the Big West in steals.
  • Dan Jennings is ranked 7th in the Big West in blocks.
  • Long Beach State waxed UC Irvine by 11 points the last time they played (Mar 09, 2012).
  • Long Beach State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.587 to 0.411).
UCI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Daman Starring 30 14 4 2 1 0 2
C Adam Folker 25 9 7 1 0 0 2
C Michael Wilder 30 8 5 3 1 0 1
C Alex Young 26 9 3 4 1 0 1
C Chris McNealy 25 9 4 3 1 0 1
C Will Davis II 23 7 6 1 0 2 2
D+ Mike Best 12 5 3 1 0 1 1
D+ Derick Flowers 14 4 2 2 0 0 1
D Conor Clifford 9 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Travis Souza 9 4 1 1 0 0 0
D Aaron Wright 7 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Reed McConnell 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D John Ryan 7 2 2 1 0 1 1
LBSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ James Ennis 33 17 7 3 2 2 3
B- Michael Caffey 34 13 4 4 2 0 3
B- Keala King 30 10 6 4 1 0 3
C+ Tony Freeland 27 10 5 1 1 0 2
C+ Dan Jennings 25 10 6 1 0 1 2
C P. Pappageorge 29 7 2 2 1 0 1
C- Deng Deng 17 7 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Kris Gulley 22 6 4 0 0 0 2
D+ Kyle Richardson 14 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Nick Shepherd 10 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
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