Cal Poly vs. Hawaii: Full Game Preview
|Cal Poly||C Eversley 15.8||C Eversley 7.5||J Johnson 4.2|
|Hawaii||C Standhardinger 15.9||C Standhardinger 8.1||J Tavita 5.6|
Cal Poly meets Hawaii on Sunday. Tipoff is at 12:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on OCSports. The Mustangs defeated the Warriors 88-59 on Jan. 24 and are 3-0 against them over the past four years.
Cal Poly is in fifth place in the conference and trying to catch third place Hawaii.
In their last matchup on Feb. 28, Chris Eversley put up 23 points and 8 rebounds as the Mustangs ran it up on Cal State Northridge 81-61. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 15.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. For the Warriors, Jace Tavita finished with 17 points and 5 assists in the 70-66 win over UC-Santa Barbara on Feb. 28. He is averaging 3.3 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 assists per game.
Hawaii has a statistical edge over Cal Poly in two key areas. The Warriors have an advantage over the Mustangs when it comes to rebounding, 38 per game to 31 per game. Additionally, Hawaii has an edge over Cal Poly in scoring, 74 points per game to 66 points per game.
However, turnovers are a strength for the Mustangs over the Warriors, with an average of 9 per game to their 15 per game. One category in which Hawaii is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 36.1 percent, ranking second in their conference (and 50th nationally).
- Cal Poly has a stronger schedule than Hawaii this season (SOS Rank: No. 221 vs. No. 241).
- San Luis Obispo isn't as congested as Honolulu (population is significantly lower).
- Cal Poly has an average margin of victory of 14 over Hawaii in three wins since 1996.
- Boom! Cal Poly humiliated Hawaii by 29 points the last time they played (Jan 24, 2013).
- Cal Poly has a better record at home than Hawaii this season (11-1 vs. 12-5).
- Cal Poly has a better scoring defense (63.7 allowed per game vs. 71.9 allowed per game) than Hawaii this season.
- The Cal Poly three-point leader (Dylan Royer, 71 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Hawaii three-point leader (Brandon Jawato, 41 three-pointers).
- The Cal Poly basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Hawaii (82 percent vs. 67 percent).
- Even computers respect Cal Poly more. Cal Poly has a better RPI this season than Hawaii (RPI: No. 180 vs. No. 194).
- A for effort, but Cal Poly has emerged victorious against Hawaii the last three times they've played.