Cal Poly vs. Pacific: Full Game Preview

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Cal Poly vs. Pacific: Full Game Preview
Cal Poly
(18-12, 4-11 away)
Pacific
(20-12, 14-2 home)
Venue: Honda Center
11:59PM ET / 8:59PM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Cal Poly C Eversley 15.9 C Eversley 7.1 J Johnson 4.0
Pacific L McCloud 11.4 T Fulton 3.9 L McCloud 4.0

On Friday, Pacific meets Cal Poly. Tipoff is at 11:59 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN U or ESPN3.com. The Tigers fell to the Mustangs 67-62 on Feb. 7 and are 5-5 against them over the last four years.

Pacific is in second place in the Big West and needs to hold off Cal Poly who sit just south in third place.

In a 71-68 triumph over UC-Santa Barbara on Mar. 14, Colin Beatty put up 26 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. He is putting up 6.2 points per game while also averaging 3.3 rebounds per game. For the Mustangs, Dylan Royer put up 17 points and five rebounds in the 64-41 blowout of UC Davis on Mar. 14. He is averaging 10.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Cal Poly performs well in turnover percentage at 15.7. This ranks first in the conference and fifth in the country.

Cal Poly StatSmack

  • Pacific has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Cal Poly according to Kiplinger (41.5 percent vs. 25 percent).
  • The Pacific assist leader (Lorenzo McCloud, 124 assists) has more assists than the Cal Poly assist leader (Jamal Johnson, 116 assists).
  • Pacific has a stronger schedule than Cal Poly this season (SOS Rank: No. 136 vs. No. 236).
  • The Pacific basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Cal Poly (95 percent vs. 82 percent).
  • Pacific has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Cal Poly (three vs. zero).
  • The Pacific blocks leader (Khalil Kelley, 17 blocks) has more blocks than the Cal Poly blocks leader (Joel Awich, 12 blocks).
  • AP voters think more highly of Pacific and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Cal Poly (six vs. zero).
  • Even computers respect Pacific more. Pacific has a better RPI this season than Cal Poly (RPI: No. 110 vs. No. 168).
  • That must sting. Pacific has blown out Cal Poly by 20 points or more on nine occasions since 1997.
  • Pacific players are more experienced than Cal Poly players (12,225 minutes played vs. 11,805 minutes played).
  • Pacific is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Pacific is 76.5 inches compared to 75.5 inches for Cal Poly.
Poly Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Chris Eversley 33 16 7 2 1 0 2
C Brian Bennett 24 10 5 1 0 0 1
C Dylan Royer 28 10 2 1 1 0 1
C- Reese Morgan 19 6 2 1 1 0 0
C- Drake U`u 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
D+ Jamal Johnson 24 4 2 4 1 0 1
D+ Chris O`Brien 21 5 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Kyle Odister 18 7 1 1 0 0 1
D Joel Awich 11 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Zach Gordon 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D- A. Silvestri 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
PAC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Lorenzo McCloud 28 12 3 4 1 0 2
C Travis Fulton 24 9 4 2 1 0 1
C Sama Taku 26 9 4 2 1 0 2
C Colin Beatty 23 6 3 1 0 0 1
C Tony Gill 17 7 3 1 0 0 1
C Ross Rivera 19 8 3 0 0 0 1
C- Khalil Kelley 17 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- R. De Souza 18 5 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Trevin Harris 12 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Markus Duran 9 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Andrew Bock 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Tim Thomas 6 3 1 0 0 0 0
D S. Llewellyn 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Jordan Turner 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Aaron Short 7 2 1 0 1 0 1
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