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Basketball: Women Win Conference Aggie Men Still Have a Shot at Big West Title

By Dateline Staff on February 27, 2018 in University

Quick Summary

  • Women’s championship is team’s 2nd consecutive
  • Men have only 1 more game at home, Thursday night
  • $2 ticket deal for staff and faculty to see men play Hawaii

The Aggie men’s and women’s basketball regular seasons conclude this week, with only one home game remaining. It’ll be the Aggie men vs. Hawaii — and staff and faculty can attend for just $2.

The women’s team is the Big West Conference champion for the second consecutive year, after a 66-56 win over UC Irvine Feb. 24. Go Ags! That gives the women the top seed going into the conference tournament.

The men still have a shot of winning at least a share of the title — which makes their last two games critical. The first of those games is set for 7 p.m. Thursday (March 1) at The Pavilion. Discounted tickets for staff and faculty are available only today and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. Feb. 27 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28. Use promo code STAFFAGGIEPRIDE.

As of today, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara are tied with 10-4 records, one game behind UC Irvine in the win column. After the Hawaii game, the Ags play at Irvine on Saturday (March 3); if the Aggies defeat Hawaii AND UC Irvine, they will own at least a share of the conference title. UC Santa Barbara also has two games remaining: Long Beach State on the road and Cal Poly at home.

Watch the UC Davis-UC Irvine game on ESPN3 (online), 7:30 p.m. Saturday (March 3).

Last Saturday at The Pavilion, the Aggie men won in dramatic fashion (again), 64-63, over UC Riverside, on a last-second layup by T.J. Shorts II. Watch Shorts run the length of the court to sink the game-winner.

Women’s record 13-1

The Aggie women, meanwhile, thrilled a home crowd last Saturday by capturing the Big West Conference title and improving their record to 13-1. The Ags have two games remaining: Thursday at Cal State Fullerton and Saturday at UC Riverside.

The conference tournaments are scheduled as follows:

  • Women — March 6-10, at Cal State Fullerton and the Honda Center in Anaheim
  • Men — March 8-10, Honda Center

The tournament winners receive the conference’s automatic berths in the NCAA tournaments.

The Aggie men won the conference tournament a year ago, becoming the first men’s basketball team in UC Davis history to go to the biggest Division I basketball tournament of them all: the NCAA’s March Madness. The Aggies opened last year with a win over North Carolina Central before falling to No. 1 seed Kansas.

The women played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, defeating Utah State and Colorado State before falling to Washington State in the Round of 16.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or dljones@ucdavis.edu. Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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