UC Irvine meets Cal Poly in Big West

Cal Poly (4-19, 2-15) versus UC Irvine (16-8, 13-4), quarter-finals of the Big West Conference, Michelob Ultra Arena, …

Cal Poly (4-19, 2-15) versus No. 2 seeds UC Irvine (16-8, 13-4)

Quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament, Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Cal Poly will face UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament. In the regular season, UC Irvine won both head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on January 23, when the anteaters outperformed Cal Poly by 36.7 to 27.9 percent and made 10 fewer sales on the way to a 23-point win.

SUPER SENIORS: Cal Poly’s Keith Smith, Mark Crowe and Riley Till have collectively scored 26 percent of the team’s points this season and scored 33 percent of all Mustangs in the last five games. EXACT ALIMAMY: Alimamy Koroma has connected 39 percent of the 41 3-pointers he tried that went 2 to 3 in the last three games. He’s also made 72.8 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Cal Poly is 0-19 if the score is less than 69 and 4-0 if the score is 69 or more.

POINTS BY POINTS: The mustangs have recently used tools to make buckets more frequently than the anteaters. UC Irvine has assisted 38 out of 84 field goals (45.2 percent) in the last three games, while Cal Poly has assisted 43 out of 74 field goals (58.1 percent) in the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: UC Irvine’s defense has given opponents only 63.4 points per game this season, placing the anteaters 26th among Division I teams. Cal Poly’s offense averaged 61.9 points in 23 games, ranking 319th nationwide.


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