UC Davis has won two of its previous three contests and they’ve split their first two Big West contests. Meanwhile, Cal State Northridge has won four of its previous five games after an 0-7 start. Can the Matadors keep their momentum going at the Matadome versus UC Davis on Saturday evening?
UC Davis splits first two Big West gamesUC Davis knocked off Long Beach State 85-82 on Thursday night to improve to 1-1 in conference play. Ezra Manjon and Elijah Pepper scored 19 points apiece while Joe Mooney chipped in 14 points for the Aggies, who led by as 20 points before holding on for the win.
Jim Led has guided the Aggies to a 7-11 overall record and they enter the weekend ranked No. 247 in the latest KenPom rankings. UC Davis has scored 98.6 points per 100 possessions (215th in the NCAA) but they’ve improved upon that mark versus Big West opponents, averaging 102.7 points per 100 possessions during conference play (3rd in the Big West).
On defense, the Aggies have given up 105.7 points per 100 possessions (279th in the NCAA) and 104.8 points per 100 possessions during league play (8th in the Big West). In two league contests, the Aggies have allowed opponents to shoot a league-worst 54.8 percent (9th in the Big West) and a red-hot 50.0 percent from 3-point range (9th in the Big West).
Matadors righting the ship during league playCal State Northridge knocked off UC Riverside 80-68 on Thursday night behind 36 points from Lamine Diane. Terrell Gomez scored 17 points and Elijah Harkless chipped in 11 points for the Matadors, who shot 8-for-14 from 3-point range in the win.
Mark Gottfried has helped Cal State Northridge rebound from its 0-7 start to the season and they’ve gone 7-5 in their last 12 contests. The Matadors enter the weekend ranked No. 257 in the latest KenPom rankings following their 2-1 start to league play. Cal State Northridge has scored 101.6 points per 100 possessions for the season (162nd in the NCAA) but they’ve managed to improve that mark to 105.6 points per 100 possessions during league play (2nd in Big West. Through three conference games, they have shot a healthy 54.1 percent from 2-point range (1st in the Big West) to go along with the top effective field goal percentage of 54.8 percent (1st in the Big West).
On defense, the Matadors have given up 109.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (328th in the NCAA) and an effective field goal percentage of 56.1 percent (344th in the NCAA). However, that number has dropped to just 100.1 points per 100 possessions versus Big West opponents (6th in the Big West).
- Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Aggies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Matadors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog.
- Matadors are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight-up win.
- Matadors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall