Big West Opener vs. UC Davis Aggies
Dec. 27, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Thur., Dec. 29 -- UC Davis, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 -- at UC Santa Barbara, Thunderdome (6,000), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 -- at Cal Poly SLO, Mott Gym (3,032), 7 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (8-3) carry a 5-game winning streak, their longest since 2007-08, into the start of Big West Conference play which begins with home games against UC Davis (1-11) and Pacific (4-6).
AUDIO: Most Titan games can be heard live on the internet. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the links. Mike Martinez will call the upcoming home games.
VIDEO: ALL Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 15.5 4.9r Transfer from Cal; 14 of his 23 points vs. Portland State came in 2nd half
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 14.7 4.2a Transfer from USF; career-high 27 vs. PSU; averaging 18 ppg in 5-game streak
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 14.6 3.3r Leads Big West in 3-point field goals; career highs in assists, points prev. week
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.6 5.7r Transfer from South Florida; 19-for-28 FGs (.679) over last 4 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 13.4 8.6r Transfer from Cal had fourth double-double (14/10) vs. Portland State
OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 5.2 4.6r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.3 2.4a Led Big West in assists (155) and assists-to-turnover ratio (2.67:1) in 2010-11
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 0.5 0.5r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.4 1.6r Won appeal from NCAA on Nov. 4 to play this season; transfer from Missouri
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.9 1.0r Missed Eastern Washington game with facial injury suffered in practice
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 3.5 1.0r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC; played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 2.5 1.5r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.5 0.5r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 1.0r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
HOW YOU SAY IT: OHR-uhn Chin &\#149; igh-ZAY-uh YOO-muh-pig &\#149; kwah-MAY Vaughn &\#149; oh-MAHN-dee ah-MOHK-ee
LAST GAME: The Titans overcame an early 12-point deficit to defeat Portland State, 92-86, on Thursday night. Fullerton shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half including 8 of 10 3-point tries.
THE COACH: Bob Burton is 142-115 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .553 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).
FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 73-35 (.676) in Titan Gym including 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 36 of its last 39 home non-conference games with the exceptions an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007, a 71-57 loss to Montana on Dec. 22, 2010, and Nov. 26 of this season vs. Bakersfield. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 298-168 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.
ON THE ROAD: From the 2004-05 through 2009-10 seasons, Coach Burton's second thru seventh years, the Titans were 57-51 (.528) on the road. But last year they were only 4-15 away from Titan Gym. At 4-2 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 12-17 on neutral floors) is 69-80 (.463). By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206).
WINNING STREAK: Fullerton last won five in a row as part of a 6-game skein that was climaxed by a 3-0 run to win the 2008 Big West Conference Tournament.
SECOND BEST START: The only better 11-game record for the Titans under Coachh Bob Burton is the 9-2 start of the 2006-07 team, which went to 10-2 and 10-3 before finishing 20-10.
SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton is 10-6 all-time vs. UC Davis but had lost four in a row to the Aggies prior to an 87-82 win in last year's regular season finale in Davis. The Aggies are 3-0 in their last three trips to Titan Gym including an 88-72 decision in last year's Big West opener on Dec. 28.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: UC Davis has struggled to a 1-11 mark under first-year Coach Jim Les. The Aggies' lone win was an 84-78 victory over UC Santa Cruz on Nov. 15. They have one foe in common with the Titans, having lost at Eastern Washington, 79-59. The Titans beat the Eagles in Titan Gym, 91-76, on Dec. 11. This is Davis' only game of the holiday weekend. Ryan Sypkens, who had games of 17 and 22 points vs. the Titans last season, is the Aggies' top scorer this year at 14.5 ppg but is out for the season due to a knee injury. Veteran Josh Ritchart averages 11.7 points.Guard Tyler Les, the coach's son, averages 10.3 points and tied the school record with eight 3-point field goals (in only 9 attempts) off the bench in a loss at San Jose State on Tuesday night.
DIVISION I TRANSFERS: Omondi Amoke, D. J. Seeley, John Underwood and Kwame Vaughn have brought the number of Div. I transfers to play for Coach Bob Burton to 15. Teammates Orane Chin and Andre Hardy preceded them. Two others (Sean Williams, Syracuse, academics; and Lloyd Walls, Wright State, injury) redshirted but never actually played. In Fullerton's Div. I history, they bring the total to 38. In the same time frame (1975 to present), only six players have left for other Div. I programs and only one (Jacques Streeter to UTEP) in the Burton era.
REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 10.8 per game, fifth best in the NCAA at 11.5 for games thru Dec. 18 (Pittsburgh was No. 1 at + 12.9). The school record for rebounding margin is + 6.1 by the 2003-04 team. The next best is plus 5.1 by the 1978-79 squad.
BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but the opener. All but Chin (9.6) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley at 15.5. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Seeley 4 times, Vaughn 3, Amoke 2, Umipig 2 and Chin 2.
ALL-TIME MARGINS OF VICTORY:
Largest: 52 points, 91-39, vs. Seattle, 12/16/85
Largest, Conference: 40 points, 98-58, vs. UCR, 1/13/07
Largest, Road Game: 32 points, 89-57, at UCI, 1/25/97
Largest, Road Game, Non-Conference:
32 points, 101-69, at CSU Bakersfield, 1/3/76;
31 points, 87-56, at CSU Northridge, 11/27/76
Largest, Road Game, Div. I, Non-Conference:
31 points, 81-50, at Utah, 12/7/11
30 points, 90-60, at Hawaii, 11/27/83
SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 416 or 53 percent of Fullerton's 898 points so far this season.