2012-2013 Season Preview: UC Riverside

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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The 2012-2013 season gets started for UC Riverside basketball on November 9 in Chicago against DePaul. Expectations are that this year's Highlanders team will try to match the performance of last year's. They lose 80% of last season's minutes and hope to offset that with the contributions of eight incoming freshmen.

The UC Riverside defense will suffer from a 95.1% drop in blocked shots, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. That's followed by scoring, where they lost another massive 82.7% of last season's numbers.

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UC Riverside finished last season with a record of 14-16 overall, placing 5th in the Big West with their 7-9 conference record. In postseason play, the Highlanders lost to Cal Poly 66-54 in the Big West tournament. UC Riverside will feel the loss of many of last year's seniors including Phil Martin (35 minutes per game), Kareem Nitoto (32 MPG), BJ Shearry (24 MPG), and Kevin Bradshaw (22 MPG). The Highlanders will also miss David Chavarria (14 MPG), Daymond Cowlah (12 MPG), John Gilliam (6 MPG), and Dominique Taplin (3 MPG), who left the team.

Coming back to the Highlanders are senior Robert Smith (8.8 points/game), sophomore Austin Quick (2.4 points/game), and sophomore T.J. Burke (2.0 points/game).

The Highlanders recruited freshmen including 6-5 Davin Guinn, 6-2 Tajai Johnson, 6-7 Taylor Johns, 6-0 Steven Jones, 6-6 Tre Owens, and 6-6 Josh Fox. Other players joining the team include 6-4 junior Chris Harriel (transferred from Portland State), 6-8 junior Lucas Devenny (transferred from UC-Santa Barbara), and 6-10 junior Chris Patton. The first Big West game for UC Riverside will be on December 29th against Cal Poly.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, UC Riverside has an overall winning percentage of 35.1%. The Highlanders have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 42.3%.
  • The Highlanders have an average conference finish of 6.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 11 the team has an average finish of 7.3.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 221.7.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Long Beach State (#42).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is UC Davis (#336).
  • The last time UC Riverside returned less than 20% of the team's statistical production was 2010-2011.

Tags: Phil Martin, Kareem Nitoto, BJ Shearry, Kevin Bradshaw, Elliott Berry, David Chavarria, Daymond Cowlah, John Gilliam, Dominique Taplin, Robert Smith, Austin Quick, T.J. Burke, Davin Guinn, Tajai Johnson, Taylor Johns, Steven Jones, Tre Owens, Josh Fox, Jamie Harper, Dayton Boddie, Chris Harriel, Lucas Devenny, Chris Patton

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Big West Standings

OverallConf
1 UC Irvine 23-12 13-3
2 UCSB 21-9 12-4
3 LBSU 15-17 10-6
4 Hawaii 20-11 9-7
5 CSUN 17-18 7-9
6 Cal Poly 14-20 6-10
6 CSUF 11-20 6-10
 8UC Riverside 10-21 5-11
9 UC Davis 9-22 4-12
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#4 K. Acevedo So G 6-0 185
#21 Lucas Devenny Sr F 6-8 240
#1 Sam Finley Fr G 6-2 185
#20 Colin Gruber Jr F 6-5 190
#0 Nick Gruninger Jr G 5-10 160
#15 Chris Harriel Sr F 6-4 185
#5 Taylor Johns So F 6-7 220
#10 Steven Jones So G 6-0 175
#11 Tre Owens So F 6-6 185
#54 Chris Patton Sr F 6-10 246
#35 Austin Quick Jr G 6-2 180
#3 C. Standifer Jr G 6-5 185
#24 Steven Thornton Jr F 6-4 205