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a couple notable news items on Coach Jim Les & UC-Davis....

UC-Davis has the top RPI (63) in the Big West (& non-conf SOS 57) - that would place them at the top of the MVC in RPI as well
Unfortunately, despite the terrific RPI of 63 (better than any team in the MVC) there is no way they will get an at-large bid in the Big West Conference, so Jim will have to win the Big West Tournament again like they did last year. But they are good enough to do it. They only have 1 senior on this year's team who plays a significant role, but he is the leading scorer and rebounder, so they will need to replace his production after this year. But they are set to be good next year and beyond. Jim has built UC Davis into the top program in their league, from a team that was relatively new to Division I, had almost no talent or athleticism, and had never had a winning record as a D1 team before he got there. I think if he makes a second NCAA Tournament in a row, he will get some calls from other higher schools.
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UC-Davis won their 17th consecutive home game last night (4th longest such winning streak in all of DivisionI) -
they haven't lost at home since the 2015-16 season!
And once again -they are in the hunt for their league championship -- Go Aggies!! (my 2nd favorite team)

One more thing- Coach Les' 2018 Letter of Intent signee Damion Squire got a fair bit of NATIONAL publicity just this past week-
he hit a GAME WINNING 70-foot buzzer beater to win a big tournament game and the shot made the ESPN TOP TEN Plays
http://www.courtsidefilms.com/news_article/show/875316
http://www.news-leader.com/story/spo...ns/1030237001/

Coach Les sure knows point guards...
His two main guys last year, Brynton Lemar (16.1 ppg, 39% 3-pt shooting - who is now playing pro in France) and Darius Graham (7.3 ppg/and led the team in assists)
are both gone, but Coach Les' recruiting has assured there's no lull in quality PG talent......
This year he landed TJ Shorts this year who has become the starting PG (13 ppg/4 apg) and has backup Arell Hennings (4 ppg/2 apg in just 11 min) but also has a guy redshirting who will be a key part next year along with Squire.


also - congrats to Paula Buscher & assistant Dodie Dunson- as they have SIUE-WBB at 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference!!

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