Editorial: Big deal

How many of you knew the men’s basketball team is in contention for the Big West Conference title? They are not the same squad they were last year, the squad that won just three games in conference.

UC Davis currently stands at 9-7 in the Big West and 14-14 overall, quite a turnaround from last year’s abysmal 5-26 record that consisted of a 3-13 league ledger.

The Aggies’ game against Long Beach State today will be on national television — ever heard of ESPN2? — quite a step up from the live streaming provided by the Big West on the internet.

This is a chance for UC Davis to showcase its talent, to show it really isn’t the same group of guys that put together that less than impressive 18-game losing streak last year.

This game is being recognized as a highly competitive and crucial contest, rather than being written off as a lopsided game like it would have been last year.

The 49ers currently stand in first place in the Big West conference, are a perennial powerhouse and make regular appearances in the March Madness tournament. The last time out, UC Davis played them extremely close, dropping a 71-65 game after holding a 33-24 lead at halftime in front of a shocked Long Beach State crowd.

The Aggies have already sealed their spot in the Big West Conference tournament in Anaheim that will take place later this month. A win here would not affect their standing any more than any other conference victory would, but it could go a long way to boost the team’s confidence and send the message that UC Davis is a serious contender this year.

Go to the game. Stand in the Aggie Pack. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know every player and every statistic.

You already know that for a game of this magnitude, the Aggie Pack will be out in full force, and that means more giveaways. If not for the high intensity basketball that will be going on, then at least go for the chance to be on national television and get hit in the face by flying beads with free frozen yogurt coupons and tube socks.

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