2017–18 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team

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2017–18 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball
UC Irvine Anteaters logo.svg
ConferenceBig West Conference
2017–18 record18–17 (11–5 Big West)
Head coachRussell Turner (8th season)
Assistant coachBlaine Taylor
Assistant coachRyan Badrtalei
Assistant coachMichael Wilder
Home arenaBren Events Center
Seasons
2017–18 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UC Davis 12 4   .750     22 11   .667
UC Santa Barbara 11 5   .688     23 9   .719
UC Irvine 11 5   .688     18 17   .514
Cal State Fullerton 10 6   .625     20 12   .625
Long Beach State 9 7   .563     15 18   .455
Hawaii 8 8   .500     17 13   .567
Cal Poly 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
UC Riverside 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
Cal State Northridge 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
2018 Big West Tournament winner

The 2017–18 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by eighth-year head coach Russell Turner and played heir home games at the Bren Events Center as members of the Big West Conference. They finished the season 18–17, 11–5 in Big West play to finish in a tie for second place. As the No. 3 seed in the Big West Tournament, they defeated Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara before losing to Cal State Fullerton in the championship game.

Previous season[edit]

The Anteaters finished the 2016–17 season 21–15, 12–4 in Big West play to win the regular season Big West championship, the school's fifth regular season title. They defeated UC Riverside in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament and the Long Beach State in the semifinals before falling to UC Davis in the championship game.[1] As a regular season champion who did not win their conference tournament, the Anteaters received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament as a No. 8 seed. There, they lost to No. 1 seed Illinois State in the first round.[2] The season marked the school's fifth straight season with at least 20 wins.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Jaron Martin 0 G 5'10" 170 Senior Sunland, CA Graduated
Luke Nelson 10 G 6'3" 190 Senior Worthing, England Graduated
Ioannis Dimakopoulos 12 C 7'2" 255 Senior Patra, Greece Graduated
Adam Liberman 32 C 6'10" 240 Freshman Valley Village, CA Walk-on; didn't return

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Solomon Ruddell
#64 C
Morro Bay, CA The Hill School 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 69
Collin Welp
#95 PF
Seattle, WA Seattle Prep 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: 63
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: n/a   Rivals: n/a  ESPN: n/a
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "ESPN – UC Irvine Basketball Recruiting 2017". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.

Roster[edit]

2017–18 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 2 Max Hazzard 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Los Angeles, California
G 4 Justin Wertner 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) RS Fr Memphis, Tennessee
F 5 Jonathan Galloway 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Brentwood, California
F 11 John Edgar Jr. (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) So Chino Hills, California
F 13 Brandon Smith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Santa Ana, California
G 14 Evan Leonard 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Cerritos, California
G 22 Teo Davidian (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Glendale, California
G 23 Darrian Traylor 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS So Las Vegas, Nevada
G 24 Eyassu Worku 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Artesia, California
G 25 Spencer Rivers (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Winter Park, Florida
C 35 Soloman Ruddell 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Los Osos, California
F 40 Collin Welp 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Seattle, Washington
F 42 Tommy Rutherford 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So El Cajon, California
G 43 Riley Welch (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Los Angeles, California
F 50 Elston Jones 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) RS Jr Goodyear, Arizona
C 55 Brad Greene 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 320 lb (145 kg) So Lone Pine, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 3, 2017*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Alaska Anchorage W 73–66 
Bren Events Center (3,035)
Irvine, CA
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
6:15 pm
at South Dakota State L 54–65  0–1
Frost Arena (2,669)
Brookings, SD
Nov 12, 2017*
3:00 pm, Altitude
at Denver W 83–69  1–1
Magness Arena (1,202)
Denver, CO
Nov 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Chapman W 91–52  2–1
Bren Events Center (1,241)
Irvine, CA
Nov 17, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at Kansas State
Las Vegas Invitational
L 49–71  2–2
Bramlage Coliseum (6,451)
Manhattan, KS
Nov 19, 2017*
11:00 am, P12N
at Arizona State
Las Vegas Invitational
L 78–99  2–3
Wells Fargo Arena (5,394)
Tempe, AZ
Nov 23, 2017*
7:00 pm
vs. Rider
Las Vegas Invitational
L 82–90  2–4
Orleans Arena (3,245)
Paradise, NV
Nov 24, 2017*
11:00 am
vs. Northern Arizona
Las Vegas Invitational
W 77–71  3–4
Orleans Arena (3,325)
Paradise, NV
Nov 26, 2017*
3:00 pm, P12N
at No. 23 UCLA L 63–87  3–5
Pauley Pavilion (8,329)
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Whittier W 112–65  4–5
Bren Events Center (1,050)
Irvine, CA
Dec 2, 2017*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Nevada L 65–76  4–6
Bren Events Center (1,869)
Irvine, CA
Dec 6, 2017*
6:00 pm, MWN
at Utah State L 59–62  4–7
Smith Spectrum (5,443)
Logan, UT
Dec 9, 2017*
6:00 pm, WAC Digital
at UTRGV L 59–73[3]  4–8
UTRGV Fieldhouse (602)
Edinburg, TX
Dec 16, 2018*
5:00 pm, W.TV
at Saint Mary's L 66–73  4–9
McKeon Pavilion (2,809)
Moraga, CA
Dec 19, 2017*
6:00 pm, Big Sky TV/ Pluto TV
at Montana L 68–86[4]  4–10
Dahlberg Arena (3,106)
Missoula, MT
Dec 21, 2017*
6:30 PM, Big Sky TV/ Pluto TV
vs. Idaho
Boise Showcase
W 67–59  5–10
CenturyLink Arena (4,096)
Boise ID
Dec 28, 2017*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
New Mexico State L 60–65  5–11
Bren Events Center (2,036)
Irvine, CA
Big West regular season
Jan 4, 2018
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at UC Davis L 53–64  5–12
(0–1)
The Pavilion (1,203)
Davis, CA
Jan 6, 2018
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Long Beach State
Black & Blue Rivalry
W 86–73  6–12
(1–1)
Bren Events Center (1,723)
Irvine, CA
Jan 11, 2018
7:30 pm, FS West
Cal State Fullerton L 64–67  6–13
(1–2)
Bren Events Center (1,484)
Irvine, CA
Jan 13, 2018
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at Cal State Northridge W 71–54  7–13
(2–2)
Matadome (559)
Northridge, CA
Jan 18, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal Poly W 80–73  8–13
(3–2)
Bren Events Center (1,429)
Irvine, CA
Jan 20, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at UC Santa Barbara L 58–70  8–14
(3–3)
The Thunderdome (3,823)
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Riverside W 79–40  9–14
(4–3)
Bren Events Center (1,361)
Irvine, CA
Jan 31, 2018
7:30 pm, FS Prime Ticket
at Long Beach State
Black & Blue Rivalry
W 75–68  10–14
(5–3)
Walter Pyramid (2,833)
Long Beach, CA
Feb 3, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at Cal State Fullerton W 63–25  11–14
(6–3)
Titan Gym (1,506)
Fullerton, CA
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal State Northridge W 77–56  12–14
(7–3)
Bren Events Center (1,198)
Irvine, CA
Feb 10, 2018
5:00 pm, Big West TV
at UC Riverside W 62–52  13–14
(8–3)
The SRC (504)
Riverside, CA
Feb 15, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN3
Hawaii L 61–62  13–15
(8–4)
Bren Events Center (1,424)
Irvine, CA
Feb 17, 2018
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at Cal Poly W 75–58  14–15
(9–4)
Mott Gym (2,403)
San Luis Obispo, CA
Feb 22, 2018
7:30 pm, FS Prime Ticket
UC Santa Barbara W 69–49  15–15
(10–4)
Bren Events Center (2,318)
Irvine, CA
Feb 24, 2018
10:00 pm, Spectrum Sports HI
at Hawaii W 66–57  16–15
(11–4)
Stan Sheriff Center (7,353)
Honolulu, HI
Mar 3, 2018
7:30 pm, ESPN3
UC Davis L 84–90 OT2 16–16
(11–5)
Bren Events Center (5,000)
Irvine, CA
Big West Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
6:00 pm, FS West/Prime Ticket
(3) vs. (6) Hawaii
Quarterfinals
W 68–67  17–16
Honda Center (3,311)
Anaheim, CA
Mar 9, 2018
9:30 pm, ESPNU
(3) vs. (2) UC Santa Barbara
Quarterfinals
W 61–58  18–16
Honda Center (3,984)
Anaheim, CA
Mar 10, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(3) vs. (4) Cal State Fullerton
Championship game
L 55–71  18–17
Honda Center (5,664)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[5][6]

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