2018–19 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team

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2018–19 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball
UC Irvine Anteaters logo.svg
ConferenceBig West Conference
2018–19 record22–5 (10–1 Big West)
Head coachRussell Turner (9th season)
Assistant coachBlaine Taylor
Assistant coachRyan Badrtalei
Assistant coachMichael Wilder
Home arenaBren Events Center
(Capacity: 5,000)
Seasons
2018–19 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UC Irvine 10 1   .909     22 5   .815
Cal State Fullerton 8 3   .727     12 13   .480
Hawaii 7 4   .636     16 9   .640
UC Davis 6 4   .600     10 14   .417
UC Santa Barbara 6 5   .545     17 8   .680
Cal State Northridge 4 6   .400     10 16   .385
Long Beach State 3 8   .273     9 18   .333
UC Riverside 3 8   .273     9 18   .333
Cal Poly 1 9   .100     5 18   .217
2019 Big West Tournament winner
As of February 17, 2019; 

The 2018–19 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represents the University of California, Irvine in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Anteaters are led by ninth-year head coach Russell Turner and competes in the Bren Events Center. UC Irvine is a member of the Big West Conference, and participates in their 41st consecutive season in that league.

Before the season[edit]

The Anteaters finished the season 18–17 overall, and 11–5 in the conference. During the season, the Anteaters participated in the Las Vegas Invitational, which was held in Manhattan, Kansas, Tempe, Arizona, and Paradise, Nevada. UC Irvine finished 7th place by defeating Northern Arizona and losing to Rider. Prior to the tournament, UC Irvine lost at Kansas State and at Arizona State as friendly matches. UC Irvine also defeated Idaho in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Classic in Boise, Idaho. In the postseason, UC Irvine defeated Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara but lost to Cal State Fullerton in the championship of the 2018 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Anaheim, California.

The Anteaters competed from August 5th through August 12 in the 2018 Asia-Pacific University Basketball Challenge hosted by the KBA and Yonsei University. This is the 5th edition of the tournament and UC Irvine is the 1st NCAA Division I school invited. Gonzaga were the original invitees but could not make the tournament and they along with the KBA offered the spot to UC Irvine. In the competition, UC Irvine faced hosts Yonsei University, De La Salle University from the Philippines, the Japanese national university, the Chinese Taipei national university selection team, and the Russian national university team in a round-robin format. The competition was played under FIBA rules, which differ from NCAA rules. UC Irvine was defeated in the final game of the round robin tournament to Russia 92–91. Both teams had a 4–1 record, but Russia took the Gold Medal by winning the head to head match up.

Incoming freshman Aiden Krause did not partake in this tournament as he represented the Australia U-18 team in the 2018 FIBA Asia U-18 Championship in the same period. Australia won the competition and qualified for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.

Roster[edit]

2018–19 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 JC Butler 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Prairie School Racine, Wisconsin
G 1 Devin Cole 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Buena High School Ventura, California
G 2 Max Hazzard Current redshirt 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Jr Loyola High School Los Angeles, California
G 3 Robert Cartwright 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) GS Stanford Pasadena, California
G 4 Aiden Krause 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Fr Australian Institute of Sport Queensland, Australia
F 5 Jonathan Galloway 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) GS Salesian High School Brentwood, California
F 11 John Edgar Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Jr Ayala High School Chino Hills, California
G 14 Evan Leonard 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Cerritos High School Cerritos, California
G 23 Darrian Taylor Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Jr Centennial High School Las Vegas, Nevada
G 24 Eyassu Worku 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Los Alamitos High School Artesia, California
G 25 Spencer Rivers 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Winter Park High School Winter Park, Florida
C 35 Solomon Ruddell 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So The Hill School Los Osos, California
F 40 Collin Welp 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Seattle Preparatory School Seattle, Washington
F 42 Tommy Rutherford 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Grossmont High School El Cajon, California
F 50 Elston Jones Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) RS Sr Utah State Goodyear, Arizona
C 55 Brad Greene 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 320 lb (145 kg) Jr Lone Pine High School Lone Pine, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 19 July 2018

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Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
2018 Asia-Pacific University Basketball Challenge
August 5, 2018*
1:30 am, Naver TV
at South Korea W 92–90 OT 1–0
 18  Edgar Jr.   10  Jones   5  Cartwright  Jamsil Students' Gymnasium 
Seoul, South Korea
August 6, 2018*
11:00 pm, Naver TV
vs. Japan U22 W 104–58  2–0
 18  Welp   18  Greene   7  Worku  Jamsil Students' Gymnasium 
Seoul, South Korea
August 7, 2018*
9:00 pm, Naver TV
vs. Philippines W 102–58  3–0
 22  Edgar Jr.   11  Jones   10  Cartwright  Jamsil Students' Gymnasium 
Seoul, South Korea
August 10, 2018*
11:00 pm, Naver TV
vs. Chinese Taipei U22 W 81–72  4–0
 18  Tied   14  Tied   6  Worku  Jamsil Students' Gymnasium 
Seoul, South Korea
August 12, 2018*
1:30 am, Naver TV
vs. Russia U22
Gold Medal Game
L 91–92  4–1
 17  Butler   11  Rutherford   9  Worku  Jamsil Students' Gymnasium 
Seoul, South Korea
Exhibition
November 2, 2018*
7:00 pm
La Verne W 112–57 
 20  Worku   9  Jones   11  Cartwright  Bren Events Center (771)
Irvine, California
Non-conference regular season
November 6, 2018*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Idaho W 86–68  1–0
 18  Worku   9  Tied   6  Worku  Bren Events Center (1,058)
Irvine, California
November 9, 2018*
6:30 pm, SEC+
at Texas A&M W 74–73  2–0
 19  Hazzard   8  Galloway   6  Worku  Reed Arena (7,689)
College Station, TX
November 12, 2018*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Life Pacific College
Gulf Coast Showcase Regional Campus Game
W 87–53  3–0
 15  Tied   14  Galloway   5  Edgar Jr.  Bren Events Center (814)
Irvine, CA
November 15, 2018*
7:00 pm, TheW.TV
at Santa Clara W 61–49  4–0
 12  Welp   8  Jones   3  Tied  Leavey Center (1,304)
Santa Clara, CA
November 19, 2018*
10:30 am
vs. UTSA
Gulf Coast Showcase Quarterfinals
W 65–56  5–0
 17  Cartwright   7  Tied   2  Tied  Hertz Arena (338)
Estero, Florida
November 20, 2018*
2:00 pm
vs. Tulane
Gulf Coast Showcase Semifinals
W 67–55  6–0
 15  Welp   12  Galloway   4  Tied  Hertz Arena (498)
Estero, Florida
November 21, 2018*
4:30 pm
vs. Toledo
Gulf Coast Showcase Championship
L 60–67  6–1
 16  Edgar Jr.   11  Galloway   3  Cartwright  Hertz Arena (1,031)
Estero, Florida
November 28, 2018*
7:00 pm, TheW.TV
at Saint Mary's W 80–75  7–1
 22  Leonard   6  Rutherford   2  Tied  McKeon Pavilion (2,511)
Moraga, CA
December 1, 2018*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Utah State L 65–89  7–2
 11  Worku   5  Galloway   3  Worku  Bren Events Center (1,812)
Irvine, CA
December 5, 2018*
7:00 pm, WAC Digital
at California Baptist W 69–66  8–2
 14  Rutherford   10  Galloway   3  Hazzard  CBU Events Center (2,833)
Riverside, CA
December 8, 2018*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Montana W 60–51  9–2
 18  Leonard   7  Tied   3  Hazzard  Bren Events Center (1,237)
Irvine, CA
December 15, 2018*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
Denver W 86–52  10–2
 32  Hazzard   7  Jones   7  Worku  Bren Events Center (2,371)
Irvine, CA
December 19, 2018*
4:00 pm, ESPN+
at Eastern Michigan W 52–48  11–2
 14  Hazzard   10  Tied   2  Tied  Convocation Center (1,187)
Ypsilanti, MI
December 21, 2018*
3:30 pm, FS1
at Butler L 54–71  11–3
 8  Rutherford   7  Galloway   2  Galloway  Hinkle Fieldhouse (7,732)
Indianapolis, IN
December 29, 2018*
7:00 pm, TheW.TV
at Pacific L 75–84 OT 11–4
 28  Hazzard   12  Jones   3  Cartwright  Alex G. Spanos Center (1,425)
Stockton, CA
January 3, 2019*
7:00 pm, Big West TV
UTRGV W 85–74  12–4
 23  Hazzard   11  Jones   7  Worku  Bren Events Center (1,694)
Irvine, CA
Big West regular season
January 10, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Davis W 71–69 OT 13–4
(1–0)
 22  Leonard   10  Galloway   8  Cartwright  Bren Events Center (1,680)
Irvine, CA
January 12, 2019
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at Cal State Fullerton W 63–46  14–4
(2–0)
 12  Welp   11  Galloway   2  Tied  Titan Gym (1,347)
Fullerton, CA
January 16, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Long Beach State
Black&Blue Rivalry
L 70–80  14–5
(2–1)
 16  Leonard   14  Galloway   4  Tied  Bren Events Center (1,530)
Irvine, CA
January 19, 2019
3:00 pm, Big West TV
at Cal State Northridge W 74–68  15–5
(3–1)
 17  Worku   9  Jones   2  Worku  Matadome (947)
Los Angeles, CA
January 24, 2019
10:00 pm, Spectrum Sports HI
at Hawaii W 75–74 OT 16–5
(4–1)
 17  Leonard   9  Galloway   4  Hazzard  Stan Sheriff Center (5,602)
Honolulu, HI
January 26, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Riverside W 82–64  17–5
(5–1)
 14  Jones   10  Galloway   6  Worku  Bren Events Center (1,725)
Irvine, CA
January 31, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at UC Santa Barbara W 66–62 OT 18–5
(6–1)
 15  Hazzard   9  Rutherford   3  Tied  The Thunderdome (2,842)
Santa Barbara, CA
February 2, 2019
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at Long Beach State
Black&Blue Rivalry
W 82–80  19–5
(7–1)
 18  Leonard   7  Welp   4  Tied  Walter Pyramid (2,344)
Long Beach, CA
February 6, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal State Fullerton W 60–53  20–5
(8–1)
 19  Hazzard   11  Galloway   4  Worku  Bren Events Center (1,383)
Irvine, CA
February 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Hawaii
Homecoming
W 67–56  21–5
(9–1)
 13  Hazzard   13  Galloway   7  Worku  Bren Events Center (3,524[2])
Irvine, CA
February 16, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN2
UC Santa Barbara W 83–70  22–5
(10–1)
 23  Leonard   11  Galloway   2  Galloway  Bren Events Center (2,087)
Irvine, CA
February 21, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal Poly   
                  Bren Events Center 
Irvine, CA
February 28, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at UC Davis   
                  The Pavilion 
Davis, CA
March 2, 2019
5:00 pm, Big West TV
at UC Riverside   
                  SRC Arena 
Riverside, CA
March 7, 2019
7:00 pm, Big West TV
at Cal Poly   
                  Mott Athletics Center 
San Luis Obispo, CA
March 9, 2019
7:30 pm, ESPN3/KDOC-TV
Cal State Northridge   
                  Bren Events Center 
Irvine, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018–19 Men's Basketball Roster". University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Game Recap: Team Effort Lifts UC Irvine to Win Over Hawaii on Homecoming". Athletics at the University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  3. ^ "2018–19 Men's Basketball Roster". University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 19 July 2018.