Better late then never for a preview of this game. We swapped Q&A's with David Gao who runs the UC Irvine blog ZotCubed. I never knew that his blog existed before today but I am now smarter and a better person for knowing David and his blog. These two teams met last year in Calif and the Ant Eateaters crushed the Cowboys 83-68. It doesn't appear that this team is a the same caliber of their 2010 version.
Check out his answers to questions below. And don't forget to watch this game on TV tonight!
1. What is the record for UC Irvine and who have they played?
UC Irvine is currently 2-6, with only one win over a D-I opponent. They've lost to Cal, San Jose State, Weber State, Southern Miss, Central Michigan and Alaska-Anchorage. A decent schedule, but it doesn't make this season any easier to watch.
2. Last year the Pokes lost in Irvine. Who is gone from that team?
It would probably be more efficient to answer who isn't gone from that team. Guards Darren Moore, Patrick Rembert and Derrick Strings have graduated and junior Eric Wise, who was our one sure-fire post player, transferred to USC. The result is this year's team with seven freshmen and one of the youngest and most inexperienced squads in all of D-I basketball.