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January 1, 2014
UC Irvine Pregame Vs. Morgan State Thursday, 7:30 p.m,. at Bren Events Center UC Irvine freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye is the tallest men's basketball player in the NCAA, but he will get the chance to try to pick on someone close to his own size in 7-2 Morgan State senior Ian Chiles in the nonconference game. Chiles is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Bears (3-9), guided by eighth-year coach Todd Bozeman, who was formerly the head coach at Cal. Ndiaye, whose 49 blocked shots ranked No. 6 in the NCAA coming into this week, has averaged 26 minutes the last four games, after playing just 17 minutes per contest in the first 10. He is shooting 72.9% from the field (51 for 70)
December 17, 2013
George Kuntz, who guided the UC Irvine men's soccer program to the NCAA Tournament four of the last six years, winning four Big West Conference regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the process, announced Monday he had accepted the same job at Cal State Fullerton. Chris Volk, Kuntz's lead assistant and goalkeeper coach the last 17 seasons who was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, has expressed interest in the UCI head-coaching job, a source close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
By Barry Faulkner | November 27, 2013
Like gears engineered with precision, synchronous by design, Marco Franco and Tarek Morad operate cohesively within conversational distance of one another on the soccer pitch. Both senior center defenders for Big West Conference Tournament champion UC Irvine, the duo, with their less-than-menacing middleweight physiques, continually shut down opposing attackers with the acumen of master pick-pockets. If it's a shin-scraping tackle, or a strong-armed tug of a jersey to gain positioning that is your idea of entertaining defense, you wouldn't much care for the consummate finesse with which these two former Chino Hills High teammates deliver healthy doses of frustration to strikers whose worth is judged on a statistical scale.
By Barry Faulkner | November 24, 2013
UC Irvine men's soccer coach George Kuntz called it a leak in the dam. Anteaters senior forward Christopher Santana thanked God for the opportunity. And UCI senior defender Tarek Norad said though definitely not a miracle, that Santana's dramatic game-winning goal in the NCAA second-round playoff game against visiting North Carolina on Sunday created an amazing feeling that he and his teammates had simply earned. By whatever description, the difference in the 1-0 triumph, the second NCAA Tournament win in four postseason trips for the Anteaters, was as dramatic as they come.
November 18, 2013
The UC Irvine men's soccer team has earned a first-round bye and will play host to an NCAA Championship second-round match Sunday afternoon at Anteater Stadium. Coach George Kuntz's Anteaters (14-4-3) are the national No. 12 seed and will take on the winner of North Carolina and South Florida Sunday afternoon at 2 in Irvine. The Tar Heels (8-5-5) play host to the Bulls of USF (8-3-9) in a first-round match Thursday night at 7 (ET) in Chapel Hill, N.C. UCI is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Championship in the past six years.
November 16, 2013
MEN'S SOCCER UC Irvine 2, UC Davis 0 Seniors Enrique Cardenas and Christopher Santana scored goals for the host Anteaters in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. The Anteaters (13-4-2), champions of the Big West South Division, will meet South Division runner-up Cal State Northridge (15-5-1) in the tournament final on Sunday at 2 p.m. at UCI. Cardenas converted a Thomas Janjigian corner kick in the 12th minute to open the scoring and Santana got an assist from Trey Hayes in the 85th minute.
By Steve Virgen | November 1, 2013
Family and friends of Al Irwin lined in up in front of the 95-year-old man who sat in a furniture chair in a brand new academic center named after him Wednesday afternoon at UC Irvine. They wanted to congratulate the legend, who was a great coach at UCI, as well as at Newport Harbor High, where he was also a standout athlete. As Irwin spoke gently to the media, while smiling and reminiscing of his past, the line in front of him grew. Irwin talked about the importance of athletics and of how it led to many opportunities in his life.
By Barry Faulkner | October 30, 2013
When you have the kind of year the UC Irvine women's basketball team did last season, looking back is hardly advisable. But when it comes to envisioning a brighter future, second-year coach Doug Oliver also doesn't want his players looking over their shoulders. So, Oliver has effectively issued a universal green light to bombard the basket with shots this season, hoping to improve upon a woeful offensive output in 2012-13, when the Anteaters were 9-21, 5-13 in the Big West Conference and failed to qualify for the eight-team Big West Conference tournament that began in their own arena.
By Barry Faulkner | October 25, 2013
The high-water mark of the UC Irvine men's water polo season was Sept. 18, after the Anteaters trounced Chapman to improve to 9-0. Then, the deluge began. The No. 9-ranked 'Eaters collapsed after taking a 5-4 halftime lead to absorb a 9-6 loss to visiting Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation clash on Thursday. It was the fourth straight loss, the sixth in the last seven matches and the seventh in the last nine, since the aforementioned unbeaten start. The two wins during that streak were both by one goal, one in overtime.
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