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Lamar Basketball: Previewing the UC Davis Aggies

Junior guard TJ Shorts II (0) has four double-digit scoring games over his past six outings, including a 20 point showing at Washington State. (Source: Davis Enterprise)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Some holiday basketball will take place in Sin City on Friday and Saturday, as the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic will be played inside Orleans Arena.

Eight teams, split into two brackets, will play a pair of games over the next two days to close out non-conference play for most, and close out the 2017 calendar year for a few as well. The Lamar Cardinals will take part in the Visitors’ Bracket of the event, and open up with a contest against the UC Davis Aggies.

In the other pairing, the Radford Highlanders and North Carolina A&T Aggies will square off. The winners and losers of each contest will match up against one another on Saturday to close out the event. Lamar has never faced any of the three teams in the bracket.

Friday’s contest will be one of the toughest-to-date for the Cardinals in 2017-18, as UC Davis comes into the day ranked 24th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll from CollegeInsider.com. Both teams will be looking to get back on track as conference play is just around the corner.

Here’s what you need to know about Lamar and UC Davis in advance of their contest on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas. Continue reading Lamar Basketball: Previewing the UC Davis Aggies