July 25, 2012
Basketball Season Tickets on Sale! Buy Early and Save!
UC Santa Barbara is pleased and excited to announce that men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale with several outstanding and affordable packages available. And with discounted “Early Bird” specials for both teams, the time to act is now.
June 29, 2012
Orlando Johnson Drafted by Sacto With 36th Pick, Traded to Indy and Will Join Brian Shaw
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara’s all-time leading scorer and one of the greatest players in school history, was drafted with the 36th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and quickly traded to the Indian Pacers on Thursday evening.
June 28, 2012
Orlando Johnson got groomed for NBA Draft
On the eve of the NBA Draft - a day that Orlando Johnson admits to having anticipated ever since he got big enough to reach a 10-foot rim with a basketball - UCSB's all-time leading scorer visited a barber.
June 14, 2012
A reach to touch the NBA
Greg Somogyi was already 7 foot and 3 inches tall when he arrived at UCSB in 2008, but his view from up there will be very different when he walks graduation on Sunday.
May 9, 2012
Gaucho Basketball Announces 2012 Team, Elite Camps
The UCSB men's basketball program will host a pair of youth camps during the summer of 2012, including its first ever Elite Camp, the program announced Wednesday.
April 12, 2012
UCSB Signs Fifth Prep Star to National Letter of Intent
Aamahd Walker, a talented and explosive 6-foot-2 guard from Culver City High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Bob Williams announced Thursday.
March 23, 2012
Bob Williams Talks NCAA Tournament With Travis Rodgers
UCSB basketball coach Bob Williams analyzes the NCAA Tournament with former Gaucho baseball player and current YAHOO! Sports Radio personality Travis Rodgers. To listen to the latest interview, click here.
March 15, 2012
Gauchos Battle Back But Can't Overcome Idaho in First Round of CIT, 86-83
UC Santa Barbara’s season ended on Wednesday night, but the Gauchos didn’t go down without a fight as they came from 17 points behind to get within one before losing 86-83 at Idaho in the first round of the CollegeInsder.com Tournament.
March 12, 2012
Gauchos Make Third Straight Postseason Appearance, Travel to Idaho Wednesday for CIT
UC Santa Barbara will play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the first time when it travels to the University of Idaho on Wednesday night. The Gauchos will be making their third consecutive postseason appearance and their fourth in the last five seasons.
March 11, 2012
UCSB Loses to Long Beach in Big West Final, 77-64
Tournament MVP Casper Ware scored 33 points and handed out six assists Saturday night at the Honda Center to lead No. 1 seed Long Beach State to a 77-64 victory over No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara for the championship of the Big West Conference Tournament and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
March 11, 2012
UCSB Will Travel to Idaho for College Insider Tournament Wednesday
The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the postseason College Insider Tournament on Wednesday at the University of Idaho, it was announced on Sunday.
March 10, 2012
Gauchos Top Rival Cal Poly 64-52, Advance to Third Straight Big West Championship Game
Orlando Johnson scored 20 points and James Nunnally had 13 as No. 3-seeded UC Santa Barbara pulled away in the last five minutes for a 64-52 win over Cal Poly Friday night in the second semifinal game of the Big West Conference Tournament.
March 8, 2012
UCSB Blows Past Pacific in Big West Tournament Opener, 72-52
UC Santa Barbara ended the first half on a 13-3 run and began the second with an 8-0 surge to blow open a close game en route to a 72-52 win in a quarterfinal contest in the Big West Tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday.
March 7, 2012
UCSB Opens Defense of Big West Tournament Championship Thursday Against Pacific
C Santa Barbara has won each of the last two Big West Tournament championships and advanced to two consecutive NCAA Tournaments. In 2010, the Gauchos entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and held up their end of the bargain, defeating UC Davis and Long Beach State to win their first title since 2002.
March 6, 2012
Gaucho Basketball Attendance Hits Highest Mark in 17 Years
The UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball program recorded its highest average attendance and highest total attendance in 17 years in 2011-12, it was announced Tuesday.
March 5, 2012
Johnson Earns Third First Team All-Big West Honor, Nunnally Named Second Team
UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson was named First Team All-Big West Conference for the third straight season and teammate James Nunnally was selected second team all-conference it was announced Monday.
March 4, 2012
Seniors Have Night to Remember as Gauchos Blast UC Davis, 90-43
Fittingly, on Senior Night at UC Santa Barbara, all five seniors were in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Even more fittingly, the five led the Gauchos to a resounding 90-43 win over visiting UC Davis on Saturday night. They have now won three in a row and six of the last seven.
March 2, 2012
Nunnally, Johnson Lead Big Second Half as Gauchos Drop Pacific, 76-61
James Nunnally scored a season-high 28 points and had a career-high eight assists with no turnovers and Orlando Johnson had 24 points and nine rebounds as UC Santa Barbara defeated visiting Pacific on Thursday night, 76-61.
March 2, 2012
UCSB Salutes Five Seniors in Saturday's Home Finale Against UC Davis
UC Santa Barbara will play its final game of the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday night at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos, who will have closed the season with three straight home games, will host UC Davis to finish things off. The tip-off for the game against the Aggies is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
February 29, 2012
UCSB Plays Final Two Games at Home, Looks to Secure No. 2 Seed in League Tourney
UC Santa Barbara will remain at home for its final two games of the 2011-12 regular season. The Gauchos, who played just their second home game in 35 days on Feb. 25 against Cal Poly, will host Pacific on Thursday, Mar. 1 and UC Davis on Saturday, Mar. 3. Both games will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
February 26, 2012
Johnson Breaks UCSB Career Scoring Record, Gauchos Top Cal Poly, 68-60
Orlando Johnson scored 16 points and became UC Santa Barbara’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday night as the Gauchos defeated visiting Cal Poly, 68-60. James Nunnally led UCSB with 20 points.
February 24, 2012
Gauchos Start Home Stretch With Cal Poly on ESPNU Saturday
With all deference to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again. After playing seven of its last eight games on the road, a period that spanned 34 days, the UC Santa Barbara basketball team will return home for its final three regular season games of the 2011-12 season.
February 23, 2012
Johnson Closes to Within Three of UCSB Scoring Mark, Gauchos Lose at Long Beach State
Casper Ware scored 16 points to lead first-place Long Beach State past UC Santa Barbara in a Big West game Wednesday night, 70-58. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos with 20 points, closing to with three points of the program’s all-time record. He now has 1,694.
February 21, 2012
UCSB Travels to Long Beach State for ESPN2 Showdown Wednesday
UC Santa Barbara travels to Long Beach State on Wednesday night for its final regular season road game of the 2011-12 season. The match-up of the two teams that have played in each of the last two Big West Tournament championship games, will be the seventh road game in the last eight overall for UCSB.
February 20, 2012
Johnson Earns Sixth Big West Player of the Week Honor
UC Santa Barbara senior guard Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week on Monday. Last week, Johnson paced the Gauchos to road wins at UC Irvine and Utah State.
February 19, 2012
Nunnally's Double-Double Leads UCSB Win at Utah State, 72-64
James Nunnally had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Orlando Johnson added 22 points and UC Santa Barbara took advantage of two pivotal plays, winning at Utah State for the first time since 1999, 72-64. The game was part of the Sears BracketBuster series.
February 17, 2012
UCSB Travels to Utah State Saturday to Open Final Road Stretch of Season
UC Santa Barbara travels to Logan, Utah on Saturday for a Sears BracketBuster game against Utah State. The Gauchos-Aggies tilt has been picked up by ESPN3 and ESPN Fullcourt.
February 17, 2012
Alan Williams: A Great Example
Freshman forward Alan Williams was supposed to be a bit player for this year’s UC Santa Barbara basketball team. He would pick-up minutes where he could, maybe three or four at a time, do what he could in those short spurts, and then return to his place on the bench.
February 16, 2012
Gauchos Blow Past UC Irvine, 85-62
Orlando Johnson scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds and Kyle Boswell had career-highs with 19 points and five three-point baskets as visiting UC Santa Barbara crushed UC Irvine on Wednesday night, 85-62.
February 14, 2012
UCSB Begins Final Road Stretch Wednesday at UC Irvine
Because of Sears BracketBuster weekend, UC Santa Barbara, and most of the Big West for that matter, will play a Wednesday-Saturday schedule this week. The Gauchos will play at UC Irvine on Wednesday before returning home for a few hours. They will then turnaround and leave late Thursday for Logan, Utah where they will play at Utah State in a Sears BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 18.
February 12, 2012
Gauchos Recover From Icy First Half to Top UC Riverside, 60-52
Jaimé Serna had 19 points and nine rebounds, James Nunnally scored 15 points and UC Santa Barbara overcame a dismal first half shooting performance to rally for a 60-52 win over visiting UC Riverside in a Big West game Saturday night.
February 8, 2012
UCSB Hosts UC Riverside in Televised Game Saturday
UC Santa Barbara is in the midst of a portion of the schedule that sees it play seven out of eight games on the road. The Gauchos, who played the last three on the road, will play one game this week, and that’s the only home game in the stretch, a Saturday, Feb. 11 contest against UC Riverside. After the game against the Highlanders, they will go on the road for three more (Feb. 15 at UC Irvine, Feb. 18 at Utah State and Feb. 22 at Long Beach State) and those, mercifully, will be the last scheduled road games of the season.
February 4, 2012
Gauchos Succumb to Record Setting Three-Point Barrage in 99-86 Loss at Fullerton
Kwame Vaughn scored a career-high 37 points and Cal State Fullerton made school record 17 three-pointers en route to a 99-86 win over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night. The 17 three-pointers tied a Gaucho opponent record.
February 3, 2012
Gauchos Push Winning Streak to Three With 85-70 Win at Northridge
Orlando Johnson scored 25 points and Alan Williams had a career-high 19 to pace UC Santa Barbara to an 85-70 Big West Conference win at Cal State Northridge on Thursday night.
February 3, 2012
UCSB Takes Three-Game Streak to Fullerton Saturday, Johnson Moves into Fourth All-Time in Scoring
UC Santa Barbara is in the midst of a stretch that will see it play seven out of eight games on the road. The Gauchos are off to a 3-0 start with wins at UC Davis, Pacific and Cal State Northridge. Saturday, they will travel south to play Cal State Fullerton in a battle for second-place in the Big West Conference.
February 1, 2012
Gauchos Take 2-Game Winning Streak to Cal State Northridge Thursday
UC Santa Barbara is in the midst of a stretch that will see it play seven out of eight games on the road. The Gauchos are off to a 2-0 start win wins at UC Davis and Pacific. This week, they will travel south to begin the second half of league play with games at Cal State Northridge on Thursday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday
January 30, 2012
UCSB Travels to Former Big West Rival Utah State for Feb. 18 BracketBuster Game
The UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball team will travel to Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 18 for a Sears BracketBuster game, it was announced Monday. The game will not be televised.
January 30, 2012
Serna Named Big West Player of the Week After Leading the Gauchos to Road Sweep
Jaimé Serna, who led UC Santa Barbara to road wins at UC Davis and Pacific over the weekend, has been named Big West Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
January 28, 2012
Clutch Plays in Final Minute Gives Gauchos 56-53 Win at Pacific
Kyle Boswell made a three-point basket from deep in the right corner with 29 seconds to play and Orlando Johnson made a pair of clutch free throw with 14 seconds remaining as UC Santa Barbara pulled-out a hard-fought 56-53 win at Pacific on Saturday night.
January 27, 2012
UCSB's Inside Job Does In UC Davis, 86-59
Orlando Johnson scored 21 and Jaimé Serna made 9-of-10 shots and had 18 points as visiting UC Santa Barbara cruised past UC Davis 86-59 on Thursday night.
January 27, 2012
UCSB Travels to Pacific Seeking Second Straight Road Win
UCSB is off to a good start on its run of seven out of eight road games. The Gauchos pounded UC Davis on Thursday night and will travel to Pacific on Saturday night. The game will be televised on ESPN3 and broadcast on KZSB AM 1290 in Santa Barbara.
January 24, 2012
Gauchos Look to Bounce Back, Travel to UC Davis
UC Santa Barbara will play its next four games on the road. In fact, after playing three straight and four of five at home, the Gauchos will play seven out of eight games away from home. The lone home game over that span will be a Feb. 11 game against UC Riverside. Included in the seven road games will be a Feb. 18 ESPNU BracketBuster game. The opponent will be known in late-January.
January 22, 2012
Long Beach Blows Past UCSB, 71-48
Larry Anderson scored 19 points to lead four players in double-figures and visiting Long Beach State used a 23-2 run to end the first half and start the second half en route to a 71-48 win at UC Santa Barbara Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,000 people at the Thunderdome.
January 20, 2012
UCSB-Long Beach State Set For ESPNU Showdown Saturday at Thunderdome
UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State meet in a rematch of the teams that have met in the last two Big West Tournament championship games.
January 20, 2012
Gauchos Overcome Turnovers, Northridge, 69-61
Orlando Johnson scored 21 points, James Nunnally added 16 and Greg Somogyi had a career-high 10 rebounds as UC Santa Barbara overcame a 15-0 Cal State Northridge run en route to a 69-61 Big West win on Thursday night in Santa Barbara.
January 18, 2012
Gauchos Host Northridge Thursday, Long Beach State Saturday on ESPNU
The UCSB men's basketball team will host two important Big West games this weekend. On Thursday, the Gauchos welcome Cal State Northridge to the Thunderdome and on Saturday, they will have an 8:00 p.m. rematch of the last two Big West Tournament championship games against Long Beach State. The game against Long Beach will be televised on ESPNU
January 17, 2012
Orlando Johnson Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25
In early October, UC Santa Barbara senior Orlando Johnson was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 list. He was the first Gaucho ever to make the list and one of a very small handful of Big West Conference players to make the list.
January 15, 2012
Gauchos Use Balanced Attack to Defeat UC Irvine, 74-56
Orlando Johnson scored 15 while Keegan Hornbuckle and James Nunnally added 14 and 11 respectively to lead a balanced attack as UC Santa Barbara beat visiting UC Irvine on Saturday night, 74-56.
January 13, 2012
Bizarre Ending to Regulation Mars UCSB's 79-70 OT Loss at Riverside
Phil Martin scored 33 points and Robert Smith added 16, including two improbable free throws with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation to lead UC Riverside to a 79-70 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night in Riverside.
January 13, 2012
Gauchos Open Three-Game Home Stretch vs. UC Irvine Saturday Night
UCSB will open a stretch of three-straight home games when it hosts UC Irvine on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
January 10, 2012
2-0 Gauchos Travel to UC Riverside Thursday, Host UC Irvine Saturday
UCSB is 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big West Conference. After losing consecutive road games to Washington, Cal and BYU, the Gauchos have won back-to-back league games. They started Big West play on Monday, Jan. 2 with a tight 58-57 win at Cal Poly. In their last game, on Jan. 5, they recorded a 77-64 home victory over Cal State Fullerton, ending the Titans seven-game winning streak.
January 6, 2012
Serna Day-to-Day After X-Rays on Injured Right Hand are Negative
UC Santa Barbara senior forward Jaimé Serna, who injured his right hand and wrist in the second half of the Gauchos’ Thursday night Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton, is day-to-day after x-rays on Friday were negative.
January 6, 2012
Gauchos Get Defensive to End Fullerton's 7-Game Winning Streak, 77-64
Orlando Johnson scored 23 points and James Nunnally had 18, including 13 to spark a strong first half charge, as UC Santa Barbara beat visiting Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference game on Thursday night.
January 5, 2012
Big Al gives no hall passes
Few make a bigger first impression than Alan Williams, a UCSB freshman whose smile is as broad as his 6-foot-7 and 270-pound frame. But his classmates didn't realize the enormity of his impact until he started filling the lanes inside his dorm at Manzanita Village.
January 4, 2012
UCSB Returns Home to Host Fullerton Thursday Night
The Gauchos’ game at the Thunderdome on Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton will be their first home game since a Nov. 30 double overtime loss to UNLV (94-88). Since that gut-wrenching defeat to the Runnin’ Rebels, UCSB has played five games, all on the road, going 2-3 over that span. The game against the Titans will be the team’s first home game in 35 days.
January 3, 2012
Johnson's Game-Winning 3-Pointer Sinks Cal Poly, Gives Williams UCSB Wins Record
Orlando Johnson’s three-point basket from deep in the right corner with 5.1 seconds to play gave UC Santa Barbara a thrilling 58-57 win at Cal Poly in the Big West Conference opener for both teams on Monday night. The win was the 223rd of head coach Bob Williams’ Gaucho career, a new school record.
December 31, 2011
UCSB Travels to Cal Poly Monday for Big West Opener
The Gauchos were originally scheduled to open Big West Conference play on Dec. 29 at Long Beach State, but ESPN changed those plans, moving the game to Feb. 22, and thus, they will open league play at Cal Poly on Monday, Jan. 2. The game will be UCSB’s first since it played at BYU on Dec. 22. On Thursday, Jan. 5, the Gauchos return to the Thunderdome for a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton. It will be their first home game since they dropped a double overtime game to UNLV on Nov. 30, a span of 35 days.
December 23, 2011
UCSB Ends Lengthy Road Trip With 89-75 Loss at BYU
James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson scored 22 points apiece, but UC Santa Barbara couldn’t overcome a season-high 19 turnovers as the Gauchos (5-5) dropped an 89-75 decision at Brigham Young University on Thursday night. The game marked the end of UCSB's four-game, 12-day road trip.
December 22, 2011
Hornbuckle is sweet music to UCSB's ears
Keegan Hornbuckle has felt like a Beatles song, replayed ad nauseum for nearly two years. He became a Nowhere Man soon after arriving at UCSB, sitting in his Nowhere Land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
December 21, 2011
Gauchos Wrap-up Long Trip on Thursday at BYU
UCSB's 12-day, four-game road trip will come to an end on Thursday night when the Gauchos take on BYU in Provo, Utah. The game will be UCSB's final preseason game of the year.
December 20, 2011
UCSB Walloped at Red-Hot Cal, 70-50
Propelled by stifling defense and red-hot shooting from three-point range, Cal throttled visiting UC Santa Barbara on Monday night, 70-50.
December 18, 2011
Gauchos Travel to Cal on Monday
UCSB travels to Cal on Monday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Golden Bears. The game will be the Gauchos’ second straight against a Pac 12 opponent and it will be the first time they have played consecutive Pac 12 teams since playing Stanford in a back-to-back ,home-and-home series on Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, 1965.
December 18, 2011
Boswell's juggling act impressive
It's hard not to be impressed with UCSB sophomore guard Kyle Boswell. For starters, the guy is in shooting range when he crosses the mid-court line. Add to that his ability to play Division I men's basketball while dealing with the challenges of one of the toughest majors that UCSB, or any other institution of higher learning, has to offer, and it's, like I said, impressive.
December 17, 2011
Goose on the Loose for UCSB
Christian Peterson's antics as a tyke were so amusing that his mother started calling him Silly Goose. Now, he has brought his antics to the UCSB basketball program.
December 16, 2011
Gauchos Rally But Run Out of Gas in 87-80 Loss at Washington
UC Santa Barbara rallied back from 10 points down in the final minutes to tie Washington at 77-77, but the visiting Gauchos (5-3) ran out of gas and dropped an 87-80 decision to the Huskies (5-4) on Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
December 15, 2011
Winning friends, and games
Bob Williams doesn't dance to records. He cringes every time someone mentions how close he is to breaking the mark for most UCSB men's basketball coaching victories. He caught Jerry Pimm with his 222nd win on Tuesday at the University of San Diego and could pass him as soon as Friday at Washington.
December 14, 2011
Serna's Career Night Helps Williams Tie All-Time Wins Mark, 65-61 at San Diego
Jaimé Serna capped his career night with a pivotal blocked shot in the waning seconds and Orlando Johnson made a pair of free throws with 0.6 seconds left to seal UC Santa Barbara’s (5-2) 65-61 win at the University of San Diego (5-5) on Tuesday night.
December 14, 2011
Gauchos' Road Odyssey Continues at Washington Friday
UCSB will play the second game of a four-game, 12-day road trip when it travels to the University of Washington on Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Huskies.
December 12, 2011
Big West Set To Introduce San Diego State as Newest Member of Conference
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Big West Conference has approved the recommendation of the Big West Council to add San Diego State as the 11th member of the conference and will make the announcement during a press conference this afternoon.
December 8, 2011
Gauchos Open Long Road Trip Tuesday in San Diego
Hopefully the Gauchos enjoyed their month-long homestand in November. UCSB never once had to venture on the road, playing all six regular season games and one exhibition at the Thunderdome. December? Ah, that’s a different story my friends.
December 1, 2011
Gauchos Lose Double-OT Heartbreaker to No. 18 UNLV, 94-88
Chace Stanback made a long three-pointer at the end of the first overtime and then scored five points in the second extra period to lift 18th-ranked UNLV past UC Santa Barbara 94-88 in a classic double-overtime thriller at the Thunderdome on Wednesday night.
November 29, 2011
UCSB Welcomes No. 18 UNLV to Thunderdome Wednesday
UCSB will host 18th-ranked UNLV at the Thunderdome on Wednesday. The Runnin’ Rebels will be the first nationally-ranked opponent to play at the Thunderdome since Nov. 21, 2008 when top-ranked North Carolina defeated the Gauchos by a score of 84-67. UNLV moved to 18th in the Associated Press Poll and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after defeating No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday, 90-80.
November 27, 2011
Gauchos Drop OT Thriller to San Diego State, 76-75
Xavier Thames scored 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chase Tapley added 16 points to help visiting San Diego State overcome a n 8-point second half deficit and defeat UC Santa Barbara 76-75 in overtime on Saturday night.
November 25, 2011
Gauchos Host San Diego State at Thunderdome Saturday
UCSB will face its most daunting task of the season thus far when it hosts San Diego State on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos (4-0) will put their perfect record on the line against an Aztec team that was ranked in the top-10 virtually all of last season and has opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 6-1 record. Their record includes a win at No. 23 Arizona and against Long Beach State. SDSU's lone loss on the season came at Baylor, which is ranked among the top-15 in all polls.
November 23, 2011
Another Big Second Half Leads UCSB Past Portland, 83-69
Seniors Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Jaimé Serna combined for 63 points, including 42 in the second half, as overcame its first halftime deficit of the season and cruised to an 83-69 win over visiting Portland on Tuesday night.
November 21, 2011
Gauchos Host Portland Tuesday, San Diego State Saturday
The UCSB men's basketball team has opened the year with a 3-0 record. This week, the Gauchos host Portland on Tuesday and San Diego State on Saturday in an important week for the program.
November 19, 2011
Dominant Second Half Lead UCSB Past Westmont, 82-61
Orlando Johnson scored 20 points and collected 12 rebounds and Kyle Boswell added 15, all in the second half, to rally UC Santa Barbara past visiting Westmont College 81-60 on Friday night at the Thunderdome.
November 18, 2011
Gaucho Basketball is Free for the Holidays!
This Holiday Season, it’s Gaucho Basketball! Free!
November 17, 2011
UCSB Looks to Remain Perfect, Hosts Westmont Friday
UC Santa Barbara will try to go 3-0 on Friday night when it hosts Westmont College in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.
November 16, 2011
Big First Half Run Helps Gauchos Rout Santa Clara, 89-56
James Nunnally scored 24 points, Orlando Johnson added 21 and UC Santa Barbara parlayed an 18-0 run midway through the first half to take control of a close game en route to an 89-56 win over visiting Santa Clara on Tuesday night.
November 14, 2011
Gauchos Continue Homestand, Host Santa Clara Tuesday
The Gauchos continue their season-opening six-game homestand with two games this week. On Tuesday, UCSB hosts Santa Clara in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.
November 11, 2011
UCSB Signs Four to NLIs in Second Consecutive Outstanding Recruiting Class
For the second consecutive year, the UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball program has signed an outstanding class of recruits. This time, the program has inked four standout high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Bob Williams announced Friday. Combined with the current class of five outstanding freshmen, the Gauchos future seems bright.
November 11, 2011
Nunnally Shines as Gauchos Open Season With Victory Over Chapman, 74-48
James Nunnally scored 20 points and Orlando Johnson chipped-in 14 as UC Santa Barbara (1-0) opened its 2011-12 season with a 74-48 win over visiting Chapman University (0-1) on Friday night at the Thunderdome.
November 9, 2011
Gauchos Host Chapman Friday to Open Six-Game Homestand
Unofficially, UC Santa Barbara opened its season on Nov. 5 with a 67-51 exhibition win over visiting San Francisco State. On Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, the Gauchos will open the regular season with a 7:00 p.m. game against Chapman.
November 8, 2011
A breath of fresh air in the 'Dome
Everything was shining brighter at UCSB's Thunderdome on Saturday night. Maybe it was all that new lighting installed in the rafters. Or maybe it was all those new basketball players down on the court. Five energetic freshmen amped up the electricity in the exhibition game against San Francisco State, providing a nice contrast for a team that's been dominated for the last three years by the same four players.
November 6, 2011
Freshmen Spark Gauchos to 67-51 Exhibition Win Over San Francisco State
Freshman guard John Green had 17 points and nine rebounds and freshman forward Alan Williams added 10 points and seven boards, as UC Santa Barbara opened its 2011-12 basketball season with a 67-51 exhibition win over San Francisco State on Saturday night at the Thunderdome.
November 5, 2011
UCSB’S Orlando Johnson is Nation's Best Kept Secret
Santa Barbara is one of the more beautiful cities in America. Nestled on California’s shoreline, north of Los Angeles, “The American Riviera” has some of the best beaches in the state. The city is also home to the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), whose campus is literally located right on the beach. For many students there, the beach is their second home right behind their dorm rooms. However, for Orlando Johnson, the shooting guard for the UCSB Gauchos, the beach is an afterthought; his second home is the team’s home arena.
November 5, 2011
James Nunnally: Aiming for senior moments
James Nunnally will return home from the gym completely spent, desiring only the kind of lay-up you aim at a couch.
November 4, 2011
Johnson & Johnson Each Named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidates List
UC Santa Barbara’s Orlando Johnson and Emilie Johnson have been selected as candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s and women’s basketball respectively, it was announced Friday.
November 4, 2011
Gauchos Debut With Saturday Exhibition Against San Francisco State
UC Santa Barbara will open the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game against the Gators. The Gauchos also ended the 2010-11 season against the Gators. It is likely, however, that the similarity will end with the nickname. Last year, UCSB dropped a 79-51 decision in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the University of Florida Gators. On Nov. 5, the season opens with an exhibition game against the San Francisco State Gators.
November 2, 2011
Johnson Named to Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team
Orlando Johnson’s list of honors grew by one on Wednesday. Johnson, UC Santa Barbara’s senior guard, was one of 21 players across the nation selected to the 2011-12 Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team.
October 28, 2011
Jerry Pimm, Erin Alexander Will Be Next 'Legends of the 'Dome'
UC Santa Barbara Athletics is proud to announce that former men’s basketball coach Jerry Pimm and former women’s basketball star Erin Alexander will have their banners added to the walls of the Thunderdome as Legends of the ‘Dome in ceremonies during the 2011-12 basketball season.
October 26, 2011
Orlando and Emilie Highlight the "J v. J" Campaign for Basketball
UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce the campaign for “J v. J” featuring John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 honoree and two-time Big West Tournament MVP Orlando Johnson and Big West First Team selection and USA National Team player Emile Johnson. Both student-athletes have worn the red, white and blue this year with Orlando representing Team USA in the World University Games and Emille as a member of Team USA during the Pan-American Games.
October 25, 2011
UCSB Offers Special 'Big West + 1' Mini-Plan for Men's Basketball
UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce a special mini-plan to catch men's basketball at the Thunderdome this season. Along with all the key conference matchups the “Big West + 1” mini-plan includes the choice of either UNLV (Nov. 30) or last year’s Sweet-Sixteen darling San Diego State (Nov. 26).
October 20, 2011
Gauchos Tabbed Second in Big West Preseason Media Poll
The two-time defending Big West Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball team received four first-place votes and was picked second in the annual preseason media poll released by the conference on Tuesday.
October 19, 2011
Gaucho Foursome Earns Preseason Honors
UC Santa Barbara’s Orlando Johnson and Bob Williams have been chosen Big West Conference Preseason Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, and Johnson is joined on the preseason all-conference first team by James Nunnally, CollegeSportsMadness.com announced.
October 18, 2011
Williams maps out a big season
October 11, 2011
Annual Gaucho Downtown Basketball Huddle Set for Oct. 27
UC Santa Barbara’s annual Downtown Basketball Huddle has been set for Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cabrillo Arts Pavillion near East Brach in Santa Barbara.
October 4, 2011
Gauchos Featured as Many as Six Times in Big West TV Package
The two-time defending Big West Conference champion UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball team will be featured a minimum of four times and as many as six in the television package announced by the Big West Conference Tuesday.
October 3, 2011
Johnson Named to John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List
UC Santa Barbara senior guard Orlando Johnson was named to the 2012 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday. Johnson is the first Gaucho player to make the list.
September 23, 2011
Annual Men's Basketball Golf Tourney Set for Oct. 24
The 2011 UCSB Men's Basketball Golf Tournament will be played at the beautiful La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara on Monday, Oct. 24.
September 11, 2011
Balanced Gauchos Cruise Past Concordia in Canadian Finale, 87-69
September 9, 2011
Johnson, Nunnally Lead Gauchos to Third Win on Canadian Tour
September 8, 2011
UCSB Loses to Carleton University in Front of Sold Out House, 71-61
September 7, 2011
Gauchos Top Toronto 85-65, Improve to 2-0 on Canadian Tour
September 5, 2011
Johnson Leads Balanced Attack as UCSB Wins Tour of Canada Opener
August 30, 2011
There's No Lag Time for Orlando Johnson
August 26, 2011
Gaucho Men's Basketball Season Tickets Now On Sale!
August 21, 2011
Johnson, Somogyi Continue Play at World University Games
August 20, 2011
Johnson, Team USA Drop Heartbreaker to Lithuania, 76-74
August 18, 2011
Balanced Attack Leads 5-0 U.S. Past Israel, Johnson Scores Four
August 17, 2011
Johnson, Team USA Remain Perfect in Pool Play
August 15, 2011
Somogyi, Johnson Continue Play at World University Games
August 13, 2011
Johnson, Somogyi Meet on Other Side of World
August 11, 2011
Johnson Selected U.S. Flag Bearer at Opening Ceremonies in China
Orlando Johnson has been selected to represent the United States as the USA's flag bearer for Friday's Opening Ceremony of the 2011 World University Games.
August 10, 2011
Somogyi Gets His Opportunity on International Stage
August 9, 2011
UCSB's Orlando Johnson Continues His Rapid Ascent
August 4, 2011
Orlando Johnson Makes Final Cut for Team USA, Will Head to China
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard Orlando Johnson has survived the final cut. Johnson, a two-time Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player and two-time Big West scoring champion, has become the first Gaucho player in 25 years to make the United States National Team. He has made it through the final cut for the team that will represent the U.S. at the World University Games in China beginning on Aug. 13.
July 31, 2011
Orlando Johnson Becomes Finalist for Team USA
UC Santa Barbara basketball star Orlando Johnson’s summer just got a little busier. On Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball cut its team that will play in the World University Games in China beginning on August 13, from 22 to 14. When the final list was revealed, Johnson’s name was still there.
June 22, 2011
Somogyi to Join Hungarian National Team for World University Games
UC Santa Barbara center Greg Somogyi will play for the Hungarian National Team at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China from Aug. 12-22, it was announced on Monday.
June 16, 2011
Williams Adds Ryan Madry to Complete Coaching Staff
UC Santa Barbara head coach Bob Williams returned to a familiar source to complete his coaching staff for the 2011-12 season, adding Ryan Madry who spent the 2010-11 season as the Director of Basketball Operations at Cal State Fullerton.
24 Gauchos Garner Big West Academic All-Conference Distinction
A total of 24 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes that compete in winter or spring Big West Conference sponsored sports were honored with Academic All-Conference honors it was announced on Friday.
Orlando Johnson Named to Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American Team
Orlando Johnson, who has led UC Santa Barbara to consecutive Big West Tournament titles and NCAA Tournaments for the first time in school history, will return to the Gauchos for his senior season after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA Draft.