Gauchos Look to Bounce Back, Travel to UC Davis
• The Schedule
Game No. 17
Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
at UCD's Pavilion
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.org
Game No. 18
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Pacific Tigers
at Pacific's A.G. Spanos Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: ESPN3
• UCSB Hits The Road For Next Four, Seven Of Next Eight
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.
• The Gaucho Record
UCSB is 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos had a modest two-game winning streak ended on Saturday night with a resounding 71-48 loss to visiting Long Beach State. Prior to the loss to the 49ers, UCSB had won three straight home games. Since opening the year with a 4-0 record, UCSB has gone 5-7, but two of the losses (San Diego State and UC Riverside) came in overtime, one came in double overtime (UNLV), three others came on the road at Cal, BYU and Washington. Most recently, the Gauchos lost to the Big West Conference frontrunner, Long Beach State.
• Johnson Named To John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25
Senior Orlando Johnson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced last week. Johnson, who was named to the Preseason Top-50 in October, is the first Gaucho player ever to play his way onto either list. A native of Seaside, Calif., he leads UCSB in scoring (19.6 points per game), rebounds (6.3 per game) and assists (3.0 per game). He was one of 21 players in the nation named to the Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team, one of 30 candidates announced for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and he was named to the Naismith Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. In August of 2011, he was a member of Team USA at the World University Games in China and, in fact, carried the flag for the United States delegation at the opening ceremonies. Johnson started four of eight games tor Team USA at the games.
• Williams Passes Pimm For All-Time Victory Lead
UCSB's 58-57 win at Cal Poly on Jan. 2 pushed head coach Bob Williams to the top of the school's all-time list for coaching wins with 223. Williams now has 226 victories in his 13-plus seasons and on Thursday, Jan. 12 at UC Riverside, he coached his 400th game since arriving at UCSB for the 1998-99 season. Finally, unless something catastrophic occurs, Williams will coach his 700th collegiate game on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Long Beach State.
• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had seven rebounds vs. LBSU, his highest total in four games.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Has at least one steal in three consecutive games.
F 15 Alan Williams - Scored 10 points in just 15 minutes vs. LBSU.
G 21 James Nunnally - Scored five points vs. LBSU, his first single-digit scoring game.
G 33 Orlando Johnson- Had worst shooting game of the season vs. LBSU, 4-for-15.
• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Nate Garth - Had four assists vs. LBSU. Now has four or more seven times.
G 10 Kyle Boswell- Has at least one three-point basket in 15 out of 16 games.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Has made three of his last seven three-point attempts, 42.9%.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Played seven minutes vs. LBSU, three more than previous 5 games.
F 24 Christian Peterson - Grabbed at least one rebound in six straight games.
G 43 Duke DaRe - Walk-on from De La Salle HS has yet to play in a game this season.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Scored season-high 10 points vs. LBSU.
• The Opponents
UCSB and UC Davis have played 23 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos hold a 19-4 edge all-time and defeated the Aggies twice last season. They won in Davis by a 77-65 tally and then in Santa Barbara, 93-86 in overtime. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, UCSB has won six straight games in the series. The Gauchos and Pacific have met on the hardwood 104 times going back to 1946 with the Tigers hold a 53-51 edge. In 2010-11, Pacific swept the regular season series, winning on a buzzer-beater at Stockton, 57-54, and then 74-68 in Santa Barbara. UCSB exacted its revenge in the first round of the Big West Tournament with a 79-67 win.
UCSB is 2-4 in road games in 2011-12. After winning at San Diego on Dec. 13, the Gauchos fell in three straight road encounters. They lost at Washington, Cal and BYU, but in their Big West opener on Jan. 2, they edged Cal Poly, 58-57. In its last road game, at UC Riverside on Jan. 12, UCSB lost a heart-breaking 79-70 overtime decision.
• First Sellout Since...
The Jan. 21 game against Long Beach State attracted 6,000 people to the Thunderdome. It was the first sellout since Nov. 21, 2008 when the Gauchos hosted top-ranked North Carolina. UCSB is now averaging 3,342 per game this season. If that figure holds, it would be the highest average since 1995-96 when an average of 3,596 attended Gaucho games. Finally, the crowd of 6,000 was the fourth crowd of 5,000 or more this season, the most since the 1994-95 season.
• Johnson Becomes Fifth Gaucho Over 1,500 Points, And He's Still Going...
In Saturday night's loss to Long Beach State, Orlando Johnson scored 10 points and he has now scored 1,528 in his time at UCSB. Johnson, a two-time Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player and the 2010 Big West Player of the Year, is consistently moving up the school's all-time scoring list. In a Jan. 19 win over Cal State Northridge, he became the fifth player in school history to score more than 1,500 points and he could threaten the school's record for career points. Currently, Alex Harris holds the school record for career points with 1,696. Johnson's next two targets on the list are Mark Hull, who finished his career with 1,580 points, and Chris Devine, who completed his career with 1,607 points.
• Nunnally Joins Johnson In Hitting Milestone
Orlando Johnson's climb up the school's all-time scoring list is not a lonely one. Senior James Nunnally continues to ascend UCSB's list as well. With five points in the team's loss to Long Beach State, Nunnally has now poured in 1,436 points, the sixth most in school history. Nunnally's next target is Johnson, who could prove to be elusive, but with several games remaining in his college career he can legitimately take aim at several others.
• Playing The Percentages
Through its first five games in Big West play, UCSB did not allow its opponents to shoot better than 37.7%. At the same time, the Gauchos never shot below 36.4%. On Saturday against Long Beach State, things totally turned upside-down. First of all, the 49ers not only had a good night shooting the ball, they had a GREAT night shooting it. LBSU drained 27 of 46 field goal attempts, 58.7%. The 49ers became the first school this year to make more than half of its shots and they did so in resounding manner. On the other side of the coin, UCSB made a season-worst 35.1% of its field goal attempts.
• Free, But Not Plentiful
The good news is that UCSB's free throw percentage in its last game was 80.0%, the second-highest mark this season. The bad news? The Gauchos attempted just five free throws, a season-low. Previously their season-low was 11 at Cal on Dec. 19.
• Block Party
Through 16 games, UCSB has 95 blocked shots, an average of 5.9 per game, first in the Big West. Senior Greg Somogyi, who has moved into the No. 2 spot on the school's all-time career list, leads the way with 30, 1.9 per game, while freshman Alan Williams has 21. After four games, the Gauchos had 17 blocked shots, 4.2 per game, but in the last 12 games they have turned away 78 opponent attempts, 6.7 per game. They recorded a season-high 11 blocked shots in two games this season, Nov. 26 vs. San Diego State and Dec. 13 at the University of San Diego. The 11 blocks rank as the sixth most in UCSB history. In 2010-11, The Gauchos set a school record with 133 swats, an average of 4.1 per game. At their current pace, if they play 13 more games, they would finish with 171.
• A Scoring Aberration
UCSB scored just 48 points in its Jan. 21 loss to Long Beach State. The point total was the lowest of the season and, in fact, the lowest since the Gauchos scored 47 in a loss at Long Beach State on January, 14, 2010.
• Johnson Makes His Points
Orlando Johnson, who was recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 List, continues to lead the Gauchos in three major statistical categories. He paces the team in scoring (19.6 points per game), rebounding (6.3 per game) and assists (3.0 per game) and is bidding to become the first UCSB player since Brian Shaw to lead the team in those three categories. Shaw turned the trick in 1987-88. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring in each of the last five games and 11 times this season. He has scored in double-figures 15 times in 16 games and 76 times in 78 games during his career and he's scored 20 or more 10 times this season and a record 39 times in his career. Johnson is coming off of one of his poorest offensive showings this season. He scored 10 points and made just 4-of-15 field goal attempts on Jan. 21 against Long Beach State. Prior to the game against the 49ers, he had scored 20 or more in three out of four, making 20-of-40 shots over that span. Johnson tallied a season-high 36 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots in UCSB's double-overtime loss to 14th-ranked UNLV on Nov. 30. The 36 points were his second highest total ever and the double-double was one of four that he has recorded this season. In addition to UNLV, he had double-doubles against Washington (24 points and 10 rebounds), Portland (26 points and 12 rebounds) and Westmont College (20 points and 12 rebounds). The 10 points that Johnson scored in the Gauchos' last game pushed his UCSB career total to 1,528. One game earlier, he became the fifth player in school history to exceed 1,500 points. He needs 53 more to move into fourth all-time. If the 383 points that Johnson scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount are factored in, he has now tallied 1,911 in his collegiate career. Among every thing else, he leads the team in three-point baskets with 29 and now has 141 in his career, 10th in school history. Finally, Johnson seems to have remedied his free throw shooting woes. After an 0-for-4 performance in the Gauchos game at BYU on Dec. 22, he had gone 6-for-15 over a three game span, 40.0%. In the last five games, however, Johnson has made 26-of-31, 83.9%.
• The Flying Nunnally
Senior James Nunnally had his poorest offensive showing of the season in the Gauchos loss to Long Beach State on Jan. 21. Nunnally scored just five points on 1-of-7 from the field. He made his only three-point attempt, but missed all six of his two-point attempts. In addition, he played just 23 minutes in the game, five fewer than his previous low on the year. Prior to the game against the 49ers, Nunnally had played 30 or more minutes in every game since he logged 28 in the Nov. 11 opener against Chapman. The single-digit performance was his first of the season. He has now been in double-figures 15 times in 16 games and 19 of 21 dating to last season. Nunnally remains second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He has scored 20 or more points four times this season, including a season-high 24 points on Nov. 15 against Santa Clara. Also, in scoring five in the last game, he continued to climb UCSB's list for career points with 1,436. He was the ninth player in school history to exceed 1,400 points and now, with 1,436, ranks sixth all-time. He passed Doug Rex in the last game. While nine rebounds against UCI on Jan. 14 were his season-high, he has had eight rebounds six times. Nunnally is also distributing the ball these days. He is averaging 2.4 assists per game and has had two or more 11 times, including the last nine games in a row. Finally, with 152 career three-pointers, he ranks eighth on UCSB's career list.
• A DisSERNAble Difference
Since scoring 12 points and pushing his season scoring average to 10.7 points per game on Dec. 22 at BYU, Jaimé Serna has scored just 19 points in his last five games, 3.8 per game. His overall scoring average has fallen to 8.4 points per game, still third on the team. In his defense, Serna was well on his way to a big game on Jan. 5 vs. Cal State Fullerton. He had eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes against the Titans before falling to the floor on a lay-up attempt with 12 minutes left. He suffered hand, wrist, hip and back injuries from the fall and didn't return in that game. Serna also sat out the next game before returning to play nine minutes on Jan. 14 vs. UC Irvine. His minutes have increased in the last two games as he logged 17 vs. Northridge and 21 vs. Long Beach. He had just two points against the 49ers, but he did collect a team-high seven rebounds and is now averaging 4.3 per game, fourth on the team. While Serna doesn't shoot often – he has taken just 75 field goal attempts in 15 games – he is quite successful when he does shoot, leading the team at 65.3% from the field. In his career, the Laguna Beach, Calif., native has now made 284 of his 509 field goal attempts, 55.8%, the third highest mark in school history. In a Nov. 22 win over Portland Serna tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and had 15 points to record his second career double-double. He scored a career-high 22 in a Dec. 13 win at the University of San Diego and has scored in double-figures six times. Finally, with 18 blocked shots this season, he now has 74 in his career, eighth in school history.
• The Other Williams
Freshman forward Alan "Don't Call Me Bob" Williams has started five straight games and he has responded, averaging 8.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game over that span. On Jan. 21, in the loss to Long Beach State, Williams made 5-of-7 shots and scored 10 points, his second double-digit scoring effort of the season. He also had three rebounds and two blocked shots in 15 minutes before going down with an injury in the second half. Williams didn't return to the game, but is expected to play this weekend. In the game prior to entering the starting lineup, a Jan. 2 win at Cal Poly, Williams posted a double-double with a career-high 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game in Big West play. Overall, he is now averaging 5.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, third on the team. He is also shooting 55.4%, second on team. He has made 12-of-19 shots in the last three games, 63.2%, and 23-of-39 in the last seven games, 59.0%. Despite averaging just 13.7 minutes per game overall, he has had five or more rebounds in nine out of his 15 appearances. Williams had a career-high 13 rebounds, to go along with nine points and four blocked shots, in UCSB's Jan. 14 win over UC Irvine. In the team's Jan. 12 overtime loss at UC Riverside, he had nine points, 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots, tying Greg Somogyi's record for blocks by a freshman. Overall, he now has 21 blocked shots on the season, fourth on UCSB's all-time freshman list. Williams has 14 of his 21 blocked shots in the last four games.
• Who's The Bos?
Guard Kyle Boswell remains fourth on the team at 6.9 points per game. He is second on the team in three-point field goals with 24 and percentage at 37.5%. In the last four games he struggled from outside the arc, making 6-of-23, 26.1%. Boswell has made at least one in 10 straight and 15 times in 16 games. He has two or more seven times and season-high three in wins over Chapman and Westmont. Boswell set a career-high when he scored 15 points on Nov. 18 vs. Westmont College. In all, he's scored in double-figures four times.
Sophomore Keegan Hornbuckle had his best game as a Gaucho in the Jan. 14 win over UC Irvine. Making his second straight start, Hornbuckle had career-highs of 14 points, four steals, three assists and five rebounds. He made 6-of-9 shots overall, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, and played a career-high 30 minutes His last two games have not been as productive. In the games against Northridge and Long Beach State, Hornbuckle averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game while making just 4-of-11 shots. He did have a career-high five steals against the Matadors and now leads the team with 17. After missing UCSB's exhibition game and first five regular season games while recovering from a variety of injuries, Hornbuckle was limited to 13 total minutes in his first two games back. In the last eight games, he has played 10 or more and in the last five, he played 19, 23, 30, 27 and 22, 24.0 per game. He is fifth on the team in scoring at 5.4 points per game.
• Somogyi Emerges
Greg Somogyi's last two games have been two of his best this season. In the Jan. 21 loss to Long Beach State, the 7-foot-3 Gaucho played a season-high 19 minutes and responded by making 5-of-6 shots from the field and scoring a season-high 10 points. He also had four rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist. On Jan. 19 vs. Cal State Northridge, Somogyi flip-flopped the rebound and point numbers, scoring four points and collecting a career-high 10 rebounds. He also had two blocked shots against the Matadors. Somogyi has made 7-of-10 shots in the last two games, 70.0%, and 10-of-16 in the last four, 62.5%. He has had at least one blocked shot in 11 games and two or more eight times. He recorded six swats in just 15 minutes on Nov. 26 vs. San Diego State. He now has 167 in his career, second on UCSB's all-time list. Somogyi is averaging 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Finally, despite averaging just 12.9 minutes per game, he has had four or more rebounds 10 times this season.
• Garth Comes Alive
Nate Garth's rollercoaster season started another upswing in the Jan. 21 game against Long Beach State. Garth played 17 minutes, equaling his highest total over the last eight games, and he had a team-high four assists to go with two points. He is now second on the team at 2.6 assists per game and he's had four or more seven times. Garth also had just one turnover to go with his four assists and he continues to lead the team in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.0-to-1.0. In fact, since committing a season-high four turnovers on Dec. 22 at BYU, he has had just five turnovers in 82 minutes. Over that same six-game span, Garth has 15 assists.
• Taylor Made
Freshman T.J. Taylor made a three-point basket in UCSB's loss to Long Beach State. The bucket was Taylor's 11th three-pointer of the season. In fact, the Oakland native has specialized in three-pointers this season. Taylor has played in all 16 games, averaging 16.8 minutes per game, but he has attempted just 22 two-point shots, making nine. He has taken 36 three-point attempts and drained 11, 30.6%.