Gauchos Make Third Straight Postseason Appearance, Travel to Idaho Wednesday for CIT

Gauchos Make Third Straight Postseason Appearance, Travel to Idaho Wednesday for CIT

• UCSB Advances To Third Straight Postseason Tournament  
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Fourth Annual Tournament
First Round
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Idaho Vandals 
at Idaho's Kibbie Dome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB

UCSB Advances To Third Straight Postseason Tournament  
UC Santa Barbara will play in the 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.  In 2010 and 2011, UCSB won the Big West Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and in 2008, it won the league's regular season title and played in the National Invitation Tournament.  Overall, this marks the 13th time that the Gauchos have appeared in postseason, the sixth under head coach Bob Williams.

The Gaucho Update  
UCSB enters Wednesday's CIT game with an overall record of 20-10.  The Gauchos have won five of their last six and eight of 10.   The five-game winning streak that was snapped in the Big West Conference Tournament championship game by Long Beach State was their longeest of the season and their longest since the 2009-10 campaign.  UCSB completed the Big West season with a 12-4 mark, tying Cal State Fullerton for 2nd-place.

UCSB Wins 20 For Fourth Time Under Williams  
The Gauchos' win over Cal Poly in the Big West Tournament semifinals gave them 20 wins for the season.  This marks the fourth time that the program has hit the 20-win mark under head coach Bob Williams, including the third time in the last five seasons.  Previously, under Williams, UCSB went 20-10 in 2009-10, 23-9 in 2007-08 and 20-11 in 2001-02.  Throughout history, Santa Barbara has won 20 or more games 11 times.  Jerry Pimm is the only other coach to have guided the Gauchos to 20 or more wins four times.

The Gauchos And Vandals
UCSB and Idaho have played 17 times dating back to 1963.  The Gauchos hold an all-time advantage of 10-7.  The teams last met during the 2004-05 season, Idaho's last year in the Big West Conference, with Santa Barbara winning at home, 54-40.  Earlier that season, Idaho won in Moscow, 61-50.  The last time UCSB won at Idaho was by a score of 62-53 on Jan. 9, 2003.

• UCSB Guaranteed Of Seventh Straight Winning Season
UCSB's 20-10 record guarantees that the program will post a winning record for the seventh straight year, the longest stretch in school history and the longest current streak in the Big West Conference.  Previously, the most consecutive winning seasons was six in a row 1970-71 to 1975-76.    

Williams Is UCSB's All-Time Coaching Victory Leader
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 enters the CIT game at Idaho with 237 victories in his 13-plus seasons and his winning percentage of .567 is also a school record.  Williams broke the previous victory record of 222 set by his predecessor Jerry Pimm who guided the program from 1983-98.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - T.J. Taylor - Logged just 10 minutes in Big West title game.
G - Orlando Johnson - 1,806 career points is UCSB record.
G - James Nunnally - Averaging 4.6 assists in last five games.
F - Alan Williams - 40 blocked shots is UCSB freshman record.
F - Jaimé Serna - Had eight rebounds vs. LBSU, highest total in nine games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - Nate Garth - Played just eight minutes in last two games combined.
F - Keegan Hornbuckle - Made 6-of-7 shots in the last three games.
G - Kyle Boswell - Didn't make 3-pointer vs. LBSU, first time in 24 games.
F - Lewis Thomas - Scored in consecutive games, first time since November.
F - Christian Peterson - Has 33 offensive rebounds, 33 defensive rebounds.
C - Greg Somogyi - Has 11 blocks in last four games, 188 in his career.

The Gauchos Away From Home
By going 2-1 in the Big West Tournament, UCSB is now 9-7 in games away from home in 2011-12.  The Gauchos were 7-6 in true road games, after opening at 1-3.  They have won eight of their last 12 games away from home.    

• Johnson Adds To Scoring Record
Orlando Johnson finished with 17 points in UCSB's Big West Tournament title game against Long Beach State and in doing so, he added to his school record for points in a career with 1,806.  Entering the game against the 49ers, Johnson was the only player in school history to score more than 1,700 and he is now the only player to score more than 1,800.  He became the school's all-time leader in a Feb. 25 win over Cal Poly.  Johnson is the only player ranked among the top-six on the Gauchos' all-time list to have achieved the feat in a mere three seasons.

Nunnally Joins In The Climb
James Nunnally scored 17 points in the title game against Long Beach State and now has 1,660 in his career, fourth in school history.  In the regular season finale against UC Davis, Nunnally became the fifth player in school history to eclipse the 1,600 point mark.  His next target would be Carrick DeHart who finished his career with 1,687 points.

A Right, A Left, A Right, A Left... 
In 2010-11, Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combined for 1,194 points, the most ever by teammates at UCSB.  This season, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 1,062 points, the second most in school history.  The duo also ranks No. 6 on that list, combining for 965 points as sophomores in 2009-10.  Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 3,221 points during their three years as teammates, by far the most of any Gaucho duo in the history of the program. 

Still, Not A Lot Of Turnover
While it had 15 turnovers in its Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State, UCSB has not turned the ball over much lately.  In each of the first two Big West Tournament games, the Gauchos set a new season-low for turnovers.  In the quarterfinal game against Pacific, the Gauchos coughed up the basketball just six times, two fewer than their previous low.  In the semifinal win over Cal Poly, they had just three turnovers, half of what they had the previous night.  In fact, in the last six games, including five wins, Santa Barbara has had just 54 turnovers, 9.0 per game.  

Williams Breaks Freshman Block Record, UCSB Builds On Team Mark
With his one blocked shot in the Big West Tournament semifinal win over Cal Poly, freshman Alan Williams broke the UCSB record for blocked shots by a freshman.  Williams now has 40 blocked shots on the season.  Also, with three blocked shots in the championship game against Long Beach State, the Gauchos have 158 on the season, an average of 5.3 per game.  The 158 blocks is a new school record, easily more than the 133 that the team had in 2010-11, the previous school record.

Margin Call
The Gauchos are outscoring their opponents this season by an average score of 72.9 to 65.4, a difference of +6.9 points per game.  UCSB's all-time record for scoring margin over an entire season is +12.5 point per game in 1954-55.  The 2011-12 average margin of +6.9 points per game is tied for the sixth largest in school history.  The last time the Gauchos posted a larger average margin was in 1989-90 when they averaged +8.1 points per game.  The largest previous margin by a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team was +5.7 in 2001-02.  Also, Santa Barbara has recorded 13 double-figure victory margins in 2011-12, including its last four wins.  On the other side of the ledger, six of 10 losses came by a double-figure margin, including the last three in a row.

That 70s Show 
In 29 games this season, the Gauchos have allowed fewer than 70 points 19 times, winning each time.  The 19-0 record is in stark contrast to the 1-9 record the team has when they allow 70 or more.  UCSB has also allowed exactly 70 points on two occasions, going 1-1 in those games.

In Defense Of The Gauchos
UCSB is limiting its opponents to 39.9% shooting from the field this season.  The Gauchos have held three of their last four and four of the last six opponents under 40.0% shooting.  Through 30 games, 19 opponents have shot below 40.0% from the field.

Picking Up The Three-Point Pace
After stringing together three straight games with 10 or more three-pointers, UCSB had just 13 total in the final two games of the Big West Tournament.  Still, the Gauchos have made 79 out of their last 172 three-point attempts, a solid 45.9%.  On the sesaon, they are now shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc and they have made 50.0% or better seven times in their 30 games. 

Orlando Johnson Update
A First Team All-Big West choice for the third year in a row, Orlando Johnson enters the CIT averaging 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game...Had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in Big West title game vs. Long Beach State...Six assists tied his second highest total of the season...Johnson is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,806 career points...He is the only player among the top-five to have accomplished the feat in just three seasons...Johnson has gone 19-of-39 from three-point range in the last four games, 48.7%...Now has 179 career three-point baskets, seventh in UCSB history...His 67 threes this season are ninth all-time...His 592 points this season rank sixth all-time...Johnson also ranks first and eighth on the all-time list...Scored 10 or more 29 times in 30 games this season and 90 times in 92 games dating back to the 2009-10 season...He has scored 20 or more 48 times in his career, a UCSB record...Scored 383 points as a freshman at Loyola Marymount and now has 2,189 as a collegiate player.

James Nunnally Update
A Second Team All-Big West selection, James Nunnally had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Big West Tourney championship against Long Beach State...He is now averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game...In the last eight games, Nunnally has averaged 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game...In the last eight, he has made 28-of-60 shots from three-point range, 46.7%...Has now scored 1,660 career points, fourth in UCSB history...With three three-pointers on Saturday, he has 184 in his career, sixth all-time...Has scored in double-figures 28 times in 30 games...Enters the CIT having made 21 consecutive free throws.

Jaimé Serna Update
Jaimé Serna had seven points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot in Saturday's game vs. Long Beach State...He is now averaging 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game...Leads the Gauchos in field goal percentage at 61.1%...His career percentage of 56.0% (331-of-591) ranks third on UCSB's all-time list...Has 81 career blocked shots, seventh all-time, and needs two to move into sixth.

Alan Williams Update
Alan Williams had 13 points and seven rebounds on Saturday against Long Beach State...The seven rebounds gives him 190 on the season, tops on the team, and the third most by a freshman in school history...He has blocked 40 shots on the season, a new UCSB freshman record...Had 10 boards in Big West semifinal vs. Cal Poly and now has double-figures five times and seven or more 17 times...Williams now has more defensive boards (96) than offensive (93) for the first time since prior to a Jan. 26 game at UC Davis.

Kyle Boswell Update
Kyle Boswell was scoreless for the first time this season in 18 minutes against Long Beach on Saturday...Missed his only two field goal attempts, both three-pointers.... Leads the team in three-point percentage at 43.8%, but in the last 10 games he was 23-of-42, 54.8%...Has made at least two three-pointers 16 times and one or more 28 times.

T.J. Taylor Update
T.J. Taylor played just 10 minutes and was scoreless against Long Beach State..Has six assists and no turnovers in the last four games...Has started 13 of last 14.

Nate Garth Update
Nate Garth totaled just eight minutes in last two games, going scoreless in both...Has had three or more assists is six of last nine games...Has three or more assists 14 times and UCSB is 13-1 in those games.

Keegan Hornbuckle Update
Keegan Hornbuckle played 56 minutes in three games at Big West Toiurnament...Made 6-of-7 shots in the three games, 85.7%, and averaged 4.7 points per game. 

Greg Somogyi Update
Greg Somogyi played 12 minutes and had six points and two blocked shots vs. Long Beach State...Has 11 blocks in the last four games...Now has 52 blocks on the season, sixth all-time, and 188 in his career, second in school history.