November 16, 2012

Gauchos Host The Master's College Saturday Night

• This Week
Game No. 3
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. The Master's College Mustangs

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
Streaming video: BigWest.TV
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 4
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. The University of San Diego Toreros

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
Streaming video: BigWest.TV
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his ninth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford  and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.  The games can also be heard live on UCSBgauchos.com

• Season Tickets Still Available
Season tickets for both the men's and women's teams remain available from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here for men's season tickets and here for women's season tickets.  Also, for the nest two seasons, the season tickets will commemorate 35 years of the Thunderdome and the tickets will reflect that.  This year, the commemorative tickets will celebrate some of the greatest players to ever play in the storied arena and next year the greatest moments will be remembered.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes.  Hosted by Gerry Fall, the voice of the Gauchos.

UCSB Returns From Tough Road Trip, Will Host Two Games  
After spending the better part of a full week on the road to open the 2012-13 season, UC Santa Barbara will return home for two games over the next week.  The Gauchos will host The Master's College, a member of the NAIA, and the University of San Diego.  The game against The Master's College will open UCSB's 14-game home schedule. 

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Saturday night game against The Master's College with an overall record of 0-2 and a Big West mark of 0-0.  The league mark is not likely to change as a result of the game against the Mustangs.  The Gauchos dropped a pair of road games last week, losing at LSU on Friday by a score of 77-63 and then at Illinois State on Monday, 100-72.  In 2011-12, the Gauchos were 20-11 overall and 12-4 in the Big West Conference, finishing second.  

0-2 Record: It's Been A While  
The last time the Gauchos opened the season with an 0-2 record was in 2002-03 when  they lost games to Weber State and Jacksonville State at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.  The last time UCSB started a season with three straight losses was 2000-01

Gauchos Get Topped At Illinois State  
In Monday night's game at Illinois State, the Gauchos were beaten 100-72.  The game was tied at 6-6 at the first media timeout, and at that point, the Redbirds scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a commanding 27-6 lead.  Actually, with this being a basketball game and all, they didn't score touchdowns, but they did go on a devastating 21-0 run that essentially decided the game.  UCSB fell behind by as many as 32 points, but actually used a 24-9 run in the second half, cutting the deficit to 74-57, but they could get no closer.  After opening the game by making just 2-of-8 shots, the Redbirds caught fire and made 39 out of 58 the rest of the way, 67.2%.  All-American candidate Jackie Carmichael, a forward, had 27 points and 10 rebounds.  The Gauchos were led by freshman Taran Brown who had 22 points and six assists.  Sophomore Alan Williams had 15 points, 13 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.  Santa Barbara made just 41.3% of its shots.

"We're Number Three!"
The coaching staff, a few players and the uniforms.  Those are essentially the only similarities between the 2011-12 Gauchos and the 2012-13 Gauchos.  If you include walk-ons, possible redshirts and players who are sidelined by injury, the 2012-13 UCSB roster includes nine, that's right NINE freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and one, that's right ONE senior.  In a survey of other programs, the Gauchos are the third youngest team in the nation, trailing only the Naval Academy and Dartmouth.  

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored 17 points in opener at LSU, his second-highest total ever.
G 1   Nate Garth - His nine points at Illinois State were his highest total since Feb. 15, 2012 at UCI.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Two 3-point baskets at Illinois State were twice as many as he made last year. 
F 15 Alan Williams - Tied his career-high with 13 rebounds at Illinois State.  Also had 15 points.
F 35 Taran Brown - Bounced back from tough game at LSU with team-high 22 points at ISU.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 0 Dalanté Dunklin - Sustained a concussion at Illinois State, status up-in-the-air for The Master's.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury will sideline him for at least one game.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle - Ankle seems to have improved, may play vs. The Master's. 
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Tied his career-high with 10 points at Illinois State. 
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Has had two points and two rebounds in each of the first two games.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Limited to seven minutes at Illinois State due to back injury.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Redshirt JC transfer logged seven minutes in each of the first two games.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Had three assists in 14 minutes at Illinois State.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Produced a team-high two steals in game at LSU.

The Injury Roundup 
UCSB's injury list is an ever-changing and fluid thing.  One thing we know for sure is that freshman John Green, expected to be one of the team's top offensive threats this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot.  It's the same bone he broke last year.  Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle, who did not travel with the team on its trip to LSU and Illinois State because of an ongoing ankle injury, could return on Saturday against The Master's College.  He was practicing as of Wednesday.  Freshman guards Dalanté Dunklin, Michael Bryson and Aamahd Walker are all in question for Saturday's game.  Dunklin is likely out after suffering a concussion at Illinois State, while Bryson and Walker are each nursing back injuries.  Bryson is more likely to play on Saturday than Walker, whose injury seems more severe.  Also, senior guard Nate Garth banged knees with a Redbird player in Monday's game, but is expected to play. 

Brown Bounces Back
Freshman forward Taran Brown really struggled through his first game as a Gaucho.  In the loss at LSU, Brown made just 1-of-10 shots, missed all five of his three-point attempts, and had five turnovers.  On Monday night at Illinois State, the 6-foot-8 native of Gillette, Wyo., responded in a big way.  Brown played 32 minutes, made 7-of-14 shots overall, including 3-of-7 from outside the three-point arc, and scored 22 points.  Also, impressively, he led the team with six assists and did not have a turnover.  The 22 points scored by Brown were the most that a Gaucho freshman has scored since Nov. 21, 2008 when James Nunnally scored 22 points in a game against North Carolina.

Williams, Alan That Is, Doubles Down At Illinois State
Despite battling foul trouble for the second straight game sophomore forward Alan Williams had another outstanding effort in the game at Illinois State.  Williams record the third double-double of his career with 15 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds.  he also had four blocked shots and three steals in his 28 minutes.  In each of the first two games, Williams has committed three fouls in the first half, but in each he has also found a way to stay in the game and he didn't foul out of either game.  He is the only player on the team to score in double-figures in each of the first two games and he is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, both team-leading figures.  

Loss At Illinois State Looked Familiar
The last time that freshmen were as prominent to UCSB as they are this year was in 2008-09.  That year, the Gauchos used four freshmen extensively.  This year, they are using more than that.  In fact, seven freshmen have played in each of the first two games.  Ironically, the worst beating that the 2008-09 team suffered was at Illinois State, where  they dropped an 87-59 decision.  The 28-point margin in that defeat was identical to the margin on Monday night.   

Dome, Sweet Dome 
UCSB went 11-3 at home last season with the losses coming to Long Beach State, San Diego State (in overtime) and UNLV (in double overtime), all teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the last five years, the Gauchos have gone 52-16.

The Opponents
According to our records, UCSB and The Master's College have never played.  The Gauchos and San Diego, however, have played 20 times in a series that began in 1964.  Santa Barbara holds a 14-6 all-time edge on the Toreros, including a 65-61 win at San Diego on Dec. 13, 2011.

Point Guards Make A Comeback
In the opener at LSU, the four players who play the point for UCSB (Nate Garth, Dalanté Dunklin, T.J. Taylor and Duke DaRé) combined for just 10 points and one assist in 55 minutes.  On Monday night at Illinois State, the foursome was more productive, combining for 19 points and six assists in 53 minutes.  Dunklin was limited to four minutes after suffering a concussion.  Taylor, on the other hand, tied his career-high with 10 points, including a pair of three-point baskets.

A Turnover Rebound
The Gauchos had 23 turnovers in their loss at LSU in the season opener, three more than they had in any game during the 2011-12 season and the most since they had 25 in a Dec. 15, 2010 win at UNLV. The last time UCSB had more turnovers in a game and lost was on Jan. 14, 2010 when it had 29 at Long Beach State. On Monday at Illinois State, the Gauchos bounced back with a much better effort, committing just 12 turnovers against a Redbird team that pressured them all over the court for almost all 40 minutes.