Record Even at 2-2, Gauchos Travel to Boise State Saturday Afternoon
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• This Week
Game No. 5
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Boise State Broncos
at BSU's Taco Bell Arena - Boise, Idaho
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game No. 6
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Wyoming Cowboys
at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Video Stream: BigWest.TV
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.
• 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. Also, fans can catch head coach Bob Williams on "Bob and The Baron" every Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m. on AM 1290.
• UCSB Plays Final Two November Games
UC Santa Barbara will play its final two November games over the next several days, traveling to Boise State for an afternoon contest (1:00 p.m. PST) on Saturday, Nov. 24 and then playing host to the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The games against the Broncos and Cowboys begins a difficult stretch for the Gauchos. Following the Nov. 28 game, they will travel to Santa Clara for a Dec. 1 outing against the other Broncos and then on Dec. 6, they play at nationally-ranked San Diego State. After the game against Wyoming, Santa Barbara will have just one home game over a 33 day span while playing five on the road.
• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Saturday afternoon game at Boise State with an overall record of 2-2 and a Big West mark of 0-0. After losing games at LSU and Illinois State to open the 2012-13 season, the Gauchos have put together back-to-back wins, both at home. On Nov. 17, they defeated The Master's College, 80-60 and on Wednesday, Nov. 21, they topped the University of San Diego, 57-39.
• Gauchos Get Defensive In 57-39 Win Over San Diego
Freshman Taran Brown scored 17 points and had eight rebounds and sophomore Alan Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots as UCSB defeated the University of San Diego on Wednesday night, 57-39. While Brown and Williams paced the Gauchos to the win for a second straight game, the story on the night was the defense. Santa Barbara limited the Toreros to just 11 points and 11.1% shooting in the second half. USD made just 3-of-27 field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes, including 0-for-11 from three-point range. Sophomore Johnny Dee, who entered the game averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 50.0% from three-point range, was held to eight points on 3-of-15 overall and 2-for-9 from outside the arc. Also, after being outrebounded 21-12 in the first half, the Gauchos had a 24-14 edge in the second half to win that battle, 36-35. Brown and Williams combined for 21 of their points in the second half. Freshman guard Michael Bryson scored eight points, all in the first half, and added seven rebounds.
• Yeah, That Was A Low Scoring Half
San Diego scored 11 points in the second half of Wednesday's Gaucho win. The 11 points equaled the second lowest scoring half by a UCSB opponent ever and it was easily the lowest scoring second half. The previous low for a second half was set on Nov. 29, 2008 when Nicholls (the artist formerly known as Nicholls State) had 15 in a tournament at Illinois State. The only lowest scoring half by an opponent in Gaucho history was a nine-spot posted in the first half by Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 31, 2004. UC Daivs tallied 11 in the first half of a game on Mar. 12, 2010.
• Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 1 Nate Garth - Started the year 1-for-3 from the field, has gone 7-for-10 since, 70.0%.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Since scoring 17 in the opener, has had 16 total points.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Had career-high five assists in win over San Diego.
F 15 Alan Williams - Tied career-high with five blocked shots against San Diego.
F 35 Taran Brown- Tallied three points in opener, has averaged 19.7 in last three games.
• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Could see his first action of the season at Boise State.
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Has three assists in each of the last two games.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Has logged five or more minutes in each of the first four games.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Had eight points, seven boards after missing most of two games, bad back.
G 32 John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34 Shawn Moore - Played a season-low five minutes against San Diego.
G 43 Duke DaRé - Had best game vs. USD, especially defensively. Had two steals, two rebounds.
F 44 Sam Beeler - Made both of his field goal attempts and had high of five points vs. San Diego.
• "We're Number Three!"
If you include walk-ons, possible redshirts and players who are sidelined by injury, the 2012-13 UCSB roster includes eight, that's right EIGHT 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.
•The Injury Roundup
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle and freshman guard Aamahd Walker each remained sidelined for UCSB's game against San Diego on Wednesday night. Hornbuckle took part in warm-ups, but it was decided he should sit for at least one more game with a sore ankle. He could play at Boise State. Walker did not suit for the game against the Toreros and remains sidelined with a back injury. Another freshman guard, Michael Bryson, returned to the lineup after being sidelined for most of one game and all of a second with a sore back. Bryson played 22 minutes and is likely to play at Boise State. There are a handful of other Gauchos banged-up, but with the exception of John Green, none are expected to miss Saturday's game.
• The Opponents
The Gauchos and Boise State have played 10 times in a series that dates back to 1975 and each team has won five times. The teams last met as part of the ESPNU BracketBuster series on Feb. 19, 2011 with the Broncos winning on a buzzer-beater in overtime, 78-76. It's been a while since UCSB and Wyoming played. The last time the programs met was on Dec. 19, 1975 when the Cowboys won in Laramie, 57-49. Overall, the teams have played four times with each winning two.
• The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 0-2 in road games this season after losing at LSU and Illinois State. In 2011-12 the Gauchos went 7-7 in true road games and 9-8 in all games away from home. Santa Barbara will play 16 true road games in 2012-13.
• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 2-0 at home this season and 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-plus years, the Gauchos have gone 54-16.
• Defensive Turnaround
UCSB lost its Nov. 12 game at Illinois State by a hefty margin of 100-72. It marked the first time since December of 2007 that the Gauchos had allowed 100 or more points in a game, and that instance came at North Carolina. Either way, they've tightened things up since returning home for a pair of games. In the last two, UCSB opponents have scored a total of 99 points, one fewer than the Redbirds tallied on that cold, unforgiving night in Normal, Ill. Also, since Illinois State shot 62.1%, the Gaucho opponents have made just 37-of-116 field goal attempts, 31.9%.
• Close Games? We Don't Need No Stinking Close Games!
Apologies to the great Bogart film "The Treasure of Sierra Madre," but I am a sucker for a silly play on an old phrase. The Gauchos have played four games this season and the smallest margin of victory, or defeat in this case, was 14 in the opener at LSU on Nov. 9. UCSB lost to the Tigers 77-63 and since then every margin has been at least 18 points. There was a 100-72 loss at Illinois State on Nov. 12, and wins over The Master's College (80-60) and the University of San Diego (57-39).
• Brown Continues To Emerge
Since scoring just three points and making 1-of-10 shot from the field in the opener at LSU, freshman forward Taran Brown has averaged 19.7 points and made 23-of-45 shots, 51.1%. He has also become the first freshman to lead the team in scoring in three straight games since Chris Devine turned the trick in 2005-06, and at the time, we thought he was a sophomore. Brown had 17 points and eight rebounds vs. San Diego. In the previous game, he had his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. In fact, the native of Gillette, Wyo., scored 22 at Illinois State on Nov. 12 and when he had 20 against The Master's, he became the first freshman in school history to score 20 or more in consecutive games. Finally, of the 59 points Brown has scored in the last three games, 44 have come in the second half.
• Williams Continues His Double-Speak
Sophomore Alan Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high-tying five blocked shots in the win over San Diego. Also, after playing just six minutes after picking up two fouls in the first half, Williams played all 20 minutes in the second half. He is the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season and his 12-point game against USD came on the heels of back-to-back double-doubles. He had 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Nov. 17 win over The Master's College after going for 15 points and a career-high with 13 rebounds on Nov. 12 at Illinois State. Through four games, he is now averaging 14.5 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds. In addition, Williams has at least two blocked shots in every game and three or more in the last three. In all, he was 14 swats on the season, 3.5 per game. The Gauchos single-season record was set by Eric McArthur in 1989-90 when he averaged 3.1 blocks per game.