Gauchos Begin Practice Friday for Aug. 21-25 Trip to Vancouver

Second-year head coach Joe Pasternack will get a preview of his 2018-19 Gauchos when they play three games in Vancouver from Aug. 21-25. (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Second-year head coach Joe Pasternack will get a preview of his 2018-19 Gauchos when they play three games in Vancouver from Aug. 21-25. (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 2018-19 UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team will begin practice on Friday in advance of an Aug. 21-25 trip to Vancouver, B.C., that will see them play three exhibition games against schools from Western Canada.

The Gauchos will play games against the University of Fraser Valley, Douglas College and the University of British Columbia during their stay in Vancouver.

The entire UCSB roster will make the trip, including Brandon Cyrus, a native of Ontario, Canads. Cyrus, a transfer from DePaul, will redshirt the 2018-19 season. In all, the traveling team will be composed of nine newcomers and six returnees.