Gauchos Open 2018-19 Season Tuesday at Wyoming

Christian Terrell is one of just five returnees for the Gauchos. UCSB will play at Wyoming and North Dakota State to open the 2018-19 season.
Christian Terrell is one of just five returnees for the Gauchos. UCSB will play at Wyoming and North Dakota State to open the 2018-19 season.

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Upcoming Games
Game No. 1
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Wyoming Cowboys

at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium - Laramie, Wyo.
On-Line Audio:
TV/Video: AT&T Sportsnet

Game No. 2
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at North Dakota State Bison

at NDSU's Scheels Center - Fargo, N.D.
On-Line Audio:
TV/Video: ESPN+ / Midco Sportsnet

• Season Tickets Available
Numerous great packages and season seats remain available for UCSB basketball. For information or to purchase tickets, please drop by the Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB or click here.

The Gaucho Record
In 2017-18, UC Santa Barbara finished with an overall record of 23-9 and a Big West Conference mark of 11-5. The 23 wins equaled the most in school history and the 11-5 league record was good for second-place. The Gauchos also went 12-2 in home games and 9-6 in true road games.

UCSB Looks to Build on Big Turnaround
In 2016-17, the Gauchos went 6-22 overall and 4-12 in the Big West. Last season's team went 23-9, a 17-win improvement, the largest increase in victories in Big West Conference history and it equaled the most massive regular season improvement in NCAA history. In fact, last year's UCSB team became just the fourth Big West program to go from a season with a single-digit win total to 20 or more wins the following year. 

Pasternack Most Successful First-Year Coach in UCSB History
UCSB's 23-9 record in 2017-18 made Joe Pasternack the most successful first-year head coach in Gaucho history. Prior last season, Art Gallon's 15-10 mark in 1957-58 and Bob Williams' 15-13 in 1998-99 were the two best records for a first-year coach. 

• 23 Wins: A School Record
UCSB's 23 victories in 2017-18 equaled the most in school history, a mark that was set 10 years earlier in 2007-08.  The 1987-88 team won 22 games while three other Gaucho teams (1988-89, 1989-90 and 2013-14) each won 21 games in a  season. Interestingly, the record-setting win total came one season after Santa Barbara set a school record for losses with 22.

 Gauchos Picked to Finish 4th in Big West Media Poll
UCSB was selected to finish in fourth-place in the Big West Conference in the annual preseason media poll. The Gauchos received four first-place votes in the poll and totaled 149 points. UC Irvine collected the most first-place votes with 10 and was picked to finish first with 192 poll points. Cal State Fullerton, which won the Big West Tournament in 2018, had four first-place votes and 183 points, good for second-place, while UC Davis received six first-place votes and 180 total points.

• UCSB's Players - Notes (Normally, I would list probable starters, but they were not available at press time.)
0 - Sékou Touré - G - Fr. - Long arms and athleticism make him, potentially, one of the team's top defensive players.
1 - Ar'Mond Davis - G - Gr. - Grad transfer from Alabama...Averaged 6.9 points and made 32 3-pointers in 2016-17. 
2 - Jarriesse Blackmon - F - Sr.- Averaged 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 23 games as a junior for the Gauchos..
3 - JaQuori McLaughlin - G - So. - Transfer from Oregon State...Averaged 10.5 points and 3.3 assists as a freshman.
4 - Devearl Ramsey - G - So. - Transfer from Nevada...True point guard played in 26 games as a freshman at Nevada.
5 - Jay Nagle - F - Fr.-  Has sprouted from 6-6 to 6-8...Averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds as HS senior.
10 - Maxwell Kupchak-  F - Sr. - One of just three seniors on the roster...Averaged 0.7 points and 1.2 rebounds last year.
12 - Amadou Sow - F - Fr. - Prolific Prep product could be in the starting lineup from the word go.
14 - Ami Lakoju - F - Sr. -  Averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds as a junior...Led team at 58.6% from the field.
21 - Max Heidegger - G - Jr. - Preseason All-Big West...Averaged 19.1 points as sophomore...School record 95 threes.
23 - Christian Terrell - G - Jr. - Averaged 2.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a sophomore.
34 - Zack Moore - G - Jr. - Transfer from Seattle where he averaged 10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, made 74 threes as a soph.
35 - Robinson Idehen - F - So. - Tallest player on the team and has a chance to become a defensive stopper inside.
40 - Andrew Pickles - F - Jr. - Walk-on entered two games and scored two points in 2017-18.

Heidegger Named Preseason All-Big West
Junior guard Max Heidegger was named to the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team by the league's media. As a sophomore in 2017-18, Heidegger averaged 19.1 points per game and made a school record 95 three-point baskets. His 19.1 average and 612 points were both UCSB records for a sophomore. He scored 33 points and made eight threes in a season opening win over North Dakota State, also sophomore records. Following the season, Heidegger was named First Team All-Big West, Second Team NABC All-District and Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American.

The Opponents
UCSB and Wyoming have played six times in a series that began in 1966. The Cowboys hold a 4-2 edge over the Gauchos, including two wins in 2012, the last time the teams met. That season, Wyoming won 68-40 in Santa Barbara and 56-40 in Laramie. UCSB and North Dakota State have played twice with each team winning once. The Bison defeated the Gauchos 68-60 at the BTI Tipoff Classic in Eugene, Ore., in 2010 and last season UCSB returned the favor in the season opener at the Thunderdome, 85-66.

The Gauchos in Season Openers
The Gauchos have gone 52-26 in season opening games under eight different coaches dating back to the 1937-38 season. They have won 12 of their last 15 season openers with the only losses over that span coming to Nebraska-Omaha (2016), at Kansas (2014) and at LSU (2012). Last season, Joe Pasternack's career began with an 85-66 win over North Dakota State at the Thunderdome. 

The Gauchos on the Road
In 2017-18, UCSB was a respectable 9-6 in true road games, including 9-4 to close the season. The Gauchos also went 2-1 in neutral site games to make their overall record away from home a solid 11-7.

Heidegger Leads Returnees
Junior guard Max Heidegger leads a handful of returnees on the Gauchos' 2018-19 roster. Heidegger led UCSB in scoring at 19.1 points per game as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Big West, Second Team NABC All-District and Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American honors. His 95 three-point baskets in 2017-18 were a new school record and he is the only returning player to have started all 32 games last season. 

The Others
While Max Heidegger is the headlining returnee, he is not alone. UCSB will also return senior forwards Ami Lakoju (4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Jarriesse Blackmon (1.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Maxwell Kupchak (0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg), and junior guard Christian Terrell (2.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg). The foursome combined to make 11 starts in 2017-18, seven by Lakoju and four by Terrell.

Transferring Ownership
Several transfers will play key roles for UCSB in 2018-19, including a pair that sat out last season on the Gaucho bench. Sophomore point guard Devearl Ramsey will likely be in the starting lineup when the season tips-off at Wyoming. He played in 26 games as a freshman at Nevada in 2016-17 and seems prepared to take control of the UCSB offense. Junior guard Zack Moore played two seasons at Seattle University and as a sophomore, he averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while making 74 three-point baskets. Sophomore guard JaQuori McLaughlin averaged 10.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game as a freshman at Oregon State in 2016-17 and he could play either a wing or the point. 

Davis Gives Gauchos Another Grad Transfer
UCSB had a pair of graduate transfers on its 2017-18 roster in Leland King II and Marcus Jackson. King averaged a double-double and was named First Team All-Big West while Jackson was a dependable starter in the backcourt. On the heels of that success, the Gauchos have brought in another for the 2018-19 season in Alabama graduate Ar'Mond Davis. While he redshirted the 2017-18 season, Davis averaged 6.9 points and made 32 three-point baskets in 2016-17. He proved to be an outstanding scorer and had games of 19 points (vs. South Carolina), 17 points (vs. Georgia and Ball State) and 15 points (vs. LSU). In all, Davis had 10 or more points 10 times and he should become one of Santa Barbara's most dependable and potent offensive threats right away.

More Newcomers
In addition to players that formerly competed at NCAA Division I schools, UCSB has four newcomers that haven't. One, forward Robinson Idehen, transferred from Trinity Valley CC in Texas. At 6-foot-10, he is the talles player on the roster. There are also a trio of freshmen on the roster. Forward Amadou Sow and guard Sékou Touré attended Prolific Prep in Napa, one of the top programs in the nation, while Jay Nagle played at Will C. Wood HS in Vacaville, Calif. At 6-foot-8, 235, Sow will battle for a starting position in the frontcourt. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior at Prolific Prep. Touré is a long, athletic guard who ranks among the Gauchos' best defensive players. As a senior, he averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.0 assists per game. Nagle, who has grown six inches in about two years, is an outstanding three-point shooter who averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a senior at Will C. Wood HS

Gauchos by the Numbers
In 2017-18, UCSB set  school records with 2,425 points on the season, 90 more than the previous high of 2,335 set in 2015-16, and 257 three-point baskets. On the flip side, the Gauchos allowed 2,211 points, the second most in school history and just eight fewer than the record. They also ranked among the top-10 all-time in several other statistical categories. UCSB had an average scoring margin of +6.7 (7th), 877 field goals (2nd), 1,891 field goal attempts (3rd), 1,176 rebounds (9th), 481 assists (4th) and 118 blocked shots (t-9th).