Gauchos Return Home for 5 of Next 7, Host CSUN Wednesday

JaQuori McLaughlin (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
JaQuori McLaughlin (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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• Upcoming Games
Game No. 22
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. CSUN Matadors

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.tv

Game No. 23
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com
TV/On-Line Video: ESPNU/Watch ESPN

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game against Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 16-5 and a Big West Conference mark of 5-2. The Gauchos are coming off of a resounding 75-54 win at Hawai'i on Feb. 2. They lost their last home game, a heartbreaking 66-62 overtime decision to first-place UC Irivne on Jan. 31. The loss was UCSB's first at home this season. 

• Times Changed for Several UCSB Games to Accommodate ESPNU, ESPN2
The Gauchos Feb. 9 game against against UC Davivs has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for ESPNU. In addition, UCSB's Feb. 16 game at UC Irvine has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for ESPN2 and its Feb. 21 home game against Hawai'i has been moved to 8:00 p.m. for ESPNU. The Gaucho games at UC Riverside on Feb. 14 and Cal State Northridge on Mar. 7 will be carried on ESPN3.

UCSB is Off to Its Best Start Since...
Well, UCSB is off to its best 21-game start since last season when it also began the year at 16-5. That team would ultimately move to 20-5 before losing four ot its last seven games.  

Gauchos in the Midst of Their Best Stretch in 30 Years
In Joe Pasternack's first season, UCSB tied a school record for wins and went 23-9. Through the first 21 games in 2018-19, the Gauchos are 16-5 giving them a 39-14 record (.736) in Pasternack's first 53 games. The last time the program had a 53 game stretch this successful was when it went 22-8 in 1987-88 and then opened the 1988-89 season with a 18-5 record, giving it a 40-13 record over a 53 game span.

UCSB Hands Hawai'i Its Worst Big West Home Loss Ever
UCSB's 75-54 victory at Hawai'i on Feb. 2 was the Rainbow Warriors' worst home defeat to a Big West Conference opponent ever. Previously, their worst home loss was a 93-82 defeat suffered at the hands of UC Davis on Jan. 19, 2013.

Gauchos Go the Distance for Non-Conference Road Games
This season, UCSB played its non-conference road games at Wyoming, North Dakota State, Washington, Rice, Nebraska-Omaha and against Portland State and Idaho in Boise. This year marks the second time in program history that the Gauchos played all of their non-conference road games outside the state of California. The only other time the team played all of its preseason road games outside the Golden State. The first road game that UCSB played in the state of California this season was on Jan. 17 at UC Davis.

Despite Loss to UC Irvine, Home is Still Where the Heart is...and Wins
When the Gauchos returned home to face Idaho State on Dec. 22 they brought with them an 8-3 record. Three weeks and five home games later, they had a five-game winning streak and a record of 13-3. After losing to UC Irvine in overtime on Jan. 31, UCSB is 9-1 at the Thunderdome this season and going back to the end of the 2016-17 season they have won 22 of their last 25 home games. In Joe Pasternack's time at the helm they have a 21-3 home record.

The Gauchos and Matadors
UCSB and CSUN have played 56 times in a series that began in 1959 when the Matadors were known as San Fernando Valley State. The Gauchos hold a 37-19 all-time edge and swept both games last season, winning 75-51 at the Thunderdome and 82-73 at the Matadome. Santa Barbara has won five of the last seven games in the series.

The Gauchos at the Thunderdome
The Gauchos started the 2018-19 season with a 9-0 record at the Thunderdome before losing their last game, a 66-62 overtime defeat at the hands of UC Irvine. UCSB has posted wins over UC Riverside, Cal Poly, USF, Idaho State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sacramento State, Montana State, Bethesda and Cal Lutheran. UCSB is 21-3 at home under Joe Pasternack. In 2017-18, UCSB went 12-2 at home and opened the regular season with an 11-0 record at the Thunderdome, equaling the longest streak to begin a home schedule in school history. 

UCSB's Possible Starters
1 Ar'Mond Davis G 6-5 190 Gr. Has made 17 of his 30 3-point attempts in 7 Big West games, 56.7%.
3 JaQuori McLaughlin G 6-4 190 So. Equaled his season-low with just 4 FGAs on Feb 2 at Hawai'i...Has 5 steals in last 2 games.
4 Devearl Ramsey G 6-0 185 So. Did not make a 3-pointer on Feb. 2 at Hawai'i ending a streak of 14 straight games.
12 Amadou Sow F 6-9 235 Fr. First freshman in UCSB history with a 20 and 10 game as he had 20 pts, 11 rebs at Hawai'i.
21 Max Heidegger G 6-3 180 Jr. Hit season-high 3 3-point baskets on Feb. 2 at Hawai'i...Has 34 asts, 7 TOs.

UCSB's Possible Reserves  
0 Sékou Touré G 6-5 185 Fr. Since scoring 18 on Jan. 2 vs. Bethesda, has totaled just 4 points in 7 games, 38 minutes.
2 Jarriesse Blackmon F 6-7 220 Sr. Scored 8 pts in Feb 2 win at Hawai'i, his highest total in a Big West game this year.
5 Jay Nagle F 6-8 205 Fr. 24 of his 28 baskets are 3-pointers...24 3-pointers is 11th all-time for UCSB freshman.
10 Maxwell Kupchak F 6-7 205 Sr. Has played in 9 of the last 11 games, only DNPs on Jan. 17 at UCD and Jan. 31 vs. UCI.
14 Ami Lakoju F 6-9 260 Sr. Has 32 pts and 30 rebs in 70 minutes over the last 8 games.
23 Christian Terrell G 6-5 200 Jr. Totaled just 3 minutes in the last 7 games after playing season-high 27 Jan. 2 vs. Bethesda.
34 Zack Moore G 6-5 210 Jr. Played 1 minute at Hawai'i, his first appearance since Dec. 22 vs. Idaho State.
35 Robinson Idehen F 6-10 230 So. Has made 9-of-12 shots over the lat four games, 75.0%, and is shooting 69.5%.
40 Andrew Pickles F 6-7 225 Jr. Played in 2 of the last 11 games...Had 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts on Jan. 2 vs. Bethesda.

Sow Sets Freshman Standard
In UCSB's 75-54 win over Hawai'i on Feb. 2, Amadou Sow became the first true freshman in school history to record a game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sow scored 20 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds in the win. The double-double was his second of the year and it marked the third time he scored at least 20 points in a game. Former Gaucho Chris Devine actually had three games of 20 and 10 in his first season but because of injury, it was actually his third year in the program and he was listed as a sophomore.  

Sow, Nagle Jump Onto UCSB Freshman Lists
Amadou Sow and Jay Nagle are making their way onto a variety of UCSB freshman top-10 lists. Sow has 136 rebounds on the year, a figure that already ranks seventh on the all-time list. He needs just three boards to pass Mark Hull and move into sixth. If he were maintain his average of 6.5 per game and play just 10 more games, he would finish the season with 201, the second most by a freshman in school history. Sow's 14 blocked shots rank eighth all-time and his 95 field goals are ninth. He is making 56.9% of his shots, a figure that would rank first all-time and he needs just 26 points to move into 10th all-time. Nagle has 24 three-pointers, 11th all-time, and needs just one to move into the top-10. His three-point field goal percentage of 45.3% would be the highest ever by a Gaucho freshman.

Double Vision, Double-Double Vision 
UCSB has four players averaging in double-figures through 20 games. Ar'Mond Davis leads the way at 14.2 points per game and he is followed by Devearl Ramsey at 11.5 points per game. JaQuori McLaughlin and Amadou Sow have each scored exactly 230 points, 11.0 per game. In a Jan. 2 win over Bethesda, the Gauchos had six players score in double-figures for the first time in more than two decades. In that game Jay Nagle (20), Sékou Touré (18), Ami Lakoju (16), Sow (14), Robinson Idehen (11) and Davis (10) each hit double-figures. Overall, the Gauchos have had five or more players in double-figures three times this season.  Overall, the Gauchos have had 10 different players score 10 or more points in a game and six have scored 20 or more in a game. Finally, five different UCSB players have recorded double-doubles in 2018-19. Sow and Davis each have a pair while Lakoju, Touré and Jarriesse Blackmon havbe one apiece. 

Newcomers Make Their Mark
To say that UCSB has leaned on newcomers quite a bit through its first 21 games would be a bit of an understatement. The top four Gaucho scorers and six of their top eight are newcomers. Their top two rebounders and seven of their top eight are also newcomers. In all, 1,274 of Santa Barbara's 1,574 points, 80.9%, have been scored by first-year Gauchos. The rebounding number is not quite as extreme with 570 of 756 individual rebounds, 75.4%, credited to newcomers. Finally of the 310 assists that UCSB has produced through 21 games, 226 have been by newcomers, 72.9%.    

Take Me to Your Leader(s)
Through the first 21 games of the 2018-19 season, UCSB has had six different players lead or tie for the team-lead in scoring and 10 lead or tie for the lead in rebounding. Ar'Mond Davis has led the team in scoring a team-high nine times, while Amadou Sow has led six times, Devearl Ramsey three times and JaQuori McLaughlin and Max Heidegger have each led twice. Sow has led the way in rebounding seven times, while Davis has led five times, Jarriesse Blackmon four times and McLaughlin twice. McLaughlin, Ramsey, Blackmon, Davis, Max Heidegger, Christian Terrell and Zack Moore have each led the team in assists with Ramsey leading on eight occasions.

Starters from the Start
Through its first 21 games, UCSB has had seven different players make an appearance in the starting lineup and four have started all 21. Guards Ar'Mond Davis, Devearl Ramsey and JaQuori McLaughlin, along with forward Amadou Sow have been in the starting lineup in every game this season. Jarriesse Blackmon has made 16 starting appearances while Max Heidegger has started four times and Ami Lakoju once.