Gauchos Host UC Davis Saturday in Late Night ESPNU Showdown

Amadou Sow (Photo by Mark Lasa)
Amadou Sow (Photo by Mark Lasa)

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Upcoming Games
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

Game No. 24
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders

at UCR's Student Recreation Center Arena - Riverside, Calif. 
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: ESPN3/Watch ESPN

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game against UC Davis with an overall record of 17-5 and a Big West Conference mark of 6-2. The Gauchos have won two straight and are coming off of a come-from-behind 70-64 win over CSUN on Thursday night. They won on Feb. 2 at Hawai'i, 75-54. Santa Barbara lost its last home game, a 66-62 overtime decision to UC Irvine on Jan. 31. That was the team's first home defeat of the season.

Times Changed for Several UCSB Games to Accommodate ESPNU, ESPN2
The Gauchos Feb. 9 game against against UC Davis 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.

Gauchos Hope to Continue Saturday Magic
When UCSB tips-off against UC Davis it will be attempting to keep its Saturday magic going. The Gauchos are a perfect 9-0 on Saturdays in 2018-19. They have posted wins over Montana State, Idaho, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Rice, Idaho State, San Francisco, UC Riverside, Long Beach State and Hawai'i. Of the nine Saturday victories, four have come away from home, including the last two. at LBSU and Hawai'i.

Gauchos Bounce Back from Second Big Deficit to Win
On Thursday night, UCSB fell behind CSUN 11-0 before coming back to win. It marked the second time this year that an opponent has reached double-digits before the Gauchos have scored and then, ultimately, come back to win. On Jan. 17 at UC Davis, the Aggies led 10-0 before Santa Barbara came back to win, 69-58. 

UCSB is Off to Its Best Start Since...
Well, UCSB is off to its best 22-game start since last season when it also began the year at 17-5. 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 22 games in 2018-19, the Gauchos are 17-5 giving them a 40-14 record (.742) in Pasternack's first 54 games. The last time the program had a 54 game stretch this successful was when it went 22-8 in 1987-88 and then opened the 1988-89 season with a 18-6 record, giving it a 40-14 record over a 54 game span.

Despite Loss to UC Irvine, Home is Still Where the Heart is...and Wins
Despite having its home winning streak ended at 10 in a Jan. 31 overtime loss to UC Irvine, the Gauchos are still experiencing one of their finest home court runs in school history. After defeating CSUN on Thursday night, UCSB is 10-1 at the Thunderdome this season has won 11 out of 12 dating to the 2017-18 season. Last season, it went 12-2 at home so, in the last two seasons combined, the program has a 22-3 record at the Thunderdome. If you go back to the final game of the 2016-17 campaign, the Gauchos have won 23 of their last 26 home games. The last time the team had as much success over a similar period was from 1986-87 season into the 1988-89 season when it also went 23-3 and, ultimately, 30-3 over a 33 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.

The Gauchos and Aggies
UCSB and UC Davis have played 39 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos have an all-time record of 30-9 against the Aggies, including a 69-58 win in Davis on Jan. 17. The teams split a pair of games last season with each winning on the other's home court. In fact, UCD's win at the Thunderdome ended UCSB's 12-game home winning streak.

• The Gauchos at the Thunderdome
The Gauchos are 10-1 at home this season. They started the 2018-19 season at 9-0 record before losing to UC Irvine on Jan. 31, 66-62 in overtime. UCSB bounced back on Feb. 6 with a 70-64 home win over CSUN and have also posted wins over UC Riverside, Cal Poly, USF, Idaho State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sacramento State, Montana State, Bethesda and Cal Lutheran. The Gauchos are 22-3 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. 

UCSB's Possible Starters
1 Ar'mond Davis G 6-5 190 Gr. Has made 18 of his 34 3-point attempts in 8 Big West games, 52.9%.
3 JaQuori McLaughlin G 6-4 190 So. Career-low 3 FGAs on Feb. 6 vs. CSUN...Has 7 FGAs in last 2 games, 65 minutes.
4 Devearl Ramsey G 6-0 185 So. After making at least 1 3-pointer in 14 straight he's gone 0-for-3 in the last 2 games.
12 Amadou Sow F 6-9 235 Fr. 10+ points in 4 straight for 1st time in career...145 rebounds 6th most by UCSB freshman. 
21 Max Heidegger G 6-3 180 Jr. Season-high 26 points on Feb. 6 at CSUN...Has made 7 of his last 11 3-pointers, 63.6%.

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 8 games, 40 minutes.
2 Jarriesse Blackmon F 6-7 220 Sr. Averaging 6.0 ppg in last 3 games...4 assists vs. CSUN on Feb. 6 were a career-high.
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 12 games, only DNPs were at UCD, vs. UCI and vs. CSUN.
14 Ami Lakoju F 6-9 260 Sr. Has 32 pts, 31 rebs and 5 BS in 71 minutes over the last 9 games.
23 Christian Terrell G 6-5 200 Jr. Totaled just 3 minutes in the last 8 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 five games, 75.0%, and is shooting 69.5%.
40 Andrew Pickles F 6-7 225 Jr. Played in 2 of the last 12 games...Had 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts on Jan. 2 vs. Bethesda.

Newcomers Make Their Mark
To say that UCSB has leaned on newcomers quite a bit through its first 22 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, 1,313 of Santa Barbara's 1,644 points, 79.9%, have been scored by first-year Gauchos. The rebounding number is not quite as extreme with 596 of 792 individual rebounds, 75.3%, credited to newcomers. Finally of the 321 assists that UCSB has produced through 22 games, 232 have been by newcomers, 72.3%.   

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.

Double Vision, Double-Double Vision 
UCSB has five players averaging in double-figures through 22 games. Ar'Mond Davis leads the way at 14.0 points per game and he is followed by Devearl Ramsey and Amadou Sow at 11.2 points per game. JaQuori McLaughlin is at 10.8 points per game and, after scoring 26 on Feb. 6 vs. CSUN, Max Heidegger is averaging 10.2 points 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.  The Gauchos have had 10 different players score 10 or more points in a game and six have scored 20 or more. 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 have one apiece. 

Heidegger Takes Aim at 1,000 Points
Junior guard Max Heidegger had his best game of the season in Thursday night's win over CSUN when he made 7-of-13 field goals overall, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, en route to a season-high 26 points. Heidegger, who missed the season's first nine games and 11 of the first 14 while recovering from a concussion, seems to have found his rhythm. On Feb. 2 at Hawai'i, he had 20 points, including 12 in a second half that saw him make all three of his three-point attempts. Heidegger now has 921 career points and needs 79 to become the 29th UCSB player to hit the 1,000 point mark. 

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.  

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 145 rebounds on the year, a figure that already ranks sixth on the all-time list. He needs 21 boards to pass Taran Brown and move into fifth. If he were maintain his average of 6.6 per game and play just nine more games, he would finish the season with 204, the second most by a freshman in school history. Sow's 15 blocked shots and 100 field goals each rank eighth all-time. He is making 56.8% of his shots, a figure that would rank first all-time and he needs just 10 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.

UCSB Among the National Rankings
Through its first 22 games, UCSB has allowed its opponents to shoot just 27.7% from three-point range, the sixth best mark in the nation. The Gauchos also rank highly in rebound and scoring margin. They are currently outrebounding opponents at the rate of +7.6 per game, the 13th best mark nationally. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara is outscoring its opponents by 10.5 points per game, 39th in the country.