UCSB Travels to Riverside Thursday for ESPN3 Contest

Devearl Ramsey (L) and Jarriesse Blackmon (R) (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Devearl Ramsey (L) and Jarriesse Blackmon (R) (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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• Upcoming Games
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

Game No. 25
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters

at UCI's Bren Events Center - Irvine, Calif. 
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: ESPN2/Watch ESPN

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game at UC Riverside with an overall record of 17-6 and a Big West Conference mark of 6-3. The Gauchos had their two-game winning streak ended on Feb. 9 when they fell at home to UC Davis, 61-57.  They have now lost two of their last three home games and are 3-3 since opening Big West play with a 3-0 record.

Times Changed for Several UCSB Games to Accommodate ESPNU, ESPN2
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 but no time changes were needed for those contests.

Gauchos Look to Avoid Back-to-Back Defeats
UCSB has had winning streaks of five and six games this season, but its longest losing streak of the year remains just one consecutive game. Actually, I'm don't think one game can be considered either consecutive or a streak. It's just one game. The Gauchos have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and will hope to avoid a two-game streak when they play at UC Riverside on Thursday.

Road, Sweet Road
Overall, the Gauchos have gone 5-4 in true road games this season, but after entering Big West Conference play with a road record of 2-3, they have gone 3-1 in league road games. UCSB won its first lead road game this season, a 69-58 decision at UC Davis on Jan. 17 and since falling at Cal State Fullerton on Jan, 24, they have bounced back with an 82-71 win at Long Beach State on Jan. 26 and then a resounding 75-54 win at Hawai'i on Feb. 2. The victory over the Rainbow Warriors was UH's worst home loss to a Big West opponent since joining the conference in 2012-13.

Pasternack Posts Most Wins in First Two Seasons in School History
In 2017-18, UCSB head coach Joe Pasternack set a school record for a first year coach when he guided the Gauchos to a 23-9 record. The 23 wins were easily the most in a coach's first season in Santa Barbara. Now, with 40 wins and counting in his first two seasons, he has set another mark. Previously the most wins by a UCSB coach in his first two campaigns was 29 by Bob Williams in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. 

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 23 games in 2018-19, the Gauchos are 17-6 giving them a 40-15 record (.727) in Pasternack's first 55 games. The last time the program had a 55 game stretch this successful was when it went 22-8 in 1987-88 and then opened the 1988-89 season with a 19-6 record, giving it a 41-14 record over a 55 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 Highlanders
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 44 times in a series that began in 1955. The Gauchos hold an all-time edge of 35-9 and have won the last four in a row, including a 72-64 win at the Thunderdome on Jan. 12. They also defeated UCR 76-69 in Riverside last season.  

The Gauchos on the Road
The Gauchos are 5-4 in true road games this season and 7-4 in all games away from home. They are 3-1 in Big West road games, winning 69-58 at UC Davis on Jan. 17, 82-71 on Jan. 26 at Long Beach State and 75-54 on Feb. 2 at Hawai'i. The only road loss in league was 81-60 on Jan. 24 at Cal State Fullerton. UCSB's other road victories came on Nov. 6 at Wyoming and Dec. 15 at Rice. The neutral court wins came over Idaho and Portland State in Boise. 

UCSB's Possible Starters
1 Ar'mond Davis G 6-5 190 Gr. Made 4-of-11 FGs in each of the last 2 games...Did not make a 3-pointer vs. UC Davis.
3 JaQuori McLaughlin G 6-4 190 So. Has 13 FGAs in last 3 games, 101 minutes...Made at least 1 3-pointer in 7 straight
4 Devearl Ramsey G 6-0 185 So. After making at least 1 3-pointer in 14 straight he's gone 0-for-4 in the last 3 games.
12 Amadou Sow F 6-9 235 Fr. 152 rebounds are the 6th most by a UCSB freshman...Fouled out on Feb. 9 vs. UC Davis. 
21 Max Heidegger G 6-3 180 Jr. Had 5 assists and 0 turnovers on Feb. 9 vs. UC Davis...Now has 40 assists, 8 TOs.

UCSB's Possible Reserves
0 Sékou Touré G 6-5 185 Fr. Scored 4 points on Feb. 9 vs. UC Davis, his total for the 8 games combined.
2 Jarriesse Blackmon F 6-7 220 Sr. Averaging 6.0 ppg in last 4 games...Made 9 of last 10 FT attempts, 90.0%.
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 13 games but has been a DNP in the last 2.
14 Ami Lakoju F 6-9 260 Sr. Has 34 pts, 33 rebs and 5 BS in 75 minutes over the last 10 games.
23 Christian Terrell G 6-5 200 Jr. Totaled just 3 minutes in the last 9 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 10-of-14 shots over the last 6 games, 71.4%, and is shooting 68.9%.
40 Andrew Pickles F 6-7 225 Jr. Has been a DNP in the last 9 games...Only FG of the year was on Jan. 2 vs. Bethesda.

• Take Me to Your Leader(s)
Through the first 23 games of the 2018-19 season, UCSB has had seven 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, Max Heidegger four times, Devearl Ramsey three times, JaQuori McLaughlin twice and Ami Lakoju once. Nine different players have led the way in rebounding. Sow has led 10 times, Davis has led five times, Jarriesse Blackmon four times and McLaughlin three times. McLaughlin, Ramsey, Blackmon, Davis, Max Heidegger, Christian Terrell and Zack Moore have each led the team in assists with Ramsey leading eight times.

Double Vision, Double-Double Vision 
UCSB has five players averaging in double-figures through 23 games. Ar'Mond Davis leads the way at 13.8 points per game and he is followed by Devearl Ramsey and Amadou Sow at 11.0 points per game. JaQuori McLaughlin is at 10.7 points per game and Max Heidegger is averaging 10.3 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. 

Newcomers Make Their Mark
To say that UCSB has leaned on newcomers quite a bit through its first 23 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, 1,351 of Santa Barbara's 1,701 points, 79.4%, have been scored by first-year Gauchos. The rebounding number is not quite as extreme with 622 of 828 individual rebounds, 75.1%, credited to newcomers. Finally of the 332 assists that UCSB has produced through 23 games, 237 have been by newcomers, 71.4%.   

Heidegger Takes Aim at 1,000 Points
Junior guard Max Heidegger had his best game of the season on Feb. 6 vs. 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. He followed that game up with 11 points on Feb. 9 vs. UC Davis. 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 932 career points and needs 68 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 152 rebounds on the year, a figure that already ranks sixth on the all-time list. He needs 14 boards to pass Taran Brown and move into fifth. If he were maintain his average of 6.6 per game and play just eight more games, he would finish the season with 204, the second most by a freshman in school history. Sow's 104 field goals rank sixth all-time and his 16 blocked shots are tied for seventh. He is making 56.8% of his shots, a figure that would rank first all-time and he needs just two 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 freshman.

UCSB Among the National Rankings
Through its first 23 games, UCSB has allowed its opponents to shoot just 27.9% from three-point range, the seventh best mark in the nation. The Gauchos also rank highly in rebound and scoring margin. They are currently outrebounding opponents at the rate of +7.8 per game, the 10th best mark nationally. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara is outscoring its opponents by 9.8 points per game, 42nd in the country.