Gauchos Hope Home Cooking Helps Them Get Back on Winning Track in Big West Play
Jan. 6, 2006
Game No. 13
Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
Game No. 14
Monday, January 9, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Big West home opener on Saturday afternoon with an overall record of 5-7 and a league record of 0-2. The Gauchos dropped their first two league games of the year at UC Riverside (81-78) on Monday and at Cal State Fullerton (73-59) on Wednesday. UCSB's last win came in the preseason finale when it defeated Portland 76-53 at the Thunderdome on Dec. 28. Since opening the year at 2-0, the Gauchos have gone 3-7.
Is That Sunlight Outside?
UCSB's Saturday, Jan. 7, game against longtime rival Long Beach State will be the first of several weekend day games in Big West play. Last spring, the league's coaches and administrators opted to move all weekend games from the evening to the afternoon. In addition to Saturday's 2:00 p.m. game against Long Beach State, the Gauchos will host Pacific on Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. and UC Riverside on Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. The game against Pacific was originally slated for 2:00 p.m. but was shifted to accommodate Fox Sports Net.
Brown Sidelined With Left Knee Injury
Senior guard Cecil Brown, UCSB's leading scorer, will miss this weekend's games against Long Beach State and UC Irvine, and possibly the Gauchos' Jan. 15 game at UC Davis, after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the team's loss at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday. Brown is averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. In addition to leading the Gauchos in scoring, he paces the team in three-point baskets with 23. Brown, who scored just four points in the season-opener against San Francisco, has scored 10 or more points in 11 straight games, the longest such streak by a UCSB player since the 2001-02 season.
UCSB Loses To Balanced Cal State Fullerton, 73-59
In Wednesday afternoon's 73-59 loss at Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos did about all they could to shutdown the Titans' top two scorers, Bobby Brown and Jamaal Brown, and they had some success, limiting the duo to 10 points apiece. What UCSB could not do, however, was stop the rest of the Fullerton players. Guard Jermaine Harper had a career-high 21 points and reserves Frank Robinson and John Clemmons added 10 each to lead the Titans. The Gauchos led by three points early in the game, but CSUF took the lead with 12:53 to go in the first half and never trailed again. Trailing just 19-18 with 9:40 to go in the first, the Gauchos were outscored 24-9 the rest of the way and were behind 43-27 at the break. UCSB never got closer than 11 points in the second half. The Gauchos were paced by sophomore forward Chris Devine who made 8-of-10 shots and scored 19 points. Senior guard Cecil Brown added 13 points for UCSB. Fullerton made 9-of-19 three-point attempts and had 19 more field goal attempts than the Gauchos.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Alex Harris - In his last five games, he has made just 4-of-24 shots, 16.7%.
G - Joe See - In his last six games, he has gone 18-of-26 overall, 69.2%, 8-of-16 from three.
G - Josh Davis - Has played in the last two games after missing three with ankle injury.
F - Chris Devine - In last five games he has averaged 17.0 points and made 34-of-50 shots, 68.0%.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has averaged 6.0 rebounds per game in the last six.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Will miss 7-10 days with a sprained left medial collateral ligament.
G - Lance Hurdle - Has played 11 or more minutes in three of last four games.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has made at least one three-point basket in five of his six games.
G - Michael Chambers - Scored a season-high eight points, making all three shots, vs. Portland.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played in just one of the last five games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Since scoring 23 points in first two games, he has scored 20 in last 10.
F - Glenn Turner - Has had season-best six rebounds in each of the last two games.
F - Chris Moore - Has played in all six games since he became eligible.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a postseason trip to the National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 112-104 (.519) overall record and a 73-49 (.602) record in Big West games. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams' final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has a record of 301-204 (.596) at four-year schools.
Williams Gets 300th Career Win
Bob Williams' 300th career win wasn't pretty, but at least it was. Get it? The Gauchos' eighth-year head coach posted the 300th win of his career on Tuesday, Dec. 20, when UCSB narrowly topped visiting Sonoma State, 67-66. Last season, Williams posted his 100th career win as head coach of the Gauchos. In all, he has won 112 games since arriving at UCSB for the 1998-99 season.
With the exception of San Jose State, UCSB has played Long Beach State more than any of its opponents. The Gauchos and 49ers have played 97 times in a series that dates back to 1952. Long Beach holds a narrow 50-47 edge over Santa Barbara. Last year, the teams split their regular season games, with the 49ers winning in Long Beach (58-57) and the Gauchos winning in Santa Barbara (54-47). UCSB also defeated Long Beach in the opening round of the Big West Tournament, 55-49. UCSB and UC Irvine have played 51 times in a series that dates back to 1968. The Gauchos hold a 38-23 advantage. The teams split games last season with each team winning on its own court. UCSB won in Santa Barbara by a score of 62-45 and the Anteaters won in Irvine, 72-63.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 5-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 70-26 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.
Heavy Workload, Lots Of Rest
UCSB is one of four Big West schools to open the league season with four games in eight days. The Gauchos, along with Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Cal Poly, will have played the four in eight when the final buzzer sounds at Monday night's games. Because of a quirk in the schedule that has the Gauchos playing UC Davis, which has no travel partner, and their own travel partner, Cal Poly, UCSB will follow-up the intensive league run with just two games over a 16 day period. The Gauchos will travel to Davis on Jan. 16 and then play at Cal Poly on Jan. 21.
Team Jekyll/Team Hyde
With apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson, the Gauchos really have become Team Jekyll and Team Hyde. One look at the home and road record and its easy to see that UCSB is a very different team at the Thunderdome than elsewhere. A closer look at the statistics can give an even better understanding of just how different the Gauchos are at home than they are on the road. Santa Barbara is a perfect 5-0 in home games this season, but it has gone 0-7 in road games. UCSB is better at home in virtually every category on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. To the right, please note a statistical comparison between home and road games.
Home vs. Road
Category Home Road PPG 71.4 64.3 Opp. PPG 59.8 76.0 Margin +11.6 -11.7 Reb. Margin +2.6 -5.0 FG% 48.1% 41.7% 3-FG% 39.0% 33.3% Opp. FG% 36.5% 48.3% FT% 66.4% 64.3% APG 16.4 11.4 TO Avg. 11.4 15.3
Things Looking Up For UCSB Shooters
While UCSB has yet to gain a great deal of consistency with its shooting, things have generally been looking up for the team in terms of shooting. The Gauchos have shot 43.1% or better in each of the last five games. Santa Barbara has shot 50.0% or better three times this season and two of three have been in the last three games. Overall the Gauchos are making 44.3% of their shots, a significant improvement from the 40.7% they made during the 2005-06 season. Also, while UCSB is shooting 44.3% for the season, it has made 125-of-261 shots in the last five games, 47.9%. Sophomore forward Chris Devine leads all Gaucho players with a field goal percentage of 61.1%. The team's frontcourt players, Devine along with senior Cameron Goettsche, junior Glenn Turner and sophomores Chidi Ajufo and Chris Moore, have combined to make 105 of their 206 field goal attempts for an outstanding mark of 51.0% from the field. Four of the five frontcourt players are making at least 50.0% of their shots.
Double-Edged Shooting Sword
The Gauchos giveth and taketh away. UCSB's shooting has improved significantly in recent games, but on the flipside, the opponent's field goal percentage is improving as well. While the Gauchos are limiting the opposition to 43.4% from the field, they have been a bit more generous recently. On the recently concluded two-game swing to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, the opponents combined to make 62-of-118 shots from the floor, 52.5%. Four Gaucho opponents this season have made 50.0% or more of their shots including three of the last five. In the last six games, UCSB's opposition has made 154-of-330 from the field, 46.7%. The 46.7% includes a season-best defensive performance on Dec. 28 against Portland when the Gauchos limited the Pilots to 19-of-61 from the field, 31.1%. The other five opponents have gone 135-of-269, 50.2%.
Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown will miss 7-10 days with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The injury will sideline one of UCSB's two hottest players. Brown leads the Gauchos in scoring at 13.8 points per game, and since scoring just four points in the team's season opener against San Francisco, he has really heated up. He has scored in double-figures in each of the last 11 games, the longest double-figure streak by a UCSB player since the 2001-02 season, and over that span he has averaged 14.7 points per game while making 61-of-135 shots from the field, 45.2%. In addition, Brown leads the Gauchos in three-pointers with 23, just one short of his single-season best of 24 set during his sophomore season in 2003-04. He has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last 11 games and he has made two or more in each of the last five. Also, since opening the year making 2-of-11 from three-point range in the first three games, he has made 21-of-47, 44.7%. On Dec. 20 against Sonoma State, Brown scored 18 points, the second-highest total of his career. He scored six of the points on a pair of clutch three-pointers in the final 51 seconds, including one at the buzzer that gave the Gauchos a one-point win. Brown scored a career-high 28 points in a Dec. 7 home win over Pepperdine. It was the highest scoring game by a UCSB player since Mark Hull had 28 in overtime against San Diego State in a National Invitation Tournament game in 2003. Finally, in UCSB's Dec. 23 game at Fresno State, Brown had a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high five assists. He has had four or more rebounds eight times this season.
Devine Is Fine
Sophomore forward Chris Devine is UCSB's hottest player. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game, but in the last five games he has seen his scoring average jump from 8.4 per game. In the last five contests, Devine has scored 85 points, 17.0 per game, the most of any Gaucho over that span. On Monday, in UCSB's loss at UC Riverside, Devine scored a career-high 21 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds. It was the first double-double of his career and it came on the heels of a 19 point game in a win over Portland. Devine followed-up his career-best scoring game at Riverside with 19 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, at Cal State Fullerton. It marked the 10th time in 12 games this season in which he has made at least half of his shots and the eighth time he has made 60.0% or better in a game. Overall, Devine is shooting a team-high 61.1%, but in the last five games, he has made 34-of-50 shots from the field, 68.0%. He has scored in double-figures eight times this season, including the last five in a row. In addition to ranking second on the team in scoring, Devine has reclaimed the team-leading rebounding at 5.5 per game. He has had seven or more boards six times this season. Finally, in Monday's game at UCR, Devine also had a career-high with three steals.
The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris continues to battle a severe shooting slump. Harris, who was averaging 12.4 points per game after five games this season, is now averaging 8.1 per game. While he has scored in double-figures four times this season, he has not done so in the last seven games. Over the last seven, Harris has averaged 5.0 points per game. Also, since making 11-of-19 shots in the first two games of the year, he has hit just 20-of-76, 26.3%. In UCSB's loss at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Harris made 1-of-5 shots from the field and scored five points. Although he is the Gauchos' leader in assists with 32, he went without an assist at Fullerton, a season-first. Harris scored a season-high 15 points on Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount. In the second game of the season, a win over San Diego, he had 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double he had ever produced and the first by a Gaucho guard since 2002-03.
Wait And See
Senior guard Joe See has started each of the last four games and in that time he has been one of the team's bright spots. Since going through a three-game slump in which he was scoreless, 0-for-12 from the field overall and 0-for-8 from three-point range, See has regained his shooting touch. In the last six games he has averaged 8.8 points per game, making 18-of-26 shots overall, 69.2%, and 8-of-16 from three-point range, 50.0%. In his four starts, See has averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and he has made 15-of-21 from the field, 71.4%, and 7-of-14 from three-point range, 50.0%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 49.1% and his three-point percentage to 44.7%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. Finally, with his 17 three-point buckets this year, See now has 104 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.
Cam I Am
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche has moved into third on the team in rebounding at 4.7 per game. In the last seven games, Goettsche has had five or more rebounds six times and he has averaged 5.7 per game over that span. Also, since averaging just 4.8 points per game in the first five games, he has averaged 9.3 per game in the last seven. On Dec. 20, in a win over Sonoma State, Goettsche scored a career-high 21 points. Finally, he leads the Gauchos with 13 blocked shots and he has had at least one in six straight.
Senior swingman Josh Davis has come off the bench in the two games since his return after missing three games with a sprained ankle. The injury to Cecil Brown could result in his return to the starting lineup. In the Wednesday's game at Cal State Fullerton, Davis missed all three of his field goal attempts, including a pair from three-point range, and was scoreless in a season-low six minutes. The leading returning scorer from last year's team, Davis has battled a season-long shooting slump. He enters the weekend shooting 22.9% from the field, but since a 4-of-6 performance on Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount, he has made just 2-of-16 shots, 12.5%. In fact, with the game against LMU omitted, Davis has gone 7-of-42, 16.7%, in his other eight appearances.
As The World Turners
Junior forward Glenn Turner was injured in the same game as Josh Davis. Actually, he slightly re-injured the right knee that he hurt prior to the start of the exhibition season. Turner has played three games since his return and in those three games he had 17 rebounds in just 43 minutes. In each of the games at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, Turner had a season-high six rebounds. He has had five or more rebounds in five of his last six appearances with the only exception being the Dec. 17 game at San Diego State when he suffered the knee re-injury. In addition, in the two games on the road, he averaged 8.0 points per game and scored 10 at UCR, his second highest total of the season. Turner had 13 on Dec. 7 against Pepperdine.
Grasping His Opportunity
Sophomore swingman Derek Rasp missed the first six games of the season but in six the games since his return he regained his status as a key reserve. Rasp has made nine three-point baskets in six games, ranking fourth on the team. Prior to the game at Cal State Fullerton, he had made at least one three-pointer in each of his games this season. Rasp went without a three at Fullerton, a season-first.