January 25, 2005

After 3-1 Homestand, UCSB Plays Five of Next Seven on the Road, Beginning Thursday at UC Riverside

Jan. 25, 2005

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The Schedule
Game No. 17
Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 7:10 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM

Game No. 18
Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
at CSUF's Titan Gymnasium
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM
TV: Fox Sports Net 2

Game No. 19
Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of Idaho Vandals
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 7-9 and a Big West mark of 4-4. The Gauchos had their three-game winning streak ended on Saturday night by visiting Pacific, 58-43. UCSB did however, go 3-1 on the just-concluded homestand, with wins over Cal State Northridge (65-52), Cal Poly (76-56) and UC Davis (67-62) The three-game winning streak was UCSB's longest of the season.

The Week To Come
After playing its last four games at home, UCSB will go on the road for the next two and five of the next seven. The Gauchos will travel to UC Riverside on Thursday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The Highlanders and Titans are the only two Big West teams which UCSB has yet to play this season.

`Santa Barbara Seven' Splits Games Against Matadors, Tigers
Playing with just seven players due primarily to injuries, UCSB split its home games last weekend, defeating Cal State Northridge (65-52) and losing to front-running Pacific (58-43). On Thursday night, the Gauchos overcame an eight-point deficit midway through the first half, took a double-digit lead midway through the second half, and never looked back. Senior guard Chrismen Oliver scored a career-high 21 points in the victory over the Matadors. Freshman guard Alex Harris added 11 points and a career-high six rebounds. Five different Gauchos had at least five rebounds in the game, led by junior Josh Davis who had eight. Sophomore forward Glenn Turner led the team's defensive effort with four blocked shots. Turner did, however, go down with a sprained right ankle about five minutes into the second half. He returned, but was clearly hobbled. On Saturday, UCSB's shooting went ice cold in a 58-43 loss to first-place Pacific. After making four of their first eight shots, the Gauchos finished the game by hitting just 11 of their final 46 field goal attempts, 23.9%. Overall, for the game, Santa Barbara hit just 15-of-54 shots for a season-low 27.8%. Davis was the one bright spot for the Gauchos in the loss to the Tigers as he made 7-of-13 shots overall, 5-of-7 from beyond the three-point stripe, and he scored a career-high 21 points. While the Gauchos used seven players in the game, they were really down to about six and a half players. Turner, who sprained his right ankle in the win over Cal State Northridge, was limited to 19 minutes, just four in the second half.

Injury Update: Rasp Remains Sidelined, Turner Hobbled
Freshman guard Derek Rasp will remain sidelined for this weekend's games at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. Rasp suffered a lung contusion when he fell down hard in the first half of the Gauchos' game against UC Davis on January 15. He missed both games last weekend, and the contusion has not sufficiently healed to allow him to return to action. Rasp's status will be reevaluated next week. About five minutes into the second half of last week's win over Cal State Northridge, sophomore forward Glenn Turner crumpled to the floor with a twisted right ankle. He was helped off the floor, but came back and, although limping, played much of the final ten minutes. On Saturday, he played 19 minutes, but just four in the second half, and he was obviously hobbled. Junior forward Cameron Goettsche has played the lasts four games after missing the previous two with a strained groin, an injury that also caused him to miss the entire preseason and the season-opener at San Diego State. Senior forward Casey Cook fractured a bone in his right foot in a game at Cal State Northridge on January 2, and he is out for at least another three weeks and possibly longer. Junior guard Cecil Brown missed the first six games of the year with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and he mas missed the last ten with a stress fracture in the left ankle. He is out for the season. Sophomore forward David Kennedy missed the first seven game of the year with a stress fracture in his right leg, played two minutes against Long Beach State in game eight, and has once again been sidelined ever since with that same stress fracture. Freshman forward Chris Devine had knee surgery before the start of practice and was expected to be ready in late-January. Now, Devine is expected to miss the remainder of the year because while the knee is healing, it has not healed fast enough. In addition, freshman forward Chris Moore, who played in the first seven games of the year, has missed the last nine because he is academically ineligible. Freshman forward Todd Follmer is redshirting the 2004-05 season and will not be activated.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Tied his season-high with five rebounds vs. Pacific.
G - Alex Harris - Has averaged 5.0 rebounds per game in the last four games.
G - Josh Davis - Scored career-high 21 points and had career-high five three-pointers vs. UOP.
F - Glenn Turner - Has blocked two or more shots in eight of the past 11 games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has had six or more rebounds in eight of his last nine appearances.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Went scoreless in 27 minutes vs. Pacific.
G - Michael Chambers - Played a career-high 28 minutes vs. Pacific.

The Sideline - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Stress fracture in lower left leg has sidelined him for the season.
F - Derek Rasp - Sidelined indefinitely with lung contusion.
F - Casey Cook - Injured tendon in right foot has him out at least three more weeks.
F - Chris Devine - Knee injury has not healed enough. Will miss remainder of year.
F - David Kennedy - Persistent soreness in right leg has him sidelined indefinitely.
F - Chris Moore - Is currently academically ineligible.
F - Todd Follmer - The seven-footer will redshirt his freshman campaign.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. On December 30, when the Gauchos defeated UC Irvine, he became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Big West Conference play. He has also guided UCSB to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program has 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. In addition, 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 103-88 (.540) overall record and a 70-40 (.636) 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 292-188 (.609) at four-year schools.

The Opposition
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 14 times in a series which began in 1955. The Gauchos hold a 12-2 edge on the Highlanders, but UCR won the last meeting between the schools, defeating UCSB 63-60 on February 28, 2004, in Riverside. The Gauchos topped the Highlanders in Santa Barbara last season, 66-52. UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 56 times since the series began in 1977. Santa Barbara holds a 32-24 advantage and won both games last season. UCSB won at the Thunderdome by a score of 77-44, and they won at Titan Gym, 98-95 in double-overtime. Gaucho head coach Bob Williams has posted an 11-1 record against the Titans since arriving in Santa Barbara for the 1998-99 season. Fullerton's only win in the 12 meetings between the schools since Williams came to UCSB, was in 2003, when it edged the Gauchos in overtime at the Thunderdome, 57-55.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 1-7 in road games this season. The overtime victory at San Diego State in the opener marked the second straight season in which the Gauchos have won their first road game of the season. UCSB, however, has now lost seven straight road games, dropping decisions at Wisconsin, San Francisco, Pepperdine, the University of San Diego, Cal State Northridge, Utah State and Idaho. Last season, the Gauchos went 6-10 in road games overall, and just 3-6 in Big West Conference road games.

On The Rebound
In each of the two games last weekend, UCSB was outrebounded by one rebound. The Gauchos lost the battle of the boards to Cal State Northridge by a 36-35 count and then to Pacific by a 33-32 margin. On the surface, those figures are nothing to write home about, but when you consider that UCSB has just two active players over 6-foot-5, and one of those players, Glenn Turner, sprained his right ankle early in the second half against the Matadors, the one-rebound margins don't look so bad. In addition, Pacific entered Saturday night's game with an average rebound margin of 5.6 per game. On January 15, the Gauchos had their largest rebound margin of the season when they outrebounded UC Davis 39-28. In fact, in the last four games, despite playing with just two frontcourt players and often playing with just one at a time, UCSB outrebounded its opponents by an average of 2.75 per game. On the season, the Gauchos have had more rebounds than opponents in just six of 16 games, going 4-2 in those games. Santa Barbara has been outrebounded ten times, going 3-7 in those ten games. Overall, UCSB is being outrebounded by a margin of 3.0 per game, but in Big West play that figure has gone up to 6.4 per outing.

Offensive Wave Crashes
In the first three games of the just-concluded homestand, the Gauchos had a pretty good offensive run. In each of the games they shot 46.4% or better and they made 77-of-160 shots, 48.1%. Prior to the three-game run, UCSB had not made more than 42.9% of its shots in ten straight games, thus, the three straight games at 46.4% or better was quite a breakthrough. In Saturday's loss to Pacific, the trend reversed itself in a big way. After making four of their first eight shots, the Gauchos struggled through the final 30 minutes of the game, making just 11-of-46, 23.9%. In all, UCSB went 15-of-54 against the Tigers for a season-low 27.8%. If you remove junior guard Josh Davis from the equation, he was 7-of-13 overall and scored 21 points, the rest of the team was just 8-of-41, 19.5%, and scored just 22 points. The Gauchos also scored a season-low 43 points in the game against Pacific, their lowest output since scoring just 37 points in a loss at Idaho on February 2, 2002. UCSB's highest scoring output this season was the 80 points it put on the board in the season-opener at San Diego State that went overtime. In all, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more just three times, but below 60 eight times in 16 games.

Close Encounters Of The Gaucho Kind? They Don't Exist
UCSB has had few close encounters this season. On January 15, the Gauchos defeated UC Davis 67-62 and the five-point spread was the smallest of the season. Prior to the five-point win over the Aggies, the smallest margin in any UCSB game this season was the six-point spread in a 62-56 loss at Pepperdine on December 1. With a 15-point spread (58-43) in the loss to Pacific, there have been ten double-digit margins in Gaucho games this season with the largest margin being 20 points. UCSB dropped a 70-50 decision at Cal State Northridge on January 2, and won a 76-56 contest over Cal Poly on January 13.

Playing The Percentages
Overall this season, UCSB's opponents are shooting 42.0%. Through 16 games, the Gauchos have allowed four opponents to shoot 50.0% or better, but eight other opponents shot under the 40.0% mark. After allowing three of its first seven opponents to shoot 50.0% or better, UCSB has allowed just one of its last nine to make more than half of its shots . UCSB has been particularly stingy in its last seven home games. After allowing San Diego State to shoot 60.0% at the Thunderdome on December 4, the Gauchos have gotten defensive, allowing no other opponent to shoot better than the 47.8% that Pacific shot on Saturday. Including Pacific, the last seven UCSB home opponents made just 124-of-349, 35.5%. On January 13, Cal Poly shot an opponent season-low, making just 14-of-47 shots, 29.8%. In eight home games this season, Gaucho opponents have made 151-of-394, 39.1%. In eight home games, the opposition has made 201-of-445, 45.2%.

Take Me To Your Leader(s)
If you include the injured Casey Cook, UCSB has three players averaging 10.0 per game or more. For better or worse, the Gauchos have spread the scoring around this season and each of their top seven scorers have led the way at least one time. Chrismen Oliver has led the team in scoring more than anyone else, doing so on five times. Also, six different players have led the team in rebounding with Cameron Goettsche and Glenn Turner each leading the way on six occasions.

Turning Over A New Leaf
Through its first eight games, UCSB never had fewer than ten turnovers in a game and they averaged 14.7 over that span. In the last eight games, the Gauchos have had three games with a season-low eight turnovers, and another with just nine. On Saturday night, they had just nine against Pacific. In the last eight games, UCSB has had 89 turnovers, 11.1 per game. Of those 89, 36 came in two games against Cal State Northridge, which leads the nation in turnovers forced. In the other six games the Gauchos had 53, 8.8 per game.

Block Party
In last Saturday's loss to Pacific, UCSB went without a blocked shot for just the second time this season and the first time in 14 games. Still, through 16 games this season, the Gauchos have 59 blocked shots as a team, the same total that they had all of last season, a total of 28 games. On January 15, in a win over UC Davis, the Gauchos had a season-high nine blocked shots, a figure that ties for the fifth-highest total in school history. In fact, prior to going without a blocked shot against Pacific, not only had the team gone 13 in a row with at least one block, it had gone 11 in a row with three or more swats. On the year, UCSB is averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, a figure that leads the Big West. While the 3.7 blocks per game is a modest figure, it is an increase over last year's average of 2.0 per game. Nine of the 11 players who have suited-up for the Gauchos this season have produced at least one blocked shot. Sophomore forward Glenn Turner, who had four blocks in two of the last three games, is leading the block parade with a team-high 29, an average of 1.8 per game. Turner tied a school record when he swatted six shots on January 8 at Idaho. In fact, in consecutive games, against Utah State and Idaho, Turner had 11 blocked shots, the most ever by a UCSB player over a two-game span.

Stolen Moments
UCSB had nine steals in last Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, marking the ninth time this season that the Gauchos had produced eight or more steals in a game. They had four on Saturday against Pacific and they are still averaging 7.6 steals per game after averaging just 6.3 per game last season. Twice this season, in wins over San Diego State and Montana, the Gauchos have had a season-high 13 steals. If UCSB can remain at an 7.6 steals-per-game pace, it would finish with 213 steals in 28 games, the third highest total in school history. Chrismen Oliver leads the team with 31 steals.

Oliver's Story
Senior point guard Chrismen Oliver had his first sub-par game in quite some time when he went just 1-of-13 from the field overall and 1-of-9 from beyond the three-point line in the loss to Pacific. He had plenty of company in that game. Oliver entered the 2004-05 season never having scored in double-figures in a game, but this year, he leads the team in double-figure scoring games with 10. Prior to the game against Pacific, he had scored ten or more in five straight games. In last Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, he scored a career-high 21 points. His previous career-high of 19 points had been set in the previous game, a win over UC Davis. He has made a career-high three three-point baskets in two of the last three games, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance on January 15 against UC Davis. On the year, Oliver is now averaging 10.7 points per game, tops among active players. Oliver also paces the team in assists with 48, 3.0 per game, steals with 31, 1.9 per game, three-point baskets with 25, and free throw percentage at 85.7%. He has also made at least one three-point basket in six straight games. Not bad for a guy who originally walked-on in 2000-01. Oliver is averaging 30.8 minutes per game, second on the team, and he has played 30 or more nine times. In his first three seasons, Oliver totaled 71 games, 595 minutes and 168 points. This year, he has scored 171 points in 16 games and 493 minutes. He has also made 25 three-pointers this season after entering the year with a career total of 27, and his 31 steals this year equal his total for the previous three seasons combined. Oliver has had at least one steal in each of the last nine games and in 14 of 16 this year. He has had more than one steal nine times in 2004-05.

Just Joshing
Junior guard Josh Davis has been UCSB's jack-of-all-trades this season. With the numerous injuries, particularly to frontcourt players, Davis has been forced to play out of position on more than one occasion. In Saturday's game against Pacific, he was back starting at the small forward position, the spot he was expected to start at before the onslaught of injuries. Davis responded well to the start at the three spot and, really, he was the only bright spot in an otherwise bad offensive effort for the Gauchos. Davis finished with a career-high 21 points, making a career-high 5-of-7 shots from three-point range, and 7-of-13 overall. It marked the second time this season that Davis scored 20 or more points. His previous high of 20 came on November 27 at San Francisco. Davis is the only Gaucho player to start all 16 games this season, and he has been the team's workhorse, averaging a team-high 32.0 minutes per game and playing 32 or more in 12 of 16 games, including the last five. At 10.2 points per game, Davis ranks third on the team in scoring. He opened the season on an offensive roll, scoring in double-figures in each of the first four games, including 18 in a season-opening overtime win over San Diego State. His performance against SDSU earned Davis his first Big West Player of the Week honor ever. In addition to his 10.2 points per game, Davis is averaging 4.7 rebounds per game and he collected a career-high nine rebounds on January 15 against UC Davis. In the last three games, Davis has averaged 7.7 rebounds. He has had five or more rebounds eight times this season, including four times in the last six games. He has tallied ten points or more seven times this year, including two times in the last three games. Last year, he had 18 steals in 27 games, and his two-year total entering the 2004-05 campaign was 40 steals in 59 games. He has 29 steals in 16 games this year and he has had a career-high four steals three times this season, most recently in the January 13 win over Cal Poly. Finally, Davis' total of 18 three-point baskets are five more than he had in his first two seasons combined. He has also take over the team-lead in three-point percentage at 45.0%. He has made 7-of-11 in the last four games, 63.6%, and he actually has a higher three-point percentage than he does two-point percentage (45.0% to 42.2%).

See-Saw
Junior guard Joe See continues to have his ups-and-downs this season. He is second on the team in three-point baskets with 24, but he missed all three field goal attempts, including one three-point attempt, in UCSB's loss to Pacific on Saturday. It marked the first time he has gone scoreless in a game since doing so in the second and third game of the season back in November. See is shooting just 29.3% from three-point range, but since an 0-for-16 start, he has gone 24-of-66, 36.4%. Also, since opening the year at 2-for-20 from the floor overall, he has gone 35-of-93, a modest 37.6%. On January 6, in a game at Utah State, See almost single-handedly kept the undermanned Gauchos in a game against the Aggies. He made 8-of-12 three-point attempts, including a school-record seven in the second half, and he scored a career-high 26 points. The eight three-point baskets tied the second-highest total in school history, and it was the most by a Gaucho since Mark Hull nailed eight against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. See has made two or more three-point baskets seven times this season, all in the last 12 games. He is now averaging 7.1 points per game, not bad since he scored a total of four points in the season's first three games. In the last 13 contests, including his scoreless outing against Pacific, he has scored 110 points, 8.5 per game. See ranks second on the team in assists with 37, an average of 2.3 per game. He has had two or more assists in 12 games this season, including six of the last seven. Finally, he tied his season-high with five rebounds in last week's win over Cal State Northridge, and he had four against Pacific. See is averaging 3.0 rebounds per game this season, 4.5 per game in the last two.

The Harris Poll
In the season opener at San Diego State, freshman guard Alex Harris scored 15 points. Through his first four games he averaged 9.2 per game. In the next four games, however, Harris cooled off, averaging just 2.2 points per game. In the last eight, he has started to get back to where he was at the beginning of the season. Although he scored just four against Pacific, he has tallied 66 points in the last eight games, 8.2 per game. In last week's win over Cal State Northridge Harris had 11 points. He has had 11 or more points four times this season, including three times in the last seven games. Also, while he is averaging 2.6 rebounds per game, he has averaged 5.0 per game in the last four, including back-to-back games of six rebounds, a career-high, against UC Davis and Northridge. From the free throw line, Harris has been one of the most dependable Gauchos. He leads the team in made free throws with 35 and he is second in free throw percentage at 83.3%. The school record for free throw percentage is 82.8, set in 2001-02 by Branduinn Fullove. In his last nine games, Harris has made 25-of-28 from the line, 89.3%.

Cam I Am
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche has hardly been eased back into the rotation after missing games at Utah State and Idaho. Goettsche has played in the last four games, but since playing `just' 21 minutes on January 13 against Cal Poly, he has played 98 minutes in the last three games, 32.7 per game. On Saturday against Pacific, Goettsche played a season-high 36 minutes. He leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 per game and he has had eight or more eight times in his 12 games this season. He had exactly eight against Pacific. On December 22 at San Diego, he had the third double-double of his career with ten points and 11 rebounds. The game against USD also started a streak of three straight double-figure rebound performances by Goettsche, including a career-high 14 on December 30 against UC Irvine, the most by a Gaucho since the 2001-02 season. On January 15, against UC Davis, he scored a season-high 15 points and had eight rebounds. Goettsche also had a career-high four blocked shots against the Aggies. While he missed the first two games of the season, and then both games on the road trip to Utah State and Idaho, Goettsche has blocked 17 shots, second on the team and three more than he had all of last season. He has blocked at least one in nine games this season, in fact he had at least one in nine of the last ten games, and two or more in five of the last seven. Finally, although he is shooting 47.4% for the season, Goettsche struggled with his shooting in Saturday's game against Pacific, making just 2-of-6 from the field.

As The World Turners
Sophomore forward Glenn Turner sprained his right ankle in UCSB's win over Cal State Northridge last week, and although he played 19 minutes against Pacific, only four of which were in the second half, he went without a blocked shot for just the second time in the last nine games. In fact, in seven of the last nine games, he had two or more blocked shots and four times he had four or more. In consecutive games on the road at Utah State and Idaho, Turner swatted 11 shots, the most ever by a Gaucho player in consecutive games. On January 8 at Idaho, he tied the UCSB record with six blocked shots. Turner now has 29 blocks on the season, 28 of which have come in the last 11 games. Including the seven blocks he had last season, Turner now has 36 in his career and he needs just four more to move into tenth-place all-time. If he could block 10 more this season, and if he bounce back from the sprained ankle he probably will, he would move into eighth on the single-season blocked shot list. In addition to blocking shots, Turner is starting to become one of the team's most dependable rebounders. Although limited to three on Saturday against Pacific, he is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, and he has had six or more in six of the last seven games. He has had a career-high eight rebounds twice this season, most recently on January 15 against UC Davis. In the game prior to that, a win over Cal Poly, Turner scored a career-high 12 points. He is now averaging 4.4 points per game, and while he is shooting 47.5% for the year, he has made 13-of-25 shots over the past eight games, 52.0%.

Grasping His Opportunity
While UCSB's season has been filled with numerous bad surprises, walk-on freshman guard Derek Rasp represents a pleasant surprise. Rasp, who will miss at least two more game after bruising a lung when taking a hard fall in the game against UC Davis, started his last four games before sitting out last weekend's games against Cal State Northridge and Pacific. In his four starts, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In the January 13 win over Cal Poly, Rasp had a career-high 14 points and made 4-of-5 three-pointers. Over a two-game span, including the Idaho and Cal Poly games, Rasp hit 7-of-13 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Also in those two games, he had his career-high of six rebounds.

Chambers Music
Junior guard Michael Chambers returned to the regular rotation in Thursday's game against Cal State Northridge and then on Saturday, against Pacific, he played a career-high 28 minutes, just five minutes fewer than he played in the previous three games combined. Although Chambers made just 3-of-10 shots against Pacific, he scored eight points, tying his second-highest total of the year and second on the team in that game. While he is averaging 4.1 points per game overall, Chambers is scoring 5.4 per game in Big West play. Finally, six of his nine three-point baskets have come in Big West play.

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