February 8, 2005

UCSB Takes to the Road for Next Three Games, Travels to UC Davis Thursday

Feb. 8, 2005

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The Schedule
Game No. 21
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
at UCD's Pavillion
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

Game No. 22
Wednesday, February 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at the University of the Pacific Tigers
at UOP's Spanos Center
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

Game No. 23
Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters this week's game with an overall record of 8-12 and a Big West record of 5-7. The Gauchos lost their last game, an 80-50 decision to Utah State on Saturday. Since putting together a season-best three-game winning streak in mid-January, UCSB has dropped four out of five games, including two home games. During the current five-game stretch, the Gauchos have lost home games to Pacific and Utah State, and road games at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. The only win for UCSB over that span was a 54-40 home win over Idaho last Thursday.

The Week That Was
UCSB split its pair of home games last weekend. The Gauchos parlayed an outstanding defensive effort in the second half to defeat Idaho on Thursday night, 54-50. The Gauchos outscored the Vandals 19-3 in the final ten minutes of the game, including a 19-0 run over a span of just over nine minutes, to cruise to the victory. Guard Chrismen Oliver had 17 points, while forward Cameron Goettsche added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. UCSB limited Idaho to just 35.6% shooting. On Saturday, Utah State shot 71.1%, an all-time record for a Gaucho opponent, and routed the Gauchos, 80-50. After shooting a sizzling 65.4% in the first half, the Aggies were even better in the second half as they made 78.9%. Until a Utah State player missed a three-point attempt with just 10 second to go in the contest, the Aggies had made 15-of-18 shots in the second half, 80.0%. In addition to the 71.1% overall, Utah State hit 10-of-15 shots from beyond the three-point arc, 66.7%. UCSB was also outrebounded in the game, 33-16. Josh Davis had 13 points and five rebounds for the Gauchos, and Alex Harris added 11 points.

The Week Ahead: A Homecoming
The Gauchos will have their only one-game week of the conference season. UCSB travels to UC Davis to play the Aggies, a future Big West opponent. The game against UC Davis on Thursday night will be the only game that the Gauchos play this week. The game against the Aggies will also be a homecoming for UCSB head coach Bob Williams. Williams coached for eight seasons at UC Davis prior to becoming the Gauchos' head coach for the 1998-99 season. In his time at Davis, Williams recorded a 158-76 overall record. He also won 20 or more games five times, advanced to five NCAA Division II Tournament and in 1997-98, his final season with the Aggies, Williams led the program to its only National Championship ever. He was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year following that final season.

The Active Roster Remains In Flux
UCSB's active roster was at 11 players for a couple of hours. In shootaround prior to Saturday's game against Utah State, Derek Wheeler, who had just been re-certified to play by the NCAA on Monday, sprained his ankle and was unavailable. That left 10 active players. The number shrunk even more during the game. Midway through the first half, freshman forward Chris Moore, in only his third game back since regaining his eligibility, went to the floor for a loose ball. A Utah State player landed on top of him and Moore's head hit the floor, cutting his mouth and giving him a concussion and sending him the sidelines again. Wheeler is doubtful for Thursday's game at UC Davis, but Moore is certainly out, and could be out as long as two weeks. Freshman guard Derek Rasp, out for five games with a lung contusion, returned on Saturday, but played three minutes. Senior forward Casey Cook fractured a bone in his right foot in the 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 14 with a stress fracture in the left ankle. He is out for the season. Freshman forward Chris Devine had knee surgery before the start of practice and was expected to be ready in late-January. Now, Devine will miss the remainder of the year because while the knee is healing, it has not healed fast enough. Freshman forward Todd Follmer is redshirting the 2004-05 season and will not be activated. Junior forward Cameron Goettsche, who has missed four games this year because of a strained groin, is playing despite being hobbled.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Did not make a three-pointer vs. Utah State, snapping streak of nine games.
G - Alex Harris - Has made 7-of-9 from three point range in last three games, 77.8%.
G - Josh Davis - Has had at least five rebounds in seven consecutive games.
F - Glenn Turner - Has gone consecutive games without a block for first time in league games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has blocked two or more shots in nine games this season.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Played just 19 minutes vs. Utah State, his fewest in a league game this season.
G - Michael Chambers - Has made one of his last 16 three-point attempts.
F - Derek Rasp - Returned after missing five games. Played three minutes vs. Utah State.
F - David Kennedy - Played a career-high 17 minutes vs. Utah State.

The Sideline - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Stress fracture in lower left leg has sidelined him for the season.
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 - Todd Follmer - The seven-footer will redshirt his freshman campaign.
F - Chris Moore - Suffered a concussion vs. Utah State and will be out at least two weeks.
F - Derek Wheeler - After one game back, he sprained his ankle in shootaround Saturday.

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 103-91 (.534) overall record and a 70-43 (.625) 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 292-191 (.606) at four-year schools.

The Opponents
UCSB and UC Davis have played nine times in a series that began in 1939. Santa Barbara holds an 8-1 lead in the all-time series. On January 15, the Gauchos topped the Aggies in Santa Barbara, 67-62. Until the January 15 game, however, the teams had not played since November 26, 1982, when the Ed DeLacy-led Gauchos defeated UC Davis, 76-56. The Aggies will join the Big West Conference in two years, but this year's contests are non-conference affairs.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 1-9 in road games this season. Let's be more specific, since the overtime victory at San Diego State in the season-opener, the Gauchos have lost nine straight road games, dropping decisions at Wisconsin, San Francisco, Pepperdine, the University of San Diego, Cal State Northridge, Utah State, Idaho, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. UCSB is winless, 0-5, in Big West Conference road games. Last season, the Gauchos went 6-10 in road games overall, and just 3-6 in Big West Conference road games.

Defense Takes A Holiday As Utah State Sets Opponent Record
Last Thursday against Idaho, UCSB continued to play solid defense. The Vandals scored just 40 points and shot 35.6% in the Gauchos' 54-40 win. On Saturday, Utah State literally doubled those outputs. In Thursday's game, Idaho made 16-of-45 shots. In Saturday's game, Utah State made 32-of-45 shots, 71.1%. The Aggies also scored 80 points, exactly double the total that Idaho hung on the board in the previous game. The 71.1% field goal percentage that Utah State recorded was the highest ever by a UCSB opponent, breaking the previous record of 68.9% set by San Jose State on January 9, 1986. The Aggies were the first team to make better than 50.0% of their shots in a game against the Gauchos January 6. Who was the last team to shoot 50.0% or better? Utah State when it made 30-of-57 shots, 52.6%, in an 80-70 win over UCSB in Logan, Utah. Prior to the Aggies sizzling performance on Saturday, the Gauchos had limited three consecutive opponents to 38.0% or less. On the year, five opponents have made 50.0% or better against UCSB, but just two home opponents have done so. San Diego State shot 60.0% at the Thunderdome on December 4.

The Lowdown On Scoring
UCSB has certainly had its difficulties scoring points consistently this season, but with the exception of Utah State, the Gauchos have done a pretty good job of keeping opponents in check as well. Santa Barbara is averaging 58.8 points per game overall, a figure that is at its lowest point this season. In 12 Big West games, the Gauchos are averaging just 56.9 points per outing. Since scoring 80 points in the season-opener, an overtime win at San Diego State, UCSB has not scored more than 76 in any game. The Gauchos have been below 70 points 17 times this season, including each of the last seven games in a row. In fact, UCSB has been below the 60 point mark 12 times in 2004-05, including each of the last five games. On the other hand, the Gauchos are allowing just 62.0 points per game overall, and just 59.2 per game in league play. They have allowed opponents to score a season-high 80 points twice, and each time it was Utah State. If you eliminate the two games against the Aggies, and UCSB would certainly love two, then the Gauchos are allowing 60.1 points per game overall and 55.1 per game in Big West play. In fact, with the Utah State games removed from the mix, opponents are shooting just 40.1% overall and 36.6% in league games. The Gauchos have allowed seven opponents to score more than 70 points, 13 have scored fewer than 70, eight have scored fewer than 60, and four have scored fewer than 50. Idaho's 40 point total was the lowest by an opponent this season.

They're Anything But Free
UCSB has not only been struggling with its shooting from the field, it has also had its problems at the free throw line in recent games. The Gauchos have made fewer than 70.0% of their free throws in four straight games and seven times in the last eight games. UCSB is now shooting 66.0% from the charity stripe, a figure that is virtually identical to the percentage that the Gauchos shot in 2003-04.

No Close Encounters For UCSB
UCSB has had few close encounters this season. Of the Gauchos 20 games, 12 have been decided by 10 points or more. The closest game that UCSB has played this season was a 54-50 loss at UC Riverside on January 27. Prior to the four-point loss to the Highlanders, the smallest margin in any UCSB game this season was the five-point spread in a 67-62 win over UC Davis on January 15. The Gauchos' largest margin of victory this season came on January 13 when they defeated Cal Poly by a 76-56 score. The largest margin of defeat was their 80-50 loss to Utah State last Saturday. The 30-point loss to the Aggies was, in fact, the second-largest margin of defeat ever suffered by a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team. It was also the largest margin of defeat in a home game since UCSB dropped a 100-68 decision at home to UNLV on January 26, 1984.

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 seven occasions. Also, six different players have led the team in rebounding with Glenn Turner leading the way seven times.

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 12 games, the Gauchos have had six games with fewer than ten turnovers, including a season-low five on January 27 at UC Riverside. In the last 12 games, UCSB has had 129 turnovers, 10.7 per game. Overall, in 20 games this season, the Gauchos have turned the ball over 255 times, an average of 12.7 times per game, an improvement of exactly 2.0 per game over last season's average of 14.7 turnovers per encounter.

On The Rebound
UCSB had a season-low 16 rebounds in the loss to Utah State. Granted, with the Aggies making 71.1% of their shots there weren't that many defensive rebounds to grab. The 16 boards were the fewest that UCSB has had this season and the fewest that can be found in box scores dating back to the mid-1970s. The Gauchos are being outrebounded this season by an average of 4.3 rebounds per game overall and 7.5 per game in Big West games.

Oliver's Story
Do you imagine there is any player on the UCSB roster happier about a Saturday night off than senior point guard Chrismen Oliver? Probably not. While Oliver is the team's leading active scorer at 10.6 points per game, recently he has done the majority of his offensive damage in Thursday night games, not Saturday night games. In his last three Thursday night games (vs. Cal State Northridge, at UC Riverside, and vs. Idaho) Oliver made 22-of-39 shots overall, 56.4%, 8-of-15 from three-point range, 53.3%, and he averaged 17.7 points per game. In his last three Saturday night games (vs. Pacific, at Cal State Fullerton, and vs. Utah State) Oliver made 4-of-29 shots overall, 13.8%, 2-of-19 from three-point range, 10.5%, and he averaged 4.0 points per game. Quite a contrast. Still, Oliver has led the team in scoring seven times this season, the most of anyone on the team. He has scored in double-figures 12 times in 20 games, and UCSB has gone 7-5 in those 12 games. When Oliver scores fewer than ten points, the Gauchos have won just one of eight games. Oliver entered the 2004-05 season never having scored in double-figures in a game. In the Gauchos January 20 win over Cal State Northridge, Oliver 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 three times this year, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance on January 15 against UC Davis. In the last game, a loss to Utah State, Oliver had his streak of nine consecutive games with at least one three-point basket snapped when he missed all four of his attempts. Still, he paces the Gauchos in three-pointers with 31, two more than Joe See. Not only does he lead the team in scoring and three-point baskets, but Oliver also paces the team in assists with 61, 3.0 per game, steals with 37, 1.9 per game, and free throw percentage at 84.0%. He has also made at least one three-point basket in nine of the last ten, 13 of the last 15, and 17 times in 20 games this season. 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 11 times. In his first three seasons, Oliver totaled 71 games, 595 minutes and 168 points. This year, he has scored 212 points in 20 games and 616 minutes. He has also made 31 three-pointers this season after entering the year with a career total of 27, and his 37 steals are six more than his total for the previous three seasons combined.

Just Joshing
Junior guard Josh Davis was one of the relative bright spots in UCSB's loss to Utah State on Saturday. Davis scored a team-high 13 points, had a team-high five rebounds, and he tied his season-high with three assists. Also, after playing a season-low 25 minutes and fouling out on Thursday against Idaho, he played 35 minutes against Utah State. It marked the 15th time in 20 games in which Davis has played 30 or more minutes. In fact, he has played 35 or more seven times, including five times in the last six games. With the numerous injuries this season, particularly to frontcourt players, Davis has been forced to play out of position on more than one occasion. He is the only player on the team to have started all 20 games and his 645 minutes played are 29 more than his next closest teammate and 140 more than the third-highest total. In UCSB's January 22 home loss to Pacific, David started at the small forward position, the spot he was expected to start at before the onslaught of injuries, and he responded well, scoring 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 third on the team at 10.1 points per game, but in the last five games he is averaging 12.0 per game. 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 10.1 points per game, Davis is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and he collected a career-high nine rebounds on January 15 against UC Davis. He has had five or more rebounds in each of the last seven games, averaging 6.7 per game over that span. He has had five or more rebounds 12 times this season. Last year, Davis had 18 steals in 27 games, and his two-year total entering the 2004-05 campaign was 40 steals in 59 games. Although he has had just one steal in the last three games, he has 32 steals in 20 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. Davis' total of 22 three-point baskets are nine more than he had in his first two seasons combined. He has also taken over the team-lead in three-point percentage at 43.1%. He has made 11-of-21 in the last five games, 52.4%, and he actually has a higher three-point percentage than he does two-point percentage (43.1% to 42.9%).

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 29, and he has had at least one in each of the last three games. See now has 73 three-point baskets in his career and with seven more he would move into UCSB's career top-ten. On January 6, in a game at Utah State, See made a career-high eight three-point baskets, the second-highest single-game total in school history, and the most by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull made eight against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. See, who almost single-handedly kept UCSB in the game at Logan, scored a career-high 26 points against the Aggies. He is now averaging 7.2 points per game, and see has scored in double-figures three times this season, most recently when he had 12 on January 29 at Cal State Fullerton. In Saturday's game against Utah State, he played just 19 minutes, the fewest he has played in a Big West Conference game this season and the lowest total he has played since he played 18 minutes on December 4 against San Diego State. Overall, See is shooting just 29.6% from three-point range, but since an 0-for-16 start, he has gone 29-of-82, 35.4%. Also, since opening the year at 2-for-20 overall from the floor, he has gone 45-of-121, a modest 37.2%.

The Harris Poll
Freshman guard Alex Harris scored 11 points and made all three of his three-point attempts on Saturday against Utah State. He is now averaging 7.4 points per game, the highest his scoring average has been since it was 8.0 per game entering the sixth game of the year. Harris has scored in double-figures six times this season, including five times in the last 11 games, and twice in the last three games, including a career-high 16 on January 29 at Cal State Fullerton. In fact, in his last three outings, he has averaged 11.7 points per game and he has made 12-of-22 shots overall, 54.5%, and 7-of-9 from three-point territory, 77.8%. Harris has had a career-high three three-point baskets twice this season, with both times coming in the last three games. His three-point field goal percentage of 42.1% is second on the team among active players, and it is actually higher than his two-point field goal percentage, which is currently 40.1%. Harris is ranked third on the team in steals with 17 and he needs just two more to move onto UCSB's all-time freshman top-ten list in the category. After producing four steals in the first nine games, he has had 13 in the last 11 games, including a career-high of four in last week's win over Idaho. Harris is second on the team in free throw percentage at 81.6%, a figure that would rank second all-time among Gaucho freshmen. He leads the team in free throws made with 40, and he is second in attempts with 49. Finally, ,when Harris tallied 15 points in the season-opener at San Diego State, it was the most points ever scored by a UCSB freshman in a season-opener and the most ever scored by a freshman in his Gaucho debut.

Cam I Am
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche struggled in his last game. In the loss to Utah State, Goettsche had six points, equaling his lowest output since he missed a pair of games in early-January, and he had just three rebounds in 31 minutes, his lowest total since he had three against San Diego State on December 4. He was coming off of one of his best overall games of the season, a 13-point, nine rebound performance in a win over Idaho. Goettsche is averaging 8.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. When he scored six points against Utah State, it snapped a season-long streak of three straight double-figure scoring games. His season-high of 15 points came on January 15 against UC Davis. In the last seven games, beginning with the game against UC Davis, Goettsche has averaged 10.6 points per game and made 33-of-67 shots, 49.3%. 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. Goettsche is also becoming a defensive presence inside. He is second on the team with 24 blocked shots, 10 more than he had last season. He had a career-high four blocked shots on January 15 against UC Davis and he has had two or more nine times this season. The one area of biggest struggle for Goettsche continues to be free throws. Since starting the season by making 6-of-8, has gone 10-of-27, 37.0%.

As The World Turners
Sophomore forward Glenn Turner had nine points and three rebounds in Saturday's game against Utah State. The nine points were his second-highest total of the season and the second-highest total of his career. Turner scored a career-high 12 points on January 13 against Cal Poly. He is now averaging 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Also, despite not blocking a shot in either of the last two games, Turner leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 34, a figure that also leads the Big West Conference. Prior to going block-less in the last two games, he had two or more blocked shots in nine of the previous 11 games. In fact, over one stretch of six games, he had three or more five times, including six on January 8 at Idaho, tying Eric McArthur's single-game record. In the game prior to blocking six, he had five, giving him 11 over a two-game span, a school record. Turner now has 41 career blocked shots and is now tied for ninth on UCSB's all-time career list. With 34 this season, Turner needs just six more to move into eighth on the single season list. In addition to blocking shots, Turner is starting to become one of the team's most dependable rebounders. He is not only averaging 4.8 per game, but he has led the team in rebounding eight times, more than anyone else. He has had five or more 10 times this season, including in eight of the last 11 games. He has had a career-high eight rebounds three times this season.

Around The Key: Notes
Sophomore guard Derek Rasp returned against Utah State after missing five games with a lung contusion suffered in the first game against UC Davis. Rasp could manage just three minutes before he had to come out, tying his shortest stint of the season...Sophomore forward David Kennedy, who has played in the last four games after missing all but one of the first 16 with a stress fracture, played a career-high 17 minutes against Utah State and he had a career-high three rebounds. Kennedy also took his first three shots of the season against Utah State, missing all three...Junior guard Michael Chambers played 11 minutes against Utah State, his highest total in four games. Chambers is really struggling with his shooting. In his last 11 games, he has made just 12-of-46 shots overall, 26.1%, and 2-for-23 from three-point range, 8.7%...The return to active status for Derek Wheeler was short-lived. The junior who was certified to play on January 31, played a career-high 14 minutes against Idaho, his first appearance in two seasons, but then in shootaround on the day of the Utah State game, he sprained his ankle when he came down with a rebound and landed on the foot of freshman forward Chris Moore...Speaking of Moore, his return was also fairly brief. After becoming eligible for UCSB's January 29 game at Cal State Fullerton, he went to the floor for a loose ball in the first half of the Utah State game, and in the pile-up, his head hit the floor, his lip split open and he suffered a concussion, sidelining him for at least two weeks.

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