February 12, 2002

Men's Basketball Takes Over NCAA Lead In Field Goal Percentage Defense, Moves Up To 5th In Scoring Defense

Feb. 12, 2002

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team has moved into the number one spot in the NCAA's field goal percentage defense rankings that were released today.

UCSB, which has ranked among the top five or six for the entire year, was ranked second last week, but they passed Cincinnati after this weekend. The Gauchos enter their game against Cal Poly on Saturday with a field goal percentage defensive mark of 36.7%, narrowly ahead of Connecticut which is at 37.0% and Cincinnati which is at 37.2%.

In addition to ranking first nationally in field goal percentage defense, the Gauchos have moved into a tie for fifth nationally in scoring defense at 59.0 points per game. UCSB is in a flat-footed tie with fellow-Big West member Utah State in the fifth spot. Princeton, which is allowing 56.3 points per game, is ranked first.

Finally, UCSB is also ranked among the nation's leaders in free throw percentage. The Gauchos, who are hitting 74.8% from the line rank 22nd nationally.