March 10, 2010

Top-Seeded UCSB Opens Big West Tournament in Friday's First Semifinal Game



March 10, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game No. 28
Big West Tournament Semifinal Game
Friday, March 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
at The Anaheim Convention Center Arena
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

On The Tube
UCSB's semifinal game on Friday will be televised on ESPNU. On Santa Barbara's Cox Digital Cable the game will be on channel 258. It is also available on Dish Network channel 148 and Direct TV channel 609. Chris McGee will call the play-by-play.

On The Radio
All UCSB basketball games are aired live on 1490 AM KIST. The broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off with Gerry Fall calling the play-by-play and Don Ford handling the color.

• UCSB Earns No. 1 Seed For Second Time In Three Years
For the second time in the last three seasons, UC Santa Barbara enters the Big West Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Gauchos shared the league's regular season crown with Pacific but a regular season sweep of the Tigers was the deciding factor. Overall, this is the fourth time that UCSB has been a No. 1 seed since head coach Bob Williams assumed control of the program for the 1998-99 season and the fifth time overall.

• Big West Standings

				Big West	Overall
Team				W	L	Pct.	W	L	Pct.
UCSB				12	4	.750	18	9	.667
Pacific				12	4	.750	20	10	.667
Long Beach State		8	8	.500	15	15	.500
UC Davis			8	8	.500	13	17	.433
CS Fullerton			8	8	.500	15	14	.517
Cal Poly			7	9	.438	11	18	.379
UC Irvine			6	10	.375	14	17	.452
CS Northridge			6	10	.375	11	20	.355
UC Riverside			5	11	.313	12	17	.414

• Hurry Up And Wait
UCSB clinched the top-seed in the Big West Tournament with a 77-74 win over UC Irvine on Mar. 3. That was the Gauchos' last regular season game. When they take the court for their Big West Tournament semifinal game on Friday, Mar. 12, it will have been almost nine full days between games. The eight-plus days between the regular season finale and the first tournament game will be the longest such gap in program history.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the Big West Tournament with an overall record of 18-9. The Gauchos completed Big West Conference play with a 12-4 record and they have won seven of their last eight and 10 of 12. Before losing a 60-57 decision at Cal Poly on Feb. 27, Santa Barbara had put together a season-best six-game winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, UCSB has won 18 of its last 23 conference games and if league tournament games are included, it is 19 of 25.

• Johnson Named Big West Player Of The Year
Sophomore guard Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Year after helping the Gauchos to a share of the league's regular season championship for the second time in three seasons. A transfer from Loyola Marymount, Johnson leads UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 18.0 points per game. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 48.5% overall and 39.6% from 3-point range. A two-time Big West Player of the Week, Johnson is the first Gaucho since 1996-97 to score in double-figures in every regular season game. In addition, the 6-foot-5 native of Seaside, Calif., has scored 20 or more points nine times and he has two double-doubles. Johnson is the fifth UCSB player to earn the Big West Player of Year award. He joins Brian Shaw (1988), Lucius Davis (1992), Branduinn Fullove (2003), and Alex Harris (2008). Fullove was the only non-senior of the four previous honorees, he was a junior. Johnson was also named First Team All-Big West.

• Williams Named Big West Coach Of The Year For Third Time
UCSB head coach Bob Williams was named 2010 Big West Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He also won the award in 1999 and 2003. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to their second conference co-championship in three seasons and the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament. After losing its league opener at UC Irvine, Santa Barbara won 13 of its last 16 games overall, including 12 of 15 league contests.

• Nunnally Joins Johnson On All-Big West Team
Sophomore James Nunnally joined Orlando Johnson on the All-Big West Team. Nunnally was named Second Team All-Big West. He is averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game overall, but in 16 Big West games he averaged 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while shooting a league-leading 48.3% from 3-point range.

• The Gauchos vs. The Big West
UCSB's opponent in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament won't be determined until Thursday night. Here is how the Gauchos have fared against all Big West opponents throughout the years.

Opponent	        Record
Cal Poly	        63-31
Cal State Fullerton	37-33
Cal State Northridge	28-13
Long Beach State	53-54
Pacific	                50-51
UC Davis	        16-4
UC Irvine	        44-30
UC Riverside	        22-5

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Gauchos are 7-1 when he is in the starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Leads the team with 36 steals.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - 2010 Big West Player of the Year.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaged 11.5 points in the last six games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Named Second Team All-Big West.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last nine games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has played 19 minutes in six games since returning from foot injury.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 44 assists and 21 turnovers in 288 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Has not scored since Jan. 28 win over Cal Poly.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Did not play in the final two regular season games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has 11 rebounds in the last four games, a total of 42 minutes.
G 42 James Powell - 214 career 3-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Produced nine rebounds in last two games, a total of 30 minutes.

• Win Total Among The Best
UCSB's 18 regular season wins equals the second most that a Bob Williams-led Gaucho team has recorded. They also won 18 during the 2006-07 regular season. In 2007-08, the Gauchos won a school record 23 games in the regular season. In 2001-02, Santa Barbara won 20 games, but three came in the Big West Tournament. In 2002-03, the program won 18 games with one coming in the conference tournament. The 12 Big West wins are the third most in school history. The Gauchos were 14-4 in 2002-03 and 13-5 in 1987-88, 1989-90, and 1991-92. They were also 12-4 in 2007-08 and 1998-99.

• Gauchos Guaranteed Fifth Straight Winning Record
With an 18-9 record entering the Big West Tournament, UCSB is pretty much guaranteed of its fifth consecutive winning season. Alright, who's kidding whom. The Gauchos are guaranteed of a fifth straight winning record. Clearly, a 10-game losing streak is not in the cards. Anyway, the streak of consecutive winning seasons is the longest during the tenure of head coach Bob Williams and it is the longest since Ralph Barkey guided the program to six straight winning seasons from 1970-76.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos finished the regular season with a 6-7 record in true road games and 7-7 in all games away from home. They won four of their last five road games, defeating Pacific (Feb. 4), UC Davis (Feb. 6), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 17), and Fresno State (Feb. 20) while losing at Cal Poly (Feb. 27). Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman in Berkeley.

• Another Fast Finish Was Key
In 2008-09, UCSB needed wins in six of its final seven Big West games (seven out of eight overall) to jump from eighth-place to fourth-place in the league standings. For the second straight year, the Gauchos won seven of their final eight regular season games, six of seven in the Big West, but this time the result was a No. 1 seed in the tournament.

• UCSB Perfect At Home In Big West Play
For the first time in program history, UCSB was perfect at home against Big West opponents. The Gauchos went 8-0 against league opponents at the Thunderdome. Several of the games were close, but they were able to hold-on in all instances. How close were some of the games? UCSB's wins over Pacific, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, and UC Irvine came by a combined 16 points. The largest margin of those games was five points, over Fullerton, and the Gauchos needed a 3-pointer as time ran out to send that one to overtime.

• Double-Dipping
Led by Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, 10 different Gauchos have scored in double-figures during the 2009-10 campaign. Here is a list of all 10 and the number of double-digit efforts that they have produced through 27 games this season.

Player	        GP	10+
Orlando Johnson	27	27
James Nunnally	26	17
James Powell	27	10
Jaimé Serna	27	8
Will Brew	27	3
Sam Phippen	21	2
Chris Brew	14	2
Greg Somogyi	25	1
Jordan Weiner	25	1
Jon Pastorek	24	1
• Double-Double Dipping
UCSB's list of double-doubles this season is not a long one. James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson are the only players to hit double-figures in two statistical categories in the same game this season.
Player	                Opp.		Stats
Orlando Johnson	        vs.Weber St.	19 pts, 10 rebs
Orlando Johnson	        at Cal		17 pts, 10 asts
James Nunnally	        at UCR		19 pts, 10 rebs
James Nunnally	        vs. CSUF	25 pts, 10 rebs

• Sophomores Of The World Unite!
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team statistically. Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi have combined for 1,278 of the team's 1,832 points, 69.8%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, the Gauchos' underclassmen have scored 1,357 points, 74.1% of the team's total.

• Production By Class

Class		Pts.	Rebs.	Asts.	Stls.	BS
Senior		275	77	56	27	2
Junior		200	133	89	43	10
Sophomore	1,278	530	196	103	70
Freshman	79      60      25      14	2

• Sophomore Tandem Points The Way
Orlando Johnson enters the Big West Tournament as UCSB's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game, a figure that also ranks him first in the Big West Conference. James Nunnally is averaging 14.8 points per game, ninth in league. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. His 486 points are already the most by a sophomore. In 1968-69, Doug Rex scored 463 points and averaged 17.8 points per game. Nunnally's average would rank third all-time. Combined, the tandem is averaging 32.8 points per game, 48.3% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo is averaging 35.4 of the Gauchos' points, 52.5% of the team's 67.4 points per game average. Finally, with 829 combined points, Johnson and Nunnally need just 41 more to become the 10th-highest scoring tandem in school history.

• Top-Scoring Sophomore Duos
The sophomore duo of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combine to average 32.4 points per game. Unless things go completely haywire, they will become the highest scoring sophomore pair in UCSB history. On a side note, the ninth-highest scoring sophomore duo of all-time was Doug Rex and Ron Wyden. Rex averaged 17.8 and Wyden 2.6. Incidentally, Wyden is now a U.S. Senator from Oregon.

Players Avg. Year James Nunnally/Orlando Johnson 32.8 2009-10 Conner Henry/Scott Fisher 28.0 1983-84 Branduinn Fullove/Nick Jones 24.0 2001-02 Perry Ludy/Bob Schachter 23.1 1972-73 Carrick DeHart/Mike Doyle 22.9 1987-88 Tex Walker/Dave Brown 21.5 1974-75 Phillip Turner/Mark Flick 21.2 1993-94 John Tschogl/Rib Allen 20.6 1969-70 Doug Rex/Ron Wyden 20.4 1968-69 Khris Fortson/Richard Townsend 19.2 1984-85

• Johnson-Nunnally Rank As One-Two Punch Too
Not only does the James Nunnally-Orlando Johnson combination rank as the most potent sophomore pair in Gaucho history, it is also moving up the list of one-two punches overall. With 871 combined points in 2009-10, the duo ranks 10th among UCSB's all-time scoring combinations. The all-time record of 1,019 was set in 2006-07 (Alex Harris and Chris Devine) and 2007-08 (Alex Harris and James Powell).

• The Duo Also Sees 20-20
One final note on the Orlando Johnson-James Nunnally combination: Each has scored 20 or more points in a game nine times this season. They have scored 20 or more points in the same game six times, a new school record. Johnson and Nunnally each score 20 or more against San Francisco on Nov. 23, Furman on Dec. 28, Pacific on Jan. 10, Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23, Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30, and UC Irvine on Mar. 3. The previous school record of five was set in 1989-90 by Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur.

• Johnson Also Enters Scoring Top-10
Orlando Johnson's point total this season will not only be a record for a UCSB sophomore, but it will also be one of the top-10 totals in Gaucho history overall. With 486 points on the season, Johnson enters the Big West Tournament tied with Carrick DeHart (1988-89) and Doug Rex (1971) for ninth on the school's all-time single season scoring list. He needs four to move into eighth and seven to move into seventh. If he can get to the 500-point mark, Johnson would become just the seventh UCSB player ever to do so.

• Powell Climbs The Lists
Senior guard James Powell had a great ending to his Thunderdome career. Powell scored 16 points in the Gauchos' 77-74 win over UC Irvine, including a pair of clutch free throws with five seconds to play. Powell also made four 3-point baskets in the win over the Anteaters, his third most this season and highest total since he drained a season-high six on Dec. 5 against San Diego State. The four 3-pointers also gives Powell 214 in his career, the second most in school history. He needs just three to equal Mark Hull's UCSB record of 214. Powell also has 559 career 3-point attempts, tied with Hull for the most ever, and his 38.3% career percentage is 11th all-time.

• Top-10 Career 3-Point Baskets

1. Mark Hull (1999-03)		217
2. James Powell (2006-present)	214
3. Carrick DeHart (1986-90)	196
4. Alex Harris (2004-08)	194
5. Idris Jones (1989-93)	190
6. Branduinn Fullove (2000-04)	163
7. Mark Flick (1992-96)		162
8. Brian Johnson (1984-88)	150
9. Cecil Brown (2002-07)	120
10. Nick Jones (2000-04)	117

• Somogyi's Block Party
Sophomore center Greg Somogyi leads the Gauchos with 32 blocked shots in 2009-10. He has recorded 38.1% of the team's total of 84 blocked shots. In his two seasons, the 7-foot-3 native of Budapest, Hungary has 69 of the team's 163 total blocked shots, 42.3%. On Feb. 20, in a win at Fresno State, Somogyi set a school record with eight blocked shots. The total was two more than the previous school record, held by several players, and three more than his previous career best of five, set on three occasions.

• Long Distance Dominance
Through 27 games in 2009-10, UCSB has been pretty good outside of the 3-point arc - on both ends of the floor. The Gauchos enter the Big West Tournament leading the league in 3-pointers per game at 6.89, 3-point field goal percentage at 37.8%, and 3-point field goal percentage defense at 30.5%. In their last game, they made 9-of-14 shots from 3-point range, 64.3%. It was the third time this season that UCSB has made at least 60-percent of its 3-point shots in a game. They have made 40.0% or better 12 times. On the other end, Santa Barbara has held 24 out of 27 opponents under 40.0% and 16 under 30.0%.

• On The Rebound
UCSB outrebounded UC Irvine 28-25 in the regular season's final game. Cause for celebration? Maybe not, but it did end a streak of eight straight games in which the Gauchos were outrebounded. In fact, even with the rebound victory over the Anteaters, UCSB has been in rebounding red 11 times in its last 13 games and 17 times this season. The Gauchos are outrebounded by a margin of 2.4.

• A Starter From Start To Finish
Will Brew is the only UCSB player to start all 27 regular season games in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Brew has started 46 straight and 50 of the last 51. Orlando Johnson started 26 of 27 during the regular season. Jaimé Serna (24) and James Nunnally (21) also started more than 20. In all 11 different players started at least once for the Gauchos.

• Gauchos Tough To Beat When Leading At Half
UCSB has led at halftime 16 times this season and they have been tied once. In those 17 games, the Gauchos have gone 16-1. They were a perfect 15-0 before Cal Poly overcame a six-point deficit on Feb. 27 to post a 60-57 win. When they have been behind at half, they have won twice in 10 games. On Jan. 4 they trailed 23-14 at the break before beating UC Riverside, 57-53. On Feb. 13, Santa Barbara trailed Long Beach State 33-30 at the half before coming from behind to win, 64-62.

• That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 67.9 points per game, a slight improvement over 2008-09's average of 65.5 per game. The Gauchos, however, have scored 80 or more points five times this season after doing so just once last season. In fact, when UCSB scored 85 against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23 and 80 against Cal Poly on Jan. 30, it was the first time since the 2000-01 season that they scored 80 or more in back-to-back games.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, Williams guided the Gauchos to their second Big West regular season title in the last three years and their third overall. For his efforts, he was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.

2008-09, Williams coached the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams led the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 197-155. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league contests is the best among the league's active coaches.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams 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's 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 an overall career record of 386-255 (.602) at four-year schools.