UCSB Tackles Ohio State Friday Night in First NCAA Tournament Since 2002
March 16, 2010
March 16, 2010
Game No. 30
2010 NCAA Tournament - First Round
Friday, March 19, 2010
30 minutes after the completion of the 6:15 p.m. (CDT) Oklahoma State/Georgia Tech game.
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 2 Ohio State
at The Bradley Center - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Video: NCAA.com
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
All UCSB postseason basketball games can be heard live on AM 1490 KIST. Gerry Fall will call the play-by-play and Steve Wendt will substitute for Don Ford as the color announcer. Broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off.
UC Santa Barbara, the 15th seed in the Midwest Regional of the 2010 NCAA Basketball Championship, will play No. 2 seeded Ohio State on Friday, Mar. 19 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. Ohio State, which defeated Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament championship game on Sunday, is 27-7 on the season. The winner of the game between the Gauchos and Buckeyes will play the winner of a first round game between 10th-seeded Georgia Tech and 7th-seeded Oklahoma State.
UCSB's victory in the 2010 Big West Conference Tournament earned the program its fourth NCAA Division I Tournament berth and its first since the 2001-02 season. This marks the second automatic berth that the Gauchos have received. Santa Barbara received at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and 1990. UCSB also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1961, but at the time it competed at the College Division Level.
UCSB enters the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 20-9. The Gauchos completed Big West Conference play with a 12-4 record and shared the regular season league title with Pacific. They were the No. 1 seed at last weekend's Big West Tournament by virtue of a season sweep of Pacific. The regular season league crown was Santa Barbara's second in the last three seasons and fourth overall. The Gauchos have won three games in a row and nine out of their last 10. Going back further, since dropping six of seven games at the end of December and beginning of January, the last one being a dismal 57-55 decision at UC Irvine in the conference opener on Jan. 2, UCSB has gone 15-3.
UCSB won its second Big West Conference Tournament ever, but its first as the No. 1 seed. As the No. 1 seed on three other occasions, the Gauchos lost in the second round twice and the semifinal round once. When UCSB won its other tournament title in 2002, it was the No. 3 seed. This year, the Gauchos had a double-bye into the semifinal round and posted wins over UC Davis (76-62) and Long Beach State (69-64).
Sophomore guard Orlando Johnson was selected Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping the Gauchos to their second league tournament crown ever. In the two wins, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. In the championship game victory over Long Beach State, he scored 20 points, had five rebounds and made 11-of-12 free throws. Johnson scored eight of his points, had three of his rebounds and made all six of his free throws in the final 4:52 as UCSB fought off the 49ers' rally and won the title. He was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow-sophomore James Nunnally. In his two games at the Big West Tournament, Nunnally averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He made 12-of-20 field goals overall, 60.0%, and 5-of-8 from 3-point range, 62.5%. Nunnally had 19 points in the championship game against Long Beach State and, like Johnson, was perfect from the free throw line in the final minutes, going 4-of-4.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Gauchos are 9-1 since this walk-on moved into starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Leads the team with 39 steals.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 29 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has averaged 11.0 points and shot 64.3% in the last eight games.
F 21 James Nunnally - His 46.5% mark from 3-point range ranks 2nd in school history.
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last 11 games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - FG in Big West title game was his first since returning from injury.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 45 assists and 21 turnovers in 315 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Has not scored since Jan. 28 win over Cal Poly.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has not played in three of the last four games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Collected at least two rebounds in eight straight games.
G 42 James Powell - 218 career 3-pointers are the most in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Set UCSB record for blocks with eight on Feb. 20 at Fresno State.
Believe it or not, UCSB and Ohio State have a history beyond a Sweet 16 soccer match a couple of years ago. The Gauchos and Buckeyes have played twice in basketball. On Dec. 18, 1991, the teams met at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif., with Jim Jackson-led OSU defeating UCSB, 82-75. That game drew 6,512 fans into the 6,000 seat facility, a figure that remains a record to this day. The teams met again two years later, on Dec. 14, 1993, at St. John Arena in Columbus, and the Buckeyes won a bit more comfortably, 79-56.
UCSB is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2002. The Gauchos advanced to the tournament as an at-large team in 1988 and 1990, and as an automatic qualifier in 2002.
Round Opponent Date Result 1988 at Cincinnati, Ohio 1st Maryland 3/18/88 L, 92-82 1990 at Knoxville, Tenn. 1st Houston 3/15/90 W, 70-66 2nd Michigan State 3/17/90 L, 62-58 2002 at Albuquerque, N.M. 1st Arizona 3/14/02 L, 86-81
UCSB will be making its fourth appearance in the Big Dance, but the Gauchos have gone to several Little Dances as well. Santa Barbara played in the National Invitation Tournament in 2008, 2003, 1993, 1992, and 1989. In 1960, UCSB went to the third round of the NCAA College Division Tournament, and in 1941, the Gauchos won three games at the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City.
In addition to being named Big West Tournament MVP, Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Year after helping the Gauchos to a share of the league's regular season championship. A transfer from Loyola Marymount, Johnson enters the NCAA Tournament as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.9 points per game. He is also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 48.1% overall and 39.6% from 3-point range. Johnson is the first Gaucho since 1996-97 to score in double-figures in every game. In addition, the 6-foot-5 native of Seaside, Calif., has scored 20 or more points 10 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). Johnson is the first sophomore in league history accorded the honor.
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.
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.
UCSB's 20 wins equals the second-most that a Bob Williams-led Gaucho team has recorded. They also won 20 during the 2001-02 campaign. In 2007-08, the Gauchos won a school-record 23 games. Overall, 2009-10 marks the 10th season in which a UCSB team has won 20 or more games. In addition to Williams' three seasons, the program had 20 or more wins in 1991-92, 1989-90, 1988-89, 1987-88, 1970-71, 1960-61, and 1940-41.
With a 20-9 record entering the NCAA Tournament, UCSB is guaranteed its fifth consecutive winning season. Alright, who's kidding whom, the Gauchos are guaranteed of a fifth straight winning record. Clearly, an 11-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 enter the NCAA Tournament with an 6-7 record in true road games and 9-7 in all games away from home. They have won six of their last seven games away from home, defeating Pacific (Feb. 4), UC Davis (Feb. 6), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 17), Fresno State (Feb. 20), UC Davis (Mar. 12), and Long Beach State (Mar. 13), while losing at Cal Poly (Feb. 27).
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 29 29 James Nunnally 28 19 James Powell 29 11 Jaimé Serna 29 9 Will Brew 29 3 Sam Phippen 21 2 Chris Brew 14 2 Greg Somogyi 27 1 Jordan Weiner 27 1 Jon Pastorek 26 1 Lucas Devenny 25 0 Justin Joyner 21 0 Paul Roemer 20 0
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 UC Riverside 19 pts, 10 rebs James Nunnally vs. CS Fullerton 25 pts, 10 rebs
UCSB has led at halftime 18 times this season and they have been tied once. In those 19 games, the Gauchos have gone 18-1. 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.
Class Pts. Rebs. Asts. Stls. BS Senior 308 81 59 29 2 Junior 209 145 94 45 10 Sophomore 1,371 570 218 108 76 Freshman 79 60 25 14 2
Orlando Johnson enters the NCAA Tournament as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, a figure that also won him the Big West's scoring crown. James Nunnally is averaging 15.0 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. His 520 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 among sophomores. Combined, the tandem is averaging 32.9 points per game, 48.2% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo averaged 35.4 of the Gauchos' points, 52.5% of the team's 67.4 points per game average.
Not only does the James Nunnally-Orlando Johnson combination rank as the most potent sophomore one-two scoring punch in Gaucho history, it is also moving up the list of one-two punches overall. With 941 combined points in 2009-10, the duo ranks fifth 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 current Gaucho James Powell).
One final note on the Orlando Johnson-James Nunnally combination: Johnson has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season and Nunnally has done so nine times. They have scored 20 or more points in the same game six times, a new school record. Johnson and Nunnally each scored 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.
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 520 points on the season, Johnson enters the NCAA Tournament sixth on the school's all-time single-season scoring list. He is the sixth different player to eclipse the 500-point mark in a single season. If you include his 2007-08 freshman season at Loyola Marymount when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, Johnson has scored 903 career points as a collegiate player.
With four 3-point baskets in the Big West Tournament, senior guard James Powell now has 218 in his UCSB career, a new school record. Powell enters the NCAA Tourament with one more than Mark Hull who finished his career with 217. Powell also has 570 career 3-point attempts, the most ever by a Gaucho. Incidentally, in Hull's only appearance in the NCAA Tournament, he made eight 3-point baskets in a narrow 86-81 first round loss to Arizona on Mar. 14, 2002. At the time, the eight 3-pointers were a West Regional record.
James Powell has made 36 of his last 37 free throws, 97.3%, and many have come in clutch moments down the stretch of the season. Powell, in fact, has made free throws in the final minutes of each of the last five UCSB wins. On the season, he is shooting 91.7% from the free throw line, a school record, but he is even better in the last five minutes of games, having made 31-of-32 on the season, 96.9%.
Sophomore center Greg Somogyi leads the Gauchos with 36 blocked shots in 2009-10. He has recorded 40.0% of the team's total of 90 blocked shots. In his two seasons, the 7-foot-3 native of Budapest, Hungary has 73 of the team's 169 total blocked shots, 43.2%. 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.
Through 29 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 NCAA Tournament with 199 3-point baskets, 6.9 per game. They were the top 3-point shooting team in the Big West at 37.9%. In addition to making 3-pointers, UCSB is also solid on the defensive end. In the final game of the Big West Tournament, Long Beach State made 6-of-25, 24.0%, dropping the opponent percentage to 30.3%. Long Beach also became the 16th UCSB opponent to shoot below 30-percent from 3-point range.
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.
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 closed the season with a rush, winning seven of eight to end the regular season and two more in the Big West Tournament. For the first time since 2007-08, UCSB has won nine out of 10 games.
UCSB has not been outrebounded in any of its last three games. That's kind of a funny way to say it, but they battled Long Beach State to a rebound draw in the Big West final, outrebounded UC Davis by one in the semifinal, and outrebounded UC Irvine by three in the regular season finale. None of this may seem like a big deal, but before the last three games, the Gauchos had been outrebounded in eight straight and 11 out of 12 games.
Will Brew is the only UCSB player to start all 29 regular season games in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Brew has started 48 straight and 52 of the last 53. Orlando Johnson started 28 of 29 during the regular season. Jaimé Serna (26) and James Nunnally (23) also started more than 20. In all 11 different players started at least once for the Gauchos.
UCSB struggled from the free throw line for much of the 2009-10 season. Even now, the Gauchos are shooting just 68.0% from the line. In the Big West Tournament, however, the free throw line was their best friend. In the two games in Anaheim, Santa Barbara made 40-of-48 free throws, 83.3%. In the championship game against Long Beach State, the Gauchos went 21-of-24 for a season-best 87.5%, including a perfect 12-for-12 in the last five minutes.
UCSB is averaging 68.2 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.
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. To this point in 2009-10, Williams has guided the Gauchos to a 20-9 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It is the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fourth regular season title in his 12 seasons. For his efforts, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
This also marks the third Williams-coached team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history.
In 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.
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 199-155. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops 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 388-255 (.603) at four-year schools.