Injury-Plagued UCSB Opens Exhibition Season Thursday Night
Nov. 2, 2004
Exhibition Game No. 1
Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles
at UCSB's Thunderdome
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its exhibition opener with a perfect 0-0 record. In 2003-04, the Gauchos posted a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Big West Conference. UCSB finished the regular season in third place in the league and then lost in the first round of the Big West Tournament to Cal State Northridge.
UCSB Plays First Of Two Exhibitions
UCSB will open its 2004-05 exhibition schedule when it hosts Cal State Los Angeles on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos will play a pair of exhibitions, the second comeing on Friday, November 12, when they host crosstown opponent Westmont College.
Lengthy Road Trip Opens Regular Season
UCSB will begin the 2004-05 regular season with four road games. The Gauchos will begin campaign at San Diego State on Friday, November 19, and then after a brief return to Santa Barbara, they will hit the road for a Tuesday, November 23 game at the defending Big Ten Tournament champion Wisconsin. After taking Thanksgiving off, UCSB will close its four-game season-opening road stretch with games at West Coast Conference opponents San Francisco (November 27) and Pepperdine (December 1). The Gauchos will play their first non-conference home game on Saturday, December 4, when they host San Diego State in a rematch of the season-opener.
Injuries Plague Frontcourt In Early Going
As is always the case, or so it seems, injuries will be a factor early in the UCSB season. Freshman forward Chris Devine, expected to miss up to three months after having surgery on his right knee just two days before the start of practice. Junior forward Cameron Goettsche has a groin injury that is expected to sideline him for three-to-four weeks, and sophomore forward Glenn Turner will miss the exhibition opener against Cal State Los Angeles, and possibly the exhibition against Westmont on November 12, with a sprained ankle. Freshman forward Chris Moore missed the first week of practice with a virus, but he has returned and is expected to play on Thursday.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Once a walk-on, he could start at the point as a senior.
G - Cecil Brown - Made 11 starts last season, but expected to be team-leader in 2004-05.
G - Josh Davis - Defensive ace will see expanded role this season.
F - Casey Cook - Top returning scorer (9.6 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg).
F - David Kennnedy - Because of injuries, sopohomore walk-on should start in exhibitions.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Team's top three-point shooter will split time at point and off-guard spot.
G - Alex Harris - Top freshman player has emerged as a candidate at the point.
G - Michael Chambers - Transfer from USF will see time at the wing.
G - Derek Rasp - Walk-on freshman is an outstanding shooter.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Groin injury has sidelined him for about three more weeks.
F - Glenn Turner - Ankle injury has sidelined him for about two more weeks.
F - Chris Devine - Knee injury has sidelined him until probably mid-January.
F - Todd Follmer - Freshman is a possible candidate to redshirt.
F - Chris Moore - Freshman forward is rounding into shape after missing ten days with virus.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-13 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 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 steered UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. In his six seasons in Santa Barbara, Williams' teams have posted an 96-79 (.558) overall record and a 66-36 (.647) 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 285-179 at four-year schools.
On The Air
All UC Santa Barbara radio games are broadcast are carried live in Santa Barbara by ClearChannel Santa Barbara. Most of the games are broadcast on KTLK 1340-AM, but three will be carried on KTMS 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers' Superstar Don Ford will again be mikeside for the color commentary. Much to the disgust and chagrin of the Santa Barbara radio-listening community, UCSB Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations Bill Mahoney will handle the color commentary for selected road games.
The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams show will be aired each Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on KTLK 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community.