Nov. 30, 2010
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Tickets available by clicking here
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Santa Clara
at Santa Clara's Leavey Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Live Stats
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.
"Locos Live," an interactive post-game show that will be broadcast live from Chino's Rock & Tacos at 6530 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, will debut following Wednesday night's between UCSB and Loyola Marymount. Locos Live will air on AM 1290 immediately following the regular Gauchos' post-game. The show will feature a rundown of that night's game as well as interviews with UCSB players. Gaucho Locos present at the broadcast will also be able to ask questions and win prizes.
Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Follow Gaucho Basketball On Twitter
Don't forget, fans can follow UCSB Athletics on twitter by going to twitter.com/UCSBgauchos and the men's basketball program at twitter.com/UCSBbasketball.
UCSB Returns Home...Briefly
UC Santa Barbara will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to host Loyola Marymount in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The return home will be a very brief one however. Following the game against the Lions the Gauchos will have a difficult three-game road stretch beginning at Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 4. After an 11-day break for final examinations, UCSB will embark on its most difficult non-conference road trip of the season. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Gauchos will play at 23rd-ranked UNLV and on Saturday, Dec. 18 they travel to 19th-ranked San Diego State. At that point, UCSB will have played seven of its first nine games away from home.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game against Loyola Marymount with a 2-3 record. Since winning their opener, the Gauchos have dropped three of four games. In their last outing, on Saturday, Nov. 27, Santa Barbara lost a 75-63 decision at the University of Portland.
The Last Time Out
James Nunnally scored 22 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds and Orlando Johnson added 18 points, but it wasn't enough as UCSB couldn't overcome a big deficit in a 75-63 loss at the University of Portland on Saturday night. Portland took advantage of 16 first half turnovers by the Gauchos to take a 37-15 halftime lead. The Pilots, who made 8-of-16 three-point attempts in the first half and 12-of-24 in the game, pushed the lead to 46-21 with 16:10 remaining. The advantage was still 56-33 with 10:37 to play but an 18-4 run by the Gauchos, highlighted by a pair of Nunnally three-point plays and capped by a three-pointer from freshman Kyle Boswell, pulled UCSB within 60-51 with 5:18 remaining. Portland responded with a 10-2 surge of its own to reclaim an insurmountable 70-53 lead with just more than three minutes to go in the game. The Gauchos closed the game on a 10-5 run, but it was too late. In addition to its 16 turnovers, Santa Barbara made just 6-of-17 field goals in the first half and didn't attempt a free throw. The Gauchos had just two turnovers after halftime. They also had six offensive rebounds in the second half and made 12-of-12 from the free throw line.
Williams Posts 200th Win As UCSB Coach
Head coach Bob Williams recorded his 200th win in the opener against Denver. Williams, who is now 201-159 at UCSB, became just the third coach in school history to record 200 or more victories. He joined Jerry Pimm (222-202) and Willie Wilton (205-163) in the exclusive club.
UCSB and Loyola Marymount have played 82 times in a series that dates back to 1937. The Lions have a 46-36 all-time edge on the Gauchos. Santa Barbara won the last game between the schools, 89-84, on Nov. 28, 2009. UCSB and Santa Clara have played 24 times since the series started in 1964. The Broncos hold a 15-9 all-time edge and they won last year's meeting between the schools, 79-68, in Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 1-0 at home this season. UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 18 of their last 20 home games.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 1-3 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 0-2 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew - Leads the team in steals at 2.0 per game.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 35 of his games at UCSB.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had eight points in just 12 minutes before fouling out at Portland.
F 21 James Nunnally - Posted third double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds at Portland.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Started the game but did not play in the second half at Portland.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has at least one steal in all five games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Made 1-of-2 from 3-point range at Portland and is now 3-of-4 overall.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Injured his hip at Portland and is doubtful for LMU game.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has played in three of the five games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has swatted a shot in each of the last two games.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Drained the first 3-pointer of his career at Portland.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Blocked a season-high five shots in game at Portland.
Johnson, Nunnally Rank Nationally
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally are 1-2 in the Big West Conference in scoring. Johnson's average of 24.6 points per game leads the Big West and ranks ninth in the nation. Nunnally is averaging 18.0 points per game and enters the week ranked second in the conference and 75th in the nation.
Johnson Continues Double-Figure Streak
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures in all five UCSB games this season and all 35 since becoming a Gaucho. Johnson's streak is the longest that the program has seen since Raymond Tutt scored 10 or more in 36 straight games during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
1,000 Career Points For Johnson
When Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 35 points in UCSB's Nov. 20 win over Fresno State, he also accomplished a personal milestone. Johnson eclipsed the 1,000 point mark as a collegiate player. As a Gaucho, he has scored 663 points, but in his one season at Loyola Marymount, he set a Lions' record for points by a freshman with 383. With 18 points in Santa Barbara's game at Portland on Saturday, Johnson has now scored 1,046 career points.
Nunnally Does Double-Duty Too
James Nunnally has scored in double-figures in all five games this season. On Nov. 14 at Portland, Nunnally scored a career-high 28 points. In UCSB's game at Portland on Saturday, he had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the season and the third of his career.
In Search Of Balance
The good news is that UCSB has two players averaging 18 or more points per game. The bad news is that nobody else is averaging more than 6.2 per game. Jaimé Serna, at 6.2 points per game, is third on the team. He scored 12 points in the season opener and is the only player on the team, outside of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, to score in double-figures this season. Both Johnson and Nunnally have scored 10 or more in all five games.
Free At Last
There is no getting past the fact that free throws were an issue for the Gauchos in 2009-10. As a team, they hit just 68.1% for the season and only twice, including the Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State, did they make 80-percent or better. Through five games this year, UCSB is shooting a sparkling 79.8% from the charity stripe. In addition, the Gauchos made 81.5% or better in four of the five games and in Saturday's game at Portland, they were a perfect 12-for-12. James Nunnally leads the way and has made 27-of-30, 90.0%.
Through five games, UCSB is averaging 10.8 steals. The Gauchos have had six or more steals in all five games and have had nine or more four times. In the season opener against Denver at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational, Santa Barbara produced 17 steals, the third most in school history. The Gauchos also had 13 steals on Nov. 20 against Fresno State. Individually, Will Brew leads the way with eight steals in four games. Orlando Johnson and Jordan Weiner each have eight in five games.
The Sultan Of Swat
Junior center Greg Somogyi blocked five shots in UCSB's game at Portland on Saturday. It was the fifth time in his career that Somogyi had blocked five or more shots in a game. Last season, in a Feb. 20 game at Fresno State, the 7-foot-3 Hungarian blocked a school record eight shots. This season, Somogyi is averaging 2.6 blocked shots per game and has 13 in just 76 minutes of action. He has two or more blocks in four out of five games and three or more three times. In his career, Somogyi now has 88 blocked shots. Since the start of the season he has moved from seventh on UCSB's career list to fifth, passing Richard Anderson (76) and Kealon Wallace (82).
Williams Approaches Three Other Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams, who is his 13th season at UCSB, reached one milestone in the season opener - he became the third coach in school history to hit the 200 win mark - and he is continuing to pursue three others. With 201 career wins, Williams needs five to move past Willie Wilton (205) and into second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs 10 wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 22 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.
UCSB will be televised a minimum of four times and possibly as many as six in 2010-11. Gaucho home games on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State (ESPNU), Feb. 3 against Pacific (ESPNU) and Feb. 5 against UC Davis (Prime Ticket), as well as a Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine (Fox Sports West) are set in stone. Three of four Big West games scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 will also be selected for television and with UCSB scheduled to play at Long Beach State, it is likely that game will be on as well. Finally, the Gauchos' ESPNU BracketBusters game slated for Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Thunderdome, could be televised. If ESPN does choose the game, it could be moved to either Friday, Feb. 18 or Sunday, Feb. 20. The BracketBusters announcement is scheduled for Jan. 31.