November 5, 2008

See the Gauchos on Wednesday, Meet the Gauchos on Thursday

Nov. 5, 2008

• The Schedule
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Westmont at UCSB's Thunderdome Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM Game available on Gametracker

• Opening Act
Lindsay Gottlieb, just the fourth coach UCSB women's basketball has ever known, will make her Gaucho coaching debut tonight vs. Westmont. Hired on May 15 to replace Mark French after his 21 years with the program, this is Gottlieb's first head coaching job. Before coming to Santa Barbara, she was the associate head coach at Cal.

• Come Meet the 2008-09 Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara's men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced to the media and community on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion downtown. All fans and UCSB supporters are encouraged to come, listen to the coaches and players speak then enjoy free food and participate in a meet-and-greet session. Media guides will be available, plus it is an opportunity for fans to purchase tickets to games and win UCSB merchandise.

• Gauchos Picked Second in Big West
UCSB was picked to finish second in the Big West by both the coaches and media members at the recent Big West media day last week. The Gauchos, who went 15-1 in conference play last year, finished with two first place votes and 55 total points in the coaches poll - five points behind UC Riverside. In the media poll, the Gauchos received five first-place votes, but wound up tied with UC Davis for second with 83 points, six total points behind UC Riverside for first.

• Operation `Thank You'
To commemorate Veteran's Day, the Gauchos are doing something special during their exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 11 vs. Vanguard. All military personnel and veterans will receive two free tickets by showing their military ID at the Thunderdome ticket booth.