March 11, 2012

UCSB Will Travel to Idaho for College Insider Tournament Wednesday

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the postseason College Insider Tournament on Wednesday at the University of Idaho, it was announced on Sunday.

The Gauchos, who have a record of 20-10, will advance to their third straight postseason and their fourth in the last five years.  UCSB lost to Long Beach State in the championship of the Big West Tournament on Saturday night.  It was the third straight final between the two schools and the first that went Long Beach's way.

Santa Barbara is led by guard Orlando Johnson who is the school's all-time leading scorer and eclipsed the 1,800 point mark on Saturday night.  Johnson and James Nunnally form the greatest duo in UCSB history and one of the greatest in Big West annals.  Together, they have scored more than 3,200 points.

Idaho is a former member of the Big West Conference and is currently a Western Athletic Conference member.

"The opportunity to go to the postseason is special," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams.  "In 2008, we had a special group that included Al (Alex) Harris, Chris Devine and Ivan (Elliott), they won the regular season title and had to settle for the NIT.  It was a great experience.  That group wasn't sure it wanted to go, but we did, and they had one of the best times of their lives.  I hope this experience is great for this group."

The Gauchos and Vandals will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station.