UCSB Will Look for First Win Monday Night at Illinois State

Dalante Dunklin (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Dalante Dunklin (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• This Week
Game No. 2
Monday, November 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Illinois State Redbirds

at ISU's Redbird Arena - Normal, Ill.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 3
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. The Master's College Mustangs

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

• Season Tickets Still Available
Season tickets for both the men's and women's teams remain available from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here for men's season tickets and here for women's season tickets.  Also, for the nest two seasons, the season tickets will commemorate 35 years of the Thunderdome and the tickets will reflect that.  This year, the commemorative tickets will celebrate some of the greatest players to ever play in the storied arena and next year the greatest moments will be remembered.

• 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 ninth 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.  Head coach Bob Williams can also be heard every Thursday on "Bob and the Baron" at 8:50 a.m. on AM 1290. 

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes.  Hosted by Gerry Fall, the voice of the Gauchos. 

 Two-Year Thunderdome Celebration Begins 
In 2012-13, UC Santa Barbara will begin a two-year 35th anniversary celebration of the Thunderdome. The #thunderdome35 celebration includes commemorative 2012-13  season tickets that feature some of the greatest players to ever compete on the Thunderdome court.  The players will also be remembered during Gaucho men's and women's basketball home broadcasts as well as the Gauchos in Thirty television show and online at UCSBgauchos.com.


UCSB Opens With Loss at LSU  
UC Santa Barbara opened its 2012-13 season on Friday night with a 77-63 loss in Baton Rouge, La., to LSU.  The Gauchos led by as many as seven points (11-4) in the early going, but 23 turnovers cost them dearly in defeat.  Junior Kyle Boswell made 6-of-9 shots, including 3-of-6 from three-point territory, to lead the way with 17 points.  Sophomore Alan Williams battled foul trouble all night but finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in just 21 minutes.  Freshman Michael Bryson came off the bench to scored 10 points and grab four boards.  He also hit a pair of three-point baskets.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Monday night game at Illinois State with an overall record of 0-1 and a Big West mark of 0-0.  The league mark is not likely to change as a result of the game against the Redbirds.  In 2011-12, the Gauchos were 20-11 overall and 12-4 in the Big West Conference, finishing second.  Following the year, they took part in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.  It was the program's third straight postseason appearance and the fourth in the last five years.  In 2010 and 2011, Santa Barbara won the Big West Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and in 2008 it won the league's regular season crown and played in the NIT.

"We're Number Three!"
The coaching staff, a few players and the uniforms.  Those are essentially the only similarities between the 2011-12 Gauchos and the 2012-13 Gauchos.  If you include walk-ons, possible redshirts and players who are sidelined by injury, the 2012-13 UCSB roster includes nine, that's right NINE freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and one, that's right ONE senior.  In a survey of other programs, the Gauchos are the third youngest team in the nation, trailing only the Naval Academy and Dartmouth.  

Williams Enters 15th Season In Santa Barbara
The 2012-13 season is Bob Williams' 15th at UCSB.  The 15-year tenure equals Jerry Pimm for the second longest in school history, one fewer than Willie Wilton, who guided the program for 16 years.  Last year Williams surpassed Pimm as the program's all-time leader in coaching victories.  He enters Monday's game with a Gaucho record of 237-182 and an overall record of 427-282.  Last year Santa Barbara advanced to the College Insider Tournament and it marked the third straight season and fourth in the last five that the team advanced to postseason play.  The 2010 and 2011 Gauchos won the Big West Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while in 2008 they won the league's regular season title and went to the National Invitation Tournament.  Under Williams, Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and the NIT in 2003.  Also last season, UCSB won 20 games for the fourth time under Williams' guidance and the 11th time in school history.  

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored 17 points in opener at LSU, his second-highest total ever.
G 1   Nate Garth - Had two points and three rebounds as starter in game one.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Set a career-high with six rebounds at LSU.  
F 15 Alan Williams - Limited to 21 minutes at LSU, had 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks.
F 35 Taran Brown- Struggled mightily in opener as he made just one out of 10 shots.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 0 Dalanté Dunklin - Scored six points and had three boards in 15 minute debut.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Originally a redshirt candidate, had three points in six minutes at LSU.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Projected starter is hanging out in Santa Barbara with sprained ankle. 
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Battling groin injury and played 11 minutes at LSU.  
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Had solid poker hand in debut: two points, two rebounds, two assists.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Had 10 points, four rebounds at LSU.  Back soreness may sideline him.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Redshirt JC transfer logged seven minutes in first D-I game.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Made his debut with two points and four rebounds at LSU.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Produced a team-high two steals in game at LSU.

It Isn't Easy Being Green
Just ask Kermit the Frog, but from a basketball perspective, it hasn't been too easy by John Green either.  Green, a 6-foot-5 guard who UCSB was depending on this season, broke a bone in his foot in August and is sideline indefinitely and possibly for the season.  Last year, in an exhibition game, the Oakland, Calif., native gave an inkling of what he was capable of when he had 17 points and nine rebounds.  In the season-opener he scored five points, but in the second half of that game against Chapman, he fell to the floor with the same broken bone, in the same foot.  He missed the entire season but was awarded a medical redshirt.  

Injured Hornbuckle Remains At Home
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle did not accompany the Gauchos on their trip to LSU and Illinois State.  Hornbuckle had been nursing a sore ankle and it didn't seem to be making much progress so the coaching staff decided to hold him out of the exhibition game against La Verne and now they've opted to keep him home instead of taking him on the trip.  Hornbuckle severely sprained his ankle in July and it was slow to improve.  It did improve to the point that he was able to take part in most practices, but then the recovery seemed to hit a wall and it was decided to shut him down.

Injury List Could Expand
UCSB's injury list could expand by two for the game at Illinois State.  The Gauchos were without freshmen guards Michael Bryson (10 points, four rebounds) and Duke DaRé (Two points, four rebounds) in practice on Sunday.  Bryson was battling a sore back that he played through in the second half at Baton Rouge and DaRé was suffering with an injury to his oblique (formerly known as a side muscle).  The status is up-in-the-air for the game against the Redbirds.  

Freshmen Set School Record At LSU
Despite losing a 77-63 decision at LSU, the Gauchos set a new freshman record in the game.  UCSB had seven different freshmen score in the loss, the most in a single game in program history.  In addition Shawn Moore, a redshirt junior transfer from Butte College, scored as well, giving the Gauchos eight players wo scored their first points a the Division I level.  Michael Bryson led the way among the eight with 10 points. 

A Return To Normalcy
UCSB has played against Illinois State in Normal one other time, dropping an 87-59 decision on Nov. 30, 2008.  That game was part of the Word Vision Invitational and the Gauchos won the first two games they played at Redbird Arena, defeating Nicholls and Winston-Salem State.    

For Openers, A Loss That Ended A Streak
The Gauchos 77-63 loss in the first game at LSU ended a lengthy streak of season-opening wins.  Before the game against the Tigers, UCSB had won nine straight season-openers.  

Traveling Men 
UCSB is 0-1 in road games this season after losing the season-opener at LSU.  In 2011-12 the Gauchos went 7-7 in true road games and 9-8 in all games away from home.  Santa Barbara will play 16 true road games in 2012-13.

What's The Point? 
While we make take some issue with the stat keepers at LSU, the box score showed that UCSB's four point guards (Nate Garth, Dalanté Dunklin, T.J. Taylor and Duke DaRé) combined for just one assist in a combined 55 minutes on Friday night.  Taylor, limited to 11 minutes with tight groin, had the sole assist in the game against the Tigers.  On the bright side, the Gaucho foursome also had a mere four turnovers in its 55 minutes.

Youthful Jitters?
The Gauchos had 23 turnovers in its loss at LSU, three more than they had in any game during the 2011-12 season and the most since they had 25 in a Dec. 15, 2010 win at UNLV. The last time UCSB had more turnovers in a game and lost was on Jan. 14, 2010 when it had 29 at Long Beach State. Of the 23 turnovers, nine were committed by freshmen and 20 by freshmen and sophomores.  

Rebound Bright Side
UCSB had a slight rebounding advantage in its game at LSU.  The Gauchos had a 41-40 edge on the board.  Of the 41 rebounds, 15 were offensive.  Sophomores Alan Williams and Lewis Thomas had six apiece to lead the way.