November 20, 2012

Gauchos Welcome San Diego to Thunderdome Wednesday in Final Pre-Thanksgiving Game

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This Week
Game No. 4
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. The University of San Diego Toreros

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

Game No. 5
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Boise State Broncos

at BSU's Taco Bell Arena - Boise, Idaho
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

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. 

• 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.

• 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.  Also, fans can catch head coach Bob Williams on "Bob and The Baron" every Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m. on AM 1290.

UCSB Splits Week Between Home And Road  
UC Santa Barbara will play its second straight home game on Wednesday, Nov. 21 when it hosts the University of San Diego.  Not long thereafter, at 5:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving day, in fact, the Gauchos will leave for a one-game trip to Boise State where they will play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.  Following the game at Boise, UCSB will return home for its final November game against Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Wednesday night game against San Diego with an overall record of 1-2 and a Big West mark of 0-0.  The league mark is not likely to change as a result of the game against the Toreros.  Boy, that line never gets old.  After losing games at LSU and Illinois State to open the 2012-13 season, the Gauchos opened their home schedule on Nov. 17 with an 80-60 win over The Master's College   

Gauchos Gets In The Win Column  
Freshman Taran Brown and sophomore Alan Williams each recorded double-doubles and five players scored in double-figures as UCSB got into the win column for the first time this season, defeating The Master's College on Saturday night, 80-60.  Brown had 20 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for his first double-double.  Williams got his second double-double in as many games with 17 points and 12 rebounds.  It was the fourth of his career.  In addition, Nate Garth had 12 points and a career-high seven assists, Kyle Boswell added 11 points and T.J. Taylor had 10.  Leading 47-40 with 17 minutes to play, the Gauchos used a 21-7 run to build the lead to 68-47 with 7:34 remaining.  The lead got as high as 26 before UCSB settled for the 20-point win.  Santa Barbara outrebounded the Mustangs 50-31 and had a season-high 22 assists in the win.

"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 eight, that's right EIGHT 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.  

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Had season-high four assists in win over The Master's College.
G 1   Nate Garth - Had a career-high seven assists without a turnover against The Master's College.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Pulled down a personal-best nine rebounds vs. The Master's College. 
F 15 Alan Williams - Has two consecutive double-doubles.
F 35 Taran Brown- Averaged 21.0 points in the last two games.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Ankle seems to have improved, may play vs. San Diego. 
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Tied his career-high with 10 points in each of the last two games.  
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Has two rebounds in each of the first three games.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Back injury caused him to miss game against The Master's.  
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Logged a personal-high 14 minutes in win over The Master's College.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Has five assists in the last two games, a total of 28 minutes.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Had a personal-best four points vs. The Master's College.

The Opponents
UCSB holds a 14-6 all-time edge on the Toreros, including a 65-61 win at San Diego on Dec. 13, 2011. The Gauchos and Boise State have played 10 times in a series that dates back to 1975 and each team has won five times.  The teams last met as part of the ESPNU BracketBuster series on Feb. 19, 2011 with the Broncos winning on a buzzer-beater in overtime, 78-76.   

Dome, Sweet Dome 
UCSB is 1-0 at home this season and went 11-3 at home last season with the losses coming to Long Beach State, San Diego State (in overtime) and UNLV (in double overtime), all teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the last five-plus years, the Gauchos have gone 53-16.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 0-2 in road games this season after losing at LSU and Illinois State.  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.

Point Guard Progress
In the opener at LSU, the players who play the point for UCSB combined for just 10 points and one assist in 55 minutes.  The last two games have been a different story.  On Nov. 12 at Illinois State, the point guards combined for 19 points and six assists in 53 minutes.  On Saturday against The Master's College,  Nate Garth and T.J. Taylor combined for 44 minutes played, 22 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and just one turnover.  They were also 8-for-9 from the field overall and 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point stripe.  Garth had 12 points and a career-best seven assists while Taylor made all three of his shots, including two from outside the arc, and tied his career-high for the second straight game with 10 points.

A Turnover Rebound
The Gauchos had 23 turnovers in their loss at LSU in the season opener, 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.  In the last two games combined, the Gauchos have committed 25 turnovers.  After producing 12 at Illinois State, they had 13 in the game against The Master's College. 

The Injury Roundup 
UCSB's injury list is an ever-changing and fluid thing.  One thing we know for sure is that freshman John Green, expected to be one of the team's top offensive threats this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot.  It's the same bone he broke last year.  Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle, who did not travel with the team on its trip to LSU and Illinois State because of an ongoing ankle injury, was anticipated to play in the game against The Master's, but didn't.  He could return against San Diego.   Freshman guards Michael Bryson and Aamahd Walker were both out with back injuries on Saturday.  Walker is expected to remain sidelined, but Bryson could play against San Diego.  

Brown Makes Gaucho History
Freshman forward Taran Brown had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in the Gauchos' win over The Master's College.  In the previous game, at Illinois State, he had 22 points, six assists and three rebounds.  According to our research, Brown is the first freshman in school history to score 20 or more points in back-to-back games and the first freshman since Chris Devine to score 20 or more more than once in a season.  After really struggling in his first game as a Gaucho (1-for-10 from the field, three points at LSU), Brown has averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the last two.  In those games he made 15-of-31 shots overall, 48.4%, and 7-of-16 from three-point range, 43.7%.   

Williams, Alan That Is, Doubles-Up...Again
Sophomore Alan Williams had 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the win over The Master's College.  It was Williams' second straight double-double and the fourth of his career.  In the previous game, at Illinois State, he had 15 points and tied his career-high with 13 rebounds.  Through three games, he is now averaging team-highs of 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.  Williams is the only player on the team to score in double-figures in every game this season and he has taken twice as many free throws (20) as the next closest player, Nate Garth (10).

Balancing Act
UCSB had five players score in double-figures in its win over The Master's College.  Taran Brown (20), Alan Williams (17), Nate Garth (12), Kyle Boswell (11) and T.J. Taylor (10) each had double-figures.  Last year, in 31 games, the Gauchos only achieved the feat once.