Gauchos Look to Remain Perfect at Home, Host Wyoming Wednesday

Gauchos Look to Remain Perfect at Home, Host Wyoming Wednesday

• This Week
Game No. 6
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Wyoming Cowboys

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Video Stream: BigWest.TV
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Game No. 7
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Santa Clara University Broncos

at SCU's Leavey Center - Santa Clara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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• 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 and 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.

Gauchos Host Wyoming For First Of Two Meetings   
UC Santa Barbara hosts Wyoming on Wednesday night in the first of two games between the schools this year.  The Gauchos and Cowboys will meet again on Dec. 21 in Laramie, Wyo.  The last time UCSB played a non-conference opponent twice in the same season was during the 2004-05 campaign when they played San Diego State in a home-and-home.  On Saturday, the Gauchos travel to Santa Clara to take on the University of Santa Clara.  It will mark the second time in a three-game span that they will play a team with the nickname Broncos and the fourth time in a five game stretch that an opponent's nickname is a horse (The Master's College Mustangs, Boise State and Santa Clara Broncos)or horse-related (Wyoming Cowboys).  

The UCSB Record
UCSB enters its Wednesday night game against Wyoming with an overall record of 2-3.   Since losing at LSU and Illinois State to open the 2012-13 season, the Gauchos have gone 2-1.  They had a two-game winning streak ended at Boise State on Saturday, losing 72-56.

First Half Surge Leads Boise State Past UCSB
A 25-2 surge to end the first half and start the second half proved decisive as Boise State rolled past visiting UCSB on Saturday, 72-56.  The Broncos put the Gauchos away over the final eight minutes of the first half when they went on an 18-0 run to blow open a 19-18 game and take an insurmountable 37-20 lead at the break.  BSU's big run to end the first half extended into the second half as they outscored UCSB 7-0 in the opening 1:10  to push the rally to 25-2 and the lead to 44-20 with 18:50 left in the game.  A three-point basket by Lewis Thomas stopped the momentum. UCSB committed 12 turnovers in the pivotal first 20 minutes leading to 12 Boise points.  The Gauchos tightened things up in the second half and finished with 16 turnovers. Jeff Elorriaga scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, all on three-pointers, three of which came during the decisive run. Alan Williams, who picked-up two quick offensive fouls in the first half limiting him to four minutes, finished with 15 points, all in the second half.  Taran Brown ended with 13 points, along with a team-leading five rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. 

UCSB Games At San Diego State, Cal Added To TV Slate 
The Gauchos' games at San Diego State on Dec. 6 and Cal on Dec. 18 will both be televised and available region-wide.  The game against the Aztecs will be carried by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and tip-off at 7:00 p.m.  The game against the Golden Bears will be aired on the Pac 12 Networks and will tip at 8:00 p.m.  UCSB will also be televised when they play at Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29, ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.), vs. Long Beach State (Jan. 5, Fox Prime Ticket at 4:00 p.m.), at Long Beach State (Jan. 30, ESPNU at 8:00 p.m.) and possibly vs. Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 7, ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.).  The home game against the Titans is one of two from which ESPN2 will choose to televise.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 1   Nate Garth - Has 17 assists and just eight turnovers through five games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made at least one three-pointer in four of five games.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Played a season-low 16 minutes at Boise State. 
F 15 Alan Williams - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game.
F 35 Taran Brown- Blocked a career-high four shots at Boise State.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- MIssed game at Boise State with stomach flu. 
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Tied his career-high with two steals at Boise State. 
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Logged season-high 12 minutes at Boise State.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Had career-high two steals in career-high 24 minutes at Boise State.  
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Played 14 minutes at Boise State, the third time he's played that many.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Scored season-best five points at Boise State.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Scoreless at Boise State after scoring nine over previous two games.

"We're Number Three!"
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. 

The Injury Roundup 
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle and freshman guard Aamahd Walker each remained sidelined for UCSB's game at Boise State on Saturday.  Hornbuckle, who has had a bad ankle since July, probably could have played but he stayed home with a stomach flu.  He might play against Wyoming.  Walker did not travel for the game at Boise State and remains sidelined with a back injury.  There are a handful of other Gauchos banged-up, but with the exception of John Green, none are expected to miss Wednesday's game.  

Williams Continues His Double-Speak
Sophomore Alan Williams had 15 points, two blocked shots, two assists and a season-low two rebounds in the Gauchos' loss at Boise State. Williams, who has been plagued by early foul trouble this season, committed a pair of offensive fouls in the opening minutes and was limited to just under four minutes in the first half against the Broncos.  He was scoreless, but bounced back with all 15 points in the second half.  Williams is the only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all five games this season.  He is second on the team at 14.6 points per game and leads the way in rebounds (8.2 per game) and blocked shots (3.2 per game).  His blocked shot figure also leads the Big West.  The Phoenix native has a pair of double-doubles this season, equaling the total he had last year.  Williams went for 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Nov. 17 win over The Master's College after going for 15 points and a career-high with 13 rebounds on Nov. 12 at Illinois State.

Taran It Up
Since scoring just three points and making 1-of-10 shot from the field in the opener at LSU, freshman forward Taran Brown has averaged 18.0 points and made 27-of-56 shots, 48.2%.  He has also became the first freshman to lead the team in scoring in three straight games since Chris Devine turned the trick in 2005-06. Brown had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a career-high four blocked shots at Boise State.  His 22-point effort at Illinois State is the highest output by a Gaucho this season and the highest by a UCSB freshman since James Nunnally had 22 against North Carolina in November of 2008.  In his next game, against The Master's College, Brown scored 20 points, ,becoming the first freshman in school history to score 20 or more in back-to-back games.  In that same game, he had a career-high 13 rebounds for his first double-double.

The Opponents
It's been a while since UCSB and Wyoming played.  The last time the programs met was on Dec. 19, 1975 when the Cowboys won in Laramie, 57-49.  Overall, the teams have played four times with each winning two.  The Gauchos and Santa Clara have played 26 times in a series that began in 1964.  The Broncos hold a 16-11 all-time advantage, but UCSB  has won the last two games.  Last season, on Nov. 15, 2011, the Gauchos won 89-56.  The last time the teams played in the Bay Area, Dec. 4, 2010, they won 80-69.

Dome, Sweet Dome 
UCSB is 2-0 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 54-16.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 0-3 in road games this season after losing at LSU, Illinois State and Boise 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.

Jekyll And Hyde
UCSB has been two different teams this season.  There is the Gaucho team that has shown up for road games.  That team is 0-3 and has been soundly beaten in all three games.  Then, there is the UCSB team that has shown up for home games.  That Gaucho team is 2-0, has outscored its opponents by an average of 19.0 points per game and has allowed a mere 31.9% opponent field goal percentage, including 22.2% from three-point range.  The Thunderdome version of UCSB also outrebounds its opponents by 10.0 per game.  The road version is being outscored  by an average of 19.3 points per game and outrebounded by 7.7 per game.  The road opponents are shooting 50.8% from the field overall and 45.3% from outside the three-point arc.   

Margin Of Error
Through five games this season, UCSB is being outscored by an average of 4.0 points per game, but all five games have been decided by at least 14 points.  The closest game the Gauchos have been involved in this season was the opener at LSU when they lost, 77-63, a 14-point margin.