The Gauchos Travel to Santa Clara for Saturday Night Match-Up Against the Broncos
• This Week
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
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game No. 8
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at San Diego State Aztecs
at SDSU's Viajas Arena - San Diego, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
TV: Time Warner Cable Sportsnet
• Huddle Up!
There will be a Gaucho Huddle prior to the UCSB game at Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Huddle will take place in a hospitality suite at the Leavey Center on the SCU campus. It will start at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before tip-off. The cost is $30 and includes access to UCSB's hospitality suite during the game as well as a ticket to the game. For information, please contact Christina Baglas as Christina.Baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu or by calling 805-893-5372.
• 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 Hits The Road For Final Two Pre-Final Exam Games
UC Santa Barbara will hit the road for its final two pre-final examination games beginning with a trip to Santa Clara on Saturday. The Gauchos will play the Broncos in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Leavey Center. On Thursday, Dec. 6, UCSB travels south to take-on nationally-ranked San Diego State. The Aztecs are scheduled to become a member of the Big West Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season.
• The UCSB Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Santa Clara with a record of 2-4. On Wednesday night, the Gauchos dropped a 68-40 decision at home to Wyoming. The loss was their second in a row and their first at home.
• Ice Cold Gauchos Lose First Home Game, 68-40 To Wyoming
Luke Martinez made five three-point baskets and scored 17 points, and UCSB shot just 28.6% from the field and committed 18 turnovers in a 68-40 loss to Wyoming on Wednesday night. After falling behind 6-0, the Gauchos scored seven straight points, the final three on a three-point basket by freshman Michael Bryson, but a 9-0 run by the Cowboys put them in front to stay. Wyoming led 34-21 at halftime and the lead never dipped below 10 in the second half. After making just 34.6% of its shots in the first half, it got worse for UCSB in the final 20 minutes as the team made just 7-of-30 overall, 23.3%, and 3-of-15 from three-point range, 20.0%. The Gauchos lost despite attempting 17 more field goals than the Cowboys. Santa Barbara, however, attempted just three free throws, making a pair, as opposed to Wyoming which was 23-of-27 from the line. Alan Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead UCSB before fouling out after 20 minutes of play. Kyle Boswell added 10 points and Taran Brown had nine to go along with six rebounds.
• The Bright Spot
If there was one bright spot in Wednesday's loss to Wyoming, it was that junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle made his debut for the Gauchos. While he played just seven scoreless minutes, the fact that he was on the court was a positive. Hornbuckle suffered a severe ankle injury in July and has been working to return ever since. He missed UCSB's game at Boise State on Nov. 24 with a stomach flu. He is expected to make the trip to Santa Clara and will likely play.
• 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.
• The Opponents
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. Santa Barbara and San Diego State have played 82 times in a series that began in 1937. The Aztecs have won the last six in a row, including a tough 76-75 overtime decision in the last meeting on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Thunderdome. The last Gaucho win in the series was also their last win in San Diego and it came by a score of 80-72 in overtime on Nov. 19, 2004.
• 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.
• Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made at least one three-pointer in five of six games.
F 15 Alan Williams - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Played a career-high 25 minutes against Wyoming, his first start.
F 35 Taran Brown- Has 13 three-pointers in the last five games.
G 43 Duke DaRé - Walk-on made his first career start vs. Wyoming.
• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Nate Garth - Banged his head on the floor vs. Wyoming, status questionable for Santa Clara.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Logged seven minutes vs. Wyoming, his first appearance of the year.
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Played a season-high 22 minutes vs. Wyoming, tied season-high with three assists.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Came off the bench vs. Wyoming, a first for him this season.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Blocked his first career shot in the loss to Wyoming.
G 32 John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34 Shawn Moore - Played a season-low one minute vs. Wyoming.
F 44 Sam Beeler - Scoreless in the last two games, a span of 19 minutes.
• Growing Pains
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 returned to action on Wednesday night for the first time this season. Hornbuckle, who missed UCSB's first five games primarily because of a sprained ankle, logged seven minutes against the Cowboys. Freshman guard Aamahd Walker remains sidelined with a back injury. In the second half of the game against Wyoming, point guard Nate Garth banged his head on the floor after being knocked down and his status is doubtful for the game at Santa Clara.
• The Other Williams
Sophomore Alan "Don't Call Me Bob" Williams is the only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all six games this season. He led the team with 11 points and nine boards vs. Wyoming but, as has been the case in all but one game this season, he battled foul trouble. Williams was limited to 20 minutes before fouling out against the Cowboys. He has had four or more fouls in four of six games, and in one of the others, at Boise State, he committed a pair of fouls early and had to sit the final 16 minutes of the first half. When Williams returned in the second half the game was essentially out of hand. Tied for the team-lead at 14.0 points per game, he also leads the way at 8.3 rebounds per outing and he has 16 blocked shots. Williams had consecutive double-doubles on Nov. 12 vs. Illinois State (15 points, 13 rebounds) and The Master's College (17 points, 12 rebounds) and now has four in his career.
• Brown Takes A Respite
Freshman Taran Brown has emerged as one of UCSB's top all-around players in his first season of action. Brown is tied for the team-lead at 14.0 points per game and he ranks second in rebounds (6.0 per game), assists (3.0 per game) and blocked shots (1.0 per game). He did, however, struggle in the loss to Wyoming, scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting overall and 2-of-5 from three-point range. The nine-point effort ended a run of four straight double-figure performances for the native of Gillette, Wyo. Still, in five games since going 1-of-10 from the field, including 0-for-5 from three-point range, scoring three points and grabbing one rebound in the opener, Brown has averaged 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in the last five.
•Boswell Returns To Familiar Role
Junior Kyle Boswell started the first five games for the Gauchos this season. On Wednesday night against Wyoming, he returned to a role that he became familiar with last year as he came off the bench for the first time. Despite playing as a reserve against the Cowboys, Boswell led the team with 30 minutes played, a season-high, and he scored 10 points, making 4-of-10 shots overall and 2-of-7 from three-point territory. He is second on the team with 10 three-point baskets through six games, but he has yet to really find his range from long distance. Since going 3-for-6 in the season's first game against LSU, Boswell has made 7-of-28, 25.0%. Last year, he led the Gauchos at 43.5% from outside the arc.