Gauchos Head North, Face Cal Tuesday

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• This Week
Game No. 10
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Golden Bears

at Cal's Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
TV: Pac 12 Networks

Game No. 11
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Univ. of Wyoming Cowboys

at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium - Laramie, Wyo.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

• Huddle Up!
The final in a series of three Gaucho Basketball Huddles is scheduled for pre-game when UCSB travels to Cal on Dec. 18.  The Huddle costs $25 and run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Toll Room of the Cal Alumni House.  Heavy appetizers and drinks are included and a member o the Gaucho coaching staff will be there for a pre-game chalk talk and a preview of the game. For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Christina Baglas, the Director of Marketing, Events & Stewardship for the Gaucho Fund, at Christina.Baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu or by calling 805-893-5372.

• Single Game Tickets Available!
Single game tickets for all Gaucho men's and women's basketball games are now available and can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

• 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.

• 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.  Fans can also catch Gaucho head coach Bob Williams every Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m. as he visits with Baron Ron Herron on "Bob and The Baron" on AM 1290.

Gauchos Travel To Cal, Wyoming For Final Preseason Games   
UC Santa Barbara will travel to Berkeley on Tuesday, Dec. 18 for an 8:00 p.m. game against Cal.  The Gauchos will remain on the road following the game in Northern California, and will travel to Laramie, Wyo., for a game against the University of Wyoming on Friday, Dec. 21.  The game against the Cowboys will be a rematch of a game between the schools on Nov. 28 in Santa Barbara.  Wyoming won that one handily, 68-40.

The UCSB Record
UCSB enters Tuesday's game at Cal with a record of 4-5.  The Gauchos are coming off of an 87-60 win over San Diego Christian on Saturday night in Santa Barbara.  The game against the Hawks was their first in nine days as the team took final exams.

UCSB Game At Cal Will Be Televised 
The Gauchos' game at Cal on Dec. 18 will be televised and available region-wide.  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 it 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 - Had a season-high two three-point baskets vs. San Diego Christian.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Averaging 5.0 rebounds in the last two games.  
F 15 Alan Williams - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Made two three-pointers vs. San Diego Christian.  Has hit two five times.  
F 35 Taran Brown- Has been in double-figures in seven of the last eight games.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has him sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Ankle sprain has him sidelined indefinitely.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made 15 out of 27 three-point attempts in the last three games, 55.6%.
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Made a three vs. San Diego Christian, his first in six games.  
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Had career-highs of four points, three rebounds vs. San Diego Christian.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Saw his first action in three games as he went four minutes vs. S.D. Christian.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Is a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line this season.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in the last three games.

The Injury Roundup 
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle re-sprained his ankle in UCSB's Dec. 1 win at Santa Clara and has missed the last two games.  He remains sidelined indefinitely and most likely will not return until some point after the start of Big West play.  Freshman guard Aamahd Walker remains sidelined with a back injury.  Another freshman guard, John Green, expected to start this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot. 

The Opponents
The Gauchos and Cal have played eight times in a series that began in 1948.  The Golden Bears have won all eight games between the schools, including last year's 70-50 win in Berkeley.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 1-4 in road games this season. After losing at LSU, Illinois State and Boise State, the Gauchos traveled to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 and recorded an overtime win for their first road victory of the season.  In their last road game, on Dec. 6, they dropped a decision at nationally-ranked San Diego State.  In 2011-12 the Gauchos went 7-7 in true road games and 9-8 in all games away from home.  

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their second leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown.  The fourth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 608 points that UCSB has scored through nine games this season 444, or 73.1%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 296 individual rebounds 252, or 85.1%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Finally, of the team's 44 blocked shots 44, or 100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores.  The Gauchos have just one senior on their roster - Nate Garth - and in a preseason survey of all NCAA Division I basketballs, were ranked the third youngest team in the nation, trailing only Navy and Dartmouth. 

Three For All 
UCSB made a season-high 13 three-point baskets in its win over San Diego Christian on Dec. 15.  That season-high came one game after the Gauchos made a previous season-high 12 threes in a loss at San Diego State, and that previous season-high came one game after a previous, previous season-high of 11 in a win at Santa Clara.  After making 17-of-61, 27.9%, in the three games prior to the game at Santa Clara, the Gauchos have made 36-of-86, 41.9%, in the last three games.  They have made better than 40.6% in each of the last three games after previously recording a season-best 37.0% on Nov. 17 against The Master's College.  Leading the assault in the last three games has been junior guard Kyle Boswell.  After making 4-of-8 at Santa Clara, he had a career-best night at San Diego State by draining 7-of-10 and then followed that up with 4-of-9 against San Diego Christian.  In his first six games this season, Boswell was 10-of-34 from outside the three-point arc, in the last three games he made 15-of-27, 55.6%.   

A Turnover Turnaround
UCSB committed a season-low 11 turnovers in its 87-60 win over visiting San Diego Christian on Dec. 15.  The Hawks, on the other hand, had 13 turnovers, not a significant total, but it meant that it was the first time in nine games this season that the Gauchos accumulated fewer turnovers than their opponent.  Their previous single-game low was 12 on Nov. 12 at Illinois State.

The Offending Type
In its first meeting with Wyoming this season, on Nov. 28, UCSB really bottomed-out offensively, scoring 40 points - the fewest in a home game since the 1984-85 campaign - and shooting a meager 28.6%.  In three games since, the Gauchos have been better offensively.  In games against Santa Clara, San Diego State and San Diego Christian, they have averaged 80.0 points per game and made 80-for-170 shots from the field overall, 47.1%.  In the game at nationally-ranked San Diego State, UCSB became the Aztecs first opponent this season to score 70 or more points and shoot better than 40.0%.

On The Rebound
UCSB equaled its widest rebound margin of the season in its last game, a win over San Diego Christian.  The Gauchos collected 44 rebounds to the Hawks' 25, a difference of 19.  Through nine games, Santa Barbara is now outrebounding its opponents by 1.4 per game.

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore Alan Williams continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.2 points per game), rebounds (9.4 per game) and blocked shots (2.3 per game).  In the Dec. 15 win over San Diego Christian, Williams recorded his fourth double-double of the season and sixth of his career with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  He also blocked three shots.  The 24 points were his second-highest total ever.  On Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, Williams had a career-best game with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  He also had career-highs of 39 minutes played, 11 free throws and 15 free throw attempts in the win over the Broncos.  That performance was the first time a Gaucho has had 25 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in the same game since Jan. 29, 1990 when Eric McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton.  The 17 boards were the most by a UCSB player since Josh Merrill collected 18 against Westmont on Dec. 7, 1996. For his efforts, Williams was named Big West Player of the Week.  The only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all nine games this season, Williams has averaged 23.7 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting 62.5% in the last three games.   Williams has also picked-up the pace at the free throw line.  After beginning the year by making 7-of-13, he has drained 36 of his last 44, 81.8%.  Williams has blocked a shot in seven of nine games.  In fact, he's blocked two or more in seven of nine games, including a season-high five on Nov. 21 against the University of San Diego.  

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown played a season-low 19 minutes in the Dec. 15 win over San Diego Christian, but he was still able to score 14 points and grab five rebounds.  Brown made 4-of-7 three-point attempts against the Hawks, equaling the most threes he has made in a game this season.  He also drilled four three-pointers in games at San Diego State and vs. The Master's College.  Brown remains second on the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and rebounding at 6.0 per game.  He is also second in three-point baskets with 24.  He is the leading freshman scorer in the Big West Conference.  Since making just 1-for-10 from the field, scoring three points and collecting one rebound in the season-opener at LSU, Brown  has averaged 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 44.4% overall and 41.4% from beyond the three-point arc.  In making four three-point baskets in each of the last two games, he now has 24 on the year, all in the last eight games, second on the team.  In fact, Brown has made two or more seven times, including the last five games.  On Nov. 12 he scored a season-high 22 points at Illinois State and in the next game, Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College, he had his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 boards.  Brown became the first freshman in school history to record consecutive games of 20 or more points. 

Who's The Bos?
Junior Kyle Boswell is the Bos, that's who's the Bos.  Boswell had his best offensive game ever in UCSB's Dec. 6 contest at San Diego State as he made a career-high seven three-pointers, in 10 attempts, and scored a career-high 23 points.  The seven threes were the most by a Gaucho since Joe See made eight at Utah State on Jan. 6, 2005.  He followd that up with 17 points, four three-pointers and a career-high seven assists on Dec. 15 vs. San Diego Christian.  On the season, Boswell is now averaging 11.7 points per game, but in the last four games he is scoring at a 16.2 points per game clip.  In the last three games, he has made 15-of-27 shots from outside the three-point arc, 55.6%.  In the first six games he made 10-of-34 from three-point range, 29.4%.  Boswell now leads the team with his 25 threes, a figure than ranks him second in the Big West Conference.  He started the first five games for the Gauchos this season, but in the last four he has returned to a role that he became very familiar with last season.  In the last four, Boswell was called on to come off the bench and spark UCSB.  In the Dec. 1 win at Santa Clara he not only provided a spark, but also an exclamation point and the biggest basket of the year.  Boswell made a long three-pointer from above the key at the buzzer, tying the score and sending the game into overtime.  The Gauchos seized the opportunity and won, 83-80.  The 23 points he scored at San Diego State were six more than his previous season-high of 17 set on Nov. 19 at LSU and equaled in the last game vs. San Diego Christian.

The World According To Garth 
Point guard Nate Garth, UCSB's only senior, has started all nine games this season and leads the team in assists with an average of 4.0 per game.  In the Dec. 6 game at San Diego State, Garth had a career-high nine assists.  Since going assist-less in the season opener at LSU, he has 36 in eight games, 4.5 per game, and since totaling three in the first two games, he has averaged 5.0 per game.  Garth has five or more assists in two of the last three games.  Also, he has played 20 minutes or more in each of the last three games, the first time he's played 20 or more in three straight games since last season.  In addition to his 4.0 assists per game, Garth is averaging 5.2 points per outing, fifth on the team.  He had a season-high 12 on Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College.  In the last game, against San Diego Christian, he made a season-high two three-point baskets and scored eight points.

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor is third on the Gauchos at 2.3 assists per game and he had a career-high six, without a turnover, in the team's Dec. 1 overtime win at Santa Clara.  After scoring a total of four points in his previous five games, Taylor scored three in UCSB's win over San Diego Christian.  His three points came on his first three-point basket in six games.  Of his 27 points on the season, 20 came in consecutive 10-point games against Illinois State and The Master's College in mid-November.  Finally, while he is averaging 18.9 minutes per game overall, he is at 22 per game in the last three. 

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson is averaging 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.  He has played in eight of the nine games this season, missing the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  Bryson ranks third on the team with 10 three-point baskets, having made two in five different games, including Saturday's win over San Diego Christian.  Bryson had seven points and five rebounds against the Hawks after going scoreless and fouling out in 15 minutes on Dec. 6 at San Diego State.  He scored a season-high 10 points in UCSB's opener at LSU.  After that game, his back tightened up and he was limited to five minutes at Illinois State and then he sat out a game.    

Australian Rules 
Sophomore forward Lewis Thomas has started eight of the nine games this season and played an average of 19.1 minutes per game.  In the last five games, however, he has averaged 15.2 minutes.  Thomas averages 3.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, he scored a season-high six three times, most recently on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, and had a season and career-high nine rebounds against The Master's College on Nov. 17.  Thomas had six rebounds in his last game and has averaged 5.0 in the last two. 

Sam He Is
Freshman Sam Beeler had his best game in front of his hometown fans.  On Dec. 6 at San Diego State he made all four of his field goal attempts and had career-highs of eight points and five rebounds.  In the last game, against San Diego Christian, he had six points and made all three of his field goal attempts.  Going back three games, Beeler has made his last eight field goal attempts.