February 22, 2013

UCSB Hosts Sac State in BracketBuster Game Saturday

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• This Week
Game No. 26
Ramada World Wide BracketBusters
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Sacramento State Hornets
at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video Stream: BigWest.TV

• 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. Great seats for the showdown with Long Beach State, and for all games, are also available at the Thunderdome ticket office one hour prior to tip-off.

• 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 superstar 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 Host Sacramento State In Ramada World Wide BracketBuster Game
UCSB will host Sacramento State in a Ramada World Wide BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.  The game against the Hornets will mark the Gauchos ninth, and final, appearance in the BracktBusters series.  In their first eight games, they have gone 4-4 with wins over Utah State, San Jose State, Fresno State and Montana State and losses to Detroit, Eastern Washington, Utah State and Boise State.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against Sacramento State with an overall record of 8-17 and a Big West record of 4-10.  Unless Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell drops a bombshell and announces that the Hornets are joining the Big West immediately, he Gauchos' league mark is unlikely to change as a result of Saturday's game.  Santa Barbara has lost seven of its last eight games. 

The Injury Report  
Sophomore Alan Williams, UCSB's leading scorer (17.4 points per game) and rebounder (10.3 per game) has missed three full games and most of two others with a pair of injuries.  He had a strained left hamstring tendon and a sprained right ankle.  He's been back for the last two games, however, and is expected in the lineup Saturday. Junior guard Kyle Boswell, the team's second leading scorer (12.6 points per game) and leading three-point shooter (64 threes) injured his left shoulder early in the second half on Feb. 16 at Cal Poly and didn't return.  He did not make the trip to UC Riverside on Wednesday and is still questionable for Saturday. Nate Garth, the only senior on the team, injured his left hamstring on Jan. 30 at Long Beach State and is out indefinitely.  In practice the day before the Gauchos' Feb. 2 game at Irvine, freshman Mitch Brewe suffered a fractured left index finger and is out the remainder of the season.  Keegan Hornbuckle, who was just beginning to round into shape, came down on someone's foot in the game against the Anteaters and sprained his right ankle, forcing him to leave the game.  He too is out indefinitely.  Academic Advisor Jack Rivas badly injured his ankle playing Rob Gym noon time ball during the summer of 2012, but he has returned and should be available to call the game for stat keepers on Saturday.  Finally, Forward John Green, a projected starter, also remains out with a broken bone in his foot and guard Aamahd Walker will redshirt with a back injury.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Has had four or more assists in 12 of the last 14 games. 
F 15  Alan Williams - His 12 double-doubles are the most by a Gaucho since 1989-90.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Made at least one three-pointer in 12 straight games. 
F 34  Shawn Moore - Made his first career start at UCR on Wednesday.
F 35 Taran Brown- Now fifth on all-time UCSB  freshman scoring list with 292 points.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1   Nate Garth - Pulled hamstring on Jan. 30 at LBSU and is out indefinitely.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury will force him to redshirt.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Still out with a sprained right ankle.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed game at Riverside with shoulder injury.  Still questionable.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Has scored nine points in 13 games since he had 11 at Fullerton.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Fractured finger on left hand will sideline him for the season.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, broken bone in his foot has him out indefinitely.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Career-highs with eight points and five rebounds at UCR.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 27 of his last 40 field goal attempts, 67.5%.

The Gauchos And Hornets
UCSB is 3-0 all-time against its Ramada World Wide BracketBuster opponent Sacramento State.  However, the Gauchos and Hornets have not played since Dec. 21, 1993 when UCSB won 64-57 in a game played at the facility formerly known as Arco Arena.

The Gauchos At Home 
UCSB is 6-5 at home this season after its 66-53 win over Pacific on Feb. 9.  Prior to that game, the Gauchos had lost three in a row at home, dropping games to UC Davis, Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge. After opening the year with Thunderdome wins over The Master's College and the University of San Diego, the Gauchos lost a game to Wyoming.  On Dec. 15, they defeated San Diego Christian and on Jan. 3 they topped UC Irvine.  After a loss to Long Beach State, they bounced back with a Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly, but they've not won since. 

Williams Passes McCarthy For Third On Big West Conference Victory List
The Jan. 19 win over Cal Poly was the 143rd Big West Conference victory for head coach Bob Williams since his arrival at UCSB for the 1998-99 season.  The win broke a tie with former New Mexico State head coach Neil McCarthy for third-place on the league's all-time list for conference wins.  Williams is now 144-98.   

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their third leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown and the fourth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 1,614 points that UCSB has scored through 25 games this season 1,155, or 71.6%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 802 individual rebounds 691, or 86.2%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Also, of the team's 109 blocked shots 109, or100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores. Finally, of the 5,075 minutes played by all Gaucho players this season, 3,713 have been played by freshmen and sophomores, 73.2%.  

Williams Doubles Up...Again
Alan Williams posted his 12th double-double of the season when he had 15 points and 12 boards at UC Riverside.  It is the most double-doubles a Gaucho has had since Eric McArthur had 19 in 1989-90.  Also, Williams is now averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds and could become the first UCSB player since McArthur to average a double-double.  McArthur did it in 1988-89 and 1989-90.

Gauchos Get Offensive...In A Bad Way
The Gauchos scored 45 points in their loss at UC Riverside on Thursday, the fourth time this season that they have scored fewer than 50 in a game.  The last time a UCSB team had four games with fewer than 50 points was in 1980-81.  Also, the Gauchos have been below 50 in consecutive games, also for the first time since 1980-81.

Hip, Hip, DaRe!
Walk-on freshman Duke DaRe (pronounced Da-ray), pressed into heavy duty because of the injuries to UCSB's backcourt, had his best game of the season at UCR.  Playing a career-high 28 minutes, DaRe had personal beests of eight points and five rebounds.  The eight points were three more than he'd scored in his previous 14 appearances and the five boards equaled his total of his previous six appearances.  DaRe also hit a pair of three-pointers, his first since Nov. 24 at Boise State.

A Little More Moore
Walk-on forward Shawn Moore was the only upperclassman to play for the Gauchos on Wednesday at UCR.  Moore made his first career start and played a career-high 23 minutes against the Highlanders.  With the UCSB injuries piling-up, he could continue to see regular playing time.

Block Party!
As a team, UCSB has blocked 109 shots on the season, a figure that ranks as the eighth highest total in school history.  Led by Alan Williams, who has 47 in his 22 games, the Gauchos have four players in double-figures for blocks.  Williams 47 ranks as the eighth most in school history.  He is joined in double-figures by Taran Brown with 25, Michael Bryson with 14 and Lewis Thomas with 10.  Brown is fourth all-time among UCSB freshmen while Bryson is seventh.  If they continue to average 4.36 blocked shots per game, the Gauchos would finish with about 130 blocks on the season, a figure that would rank fourth all-time.

For Starters, That's A Lot of Starters
The last time a Gaucho team didn't have at least one player start every game over an entire season was 2008-09.  That was the only time in more than a decade.  This year's team, like the 2008-09 team, will not have a player start in every game.  The only player even close to having started every game is Taran Brown who has been in the starting lineup 24 times in 25 games.  Alan Williams (22 starts in his 22 games) and Lewis Thomas (21 starts in his 25 games) are the only others with 20 or more starts.  Also, when Shawn Moore was in the starting lineup on Wednesday at UC Riverside, it gave the UCSB 10 different players who have started at least one game this season.  All eight of the players active for the game against the Highlanders have made at least one start.