UCSB-Hawaii Showdown Set for ESPNU Thursday at 6:00 PM

Senior Kyle Boswell (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Senior Kyle Boswell (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• Coming Up
Game No. 28
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats: UCSBgauchos.com
ON-Line Broadcast: ESPN3
Tickets: Click here  

Game No. 29
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs

at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.tv 

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are carried live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his 10th 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. 

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Thursday game against Hawai'i with an overall record of 19-8 and a Big West record of 10-4. The Gauchos are coming off of a 67-54 road win at UC Davis on Mar. 1. The win kept them one-game behind UC Irvine for first-place in the conference. Santa Barbara has won three of its last four, seven of nine and 16 of its last 21 games. 

Gauchos-Rainbow Warriors On ESPNU 
UCSB's home finale on Thursday, Mar. 6 will be televised on ESPNU. The start time for the Gauchos game against Hawai'i was originally slated for 7:00 p.m., but was moved to accommodate the broadcast. The game between the Rainbow Warriors and UCSB will also be available on-line and on the Watch ESPN App.

One Gaucho Win Would Serve Two Purposes 
If UCSB could win one of its last two games, it would serve a dual purpose. A victory in either the game against Hawai'i or at Cal Poly would give the Gauchos a 20-win season and it would guarantee them one of the top-two seeds at the Big West Tournament, scheduled for Honda Center in Anaheim on Mar. 13-15. Even if Santa Barbara were to finish tied with Long Beach State or Hawai'i, the Gauchos have the tiebreakers and would be awarded the No. 2 seed. If they could get to 20 wins, it would be the third time in the last five seasons that they have done so, the fifth time under head coach Bob Williams and the 12th time overall. 

UCSB Ranked 17th In Mid-Major Poll
UCSB enters the week ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. The Gauchos dropped four spots after splitting a pair of games last week. They moved into the No. 10 spot in the poll three weeks ago and it was the first time since December of 2007 that they were ranked in the top-10 of the poll. Santa Barbara was ranked 13th for two weeks before dropping to No. 17. UC Irvine is currently No. 14 in the poll. Wichita State is ranked first.

Possible Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Zalmico Harmon - Has 56 assists and 5 turnovers in last 11 games, a span of 360 minutes...Made 19 of his last 20 free throws, 95.0%.
G 35 Taran Brown- Has had 5 or more rebounds in 3 of last 4 games...Passed off for two assists in 3 straight and 4 of the last 5 games.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Scored 8 points on Mar. 1 at UC Davis, equaling his highest total in the last 10 games...Made his 8th 3-pointer vs. the Aggies.
F 15  Alan Williams - Fouled out in season-low 16 minutes on Mar. 1 at UC Davis and scored season-low 8 points...Had 10 rebounds despite playing just 16 minutes.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Went for 19 points at UC Davis, second-highest total of the season...Has scored in 10 or more in 7 of the last 8, averaged 12.9 over that span. 

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Eric Childress - 85 assists are 2nd most by a Gaucho freshman ever...27 steals are the 4th most by a freshman in UCSB history.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Has played just 3 minutes in Big West Conference games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has 210 threes and needs 8 to move into 2nd and 12 to move into 1st at UCSB...Has at least 1 3-pointer in 25 of 27 games.
F 31  John Green - Played in two games upon returning from foot injury and then fractured his wrist in practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Had 3 rebounds at UC Davis, equaling his total for the eight previous games combined...Averaged 13.3 minutes in the last 3 games.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Logged 17 minutes at UC Davis, his highest total since playing 17 at Colorado on Nov. 21...Against the Aggies, he tied career-high with 7 rebounds.

The Opponents
UCSB and Hawai'i have played nine times since the series began in 1959. The Gauchos hold a narrow 5-4 advantage thanks to a 75-64 win in Honolulu on Feb 6. The Rainbow Warriors swept the season series last year, including a 78-73 win at the Thunderdome. Santa Barbara and Cal Poly began their series in 1937 and have played 102 times. The Mustangs defeated the Gauchos 72-64 on Jan. 11 at the Thunderdome, but UCSB still holds the all-time advantage with a 69-33 edge. The teams split a pair of games last season withe Cal Poly winning in San Luis Obispo, 67-49.

The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 9-3 at the Thunderdome this season. The Gauchos have won two straight and five out of six. Their two straight wins came over UC Riverside on Feb. 20 and Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 22. Santa Barbara's seven other home wins this season have come against UC Irvine, UC Davis, Long Beach State, Cal, South Dakota State, Hawaii-Pacific and The Master's College. The other two home defeats came at the hands of Cal Poly and Utah State. UCSB is 311-152 all-time at the Thunderdome.

The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 8-5 in true road games this season and 10-5 overall in games away from home. They have won three of their last four games on the road, losing only to UC Irvine on Feb. 27. Prior to the loss to the Anteaters, UCSB had won at two of the Big West's toughest road venues, Hawaii and Long Beach State. The Gauchos have won seven of their last nine games away from the Thunderdome and the 10 wins away from home are seven more than UCSB won all of last season. 

Williams Ties Big West Record, Named Player Of The Week For Fifth Time
UCSB junior Alan Williams was named Big West Player of the Week two weeks ago. It was the fifth time this season he earned the award, equaling the single-season record previously set by Michael Olowokandi of Pacific (1997-98) and Aaron Nixon of Long Beach State (2006-07). Williams was selected Player of the Week twice as a sophomore and he needs one more to tie for the all-time career Player of the Week record.

Williams In The Mix For NCAA Rebound Lead
Despite playing just 16 minutes before fouling out of UCSB's Mar. 1 game at UC Davis, Alan Williams had 10 rebounds. Williams is now averaging 11.6 rebounds per game and ranks second nationally behind Jerrelle Benimon of Towson who is averaging 11.7 boards per game. Until Feb. 27 at UC Irvine, Williams had been on a rebounding binge. He had just six boards in the game against the Anteaters, but in the previous six games, he collected 95 boards, an average of 15.8 per game. The only other Gaucho player ever to rank among the top-five in rebounding average at the NCAA Division I level was Eric McArthur who finished third in 1990 at 13.0 per game

Williams Continues To Climb Scoring List
Alan Williams tallied just eight points before fouling out in the Gauchos' game at UC Davis on Mar. 1 and now has 1,228 in his career. Despite scoring just eight against the Aggies, Williams passed Gary Gray (1,227) and moved into 15th-place on UCSB's all-time scoring list. His next targets are Tex Walker (1,235), Conner Henry (1,236) and Richard Anderson (1,247).  

Williams Continues To Scale Rebound List Too
Alan Williams recently became the sixth UCSB player to eclipse 700 career rebounds and he hasn't stopped there. Williams had 10 rebounds in the Gauchos' game at UC Davis and now has 786, the fourth most in school history. He needs 15 to move past Tex Walker and into third all-time.   

Williams Is First Gaucho With 20/20 In 24 Years
Alan Williams had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the Feb. 1 win over UC Davis and in doing so, he became the first UCSB player to have 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game since Eric McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds in a Jan. 29, 1990 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton. In fact, Williams' 20/20 performance was the first in regulation by a Gaucho since McArthur had 24 points and 20 rebounds in a Dec. 9, 1989 game against Loyola Marymount.  

Harmon Has Milestone Of His Own
Zalmico Harmon had 20 points and 10 assists in the Gauchos' Feb. 22 win over Cal State Fullerton, becoming the first UCSB player to have 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 25 years. Carrick DeHart had 26 points and 11 assists in a Dec. 9, 1989 game at Loyola Marymount.

Near Perfect Harmony 
Zalmico Harmon played 26 minutes in the Gauchos' win at UC Davis on Mar. 1 and committed just one turnover. In his last 11 games, a span of 350 minutes, Harmon has five turnovers and 56 assists, an 11.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His recent outstanding run has improved his season ratio to 4.45-to-1, second in the nation and first in the Big West Conference. For the season, Harmon is averaging a turnover every 26.9 minutes and in the last 11 games he is committing one turnover every 58.3 minutes. Finally, he has zero turnovers in 10 games this season and one in eight others. On two occasions this year, Harmon has had 10 assists and no turnovers in a game.  

Another Rebound Rebound
When UCSB was outrebounded by 10 in its Feb. 27 game at UC Irvine, it ended a streak of eight straight rebounding victories for the Gauchos. It was also the worst rebound beating that they had suffered since they were outrebounded by 11 at Utah State on Dec. 20. On Mar. 1 at UC Davis, Santa Barbara responded in a big way, posng a 43-20 rebounding edge over the Aggies. It marked the ninth time in 10 games that UCSB had outrebounded its opponent and the 17th time in 27 games. Overall, the Gauchos are outrebounding opponents by 2.9 per game, but in league play that figure is at +5.6 per game.

Margin Call
On Feb. 27, UCSB dropped a 71-60 game to UC Irvine. A handful of intentional fouls at the end of the game pushed the margin into double-figures. The 11-point margin was the second largest by a Gaucho opponent this season. On Dec. 3, they lost 89-76 at UCLA, a 13-point spread. Through 27 games, Santa Barbara has lost by double-digit margins just twice and they've beaten opponents by 10 or more 13 times

A Magic Number
UCSB has allowed fewer than 70 points 18 times in the first 27 games of the 2013-14 season, going 18-0 in the process. The Gauchos have held 10 of their last 13 opponents under the 70-point barrier and, to the surprise of nobody, they've gone 10-3 in those games. 

The "Other" Williams
Junior forward Alan Williams fouled out after just 16 minutes in UCSB's win at UC Davis, finishing with a season-low eight points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor. Despite the short stint, Williams had 10 rebounds. He is still leading the Big West in scoring at 21.6 points per game and rebounding at 11.6 per game. Last week, he was named Big West Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, equaling the single-season record. In addition to leading the Big West in scoring, Williams is ranked 12th nationally. He is also 2nd nationally in rebounding. In the last eight games, Williams is averaging 13.9 rebounds per game catapulting briefly into the national lead. He has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last 11 games and 17 times this season. He has been in double-figures in 24 of the 25 games in which he has played and he's scored 25 or more seven times. Williams has 13 double-doubles on the year and now has 30 in his career. In the Gauchos' Feb. 1 win over UC Davis, he had 27 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to become the first UCSB player in 24 years to record a 20/20 game or, for that matter, a 20 rebound game. He also had a career-high four assists in the win over the Aggies. On Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge, Williams became the 26th UCSB player to score 1,000 points in a career and now ranks 15th with 1,228. On Nov. 29 he set a career-high and tied the school record for points in a game when he poured in 39 against South Dakota State. Williams tied a record previously held by Orlando Johnson and Scott Fisher. In that game, he also tied Greg Somogyi's school record with eight blocked shots. When he had 33 points and 15 rebounds on Jan. 11 vs. Cal Poly it marked the second time in his career that he had at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Last season, he had 32 points and 16 rebounds in a win at Cal State Northridge and in doing so, he became the first Gaucho since 1990 to produce such a game. Williams had one blocked shot in the Feb. 27 game at UC Irvine and now has 161 in his career, third all-time. Finally, after Saturday's win at UC Davis, Williams' single-season totals of 541 points, 291 rebounds and 58 blocked shots rank him eighth, seventh and sixth respectively on UCSB's single-season top-10 lists. He is the only player in school history to rank in the top-10 in all three of those single-season categories, much less for the same season.  

The Life Of Bryson
Michael Bryson, a two-time Big West Player of the Week this season, is second on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game, a mark that is at its highest since mid-December. He led the Gauchos with 19 points in their Mar. 1 win at UC Davis, adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the process. Bryson enters the final weekend of the regular season having scored in double-figures in seven of the last eight games. In the last eight, Bryson is averaging 12.9 points per game. Overall this season, he has scored 10 or more points 17 times in his 26 games. He went for a season-high 21 points in a Dec. 15 win at San Diego, earning him the first of two Big West Player of the Week honors. In addition to ranking second on the team in scoring, he is third in rebounding at 4.3 per game and second in three-point baskets with 45. He made a season-high five threes in the win at San Diego and he's had two or more 12 times. On Dec. 3 at UCLA, Bryson registered the first double-double of his career when he had 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a career-high five assists against the Bruins. His personal best for points and three-pointers came in the Gauchos' game against Pacific at last year's Big West Tournament when he set a school record for points by a freshman with 29 and tied a freshman record with seven threes.   

Boswell That Ends Well
After starting the first five games of the season, Kyle Boswell has come off the bench in the last 22. The reigning Big West Sixth Man of the Year, he is third on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. Boswell had six points in the Gauchos' Mar. 1 win over UC Davis. One game earlier, he snapped out of a slump by nailing four three-pointers and scoring 14 points in a Feb. 27 game against UC Irvine. Boswell remains the Gauchos' leader in three-point field goals with 67 and three-point percentage at 42.7%. He now has 210 career threes, third in school history. He needs eight to move into second all time and 12 to become UCSB's all-time leader. He scored a season and career-high 27 points on Dec. 20 at Utah State. In that same game, he tied his career-high with seven three-point baskets. On Dec. 30 at Seattle, Boswell scored 19 points and hit 5-of-6 three-point attempts. He has made at least one three-pointer in 25 of 27 games, including the first 20 in a row. He has hit two or more 17 times and four or more five times. In addition to the Utah State and Seattle games, Boswell made five in a Nov. 12 win at UNLV and five on Dec. 3 at UCLA. On Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge, he notched a career-high eight assists. He is now averaging 2.7 per game and has had four or more 10 times. 

Taran It Up
Taran Brown is averaging 7.7 points per game, fourth on the team, and 4.7 rebounds per outing, second on the team. Brown had four points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Gauchos' Mar. 1 win at UC Davis. After scoring in double-figures in four out of six games, he has been under 10 in the last three, averaging 5.7 over that span. He scored a season and career-high 23 points and made a career-high seven three-pointers in a Nov. 21 game at Colorado. Overall, Brown has been in double-figures 10 times. He tied his season-high with eight rebounds on Feb. 15 vs. Cal State Northridge and he has had five or more 14 times, including four of the last five games. His 36 three-point baskets rank third on the team. Last season, Brown set a UCSB freshman record for three-point baskets with 58. Among everything else he does, he has become a shot-blocker for the Gauchos as well. He is second to Alan Williams with 24 blocks on the season. On two occasions, Brown has blocked a career-high four, on Nov. 6 vs. Cal and Feb. 15 vs. Cal State Northridge. Finally, while he has just 33 free throw attempts on the season, 18 have come in the last nine games.

Junior Zalmico Harmon is on one of the most outstanding runs that a UCSB point guard has ever been on. In his last 11 games, a span of 360 minutes, Harmon has 56 assists and a mere five turnovers, an 11.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has moved into second-place nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.45-to-1 and in Big West games the ratio is an even more impressive 5.83-to-1. On Mar. 1 vs. UC Davis, he had 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and just one turnover. In the Gauchos Feb. 22 win over Cal State Fullerton, Harmon had 20 points, 10 assists and no turnovers. He became the first UCSB player since December of 1989 to have 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in the same game. On Feb. 15 vs. Cal State Northridge, Harmon scored a career-high 21 points and added eight assists. He is now averaging 8.0 points per game, fourth on the team. He leads the team with 5.1 assists per game and he has had a career-high 10 on three occasions. Finally, Harmon's total of 138 assists rank seventh on the Gauchos' all-time single-season list.

Freshman Eric Childress is averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He  had seven points, three assists and a steal in the Mar. 1 win over UC Davis. Childress also made his eighth three-point basket of the season, a clutch basket as the shot clock was winding down, giving UCSB an insurmountable lead. In the previous game, a Feb. 27 loss at UC Irvine, Childress had eight points, five assists and a career-high seven rebounds. Childress' scoring average of 5.6 per game is at its highest point since November. He had a career-high 11 points in the Gauchos' Feb. 13 win at Long Beach State, it was his third double-digit scoring effort of the season. He also had 10 (all on free throws) on Dec. 30 at Seattle, and 10 on Nov. 21 at Colorado. Childress set a career-high with seven assists on Jan. 25 at UC Riverside. He has also had six assists three times, once each against Colorado, South Dakota State and The Master's College. He has also moved into the top-10 of two UCSB freshman statistical lists. His 85 assists rank second all-time by a Gaucho freshman and his 28 steals are fourth. 

Something's Brewing
Mitch Brewe is averaging 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds overall. He scored eight points in 17 minutes in the Gauchos' win at UC Davis on Mar. 1. It equaled Brewe's highest scoring effort over a 10-game span. In the game against the Aggies, three of his points came on his eighth three-point basket of the season. He made his only attempt and is now 8-for-16, 50.0%. Brewe scored a career-high 12 points on Jan. 16 vs. Long Beach State and he had 11 points in wins over The Master's College and Cal State Northridge. Against The Master's Brewe had a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. He had an eight-rebound game in a Feb. 6 win at Hawaii and he's had five or more boards seven times. Brewe has also developed into one of the team's best free throw shooters. Since missing his first free throw this season he has gone 21-of-24, 87.5%. At one point, he made 15 in a row. Finally, after missing the first three games of the regular season, Brewe has played in the last 24, including 21 starts.

Sam He Is
Sam Beeler is averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. In 17 minutes at UC Davis, he scored two points, both on free throws, had a pair of blocked shots, one steal and seven rebounds, which equaled his career-high. Beeler played 17 minutes against the Aggies, his highest total in league play and his highest since he went 17 in a start at Colorado on Nov. 21. He scored a season-high 14 on Nov. 16 vs. Utah State and added 10 on Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge. In the latter of the two, he hit all four of his field goal attempts. Beeler had a career-high three blocked shots on Feb. 1 vs. UC Davis and his 17 total blocks rank Beeler fourth on the team. Finally, three of his five steals on the season have come in the last two games. He had two at UC Irvine and one at UC Davis.