Jan. 18, 2006
Game No. 16
Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
Game No. 17
Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Saturday afternoon game at Cal Poly with an overall record of 7-8 and a league record of 1-3. UCSB won its last game, a 64-50 decision on Sunday at UC Davis. The Gauchos dropped their first two league games of the year, at UC Riverside (81-78) and at Cal State Fullerton (73-59), but bounced back at home on Jan. 7 with a 77-74 win over Long Beach State. In their last Big West outing on Jan. 9, the Gauchos dropped a tough 70-66 decision to visiting UC Irvine. It was UCSB's first home loss of the season.
UCSB Looks To Make It Back-To-Back Wins Saturday
UCSB has won consecutive games just one time this season. The Gauchos opened the 2005-06 regular season with back-to-back home wins over the University of San Francisco and the University of San Diego. On Sunday, Santa Barbara won its first road game of the season, 64-50 at UC Davis, and the Gauchos will try to win their second straight game, both overall and on the road, when they travel to Cal Poly for a 4:00 p.m. game on Saturday. UCSB has not won consecutive true road games since early January in 2004 when it posted wins at UC Irvine and Cal Poly. Following the game in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, the Gauchos will return home for their next three games beginning with a Thursday, Jan. 26 match-up against Cal State Northridge.
Gauchos Make Inroads With 64-50 Win At UC Davis
Although UCSB's first road win of the season came in a non-conference affair at UC Davis on Sunday afternoon, the Gauchos aren't giving it back. Joe See scored 12 points, while Cecil Brown and Chris Devine each added 10 to lead UCSB to a 64-50 win over the Aggies. The Gauchos jumped out of the gate quickly, taking an 8-2 lead in the first six minutes, but the Aggies fought back, taking their only lead of the game at 13-12 with 6:49 to go in the first half. The Gauchos responded, however, outscoring Davis 15-7 to take a 27-20 lead at the break. UCSB built the lead to as many as 20 points (62-42) before settling for the 14-point win. In the victory, Santa Barbara not only shot a season-best 59.0%, but also restricted Davis to the lowest output by an opponent this season. In addition to the three players in double-figures, the Gauchos had four other players, Alex Harris, Cameron Goettsche, Glenn Turner and Michael Chambers, score seven points. UCSB also outrebounded the Aggies by a 28-23 count. Davis was led by forward Phil Rasmussen who made 7-of-10 shots overall and 2-of-3 from three-point range, for 18 points. The rest of the Aggies combined to make just 10-of-34 shots from the field, 29.4%.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Alex Harris - In his last three games, he made 10-of-17 shots overall, 5-of-10 three-pointers.
G - Joe See - In his last nine games, he has gone 30-of-48 from the field, 62.5%.
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in each of his last 13 games.
F - Chris Devine - Has made 50-of-74 from the field in the last eight games, 67.6%.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Had season-high three blocked shots at UC Davis.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - Has had three rebounds in each of the last three games.
G - Lance Hurdle - Committed four fouls in just seven minutes at UC Davis.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has not scored in his last three games.
G - Michael Chambers - Has made six of his last seven field goal attempts.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Played one minute at UC Davis, his first appearance in five games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Logged a season-low one minute in game at UC Davis.
F - Glenn Turner - In his last five games he has made 11-of-14 shots, 78.6%.
F - Chris Moore - Has played a total of just one minute in the last three games.
C - David Massey - Freshman center is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a postseason trip to the National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 114-105 (.521) overall record and a 74-50 (.597) record in Big West games. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams' final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has a record of 303-205 (.596) at four-year schools.
The Gauchos And Mustangs
UCSB and Cal Poly have played 83 times through the years. The Gauchos hold a decisive 57-26 advantage and have won the last four in a row and 14 of the last 16. Last year, UCSB defeated the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo by a score of 78-66 and in Santa Barbara by a 76-56 count.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB's win at UC Davis on Jan. 15 ended a nine-game road losing streak that dated back to the final two road games of the 2004-05 season. The Gauchos are now 1-7 in true road games this season with losses at Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, North Carolina, Arizona State, San Diego State, Fresno State and Loyola Marymount. UCSB was 2-13 in true road games last season and 1-1 in neutral site games. After opening the 2004-05 regular season with an overtime win at San Diego State, UCSB rattled-off 11 straight losses away from home. The 11 consecutive road losses was the longest streak since the final two games of the 1995-96 season and the first 10 of the 1996-97 season. The Gauchos' only other road win last season came at Cal Poly. Including the first eight road games this season and the final road game of the 2003-04 season, UCSB has lost 21 of its last 24 and 19 of its last 21 true road games.
A Tale Of Two Teams
Even with its win at UC Davis on Sunday, UCSB has been a very different team at home as opposed to on the road. The Gauchos are significantly stronger statistically at home. On the bright side, by defeating UC Davis by 14 points on Sunday, UCSB has seen its road point margin of defeat drop below double-digits for the first time this season. In fact, after losing each of their first four road encounters by 12 points or more, two of the last three Gaucho road losses came by three points. On Dec. 23, Santa Barbara lost at Fresno State by a score of 79-76 and on Jan. 2 it lost at UC Riverside, 81-78. Including the win at Davis, the Gauchos have been outscored by an average of just 1.5 points per game in the last four road games.
Home vs. Road
Category Home Road PPG 71.4 64.2 Opp. PPG 63.3 72.8 Margin +8.1 -8.6 Reb. Margin +2.2 -3.8 FG% 49.0% 43.3% 3-FG% 37.6% 34.2% Opp. FG% 39.4% 47.3% Opp. 3-FG% 35.9% 41.5% FT% 64.9% 62.7% APG 15.9 10.7 Turnover Avg. 11.3 14.7
UCSB enters the week with a field goal percentage of 45.9%. The Gauchos have shot 50.0% or better in each of the last four games, five of the last six and six of the 15 games this season. By contrast, last year UCSB made 40.7% of its shots for the season, the lowest mark in the Bob Williams era. Also last season the Gauchos made 50.0% or better in just two of 29 games. In fact, in 2004-05, Santa Barbara made 45.0% or better just eight times and the longest streak of the season was three games in a row. This year, the Gauchos have hit 45.0% or better nine times in the first 15 games. In the last four contests, UCSB has made 99-of-187 shots from the field, 52.9%. In Sunday's game at UC Davis, the Gauchos attempted just 39 shots - a season-low - but they made 23, or 59.0%, a season-best. Leading the way, percentage-wise, are sophomore forward Chris Devine (62.2%), junior forward Glenn Turner (58.6%) and senior forward Cameron Goettsche (53.1%). The trio, which represent the team's primary frontcourt players, have combined to go 134-of-229, 58.5%.
The Other Side Of The Coin
When UCSB limited UC Davis to just 38.6% on Sunday, it marked the first time in five games that an opponent had shot below 45.0%. Overall, the Gauchos have held five opponents below 40.0% this season. In the four games prior to Sunday, all of them in Big West play, the opposition made 50.0% or better twice, making 114-of-229 overall, 49.8%. In the Gauchos' Big West opener at UC Riverside on Jan. 2, the Highlanders shot 55.4% from the field, the highest mark by an opponent this season. The following game, Cal State Fullerton made 50.0%. It was the only time this season that UCSB's defense had allowed consecutive opponents to shoot 50.0% or better from the field.
Santa Barbara is off to a 1-3 start in Big West play and one of the primary reasons has been three-point shooting. The Gauchos have made fewer three-pointers than their opponents in all four league contests. In each of the last two conference games, a win over Long Beach State and a loss to UC Irvine, the opponents made 11 three-point baskets, the highest total of the season. In addition, the four league opponents are shooting 38.6% from beyond the arc as compared to UCSB's 30.9%. Finally, the Gauchos have been outscored in Big West play by 18 points and their opponents have made 18 more three-point baskets in the four games. In its non-conference game at UC Davis on Sunday, UCSB allowed the Aggies to make 5-of-12 shots from three-point territory, 41.7%. The five three-pointers were the third fewest the Gauchos have allowed this year.
UCSB is once more struggling from the free throw line. After a run of five games in which the Gauchos made 74-of-104, 71.2%, they have hit the free throw skids. In the last three games, UCSB has made just 36-of-62 from the line, 58.1%. In their last Big West game, a home loss to UC Irvine, the Gauchos made just 3-of-7, including 1-of-5 in the pivotal second half. They opened the win at UC Davis by missing their first five before making 13 of their last 19. Santa Barbara is now shooting 63.8% from the charity stripe, the worst mark in the Big West.
In its last two games, UCSB has committed a total of just 18 turnovers. On Jan. 9 against UC Irvine, the Gauchos tied their season-low with seven turnovers. Through 15 games, Santa Barbara is now dead-even in assist to turnover ratio with 197 assists and 197 turnovers. UCSB has had more assists than turnovers in six of its last eight games. On Sunday at UC Davis, the Gauchos had just 11 turnovers, but they also had six assists, their lowest output of the season.
Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has played in two games since missing UCSB's Jan. 7 game against Long Beach State with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. In the two games since his return, Brown has averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He has also made 10-of-22 shots overall, 45.5%, and 2-of-8 from three-point range, 25.0%. The Gauchos' leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, Brown has scored 10 or more points in each of his last 13 games, the longest streak of consecutive double-digit scoring efforts by a UCSB player since B.J. Bunton opened the 1998-99 season with 19 in a row. Since scoring just four points in the team's season opener against San Francisco, Brown has averaged 14.4 points per outing and has made 71-for-157 from the field, 45.2%, over that span. He scored a career-high 28 points in a Dec. 7 win over Pepperdine, the most scored by a UCSB player since Mark Hull had 28 against San Diego State in the first round of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament. Despite missing one game with a knee injury, Brown also leads the Gauchos in three-pointers with 25 and has made at least one three-pointer in his last 13 appearances. The 25 three-point baskets are a new career-high. In addition to scoring 10 points on Sunday at UC Davis, Brown tied for team-high honors with five rebounds and two assists. He has now had five or more rebounds from his backcourt position in five games and had a career-high eight on Dec. 23 at Fresno State.
Devine Is Fine
Sophomore forward Chris Devine remains UCSB's hottest player. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, but in the last eight he has seen his scoring average jump up from 8.4 per game. In the last eight contests, Devine has scored 127 points, 15.9 per game, the most of any Gaucho over that span. His current streak of eight straight double-figure scoring games is the second longest by a Gaucho in the past three seasons. Only Cecil Brown's current 13 game streak is longer. Overall, he has scored 10 or more points in 11 of 15 games this season. He has tallied 20 or more a team-leading two times, including a career-high 21 on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside. In the game against Riverside, Devine also had a career-high 11 rebounds and it was the first double-double of his career. Devine has made at least half of his shots in 13 of 15 games and has made 60.0% or better 11 times. Overall, Devine is shooting a team-high 62.2%, a figure that would rank third on UCSB's all-time single-season list. In the last eight games, he has made 50-of-74 shots from the field, 67.6%. Devine leads the Big West in field goal percentage, but he is two field goals short of qualifying for the NCAA rankings. Also, in addition to ranking second on the team in scoring, Devine leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game and is second in steals with 14. He has had seven or more rebounds seven times in 15 games this season.
The Harris Poll
Since suffering through an eight-game shooting slump that saw him make just 26.3% of his shots overall and 21.1% of his three-point attempts, sophomore guard Alex Harris has started to emerge as one of UCSB's most consistent players. In the last three games, Harris has averaged 10.7 points per game, including a career-high 17 in a Jan. 7 win over Long Beach State, and his shooting touch has returned. In the last three games, two of which were wins, he hit 10-of-17 shots overall, 58.8%, and 5-of-10 from three-point range, 50.0%. Harris' 10 field goals in the last three games have come in a total of 94 minutes. In his five previous games, Harris played a total of 131 minutes and made just four field goals. The 6-foot-6 Alameda, Calif., native ranks third on the team in rebounding at 4.6 per game and leads the team in assists at 2.6 per game. Also, Harris' first career double-double, a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Nov. 21 against San Diego, was the first by a Gaucho guard since the 2002-03 season. Overall, he has scored 10 or more points five times, but just once in the last 10 games. Finally, in the last six contests, a total of 169 minutes, Harris has committed just eight turnovers.
Wait And See
Senior guard Joe See has started the last seven games and in that time he has been one of the team's best players. Since going through a three-game slump in which he was scoreless, 0-for-12 from the field overall and 0-for-8 from three-point range, See has regained his shooting touch. In the last nine games, he has averaged 9.6 points per game, making 30-of-48 shots overall, 62.5%, and 13-of-28 from three-point range, 46.4%. In his seven starts, See has averaged 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, and has made 27-of-43 from the field, 62.8%, and 12-of-26 from three-point range, 46.2%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 50.6% and his three-point percentage to 44.0%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. He has scored in double-figures eight times this season, including six times in his last seven games as a starter. Finally, with his 22 three-point buckets this year, See now has 109 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.
Two-Headed Monster Gives Gauchos A Lift In The Middle
When the season began, the UCSB coaching staff envisioned three or four players sharing the load in the post. Senior Cameron Goettsche, junior Glenn Turner and sophomores Chidi Ajufo and Chris Moore were expected to compete for playing time. Well, the four-pronged approach has become a two-pronged approach with Goettsche and Turner emerging as fixtures in the middle. Goettsche has started all 15 games this season and is averaging 7.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. Turner, who missed three games with knee troubles, has averaged 4.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game. Combined, the Goettsche-Turner duo is averaging 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. They have also combined to make 60-of-110 shots from the field, 54.5%. In the last five games, Goettsche and Turner have averaged 13.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. They have combined to make 28-of-42 shots, 66.7% over that span. On Dec. 20, in a win over Sonoma State, Goettsche scored a career-high 21 points. He had a season-high three blocked shots in Sunday's win over UC Davis and has blocked at least one shot in nine straight games. His career total of 57 blocks ranks him eighth all-time. Turner has made all five of his field goal attempts in the last two games. He has also blocked two shots in each of the last two games. Turner now has 62 blocked shots in his career, sixth all-time.
Senior swingman Josh Davis is still battling to regain his shooting touch. On Jan. 7 against Long Beach State, in Cecil Brown's absence due to a knee injury, Davis had his best offensive game of the year. In the win over the 49ers, he scored 11 points, making 5-of-10 shots overall and 1-of-4 from three-point range, and played a season-high 37 minutes. In the next game, against UC Irvine, Davis made his first two shots, both three-point attempts, but then went cold again, missing his last seven shots in that game. On Sunday at UC Davis, he was just 1-for-3 from the floor and scored two points. Davis is now shooting 27.1% overall and 21.7% from three-point range. He was UCSB's top returning scorer entering the year. In 2004-05, he was the only Gaucho to start all 29 games and averaged 10.1 points per game. This year, Davis has missed three games with a sprained ankle and is averaging just 4.7 points per outing. Davis scored a season-high 13 points on Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount. He does have 13 steals this season, ranking him in a tie for third on the team. Davis now has 95 career steals and needs just four to move into the school's all-time top-10.