January 24, 2006

UCSB Hosts Cal State Northridge, Pacific in Key Big West Basketball Battles

Jan. 24, 2006

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The Schedule
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

Game No. 18
Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
Television: Fox Sports Net West 1

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 7-9 and a Big West mark of 1-4. In their last game, the Gauchos dropped a 74-62 decision at Cal Poly. It was just the second time that UCSB has lost in San Luis Obispo in the last eight years. The 1-4 start in Big West play is the worst by a Gaucho team in the eight years that Bob Williams has been head coach. Also, since winning the first two games of the season, over San Francisco and San Diego, UCSB has gone 5-9 and has not won consecutive games. The Gauchos are 6-1 at home this season and 1-8 on the road.

Saturday's Game Will Celebrate Alumni, Tip At 4:00 P.M. For Fox
UCSB's game against defending Big West regular season champion Pacific was originally scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m., but the time was moved to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports Net West which will televise the game live in the Southern California area. In addition, the game will be the Second Annual Alumni Player Night. Gaucho players from years past will be recognized at halftime and then honored at a post-game banquet in UCSB's new Intercollegiate Athletics Building. Last year, nearly 40 former UCSB players attended the event representing literally every decade from the 1940's to the present.


Gauchos Can't Stop Whiten, Lose At Cal Poly, 74-62
Sophomore guard Dawin Whiten scored 24 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead Cal Poly past UCSB on Saturday, 74-62. Whiten made 5-of-11 shots from beyond the three-point line for the Mustangs. After going just 2-for-8 overall and 1-for-4 from three-point territory in the first half, Whiten went 7-of-10 overall and 4-of-7 from outside the three-point line in the second. As a team the Mustangs made nine three-point baskets. UCSB was paced by four players in double-figures. Cecil Brown had 15 points while Chris Devine added 13, Alex Harris had 12 and Joe See had 10. Devine, the Big West leader in field goal percentage entering the game, made 6-of-7 shots from the field to improve his percentage on the season to 63.5%. Perhaps the most telling statistic in the game was Cal Poly's turnover total of two. It was the fewest turnovers forced by a UCSB team...ever. The Gauchos led the game by as many as five points in the first half, 20-15, but they could not hold on. By halftime, the Mustangs had taken a 34-31 lead. UCSB stayed close for much of the second half, cutting the gap to one, 52-51, with 7:26 to go, but Whiten responded with a three-point basket to start a decisive 10-2 rally that put the game away.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Alex Harris - In his last four games, he made 13-of-26 shots overall, including seven threes.
G - Joe See - In his last 10 games, he has gone 33-of-55 from the field, 60.0%.
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in each of his last 14 games.
F - Chris Devine - Has made 56-of-81 from the field in the last nine games, 69.1%. At 63.5% overall, he ranks seventh in the nation.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has had five or more rebounds in nine of last 11 games.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - Has totaled just eight points in last three games, a span of 56 minutes.
G - Lance Hurdle - Came-up with UCSB's only steal in the loss at Cal Poly.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has not scored in his last four games.
G - Michael Chambers - Has made six of his last seven field goal attempts.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played in just one of the last six games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has played a total of three minutes in last two games.
F - Glenn Turner - In his last six games he has made 14-of-18 shots, 77.7%.
F - Chris Moore - Has played a total of just one minute in the last four 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 114-106 (.519) overall record and a 74-51 (.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 303-206 (.595) at four-year schools. He recorded his 300th career coaching victory on Dec. 20, 2005, against Sonoma State.

The Opponents
UCSB and Cal State Northridge have played 30 times in a series that dates back to 1960. The Gauchos hold a 23-7 edge in the all-time series. In 2004-05, the teams split their games with each winning on its home floor. The Matadors topped the Gauchos in Northridge by a score of 70-50, but about two weeks later UCSB bounced-back with a 65-52 win in Santa Barbara. The Gauchos and Pacific have met 91 times in a series that began in 1947. The Tigers hold a 47-44 all-time edge over UCSB and they have been even more dominant the last two seasons. Pacific has won the last four meetings in the series. Last year, UOP won at the Thunderdome by a score of 58-43 and in Stockton by a score of 79-56. The 43 points that the Gauchos scored in the first game between the schools last season were the fewest points they scored all year. Prior to the current four-game winning streak by Pacific, UCSB had won four in a row and 10 of 12 in the series.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-1 at home this season, but had a seven-game home winning streak snapped in in a 70-66 loss in their last Thunderdome appearance on Jan. 9 against UC Irvine. This season, UCSB has won games against Long Beach State, Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 71-27 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

A Tale Of Two Teams
UCSB has been a very different team at home as opposed to on the road this season. The Gauchos are significantly stronger statistically at home. While UCSB finally broke through for a road victory on Jan. 15 at UC Davis, the numbers are still pretty uneven. The 14-point win over the Aggies dropped the Gauchos' margin of defeat into single-digits for the first time this year. Even with the 12-point loss at Cal Poly, UCSB's road margin is still under 10 at -8.9. Actually, after losing each of their first four road encounters by 12 points or more, two of the last four 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.

Home vs. Road

Category                  Home      Road
PPG                       71.4      64.0
Opp. PPG                  63.3      72.9
Margin                   +8.1      -8.9
Reb. Margin	              +2.2      -2.8
FG%                      49.0%     43.3%
3-FG%                    37.6%     33.5%
Opp. FG%                 39.4%     47.1%
Opp. 3-FG%               35.9%     40.4%
FT%                      64.9%     65.1%
APG                      15.9      10.7
Turnover Avg.            11.3      14.3

On The Mark
Last year, if UCSB shot 43.8% for the game the coaching staff would have celebrated. But when the Gauchos shot 43.8% from the field in their loss at Cal Poly on Saturday, it was their worst performance in five games and it ended a streak of four consecutive games of 50.0% or better. Still, UCSB enters the week with a field goal percentage of 45.8%. The Gauchos have shot 50.0% or better in four of their last five games, five of their last seven and six of the 16 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 16 games. In the last five contests, including the sub-50.0% game at Cal Poly, UCSB has made 120-of-235 shots from the field, 51.1%. On Jan. 15 at UC Davis, the Gauchos attempted just 39 shots - a season-low - but they made 23, or 59.0%, a season-high. Leading the way, percentage-wise, are sophomore forward Chris Devine (63.5%), junior forward Glenn Turner (60.6%) and senior forward Cameron Goettsche (52.9%). The trio, which represent the team's primary frontcourt players, have combined to go 145-of-244, 59.4%, this season.

Three-Point Barometer
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 five league contests. In the last three conference games, a win over Long Beach State and losses to UC Irvine and Cal Poly, UCSB allowed a total of 31 three-point baskets. Long Beach and UCI each had 11, tying the highest output by a Gaucho opponent this season. In addition, the five league opponents are shooting 37.8% from beyond the arc as compared to UCSB's 30.3%. Finally, the Gauchos have been outscored in Big West play by 30 points and their opponents have made 21 more three-point baskets in the five games. UCSB has made 95 two-point baskets in five league games and its opponents have made 92.

Not Forcing Anything
In Saturday's loss at Cal Poly, the Gauchos forced the Mustangs into just two turnovers. It was the lowest number of turnovers by a UCSB opponent on record. In its last two Big West Conference games, a loss to UC Irvine in addition to the Cal Poly game, Santa Barbara has been able to force just six turnovers, an average of three per game. In fact, in the last three games overall, including a non-conference win at UC Davis, Gaucho opponents had just 18 total turnovers, 6.0 per game. On the bright side, UCSB has protected the ball well of late as well. The Gauchos have committed just 11 turnovers in each of the last two games and an average of 9.6 per game in the last three contests.

A Free Throw Turnaround?
While it is tough to get too excited after one game, UCSB's free throw performance at Cal Poly was a positive note. After making just 16-of-31 free throws in the preceding two games, a paltry 51.6%, the Gauchos nailed 14-of-16, 87.5%, in the game against the Mustangs. The 87.5% mark was by far the team's best in a single game this season. Previously the Gauchos' best mark in a game in 2005-06 was the 73.7% that they made in a narrow loss at Fresno State. Despite the performance at Cal Poly, UCSB has still made just 210-of-323 shots from the free throw line this season, 65.0%.

Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has played in three games since missing UCSB's Jan. 7 game against Long Beach State with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. In the three games since his return, Brown has averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He has, however, struggled a bit with his shooting in the last two games, making just 7-of-19 shots overall, 36.8%. In the three games since his return, Brown has made 14-of-32 overall, 43.7%, and 3-of-15 from three-point range, 20.0%. The Gauchos' leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, Brown led UCSB in scoring (15) and rebounds (seven) in the game at Cal Poly. He has scored 10 or more points in each of his last 14 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 15.5 points per outing and has made 75-for-169 from the field, 44.4%, 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 26 and has made at least one three-pointer in his last 14 appearances. The 26 three-point baskets are a new career-high. He is also averaging a career-high 4.1 rebounds per game and has led the team in each of the last two games. Brown has now had five or more rebounds from his backcourt position in six games and he had a career-high eight on Dec. 23 at Fresno State.

Devine Is Fine
Sophomore forward Chris Devine is shooting 63.5% overall, a figure that ranks him seventh in the nation. He continues to improve in his first full season of action. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, but in the last nine he has seen his scoring average jump up from 8.4 per game. In the last nine contests, Devine has scored 140 points, 15.6 per game, the most of any Gaucho over that span. His current streak of nine straight double-figure scoring efforts is the second longest by a Gaucho in the past three seasons. Only Cecil Brown's current 14 game streak is longer. Overall, he has scored 10 or more points in 12 of 16 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 14 of 16 games and has made 60.0% or better 12 times, including the last five in a row and eight of the last nine. Overall, Devine is shooting a team-high 63.5%, a figure that would rank third on UCSB's all-time single-season list. In the last nine games, he has made 56-of-81 shots from the field, 69.1%. He made 6-of-7 shots at Cal Poly on Saturday, and in the last three games he has gone 16-of-21, 76.2%. Devine leads the Big West in field goal percentage and based on last week's rankings, he would be 15th nationally. Despite having just two rebounds at Cal Poly and a total of six in the last two games, Devine leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 5.3 per game. 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 four outings, Harris has averaged 11.0 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 four contests, two of which were wins, he hit 13-of-26 shots overall, 50.0%, and 7-of-17 from three-point range, 42.0%. Harris' 13 field goals in the last four games have come in a total of 122 minutes. In his five previous appearances, 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 scoring at 8.8 points per game, rebounding at 4.5 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 six times, including twice in the last four games. He had 12 at Cal Poly on Saturday. Finally, in the last seven contests, a total of 197 minutes, Harris has committed just 10 turnovers.

Wait And See
Senior guard Joe See has started the last eight 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 10 games, he has averaged 9.6 points per game, making 33-of-55 shots overall, 60.0%, and 15-of-34 from three-point range, 44.2%. In his eight starts, See has averaged 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, and has made 30-of-50 from the field, 60.0%, and 14-of-32 from three-point range, 44.0%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 50.0% and his three-point percentage to 42.9%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. The Martinez, Calif., native has scored in double-figures nine times this season, including the last four straight and seven times in the last eight games. Finally, with his 24 three-point buckets this year, See now has 111 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.

The Gauchos Double-Team In The Post
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 16 games this season and is averaging 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. Turner, who missed three games with knee troubles, has averaged 4.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Combined, the Goettsche-Turner duo is averaging 11.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. They have also combined to make 65-of-118 shots from the field, 55.1%. In the last six games, Goettsche and Turner have averaged 13.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game. They have combined to make 33-of-50 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 on Jan. 15 at UC Davis and has blocked at least one shot in 10 straight games. His career total of 58 blocks ranks him eighth all-time. Turner has made eight-of-nine field goal attempts in the last three games. He has also blocked two shots in each of the last three games. He now has 64 blocked shots in his career, sixth all-time. Turner also tied his season-high with six rebounds at Cal Poly.

Three-Dot Data
Senior Josh Davis continues to have his problems offensively. Since scoring 11 points in a Jan. 7 win over Long Beach State, Davis has totaled just eight points (2.6 per game) and made just 3-of-15 shots, 20.0%...Despite ranking 10th on the team in minutes played, freshman guard Lance Hurdle is tied for third in steals with 13. He had the Gauchos lone steal in the game at Cal Poly...Freshman forward Tom Garlepp, who has played 10 or more minutes nine times in 16 games this season, has played a total of just three minutes in the last two games. Also, since scoring 11 points on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State, Garlepp has been scoreless in three games. Of course, it is tough to score if one does not shoot and the native of Perth, Australia, has not attempted a shot in a total of 10 minutes over the last three contests...Sophomore Derek Rasp, who missed the first six games of the year with a sore back, has gone scoreless in each of the last four games. Over that span Rasp, who set a school record for three-point field goal percentage by a freshman last season, has played 16 minutes and missed both of his field goal attempts...Senior guard Michael Chambers has made six of his last seven attempts from the field, including all three of his three-point attempts, dating back to the Dec. 28 game against Portland...Sophomores Chidi Ajufo and Chris Moore have played just one minute apiece in the last four games and it was the same minute, the final minute, at UC Davis.

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