February 7, 2006

Gauchos Return to Big West Action, Travel to First-Place UC Irvine, Long Beach State

Feb. 7, 2006

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The Schedule
Game No. 20
Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Bren Events Center
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

Game No. 21
Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 5:35 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
at LBSU's Walter Pyramid
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an 8-11 overall record and a Big West mark of 1-6. The Gauchos ended a three-game losing streak on Feb. 2 with a 73-54 non-conference win over UC Davis. UCSB has dropped four consecutive conference games. The last time the Gauchos lost four straight league games was midway through the 2000-01 league sason. The last time they lost more than four straight Big West games was at the end of the 1997-98 campaign when they dropped their last eight consecutive conference encounters. The win over Davis also ended a three-gme home losing streak, the longest since the 1998-99 season. The 1-6 start in Big West play is the worst by a Gaucho team in the eight years that Bob Williams has been head coach and the worst since they opened 1-9 in league play in 1983-84. When Santa Barbara plays UC Irvine on Thursday, it will also be attempting to win two straight games for the second time this season and the first time since games one and two on Nov. 18 and Nov. 21.

UCSB Will Travel To San Jose State For Bracket Buster Game
UCSB has learned that its opponent in the Feb. 18 Bracket Buster competition will be San Jose State. The Gauchos and Spartans are old-time Big West rivals but have not played each other since the 1999-2000 season. San Jose State departed the Big West Conference for the Western Athletic Conference following the 1995-96 season. The programs have played exactly 100 times in a series that began in 1939. The 100 games is the most the Gauchos have played against any opponent. The Spartans have won 52 of the meetings.

The Gauchos Back On Winning Track With 73-54 Win Over UC Davis
Alex Harris scored 15 points, Glenn Turner added his first career double-double, and Michael Chambers scored 11 in the first start of his career, as UC Santa Barbara ended a three-game losing streak with a 73-54 win over visiting UC Davis on Feb. 2. Turner, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots, scored the first basket of the game on a short hook shot. Davis tied the score on a 15-foot jumper by Phil Rasmussen, but then UCSB rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a 12-2 lead. The Aggies crept to within six points at 16-10, but a 7-0 run gave the Gauchos a decisive 23-10 lead with 6:13 remaining in the first half. Davis was never closer than nine the rest of the way. Chambers scored all 11 of his points, on 5-of-6 shooting, in the first half. On the other hand, Harris, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night, scored 13 of his team-high 15 in the second half. Chris Devine was also in double-figures with 14 points. The lead would balloon to 25 points on two occasions in the final 10 minutes. Thomas Juillerat led the Aggies with a game-high 17 points. UCSB shot 55.8% overall and 53.8% from three-point range. Conversely, the Gauchos limited Davis to just 37.0% overall and a miserable 1-for-17 from three-point range, 5.9%.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Joe See - Has had a season-high five assists in each of the last two games.
G - Cecil Brown - Had streak of 16 straight double-figure efforts ended in UC Davis win.
G - Michael Chambers - Made first start of season vs. UC Davis and had season-high 11 points.
F - Chris Devine - Has scored 10 or more points in 12 straight games.
F - Glenn Turner - First career double-double vs. UC Davis, 12 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - With 99 career steals he has moved into 10th all-time at UCSB.
G - Alex Harris - Made all five field goal attempts vs. UC Davis and is 18-of-35 in last seven.
G - Lance Hurdle - Has 15 steals in just 136 minutes, one every 9.1 minutes of play.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has scored just three points in his last seven appearances.
F - Chidi Ajufo - After playing six minutes in previous 13 games, he played five vs. UC Davis.
F - Tom Garlepp - Played 14 minutes vs. UC Davis, his highest total since Dec. 28 vs. Portland.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Was scoreless in a season-low six minutes vs. UC Davis.
F - Chris Moore - Played six minutes vs. UC Davis after logging one minute in previous six.
C - David Massey - Freshman center is redshirting the 2005-06 season.

The Opponents
UCSB and UC Irvine have played 52 times in a series that dates back to 1968. The Gauchos hold a 38-24 advantage. The Anteaters topped UCSB in the first meeting between the schools this season. On Jan. 9, UCI won in Santa Barbara by a score of 70-66. The teams split games last season with each team winning on its own court. UCSB won in Santa Barbara by a score of 62-45 and the Anteaters won in Irvine, 72-63. With the exception of San Jose State, UCSB has played Long Beach State more than any of its opponents. The Gauchos and 49ers have played 98 times in a series that dates back to 1952. Long Beach holds a narrow 50-48 edge over Santa Barbara. In the first meeting between the schools this year, on Jan. 7, the Gauchos posted a 77-74 win. Last year, the teams split their regular season games, with the 49ers winning in Long Beach (58-57) and the Gauchos winning in Santa Barbara (54-47). UCSB also defeated Long Beach in the opening round of the Big West Tournament, 55-49.

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. Most recently, Santa Barbara dropped a 74-62 decision at Cal Poly on Jan. 21. The Gauchos are now 1-8 in true road games this season. 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 ran-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. Including the first nine road games this season and the final road game of the 2003-04 season, UCSB has lost 22 of its last 25 and 20 of its last 22 true road games.

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 115-108 (.517) overall record and a 74-53 (.583) 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 304-208 (.595) at four-year schools. He recorded his 300th career coaching victory on Dec. 20, 2005, against Sonoma State.

Going With The Percentages
UCSB made 55.7% of its shots in last week's win over UC Davis. It was the team's second best field goal percentage of the season. The Gauchos hit a season-high 59.0% in their win at UC Davis on Jan. 15. Santa Barbara has now made 50.0% or better seven times in 19 games this season and six times in the last 10. Last year, in 29 games, UCSB made 50.0% or better once. Finally, the Gauchos have made 45.0% or better 10 times this season after having done so just four times in 2005-06.

The Sub-40 Barometer
I could go on for eternity about what UCSB's record is when they do such-and-such. Well, maybe not eternity, but I really could go on for a while. Anyway, there are two specific game-to-game statistical measures that really do represent absolute statistical trends. The first is also the most obvious. When the Gauchos outscore an opponent they have gone undefeated at 8-0. The second, while not occuring as often, has been as dependable. When UCSB holds its opponent below the 40.0% mark from the field it has a record of 6-0. The Gauchos limited UC Davis to 37.0% in their win last week. UCSB is 2-11 when its opponents make better than 40.0% of their field goal attempts.

Above Boards
Not all is gloomy for UCSB. The Gaucho rebounding has started to emerge as a positive. On the year, UCSB is now outrebounding its opponents by a +0.5 margin. While that statistic is not likely to send anyone scattering for the record books, it is a huge improvement over last season and a major step from where the team was earlier this year. The Gauchos have outrebounded six straight opponents, their longest streak of the last two years. Prior to the current six-game stretch in which they have had 34 more rebounds than their opponents (+5.7 per game), they had produced 25 fewer boards than the opponents, an average of nearly 2.0 per game.

That 70's Show
UCSB scored 73 points in its win over UC Davis last week. The 73-point outburst ended a streak of five consecutive sub-70 performances. The Gauchos, who scored a season-high 82 points in the opener against the University of San Francisco, have scored 70 or more points six times this season and have gone 4-2 in those games.

Block Party
After going without a block in their Jan. 28 game against Pacific, the Gauchos responded with their most prolific shot-blocking effort since last season. UCSB swatted nine UC Davis shots, equaling the fifth-highest total in school history. Leading the block parade was junior forward Glenn Turner who rejected five shots, one off of his school-record total of six.

Our Turnovers
UCSB has averaged 19.3 turnovers per game in the last three, including its two highest turnover totals of the season. In last week's win against UC Davis, the Gauchos turned the ball over 14 times, a figure that was actually a significant drop from their average of 22.0 per game in the previous two games. On Jan. 26, Cal State Northridge forced Santa Barbara into a season-high 25 miscues. In the following game against Pacific, the Gauchos had 19 turnovers. Overall, UCSB is now averaging 14.0 turnovers per game and 14.3 per game in Big West play.

Their Turnovers
While UCSB was turning the ball over 44 times in its last two Big West games, its league opponents were committing 26. On the year, Gaucho opponents have turned the ball over 26 fewer times, but in Big West play, opponents have just 73 turnovers, 10.4 per game, or 3.9 fewer per conference outing than UCSB. Four times this season the Gauchos have forced seven or fewer turnovers. On Jan. 9, UC Irvine had four turnovers and in the next league game for Santa Barbara on Jan. 21, Cal Poly had just two turnovers, the fewest ever committed by an opponent.

Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown scored five points in UCSB's game against UC Davis last week. Brown had scored 10 or more points in 16 straight games, the longest such streak by a Gaucho since the 1998-99 season. Still, Brown leads the team at 13.2 points per game and has scored 10 or more in 16 of his 18 games this season. In the game against Davis, he did tie his season-low for field goal attempts with just six and the 23 minutes he logged were the fewest he has played in a game since he played 21 at North Carolina on Nov. 25. Brown also continues to lead the team with 32 three-point baskets and has had at least one three-pointer in 17 straight games. Prior to scoring just five points in the last game, he had gone for 17 in a game against Pacific, the third-highest scoring effort of Brown's season and career. On Dec. 7, in a win over Pepperdine, he had a season-high 28 points. It was the most points scored by a UCSB player since Mark Hull tallied 28 against San Diego State in a National Invitation Tournament game in 2003. Brown also enters the week having made 11 straight free throws over five games. He has improved on the season to 70.0%, but prior to the current streak, he was making just 58.6%. Finally, he is now third on the team in assists at 2.2 per game and he has had at least two in six straight appearances and nine times in his last 10 games.

Devine Is Fine
Sophomore forward Chris Devine has become, arguably, the Gauchos most depedable offensive player. He enters the week averaging 12.4 points per game, second on the team, and he has scored 10 or more points in 12 straight games. A native of Eagle River, Alaska, Devine is the only player to start all 19 games for UCSB this season. His 14-point effort in last week's win over UC Davis was the most points he had scored in a game since he tallied 20 on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State. In the last 12 games, Devine has scored 176 points, 14.7 per game, and he has made 71-of-113 from the field, 62.8%. On the year, he has made 60.1%, the top figure in the Big West Conference and a mark that ranks him 20th in the nation. He has tallied 20 or more points a team-leading two times this year, including a career-high 21 on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside. In the game against the Highlanders, Devine also had a career-high 11 rebounds and it was the first double-double of his career. He has made at least half of his shots in 15 of 19 games and has made 60.0% or better 13 times, including four of the last seven games. Devine also leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 5.2 per game. He had seven rebounds in the last game and he has had seven or more eight times in 19 games.

See-Saw
Senior guard Joe See has scored just 15 points in the last three games. Still, in those three games, See has made 5-of-11 from the field overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. In each of the last two games, See has had a season-high five assists and has taken over the team-lead in assists with 44 in his 19 games, 2.3 per game. See is now averaging 7.6 points per game and is one of the team's hottest offensive players. As a starter in the last 11 games, he has averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. In his 11 starts, See has made 35-of-61 shots from the field overall, 57.4%, and 17-of-36 from three-point range, 47.2%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 49.5% and his three-point percentage to 45.0%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-best 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. The Martinez, Calif., native has scored in double-figures nine times this season, including four of the last seven and seven times in his 11 starts. Finally, with his 27 three-point buckets this year, See now has 114 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.

The Harris Poll
In his last game, sophomore guard Alex Harris made all five of his field goal attempts, including his only three-pointer, and scored 15 points in 20 minutes. The outstanding effort against UC Davis came on the heels of a two-game stretch against Cal State Northridge and Pacific in which Harris had a total of one point, missing all four of his field goal attempts in 21 minutes. The 15 points he scored against UC Davis was his highest total since he tallied a career-high 17 points on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State. Harris is now averaging 8.3 points per game, third on the team. While he is shooting 37.7% for the year, he has made 18-of-35 shots from the field, 51.4%, and has averaged exactly 10.0 points in the last seven games. Harris is also averaging 4.2 rebounds per contest, fourth on the team, and 2.3 assists per game, second on the squad. Finally, 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.

A Turning Point
Junior forward Glenn Turner has started the last two games for UCSB and seems to be emerging as a force in the pivot. In the last two, Turner has averaged 9.5 points and 10.5 rebouns per game, making 9-of-11 shots, 81.8%. In last week's win over UC Davis, he posted the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, Turner blocked five shots, the most by a UCSB player this season and one off of his school-record of six. Turner has averaged 10.0 rebounds and 9.0 points in the last three games, a total of 64 minutes. He has had five or more rebounds in five straight games and has had 16 offensive rebounds in the last four games, a total of 83 minutes. On the year, Turner is shooting 65.3% from the field but in the last six games he has made 20-of-25, 80.0%, and in the last nine games he has drilled 26-of-34, 76.5%. In his career, Turner has now made 85 of 143 field goal attempts, 59.4%, first in school history. Also in his career, he has swatted 70 shots, sixth all-time.

Chambers' Music
Senior guard Michael Chambers played 55 minutes in UCSB's first 16 games. In the last three games, Chambers has played 59 minutes, including 25 in the first start of his Gaucho career, last week's win over UC Davis. In the win over Davis, Chambers scored a season-high 11 points, all the in first half. He made 5-of-8 shots, including a three-pointer. In his last seven appearances, Chambers is 14-of-24 overall, 58.3%, and 6-of-12 from three-point range, 50.0%. The 25 minutes that he logged against UC Davis is his season-high and the second most he has played in his Gaucho career. While he is averaging 3.8 points on the season, Chambers has chipped-in 6.5 per game in the last four.

Cam I Am
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche played a season-low six minutes in last week's win over UC Davis. Goettsche was struggling with an infection on his arm in that game but should be at full strength this week. Since starting the first 17 games, he has come off the bench in the last two. Goettsche is third on the team in rebounding at 4.5 per game, but in the last two games he has had just three boards in 26 minutes. Also, after going scoreless in his brief appearance last week, his scoring average is at 6.8 per game. Goettsche has had five or more rebounds 12 times this season. He scored a career-high 21 points on Dec. 20 in a win over Sonoma State. His other double-figure scoring game was on Jan. 9 against UC Irvine when he tallied 11.

Three-Dot Data
Senior guard Josh Davis played just 12 minutes against UC Davis, his fewest since he played six on Jan. 4 at Cal State Fullerton. Davis did make his first three-point basket in five games in the win over the Aggies...Freshman forward Tom Garlepp played 14 minutes against UC Davis, his highest total since he played 18 on Dec. 28 against Portland. He also made his first three-pointer in six games...Freshman guard Lance Hurdle is averaging one steal every 9.1 minutes of play, easily the best on the team. He needs just four more steals to move into UCSB's freshman top-10.

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