Aug. 17, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
A road game at USC, home games against BYU and Pepperdine, and an appearance in the Cable Car Classic, highlight the 2001-02 UC Santa Barbara men's basketball schedule.
The Gauchos will open the regular season on Saturday, November 17, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee against crosstown opponent Westmont College. Following the opener, UCSB hit one of its toughest stretches of the season. On Saturday, November 24, they travel to USF to begin a run of three games in five days, the final two, Monday, November 26 at USC and, Wednesday, November 28 at home against BYU, are against teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament.
The Gauchos will play two other non-conference home games, on Saturday, December 1 against St. Mary's and on Saturday, December 8 against Pepperdine, an NIT participant in 2001. In between the St. Mary's and Pepperdine games, UCSB will travel to Loyola Marymount for a game on Wednesday, December 5.
The Big West Conference schedule will open early in 2001-02. The Gauchos will travel to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton on December 20 and December 22 respectively. Following Christmas, UCSB will travel back to the Bay Area to take part in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara. On December 28, the Gauchos will take on 2001 NIT participant Detroit Mercy in the first round. Santa Clara will play Maryland-Baltimore County in the other first round contest.
Following the Cable Car Classic, UCSB will continue Big West play on a full-time basis. They return to league action on January 3 when they host Idaho. On January 5, the Gauchos host defending Big West Champion Utah State, the first of two games against the Aggies. The following Thursday, UCSB travels to Cal State Northridge for the first of two meetings with the 2001 Big Sky Champions, another NCAA Tournament team in 2001. In addition to Utah State and Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine also advanced to postseason play last season, playing in the NIT. Including the six Big West games against postseason teams from a year ago, the Gauchos will play a total of ten games against teams that played in postseason tournaments in 2001.
The 2001-02 Big West schedule will consist of 18 games, an increase of two over the last several seasons. The Gauchos will play home-and-road games against Utah State, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, Pacific, Long Beach State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Idaho.
Santa Barbara will open the season with a pair of exhibitions. The Gauchos will host the Basketball Travelers on November 1, and then they will take on the California All-Stars on November 6.