Gauchos, Picked Second in Big West, Open 2008-09 With Saturday Exhibition Against Cal State Dominguez Hills

Nov. 7, 2008

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• The Schedule
Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
at UCSB’s Thunderdome
Game broadcast on KBKO 1490-AM
Game available on Gametracker

• One Exhibition, Then the Real Deal
UC Santa Barbara will open its 2008-09 season with an exhibition game against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Thunderdome.  The game against the Toros will be the Gauchos’ only exhibition game of the year.  The regular season opener against Cal State Los Angeles will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.  Tickets for these and all UCSB games, plus information on season tickets and “Cinco Packs,” are available from the Athletics Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or online by clicking <a href=””>here</a>.

• The Gaucho Record
In 2007-08, UCSB had an overall record of 23-9 and a Big West mark of 12-4.  The 23 wins were the most in school history and the 12-4 league record was good enough to earn the Gauchos a share of the 2008 Big West regular season title.  Following the season, UCSB advanced to the National Invitation Tournament where it was beaten by Ole Miss.

• UCSB Picked 2nd by Big West Coaches, Media
The Gauchos have been picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in the annual polls of the league’s coaches and media.  Cal State Northridge, which, along with Cal State Fullerton, tied for the regular season league crown in 2007-08, was picked to win the title in both of this year’s votes.  Pacific and Fullerton were selected third and fourth respectively, with the coaches choosing UC Davis fifth and the media picking Long Beach State.

• Early Honors for Devine
Senior forward Chris Devine has been selected to the Preseason Mid-Major All-American Team, as well as Preseason All-Big West.  Devine, who averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a junior, is the second Gaucho player in as many seasons to be selected to the 25-man team.  It is the third year in a row in which Devine has been chosen to the Big West’s Preseason All-Conference squad.

• Williams Enters Second Decade in Santa Barbara
Bob Williams is entering his second decade as UCSB’s head coach.  Williams’s first 10 years have resulted in 163 wins, eight winning seasons, three Big West regular season titles, a league tournament title, and three postseason appearances.

• Possible Starters - Notes
G - 1 - D.J. Posley - Defensive specialist will see increased role in 2008-09.
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Will Joyner sidelined, he becomes starter at the point.
G - 42 - James Powell - Last year he set UCSB record for 3-point pct., 46.7%.
F - 12 - Chris Devine - Three-time all-league choice has 1,143 career points.
F - 44 - Jesse Byrd - Junior transfer from San Francisco makes Gaucho debut.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
F - 0 - Jaime Serna - Athletic freshman forward will battle for starting job.
G - 2 - Nick Quick - Very good outside shot gives him a chance for time.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - 34 of his 37 field goal attempts last year were threes.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Likely to redshirt with injured wrist.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Big forward may be the team’s most improved player.
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Freshman will compete for time at point and wing.
G - 21 - James Nunnally - Freshman will see time increase as season evolves.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Talented 7-2 freshman was tremendous upside.