November 10, 2010

Big West-Favorite UCSB Opens Season at BTI Invitational at Oregon

Nov. 10, 2010

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• The Schedule
BTI Invitational at Eugene, Ore.
Game 1
Friday, November 12 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Denver
Livestats

Game 2
Saturday, November 13 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. North Dakota State
Livestats

Game 3
Sunday, November 14 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at the University of Oregon
Livestats

All games at Oregon's McArthur Court
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com

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Season Tickets Still Available
Season tickets are still available for Gaucho basketball. Great seats remain and fans can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online with the print at home option by clicking here.

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary. Patton will, however, handle the play-by-play from Oregon.

• UCSB Hits Oregon Trail To Open 2010-11 Season
UC Santa Barbara will open the 2010-11 regular season on Friday, Nov. 12 when it takes-on the University of Denver at the BTI Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gauchos will play three games in the tournament, also playing North Dakota State on Nov. 13 and the host Ducks on Nov. 14. UCSB will play its first home game on Nov. 20 when it battles Fresno State in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Thunderdome.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB completed the 2009-10 season with a 20-10 overall record and a 12-4 record in the Big West. The Gauchos tied Pacific for the league's regular season championship, received the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, and then posted wins over UC Davis and Long Beach State to win their second league tournament title. Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it lost to Ohio State in the first round.

• Media Panel Picks UCSB To Repeat
The Gauchos have been picked to repeat as Big West Conference champions in a poll of the league's regular media. UCSB received 20 first-place votes from the 23-member voting panel for a total of 204 points. Long Beach State, Santa Barbara's opponent in the tournament championship game in 2010, received two first-place votes and totaled 180 points and Pacific, the co-champion during the regular season, received one first-place vote and 161 points. UC Davis was selected fourth.

• Johnson, Nunnally Selected To Preseason All-Big West Team
The same panel that picked UCSB to win the 2010-11 Big West title also selected juniors Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally to its Preseason All-Big West Team. Johnson, a preseason Mid-Major All-American, was the Big West Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009-10. He led the league in scoring at 18.0 points per game and he also contributed 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In addition, he was the Big West Tournament MVP, First Team NABC All-District 9, Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, First Team All-Big West and a Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American. Nunnally was second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game and he led the way at 5.6 rebounds per game. He also had the highest three-point field percentage at 45.5%. Following the season, Nunnally was named Second Team All-Big West and he was chosen to the Big West All-Tournament Team.

• Gauchos Ranked 12th In Mid-Major Poll
UCSB has opened the season ranked 12th in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. Butler, which played Duke for the 2010 National Championship, is ranked number one in the poll of coaches from 31 mid-major programs around the country. Butler received 16 first-place votes while Gonzaga, ranked second, received 15. St. Mary's (11th) and Loyola Marymount (21st) are the only other west coast schools ranked among the top-25. Long Beach State (26th) and Pacific (29th) were also in the vicinity.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - UCSB was 9-2 when he was in starting lineup in 2009-10.
G - 20 - Will Brew - Enters the season having started 50 straight games.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - 2010 Big West Player of the Year and scoring champ at 18.0 ppg.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Missed exhibition game with leg injury. Should return this week.
F - 21 - James Nunnally - Had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists in exhibition vs. Master's College.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 10 - Kyle Boswell - Played 12 minutes in debut against Master's College.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Missed exhibition game with sore wrist but is expected back for opener.
G - 24 - Christian Peterson - Hard-working and physical player could see some action.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Pulled down seven rebounds in 21 minutes vs. Master's College.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Collected nine rebounds in exhibition game vs. Master's College.
G - 43 - Troy Leaf - Logged 18 minutes in his debut against Master's College.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Set UCSB record with eight blocks in game vs. Fresno State last year.

• Gauchos Defeat Master's College In Exhibition, 68-54
On Friday, Nov. 5, UCSB defeated The Master's College in an exhibition game by a score of 68-54. It was the Gauchos' only public exhibition game. After leading just 30-28 at the half, Santa Barbara used a 22-6 burst to open the second half and then cruised to the win. Juniors James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson led the way with 22 and 21 points respectively. Nunnally also had 10 rebounds and four assists while Johnson added five rebounds and four assists. The Gauchos shot just 41.5% overall and 35.3% from three-point range. The Master's College shot 34.4% overall and made 9-of-25 shots from three-point territory.

• The Opponents
UCSB has never played Denver or North Dakota State. The Gauchos hold a 3-0 advantage over Oregon. The teams last met in Santa Barbara on Dec. 19, 1989 with UCSB winning by a 70-54 score. The last time the Gauchos and Ducks played in Eugene was on Dec. 20, 1988 and Santa Barbara won that game by a 77-64 count.

• The Gauchos In Season Openers
UCSB has recorded an 8-4 record in season-openers under Bob Williams. The 8-4 log includes last season's 85-57 win over Cal State Los Angeles. The Gauchos have won seven consecutive season-opening games. This will mark just the second time in the last six seasons that UCSB will open the season away from home. The last time, in 2007-08, they defeated Northwestern State at the World Vision Invitational in Palo Alto, 92-71. Dating back to 1937-38, UCSB has gone 47-23 in 70 season-openers under seven different coaches.

• Away From Home
In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games. The Gauchos won four of their last five true road games, posting wins at Pacific, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis. Santa Barbara's only neutral court loss last season came at the hands of Ohio State in an NCAA Tournament game played in Milwaukee. That's excusable.

• The Media Is Not Alone
The Big West media panel is not alone in selecting UCSB to repeat as league champions. The Gauchos have also been selected to win the title by several preseason publications and college basketball websites. The Sporting News, Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Athlon Sports, Lindy's Magazine, Rivals.com and RushTheCourt.com have all picked Santa Barbara to win the Big West in 2010-11. Also, all six of the publications/websites selected Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally to their preseason all-league teams.

• Williams Approaches Four Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams, who is entering his 13th season at UCSB, is approaching four significant coaching milestones, three of which seem very reachable in 2010-11. When, or rather if, the Gauchos win a game this season, it will be Williams' 200th win at UCSB. He would be the third coach in program history to eclipse the 200 win barrier. Williams also needs seven wins to move past Willie Wilton (205) and into second on the school's all-time list and 12 wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 24 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.

• 2009-10 Win Total Among The Best
UCSB's 20 wins in 2009-10 equaled the second most that a Bob Williams-led Gaucho team has recorded. They also won 20 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during the 2001-02 season. In 2007-08, UCSB won a school record 23 games, advancing to the National Invitation Tournament. Last season also marked the 10th time that a Gaucho team, regardless of head coach, had posted 20 wins. The 12 Big West wins that they had last season were the third most in school history. The Gauchos were 14-4 in 2002-03 and 13-5 in 1987-88, 1989-90, and 1991-92. They were also 12-4 in 2007-08 and 1998-99.

• Gauchos Hope To Extend Five-Year Streak Of Winning Records
With a 20-10 record in 2009-10, UCSB recorded its fifth consecutive winning season. The streak of consecutive winning seasons is the longest during the tenure of head coach Bob Williams and it is the longest since Ralph Barkey guided the program to six straight winning seasons from 1970-76.

• In A Pacific Frame Of Mind
This one probably belongs in the department of information that doesn't really matter, but I'll include it anyway. For the first time since 1964-65, all of UCSB's scheduled games will be played in the Pacific Time Zone. The furthest east that the Gauchos will travel is Las Vegas.

• Waiting In The Wings
UCSB has two key transfers sitting out the 2010-11 season. Forward Keegan Hornbuckle and point guard Nate Garth will sit out the 2010-11 season as redshirts after transferring from Colorado and New Mexico, respectively. The 6-foot-7 Hornbuckle will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2011-12 season while the 6-foot-2 Garth will have two.

• TV Time
UCSB will be televised a minimum of four times and possibly as many as six in 2010-11. Gaucho home games on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State (ESPNU), Feb. 3 against Pacific (ESPNU) and Feb. 5 against UC Davis (Prime Ticket), as well as a Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine (Fox Sports West) are set in stone. Three of four Big West games scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 will also be selected for television and with UCSB scheduled to play at Long Beach State, it is likely that game will be on as well. Finally, the Gauchos' ESPNU BracketBusters game slated for Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Thunderdome, could be televised. If ESPN does choose the game, it could be moved to either Friday, Feb. 18 or Sunday, Feb. 20. The BracketBusters announcement is scheduled for Jan. 31.

The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.

Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.

In 2008-09, Williams coached the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams led the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 199-156. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams 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's 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 an overall career record of 388-256 (.602) at four-year schools.

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