November 12, 2009

Gauchos Open Regular Season Saturday; Game Against Cal State Los Angeles Moved to 3:00 pm

Nov. 12, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Los Angeles
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
For on-line audio stream click here
Game available on Gametracker

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Weber State
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
OFor on-line audio stream click here
Game available on Gametracker

• Nov. 14 Regular Season Opener Moved To 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara's regular season opening game, originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome, has been moved to 3:00 p.m. on the same date to accommodate fans who wish to attend both the basketball game and the Big West men's soccer championship later that night. UCSB will host UC Irvine for the league's soccer crown at 7:00 p.m. on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

• Season Tickets Remain Available
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long. Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets. And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today! To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• The Gaucho Record
The Gauchos finished the 2008-09 season with a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 record in Big West Conference play. At one point last season, UCSB had records of 8-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big West before ending with eight wins in 10 games.

• Coming Out Party Quite A Hit
As coming out parties go, this was a pretty good one. On Saturday, Nov. 7, UCSB defeated visiting Sonoma State, 101-64, in its only exhibition game of the year. The Gauchos, playing without starting point guard Justin Joyner and starting forward Jaimé Serna, used a 25-2 run in the first half to blow-open a close game. Santa Barbara shot 63.3% for the game, including 58.8% from three-point range. The Gauchos were led by Orlando Johnson who had 21 points. James Nunnally (13), Jon Pastorek (10), James Powell (10), and Lucas Devenny (10) also scored in double-figures.

• UCSB Picked To Finish Second In Big West
A panel of media members has picked UCSB to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2009-10. Long Beach State has been tabbed as the league favorite. The Gauchos received six first-place votes and totaled 179 points in the poll while Long Beach received 17 first-place votes and 209 points. Defending league champion Cal State Northridge finished third in the poll with 130 points. UC Riverside and Pacific finished fourth and fifth. Pacific received the only other first-place vote.

• Williams Makes It An Even Dozen
Head coach Bob Williams enters his 12th season in charge of the Gauchos. Williams enters the campaign with a Gaucho record of 179-146 (.551). Overall, he is entering his 22nd season as a head coach at four-year schools. In 21 seasons, Williams has posted a record of 368-246 (.563). Currently, the two-time Big West Coach of the Year (1999 and 2003) ranks third in school history with his 179 wins.

• The Gauchos In Season Openers
UCSB has recorded a 7-4 record in season-openers under Bob Williams. The 7-4 log includes last season's 64-55 win over Cal State Los Angeles. The Gauchos have won six consecutive season-opening games. Dating back to 1937-38, UCSB has gone 46-23 in season-openers under seven different coaches.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Cal State Los Angeles have played 41 times in a series that dates back to 1949. The Gauchos hold a 22-19 advantage all-time, but until last year, the teams had not played since 1976. UCSB opened its 2008-09 season against the Golden Eagles with a 64-55 win. Santa Barbara and Weber State have met just twice with the Wildcats winning both meetings. The teams first played in the Top of The World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2002, and then again in Ogden, Utah last year. Weber State won the game between the schools last year, 70-63

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Had 7 points, made all 3 of his shots vs. Sonoma.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Preseason All-Big West choice had 21 points vs. Sonoma.
G - 42 - James Powell - Had 10 points and team-high 6 rebounds vs. Sonoma.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Missed Sonoma game with arm injury, expected back for CSLA.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Made all 5 shots and had 10 points vs. Sonoma State.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 1 - Chris Brew - Limited by fouls, still had some spectacular glimpses.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Led team with 6 assists vs. Sonoma State.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Recovering from sprained ankle, could return vs. Weber State.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Made all 4 of his shots and had 8 points vs. Sonoma.
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - 9 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 2 rebounds vs. Sonoma.
G - 21 - James Nunnally - Scored 13 points in 15 minutes vs. Sonoma State.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Had 10 points, 6 rebounds in exhibition game.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks vs. Sonoma State.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Wiliams guided 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 guided 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. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03. 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.

• UCSB Picked To Finish Second In Big West
A panel of media members has picked UCSB to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2009-10. Long Beach State has been tabbed as the league favorite. The Gauchos received six first-place votes and totaled 179 points in the poll while Long Beach received 17 first-place votes and 209 points. Defending league champion Cal State Northridge finished third in the poll with 130 points. UC Riverside and Pacific finished fourth and fifth. Pacific received the only other first-place vote.

• Johnson Named To Preseason All-Big West Team
The same media panel that picked the Gauchos to finish second also selected sophomore swingman Orlando Johnson to the Preseason All-Big West Team. In the exhibition win over Sonom State, Johnson showed some of the promise that earned him the preseason recognition. Showing no signs of rust from a 19 month layoff. Actually, it's kind of a stretch to say he had a 19 month layoffi, but either way, he made 7-of-9 shots overall, including all three of his three-point attempts, finishing with a game-high 21 points. He also had three rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots, and two steals. The only chink in Johnson's armor was a 4-for-9 showing at the free throw line.

• Joyner Will Rejoin The Gauchos...Eventually
Justin Joyner never actually left the Gauchos, but he was forced to miss the entire 2008-09 season as he recovered from surgery on his right wrist. His return to active duty has been delayed because of a sprained ankle. Joyner's ankle has improved, but he will not play in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles. He might play on Nov. 17 against Weber State, and unless there is a setback, he would almost certainly be back on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. In 2008-09, UCSB felt the effects of Joyner's absence as it struggled holding leads, particularly through the first two-thirds of the season. In his first two years in Santa Barbara, Joyner played in 60 of a possible 61 games, starting 58 times. He averaged 3.3 assists in those 60 games and just 1.8 turnovers. As a sophomore in 2007-08, he started all 32 games and quarterbacked a Gaucho team that set a school record with 23 wins. That year, Joyner had a Big West-leading 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 116 assists and only 56 turnovers. Clearly, whenever Joyner comes back, he will be a welcome re-addition to the Gauchos.

• Newcomers Give Early Positive Signs
In general, UCSB's newcomers - whether they be freshmen or transfers - had solid showings in the exhibition win over Sonoma State. Led by Orlando Johnson (21 points), the four newcomers that played combined for 44 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots, and four steals. They made 17-of-22 shots overall, a blistering 77.3%, and 3-for-3 from three-point range. Johnson was 7-for-9 from the field and made all three of his three-point attempts. Jon Pastorek, a junior forward who transferred to UCSB from San Diego State, was in the starting lineup against Sonoma State. He had 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist while making all five of his field goal attempts. Freshman Lucas Devenny (Santa Rosa, Calif./Piner HS) was solid in his 15 minutes as he scored 10 points and tied for the team-lead with six rebounds. Devenny made 4-of-6 shots from the field. Freshman Chris Brew (Oakland, Calif./St. Mary's HS), the brother of sophomore guard Will Brew, Jr., had three points, two assists, one blocked shot, one steal, and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

• Powell Looks To Rebound
Guard James Powell, one of only two seniors on the Gaucho roster, is looking to rebound in 2009-10. While he tied for team-high honors with six rebounds in the exhibition game against Sonoma State, we mean rebound in more of a figurative sense. Powell struggled nearly from start to finish in 2008-09. He averaged 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, but shot just 32.8% overall and 29.1% from three-point range. As a sophomore in 2007-08, Powell earned Honorable Mention All-Big West recognition after averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 46.7% from three-point range. In the game against Sonoma, the Pomona, Calif., native had 10 points, three assists, and two steals to go along with his six rebounds. He made 2-of-5 three-point attempts.

• Never Roemer Alone
The Gauchos other senior is guard Paul Roemer, who will probably start at the point to begin the year. A former walk-on, Roemer is considered UCSB's utility player. He could play in several roles in the backcourt. Roemer made all three of his shots and had seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot, and one steal against Sonoma State.

• Home Is Where The Heart Is...And A Lot Of Early-Season Games
UCSB will play five non-conference home games this season and all of them are early in the schedule. Following the Nov. 14 game against Cal State Los Angeles and the Nov. 17 game against Weber State, the Gauchos will remain at home to host San Francisco (Nov. 23). On Nov. 28, they will travel to Loyola Marymount for their first road game of the year and then return home for two more games, Dec. 1 against Santa Clara and Dec. 5 against San Diego State, the favorite in the Mountain West Conference. Once the game against the Aztecs is history, so too are the Gauchos as they will say goodbye and hit the road. After a lengthy time off for final examinations, UCSB will go on the road to play Montana State (Dec. 18) and Arizona State (Dec. 21). Following Christmas, Santa Barbara will return to action at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 28-29. The Gauchos will open Big West play on the road, playing at UC Irvine on Jan. 2 and UC Riverside on Jan. 4. They return home on Jan. 8 to host UC Davis. It will be UCSB's first home game in a span of 32 days.

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