Nov. 25, 2004
Game No. 3
Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of San Francisco Dons
at USF's Memorial Gymnasium
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM
Game No. 4
Wednesday, November 27, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Pepperdine University Waves
at Wisconsin's Kohl Center
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the game against the University of San Francisco with a record of 1-1. On Tuesday night, the Gauchos dropped a tough 72-61 decision at 17th-ranked Wisconsin. UCSB opened the regular season on November 19 with an improbable 80-72 overtime win on the road at San Diego State. The Gauchos have played with nine healthy, or relatively healthy, players in the first two games. UCSB finished the exhibition schedule with a perfect 2-0 record. The Gauchos opened exhibition play on November 4 and recorded a narrow win over Cal State Los Angeles (56-49). On November 12, UCSB had a comfortable 78-60 win over Westmont College. In 2003-04, Santa Barbara posted an overall record of 16-12 and a Big West mark of 10-8. The Gauchos finished third in the league's regular season standings and lost to Cal State Northridge in the second round of the Big West Tournament.
Josh Davis Selected Big West Player Of The Week
Junior guard Josh Davis was selected the Big West Player of the Week after his performance in UCSB's season-opening win at San Diego State. Davis made 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, scored a career-high 18 points, had five rebounds, three assists and a career-high four steals in the 80-72 overtime win over the Aztecs. In addition, Davis held SDSU star Chris Walton scoreless in 29 minutes of action. Walton also had four turnovers and missed all four of his shots. The award was the first given by the league this season and it was Davis' first ever.
Shorthanded Gauchos Drop 72-61 Decison At Wisconsin
UC Santa Barbara, playing with just nine available players for the second straight game, lost a tough 72-61 decision on the road at 17th-ranked Wisconsin on Tuesday night. A Josh Davis jump shot with 4:29 remaining in the game pulled the Gauchos to within seven at 63-56, but Wisconsin responded with a 7-0 run over the next 2:30 to put the game away. Senior forward Casey Cook finished with a career-high 21 points for UCSB. Cook made 8-of-11 shots overall and a career-best 3-of-3 from three-point range. He also had a team-high six rebounds in his 37 minutes of action. Davis scored ten points and had three steals for the Gauchos. Senior guard Chrismen Oliver chipped-in seven points, two steals and he tied his career-high with five assists. As a team, UCSB made 49.0% of its field goal attempts. Wisconsin was paced by guard Clayton Hanson who scored 18 points, including 16 in the second half. The Badgers made 56.3% of their field goals and 8-of-16 from three-point territory.
The Injury Update
There could be a little change in the UCSB injury report as the Gauchos head into Saturday's game at USF. Santa Barbara could have ten players available, up from the nine that were available in the first two games. Starting junior forward Cameron Goettsche nursing a strained groin for the past four weeks, has been taking part in some of the team's drills and he could see limited playing time against the Dons. Starting junior guard Cecil Brown remains sidelined until late-December or early-January with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Reserve sophomore forward David Kennedy has a stress fracture in his right leg, and is expected to remain on the sidelines until some point in late December. Redshirt freshman forward Chris Devine had surgery on his right knee prior to the opening of practice in October and he will be sidelined until mid-January. Sophomore forward Glenn Turner has now played two games since returning from a severely sprained ankle.
UCSB the University of San Francisco have played 30 times in a series that dates back to 1961. The Dons hold an all-time 22-8 advantage over the Gauchos, but UCSB has won the last two meetings between the schools, winning 70-47 in Santa Barbara during the 2002-03 season 69-49 in San Francisco during the 2001-02 campaign. The Gauchos and Pepperdine have played 64 times in a series that dates back to 1940. The Waves hold a 34-30 edge in the series. UCSB won the match-up between the schools last season, 63-60 at the Thunderdome. In last year's Gaucho win, Casey Cook hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to create the final margin.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Tied his career-high with five assists at Wisconsin.
G - Joe See - Did not attempt a two-point shot against the Badgers.
G - Alex Harris - Since starting 1-for-3 at SDSU, he has gone 7-of-9, 77.8%, from the field.
F - Josh Davis - Has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for first time ever.
F - Casey Cook - Tallied a career-high 21 points in the game at Wisconsin.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Michael Chambers - Has missed all four of his three-point attempts in first two games.
G - Derek Rasp - Walk-on has hit 4-of-5 shots in first two games, 2-of-3 three-pointers.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Could see his first action of the season. Had injured groin.
F - Glenn Turner - Is a perfect 5-for-5 from the FT line after going 3-for-13 last season.
F - Chris Moore - Played 18 minutes at Wisconsin, ten more than in opener.
The Infirmary - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Knee injury has sidelined him until late December or early-January.
F - Chris Devine - Knee injury him out until mid-January.
F - David Kennedy - Stress fracture in right leg has him sidelined until December.
F - Todd Follmer - Expected to redshirt the 2004-05 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Big West Conference play. He has also guided UCSB to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program has 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. In addition, 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 steered 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 97-80 (.548) overall record and a 66-36 (.647) 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 286-180 (.614) at four-year schools.
In 2003-04, particularly early in the season, UCSB had its problems with shooting. This year, through two games, the Gauchos have shot the ball quite well. In the season-opener at San Diego State, Santa Barbara made 30-of-60 shots overall, 50.0%. On Tuesday, against a Wisconsin team that allowed opponents to shoot 41.5% last season, the Gauchos made a solid 25-of-51, 49.0%. In the first two games, UCSB has made an even more impressive 41-of-70, 58.6%, from two-point range. Leading the shooting charge are a host of players. In the first two games of the season, junior forward Casey Cook has drained 15-of-21 shots from the field overall, 71.4%, and 3-of-3 from three-point range. Freshman guard Alex Harris has gone 8-for-12 overall, 66.7%, and 3-for-5 from three-point territory, 60.0%. Arguably the biggest surprise in the early going has been the overall play of guard Derek Rasp, a walk-on redshirt freshman. Playing at both a wing spot and, because of injuries the power forwards position, Rasp has drained 4-of-5 shots overall, 80.0%, and 2-of-3, 66.1%, from three-point range.
Free, But Valuable
In the first half of the season-opener at San Diego State, UCSB made just 1-of-5 shots from the free throw line. Although they `improved' to 4-of-9, 44.4%, by the end of regulation, it still seemed a pretty safe bet that missed free throws would cost the team. In the overtime, however, the free throw situation turned completely around as the team made all eight of its attempts. In Tuesday's loss at Wisconsin, the Gauchos didn't take a bunch of free throws, but they did make 5-of-7, 71.4%. Since opening the year at 1-for-5, UCSB has made 16-of-19, 84.2%, to improve to 17-of-24, 70.8%, overall. Last season, as a team, the Gauchos made just 66.7% their free throws.
UCSB has had 20 steals in its first two games. In the opener at San Diego State the Gauchos had 13, equaling their season-high of last season. The Gauchos have had seven of their nine players produce at least one steal in the first two games. Josh Davis leads the team with seven steals in his first two games. Casey Cook and Chrismen Oliver have each produced three steals over the first two games. In 2003-04, Santa Barbara averaged just 6.8 steals per game.
Senior forward Casey Cook was expected to be one of UCSB's workhorses in 2004-05, and that status solidified as the rest of the front court players dropped like flies. In the season-opener at San Diego State, Cook started at the five spot and played 35 minutes before fouling out with just under a minute remaining in regulation. He finished with 15 points, tying the fifth-highest total of his career, and he had four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Although the Gauchos dropped their game at Wisconsin, Cook was even better than he had been in the opener. He scored a career-high 21 points, making 8-of-11 shots from the field and a personal-best 3-for-3 from three-point range. In two games, Cook is easily the team's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game, and his 71.4% mark from the field is also by far the best on the team. With 21 points in the loss at Wisconsin, the Sacramento, Calif., native continued a pattern of stepping-up against some of UCSB's top opponents. Last year, Cook scored a season-high 16 points twice, once each against Kansas and Hawaii. He also had a 15-point outing in a road win at UCLA. Also, in the first two games, Cook has played a total of 72 minutes, an average of 36.0 minutes per game. Prior to this season, his career-high for minutes played was 31, and in the two games this season he has played 35 and 37 respectively. Finally, his three three-point baskets against the Badgers tied his career-high...for a single season! Cook made a total of three three-point baskets as a junior in 2003-04, and he drained three during his freshman season of 2000-01.
Several years ago, when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kordell Stewart was given the nickname of slash. He was a quarterback/wide receiver/kick returner. Junior Josh Davis is UCSB's version of `Slash'. Davis is a guard/small forward/power forward. The 6-foot-5 Davis started at power forward in the game at San Diego State, and he responded with the best game of his career. On Tuesday, he was started at the small forward position, his more normal spot, and he had another solid effort. Against the Aztecs, he scored a career-high 18 points, had a career-high four steals, and made a career-best 4-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc. In addition, Davis played a career-high 38 minutes. For his efforts in the opener at SDSU, Davis was selected the Big West Player of the Week, his first such honor and the first accorded to any player this season. In the game at Wisconsin, Davis had ten points, four rebounds and three steals. This marks the first time in Davis' career that he has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games. In fact, he has scored ten or more just six times, including the last two games. Early in the season, Davis is also enhancing his well-earned reputation as the team's best defensive player. He has seven of the Gauchos' 20 steals. Through two games, Davis is averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 steals, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
After scoring a career-high 17 points in the season-opener at San Diego State, junior point guard Chrismen Oliver had seven points, three rebounds, two steals and a career-high five assists in the loss at Wisconsin. Oliver began his career as a recruited walk-on in 2000-01. Entering the campaign, Oliver had never played more than 24 minutes in any game. In the opener at SDSU, he logged a team-high 41 minutes and then in the game at Wisconsin he played 31 more. The two game total of 72 minutes is just 35 fewer than the total he logged as a freshman in 2001-02. In addition, he scored a career-high 17 points, including seven in the overtime period, and he had a career-high five rebounds to go along with four assists. Oliver also hit what was, arguably, the biggest shot of the game. After UCSB had blown a six-point lead in the final minute of regulation, capped by an Aztec buzzer-beating put-back, Oliver calmly drained the first basket of the overtime, a three-pointer, to give his team a lead it never gave back. A career 60.0% free throw shooter, he also made all four of his free throw attempts in the OT to help the Gauchos hold-off SDSU. UCSB entered the season with the thought of playing a sort of tag-team at the point guard spot. Oliver would start, but junior Joe See would split time. The rash of injuries that have pummelled the Gauchos in the early going, along with players shifting positions to cover for those injuries, seems to have put Oliver in a good position to win the point guard position all for himself, and at least one game into the year, he seems to be adapting to the role.
Freshman guard Alex Harris, at the very least, has had a really good beginning, if not a great one. Harris has put together back-to-back solid performances. In the opener at San Diego State, he scored 15 points, including eight in the decisive overtime. The 15 points were the most ever scored by a Gaucho freshman in his first game or in a season-opener. Harris drained 5-of-8 shots in that first game against the Aztecs, including 2-of-4 from three-point territory, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc in the overtime. He followed-up his debut performance with a solid effort at 17th-ranked Wisconsin. Harris came off then bench to score seven points on 3-of-4 shooting overall, 1-for-1 from three-point range, and he had a rebound, two assists and a steal. In his first two outings, the Northern California has averaged 24.5 minutes, 11.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He has made 8-of-12 from the floor overall, 66.7%, and 3-for-5, 60.0%, from three-point range. Since making just 1-for-3 early in the game at SDSU, Harris has gone 7-for-9 overall, 77.8%, and he has made his last three three-point attempts.
Grasping His Opportunity
Derek Rasp has taken advantage of an opportunity. A walk-on who redshirted last season, Rasp may, or may not, have logged many minutes if all of his teammates were healthy. But as my grandpa used to say `if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day of the year'." Clearly, it is not. The 6-foot-5 Rasp has played the majority of his 16 minutes at the four spot, although he has played some at a wing. In his two games, however, he scored ten points, 5.0 per game, making 4-of-5 shots overall, 2-of-3 from three-point range, and he has a pair of rebounds, both at San Diego State.
Cam I Am, Or Soon Will Be
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche, UCSB's top returning rebounder and second-best returning scorer, could make his first appearance of the season at San Francisco. Goettsche has been out with a severely strained groin since just after the start of practice in October. He has been doing some of the light stuff in practice since early in the week and that was expected to be increased to the point that he would be able to play against the Dons. If Goettsche can play, he will probably quite limited in playing time. Last year, he averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He also led the Gauchos in blocked shots with 14 and he was second in steals with 27. In fact, Goettsche was one of just four players to see action in all 28 games in 2003-04, making the second highest total of starts, 20, on the team. He did paced the team in minutes played with 637.
Just Wait And See
Junior guard Joe See, expected to split time with Chrismen Oliver at the point, has played mostly at the wing in the first two games. Through two games, See is struggling in a big way with his shooting. After going 2-for-10 from the field in the opener at San Diego State, including 0-for-7 from beyond the three-point arc, he went scoreless, missing all six of his three-point attempts in the loss at Wisconsin. See is now 2-for-16 overall from the field, 12.5%, and he is 0-for-13 from beyond the three-point arc. While he is struggling with his shooting, there is some history here. See has gotten off to a slow start in each of his three seasons. As a freshman at Oregon State, he missed his first 12 three-point attempts, and then last season, he made just 4-of-16 three-point shots out of the blocks. Despite his slow starts in each of his first two seasons, See finished the year as his team's leader in threes both times. In 2001-02, he finished with a team-leading 43 three-pointers and last year, his first at UCSB, he paced the way with 44. On the bright side, See has passed off for six assists in the two games, the second-highest total on the team.
A The World Turners
All things considered, sophomore forward Glenn Turner has had a pretty solid start to his second season. After going for four points, all from the free throw line, and a team and career-high seven rebounds in the win at San Diego State, he had five points and he tied for team-high honors with six rebounds at Wisconsin. After missing both of his field goal attempts in the first game at SDSU, Turner made both of his attempts against the Badgers. He entered the season with a streak of ten consecutive successful field goal attempts and has now hit 12-of-14 in his last eight games over two seasons, a lofty 85.7%. He also made his only free throw of the night, making him 5-for-5 in two games. The 5-for-5 start from the free throw line is significant for a couple reasons. First off, his perfect 4-of-4 in the opener was a key factor in the overtime win, and secondly, he is a perfect 5-for-5 after going a dismal 3-for-13, 23.1%, last season. Finally, after never playing more than 11 minutes in a game, Turner has played 22 and 21 in the first two games. In fact, he probably would have played more if he had not committed nine fouls in his 43 minutes of action, including a disqualification at Wisconsin.