Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jordan Weiner: A Great Example

Speaking of Jordan Weiner:



Weiner, Reserves Lead the Way as Gauchos Coast Past Cal Baptist, 76-52


Box Score

Funny photo on Rebel-Net message board

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A UNLV Runnin' Rebel fan was either impressed with the Gauchos' zone defense--or unimpressed with UNLV's inability to knock down the perimeter jump shot.

Cal Baptist preview


Gauchos Hosts Cal Baptist in Final Pre-Christmas Game, Long Beach State is Next


UCSB vs. SDSU video highlights From the Sidelines


UNLV cheerleaders and dance team


Nunnally Named Big West Player of the Week After Leading UCSB to Win at UNLV


First Half Surge Leads No. 10 San Diego State Past UCSB, 90-64


Box Score

UCSB vs. UNLV video highlights From the Sidelines


Monday, December 20, 2010

UCSB Men's Basketball Highlights (12/15/10 vs #22 UNLV)


Somogyi and the holidays


Cold-shooting UNLV drops second straight, falling to UCSB, 68-62

Jerry Tarkanian: "We also had our hands full with UC Santa Barbara"

This is an interesting perspective from Jerry Tarkanian, coach of 1990 national champion UNLV Runnin' Rebels team.


Here’s some good news for Rebel fans upset about Wednesday’s loss to UC Santa Barbara: They also beat us the year we won the national championship.

People always ask me where is the toughest place to play, hoping I would say somewhere such as Kentucky. But the toughest place to play in my opinion was Santa Barbara. They beat us in Santa Barbara that year.

It was just nuts when the Rebels would come to town. The students would stay up all night waiting to get in. They were absolutely wild and so loud. You couldn’t take a timeout because the players couldn’t hear you talk over the noise.

Santa Barbara had more going for it that the fans. Led by coach Jerry Pimm, it was a solid program. His assistants were Ben Howland, the UCLA coach, and Jamie Dixon, who is at Pittsburgh. That was just an outstanding staff.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

UC Santa Barbara stops poor-shooting No. 20 UNLV


James Nunnally helps UCSB upset UNLV


UC Santa Barbara guard James Nunnally didn't even participate in the pregame shootaround and sat out a couple days of practice earlier in the week with a tweaked ankle.

But on the road against 22nd-ranked UNLV, Nunnally came through with 23 points and sank six clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Gauchos pull off the 68-62 upset.

"He's just playing very confidently," UC Santa Barbara coach Bob Williams said by phone late Wednesday night. "There's nobody I'd rather have at the foul line."

Reigning Big West player of the year Orlando Johnson was held to 12 points, but also hauled in 15 rebounds. This season, it's been Nunnally leading the team in scoring as he entered the game averaging 21.9 points to Johnson's 21.4.

"He’s not a sidekick to anybody," Williams said of Nunnally, who was 7-of-12 from the field and played 33 minutes on the bad ankle.

While UCSB shot 50 percent, the Gauchos limited UNLV to 29 percent shooting. That includes a putrid 6-of-29 from 3-point range, with Tre'Von Willis (1-of-7) struggling the most from beyond the arc while making his first start of the season.

UC Santa Barbara is now riding high heading into Saturday's road showdown against unbeaten San Diego State. The school's sports information department can't find any record of having previously played back-to-back road games against ranked teams.

Williams said he believes UNLV and San Diego State are Sweet 16-caliber teams. Of course, his team wouldn't mind another signature nonconference win against a Mountain West Conference team as it hopes to get back to the NCAA tournament.

"We told the [players] there’s an opportunity for us," Williams said.

On Wednesday night in Vegas, it was an opportunity not wasted.

UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV basketball postgame


UCSB Goes on the Road to Stun No. 22 UNLV, 68-62


Box Score

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A weekly look at the mid-major scene


What you shouldn't miss
1. Wednesday: UC Santa Barbara at UNLV -- UCSB needs a few quality nonconference wins, and a victory at UNLV would be a good start. The Rebels dropped their first game of the season at Louisville 77-69 on Saturday night. Winning in Vegas will be no easy task, but with the Gauchos' dynamic duo of James Nunnally (21.9 ppg) and Orlando Johnson (21.4 ppg), coach Bob Williams knows he has weapons.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

UCSB Travels to Nationally Ranked UNLV, San Diego State


Hawai'i Joins Big West Conference


The University of Hawaii accepted an invitation to compete as a member of the Big West Conference in all sports, with the exception of football, after the Big West Board of Directors voted the school in on Thursday.

The addition of UH to the Big West plus the shift of the conference's showcase basketball tournament to the Honda Center in Anaheim, signify two major steps forward for the league.

"As a university, we are excited that Hawaii is joining the Big West Conference," said UCSB Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari. "Adding a strong brand like Hawaii is just good marketing. Along with the basketball tournament moving to the Honda Center in March, this is another big step in the right direction for the conference." 

The Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine programs are expected to begin competing in the Big West in 2012-13.

UNLV vs. UCSB Stat comparison


Friday, December 10, 2010

Nunnally and Johnson are top scoring duo in college basketball

James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson are among the top scorers in the nation, and form the highest-scoring duo in college basketball.


Orlando Johnson makes UCSB's November Top Ten


UH Athletics Joins Big West, Mountain West In 2012-13

For all Gaucho fans:  ROAD TRIP!


The University of Hawai‘i announced today that its sports teams have joined the Big West Conference (BWC) and the Mountain West Conference (MWC) beginning with the 2012-13 season. 

The Warrior football team will become the tenth member of the MWC. UH’s other sports programs, with the exception of sailing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, will join the BWC.

Gib Arnold (Men’s Basketball Head Coach)
“We’re looking forward to the new challenges that joining the Big West brings. We’ll be able to build new rivalries with other West Coast schools and it allows our student-athletes from California a greater opportunity to play in front of family and friends.”

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ESPN Weekly Watch


Other Contenders (for Player of the Week):

James Nunnally, UC Santa Barbara: As the Gauchos picked up two impressive double-digit victories, Nunnally stole some of the spotlight from Orlando Johnson by scoring 29 (11-for-14 field goal shooting) against Loyola Marymount and 34 at Santa Clara. He was 17-of-19 from the charity stripe and 8-of-11 from the 3-point line.

Brothers help UCSB star find success


Friday, December 3, 2010

Under The Hat: Bob Williams: 12/1/10


UCSB Men's Basketball Highlights (12/1/10 vs LMU)


UCSB extends Williams’ contract through 2016


Santa Clara To Webcast Men’s & Women’s Basketball Games For Free

Gaucho fans unable to attend the Santa Clara Broncos game can access it live online, courtesy of SantaClaraBroncos.com.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - SantaClaraBroncos.com is proud to announce that all future 2010-11 men's and women's home basketball games not on television will be webcast for free via Stretch Internet on SantaClaraBroncos.com. 

With the help of the West Coast Conference, the Santa Clara University athletic department recently made several upgrades to its audio and video components in the Leavey Center and now has the ability to webcast games with a three-camera system.  Radio feeds from the games will be integrated into the webcast when available.

Links to the webcast of each men's and women's basketball game can be found on either team's schedule webpage or on http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/livestats.  You can also go directly to the Santa Clara Broncos portal on Stretch Internet by clicking http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/santaclara.portal?mode=link#.