Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Preliminary UCSB non-conference schedule next season

In the TalknGauchos radio show yesterday, Coach Bob Williams reportedly named the following non-conference opponents for next season:

University of California
University of Washington
Brigham Young University
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
San Diego State University
University of Portland
Santa Clara University
Boise State (return Bracket Buster)
ESPNU Bracket Buster game against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

The coaching staff may add one or two more out of conference opponents.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NCAA MEN'S 2ND & 3RD ROUNDS: TAMPA March 17, 2011 Transcripts

Gators Cruise Past UC-Santa Barbara in First NCAA Tournament Win Since '07 Title

Second-Seeded Florida too Much for UCSB, 79-51

Photo Gallery

Previewing Tampa: The night games
No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara (18-13) vs. No. 2 seed Florida (26-7), 6:50 p.m. ET (TBS)


Bob Williams (406-269 in 23 seasons, 217-169 in 13 seasons at UCSB)

Last NCAA tournament appearance:

All-time NCAA record:
1-4 in four appearances

Player to watch:
Gauchos guard Orlando Johnson is one of the country’s hottest players entering the NCAA tournament. In three games of the Big West tournament last week, Johnson averaged 28.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He made 12 of 18 3-pointers in victories over Pacific, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. Johnson is averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.


Billy Donovan (392-166 in 17 seasons, 357-146 in 15 seasons at Florida)

Last NCAA tournament appearance:

All-time NCAA record:
29-13 in 16 appearances

Player to watch:
Senior forward Chandler Parsons ranks third on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game. But Parsons was named SEC player of the year because he does so much else. He leads the Gators in rebounding (7.8) and assists (112) and is shooting 49.6 percent from the floor. Since missing action with a deep thigh bruise, Parsons is averaging 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists in seven games.


1. Florida’s start:
The Gators have gotten off to slow starts over the past couple of weeks, but they’re dominating opponents in the second half. In their past five games, the Gators averaged 50.2 points after halftime and outscored opponents by an average of 16 points. Florida’s defense has been stellar after halftime, too, holding opponents to only 25 percent on 3-point attempts.

2. Florida’s big men:
If the Gators are going to advance beyond the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, they will need to get more help from their interior players. In Florida’s 70-54 loss to Kentucky in the SEC tournament championship game, center Vernon Macklin and forwards Alex Tyus and Patric Young combined for only 16 points and 11 rebounds.

3. Johnson & Nunnally:
Johnson gets most of UCSB’s attention, but junior forward James Nunnally is a big-time scorer in his own right. Nunnally averaged 16.4 points and 5.4 rebounds and shot 82.9 percent from the foul line. The Gauchos are difficult to stop when Johnson and Nunnally are shooting well. The pair combined for 52 points in a 72-70 loss at Oregon and 35 points in a 68-62 upset at UNLV -- UCSB’s first win over a ranked opponent since 1993.

NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Florida vs. UC-Santa Barbara

Disclaimer:   This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only.  Gaucho Hoops does not endorse wagering of any kind, including sporting events.

Parsons, Johnson making most of 2nd chances

Johnson’s road to NCAAs paved with adversity

Gators ready for a run?

March Madness On Demand

Don't forget the boss button when he/she walks by your cubicle.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Bleacher Report: NCAA 2011 Bracket Schedule: UC Santa Barbara Vs. Florida

Men's Basketball: 3/16: Keys to Beating Florida on Thursday

UCSB NCAA MEN'S 2ND & 3RD ROUNDS: TAMPA March 16, 2011 Transcripts

This is a transcript of the press conference with Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaime Serna, and Coach Bob Williams.

Florida Gators not looking past Gauchos

Older brothers raised UCSB's Orlando Johnson following the deaths of six family members

Florida vs. UCSB Game Preview 3-16-11

UC Santa Barbara's Jaime Serna brings fiery spark to NCAA clash with Florida,0,1392309.story?page=1

University of Florida and UCSB press conferences

<a href="" target="_new" title="Tourney Preview: UCSB/Florida">Video: Tourney Preview: UCSB/Florida</a>

Dream and nightmare scenarios

Florida (2)
Best Case: Gifted with a seeding more inflated than post-Civil War Confederate currency, the Gators make a run. The natural No. 4 seed enjoys a soft regional draw, walloping UC Santa Barbara, favorite whipping boy UCLA, Gonzaga and Kansas State to reach a fourth Final Four in 11 years. After three years without an NCAA win, people remember Billy Donovan can coach. Chandler Parsons displays the versatility that made him SEC Player of the Year. Guards Erving Walker and Kenny BoyntonVernon Macklin repays their generosity by scoring consistently in the paint. Gator Nation loses its collective mind when Joakim Noah shoot judiciously and remember to feed the post on occasion. Big man and Tim Tebow show up in Houston for the Final Four. Donovan, who is 3-0 in national semifinals, makes it 4-0 by beating Kansas before the Gators lose to Ohio State in the title game.
Worst Case: Showing that they had no business with a No. 2 seed, the Gators are bounced in the second round by Michigan State. Walker and Boynton combine to shoot 35 times and make nine, feeding the post twice all game. Parsons misses four key free throws, showing the one part of his game that's a glaring weakness. Florida State makes the Sweet 16, and Will Muschamp decides in spring ball that none of his quarterbacks is very good. In a stunning move, Donovan leaves Florida for his alma mater, Providence.

UC Santa Barbara (15) Best Case: Infused with confidence after a surprising Big West Conference tournament championship run, the 18-13 Gauchos are ready for Florida. They are embraced by the 15,000 Kentucky fans in Tampa and ride the hot shooting of underrated Orlando Johnson (21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3 assists) to a stunning halftime lead. UCSB keeps it close before losing in the final minutes, leaving the court to a round of applause from Big Blue Nation. And when it's over, the Gauchos get to return to Santa Barbara, Califl., which is not to be confused with, say, Starkville, Miss.
Worst Case: A team that lost to North Dakota State early, then dropped eight Big West games, is in no way ready to face the SEC champions. Florida treats the Gauchos the way its football team treats an FCS opponent, roaring to a 21-4 lead and playing everyone in a game-long mismatch. Mechanical problems on the flight home force an emergency landing and overnight stay in Starkville.

NCAA Men's Basketball link

Florida Basketball Pre-Game Notes

Orlando Johnson Named Athlete of the Week

Gauchos caught spark in a trash can

Jim Rome's take on NCAA Bracket Guy, Time Change Guy

Romey gave some major run to the Gauchos last year before their NCAA matchup against Ohio State.

President Obama's bracket--Barack-etology 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Men's Basketball: 3/15: This Year is Different

Five mid-major players you should know
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara: He is one of the best athletes you haven't heard of, but take one look at any highlight film and you'll see the run-and-jump ability and sweet-shooting stroke. Johnson was last season's Big West Player of the Year and backed it up this season as the nation's 15th-leading scorer (21.1 ppg). Florida will have a challenge in front of it trying to defend him.

Inside UCSB: Gauging the Gauchos

The recap is wrong:  the Gauchos' last appearance in the NCAA playoffs was 2010 (last year)--not 2002.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Southeast Region Wide Open
No. 2 Florida – The Gators are anchored by three tall senior forwards – Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin – who soldiered through the last three seasons to arrive at this point, where Billy Donovan's rebuilding job appears complete. Point guard Kenny Boynton shoots a little too much for anyone's taste, but he's dangerous in transition. UF has the whole package in its starting five. Its bench is a little shaky.

No. 15 UCSB – Hello, Jim Rome's Gauchos! Guard Orlando Johnson – 21 points per game, 6 rebounds – is one of the better players you've never heard about.

UCSB Coach Bob Williams ESPN Radio interview

Preview of NCAA Southeast Regional,0,4424929.story
What UCSB does Well: The Gauchos rank 22nd nationally in free-throw shooting (.755), and are also good shooters from the floor. Orlando Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard, leads UCSB and the Big West Conference with 21.1 points per game.

UCSB's weaknesses: Florida has been a good rebounding team all season and should hold a decided advantage here. The Gauchos have a -0.3 rebounding margin, with four players who average between four and 6.3 rebounds per game.

What Florida will need to do to win: Florida must establish an inside presence and give its guards room to shoot, as they showed in the SEC Tournament for proof. In the semifinal, Florida controlled the post, knocked down outside shots and scored 49 in the second half. Against Kentucky, they struggled with both and scored 25.

Official NCAA Tournament Watch Party: UCSB vs. Florida

The Hub:


Guards Boynton, Walker key for No. 2 seed Florida

Daily Gaucho UCSB vs. UF StatSheet comparison

Both teams are similar in offensive efficiency, but UCSB turns the ball over more than Florida.  The Gators also rebound much better on offense, while the Gauchos get to the foul line slightly more often.

Florida has played a much tougher schedule, and are 13-point favorites.  Even though Tampa is technically a neutral site, its close relative proximity to Gainesville makes it essentially a home game for the Gators.

Parsons, Donovan, Jones honored on AP All-SEC team

Tourney Team Preview: Florida

Video: Boynton talks NCAA Tournament basketball

Orlando Johnson Dancing

In any case, Florida fans should be thrilled with the Gators’ tournament draw.

With a chance to play in Tampa against a weak opponent in their first-round game, the Gators should be able to regain any lost momentum from Sunday’s SEC Tournament championship loss.

Gators ignore No. 2-seed backlash

Gaucho Prime Sports March 14th

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ole's Got His Dancin' Shoes On

15th-Seeded UCSB Plays Florida In NCAA Tourney Thursday

Bob Williams, Mark Patton Featured on Special Talk'n Gauchos From Tampa

UCSB - 2011 Big West champs

We are the champions (again)!

UCSB vs. LBSU, 3-12-11

Recipe for an upset;_ylt=AhunMx1VBy18EklUt21WG87evbYF?slug=mh-upsetrecipe031411

LBSU dance team, 3-12-11

UCSB cheerleaders, 3-12-11

UCSB vs. CSUN, 3-11-11

CSUN dance team, 3-11-11

UCSB cheerleaders, 3-11-11

UCSB cheerleaders, 3-10-11, Big West Tournament

A big boo to Joe Lunardi!  It's UC-Santa Barbara, not Cal-Santa Barbara.  He also forgets to mention we are repeat Big West Tournament Champions.  Sure, playing the Florida Gators in Tampa will be tough, so please count us out and overlook us.

UCSB's Bob Williams Interview

Jim Rome on Fire: War Gauchos!
Kegs will be tapped, and couches will be burned in Isla Vista!  - Jim Rome

UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State

MBB: Orlando Johnson Shuts the Door on the Tigers - 2011 ampm Big West Tournament

Gaucho photostream on Flickr

#5 UC Santa Barbara Goes Back-to-Back, Wins 2011 ampm Big West Tournament Title

Big West Semi-Finals: UCSB vs. CSU Northridge

UCSB vs. Pacific Highlights

NCAA Tournament Bracket - 2011

The Gauchos play the #2 seeded Florida Gators Thursday at 3:50 pm, Pacific time in Tampa.

CBS Sports: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

Men's Basketball: 3/13: UCSB to play Florida on Thursday

UCSB vs. LBSU Big West Championship Final on ESPN3

UCSB vs. CSUN Semifinal 2 on ESPN3

UC Santa Barbara has chance to put Big West back on the map,0,2690424.story

Gauchos Receive No. 15 Seed in Southeast Regional, Play No. 2 Florida in Tampa Thursday

No. 5 Gauchos Stun Top-Seeded Long Beach, Advance to 2nd Straight NCAA Tournament

Box Score

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Daily Gaucho UCSB vs LBSU (2010-2011) StatSheet comparison

UCSB is slightly more efficient on offense than LBSU, but commits slightly more turnovers.   However, the 49ers dominate the boards on offense, and get to the free throw line more often than the Gauchos.

The 49ers dominated both regular season games, but the Gauchos appear to be peaking at the right time, with lopsided wins over UOP and CSUN in the Big West Tournament, teams which also swept the Gauchos during the regular season.

The latest Vegas odds favor LBSU by 3 points.

UCSB Blasts Northridge 83-63, Takes on Top-Seeded Long Beach for Big West Title

Box Score

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jacob Tucker 2011 Dunk Video

Occasionally, I'll post a basketball-related video that is unrelated to the Gauchos, if I find it entertaining.  I think you'll agree.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Big West Reveals 2010-11 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team

Daily Gaucho UCSB vs Pacific (2010-2011) StatSheet comparison

Both UCSB and UOP are fairly even in offensive efficiency, but the Gauchos commit more turnovers than the Tigers, and don't rebound as well on offense.  However, UCSB gets to the free throw line more often.

The Tigers swept the Gauchos during the regular season.

Orlando Johnson Named First Team All-Big West for Second Straight Year

2011 ampm Big West Basketball Tournament Kicks Off Tuesday With Women's First Round

Women's Bracket

Men's Bracket

SLO vs. UCSB, 3-5-11

UCSB Senior Night, 3-5-11

UCSB Cheerleaders, 3-5-11