Tuesday, December 18, 2018

UCSB vs. UNO Game Preview, by Gaucho Freg

UCSB @ Omaha Preview
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 5 PM PST

After just a couple days at home following their OT victory over Rice, UCSB hits the road again for their final road game of non-conference, taking on the Omaha Mavericks of the Summit Conference.   
By the Numbers                                                              
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Record (D1 only)
Home/Away vs D1
1-1 (H)
2-2 (A)
Composite National Rankings
DCI 1&2, BPI, KP, Massey, NET, RPI, Sagarin
CBS Preseason Rank
SI Preseason Rank
Preseason Poll Pick
7th-8th (9)
1st – 6th
Efficiency Rankings (Pomeroy) 
3Pt %
PPG Allowed
FG % Defense
3Pt % Defense
Rebounding Margin
The Arena:  Baxter Arena was completed in 2015 and was inaugurated by the Mavericks and the Gauchos in the 2015-16 season opener.  It seats  7,898 and is also home to the Maverick’s more recognized hockey team. 
Best win (NET):  @ Idaho (291)
Worst Loss (NET):  @ NAU (299)

Omaha-UCSB History
UCSB leads the series which just began in 2015 and has continued every year, 2-1.  The Gauchos won last year in Santa Barbara 77-70.   The first meeting between the two teams was a memorable one as it was the first ever game in the Maverick’s new arena and Eric Childress got the win for the Gauchos on a late tip-in
Head Coach:  Derrin Hansen is in his 13th season at Omaha and is their only coach they’ve had at the D1 level.  He is 89-109 in D1 play and 210-195 overall
Omaha is an experienced team with only one non-upperclassman in the starting line up.  Three starters, Jackson, Gibson and Robinson, average more than 30mpg and most are ready and willing to fire from beyond the arc.
Probable Starters

Guard – KJ Robinson  #5  6’0”, 190 lb, Junior 10.3 ppg, 31 mpg, .375 from three Tied for team lead in assists despite only playing 8 games and has only 10 TOs on the season. 
Guard – JT Gibson  #0  6’3”, 195 lb, Junior 13.9 ppg, 32 mpg, .404  from three Team’s leading 3 point scorer is shooting .431 on 72 attempts.  Is 18-21 from the line but has turned the ball over 28 times vs. 18 assists.   Also has 18 steals.   Scored 14 in the loss to the Gauchos last year.
Guard –  Zach Jackson #21  6’5”, 185 lb, Senior 18.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .449 from three,  79% FT, 32 mpg.  Leads team in scoring and FT attempts and is an outstanding three point shooter but 2/3 of his fg attempts are inside the arc.  Scored 17 in the loss to the Gauchos last year.  Preseason 2nd Team Summit.
ForwardMitch Hahn #44  6’8”, 210 lb, Senior – 8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 28 mpg.  Shoots a lot of threes but unlike his teammates, not very well, .268 from deep. Scored 13 in the loss to the Gauchos last year on low % shooting and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds.
ForwardMatt Pile  #40  6’8”, 240 lb, Sophomore – 8.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 24 mpg  Teams leading rebounder.  The only player who won’t shoot from deep.
Probable Key Reserves
Guard – Ayo Akinwole.  #10  6’0”, 165 lb, Sophomore  6.2 ppg. 21 mpg Another outstanding three point shooter, has made 11-23 and is tied for team lead in assists. 
Forward -  Wanjang Tut  #13  6’8”, 205 lb, RS Freshman  5.6 ppg, 3.5 rbg  16 mpg
Center – Brett Barney.  #22  6’9”, 210 lb, Junior   3.7 ppg, 13 mpg.   Transfer from Wichita State.
Guard – Elisha Duplechan.  #1  5’11”, 180 lb, Sophomore  9 mpg.  Not a good shooter
Match-up overview:
Omaha lives by the three and have nearly a 100 more attempts this season than do the Gauchos (272 vs 175).  They shoot it well too, .375 as a team and are 60th in the country in makes per game so it will be interesting to see if the Gauchos, which have been able to defend the three so well for much of the season, can cool them down.  Yet another challenge for Jaquori as he will likely be tasked with defending their leading scorer Jackson.  The Mavericks are the next team in a non-conference slate that has been filled with them that does not defend well.  However forward Matt Pile is a good individual defender.  The Mavericks have played a very difficult schedule, much of it on the road, and have a SOS ranked 22nd in the country.  They are coming off an 89-80 victory on the road over Idaho in which Mitch Hahn scored 21 on 4-8 from 3 and Matt Pile lodged a double-double.
Keys to the game for the Gauchos
·      Defend the three. 
·      Keep the offense clicking. 
·      Keep an eye on Max; he’s still on the road to being fit, may be a lot to ask for a follow up 20 point performance, a good night for Armond to step up if needed.
Prediction:  UCSB 81 Omaha 78
Official Site: https://omavs.com/index.aspx?path=mnon-conference slatebball

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How to Watch:   https://omavs.com/watch/?Live=183&type=Live
Omaha Pre-Season Preview Link:
http://hoopshd.com/2018/10/19/conferenc ... -league-5/
https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/sum ... eview-2019

Fun facts about Omaha:  Founded as the University of Omaha in 1908, it became a public school in 1930.  The Maverick’s hockey team made the Frozen Four (hockey) in 2015.   Frequently called out by amateur QBs at their weekend touch-football game.   

Omaha Pre-Season Preview Links:
http://hoopshd.com/2018/10/19/conferenc ... -league-5/
https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/sum ... eview-2019

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