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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
UCSB vs. CSUN
The Pond, Noon, Thursday, March 14
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Abbreviated preview this time, we all already know these teams.
The Honda Center, aka “The Pond” was built in 1993 and seats 18,836 for basketball. Shockingly, it has never sold out for a BWT game. The BWT has been held there since 2011 and has never seen a repeat champion. It primarily serves as the home of the Anaheim Ducks NHL hockey team. It has a reputation for terrible sight lines for shooting which can be explained in part by BW teams being accustomed to much smaller venues.
UCSB- CSUN History
This will be the 59th meeting between the two teams with the Gauchos holding a 39-19 advantage. The Gauchos own a 4 game win streak in the series, having swept the Matadors two years in a row. However, the Matadors hold a 2-1 advantage in the BWT. The last time the teams played in the BWT was in 2011 with the Gauchos winning by 20 in the Quarterfinal.
This season, both conference games were tightly contested and there’s no reason that the tournament matchup will be any different.
Game One Recap, February 6, Santa Barbara
UCSB 70 CSUN 64
The Matadors jumped to an 11-0 lead before the Gauchos settled down and went into HT down just 29-28. Max Heidegger had a season high 26 points in bringing the Gauchos all the way back to a 6 point victory. Gaucho defense/ an off-night of 3-point shooting held the Matadors to just 1-21 from deep and to 13 points below their season scoring average. CSUN did shoot 63% from inside the arc and outscored the Gauchos in the paint by 10. Do-everything Lamine Diane led the ‘Dors with 28 points on 12-19 from the field and even hit 4-6 from the FT line. Gomez was scored only about half his average with 10 points on just 3-13 from the field (1-8 from deep). Besides Heidegger, Sow also had an excellent game with 16 pts and 9 boards. Blackmon had a nice game off the bench, getting 5 pts, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes and, most importantly, managed to slow Diane’s torrid start to the game. Not to ignore the defense from Ramsey & McLaughlin which kept the potent CSUN guards in check.
Game Two Recap, March 7, Northridge
UCSB 76 CSUN 74
In the most dramatic game of the season for the Gauchos, UCSB came back from a late 4 point deficit to defeat the Matadors on a three point shot by Heidegger with 3.8s left. In that last couple minutes it seemed everyone came up with a huge play to get the win, Blackmon managed to block Diane’s shot; Sow got to the line and hit both FTs then blocked the inbounds pass, JRoq made an incredible hustle play and Heidegger hit two huge threes.
Unlike the first game, the Matadors shot the ball very well from deep going 9-20 with Gomez leading the turnaround on 5-11 from three and scoring 21 points. POY Diane was his normal unstoppable self, scoring 34 including an unusually accurate 8-10 from the line. He added 13 boards but did have 5 turnovers. Rocket Henderson was accurate from the field and added 9 points.
Heidegger again led the way for the Gauchos with 23 points on 3-7 from deep and 4-4 from the line plus added 3 assists and a remarkable 8 rebounds. Sow, a hero in the final minute of the game, had 11 points on 5-6 from the line but was only 3-12 from the field. He had 6 boards. Davis came off the bench in this game, probably because Pasternack wanted Blackmon in for defense on Diane, and had a solid shooting night with 12 points and 6 boards. Idehen also had a great game off the bench, scoring 6 and grabbing 5 boards in 13m of play.
Match-up & prediction
Many BW fans, including this one, saw CSUN being a tournament dark horse after the emergence of Liane Diane in pre-season play. He, along with reigning FOY, Terrell Gomez, gave the Matadors a two-headed monster which is a huge advantage in a mid-major conference (OJ-Nunnally, right?) The Matadors are the only team with two players on the BW First team. But poor defense, a lack of depth, and inexperience contributed to many lost leads and close losses and the end result is the 7th seed. The defense & depth are more difficult to fix but experience happens regardless and with fewer mistakes down the stretch CSUN can turn the close losses into close wins. As the 7th seed, they’re out of the spotlight with less pressure but definitely looking to prove they’re better than their record suggests. UCSB sits about a 100 points higher in the computer rankings so the odds makers will likely have UCSB favored by more than what the final margin will likely be.
The Pond is known for bad sight lines and this ought to harm both teams equally as they are similarly reliant on outside shooting. I expect the defenses to pack it in a bit more and the scoring to be lower than what was put up last week. While CSUN has the best player in the league at creating offense in the paint in Diane, UCSB has the better defense to close out the lanes and force CSUN to hit from outside when Diane is bottled up. If the Gauchos can turn the Matador two-headed monster into just Diane, as they did in the first game, then the odds of a Gaucho win go way up. So here’s to you JRoq and Devearl, I don’t care if you two don’t light it up on offense, just keep Gomez in check.
Despite the upset potential the Matadors present, I believe a bit more experience on the side of the Gauchos carries. I think this plays out much like the first game, it may not be pretty but UCSB prevails 71-65.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Saturday, March 11, 2019, 7 PM PST
UCSB bookends their conference season with their second game against their Central Coast rival, at last place Cal Poly. The 3rd place Gauchos are coming off a dramatic road win over CSUN and are still in contention for the second seed in the BW tournament; they have at least the third seed locked up. Meanwhile the Mustangs have hit rock bottom, they fired Head Coach Joe Callero then went on to suffer one of the worst losses in their history at the hands of first place Irvine.
By the Numbers
Quadrant 4 Game
|Home/Away vs D1||2-8 (H)||6-6 (A)|
|Big West Conference||2-13||9-6|
|Composite National Rankings|
|DCI 1&2, BPI, SOR, KP, Massey, NET, RPI, Sagarin||331||157|
|Efficiency Rankings (Pomeroy)|
|Scoring (Overall / Big West)||66.0 / 65.7||73.4 / 69.3|
|FG%||41.1 / 40.1||45.4 / 42.8|
|3Pt %||32.6 / 30.1||34.0 / 33.4|
|FT%||64.5 / 62.4||71.5 / 71.8|
|PPG Allowed||74.7 / 77.2||65.5 / 66.7|
|FG % Defense||45.8 / 47.9||42.5 / 45.8|
|3Pt % Defense||36.7 / 36.9
||30.3 / 32.8|
|Rebounding Margin||-4.4 / -6.2||+6.8 / +4.0|
Nothing positive to be said for Cal Poly except that, mercifully, their season is nearly over. Some thought that the team may somehow find inspiration with the firing of Callero and they would step it up in their last two games but Irvine’s dominating win seems to put that to bed. They still have Donovan Fields who gave the Gauchos trouble in the first game and wing Mark Crowe is an outstanding shooter, Marcellus Garrick has established himself as a scorer but not much else. Mustang frontcourt players have not put up much in terms of numbers. Poly does not rebound well and our front court should take advantage.
Best win (NET): vs. Hawaii (203)
Worst Loss (NET): @ Portland (326)
Trend: Have lost 3 in a row, 8 of their last 9
CP-UCSB History/Game 1 Recap
This will be the 115th meeting between the schools; UCSB holds a 80-35 advantage and has won three in a row, including 65-56 in on January 9 in Santa Barbara. In that game, Devearl Ramsey & JRoq led the way with 19 & 16 points, respectively. Sow had one of his least productive games with only 4 points, 1 rebound and 4 fouls in 15 minutes. Idehen and Blackmon filled in with 8 and 7 boards respectively with Idehen adding 6 points. Fields led the way for Poly with 19 pts and 8 assists.
Built in 1960, renovated in 1998, has a capacity of 3,032. The aging facility is considered a detriment to recruiting but is a fun & loud place when the fans show up.
Head Coach: Joe Callero is in his 10th season which will officially be his last as he was notified of not being retained on Wednesday. This season is shaping up to be the worst in his tenure with not making the tournament extremely likely. Only a victory over the Gauchos, a UCR loss to Davis and a win of a coin toss will gain them entry.
The Mustangs start three upperclassman and two underclassmen. Their bench has some experience in forwards Niziol and Hollingsworth.
PG Donovan Fields #3 5’10”, 160 lb, Senior 16.8 ppg, 4.1 apg, 82% FT, 34 mpg. Poly’s unquestionable team leader. Tops in scoring, FT attempts & assists. His fg% has suffered from his junior year, hitting .298 from three and .397 overall. He absolutely destroyed UCSB in the first game last year, penetrating the Gaucho defense at will, leading Poly to a surprising upset.
Guard Marcellus Garrick #11 6’4”, 190 lb. 11.6 ppg, 27 mpg Senior Second on team in assists and getting to the line (78%) Tied for team lead in 3pt makes, 35%
Guard Job Alexander #1 6’4”, 200 lb. JC Transfer Junior 20 mpg. 5.2 ppg Has started 11 games.
Wing Mark Crowe #5 6’5”, 205lb RS Sophomore 10 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 33 mpg Good shooter, hitting 44% overall and 41% from deep on 138 attempts.
Forward Karlis Garoza #23 6’9”, 230 lb, Sophomore 12 mpg. 4 rpg. From Latvia
Forward Kuba Niziol #35 6’7”, 210 lb. Senior 6.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg. 19 mpg Former starter Fourth leading scorer. Went for 8 on 2-4 from 3 against the Gauchos.
Forward Daxton Carr #13 6’7”, 200 lb, Freshman 3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg 18 mpg. Shooting .395 from the field and .321 from deep on 53 attempts. Has started 12 games
Forward Hank Hollingsworth #30 6’10”, 235 lb, Junior 4.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg 21 mpg. Makes .589 of his fg attempts but only .432 of his FT attempts.
Forward Tuuka Jaakola #14 6’10”, 240 lb, Freshman 2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 14 mpg, shooting an outstanding .625 from the field, 50% from the line. From Finland
Guard Junior Ballard #24 6’3”, 200 lb. Freshman 5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 15 mpg Shooting .315 from the field and .273 from deep. Not sure if injured but has not played last couple games
Match-Up: While there’s no strong incentive to win this game in terms of BWT seeding, we’re locked into playing Davis or CSUN regardless, there’s no way UCSB should lose this game or for it to be even close. If they come out focused and get Sow involved early, fully exploit their rebounding advantage, this should be a Gaucho win.
Keys to the game for the Gauchos:
· No way Sow is a non-factor in this rematch. He’s improved so much, should the Mustangs double him, our guards will make them pay.
· McLaughlin slow down Fields. While he got 19 in the first game, it was on a low %. When we have not shut down the lead guard in our opponents (Shorts, Martin, Booker, Allman/Ahmed) UCSB has lost.
· Ramsey gets untracked. Devearl has been a bit quiet of late, would be good for him to get untracked with another big game, as he had the first time and feeling confident going into the tournament.
Prediction: It’s the time of year that focus needs to be razor sharp, regardless of the opponent or relevance. Gauchos come out strong and take it to them. UCSB 86 CP 64
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Friday, March 8, 2019
GAUCHOS GET IT DONE ‼️— #BigWestMBB (@BigWestMBB) March 8, 2019
Max Heidegger leads @UCSBbasketball with 23pts (8-18 FG, 4-4 FT) + 8reb to get a #BIGWIN on the road, 76-74 at CSUN
Armond Davis 12pts + 6reb
Amadou Sow 11pts + 6reb
With the W, UCSB (20-9, 9-6) records 2nd-straight 20-win season under Joe Pasternack pic.twitter.com/3oKXZ8rDCT
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Thursday, March 9, 2019, 7 PM PST
Overview: Like the ball dribbling on the court, 3rd place UCSB has been up & down in Big West play and are looking for a bounce back on the road vs. the upward trending Matadors who are in a three-way tie for 4thplace
By the Numbers
Quadrant 4 Game
|Home/Away (D1)||6-8 (H)||5-6 (A)|
|Big West Conference||7-7||8-6|
|Composite National Rankings|
|DCI 1&2, BPI, SOR, KP, Massey, NET, RPI, Sagarin||261||160|
|Efficiency Rankings (Pomeroy)|
|Team Statistics (Overall/BWC)|
|Scoring||76.7 / 75.4||73.3 / 68.9|
|FG%||46.5 / 46.1||45.5 / 42.9|
|3Pt %||36.2 / 37.1||33.9 / 33.2|
|FT%||62.9 / 64.8||71.5 / 71.8|
|PPG Allowed (All/Conf)||79.2 / 75.0||65.2 / 66.1|
|FG % Defense||44.8 / 43.1||42.3 / 45.6|
|3Pt % Defense||38.4 / 37.8||29.8 / 31.9|
|Rebounding Margin||-2.4 / -3.5||+6.7 / +3.6|
Best win (NET): Pepperdine (away, 178)
Worst Loss (NET): Portland (home, 328)
Trend: After choking away a 16 point lead in the Pyramid, the ‘Dors caught UC Davis with their Shorts down and have not lost since, now owning a three game win streak, with their last win being over Hawaii in Manoa. Of note in that streak are two very close wins (Davis, UCR), the types of games CSUN was consistently losing earlier.
UCSB- CSUN History
This will be the 58th meeting between the two teams with the Gauchos holding a 38-19 advantage. The Gauchos own a 3 game win streak in the series. In Santa Barbara on February 6th, the Matadors jumped to an 11-0 lead before the Gauchos settled down and went into HT down just 29-28. Max Heidegger had a season high 26 points in bringing the Gauchos all the way back to a 6 point victory. Gaucho defense/ an off-night of 3-point shooting held the Matadors to just 1-21 from deep and to 13 points below their season scoring average. CSUN did shoot 63% from inside the arc and outscored the Gauchos in the paint by 10. Do-everything Lamine Diane led the ‘Dors with 28 points on 12-19 from the field and even hit 4-6 from the FT line. Gomez scored only about half his average with 10 points on just 3-13 from the field (1-8 from deep). Besides Heidegger, Sow also had an excellent game with 16 pts and 9 boards. Blackmon had a nice game off the bench, getting 5 pts, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes and, most importantly, managed to slow Diane’s torrid start to the game. Not to ignore the defense from Ramsey & McLaughlin which kept the potent CSUN guards in check.
Mark Gottfried took over the troubled Northridge program from Reggie Theus this year. He has the deepest pedigree of all Big West coaches and this is true even if you don’t consider his lead assistant is former UCLA & Pepperdine coach Jim Harrick. He won a National Championship as an assistant under Harrick at UCLA and has numerous NCAA tournament appearances and victories in lengthy stints at NC State, Alabama and Murray State.
CSUN has one of the younger rosters in the country. While still not a deep team, their secondary players are improving slightly and contributing a bit more compared to early in the season. Youth and a lack of depth goes far to explain why the Matadors have given up several big leads this season. With the negatives out of the way, the Matadors have two excellent players in Darius Brown and JC transfer Rocket Henderson and two All Big West Level players in Terrell Gomez and Lamine Diane.
Guard Darius Brown #10 6’1”, 180lb, Freshman 8.4 ppg, 5.4 apg, 3.3 ATO ratio. 3.4 rpg, 32 mpg. Leads the Big West in assists and the Matadors with 36 steals. Is shooting .466 from the field. Would be a FOY candidate if not for Diane.
Guard Terrell Gomez #3 5’8” 160 lbs, Sophomore 19.7 ppg, 2.8 apg, 38 mpg. Gets to the line about 4x a game and makes 88% of his freebies. A workhorse who is shooting an impressive 48% from the field including .429 from deep. Leads the league in made three pointers with 106. As point of comparison the tops for UCSB are Davis & McLaughlin with 43 ea. Second on the team and in the Big West in scoring. Reigning FOY.
Guard Cameron Gottfried #15 6’3”, 190 lb. GT 5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 26 mpg. Coach’s son, the Grad Transfer provides some rare senior leadership on this young roster. Was at NC State for two years previously but did not play.
Forward Lamine Diane #35 6’7”, 205 lb. RS Freshman 24.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 35 mpg. Leads the league in scoring and rebounding, also ranking in the top ten in these categories nationwide. Does just about everything well except hit his free-throws, hitting exactly half of his 214 attempts. His moves, touch and length are all elite level. Is the POY favorite and if any other player wins it will be a travesty.
Forward Jared Pearre #25 6’9”, 190 lb. RS Freshman 3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 14 mpg. Limited minutes for a starter.
Wing Rodney Henderson #1 6’5”, 185lb, JC Transfer Junior 11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 26 mpg. A good three point shooter, is second on the team in makes, but has slumped a little bit from deep. Team’s 3rd leading scorer, has started 9 games and shoots 80% from the ft line. Nicknamed Rocket.
Forward Ron Artest Jr #14 6’7”, 215 lb Freshman. 12 mpg. Has only played 12 games, was not eligible earlier. Is physical & a hard worker, but not polished. Is improving.
Center Michael Ou #30 6’9”, 230 lb Freshman 4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg. 16 mpg. Sometimes starter, dealt with an injury earlier. From China
Center Mahamadou Kaba-Camara #34 7’0”, 273 lb Junior 11mpg. Has played just 13 games but getting more minutes recently.
Match-up overview: The youthful Matadors are on an upward trend and with Kamara & Ou playing more minutes, have more depth in the post than they did earlier in the season. They still boast the most prolific offense in the conference and are very good at scoring in the paint but their defense is still the worst in the conference. CSUN does not rebound well and UCSB crashing the boards as they have all year should translate to more scoring opportunities for the Gauchos. CSUN’s MO has been to jump out to leads and struggle late. UCSB has frequently been a slow starter and does not always recover well. Gaucho three point shooting is not very good right now, 8th in makes and 6th in % in the Big West, despite some inherently good shooters in Ramsey, JRoq, Max, Davis & Nagle. On the other side, CSUN is 2nd in the conference in 3pt% so it can’t be expected that they will go 1-21 from deep again.
Interesting trends to consider: Thursdays are UCSB’s equivalent of Mondays after a weekend of hard partying, they are 2-4. UCSB has done well in Northridge in recent history, winning 6 of the past 7 there; the only loss coming in Bob’s last season when the Gauchos lost every road game except for their last one @ Poly.
Keys to the game for the Gauchos:
· Sow’s speed & athleticism. He is superior to any Matador post but their team does have the athletes to double up on him and provide help defense. He needs to make a quick move before the double comes or find the open player.
· Diane is way too much for any one player. Sow started on him in the first game but was getting schooled—Diane scored 8 of the Matadors first 11. Blackmon took over after coming off the bench and slowed him down, if just a bit. Will be interesting to see if JP wants to start Blackmon this time.
· Limit easy drives to the basket. CSUN shot 65% from two and outscored UCSB by 10 in the paint in the last game.
· Keep moving the ball on offense, would be nice to get Armond Davis untracked, he’s gone for 6 & 8 the past two games.
· Dominate the boards. CSUN will score and 70 points will probably not be enough this time, Gauchos will need the 2nd chance points.
Prediction: Another battle in store. CSUN won’t get another 11 pt head-start but this should be a close one through the end and likely higher scoring than last time. Many signs point to a Matador victory; they are a team slowly improving, they’re learning how to win the close games and the law of averages suggest they will be (significantly) improved from deep this game, and its on a Thursday! Inconsistency of UCSB’s play this season makes them hard to predict but I’m going to flip a coin and say UCSB bounces to good defense and effort this time and they pull out a victory. UCSB 76 CSUN 73
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