Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Richie Schueler on UCI vs UCSB

 

UCSB is on top of the Big West heading into home showdown against UC Irvine

https://www.midmajormadness.com/2023/2/15/23599123/isla-vista-is-starting-to-take-notice-ucsb-is-on-top-of-the-big-west-ncaa-mens-basketball



Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Gauchos Return To Thunderdome For Blue Out Against Anteaters

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-baskbl/2022-23/releases/20230214rwye9r




Women’s Basketball’s Road Trip Continues at UC Irvine

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/w-baskbl/2022-23/releases/20230214rtkrkk



Shorthanded Gauchos Play Host To UC Irvine In Wednesday’s Big West Basketball Showdown

https://www.noozhawk.com/shorthanded-gauchos-play-host-to-uc-irvine-in-wednesdays-big-west-basketball-showdown/



UCI vs UCSB Game Preview, by gauchodan

Game 25 (BW Game 14)

UC Irvine at UCSB
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 7:00 pm PST
Santa Barbara, Calif.
 
Quick Bite
The Gauchos (20-4, 11-2) are off to a good start in running "The Gauntlet".  UCSB executed in clutch time to win at Long Beach and then came home to out-class UC Davis.  The Davis victory was bittersweet, as Koat Keat Tong limped off the court never to return and Andre Kelly earned a one-game suspension for a garbage-time scrum with Ty Johnson.  Kelly's status for this game is certain, but KKT's is not.  Regardless, the Gauchos lost the best player from the first matchup between the two perennial contenders.  Kelly ran roughshod over Irvine's injury-depleted front court a month ago, and it's hard to imagine anyone else in that role with UCI looking a lot healthier with Bent Leuchten back on the floor.  Expect a radical game plan from Joe Pasternack.

The Anteaters (17-8, 10-3) have rediscovered their mo-jo.  UC Irvine is coming off an 83-64 stomping of UC Riverside that wasn't that close.  The 'Eaters have won 4 of their last 5 and largely resemble the November iteration that was receiving top 25 votes after a double-digit road win at Oregon and a heartbreaking loss at San Diego State.  Russell Turner will have his squad fired up, seeking revenge for last month's surprising loss to a flu-riddled Gaucho squad sans Josh Pierre-Louis.  Turner gets nearly all of his bench into every game, and lots of offensive weapons to draw from: Dawson Baker is a poor man's Elijah Pepper, DJ Davis can shoot from way beyond the perimeter, Devin Tillis is coming into his own, Akiva McBirney-Griffin is another developing big man and Pierre Crockrell II is dropping dimes on everyone.  This team is built to do damage in the NCAA Tournament, and we're standing in their way of a Big West regular-season title.

Last meeting
UC Santa Barbara 73, UC Irvine 65
IRVINE, Calif. -- Andre Kelly and Miles Norris recorded double doubles as the short-handed Gauchos rebounded from their first loss since November with their first win over the Anteaters in Irvine since 2016.  Kelly scored 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 boards, while Norris scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime and pulled down 12 rebounds.  UCSB was playing without Josh Pierre-Louis due to illness.  A crowd of 3,123 watched the lead change 11 times.  Dawson Baker tallied 17 points for Irvine.

Last UCSB game
Feb. 11: UC Santa Barbara 84, UC Davis 74
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Ajay Mitchell scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead the Gauchos over the Aggies.  Josh Pierre-Louis added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Santa Barbara, which reached 20 wins for the 5th time in Joe Pasternack's six seasons at the school.  UCSB shot 61% from the field.  Elijah Pepper scored 30 points for UC Davis, the 5th straight game in which he has scored at least 28.

Last UC Irvine game
Feb. 11: UC Irvine 83, UC Riverside 64
IRVINE, Calif. -- Dawson Baker scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds and the Anteaters led by as many as 28 points in stomping the Highlanders.  Pierre Crockrell III dished out 11 assists as UC Irvine shot 57% from the field.  Lachlan Olbrich scored 22 for UC Riverside, which has lost 4 of its last 6.

The Arena
The Thunderdome
Capacity: 5,000
What do you want to bet some kind of "buyer, beware" statement will be read to Thunder Row?

UC Irvine Roster
Dawson Baker #1, JR G, 6-3 180, Coto de Caza, CA -- 15.1 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 1.0 Ast
DJ Davis #22 JR G, 5-6, 170, Moreno Valley, CA -- 14.1 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Justin Hohn #2 JR G, 6-1 180, Sioux Falls, SD -- 7.5 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 2.0 Ast
Devin Tillis #11 JR F, 6-6 215, Los Angeles, CA -- 7.5 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 1.3 Ast
Bent Leuchten #15 SO C, 7-0 258, Karlsfeld, Germany -- 10.3 Pts, 6.1 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Pierre Crockrell II #3 SR G, 6-0 175, Tacoma, WA -- 4.8 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 5.2 Ast
Dean Keeler #31 SR F, 6-9 210, Westminster, CA -- 4.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Andre Henry #4 JR G, 6-4 175, La Canada-Flintridge, CA -- 4.1 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.0 Ast
JC Butler #00 SR F, 6-5 200, Racine, WI -- 3.8 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Akiva McBirney-Griffin #43 SO F, 6-9 220, Hamilton, Canada -- 2.8 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Chazz Hutchison #5 JR F, 6-9 215, Mission Viejo, CA -- 2.7 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Ofure Ujadughele #10 JR G, 6-3 210, Long Beach, CA -- 2.0 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Emilis Butkus #23 FR G, 6-5 215, Vilnius, Lithuania -- 1.9 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Hayden Welling #13 FR F, 6-8 210, Draper, UT -- 1.1 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Eli Chol #33 FR C, 6-11 175, Cumming, GA -- 0.6 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast

UCSB Roster
Ajay Mitchell #13 SO G, 6-4 180, Sainte Marie Namur (Belgium) -- 15.9 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 4.8 Ast
Miles Norris #5 SR F, 6-10 220, San Diego, CA -- 13.8 Pts, 6.3 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Andre Kelly #2 SR F, 6-8 255, Stockton, CA -- 9.2 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Josh Pierre-Louis #1 SR G, 6-4 185, Plainfield, NJ -- 9.8 Pts, 4.1 Reb, 2.3 Ast
Cole Anderson #4 SO G, 6-4 185, Fresno, CA -- 6.8 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Ajare Sanni #3 SR G, 6-3 170, Houston, TX -- 6.6 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Calvin Wishart #10 SR G, 6-1 180, Delano, MN -- 6.3 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 2.6 Ast
Koat Keat Tong #00 FR F, 6-9 215, Bentiu, South Sudan -- 1.9 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Jakov Kukic #14 JR F, 6-10 230, Split, Croatia -- 1.5 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Evans Kipruto #12 JR F, 6-8 250, Nairobi, Kenya -- 0.8 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Matija Belic #32 FR G, 6-7 205, Belgrade, Serbia -- 0.5 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast
David Pickles #40 SO F, 6-10 235, Seattle, WA -- 1.5 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Gage Gomez #50 JR G, 6-3 190, Arroyo Grande, CA -- 0.3 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Ariel Bland #23 SO F, 6-7 215, Eden Prairie, MN -- 0.0 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Henry Hartwell #51 FR G, 6-5 180, Oceanside, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Max Sheldon #53 SO G, 5-11 180, Santa Barbara, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
 
UC Irvine National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Assist/Turnover ratio: 71 (1.23)
  • Assists per game: 65 (15.0)
  • Bench points per game: 28 (26.28)
  • Effective FG percentage: 59 (.536)
  • Fastbreak Points: 53 (12.36)
  • Field Goal percentage: 38 (.476)
  • Field Goal percentage Defense: 16 (.397)
  • Fouls per game: 326 (19.3)
  • Rebound Margin: 71 (+3.7)
  • Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 32 (27.28)
  • Rebounds per game: 70 (37.04)
  • Scoring Margin: 33 (+10.0)
  • Scoring Offense: 66 (76.5)
  • Three Point Attempts per game: 291 (18.8)
  • Three-Point percentage: 14 (.385)
  • Three-Point percentage Defense: 58 (.315)
  • Winning percentage: 73 (.680)

Players

  • Pierre Crockrell II -- Assist/Turnover ratio: 30 (2.69), Assists: 36 (129), Assists per game: 36 (5.2)
  • Dean Keeler -- Blocks: 321 (20), Blocks per game: 336 (0.80)
  • Devin Tillis -- Double Doubles: 324 (2), Rebounds: 332 (149), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 342 (4.28), Rebounds per game: 326 (6.0)
  • Dawson Baker -- Field Goal Attempts: 303 (280), Field Goal percentage: 136 (.482), Field Goals: 217 (135), Free Throw percentage: 168 (.806), Free Throws: 282 (75), Points: 246 (378), Points per game: 236 (15.1)
  • DJ Davis -- Field Goal Attempts: 313 (278), Free Throw percentage: 33 (.873), Points: 329 (353), Points per game: 330 (14.1), Three Point attempts: 180 (150), Three Pointers per game: 131 (2.40), Three Pointers: 124 (60)

UCSB National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Effective FG percentage: 37 (.544)
  • Field Goal percentage: 8 (.493)
  • Rebound Margin: 52 (+4.3)
  • Scoring Defense: 29 (63.3)
  • Scoring Margin: 66 (+7.9)
  • Three Point Attempts per game: 343 (16.0)
  • Three Pointers per game: 332 (5.4)
  • Winning percentage: 10 (.833)

Players

  • Ajay Mitchell -- Assist/Turnover ratio: 91 (2.05), Assists: 69 (115), Assists per game: 60 (4.8), Double Doubles: 324 (2), Field Goal percentage: 94 (.510), Field Goals: 235 (133), Free Throw Attempts: 102 (128), Free Throw percentage: 195 (.797), Free Throws: 76 (102), Minutes per game: 267 (32:42), Points: 228 (382), Points per game: 171 (15.9), Steals: 213 (36), Steals per game: 190 (1.50)
  • Miles Norris -- Blocks: 215 (24), Blocks per game: 205 (1.00), Double Doubles: 222 (3), Field Goal percentage: 109 (.498), Minutes per game: 261 (32:46), Rebounds: 309 (152), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 260 (2.08), Rebounds per game: 253 (6.3)
  • Andre Kelly -- Blocks: 295 (21), Blocks per game: 286 (0.88), Double Doubles: 119 (5), Rebounds: 277 (155), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 150 (5.08), Rebounds per game: 235 (6.5)
  • Josh Pierre-Louis -- Steals: 236 (35), Steals per game: 156 (1.59)

Prediction
You never know how losing a key player will affect a team.  Recall UC Riverside punking us without Zyon Pullin.  Or us beating UCI without the dynamic JPL.  How many of you watched Patrick Mahomes hop off the field near the end of the 1st half and jumped off the Kansas City bandwagon?  Championship teams find a way.  If the Gauchos are going to win a Big West championship, they very well may need this game in the win column.  This team has risen to the occasion more than once.  I'm likely in the minority, but what do any of us have to lose?  UCSB 68, UC Irvine 64.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

UCD vs UCSB Game Preview, by gauchodan

Game 24 (BW Game 13)

UC Davis at UCSB
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 7:00 pm PST
Santa Barbara, Calif.
 
Quick Bite
Once again the Gauchos (19-4, 10-2) got off the floor, dusted themselves off and posted a high-quality conference road win.  UCSB has quite the list of road scalps: Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Hawai'i and now Long Beach State.  The loss at CSUN continues to perplex, but JPL didn't play in the 2nd half of that contest and he was a difference maker at the Pyramid.  He looked fully recovered from a hip injury as he was quick, bouncy and, most importantly, under control.

The Gauchos now return home to face another team they have yet to face in the guard-oriented Aggies (14-10, 7-5).  UC Davis has the highest-scoring 1-2 combo in the Big West in Elijah Pepper and Ty Johnson.  Pepper is on an unbelievable roll, having reached or surpassed 28 points in 4 straight games.  He's a bull in a china shop driving inside, but he can also hit threes and is essentially a stat-stuffer, filling every column with crooked numbers.  Johnson runs the point and is the #4 scorer in the conference, but he is prone to turnovers.  The Aggies like to push the ball , feeding off of turnovers, and are very streaky.  They can go ice cold and then explode for points.

UC Davis-UCSB History
UCSB leads the series 32-11
Recent games
February 24, 2022: W 76-69 (OT) at Davis
March 12, 2021: W 71-55 at BWT, Paradise, NV
January 30, 2021: W 89-86 (OT) at Davis
January 29, 2021: W 72-51 at Davis
February 22, 2020: W 70-56 at Santa Barbara
February 13, 2020: L 75-84 at Davis
February 9, 2019: L 57-61 at Santa Barbara
January 17, 2019: W 69-58 at Davis
February 17, 2018: L 54-71 at Santa Barbara
February 8, 2018: W 90-81 at Davis

The Arena
The Thunderdome
Capacity: 5,000
Saturday night is Goleta Union School District night where all families in the district can claim free tickets to attend.



Head Coach
Jim Les
overall: 332-329 (.502)
UC Davis: 178-189 (.485)
Monson is in his 13th season at Davis.  He has 2 Big West regular-season titles (2015, 2018) and 1 Big West Tournament title (2017).  Prior to his arrival in Davis he roamed the sidelines for nine seasons at his alma mater Bradley, where he made one trip to the NCAA and made a run to the Sweet Sixteen.  He played his college ball at Cleveland State and then Bradley and had NBA stops with Utah, the Clippers, Sacramento and Atlanta.  He led the NBA in 3-point shooting with the Kings in 1991.  He even spent some time with the Santa Barbara Islanders of the CBA.

UC Davis Roster
Elijah Pepper #40 JR G, 6-4 200, Selah, WA -- 20.9 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 3.7 Ast
Ty Johnson #2 SO G, 6-3 190, Chicago, IL -- 15.8 Pts, 4.7 Reb, 2.3 Ast
Christian Anigwe #4 SR F, 6-9 220, Phoenix, AZ -- 11.7 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Robby Beasley #5 SO G, 6-3 190, San Ranon, CA -- 9.8 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Kane Milling #0 JR G, 6-4 180, Nantes, France -- 6.0 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Ade Adebayo #24 JR G, 6-4 200, London, United Kingdom -- 4.0 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Leo DeBruhl #10 SO G, 6-2 190, Seattle, WA -- 3.6 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Niko Rocak #20 SO F, 6-9 220, Geneva, Switzerland -- 2.4 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Sione Lose #22 FR G, 6-4 170, Sacramento, CA -- 1.1 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 0.8 Ast
DeAndre Henry #15 JR F, 6-7 225, Phoenix, AZ -- 5.3 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Sam Manu #13 JR F, 6-7 210, San Mateo, CA -- 2.1 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Jac Mani #11 FR F, 6-9 217, Beverly Hills, CA -- 5.0 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Francesco Borra #55 SO F, 6-11 250, Moncalieri, Italy -- 1.0 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Patrick Lambey #23 JR F, 6-5 190, Granite Bay, CA -- 1.3 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast

UCSB Roster
Ajay Mitchell #13 SO G, 6-4 180, Sainte Marie Namur (Belgium) -- 15.6 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 4.9 Ast
Miles Norris #5 SR F, 6-10 220, San Diego, CA -- 13.7 Pts, 6.3 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Andre Kelly #2 SR F, 6-8 255, Stockton, CA -- 9.4 Pts, 6.6 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Josh Pierre-Louis #1 SR G, 6-4 185, Plainfield, NJ -- 9.4 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 2.0 Ast
Cole Anderson #4 SO G, 6-4 185, Fresno, CA -- 7.0 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Ajare Sanni #3 SR G, 6-3 170, Houston, TX -- 6.7 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Calvin Wishart #10 SR G, 6-1 180, Delano, MN -- 6.1 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 2.6 Ast
Koat Keat Tong #00 FR F, 6-9 215, Bentiu, South Sudan -- 1.8 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Jakov Kukic #14 JR F, 6-10 230, Split, Croatia -- 1.5 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Evans Kipruto #12 JR F, 6-8 250, Nairobi, Kenya -- 0.9 Pts, 0.7 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Matija Belic #32 FR G, 6-7 205, Belgrade, Serbia -- 0.5 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast
David Pickles #40 SO F, 6-10 235, Seattle, WA -- 1.5 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Gage Gomez #50 JR G, 6-3 190, Arroyo Grande, CA -- 0.4 Pts, 0.4 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Ariel Bland #23 SO F, 6-7 215, Eden Prairie, MN -- 0.0 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Henry Hartwell #51 FR G, 6-5 180, Oceanside, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Max Sheldon #53 SO G, 5-11 180, Santa Barbara, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
 
UC Davis National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 301 (0.86)
  • Bench Points per game: 305 (14.50)
  • Fastbreak Points: 16 (14.62)
  • Free Throw Attempts per game: 12 (23.8)
  • Free Throws Made per game: 22 (16.2)
  • Rebound Margin: 39 (+5.0)
  • Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 52 (11.88)
  • Three Point percentage Defense: 344 (.381)
  • Turnovers Forced per game: 51 (14.96)

Players

  • Elijah Pepper -- Assists: 197 (86), Assists per game: 175 (3.7), Double Doubles: 318 (2), Field Goal Attempts: 45 (350), Field Goal percentage: 178 (.463), Elijah Pepper: 46 (162), Free Throw attempts: 48 (140), Free Throw percentage: 246 (.779), Free Throws: 47 (109), Minutes per game: 131 (34:10), Points: 25 (481), Points per game: 16 (20.9), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 222 (4.74), Rebounds per game: 335 (6.0), Steals: 190 (36), Steals per game: 165 (1.57), Three Point Attempts: 190 (142), Three Pointers per game: 224 (2.09), Three Pointers: 267 (48)
  • Christian Anigwe -- Blocks: 102 (31), Blocks per game: 97 (1.35), Free Throw Attempts: 254 (98), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 210 (2.22)
  • Ty Johnson -- Field Goal Attempts: 299 (270), Field Goal percentage: 147 (.478), Field Goals: 229 (129), Free Throw Attempts: 35 (145), Free Throws: 73 (100), Points: 196 (378), Points per game: 185 (15.8), Steals: 104 (42), Steals per game: 98 (1.75)

UCSB National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Effective FG percentage: 49 (.539)
  • Field Goal percentage: 14 (.488)
  • Rebound Margin: 50 (+4.4)
  • Scoring Defense: 24 (62.8)
  • Scoring Margin: 67 (+7.8)
  • Three Point Attempts per game: 339 (16.3)
  • Three Pointers per game: 330 (5.4)
  • Winning percentage: 10 (.826)

Players

  • Ajay Mitchell -- Assist/Turnover ratio: 92 (2.05), Assists: 66 (113), Assists per game: 53 (4.9), Double Doubles: 318 (2), Field Goal percentage: 110 (.500), Field Goals: 270 (124), Free Throw attempts: 103 (123), Free Throw percentage: 218 (.789), Free Throws: 80 (97), Minutes per game: 269 (32:39), Points: 251 (358), Points per game: 200 (15.6), Steals: 208 (35), Steals per game: 177 (1.52)
  • Miles Norris -- Blocks: 253 (22), Blocks per game: 249 (0.96), Double Doubles: 211 (3), Field Goal percentage: 107 (.502), Minutes per game: 276 (32:32), Rebounds: 330 (144), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 237 (2.13), Rebounds per game: 272 (6.3)
  • Andre Kelly -- Blocks: 299 (20), Blocks per game: 290 (0.87), Double Doubles: 113 (5), Rebounds: 264 (151), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 149 (5.13), Rebounds per game: 224 (6.6)
  • Josh Pierre-Louis -- Steals: 261 (33), Steals per game: 164 (1.57)

Prediction
I think the Gauchos have learned their lesson (fingers crossed).  Thursday was a well-played basketball game deserving of the national stage.  Hopefully the Gauchos are not looking ahead as the Aggies are a dangerous team.  UCSB 70, UC Davis 61

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Gauchos Picked to Win Big West in Preseason Coaches' Poll

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-basebl/2022-23/releases/20230210ogow9s



Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Take on UC Davis

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/w-baskbl/2022-23/releases/20230210jqnmf2



Big West Championships Tickets on Sale Now

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/general/2022-23/releases/20230208xmjklc




Mitchell And Kelly Finish With Double-Doubles In Road Win Over Long Beach State

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-baskbl/2022-23/releases/202302103kj5te



Lane Climbs to Seventh on Career Rebounds List with Double-Double Against Beach

https://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/w-baskbl/2022-23/releases/202302102c2l8w



Gauchos Use a Steal and Four Free Throws in Final 1:11 to Rally Past Long Beach State

https://www.noozhawk.com/gauchos-use-a-steal-and-four-free-throws-in-final-111-to-rally-past-long-beach-state/?utm_source=hive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hive_email_id_169697_mbb-newsletter&h_sid=ac7b9e7f60-c318d5d68ba04b1c28c8fc84&h_slt=eyJoYXNoIjoiYmFhMWFhOTM5NDlkYjExIiwiaGl2ZV91c2VyX2lkIjo2ODI0NDc3OH0%3D



Wednesday, February 8, 2023

UCSB vs LBSU Game Preview, by gauchodan

Game 23 (BW Game 12)
UCSB at Long Beach State
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 8:00 pm PST
Long Beach, Calif.
 
Quick Bite
While that wasn't the first time the Gauchos (18-4, 9-2) have been zoned this season, it was certainly the worst they played against one.  One thing I noticed was the lack of flashes into the high post...perhaps CSUN's type of zone was preventing that but, regardless, that's been the way UCSB has defeated zones in the past.  Hopefully the loss wakes the Gauchos up, because it's go time.  UCSB is done with, arguably, the bottom 3 teams of the conference.  The Gauchos have just one game remaining vs. a team with an overall losing record.  UCSB had a chance to be two games clear of the field; instead, they are just 2 games ahead of 6th-place UC Davis.

No question about it.  The Beach (14-10, 8-4) are the hottest team in the conference.  Long Beach State has won 6 straight games, including an overtime win at home vs. UC Irvine and a sweep of Cal State Fullerton.  As Sparky mentioned above, Marcus Tsohonis has emerged as their go-to scorer.  They are plus plus in rebounding with the Toures and still play with that slightly out-of-control feel.  Andre Kelly will likely need to shut down Lassina on the inside while Miles Norris will need to contend with the more rangy Aboubacar.  This would be the perfect team to zone since they don't shoot well from outside, but we'll have to settle for the Gauchos playing some pack-line defense and liberally switching.

UCSB-Long Beach State History
Long Beach State leads the series 71-64.
Recent games
March 11, 2022: L 64-67 at BWT, Henderson, NV
February 19, 2022: W 84-71 at Santa Barbara
January 13, 2022: L 58-65 at Long Beach
March 11, 2021: W 95-87 at BWT, Paradise, NV
February 1, 2020: W 87-62 at Long Beach
January 11, 2020: L 52-55 at Santa Barbara
February 28, 2019: L 64-69 at Santa Barbara
January 26, 2019: W 82-71 at Long Beach
March 1, 2018: L 69-70 at Santa Barbara
February 15, 2018: W 80-70 at Long Beach

The Arena
Walter Pyramid
Capacity: 4,000
It is one of just four true pyramid-shaped buildings in the U.S.  Joe Pasternack is 3-1 in visits to Long Beach.

Head Coach
Dan Monson
overall: 421-375 (.529)
Long Beach State: 251-252 (.499)
Monson is in his 16th season at Long Beach.  He has 4 Big West regular-season titles and 1 Big West Tournament title.  He famously took Gonzaga to the Elite Eight in his 2nd and final season in Spokane in 1998-99, parlaying that run into a job at Minnesota.  The Gophers only made the NCAA Tournament once under Monson's tutelage and he resigned seven games into the 2006-07 season.  Monson's father is Don Monson, who coached men's basketball at Idaho when Monson was there playing football.

Long Beach State Roster
Marcus Tsohonis #0 JR G, 6-3 185, Portland, OR -- 15.7 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 1.8 Ast
Lassina Traore #23 SO F, 6-9 215, Abidjan, CΓ΄te d’Ivoire -- 11.8 Pts, 11.0 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Joel Murray #11 SR G, 6-0 170, Rowlett, TX -- 15.7 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 3.8 Ast
Aboubacar Traore #25 SO G, 6-5 190, Abidjan, CΓ΄te d’Ivoire -- 9.9 Pts, 8.9 Reb, 2.9 Ast
AJ George #10 FR F, 6-6 190, Fresno, CA -- 7.6 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Tone Hunter #21 SO G, 6-1 160, Las Vegas, NV -- 7.3 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 2.8 Ast
Jadon Jones #12 SO G, 6-5 190, Cerritos, CA -- 7.9 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Amari Stroud #1 JR F, 6-10 210, Fresno, CA -- 4.8 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Tobias Rotegaard #33 SO F, 6-7 200, Kongsberg, Norway -- 3.7 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Chayce Polynice #13 JR C, 6-11 230, Van Nuys, CA -- 3.7 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Maddox Monson #3 FR G, 6-2 180, Los Alamitos, CA -- 1.0 Pts, 0.1 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Jeffrey Yan #40 JR C, 6-9 275, Shanghai, China -- 1.1 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Jason Hart #5 FR G, 6-2 175, Granada Hills, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.2 Ast

UCSB Roster
Ajay Mitchell #13 SO G, 6-4 180, Sainte Marie Namur (Belgium) -- 15.5 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 4.7 Ast
Miles Norris #5 SR F, 6-10 220, San Diego, CA -- 13.8 Pts, 6.4 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Andre Kelly #2 SR F, 6-8 255, Stockton, CA -- 9.1 Pts, 6.4 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Josh Pierre-Louis #1 SR G, 6-4 185, Plainfield, NJ -- 9.3 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Cole Anderson #4 SO G, 6-4 185, Fresno, CA -- 7.2 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Ajare Sanni #3 SR G, 6-3 170, Houston, TX -- 6.7 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Calvin Wishart #10 SR G, 6-1 180, Delano, MN -- 6.3 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 2.6 Ast
Koat Keat Tong #00 FR F, 6-9 215, Bentiu, South Sudan -- 1.6 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Jakov Kukic #14 JR F, 6-10 230, Split, Croatia -- 1.5 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Evans Kipruto #12 JR F, 6-8 250, Nairobi, Kenya -- 1.0 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Matija Belic #32 FR G, 6-7 205, Belgrade, Serbia -- 0.5 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast
David Pickles #40 SO F, 6-10 235, Seattle, WA -- 1.5 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Gage Gomez #50 JR G, 6-3 190, Arroyo Grande, CA -- 0.4 Pts, 0.4 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Ariel Bland #23 SO F, 6-7 215, Eden Prairie, MN -- 0.0 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Henry Hartwell #51 FR G, 6-5 180, Oceanside, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Max Sheldon #53 SO G, 5-11 180, Santa Barbara, CA -- 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
 
Long Beach State National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Assists per game: 73 (14.9)
  • Effective FG percentage: 290 (.483)
  • Fastbreak Points: 22 (14.17)
  • Field Goal percentage Defense: 52 (.410)
  • Free Throw Attempts per game: 64 (20.4)
  • Free Throw percentage: 206 (.665)
  • Rebound Margin: 13 (+7.4)
  • Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 8 (28.79)
  • Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 3 (13.96)
  • Rebounds per game: 2 (42.75)
  • Scoring Defense: 284 (73.7)
  • Scoring Offense: 58 (77.0)
  • Three Point Attempts per game: 345 (15.3)
  • Three Point percentage: 345 (.285)
  • Three Pointers per game: 348 (4.4)
  • Turnovers per game: 280 (13.8)

Players

  • Aboubacar Traore -- Assists: 341 (70), Double Doubles: 41 (8), Rebounds: 37 (214), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 109 (5.46), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 18 (3.46), Rebounds per game: 44 (8.9)
  • Jadon Jones -- Blocks per game: 279 (0.89), Steals: 343 (30), Steals per game: 166 (1.58)
  • Lassina Traore -- Double Doubles: 3 (14), Field Goal percentage: 85 (.519), Field Goals: 260 (121), Rebounds: 4 (265), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 12 (7.46), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 14 (3.58), Rebounds per game: 5 (11.0)
  • Marcus Tsohonis -- Field Goal Attempts: 258 (268), Field Goal percentage: 304 (.410), Free Throw percentage: 344 (.722), Points per game: 192 (15.7)

UCSB National Ranking Outliers
Team

  • Effective FG percentage: 49 (.539)
  • Field Goal percentage: 15 (.487)
  • Rebound Margin: 43 (+4.9)
  • Scoring Defense: 22 (62.4)
  • Scoring Margin: 66 (+8.0)
  • Three Point Attempts per game: 339 (16.3)
  • Three Pointers per game: 327 (5.5)
  • Winning percentage: 14 (.818)

Players

  • Ajay Mitchell -- Assist/Turnover ratio: 104 (1.98), Assists: 91 (103), Assists per game: 70 (4.7), Field Goal percentage: 103 (.506), Field Goals: 305 (118), Free Throw attempts: 113 (116), Free Throw percentage: 198 (.793), Free Throws: 89 (92), Minutes per game: 289 (32:22), Points: 275 (341), Points per game: 206 (15.5), Steals: 234 (33), Steals per game: 195 (1.50)
  • Miles Norris -- Blocks: 230 (22), Blocks per game: 212 (1.00), Double Doubles: 136 (4), Field Goal percentage: 106 (.505), Minutes per game: 291 (32:20), Rebounds: 312 (141), Rebounds (Offensive) per game: 224 (2.18), Rebounds per game: 255 (6.4)
  • Andre Kelly -- Blocks: 276 (20), Blocks per game: 269 (0.91), Double Doubles: 206 (3), Rebounds: 312 (141), Rebounds (Defensive) per game: 154 (5.09), Rebounds per game: 255 (6.4)
  • Josh Pierre-Louis -- Steals: 304 (31), Steals per game: 171 (1.55)

Prediction
Lots of question marks surrounding the Gauchos right now.  Will they bounce back from a shocking loss?  Will they play up to their competition?  Is JPL going to play?  Long Beach State 74, UCSB 70

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