After big non conference home games vs. North Carolina and Utah State, the Gauchos two big non conference games will be on the road. So here is the scoop.
The Gauchos play their only exhibition game November 7th vs Sonoma State at 3 p.m. They then open up the regular season vs. CS Los Angeles who they beat last year at The Thunderdome. Then the schedule gets a bit tougher when Big Sky opponent Weber State and West Conference opponent San Francisco come to The 'Dome. The Gauchos seek revenge versus both those teams because they lost to both teams in close games last year.
The Gauchos then travel to the City of Angels when they take on Loyola Marymount.
The Gauchos then return home to Santa Barbara when they take on the two biggest non conference home games of the year. They will play Santa Clara on December 1st and then December 5th welcome the Aztecs from San Diego State.
After that two game home stand, they travel to Bozeman, MT where they take on last years Bracket Busters opponent Montana State. On December 21st, the Gauchos will take on a Pacific 10 opponent for the first time in two years when they collide with Arizona State in Tempe, AZ. I am such a big fan that I will be in attendance! Go Gauchos!
Up next is the Golden Bear Classic. The first games of the tournament will be Cal vs. Utah Valley and UCSB vs. Furman. UCSB is the #2 seed and takes on Furman who is coming off a painful 6 win season. So if all goes how it is predicted, UCSB will take on Pac 10 Heavyweight Cal in the Championship game.
After the holiday affair, the Big West season begins. Some of the big games this year will be 1/8/10 vs. UC Davis on ESPNU, 1/14/10 at Long Beach State, 1/28/10 vs. Blue/Green rivalry opponent Cal Poly, 2/13/10 vs Long Beach State on FSNPT, and the 2/20/10 ESPNU Bracket Buster game.
For a complete schedule, visit http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/ucsb-m-baskbl-sched.html.