A video recap of the month of November for the Gauchos. They went 4-0 in that month and were playing good!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Orlando Johnson drives past Evan Turner of Ohio State
Sunday, March 14, 2010
GO GAUCHOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Show some Big West Pride baby! As Dick Vitale would say. "It is going to be awesome baby!"
Video recap of the Big West Championship:
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The game was a classic with the two rivals in an intense atmosphere. But the hero was "Big Game" James Powell who made a 4 free throws in the final 28 seconds. He had 9 points for the contest.
The game almost slipped away from the Gauchos because with 5:09 to play, Long Beach took a 53-52 lead on a Greg Plater three pointer.
Orlando Johnson was the man to step up for the Gauchos. He scored 4 straight points to give the Gauchos a 56-53 lead. Long Beach answered the call and came right back after making two free throws.
Then Orlando Johnson made two free throws but Casper Ware (19 points) scorched a jumper to make it 58-57.
Orlando then scored again to make it 60-57. OJ had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 11-12 from the free throw line. He was MVP of the tournament and was on the All-Tournament Team. James Nunnally had 19 points and 6 rebounds and joined OJ on the All-Tournament Team.
Long Beach got back in it again after "Mr. Double-Double" T.J. Robinson swished a reverse lay-up. The score was 60-59.
With the Monson Maniacs and Gaucho Locos jumping and getting into the intense action, James Nunnally silenced the Beach crowd with a three pointer to push the lead to 4, 63-59.
After that, Casper Ware made a pair of free throws and T.J. Robinson made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 63-62 with 28 seconds to go.
So the Beach fouled James Powell and he made two free throws. Then with 10 seconds to go, Stephan Gilling lowered the elbow and was called for an offensive foul. Then Powell made 2 more free throws to make it 67-62. Then, "LAX Flight 21" Larry Anderson scored a lay-up with 2.8 ticks on the clock. Nunnally made two free throws and the fans stormed the court. Hundreds of happy Gauchos made the mad dash on to the court, including me.
Tomorrow at 3 p.m. UCSB will find out its NCAA Tournament seed on CBS. Go the ICA Building to enjoy the action with the Gauchos!
The 2010 Men's Basketball Big West Champs! I am in the middle next to Will Brew.
Links to videos of the Championship Game:
Friday, March 12, 2010
The lead at hafltime was a whopping 31-11 after James Nunnallly hit a three at the buzzer. It looked like this game was over and it was time for the Aggies to get on the bus. Never say never though.
The Aggies got it down to five points multiple times in the second half. The final time it was at five points was on a Julian Welch jumper with 7 minutes to go.
James Powell (22 points) made sure this wouldn't be his last game. He had 10 points in a row at one time during the 2nd half. His best shot of the game was a fade away three pointer from the corner with no seconds on the shot clock. Also, James Powell tied the school record for most three pointers in UCSB history. "Big Game" James Powell was that tonight.
James Nunnally nearly had a double-double with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Orlando Johnson had 14 points. Will Brew Jr. had 9 points and 4 assists. Greg Somogyi had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
UCSB will play arch-rival Long Beach State in the Big West Conference Championship Game at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Left to Right: Parker, Beau, Tyler (Me), and Harry
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
First, the Gauchos and 49ers split the season series. In the middle of January, LBSU destroyed the Gauchos 67-47. In the middle of February, the Gauchos won 64-62 at the T-Dome on FSN West.
Here are my reasons why LBSU can beat the Gauchos in Anaheim.
1) Rebounding: In the two games, LBSU outrebounded the 'Chos 78-62. A plus 16 margin. The reason is that TJ Robinson and Eugene Phelps are very physical and want the ball. TJ Robinson is 9th in the country in double-doubles. If Jaime Serna can start grabbing about 6 or 7 rebounds a game, and the back up big men can grab a few, the Gauchos can at least become even in the rebounding party if the Gauchos play the 49ers again.
2) Casper Ware: When Long Beach State plays well, it is because of Casper Ware. In Long Beach wins, Casper Ware has been dominant. He has made big shots, gotten steals, and ran the team. So if Will Brew and Justin Joyner can limit him to around 8 points and 3 assists, UCSB will beat the 49ers.
3) 3-Point Shooting: Greg Plater and Stephan Gilling are great shooters. Both shoot 37% and knock down big shots. They made a combined 7-18 three pointers in there lost which shows that they can carry a team just with their shooting. So James Nunnally and Jordan Weiner will need to pressure their shots if these teams meet again.
4) Monson Maniacs: Long Beach State is very close to Anaheim which means LBSU would bring their student section, the Monson Maniacs. Not saying the Locos aren't as good, they are the best in the Big West, but the Maniacs would have at least 2 times the amount of students UCSB would have.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Prediction: UCSB-75 CSUF-65
Will the Gaucho Locos be storming the court in Anaheim??
Orlando Johnson scored 18 ppg this season along with 5.5 rpg. He also averaged 2.3 apg and scored in double-digits in all 27 games.
James Nunnally scored 14.8 ppg and grabbed 5.5 rpg. He also averaged 1.9 apg and shot 48% from 3 point land during Big West Play.
Bob Williams led the Gauchos to their 2nd Big West Title in 3 seasons. He went 18-9 with a 12-4 BWC record. It is his 3rd Coach of the Year Honor in 12 seasons.
A link to the full list of the All-Big West Teams:
Thursday, March 4, 2010
James Powell and I celebrate the win!
Justin Joyner and I celebrate the victory!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Guards James Powell and Paul Roemer will be honored prior to the game.
James Powell has always been a consistent player for the Gauchos. In his career, he has made numerous clutch shots. His most famous moment came when he hit a fading away buzzer beater vs. UNLV in 2007. It reached #2 on Sports Center's Top 10 Plays. James is also second in school history with 210 three pointers. He needs 7 more to be the all-time school leader.
Paul Roemer has been a scrappy, tough player on the court. In his career, he is known for diving for loose balls, flying into the benches, getting steals, and forcing turnovers. His proudest moment on the offensive end was when he scored 12 points in a big win two years ago vs. UC Irvine, tonights opponent. His best moment on the defensive end was when he had five steals vs. CS Northridge last February.
Seeds. Seniors. Soles. #4 Paul Roemer and #42 James Powell.
7 p.m., vs. UC Irvine, Thunderdome
#42 James Powell