Finally. The UCSB Mens Basketball team officially released its schedule today. The schedule features teams like Oregon, Portland, UNLV, and San Diego State. The Gauchos home schedule includes Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, ESPNU Bracketbuster, and Long Beach State.
The first game of the season is against The Masters on November 5th at The Thunderdome. Then they travel to Eugene, Oregon to play in the Oregon Tournament which includes South Dakota State, Denver University, Oregon, and your 2010 Big West Champion Gauchos!
Then the next six games are the heart of this non-conference schedule. Whent they get back from winning the Oregon Tournament, the Gauchos will play Fresno State in UCSB, then play Portland in their second trip to the state, and then at home versus the Lions of Loyola Marymount who gave the Gauchos a scare last year in a 89-84 Gaucho win!
Then the Gauchos get on the buses and planes for a HUMONGOUS three game road stretch. They first travel to Northern California to take on Santa Clara. The Gauchos will be looking for revenge after losing to Santa Clara at home last season. Then they take on two Mountain West NCAA Tournament participants as the UNLV-UCSB rivalry gets renewed in the Sin City and then the boys from SB try to win in San Diego vs San Diego State. The Gauchos lost a close one to the Aztecs last year in the T-Dome. The last time UCSB played UNLV, James Powell made a game winning three at the buzzer to give the Gauchos a 63-60 win over the Runnin Rebels.
Then two more non-conference cupcakes which are sandwiched around the BIG KAHUNA tilt which features the Big West RUNNER UPS, Long Beach State (What now Beach?!?!?) and the Big West CHAMPS.
That is the first of the sixteen Big West games for the 'Chos this season. Then they travel to farmer Joe country as they play the hippies from Davis and the team that has a pyshco coach, the Pacific Tigers.
Then the Champs return home to take on two fellow UC schools in Irvine and Riverside. UCSB swept both teams last year.
Then they travel to the heart of the OC as they take on Cal-State Fullerton and then the first of two Blue-Green Rivalry games versus the Cal Poly Lady Mustangs (You heard what I called you Cal Poly).
Then they take on Cal-State Northridge and Pacific at the T-Dome. After that homestand, they travel for three games as they will play UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine in a seven day span.
Then they have a home conference game vs. the Titans of Fullerton and then a ESPNU Bracket Busters Game in Santa Barbara.
Then they finish the road season with Cal-State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Long Beach game is at the special time of 4:05 which means most likely the cameras will be at The Beach.
Then on Senior Day when we will honor Jordan Weiner, Justin Joyner, and Jon Pastorek they play the Lady Mustangs at The Thunderdome.
Prediction: This is early and I cannot really tell yet but I say we go 22-7 with wins over UNLV and Oregon. We will lose to San Diego State but then get the Big West #1 seed and get a 12 seed in the Big Dance!