There is a lot of buzz circulating around the UCSB Basketball team. First off, they have been predicted to win the Big West in four different preseason college basketball magazines. Also, the Gauchos will be on television six times during conference play.
The Gauchos were predicted to be the Big West Champions by Lindy's, Sporting News, Athlon, and Blue Ribbon Year Book. Orlando Johnson was also the Preseason Player of the Year in all four and James Nunnally joined him on the Preseason 1st Team All-Big West.
Coach Williams said this gains a lot of attention for the program but they still have to go out on the court and perform to be the champion at the end of the season.
ESPN2, ESPNU, FS West, and FS Prime Ticket
The Gauchos will be on the tube this year and they will be on it the most of any Big West team during the season.
The first televised game is when the Long Beach State 49ers take on the Gauchos in The T-Dome on December 28th on ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. Then they have back to back TV games when they take on Pacific on ESPNU on February 3rd then they have UC Davis on FSPT on the 5th.
Then on the 26th of February 3 of the 4 games in the Big West that day will be on TV by either ESPN2, ESPNU, or FS West. They Long Beach State in the Pyramid and that will most likely be on ESPN2. Then there is the ESPNU Bracket Buster Game.
All-American Orlando "Mr. MVP" Johnson