Tuesday, November 23, 2010

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. Fresno State

Orlando Johnson went berserk versus the Bulldogs. He scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to propel the Gauchos to a 69-54 victory.

The Gauchos got off to a SMOKING start by going on a 13-0 run to start the game. It included Orlando Johnson with 2 assists and 7 points.

Then the Gauchos kept pulling away. They extended their lead at one point to 16 points but the boys from Fresno kept fighting to get it down to a 11 point deficit.

James Nunnally, who scored 12 points, opened the second half by missing a three. The Gauchos struggled in the first few minutes of the second half by not scoring until the 16:34 mark. During that time, the Bulldogs got it down to a 4 point margin.

Then Orlando took over. He would score 7 of the next 10 Gaucho points to push the lead to 46-35. The Gauchos got in cruise control after that and took over the game.

Jon Pastorek and Jaime Serna combined for 13 points while Justin Joyner led the team with 4 assists.

The Bulldogs were led by 15 points from their big man Greg Smith.

The Gauchos go on the road for their next three games as they have a tough road trip with Portland, San Diego State, and Santa Clara.

Go Gauchos!

Attendance: 3,577 (Great opening night attendance)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Class of 2011 Recruit T.J. Taylor

More of a Will Brew or Casper Ware?

Class of 2011 Recruit John Green

Gaucho Hoops signs four players for 2011

The UCSB Mens Basketball signed four players for its 2011 recruiting class. Coach Williams is very excited about the recruits. Here are the four players.

1. John Green, Oakland, CA, 6-5, 180
He averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists last year for Castlemont High School in Oakland. He is an active AAU baller and Coach Williams compares him to the likes of James Nunnally and Alex Harris.

2. T.J. Taylor, Oakland, CA, 5-9, 160
T.J. plays for Oakland High School and last year averaged 19 points and 6 assists per game. He was named to the All-Oakland Team and nailed 59 three pointers. Coach Williams praises his thre point shooting ability.

3. Alan Williams, Phoenix, AZ, 6-7, 240
Williams plays for North High School and averaged a double-double the classic way by scoring 13 and collecting 10 rebounds per game. This year he is an All-Phoenix and All-Arizona preseason selection.

4. Taran Brown, Gillette, Wyo., 6-8, 190
A lanky forward, Taran helped his school to a 27-1 record and a place in the state title game. With the beaches of SoCal awaiting him, Taran looks poised to keep his averages around 15 and 7 a game.

I will have videos of each recruit!

Go Gauchos!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

ESPNU Bracketology, First Release

Everyone knows about Bracketology on ESPN.com by Joe Lunardi. He predicts the 65 NCAA Tournament teams and says which teams are on the "bubble." Well it was good new for the Gauchos. They start the season out as a #15 seed in Lunardi's bracket. They are in the East Newark Region and would play #2 seed Syracuse of the Big East. This is just another pre-season prestigious award that the Gauchos have received. We all know though that championships are not won in November.

Will Brew leads the charge for the Gauchos!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. The Masters

And you thought they were amazing last year? Well Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have not missed a beat. They combined for 43 points in a 68-54 exhibition win over The Masters.

It was a very surprising first half with the score only being 30-28. Then OJ and James said, "lets go get it done!" They started the half on a 22-6 run and never looked back. They got it back to 11 but the Gauchos put the lid on the coffin.

The "dynamic" duo of James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson saw James finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Orlando finish with 21 points and 5 rebounds. They also combined for 4 alley-oops and monster slams. They chose to be high risers today!

Lucas Devenny and Jon Pastorek had a combined 16 rebounds which contributed to the 50-26 rebounding advantage. The "Big Somog", Greg Somogoyi, had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

A new segment on these blog posts will be "Gaucho Analyisis" where I point out what the Gauchos need to do and where they improved.

Negatives: Not enough production from supporting cast. Where did they go? I thought it was 5 v 2 out there. Okay, Somogyi had a few buckets but Will Brew and Jaime Serna, please show up during the season.

Positives: Rebounding was fantastic. Last year, the Gauchos struggled to rebound down the stretch because of the small lineup. I think this year though with James Powell you will see more of Pastorek and Devenny playing at the 4 and 5 with Somogyi and Serna. You could obviously see the rebounding was out in abundance with the 50 to 26 advantage.

The Gauchos first regular season game is up in Eugene, Oregon at the BTI Invitational. There they will take on South Dakota State, Denver, and Oregon. The first game is vs. Denver on Friday at 4:30 pacific time.

Go Gauchos!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gauchos Basketball Preview 1 of 5

Hello, it is five days till the exhibition versus the Masters. I cannot wait for Gaucho Basketball. In our first preview, I reveal who I believe will be at the cellar of the Big West, my Coach of the Year, a breakout player, the Gaucho starting lineup, and some other news.

Bottom of the Pack
Last year it was UC Riverside. They finished a game back of CSUN and UCI for the 8th and 7th seeds. This was a huge dissapointment in which many people thought they could be the breakout team.

My pick this year is UC Riverside. They lack the firepower without Kyle Austin to even compete in this league. I think Jim Woolridge has a year left at the helm of the program. 3-13 in league sounds about right.

The Golden One on the Sideline
Last year it was your favorite coach, Bob Williams of you know who. He led the Gauchos to a 20-10 record and a Big West Title. It was a good comeback season after a dissapointing 2008-2009.

My pick this year is Gary Stewart of UC Davis. I think UCD will be in the title hunt and I believe will finish high in the standings. They have Joe Harden and a healthy Mark Payne returning. I believe UCD also gets a postseason berth of some sort this year.

Gaucho out of Nowhere
Last year was a breakout year for many guys on the 'Chos. Orlando Johnson was the best player in the league in his 1st season and Will Brew ran the point like an upperclassmen. Also, Jordan Weiner improved his game and James Nunnally was the 2nd best scorer during conference play.

This year I think it is Chris Brew. We all know he has fantastic ability but didn't get many minutes in his freshman year. With James Powell the 6th man gone, Brew will step right in. He will be a high flying combo guard who can give lots of spark to this Gaucho team.

The Starting Five
Last year had many different lineups in non-conference play. In conference play, they got it right with Serna, Nunnally, OJ, Weiner, and Brew. This year will not look much different except one change.

I believe Will Brew will be the starting point guard. I think though they go a little bigger by playing OJ at the 2, Nunnally at the 3, Serna at the 4, and yes, Greg Somogyi at the 5. Somog showed much improvement late last year and I think is primed for double-double averages this season.

Other News
Publications such as Presidio Sports and Rush the Court have labeled Orlando Johnson as MVP, James Nunnally as All-Conference, and UCSB as the Big West Champs.
The Big West Media tabbed the Gauchos as the front runners for the conference crown.
Friday, 7 p.m., Thunderdome, vs. the Masters, UCSB Basketball 1st Game