North Carolina (2-0) vs. Cal-Santa Barbara (2-0)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
8:30 p.m., FSS
The Gauchos are coming off of a disappointing (11-18) 2004-05 season that was plagued by an endless string of injuries. They began this season with four of the five season-ending starters from last year back and welcomed several promising newcomers who were expected to provide an instant impact -- and therefore improved depth. UCSB was picked third in the conference's preseason poll, but several major preseason publications predicted UCSB would win the conference.
Season To Date: UCSB arrives in Chapel Hill with a 2-0 record, with wins over San Francisco and San Diego. In the opener, the Gauchos pulled away from USF with torrid second-half shooting, for an 82-59 win. In their second game, UCSB held off a late rally to beat San Diego, 67-65.
Three For All: While they've only played two games, UCSB's three-point shooting numbers are ranked fifth in the nation thus far. Their 53.3 percent on three-pointers stems from an 11-of-16 performance in the win over USF. The team's top long-range shooters thus far are Joe See (6-of-8), Alex Harris (5-of-8) and Tom Garlepp (3-of-3). Could this just be a fluke? See and Harris both shot 32.8 percent on threes last season.
Second Half Team: UCSB's offense has been more in control and shot the ball considerably better in the second half in both its first two games. The numbers show 44 percent (28-64) from the field and 44 percent on three-pointers (7-16) in the first half, compared with 56 percent (22-39) from the field and 64 percent (9-14) on three-pointers in the second half.
New Frontcourt Faces: Chris Devine and Tom Garlepp have been welcome additions to the UCSB frontcourt. Devine, who sat out his first two seasons in Santa Barbara because of injuries, started his first game and led the team in points (17), rebounds (7) and assists (6). A tough, versatile 6-7, 210-pound forward, he plays the four spot for the undersized Gauchos. Foul trouble has limited him to under 26 minutes per game and he fouled out of the win over San Diego. Garlepp, a freshman from Australia, was a preseason redshirt candidate, but his shooting touch (75%) and work on the boards (6.5 rpg) is too valuable to this year's team. With the lack of production thus far from starting center Cameron Goettsche, Garlepp and Devine have provided important contributions.
Injury Report: Injuries were the reason for last season's struggles and they've been a problem already for the Gauchos this season. Power forward Glenn Turner, who started 21 games last season and was expected to be an important part of UCSB's low-post game, missed most of the preseason and sat out the season opener because of a right leg injury. He returned to play nine minutes against San Diego and is expected to play against the Tar Heels. Sophomore Derek Rasp, who was the team's top three-point shooter last season, has been out three weeks with a back injury and is not making the trip to Chapel Hill.
Dangerous Conference: Don't know much about the Big West Conference? Its been a potent mid-major league the last few years. Pacific has reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament two straight years. And just last week, UC-Irvine stunned 13th-ranked Stanford, 79-63.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Conference: Big West
Colors: Blue & Gold
Head Coach: Bob Williams
Record at UCSB: 109-97
1 Cecil Brown (6-4, 185, Sr.) – 9.0 ppg, 2.5 apg, 5.0 rpg
2 Josh Davis (6-5, 200, Sr.) – 4.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
12 Alex Harris (6-5, 200, So.) - 14.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
10 Chris Devine (6-7, 210, So.) – 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 apg
20 Cameron Goettsche (6-9, 225, Sr.) - 4.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
41 Tom Garlepp (6-8, 230, Fr.) – 11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
11 Joe See (6-0, 170, Sr.) – 11.0 ppg, 2.0 apg
44 Glenn Turner (6-9, 220, Jr.) – 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
32 Chidi Ajufo (6-6, 240, So.) – 2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
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