FACTS & STATS: Site: Student Recreation Center (3,168) -- Riverside,
California. Television: None. Home Record: UCSB 6-5, UCR 4-7. Away Record:
UCSB 2-11, UCR 1-11. Neutral Record: UCSB 0-0, UCR 0-2. Conference Record:
UCSB 4-9, UCR 2-11. Series Record: UC Santa Barbara leads, 25-6.
GAME NOTES: The UC Riverside Highlanders hope to snap their seven-game losing
streak as they host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a Big West Conference
battle at the Student Recreation Center.
The Highlanders lost their seventh game in a row on Saturday when they were
blown out, 75-35, by the Big West leading Long Beach State 49ers. The setback
dropped UC Riverside to a 5-20 overall record which includes a 2-11 standing
in Big West action. Chris Patton is pacing the team with 12.8 points per game
on 54.9 percent shooting from the field and Chris Harriel chips in 10.5 ppg.
Josh Fox is another solid forward for the Highlanders with averages of 9.9
points and 6.7 rebounds per outing.
Riverside have shot just 27.2 percent (28-of-103) over its past two outings.
Patton has provided only 11 points over the past two games. The Highlanders
made only 1-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc and submitted a dismal, 12-
of-23 showing at the charity stripe versus LBSU, which drained 52.9 percent of
its field goal attempts. The poor offensive showing did not come as too much
of a shock for UC Riverside, as it has the lowest scoring offense average in
the Big West at 59.6 ppg. The Highlanders have the fourth lowest scoring
defense average in the conference with 67.9 points allowed.
The visiting Gauchos have also had a disappointing campaign, just not quite as
poor. UCSB fell to 8-16 on the season on Saturday as it endured a 67-49 rout
at Cal Poly. Alan Williams posted a double-double of 24 points and 17 boards
in the contest and enters Wednesday leading the team with 17.5 points and 10.2
ppg. Kyle Boswell (12.6 ppg) and Taran Brown (11.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) contribute
double-digit scoring averages also to help the Gauchos net 65.4 ppg, which is
the second lowest number among Big West schools. UCSB is better defensively,
as it holds the opposition to 69.8 ppg to place fifth in the league.
Although Williams had a significant performance in the loss to Cal Poly,
Michal Bryson's 10 points off the bench made him the only other Gaucho in
double figures. UCSB was guilty of 16 turnovers and managed to pull down just
five offensive rebounds on the night while Cal Poly connected on 11 attempts
from beyond the arc to create some distance on the scoreboard. The Gauchos
have not finished with a losing record since the 2004-05 campaign, but they
would need a miracle to avoid one this year.
Neither of these teams have been an example of consistency this season. Both
are very poor on the offensive end with UC Riverside standing out for its
futility on the scoreboard. Williams is going to be the best player on the
court which will give UCSB a slight edge against the struggling Highlanders.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Santa Barbara 67, UC Riverside 63