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UCSB Hosts Chicago State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Cerebro Sports Cali Jam

Ajare Sanni (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Ajare Sanni (Photo by Jeff Liang)

Schedule
Game No. 1
Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara vs Chicago State
at The Thunderdome – Santa Barbara, Calif.
ESPN+ | Audio | Live Stats

Game No. 2
Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara vs Arkansas - Pine Bluff
at The Thunderdome – Santa Barbara, Calif.
ESPN+ | Audio | Live Stats

COVID-19 Attendance Policy at UCSB Indoor Events
In accordance with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), regarding COVID-19, UC Santa Barbara athletic indoor events will require all spectators in attendance to:

  • Show proof of their full vaccination status, OR...
  • Provide a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the event before entry

Students, Faculty and Staff may use their campus issued "Daily Badge" following completion of the symptom screening survey. Face coverings are required for all indoor events. Failure to do so by spectators could result in future attendance caps for indoor athletic events.

Tickets
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Gaucho Gameday App
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Gauchos on the Air

Both games of the Cerebro Sports Cali Jam will be aired lived on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Max Kelton and Gaucho legend Jerry Pimm on the call for UCSB. Additionally, an audio only cast featuring Kevin Cannon and former NBA coach Jim Eyen can be found on UCSBGauchos.com. Live stats are also available there.

About The Cerebro Sports Cali Jam
Both of UCSB's upcoming games with Chicago State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are a part of the Cerebro Sports Cali Jam, a multi-team event. Supported by Cerebro Sports and Russ Potts Productions, Inc., the three teams will compete in the two Thunderdome matchups. Following the completion of the second team, an all-tournament team and MVP will be named.

Good Start for Sow
Senior center Amadou Sow is off to the start that everyone expected posting two straight 25 point games to kick off the season. Currently leading the team in minutes per game (27.0), points per game (25.0), rebounds per game (9.0), and field goals per game (8.5). He notched a 25 point, 11 rebound double-double at Washington State leading all players in those categories.

Last Game
UCSB is coming off of a tough 73-65 loss at Washington State this past Monday. After a slow first half that saw the Gauchos trail by 16 points and commit 10 turnovers, the visiting team cleaned it up in the second period winning the half 40-32 and committing just one turnover. Amadou Sow led all players in both points and rebounds posting a 25/11 double-double.

Mid-Major Polls
Following UCSB's win over San Francisco State, College Insider has the Gauchos ranked as the No. 13 mid major team in division I. Additionally, the Field of 68 Media Network has the Gauchos ranked at No. 20. They are the top Big West team in both polls.

History Made
UCSB's 119-65 win over San Francisco State on opening night broke several top-ten marks in the Gaucho record book:

- 29 assists, 3rd most in program history
- 119 points, 4th most in program history
- 65 rebounds, T-5th most in program history
- 60 first half points, T-7th most in program history
- 59 second half points, T-8th most in program history
- 32 free throws made, T-10th most in program history

Run it Back
The reigning Big West champions return to the court with a new goal this season and it's becoming the first Big West team to repeat since the Gauchos did 10 years ago and get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, UCSB went 22-5 overall and 13-3 in Big West Conference play on its way to a Big West regular season title, a Big West Tournament Championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In addition to Norris and Sow, their key returners include Big West Sixth Man of the Year Ajare Sanni, senior forward Robinson Idehen, and junior guard Calvin Wishart, who will be making his Gaucho debut after redshirting last season.

UCSB Picked to Repeat in Preseason Polls
UCSB was picked as the unanimous regular season champion of the Big West in the annual preseason coaches' and media polls. The Gauchos accumulated 69 points and five first place votes in the coaches' poll beating out second-seeded UC Irvine by a narrow margin of just one point and one first place vote. The two teams spilt the nine first place nods.

In the media poll the Gauchos garnered 103 points and six first place votes to the Anteater's 100 points and two first place votes. Rounding out the top-four in both polls are UC Riverside and UC Davis finishing third and fourth, respectively.

Sow Named to Lou Henson Watch List
Just one day after being named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team, senior center Amadou Sow earned another preseason nod being named to the 2021-22 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award watch list. The award is presented to the best mid-major men's basketball player of the year. He is one of just two Big West players to be named joining UC Irvine's Collin Welp.

Sow and Norris named to Preseason All-Conference Team
Along with the preseason polls came two different Preseason All-Conference teams. Senior center Amadou Sow picked up his third straight preseason nod as a unanimous preseason pick on both the coaches' and media poll. The Gaucho big averaged 13.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds while shooting a potent 56.9% from the field last season.

Senior Forward Miles Norris was named to preseason team on the coaches' poll after exploding on to the scene in his first season with UCSB proving to be one of the most exciting players in conference. The 6-10 forward brought length, excellent shooting, and electric dunks to the Thunderdome on his way to averaging 9.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 39.4% from three and 49.2% from the field. He also led the team with 22 blocks.

Coming in at No. 14
College Insider released its preseason Men's Mid Major Top 25 list naming the Gauchos as the 14th best mid major program in DI basketball. They were the only Big West team in the rankings and were the fourth highest ranked west coast team in the first edition of the poll.