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New Year Begins With Final Week of Non-Conference Play


Weekly Release No. 9

Nine more games separate the end of non-conference play and the beginning of Big West action.  Two games will be played on New Year's Day.


Non-Conference Action Winds Down
Nine more non-conference games take place this week – four against Division I opponents – before Big West action begins on Wednesday, January 9.  UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i have compiled a combined record of 30-12, with the Anteaters and Gauchos reaching the 10-win mark.  The remainder of the conference is a combined 26-56.  CSUN plays at San Diego State on New Year’s Day while hosting Yale on Saturday.  UCI hosts UT Rio Grande Valley and Cal State Fullerton travels to Washington.

Gauchos Pick Up Big Win Over USF

UC Santa Barbara registered an impressive 73-71 win over San Francisco on Saturday to improve to 6-0 in the Thunderdome this season.  It was only the second loss of the year for the Dons, and the biggest win for a Big West team in terms of opponent NET rating (40) this season.  Other key wins for Big West schools include UC Irvine over Saint Mary’s (65) and Hawai‘i over Colorado (75).

UC Santa Barbara Equals 10-3 Start
For the second straight season, UCSB is off to a 10-3 start under the guidance of head coach Joe Pasternack.  The Gauchos can equal last year’s 11-3 start with a win over Bethesda on Wednesday at home.  UCSB is 18-2 at home since Pasternack took over the program.

‘Bows Getting Defensive Under Ganot
Hawai‘i will enter Big West play with a 9-5 record.  That includes a 4-0 mark when holding an opponent to 40 percent shooting or less.  UH’s success has been predicated on defense since Eran Ganot grabbed the reins of the program for the 2015-16 season.  Since Ganot’s arrival, UH is 31-1 when keeping an opponent to 40 percent shooting or less.

CSUN Matches Last Year’s Win Total
CSUN’s 94-86 victory over Morgan State on Saturday was the sixth of the season for first-year head coach Mark Gottfried.  That equalled the win total for the entire 2017-18 season, in which the Matadors finished 6-24.  At 6-8, CSUN has a chance to conclude non-league play with a .500 record, needing to beat San Diego State on the road and Yale at home.

Diane In Exclusive Club
CSUN freshman Lamine Diane – the Big West’s leading scorer (23.6 ppg) and rebounder (10.5 rpg) – is one of just three players in the country to average a double-double.  The other two are South Dakota State senior Mike Daum and BYU junior Yoeli Childs.

Name, School PPG Rk RPG Rk
Mike Daum, South Dakota State 24.6 7 10.9 8
Lamine Diane, CSUN 23.6 10 10.5 12
Yoeli Childs, BYU 22.3 19 10.0 17

Galloway Closes In On 800 Rebounds
UC Irvine senior Jonathan Galloway needs 11 rebounds to collect 800 for his career, which would make him the fourth in school history to achieve that feat.  With 789 rebounds, Galloway needs 101 more to enter the Big West career top 10.


Big West squads have lined up another challenging non-conference slate which includes a 26 games against opponents which advanced to the NCAA Tournament or National Invitational Tournament last season.  Thirteen out of 15 games scheduled against 2018 NCAA teams will be played on the road or at a neutral site.  Montana at UC Irvine (Dec. 8) and Rhode Island at Hawai‘i (Dec. 25) represent the only two home games.

Games Against 2018 NCAA Tournament Teams
Nov. 6     Cal State Fullerton at Arizona State
Nov. 9     Long Beach State at UCLA
Nov. 9     UC Irvine at Texas A&M
Nov. 11   Cal Poly at Arizona
Nov. 12   Long Beach State at Arizona State
Nov. 12   UC Davis at Arkansas
Nov. 19   Long Beach State vs. Iona
Nov. 23   Hawai‘i vs. Seton Hall
Nov. 28   Hawai‘i at UCLA
Dec. 8     Montana at UC Irvine
Dec. 19   CSUN at New Mexico State
Dec. 21   UC Irvine at Butler
Dec. 22   UC Davis at Arizona
Dec. 25   Rhode Island at Hawai‘i   
Jan. 1      CSUN at San Diego State

Games Against 2018 NIT Teams
Nov. 16    Long Beach State at Mississippi State
Nov. 22    Hawai‘i vs. Utah
Nov. 28    UC Irvine at Saint Mary’s
Nov. 28    Long Beach State at USC
Dec. 2      UC Santa Barbara at Washington
Dec. 10    Cal State Fullerton at Saint Mary’s
Dec. 22    Cal State Fullerton at Nebraska
Dec. 23    CSUN vs. Rider
Dec. 29    Long Beach State at Stanford
Dec. 30    UC Davis at USC
Jan. 1      Cal State Fullerton at Washington

Long Beach State’s DAN MONSON is the dean of Big West head coaches, entering his 12th season roaming the sidelines of the Walter Pyramid.  He ranks eighth all-time in conference history with 190 wins, while his 114 Big West victories is sixth all-time.  Only five Big West head coaches have accumulated 200 or more wins during their tenure with the conference – Bob Thomason (Pacific, 436), Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State & UNLV, 405), Bob Williams (UC Santa Barbara, 313), Neil McCarthy (New Mexico State, 248) and Jerry Pimm (UC Santa Barbara, 222).  Monson has won a minimum of 15 games in each of the last 10 seasons, needing that total to get to 200 for his career during the 2018-19 campaign.  Monson needs five wins to catch Fresno State’s Boyd Grant (194) and eight to surpass UC Irvine’s Pat Douglass (197) in the Big West record book.

RUSSELL TURNER notched his 164th win all-time at UC Irvine when his team defeated Saint Mary’s on Nov. 28, moving him past Bill Mulligan for second place on the career wins list at the school.  He now needs to surpass Pat Douglass (197, 1997-2010) for the record.  In addition, Turner is now ranked ninth in Big West history with 168 career victories.  Turner is on pace to become the third-fastest coach in league history to reach the 200-win mark, with Jerry Tarkanian and Neil McCarthy the only two Turner cannot outdo.  The ninth-year coach has led the Anteaters to 20-win campaigns in five of the last six seasons.


Coach, Team Years Wins
Bob Thomason, Pacific 25 436
Jerry Tarkanian, Long Beach State/UNLV 14 405
Bob Williams, UC Santa Barbara 19 313
Neil McCarthy, New Mexico State 12 248
Jerry Pimm, UC Santa Barbara 15 222
Pat Douglass, UC Irvine 13 197
Boyd Grant, Fresno State 9 194
Dan Monson, Long Beach State 12 190
Russell Turner, UC Irvine 9 168

After opening the season ranked No. 24 in the preseason Mid-Major Top 25 poll, UC Irvine enters the week at No. 15.  The Anteaters have been ranked in the poll for eight straight weeks, at a high of No. 13 on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.  Other conference schools have been recognized in the “others receiving votes” section of the poll – Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i.  UCSB has been receiving votes in all but one week this season.

The top two active career scorers in the Big West have accumulated in excess of 2,500 points at Cal State Fullerton.  Seniors KHALIL AHMAD (1,376) and KYLE ALLMAN, JR. (1,327) have scored 2,703 points for the Titans.