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    UC Santa Barbara Men’s Basketball Set To Face Aggies on ESPNU

    The UC Santa Barbara Men’s Basketball team (7-3) is ready to defend their Big West Championship title as conference play begins on Dec. 28. The Gauchos’ first test will come against the UC Davis Aggies, who UC Santa Barbara beat in both outings last season.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Gauchos hosted their final non-conference game of the season in The Thunderdome as they took on Howard, who made it to the NCAA Tournament last season. By the end of 40 minutes, the Blue and Gold came out on top with a score of 94-81 to wrap up the non-conference schedule with a 7-3 record. Yohan Traore led the team with 24 points while Josh Pierre-Louis was just shy of a triple-double, grabbing 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

    ANALYZING THE AGGIES
    UC Davis ended the non-conference slate with a win over an NAIA opponent in UC Merced with a score of 80-57. Along with that win, the Aggies took down Pacific, North Dakota State, Pepperdine and Jessup during the non-conference schedule.

    The Aggies are great on defense. They are currently 12th in the NCAA in forced turnovers per game, causing their opponents to lose the ball 16.7 times per game. They are also in the Top Three in The Big West when it comes to steals and three pointers. They average 7.5 steals and 7.3 three pointers per game.

    Elijah Pepper is not just one of the best offensive players in The Big West, but also one of the best in the NCAA. He currently ranks 22nd in the NCAA when it comes to points per game, averaging 20 a game. Not only that, but he is 23rd in the country in three pointers per game, which comes out to 3.1 per game. He currently leads the team in points with 220 and steals with 17. He is also second on the team in rebounds with 48.

    Ty Johnson has also been a huge part of this team’s offense. During his second season with the team after transferring from Loyola University Chicago, the junior guard has racked up 177 points, which averages out to 16.1 per game. He also distributes the ball as he leads the team in assists with 30.

    WHEREABOUTS
    The Gauchos and the Aggies will face off on ESPNU on Thursday, Dec. 28. Tip-off will be at 6 p.m. in the University Credit Union Center on the campus of UC Davis.

    UC Santa Barbara Men's Basketball Set To Face Aggies on ESPNU was originally published at https://ucsbgauchos.com/news/2023/12/27/mens-basketball-set-to-face-aggies-on-espnu.aspx.

    Photos courtesy UCSB Athletics.

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