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    UC Santa Barbara Men’s Basketball Will Take On Highlanders In Big West Road Game

    The UC Santa Barbara Men’s Basketball team (7-4) is ready for another test on the road as Big West play continues. Now, the Gauchos will face the Highlanders of UC Riverside on their home court at the SRC Arena. The last time the Gauchos faced UC Riverside was in The Big West Semifinals last season, where UC Santa Barbara defeated the Highlanders on their way to earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    UC Santa Barbara kicked off Big West play on Thursday night, Dec. 28, as they faced the Aggies of UC Davis. The first half was a close battle between these two teams, but in the second half, UC Davis ran away with it. Even though the Gauchos tried to rally from behind, they couldn’t secure the win as they lost 62-76. Yohan Traore put up a new career-high of 25 points while Ajay Mitchell was second on the team in scoring with 12 points.

    UC Riverside could not secure a win in their first Big West game of the season as they lost to UC Irvine on the road. Prior to that, the Highlanders secured a non-conference record of 5-7, grabbing wins against UC Merced, Green Bay, Bethesda, North Dakota and Idaho.

    When looking at the conference rankings, the Highlanders are one of the best teams in The Big West when it comes to their assist-to-turnover ratio. They are 36th in the NCAA and No. 1 in the conference in this category with a 1.52. They are also the No. 1 team in the conference when it comes to three pointers per game (8.4) and turnovers per game, having the lowest number of turnovers with only 9.4 a game.

    Isaiah Moses is the best offensive player on the Highlanders’ lineup. He leads the team in points with 169, contributing 13 points per game on average. He also leads the team in assists with 67.

    Kyle Owens, Ben Griscti and Nate Pickens are the ones who grab the most rebounds for UC Riverside. Owens leads the team in this category with 54 while Griscti has 51 and Pickens has 50. Pickens is also one of the best players in The Big West when it comes to double-doubles as he has eight so far on the season.

    The Gauchos and the Highlanders will face off on Saturday, Dec. 30, in Riverside. Tip-off will be at 5 p.m. with a live stream available through ESPN+.  

    UC Santa Barbara Men's Basketball Will Take On Highlanders In Big West Road Game was originally published at https://ucsbgauchos.com/news/2023/12/29/mens-basketball-will-take-on-highlanders-in-big-west-road-game.aspx.

    Photos courtesy UCSB Athletics.



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