TOP SPORTING EVENTS: NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 4
It was almost like old times at UCSB’s Thunderdome last Saturday night, as a crowd of 5,011 watched the Gauchos battle San Diego State in a men’s basketball thriller. The Aztecs won in overtime, 76-75.
On Wednesday night, November 30, it will be like old times. UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels will oppose the Gauchos, reprising their showdowns when both teams were in the Big West Conference. Jerry Pimm, UCSB’s coach in those days, will be in the house. He will be honored as the newest “Legend of the Dome.” Bob Williams, who succeeded Pimm in 1998, will try to beat UNLV for the fourth straight time. It is a major challenge. While the Gauchos (4-1) lost for the first time Saturday, the Rebels (7-0) made a statement with a 90-80 victory over No. 1-ranked North Carolina. UNLV is ranked No. 18 on this week’s Associated Press poll.
Westmont College opens its Golden State Athletic Conference basketball schedule with a bang at Murchison Gym tonight (Tue., Nov. 29) against Azusa Pacific. The visiting Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA women’s preseason poll and No. 9 in the men’s. The Warrior women are ranked No. 20. UCSB’s women, meanwhile, will try to get their offense untracked on Friday night against the University of San Francisco.
San Marcos will be the first team to hit the home court in high school basketball tonight against Arroyo Grande. The Royals also will host Pacifica in a pair of soccer games at Warkentin Stadium.
Dos Pueblos High’s girls water polo team will open the season Wednesday against Cabrillo at the school’s Elings Aquatic Center. The Chargers, winners of four consecutive CIF championships, have not lost a game since the 2008-09 season – a string of 67 straight wins.
SBCC’s soccer team and Bishop Diego’s football squad are each one game away from reaching the highest rungs of their playoff ladders. The Vaqueros will face Hartnell, the top team in Northern California, in the State Community College men’s semifinals on Friday in Sacramento. Bishop’s Cardinals will travel to play Sierra Canyon in the CIF East Valley Division semis at Granada Hills High on Friday night.
Tuesday, November 29
College women’s soccer – NAIA Championships, second round: Westmont vs. Point Loma Nazarene at Decatur, Ala., 2 p.m.
High school girls soccer – Pacifica at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.; Nordhoff at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.
High school boys soccer – Pacifica at San Marcos, 5 p.m.
High school boys basketball – Arroyo Grande at San Marcos, 7 p.m.
College women’s basketball – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.
College men’s basketball – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30
High school boys soccer – Santa Ynez at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls water polo – Cabrillo at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.
College men’s basketball – UNLV at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 1
High school girls soccer – Oxnard at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.
Friday, December 2
College men’s soccer – State Community College semifinals: SBCC vs. Hartnell at Cosumnes River, Sacramento, 2 p.m.
High school girls soccer – Newbury Park at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.
College women’s basketball – San Francisco at UCSB, 7 p.m.
High school football – CIF semifinals: Bishop Diego vs. Sierra Canyon at Granada Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3
College women’s basketball – Westmont at Point Loma Nazarene, 5:30 p.m.
College men’s basketball – Westmont at Point Loma Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 4
College men’s soccer – State Community College final at Cosumnes River, Sacramento, 2 p.m.
Monday, December 5
Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.
High school girls soccer – Righetti at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 6
High school girls soccer – Moorpark at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.
College women’s basketball – Westmont at Occidental, 7 p.m.
RUNNING, WALKING, CYCLING
Saturday, December 10 – Santa Claus 5K and Mile, East Beach Parking Lot, 9 a.m. sbactionpro.com.
Saturday, January 1 – Resolution Day 10K/5K Run, Leadbetter Beach, 8 a.m. active.com.