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UPDATE: The boys soccer match between Santa Barbara High and Dos Pueblos will start at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. It was originally scheduled at 5 p.m. but has been moved up because of lighting issues at Peabody Stadium.

Expect Cal Poly to have a good following in the Thunderdome on Thursday night (Jan. 28) when the Mustangs clash with the UCSB Gauchos in a meaningful Big West men’s basketball game. Both teams are tied for second in the conference with 5-2 records (Pacific is first at 5-1), throwing some extra spice into their geographical rivalry as the two major colleges on the Central Coast.

UCSB has dominated the Mustangs on its home floor, winning 10 of the last 11, but the competition in the Big West this year is exceedingly tight. In their most recent games, the Gauchos needed a miraculous shot by Orlando Johnson to defeat Cal State Fullerton 85-80 in overtime, while Cal Poly eked out a 73-72 victory over Cal State Northridge.

The Mustangs were picked to finish last in the conference and went 0-5 in November, but they have rallied behind first-year coach Joe Callero to win eight of their last 13 games.

The Gauchos are 10-7 overall. Johnson, whose clutch three-pointer in the final seconds sent the Fullerton game into overtime, is the Big West’s second leading scorer (17.2 points per game) and has scored in double figures in every game.

In women’s basketball, UCSB and Cal Poly will be playing at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo on Thursday night. The last time they met, the Gauchos defeated the Mustangs in the 2009 Big West Tournament championship game. Cal Poly has been outpacing UCSB this season. Led by Kristina Santiago (averaging 21.9 points and 10.4 rebounds in conference play), the Mustangs are 5-2 in the Big West and 12-5 overall, while the Gaucho women are 3-3 and 6-12.

There will be a dynamic soccer match Thursday at Peabody Stadium, where the Santa Barbara High Dons – a remarkable 19-0-1 on the season – face the Dos Pueblos Chargers, the only team to escape defeat against the Dons. They tied 0-0 two weeks ago. Dos Pueblos got through the first round of Channel League without a loss (3-0-2) and could take over first place with an upset victory.

The San Marcos-Santa Barbara girls-boys soccer double-header, postponed by wet grounds earlier in the week, is scheduled to be played Saturday at SBCC’s La Playa Stadium.

Wednesday, January 27

High school girls soccer – Dunn at Cate, 3 p.m.; Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Dunn at Laguna Blanca, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 28

High school girls water polo – Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Cal Poly at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball – UCSB at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Santa Clara at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

High school wrestling – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 29

High school boys soccer – Midland at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Faith Baptist at Laguna Blanca, 5 p.m.; San Marcos vs. Santa Barbara at SBCC, 5:30 p.m.

High school boys basketball – San Marcos vs. Santa Barbara at SBCC, 7 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Faith Baptist at Laguna Blanca, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 30

High school boys soccer – Pasadena Poly at Laguna Blanca, 11 a.m.; San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Malibu at Bishop Diego, 11 a.m.; Pasadena Poly at Laguna Blanca, 1 p.m.; San Marcos vs. Santa Barbara at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, Thunderdome, 2 p.m.; San Diego Christian at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.; San Diego Christian at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 1

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Girls & Women in Sports Luncheon, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 11:30 a.m.

High school girls soccer – Viewpoint at Laguna Blanca, 3:15 p.m.; San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 4 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Fillmore at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2

High school girls water polo – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Ventura at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Buena at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

High school wrestling – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3

High school boys soccer – Santa Paula at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Thacher at Cate, 3 p.m.; Dunn at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.; Oak Park at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school girls water polo – Nordhoff at Carpinteria, 3:15 p.m.; Malibu at Cate, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Midland at Laguna Blanca, 4:30 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Oak Park at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.; Fillmore at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

College men’s volleyball – Pepperdine at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 4

High school boys soccer – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Santa Clara at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Westmont at Concordia, 5:30 p.m.; Pacific at UCSB, Thunderdome, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Pacific, 7 p.m.; Westmont at Concordia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 5

Boxing – ShoBox bouts at Santa Ynez Chumash Casino Resort, 5:30 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Oaks Christian at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.; Malibu at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Laguna Blanca at Cate, 6:30 p.m.; St. Bonaventure at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 6:30 p.m.

College men’s volleyball – USC at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 6

College track & field – Westmont, Cal Lutheran, SBCC non-scoring meet, La Playa Stadium, 10 a.m.

High school wrestling – Channel League Championships at Dos Pueblos, 10 a.m.

High school boys soccer – Laguna Blanca at Cate, 2 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.

College women’s basketball – UC Davis at UCSB, Thunderdome, 2 p.m.; Hope International at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at UC Davis, 7 p.m.; Hope International at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Bishop (La Jolla) at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 7

College women’s tennis – Cal State Bakersfield at UCSB, 2 p.m.

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