Nexus Sports Editors Say Their Goodbyes

Confession: I almost went to UC Davis. Waiting until the very last possible day, I decided to attend UCSB somewhat unenthusiastically. My reasoning was that Santa Barbara, about an hour away from my hometown, was too close. Part of me wanted to go away to college to fully experience it, while part of me knew […]

Love Without Handle Bars: An Interview with Nexus’s Renaissance Man, Brent Pella

Daily Nexus co-sports editor Ryan Porush and managing editor Jacqueline Vietor sat down with Brent Pella, co-sports editor and the genius behind the recent UCSB YouTube music video sensation “Bike Path Love.” Pella dished on bicycles, UCSB and, of course, his inspiration: love on the fabled bike paths of our campus.   DAILY NEXUS: First […]

Rebuild and Reload

After losing five seniors — including three starters — to graduation this season, the UCSB men’s basketball team is best described by two words: young and inexperienced. This year’s crop of five recruits, following last year’s six-man recruiting class, will further serve to jumpstart the rebuilding process for the Gaucho program in the next few […]

Battle LA: The Lakeshow

Make no mistake about it: the Los Angeles Lakers still own LA. Lob City is cute and all, but come playoff time, the Clipshow won’t cut it. For the first time in five years, the Lakers will enter the playoffs with expectations that may fall short of an NBA championship. Los Angeles, before being bounced […]

Can LeBron Handle the Heat in the Playoffs?

LeBron James is in his ninth NBA season. He has zero championship rings. It would be ignorant to say that James is not the most talented — if not the overall best — player in the league. And yes, he took the easy way out when he teamed up with Dwyane Wade in Miami. But […]

Can Anyone Stop a Seemingly Inevitable Heat- Bulls Eastern Conference Finals Matchup?

We have been heading toward this all season. A rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, in which Miami won in five games, seems to be preordained. Now that we are approaching the start of the NBA playoffs this Saturday, we can ask the question again: Can anyone stop a Miami- Chicago Conference Finals? The […]

No Sparks of Lightning This Year for OKC

There is a recent commercial featuring Kevin Durant promoting the NBA on ESPN Playoffs. In the 30-second clip, Durant sits among the rafters in his home Chesapeake Energy Arena, contemplating raising a banner in that very arena. As he concludes, “I see a team that’s ready to make a statement.” So, the commercial painstakingly begs […]

The Best Stoner Athletes of Our Time

Here it is, ladies and gents. The time to freshen the water in those bongs, heat up those vapes and spark up those joints and blunts. Yup, it’s 4/20, and that means one thing: weed. Marijuana permeates our everyday lives: ubiquitous in pop culture, sports, as well as pretty much every residence in I.V. I […]


UCSB Begins Defense of of Big West Tournament Title

The UCSB men’s basketball team will begin its defense as the two-time defending Big West Tournament Champions today when the team faces Pacific in the first round of the conference tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim. “We feel good coming into the weekend, but we are very realistic,” Head Coach Bob Williams said. “It’s […]

One on One With James Nunnally

After another stellar season from guard James Nunnally, the UCSB men’s basketball team enters the Big West Tournament this Thursday as the No. 3 overall seed. Daily Nexus Sports Editor Ryan Porush sat down with Nunnally for a look into the life of the standout senior.   Ryan Porush: You were recently named to the […]

Gauchos Send Off Seniors in Style

On Senior Night in the Thunderdome, the UCSB men’s basketball team marched out its five seniors at the opening tip as the heralded class led the Gauchos to a decisive 90-43 victory over UC Davis. “That was probably the most fun game I have been a part of,” senior guard Christian “Goose” Peterson said. “We […]

Freshmen Pair Makes Big Impact For UCSB

With one of the most heralded senior classes in the history of the UCSB men’s basketball team set to finish off its college career, two Gaucho freshmen have been making an unexpected and immediate impact on this veteran-laden squad. With UCSB’s final game of the season this Saturday and the Big West postseason tournament next […]

Santa Barbara Tops Rival Cal Poly 68-60

Senior guard Orlando Johnson scored 16 points for the Gauchos to break UCSB’s all-time scoring record Saturday night as the UCSB men’s basketball team defeated visiting Cal Poly 68-60. “It shows all the hard work I have put in,” Johnson said of his accomplishment. “The confidence Coach has in me, and my teammates believing in […]

UCSB, Cal Poly Clash Saturday on ESPNU

Senior guard Orlando Johnson needs just three points to become UCSB’s all-time leading scorer as the third-place men’s basketball team is set to host Cal Poly in a nationally-televised Saturday night matchup. UCSB (15-9 overall, 9-4 Big West) is coming off a lopsided loss at Long Beach (20-7, 13-0) on Wednesday night. Cal Poly (15-13, […]

Gauchos Fall to Long Beach State 70-58

Long Beach State continued its dominance of the Big West conference Saturday night, as the 49ers (20-7 overall, 13-0 Big West) beat visiting UCSB 70-58. In front of a sold out crowd in The Pyramid, Long Beach improved to 10-0 at home. With the loss, Santa Barbara (15-9, 9-4) falls to third place in the […]