"I have talked to a couple coaches about their game, and their team," Rose said. "It is a very good offensive team, very experienced. I have seen Orlando Johnson play and he's a terrific player, every bit as good as any player who will play in the Marriott Center this year. He's a terrific player."
While UCSB lost to Cal 70-50 on Monday night, the Cougars face an even quicker turnaround.
"It is something to get us in the flow so when conference [play] comes around we are used to having only one day to prepare for a team, and getting in a flow," said BYU's Brock Zylstra, who scored a career-high 26 points against Buffalo.
Zylstra is more familiar with the Gauchos than most BYU players because he grew up in Southern California and because his uncle, Doug Zylstra, is a big UCSB fan.
"It would be good to get a win so he can't hang it over my head," Brock Zylstra said. "Yeah, we are looking forward to Santa Barbara on Thursday."
Along with the high-scoring Johnson, UCSB features point guard Nate Garth, a transfer from New Mexico who faced the Cougars a couple of times as a Lobo.
"It is a very good team, a team that we will have to be ready for," Rose said. "I really believe that they will bring that same intensity and same execution in here. [UCSB coach] Rob Williams has won more games than any coach at Santa Barbara, and there have been some good ones there. He's a great coach with a great team."
UC Santa Barbara at BYU
P At the Marriott Center, Provo
Tipoff • Thursday, 7 p.m.
TV • BYUtv
Radio • 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
Records • BYU 8-3, UCSB 5-4
Series history • BYU leads, 4-1
Last meeting • BYU, 69-46 (Dec. 21, 2002)
About the Cougars • Matt Carlino almost became the first Cougar since Michael Smith in 1988 to post a triple-double, falling just three rebounds short against Buffalo.
About the Gauchos • With nine points in a 70-50 loss at Cal on Monday, Orlando Johnson became the eighth player in school history to surpass the 1,400-point scoring mark.