Santa Clara (12-6) at San Francisco (7-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 17, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (5,300) -- San Francisco,
California. Television: CSN-CA. Home Record: Santa Clara 9-4. San Francisco
6-3. Away Record: Santa Clara 3-2, San Francisco 1-4. Neutral Record: Santa
Clara 0-0, San Francisco 0-3. Conference Record: Santa Clara 1-3, San
Francisco 0-4. Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 110-101.
GAMES NOTES: The San Francisco Dons will try to halt a four-game losing
streak on Thursday night when the Santa Clara Broncos come to War Memorial
Gymnasium for a West Coast Conference rematch.
Things have not been going well for Santa Clara recently, with the Broncos
losing three straight and four of their last five contests. Santa Clara's only
win during the stretch came against the Dons, 74-69. Santa Clara is 12-6
overall, but the win over San Francisco was the only one in four league
contests. The Broncos, who are 3-2 in away contests will also be on the road
Saturday against Pepperdine.
The first loss to Santa Clara began this four-game slide the Dons are
currently on. All four losses came during league play for San Francisco which
is still in search of its first conference victory. San Fran is just 7-10
overall but has a mark of 6-3 at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Dons will host
Loyola Marymount next.
The win earlier in the season improved Santa Clara's all-time advantage
between these long-time rivals to 110-101.
For the third straight contest, and the fourth in the last five games, Santa
Clara allowed an opponent to score more than 80 points in a 82-64 rout at the
hands of BYU on Saturday. The Broncos shot just 38.5 percent in the game,
while allowing the Cougars to net 53.6 percent of their shots from the floor.
The Broncos are led by a trio of double figure scorers. The top option is
Kevin Foster (19.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 spg) who is among the top 10 players in
the conference in scoring, assists and steals. Foster actually ranks at the
top of the WCC in thefts. Though he has scored a lot Foster has not been
efficient shooting less than 40 percent from the field. Also making solid
contributions from the backcourt is Evan Roquemore (13.5 ppg, 6.4 apg) who
tied with Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova for the top spot in assists in
the conference. In the frontcourt Marc Trasolini (15.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) has been
a force both on offense and on the glass. As a team the Broncos are scoring a
very impressive 77.4 points per game, which ranks 29th nationally, while
assisting on the 16th-most field goals per game (16.6) in the country.
Despite shooting 51 percent from the field, including a 9-of-18 showing from
beyond the arc, San Francisco just couldn't get over the hump against Saint
Mary's in its last outing. The Dons trailed fore the entirety of the second
half with the deficit growing to as many as 10 points.
San Francisco has shot better than Santa Clara overall (.460 FG percentage)
but has been scoring at a much lower rate by putting in 70.1 points per game.
The Dons are also the second-worst team in the WCC in terms of assists (12.2
pg) and rebounds (33.9 pg). The Dons have largely kept teams in range though,
even in conference play with all four of their losses coming by six points or
fewer. Overall the Dons allow 68.7 points per game on 44 percent shooting.
Double-double machine Cole Dickerson (15.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg) leads the squad both
on the glass and on the scoreboard. The 6-foot-7 forward is also the lead
rebounder in the conference. Feeding Dickerson the ball frequently is Cody
Doolins (13.4 ppg, 6.2 apg) who is among the top five players in the
conference in assists and steals. De'End Parker is the third and final member
of the team scoring in double figures.
The Dons have been circling around a win in each of its four league contests,
including the first with Santa Clara, but have come up short each time. They
should reverse that trend in this game with home court advantage.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 73, Santa Clara 68
01/17 10:38:38 ET