San Diego (11-8) at San Francisco (11-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday. January 18, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (4,200) -- San Francisco, California. Television: None. Home Record: USD 6-3, USF 8-4. Away Record: USD 3-4, USF 3-4. Neutral Record: USD 2-1, USF 0-0. Conference Record: USD 2-4, USF 4-3. Series Record: San Diego leads, 36-34.
GAME NOTES: The San Francisco Dons host the Toreros of San Diego on Saturday night in a West Coast Conference tilt at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Toreros were victorious on the road on Thursday night, downing the Santa Clara Broncos, 69-66. Despite the win, USD has lost three of its last four games, and is just 4-6 in its last 10.
The Dons have lost their last two games and are 6-4 in their last 10. They were also in action on Thursday night and were handed an 83-76 defeat by the BYU Cougars.
This will be the 71st meeting between these two clubs, with USD holding a 36-34 series advantage. The teams split a pair of matchups last season, with each winning on the road.
Duda Sanadze scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Toreros to their 69-66 victory over the Santa Clara Broncos. Dennis Kramer added 14 points and Christopher Anderson chipped in with 11 for the home team. Trailing 32-28 at halftime, USD heated up to drain 61.9 percent of its shots from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range in the second half and held Santa Clara to just 1-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc in the period.
On the season, San Diego hasn't been a very potent offensive squad, as it puts up just under 69 ppg, but it has been at times effective enough to support its league-best scoring defense (64.2 ppg). The Toreros are particularly stingy when it comes to defending beyond the arc, as they are holding opponents to just 30.9 percent on 3-pointers, also tops in the WCC. Despite being held to just eight points against Santa Clara, Johnny Dee is the top weapon for the Toreros with 16.5 ppg, with much of his success coming from distance (.394) and at the free-throw line (.921). Sanadze (13.4 ppg), Kramer (11.7 ppg) and Anderson (10.4 ppg) have been very effective as well. Anderson does a great job distributing the ball, dishing out 5.9 apg, which is tops in the league.
Cole Dickerson posted a double-double with a game-high 26 points to go with 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as San Diego fell to the BYU Cougars. Avry Holmes added 16 points, Kruize Pinkins finished with 14 and Mark Tollefsen had 11 points in the losing effort. Although trailing at intermission, 39-36, the Cougars shot 55 percent from the field in the second and outscored the Dons 26-12 at the free-throw line. USF allowed their miscues to hurt them, turning the ball over 16 times which BYU converted into 19 points.
The Dons perform well at the offensive end, as they rank third in the WCC in scoring (78.3 ppg) and second in field goal percentage (.481). Dickerson (14.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg) anchors the squad on the interior, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Providing depth are Pinkins (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Tollefsen (11.7 ppg) and Holmes (11.6 ppg).
This contest will see the meeting of the stout defense of USD and the potent offense of USF. Expect the offense of the home squad to dictate the pace as the Dons put away the Toreros and snap their two-game skid.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 75, San Diego 70
01/18 10:30:43 ET