BYU (11-4) at San Francisco (7-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gym (5,300) -- San Francisco, California.
Television: BYUtv. Home Record: BYU 8-0, San Francisco 6-1. Away Record:
BYU 1-2, San Francisco 1-3. Neutral Record: BYU 2-2, San Francisco 0-3.
Conference Record: BYU 1-0, San Francisco 0-1. Series Record: BYU leads, 7-5.
GAMES NOTES: Looking to extend a three-game winning streak the BYU Cougars
will travel to War Memorial Gymnasium to battle the San Francisco Dons in a
West Coast Conference matchup on Saturday night.
Not only has BYU won three straight games, but the Cougars have dominated. The
Cougars have won each game by at least 26 points including a 92-51 rout of
Loyola Marymount on Thursday.The Cougars' last loss came on the road, a 79-64
setback against Baylor, where they are just 1-2 this season. Up next the
Cougars return home to face Pepperdine.
In its WCC opener on Wednesday night the Dons came up short in a 74-69 loss to
Santa Clara. The setback ended a brief two-game winning streak for the Dons
who are now 7-7 overall this season. San Francisco has found the bulk of its
success at home where the Dons are 6-1 on the campaign. San Francisco will
remain at home in its next contest against San Diego.
BYU has won three straight against San Francisco, including a season sweep
last year. The Cougars lead the all-time series 7-5.
In its win over Loyola Marymount, BYU was simply dominant. The Cougars shot an
even 50 percent from the field, including a 10-of-23 showing from 3-point
range, while holding a 55-28 edge in rebounds. Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws
each had big games scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively.
In a conference filled with teams that can light it up, BYU has been one of
the best. The Cougars are scoring 79.0 points per game, which ranks third in
the WCC and 26th nationally. Ball movement is a big key for the Cougars who
are 16th nationally and tops in the conference in assists (17.1 ppg). The
Cougars also clean the rate at an impressive rate (41.5 pg) good enough for
15th in the country. On the defensive side of things the Cougars let up 67.8
points per game on just 40.6 percent shooting. Haws (20.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) has
been piling up the points this season, as has inside force Brandon Davies
(19.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg), who has done so by shooting better than 57 percent from
the field. Carlino (8.1 ppg, 4.0 apg) has been a more subdued scorer, but can
obviously fill it up when called upon.
Despite shooting a solid 47.3 percent from the floor, including a 9-of-22
showing from beyond the arc, San Francisco couldn't make enough plays down the
stretch against Santa Clara. A big reason was points off turnovers, which
favored the Broncos by a 15-8 margin.
The Dons have been the only team in the conference that has managed to rebound
better than BYU (41.6 pg). San Francisco does not compare as favorably
offensively though as the Dons are scoring 69.9 points per game on 45.5
percent shooting, which while solid marks, pale in comparison to the
production of the Cougars. Defensively San Francisco is letting up 67.1 points
per game on 43 percent shooting. A trio of scorers are averaging in double
figures, led by Cole Dickerson (15.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg). However, Dickerson's real
dominance has come on the glass as he is the fourth most productive rebounder
in the country. Cody Doolin (12.2 ppg, 6.3 apg) is also scoring in double
figures and is second in the conference in assists.
This game should feature an intriguing battle underneath between Davies and
Dickerson. Davies will likely have the upper hand as will the Cougars who are
playing at an extremely high level of late.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 84, San Francisco 70
01/05 10:31:09 ET