Santa Clara (15-6) at San Diego (11-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) -- San Diego, California. Television: Time Warner, CSN-BAY. Home Record: SCU 10-4, USD 8-2. Away Record: SCU 5-2, USD 3-6. Neutral Record: SCU 0-0, USD 0-2. Conference Record: SCU 3-3, USD 4-2. Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 39-33.
GAME NOTES: An early Saturday afternoon matchup featuring a pair of West Coast Conference foes finds the San Diego Toreros hosting the Santa Clara Broncos at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
San Diego had been one of the teams to chase in the WCC as it got off to a perfect 4-0 start, but the tide has changed a bit for the Toreros and now they are trying to halt a two-game slide. Last weekend the team was thumped by BYU on the road by 17 points and then two nights ago USD didn't stand a chance at Saint Mary's, 81-48.
As for the Broncos, they are actually headed in the opposite direction right now, thanks to a 66-36 romp over Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday night. The win was the third in as many games for a squad that had previously lost three in a row and four of five.
Santa Clara may lead the all-time series with the Toreros by a count of 39-33, but USD closed the gap slightly with a pair of victories last season versus the Broncos.
The Broncos opened their meeting with Bakersfield earlier this week on a 17-3 run and never looked back, holding the visitors to a meager 3-of-17 shooting from the floor in the period and just 13 total points, compared to 11 turnovers through 20 minutes. Offensively the Broncos were paced by Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels who delivered 14 and 11 points, respectively, the former also clearing 10 rebounds which helped to provide SCU with a 38-18 edge on the glass. While he didn't reach double figures versus the Roadrunners, Kevin Foster is still the leading scorer overall for the Broncos, producing 19.6 ppg which happens to be one of the top efforts in the conference as well. Trasolini is responsible for 15.1 ppg and a team-best 8.2 rpg for a squad that is outscoring the competition by close to 11 ppg.
The starting five for San Diego barely made an effort against the Gaels two nights ago, combining to shoot 7-of-23 from the field, the team finishing up at a paltry 15-of-41 on the night. There wasn't a single USD player in double figures as the team posted as many turnovers as made baskets. Johnny Dee, Mike Davis and Cameron Miles all tallied eight points, the latter hitting just 1- of-5 from the floor but a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line in the disappointing effort. For the second game in a row the Toreros shot less than 37.0 percent from the field after putting together a run of seven straight games with at least 40 percent accuracy. In conference play the only double- digit scorer at the moment is Dee with his 13.3 ppg. Chris Anderson comes close with 9.8 ppg, but his value might lie more in his passing which has resulted in 25 of the unit's 61 assists.
San Diego has some quality players on the roster, but for now it appears as though the Broncos are more capable of attacking both in the paint and out on the perimeter which should give the visitors the edge on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Santa Clara 69, San Diego 62
01/26 10:45:46 ET