San Francisco (5-6) vs. East Tennessee State (2-9)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 25, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: USF 4-1, ETSU 1-2. Away Record: USF 1-2,
ETSU 1-6. Neutral Record: USF 0-3, ETSU 0-1. Conference Record: USF 0-0, ETSU
0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams from opposite sides of the country find
themselves matched up in Honolulu, Hawaii on Christmas Day, as the San
Francisco Dons battle the East Tennessee State Buccaneers during the
championship round of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Dons started the season well enough with a five-game win streak following
an opening loss to Stanford (74-62), but since then the team has dropped five
in a row. USF began this tournament with an awkward 80-58 setback against
18th-ranked San Diego State on Saturday, and followed that up with an 85-78
loss to Ole Miss a day later.
As for the Buccaneers, they have a total of two wins in 11 tries so far this
season, and only one of those came against a Division I opponent (Charleston
Southern, 59-57). The team last tasted victory on Nov. 29 when it routed
Milligan, 94-46, and since then it has been nothing but disappointment.
The squad began this event with a 73-53 setback versus fourth-ranked Arizona
on Saturday, and followed that with another lopsided defeat on Sunday against
host Hawaii, 84-61, which means the Bucs have now dropped six in a row.
In terms of a series record between these two schools, this game is the first
Shooting an impressive 60.7 percent from the floor in the first half against
Ole Miss on Sunday, the Dons actually held a lead at the break, before falling
behind and into the loss column 20 minutes later. Cody Doolin delivered 20
points, eight assists and seven rebounds as he filled up his stat line,
followed by De'End Parker and Cole Dickerson with 17 and 14 points,
respectively, as the duo also combined for 11 rebounds. Parker continues to
lead the program in scoring through 11 games with his 15.1 ppg, stemming from
an impressive 53.1 percent shooting effort behind the 3-point line, and not so
much his mere 59.6 percent accuracy at the charity stripe. Dickerson, who is
also shooting less than 60 percent at the line, is averaging a double-double
with 13.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, while Doolin accounts for another
12.4 ppg and is also one of the nation's leaders in assists (73).
East Tennessee State fell behind the Rainbow Warriors immediately on Sunday
and never recovered, trailing at one point by 31 points late in the second
half. The Buccaneers made a total of eight field goals in the first half and
shot 34.3 percent from the floor for the game, hitting on just 6-of-23
attempts out on the perimeter. Jarvis Jones and Rashawn Rembert both tallied
14 points and Lester Wilson had 11, while Hunter Harris managed eight points
and eight rebounds as he dealt with foul trouble. Wilson, who is shooting
almost as well from behind the 3-point line (.385) as he is from the floor
overall (.399), has knocked down 35 of his 65 field goals over 11 games from
long range, leading to his team-best 16.5 ppg. Jones checks in with another
14.8 ppg, although he has appeared in just four games and is shooting a dismal
32.9 percent from the field and 3-of-26 (.115) on the outside. As a team, ETSU
is connecting on only 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 36.6 percent from
the field overall, leading to a paltry scoring average of 57.7 ppg.
The fact that the Dons showed so much fight during their loss to Ole Miss is
reason enough to believe that they have enough left in the tank in order to
take care of the Bucs on Tuesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 74, East Tennessee State 60
12/25 10:45:20 ET