San Diego (13-13) at Santa Clara (17-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 14, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leavey Center (4,700) -- Santa Clara, California. Television: WCC Digital. Home Record: USD 9-5, Santa Clara 11-5. Away Record: USD 4-6, Santa Clara 6-3. Neutral Record: USD 0-2, Santa Clara 0-0. Conference Record: USD 6-5, Santa Clara 5-5. Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 40-33.
GAMES NOTES: In a Thursday night matchup at the Leavey Center the San Diego Toreros will battle the Santa Clara Broncos in West Coast Conference action.
Last Saturday San Diego was dismissed by Saint Mary's, 74-64, ending a brief two-game winning streak for the Toreros who have lost five of their last seven contests overall. San Diego is an even 13-13 overall on the season while also fighting to about even in conference play (6-5). This contest begins a three- game road trip for San Diego which continues against Portland next Thursday.
Santa Clara was also defeated by Saint Mary's, 84-63, last time out though that tilt came last Thursday. The Broncos have lost back-to-back games now after a five-game winning streak to close out the month of January. The Broncos are right in the middle of the WCC standings at 5-5, while sporting a more impressive 17-8 ledger overall. Santa Clara will host Pepperdine when it hits the floor next.
San Diego was one of Santa Clara's victims during its most recent winning streak as the Broncos earned a 64-50 win on the road. With the victory the Broncos increased their all-time series lead to 40-33.
Though they had more than twice as many points from the free-throw line (13-6) it was a different story from the perimeter for the Toreros against Saint Mary's. San Diego endured 12 3-pointers from the Gaels while knocking in seven itself, while shooting 39.3 percent from the field overall.
Johnny Dee (15.0 ppg) reached into double figures yet again in the contest by netting a team-high 19 points. The 6-foot guard shoots better than 45 percent from the field as a whole and an even 40 percent from beyond the arc. Dee is averaging 18.5 points per game over the last four contests when he has knocked in at least three triples three times. No other player on the roster is scoring in double figures, although Ken Rancifer (9.7 ppg) and Christopher Anderson (9.4 ppg) certainly have the ability to do so. As a team San Diego is seventh in the conference in scoring (65.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.437).
Santa Clara was also torched from beyond the arc in its loss to Saint Mary's. The Broncos allowed the Gaels to drop in 12 shots from 3-point range while managing to hit just 3-of-14 themselves. The Gaels also shot 55.6 percent overall and held a massive 37-19 edge in rebounds.
Four different players are scoring in double figures for Santa Clara, led by Kevin Foster (18.6 ppg, 4.6 apg), who has also found time to rank as the league leader in steals (2.5 pg) and among the top five players in assists. Only one other player in the conference in handing out more assists than Evan Roquemore (12.9 ppg, 5.8 apg). Marc Trasolini (15.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg) is a double- double threat in the paint and the only player in the conference to be averaging at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game. Trasolini is also second in the conference in blocks (1.8 pg), while Raymond Cowels III (10.0 ppg) rounds out the double-figure scoring threats.
With the multitude of scoring options that Santa Clara possesses it will easily be able to run past the less explosive Toreros.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Santa Clara 72, San Diego 64
02/14 10:31:28 ET