Dec 10, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Pacific Tigers forward Ross Rivera (20) defends against the San Francisco Dons during the second half at War Memorial Gym. San Francisco defeated Pacific 79-69. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Pacific Game Preview: Tigers vs. Western Illinois

Pacific vs. Western Illinois

Gametime: 2:00 p.m. PST



Team Records: Pac – 2-0 – WIU ­– 0-2

Leading Scorers: Pac – Rivera 17.5 – WIU – Covington 13.5

Leading Rebounders: Pac – Taku 6.0 – WIU – Link 7.5

Leading Distributors: Pac – Bock 3.0 – WIU – Link and Sandifer 3.0

Projected Starters: Pac – Bock, Taku, Harris, Gill, Kelley – WIU – Covington, Link, Stensgaard, Roberts-Burnett, Sandifer


Pacific has played two very close games to start  the season, which the Tigers narrowly won. Although the Cardiac Cats have been exciting to watch thus far, Pacific is hoping that this game will not be nearly as close.


The Opponent


The Leathernecks are led primarily by Garret Covington and Adam Link. Covington is Western Illinois leading scorer with 13.5 points per game, but takes a lot of shots and doesn’t have the best field goal percentage (.348). Adam Link was a preseason second-team All-Summit league selection this year, but hasn’t quite had the impact on the offensive end this season. Link is still the teams leading rebounder with 7.5 RPG.

Western Illinois was picked to finish 4th in the Summit league this season.


Keys to the Game


Control the Boards


The Leathernecks do not have a ton of size, and this is something the Tigers can take advantage of this afternoon. Expect Tony Gill, Ross Rivera, and Khalil Kelley to have a field day on the boards.


Defend the Three


Western Illinois has shot poorly from three this season so far (6 of 30). What’s the best way to get out of a slump? Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more.

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