Santa Clara Game Preview: Broncos Travel to Notre Dame

Nov 17, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Eric Atkins (0) looks for instruct from Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey during the second half of the game at Joyce Center. Indiana State Sycamores beat Notre Dame Fighting Irish 83 to 70. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara at Notre Dame

Game time: 6:00 p.m. PST

TV: http://watchnd.tv/#!/games/1736336 or     ESPN3.com

Radio: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/santaclara.portal?mode=link#

Teams Records: SCU – 2-1 – ND – 2-1

Leading Scorers: SCU – Clark 23.0 – ND – Grant 19.3

Leading Rebounders: SCU – Brown 8.5 – ND – Connaughton 7.0

Leading Distributors: SCU – Clark 4.0 – ND – Grant 5.3

Projected Starters:

Santa Clara

Brandon Clark

Jared Brownridge

Jalen Richard

Jerry Brown

Yannick Atanga

Notre Dame

Eric Atkins

Pat Connaughton

Jerrian Grant

Garrick Sherman

Tom Knight

 

Santa Clara will travel to the Midwest to take on a high quality opponent in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Opponent

 

Notre Dame has a plethora of returners this year, including a stacked backcourt consisting of Eric Atkins, Pat Connaugton, and Jerrian Grant. In their last matchup against Indiana State, Atkins, Connaugton, and Grant played 39, 38, and 37 minutes respectively.

Notre Dame was picked to finish 5th in the ACC, which is perennially one of the best conferences in the nation. Jerrian Grant was picked as a member of the ACC’s preseason All-Conference team.

After wins against Miami Ohio and Stetson, the Fighting Irish were straight up smacked by Indiana State by a score of 83-70. In that game, Notre Dame shot 36.9% from the field, and only 26.9% from three-point range.

Keys to the Game

 

Keep up with the ND Backcourt

 

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Both team’s strengths are their backcourts, and each will be utilized heavily throughout this matchup. If leading scorer Brandon Clark and impact freshman Jared Brownridge have one of the best games of their careers, the Broncos have a legitimate shot of beating the Irish.

Browntown

 

Senior forward and Fresno State transfer Jerry Brown has been solid for Santa Clara thus far in the season. However, it is time for him to break out. Expect Brown to get a shot at the starting lineup, and see a big role in this contest.

Topics: Basketball, College Basketball, Santa Clara, Santa Clara Broncos, WCC, West Coast Conference

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