Santa Clara Broncos (10-10, 3-4) vs. BYU Cougars (12-7, 4-2)
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Location: Leavey Center, Santa Clara, CA
Time: 7:00 PM PST
TV: CSN California, ROOT Sports NW/RM, TWC SN
Last Season: BYU won both matchups. They beat the Broncos 82-64 in Santa Clara and 96-79 in Provo.
Evan Roquemore, 11.6 PPG, 3.5 APG
Brandon Clark, 17.6 PPG, 3.6 APG
Jared Brownridge, 16.0 PPG
John McArthur, 3.9 PPG
Yannick Atanga, 3.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG
Kyle Collinsworth, 13.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 5.3 APG
Skyler Halford, 8.9 PPG
Tyler Haws, 22.6 PPG
Eric Mika, 13.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Nate Austin, 3.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG
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KEYS TO THE GAME
Get Evan Roquemore going: The senior guard still seems to be bothered by early-season injuries, and his point and assist totals are down from last season. As well as Clark and Brownridge have played, Roquemore has the most experience on Santa Clara and he is the one who can win the games if playing well.
Carlino’s second half shooting: The past two games, Matt Carlino has shot the lights out in the first half only to go cold again in the second half. If he can put two good halves of basketball together, BYU will be that much more difficult to guard for opposing teams.
Jared Brownridge vs. Tyler Haws: Haws has a 3 inch size advantage, while Brownridge is peaking just at the right time of the season. This matchup is more about how both players perform offensively, since neither is a defensive specialist. These two players can really ignite scoring runs for their teams and it will be interesting to see who can perform better.
Santa Clara is at home but BYU is just playing far too well right now for the Broncos to pose a serious challenge to them. I predict a 87-75 victory for BYU behind strong play from Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth.