San Francisco Dons (12-8, 5-3) vs. Santa Clara Broncos (10-11, 3-5)
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Location: War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, CA
Time: 5:00 PM PST
TV: CSNCA, ROOT NW
Last Season: Santa Clara won both matchups. They defeated the Dons 74-69 in Santa Clara and 85-54 in San Francisco
Matt Glover, 8.8 PPG, 3.5 APG
Avry Holmes, 11.8 PPG, 2.9 APG
Cole Dickerson, 14.0PPG, 7.5 RPG
Kruize Pinkins, 12.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG
Mark Tollefsen, 11.4 PPG
Evan Roquemore, 11.6 PPG, 3.6 APG
Brandon Clark, 17.7 PPG, 3.7 APG
Jared Brownridge, 16.6 PPG
John McArthur, 3.9 PPG
Yannick Atanga, 2.8 PPG
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KEYS TO THE GAME
Pound the inside: Santa Clara starts 6’2, 195 pound Jared Brownridge at the 3 spot while San Francisco starts 6’7, 227 pound Cole Dickerson. A mismatch to say the least. Cole Dickerson is a proven scorer, and whether the Broncos go man or zone, Dickerson will have a size advantage down low. He needs to use it.
After taking care of academics, Roquemore needs to come to play: Assuming Evan Roquemore will play (he is listed as a projected starter on SCU’s game preview), he needs to regain control of his team. He’s played 4 years of point guard for Santa Clara while Matt Glover/Avry Holmes have played exactly 2 months of point guard. Roquemore will be key to setting up Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge.
Avry Holmes vs. Brandon Clark: Two excellent shooting guards who dish out their fair share of assists despite not playing point guard. Clark scores more because his team needs him to score. But without Cody Doolin, the Dons are fairly reliant on Holmes as well. The better performer in this matchup will have an enormous impact on the outcome of this game.
San Francisco has too many weapons offensively while Santa Clara essentially just has three. At home, the Dons will cruise to an 81-67 victory.