Jan 18, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Dons forward Kruize Pinkins (15) and Avry Holmes (12) celebrate at the buzzer after defeating the San Diego Toreros 64-62. at War Memorial Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

WCC Game Preview: San Francisco vs. Pacific

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San Francisco Dons (17-10, 10-5) vs. Pacific Tigers (14-12, 5-10)

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Location: War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, CA

Time: 3:00 PM PST

TV: CSN California, TWC SportsNet

Video: theW.tv

LiveStats: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/usf.portal#

This Season: San Francisco won the first matchup 81-72 in overtime at the Spanos Center.

PROJECTED STARTERS 

San Francisco

Matt Glover, 8.2 PPG, 3.3 APG

Avry Holmes, 11.7 PPG, 2.9 APG

Cole Dickerson, 14.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG

Kruize Pinkins, 12.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG

Mark Tollefsen, 11.6 PPG

Pacific

Andrew Bock, 12.0 PPG, 2.9 APG

Sama Taku, 11.2 PPG

Trevin Harris, 6.9 PPG

Khalil Kelley, 6.3 PPG

Tony Gill, 11.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG

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Keys to the Game

San Francisco

Run and Gun: The Dons have just too much scoring and athleticism at every position for the Tigers to be able to handle.  A faster paced game with more possessions should favor the San Francisco Dons, especially if they are able to get contributions from Tim Derksen and Chris Adams off the bench.

 

Pacific

T.J. Wallace: As many freshman are, Wallace has been a unpredictable hit/miss player this season.  After 8/12 (6/8 threes) shooting and 22 points against LMU, Wallace has shot just 4/18 (0/7  threes) from the field since.  He is an X-factor off the bench who can help give the Tigers scoring production to match the high-octane offense of San Francisco.

 

Key Matchup

Tony Gill vs. Kruize Pinkins, both are highly efficient scorers around the basket and good rebounders at their position as well.  I don’t know whether these two will be guarding each other, but they are both capable players who can lead their team to victory with a big game.

 

Prediction

San Francisco, unlike BYU, is not in NCAA Tournament contention despite the good conference record because they struggled in the non-conference immediately after losing the now UNLV Rebel Cody Doolin.  At home, the Dons should get the job done.  USF 73, Pacific 66.

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