LMU Lions (11-17, 3-13) vs. Santa Clara Broncos (12-17, 5-11)
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:00 PM PST
TV: TWC SN, CSN BA, ROOT Sports NW & RM
This Season: Santa Clara won the first matchup 86-81 in overtime at the Leavey Center.
Anthony Ireland, 18.8 PPG 5.4 APG
Evan Payne, 15.1 PPG
Nick Stover, 4.1 PPG
Alex Osborne, 6.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Gabe Levin, 11.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG
Jalen Richard, 4.1 PPG
Brandon Clark, 17.0 PPG, 3.5 APG
Jared Brownridge, 16.3 PPG
John McArthur, 4.2 PPG
Yannick Atanga, 2.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG
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Keys to the Game
Get Ireland and Payne shots: Anthony Ireland is playing his best basketball of the season as of late, and although LMU has not been winning, more defensive attention on Ireland could lead to more open shots for Evan Payne and the other role players for the Lions.
Utilize the bench: Santa Clara has a lot coming off the bench. The school’s all-time assists leader and 1500+ point scorer in Evan Roquemore, a two-year starter at Fresno State in Jerry Brown, and a guy who 13.5 points per game over the final 11 games of the 2011-12 season in Denzel Johnson. This is where the Broncos have the advantage over LMU: depth. They need to make good use of it.
Ireland/Payne vs. Clark/Brownridge: These pairs of guards do a bulk of the scoring for their teams. All are high volume shooters who can heat up in a hurry. Whichever team’s backcourt can perform better will likely get the victory in this game.
At this point, both teams are starting to build towards next season. Young budding stars such as Jared Brownridge and Evan Payne will use this game to get better for next season. LMU is at home, and the Lions will prevail. LMU 69, Santa Clara 60.