Road Trip Ahead for Santa Clara


Before I begin, I want to apologize for my recent absence from the blog and thank those who have taken over some of the responsibilities for me lately. With that said, it is good to be back.

As we look ahead at the next couple of games for the Broncos, it is important to look back on how the season has gone so far for them. Currently at 7-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play, the season is looking eerily similar to the past seasons that they have had. Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge are once again leading the team in scoring, respectively but their averages are slightly below what they were last year. The team continues to have strength at the guard position and have added a true bright spot in the frontcourt in the addition of Matt Hubbard to the roster. As written about previously, Big Man Hubbard made the transition from Division 1-A (small school) Washington State Basketball to Mid-Major D-1 ball this year and has done so with ease. Hubbard is third on the team in scoring with 8.1 ppg and is currently leading the team with 5.3 rpg. That, simply put, is an amazing feat in and of itself.

With these highlights guiding the way for the squad, they head north to Portland, OR to face the Pilots of UP. Coming off a tough, close loss to the powerful Gonzaga Bulldogs, Portland looks to regain its stride against the South Bay’s pride and joy. Though the Pilots played well without him, it will be a tough task for them if Kevin Bailey continues to sit out. The second leading scorer on the team, Bailey is their team leader and is the compass that guides the way for the Pilots.

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SCU completes their journey northward with a stop in Spokane to face the #6 ranked team in the nation. It would be a lie to say this is an evenly matched game as the Broncos are clearly the underdogs, but it is not a lie to say that the Broncos have just as good of a chance to upset the Zags as anyone else in the conference. With superb guard play and the emergence of Hubbard, Santa Clara has the ability to run with GU. The Zags greatest strength though, is arguably their nasty front court led by Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis. In the end this duo is what will probably out due the Broncos but if Clark and Brownridge are stroking from deep, look for the chance of an upset on Jan. 10th in Spokane.