It’s a matchup of West Coast Conference teams on the parquet floor between a pair of programs from the Golden State. The Santa Clara Broncos are on the road as they make the trip to face the Pacific Tigers Thursday afternoon. Santa Clara edged Saint Mary’s 66-64 on the road in their previous contest on Saturday. Pacific hasn’t been in action for more than three weeks as their last contest was a 92-64 road victory over Westmont on December 20. The Broncos own a 62-32 advantage in the all-time series between the teams, though the Tigers claimed the most recent meeting 87-74 at home on February 22, 2020.
Santa Clara Broncos Seeking Second Straight WinSanta Clara started the year 6-0, lost two straight contests and then got back in the win column by taking down Saint Mary’s in their conference opener. That ran the Broncos’ record to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play after picking up the triumph. Santa Clara was involved in a tight, back-and-forth game the whole way with Saint Mary’s as neither side led by more than seven in the game. The Broncos were up seven in the first half but saw their edge trimmed to one at intermission. In the second half, Santa Clara was down four midway through the second half and trailed by two in the final minute before Keshawn Justice hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 17.4 seconds to play. The Broncos shot 46.9 percent from the field, including six of 12 from three-point range, and held the Gaels to 39 percent shooting. Justice led Santa Clara with 23 points in the victory.
🔑 IN THE 🅲🅻🆄🆃🅲🅷@tiggo3justice hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left and followed up with a block on the defensive end to seal Saturday's victory at Saint Mary's!#TeamFirst #StampedeAhead #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/hZL6exaWM6— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) January 10, 2021
The Broncos put up an average of 67.1 points per game on the season, putting them 276th in the nation in scoring offense. Santa Clara collects 40.9 rebounds per contest while dishing out 12.4 assists a night on the year. The Broncos are slightly below average on the defensive end, ranking 36th in the nation by allowing 63.3 points per contest this season. Josip Vrankic leads the team with 15.6 points plus 8.3 rebounds per contest on the season. Keshawn Justice (10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds) is the only other player scoring in double figures this season for the Broncos. Christian Carlyle, Jalen Williams, Jalen Bediako, Guglielmo Caruso, Miguel Tomley, Giordan Williams and DJ Mitchell are critical pieces of Herb Sendek’s rotation. Santa Clara is hitting 41.5 percent of their shots from the field on the year. The Broncos are drilling 4.6 threes a night but the team has connected on just 25.8 percent of their long range attempts. Santa Clara has been struggling at the free throw line as they stand at 64.9 percent shooting at the charity stripe so far this year.
Pacific Tigers Ready to Return to ActionPacific hasn’t played since December 20 as they’ve had five games canceled and four others postponed due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. The Tigers are 3-1 on the season overall and open up conference play in this contest. Pacific had little trouble taking down Westmont in their previous game. The Tigers were up 13 at the half and built on their advantage from there to earn the victory. Pacific shot 47.8 percent from the field, including six of 18 from three-point range, and dominated the glass by a 57-29 margin to control the contest. Broc Finsteun led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Missing the action... especially moments like this!— Pacific Men's Basketball (@PacificMensBB) January 5, 2021
One year ago today, @GaryChivichyan 's shot helped the Tigers take down Saint Mary's in 4OT for Pacific's first win over the Gaels in Stockton since 1997 🤫#UpRoar #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/74Ft8NihfH
The Tigers put up an average of 72.5 points per game on the season coming into this one, putting them 179th in scoring offense. Pacific grabs 41.3 boards a night while dishing out 13.5 assists per contest. The Tigers are excellent so far this season defensively as they rank 85th in scoring defense by allowing 66 points a night. Jeremiah Bailey leads the team with 14.8 points plus 8.5 rebounds per contest on the year. Daniss Jenkins (14.3 points) and Broc Finsteun (12.5 points, eight rebounds) each average in double figures on the year. Jordan Bell, Jalen Brown, Justin Moore, Pierre Crockrell II, Nigel Shadd, Jahbril Price-Noel, Jonathan Salazar and Jervay Green are all part of a deep Pacific rotation this season. Pacific shoots 39.6 percent from the field as a team this season. The Tigers are draining 5.3 triples a night while hitting 28 percent from beyond the arc. Pacific is sputtering at the charity stripe, cashing in only 65.6 percent of their attempts this season.
The top trends for this contest are:
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- Tigers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Tigers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall