The Santa Clara Broncos will host the Sacramento State Hornets in non-conference play Saturday evening from the Leavey Center. The Hornets were dealt a 62-59 road loss to Cal State Fullerton in their previous game, and the Broncos posted a dominating 71-52 home win against California in their latest action. These teams last met in 2008.
Sacramento State Eyes Third Straight Win
The Sacramento State Hornets have won six of their seven games on the season led by stifling defensive play. Their lone loss took place on the road against a ranked Colorado squad and they have countered that defeat with two straight wins. The Hornets were 1.5 point favorites in a 62-59 road win at Cal State Fullerton in their latest action.
Joshua Patton has seen his playing time dip recently and as a result, he has scored seven or fewer points in three straight games. The senior center leads the team with 13 PPG on a dazzling 61% clip from the field.
Ethan Esposito posted a season-best 16 points in the win over Cal State Fullerton. The junior forward has shot below 43% in each of his last three games and is averaging 10.9 PPG and 6.7 RPG. Bryce Fowler has scored a combined 22 points in his last three games. The junior guard is contributing in all areas and he owns an average of 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
60 seconds of video highlights from tonight's 72-36 win over UC Merced. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/CDvoDZIqcq— Sacramento State Men's Basketball (@SacHornetsMBB) December 4, 2019
The Hornets are positioned 202nd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they stand at 2-1 on the road. Sacramento State is not a high scoring team, averaging only 65 points on the season, pegging them down at 303rd in the country. They are limiting opponents to only 50.4 points, good for third in all of DI.
Santa Clara Defeats California
The Santa Clara Broncos have been sharp in both ends of the court in their winning ways this season. They rebounded from a loss to Nevada with a decisive 71-52 home win against California in their latest action last Saturday to cover the 4.5 point spread. Their only other defeat this season occurred on the road against Stanford. Santa Clara does not rely on one single player and spread their scoring around nicely.
Guglielmo Caruso is having an outstanding season, sporting a dazzling 70% clip from the field and he leads the team with 16 PPG. The sophomore forward out of Italy has tallied two double-doubles this season. Trey Wertz scored 10 points in the win against California. The sophomore guard is shooting a solid 45.7%, and he is posting 11 PPG. Josip Vrankic is consistently producing, shooting at least 50% in four out of his last five games. The junior forward stand fourth in team scoring with 9.4 PPG.
📹 | Recapping the current 1️⃣ 1️⃣ -game home winning streak on #ThrowbackThursday. Did you know that is tied for the 3rd-longest stretch in the history of Leavey Center/Toso Pavilion... #tbt#TeamFirst | #StampedeAhead | #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/YmtYPrn9pW— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) December 12, 2019
The Broncos are currently ranked 131st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they feature a perfect 9-0 home record. Santa Clara is averaging a terrific 78.5 points, placing them 62nd in DI. They are playing strong defense and are holding opponents to 65.6 points, placing them 125th overall.
The Sacramento State Hornets are:
- 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Santa Clara Broncos are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600.