Santa Clara Broncos at Pacific Tigers
Santa Clara has won two straight to improve to 7-8 in the West Coast Conference, while Pacific is 9-6 after winning four of five games. These teams met on Feb. 1 with the Tigers winning on the road, 63-45.
Broncos lack of depth doesn’t bother them against Portland
Santa Clara played three players 40 minutes in Thursday’s 81-72 win over Portland on the road. They are missing three players in their rotation, led by guard Matt Hauser (9.8ppg, 3.5apg), who has not played since Jan. 25, when he suffered a foot injury. Hauser is listed as questionable along with Matt Turner for this game. But without Houser and Turner, the Broncos managed to shoot 52.7 percent from the floor and 8-of-20 from 3-point range. Emmanuel Ndumanya led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Josip Vrankic added 19 points and four assists on 7-of-12 shooting. On the season, the Broncos are averaging just 64.4 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting (40.1% 3pt).
Gallinat, defense lead Pacific over San Diego
Robert Gallinat scored 21 points on 8-0f-10 from the line, while Jahil Tripp added 17 points and 11 rebounds with four assists to lead Pacific over San Diego, 67-55 on the road on Thursday night. The Tigers’ defense was sensational, holding the Toreros to just 38.2 percent from the floor and 7-of-27 from beyond the arc. Pacific shot 40.8 percent from the field but made up for it by making 19 of 22 from the line and 8-of-14 from beyond the arc. On the season, Pacific is averaging 70.1 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting (32.5% 3pt). They are allowing 72.1 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting (35.6% 3pt).
Santa Clara is:
- 4-1-1 ATS last 6 road games.
- Home team is 1-7 ATS last 8 in series.
This should be Pacific according to the last game. But Santa Clara found something magical in their last two games. They are also 4-0 ATS the last 4 on the road this series. This will be a much closer game than the first one.