Tipoff: 2:00PM PT at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, CA
TV/Livestream:WCC Network (free, best on a laptop/computer)
Radio: 810AM & The Varsity App
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Santa Clara (10-3 WCC #109 Kenpom) is lead by 7th year HC Herb Sendek
SCU injury report:
#2 Carlos Marshall Jr - doubtful (shoulder)
#4 Giordan Williams - Out (recovering from a torn ACL suffered in March)
G.Williams shot 4-7 from the field including 3-5 from 3 pt range in last years game between the Broncos and Golden Bears
Keys for SCU to win
Can they hit their threes? In their 3 losses, they’ve shot 40%, 32%, and 27% from 3.
Can the guards stay out of foul trouble? If the Bears get Carlos Stewart or Brandin Podziemski in foul trouble, SCU’s offense will fall off a cliff since they only play 3 guards.
Cal (0-11 #257 in Kenpom as of 12/15) is lead by 4th year HC Mark Fox
Cal injury report:
#3 Jarred Hyder - Out (lower body)
#22 ND Okafor - Probable (Covid)
#32 Jalen Celestine - Out (Knee)
#33 DeJuan Clayton - Doubtful (back)
Keys for Cal to win
Hedge screens on dribble handoffs. If Cal forces the Broncos to make decisions from the post, they will force turnovers and have a good chance at winning.
Force turnovers. In alignment with hedging screens, SCU can turn the ball over in bunches. Against UCF, they had 18 TO’s, against Iona they had 20 TO’s, against DePaul they had 19 TO’s, and against NMSU they had 17 TO’s. Disrupt their attack.
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Final score: Santa Clara 71 Cal 62. Bears are 0-12
SCU drills a 3 (might’ve been a double dribble) and Podziemski draws 2 charges and it’s about over