Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Santa Clara has been impressive in some of their recent wins, closing out the nonconference with a win on the road against Valparaiso, and picking up some nice double digit wins at home against San Francisco and Portland in conference play. Santa Clara came up short in their last outing however losing to Loyola Marymount on the road by a final of 56-66. Santa Clara has been hot and cold over the past few weeks, but this group has been showing improvement now standing 8-9 overall and 2-2 in conference. Santa Clara has been consistently solid on defense ranking 42nd in the nation in points allowed and the Broncos are led by Jared Brownridge who’s averaging 17.1 points per game.
San Diego has been less than impressive on both ends of the court throughout the regular season ranking around 230th in the nation in both scoring average and total defense. San Diego snapped out of their three game losing streak the other day getting past Pepperdine on the road by a final of 76-68. In their last outing at home San Diego fell to Pacific by a final of 53-56. The Toreros are likely to finish near the basement of the WCC this season, but to avoid this San Diego needs to do a better job of defending their home court. The Toreros are led by Brett Bailey who’s averaging 17.3 points per game.
Santa Clara has shown some impressive results as of late and their win on the road against Valpo really stands out as a tremendous result for the Broncos. Santa Clara has been consistently strong defensively and if the offense is able to step up this evening, then the road team has an excellent shot at picking up the win. Side with the Broncos to come through as they go on to cover the spread.
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