SMC returns home tonight at 8:00pm to battle cross town rival USF. The Gaels are coming off a tough road loss 83-78 at Gonzaga and are looking for a key conference victory tonight. The Gaels stand at (12-4, 1-1 WCC)
USF comes to SMC off a home 70-66 loss against USD. The Dons are currently (7-9, 0-3 WCC) and are hoping for their first conference victory.
The Gaels are looking to open strong. Two of their last three games have been dismal first half performances. Against the Bulldogs last Thursday night the Gaels shot 31% from the floor compared to the Bulldogs 57%. Key to this will be senior guard Matthew Dellavedova who went just 2-8 in the first half of Thursday’s game. In the past two games Dellavedova has shot 5-28 total. The Gaels are also looking for another strong performance from Junior Steven Holt. Holt had 23 points against the Bulldogs and needs another strong performance tonight.
The Dons are lead by Cole Dickerson who’s been averaging 15.6 points per game and 41.7% from three point land. Also to watch is guard Cody Doolin who’s been averaging 13.3 points per game. USF has an impressive 7-3 record in runaway games (those of 10 points or more) However, they are 0-5 in close games. The Dons will have to break out early against the Gaels to overcome their 13 point underdog status.
Keep an eye on freshman guard . He has been a tough defender and has been given the task of guarding the opposing teams’ toughest scorers.
Tipoff is tonight at 8:00pm.