The USF Dons will attempt to win their first WCC game of the season tonight against the Santa Clara Broncos in War Memorial Gym. The Broncos have had nearly a treacherous path in WCC play. The Dons (7 – 10, 0 – 4 WCC) will seek to reverse the first game fortunes between the two teams when they lost at Santa Clara 74 – 69. USF lost a competitive game to the rugged St. Mary’s Gaels 78 – 72 last Saturday in Moraga, CA. The Broncos (12 – 6, 1 – 3 WCC) lost a blowout to BYU 82 – 64 Saturday in Provo, UT.
USF features Cole Dickerson who is averaging a double-double (15.2 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game). Cody Doolin averages 13.4 ppg and dishes out 6.26 assists per game. Other statistical leaders include De’End Parker (13.3 ppg, 51.2% on 3-point shots), and Tim Derksen (9.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg).
The Dons average 70.1 ppg while allowing opponents 68.6 ppg. USF shoots 46.0% from the floor, 39.8% behind the 3-point line, and 64.8% from the free throw line.
Santa Clara features the inside/outside threats of Marc Trasolini and Kevin Foster. Kevin Foster is the Broncos go-to scorer from the perimeter, averaging 19.3 ppg, with Trasolini scoring 15.5 ppg from the post. Evan Roquemore is averaging 13.5 ppg, and also dishes out 6.39 apg. Foster contributes 4.50 apg when he is not scoring points. Trasolini leads SCU with 8.0 rpg, followed by Yannick Atanga (5.4 rpg) and Raymond Cowels III (4.4 rpg). Cowels also posts 9.4 ppg.
The Broncos average 77.4 ppg, and allow opponents 68.7 ppg. SCU shoots 43.9% from the field, 36.0% behind the 3-point arc, and 72.2% from the charity stripe.
Penetration by point guards Doolin of USF and Roquemore of SCU will be the keys to victory, as well as opposing defenses against dribble penetration. Doolin is equally adept at finishing in the post or passing to an open teammate. Roquemore can also drive and dish, as well as scoring in the post. Both can also shoot the perimeter jumper, although Santa Clara may have the upper hand from the wing position as Foster is the most prolific 3-point shooter in WCC history, having broken the record for career 3-pointers (366) against BYU. De’End Parker, USF’s sharpshooter is playing through a wrist injury that is starting to heal.
Tip off is 8 pm Pacific time.
Topics: Cody Doolin, Cole Dickerson, College Basketball, De'End Parker, Evan Roquemore, Kevin Foster, Marc Trasolini, NCAA, Raymond Cowels III, Santa Clara Broncos, SCU Broncos, Tim Derksen, University Of San Francisco Dons, USF Dons, Yannick Atanga