Santa Clara is in a very good position heading into this week of play.
They have won three straight to move into a tie for fourth place in the West Coast Conference after beating San Diego last Saturday and now face a Portland team that is sitting in a tie for eighth in the league.
The Broncos (16-6, 4-3 WCC) were able to get a win against San Diego on the road without a normal performance from Kevin Foster. The senior guard started the game 1-for-9 and finished with 12 points. Luckily, they got strong performances from Marc Trasolini and Evan Roquemore to make up the difference.
They will likely need another strong performance from Trasolini tonight.
Ryan Nicholas is quite possibly the strongest power forward in the league is a rebounding machine. He is the league leader at 9.3 per game in WCC play, just slightly ahead of Trasolini.
It will be up to the Santa Clara guards to also keep their Portland (8-14, 1-6) counterparts off balance. Portland is the league’s worst scoring team and much of that has to do with the guards.
Portland is shooting a mere 29 percent from three in conference play.
But it is not a game Santa Clara can take lightly. The Broncos head up to Provo to face BYU on Saturday and need to make sure this game is in the bag before looking ahead.
The game against Portland begins a stretch of four home games in their next five.
Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet California.