Jan 5, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Santa Clara Broncos guard Evan Roquemore (0) drives in ahead of Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) during the first half at Leavey Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara Takes on BYU in Big WCC Showdown: Game Preview


Santa Clara is entering its toughest stretch of the conference schedule and it will be a telling sign of where the Broncos stand in the WCC.

The next five games are against BYU, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Pepperdine, and Gonzaga, beginning with BYU on this afternoon.

It was not a pretty sight the last time the two teams ran into each other. BYU (17-6, 7-2 WCC) used an 18-0 run in the second half to run away from the Broncos and seal that game. It also was part of a three-game skid for Santa Clara.

Santa Clara (17-6, 5-3) has not lost since that game and is riding a five-game winning streak.

In that streak, they have gotten solid contributions from everywhere on the roster but the most consistent has been Marc Trasolini. The senior forward has averaged 16.8 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in those five games.

But Santa Clara needs to avoid the dreaded scoring drought, which has plagued them throughout the season. The Broncos went long periods without scoring against Portland on Thursday and went more than seven minutes without a point against BYU back on Jan. 12 and if they have any hope of beating the Cougars, they cannot let that happen.

Evan Roquemore may have had his worst game of the year against BYU when he went 1-for-10 from the field. Look for a much better outing on Saturday.

While much of the attention at BYU has gone to Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies, it is Matt Carlino who has been the most consistent since conference play began. He is averaging 15.9 points (5th best in the WCC), 5.1 assists (3rd) and a league-leading 3.1 steals per

contest.

It has been a stark contrast from his preseason where he bounced in and out of the starting lineup.

BYU is 11-1 at home this season and the only loss was to Saint Mary’s on a Matthew Dellavedova buzzer-beating three.

The game begins at 6 p.m. and can be seen online at BYUtv.org.

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