It has been very clear where Santa Clara has stood in the West Coast Conference.
The Broncos (19-8, 7-5 WCC) sit in fourth place in the conference and are 7-1 against teams below them in the standings. The quick math tells us they are also 0-4 against teams ahead of them.
This includes a loss to now-No. 3 Gonzaga (25-2, 12-0).
Although the loss to Gonzaga at the Leavey Center in early January was the closest of Santa Clara’s games against the WCC’s top tier. It was a seven-point loss and the Broncos were in it until the end.
What doomed them was the play of Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk. The junior scored a career-high 33 points that night and was able to get whatever he wanted that night.
Part of the problem for Santa Clara was foul trouble. Yannick Atanga and Robert Garrett each fouled out attempting to guard Olynyk.
Santa Clara will need to limit their fouls and limit Olynyk, if they can.
The Broncos have won two straight games and put themselves in good position to claim a bye in the WCC Championships in three weeks.
Brandon Clark has given the Broncos a boost off the bench and has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
Kevin Foster also came up big in the last matchup and scored 29 points.
Santa Clara has lost four straight to Gonzaga, dating back to 2011, and has not won at the McCarthy Center since Feb. 12, 2007.