The University of San Francisco Dons invade LMU’s Gersten Pavilion looking to secure a better seed in the WCC tournament next month in Las Vegas. However, despite LMU’s (8 – 18, 1 – 12 WCC) spotty record, no road game can be taken for granted–especially given the Dons (11 – 15, 4 – 9 WCC) have lost two consecutive games at home, the last one to Gonzaga 71 – 61 last Saturday. The Lions have lost 10 consecutive conference games themselves, the last to St. Mary’s 61 – 50 in Los Angeles, CA last Saturday.
The Dons are led in scoring by Cole Dickerson (14.6 points per game), Cody Doolin (12.4 ppg), and De’End Parker (12.3 ppg). Dickerson (9.6 rebounds per game) and Tim Derksen (3.9 rpg) lead the Dons in rebounding, while Doolin dishes out 5.8 assists per game to lead the Dons in that category.
USF shoots 45.1 percent from the field, 40.2 percent behind the 3-point line, and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
The Lions are led by the prolific Anthony Ireland (20.4 ppg), followed by Ashley Hamilton (13.1 ppg), and Ayodeji Egbeyemi (10.6 ppg). Hamilton (6.6 rpg) andEgbeyemi (6.0 rpg) lead the Lions in rebounding, while Chase Flint (3.8 apg) and Ireland (3.7 apg) share the playmaking duties.
LMU shoots 40.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent behind the 3-point line, and 71.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Dons enjoy a size advantage, but the Lions backcourt is quick and is not shy in shooting perimeter jumpers. Therefore, the USF defensive rotations have to be solid and communication on assignments will need to be assertive when guarding the pick-and-roll with the ball in Ireland’s possession.
On offense, the Dons will once again rely on Doolin’s dribble penetration to create scoring opportunities for post players, as well as open perimeter jumpers for Parker, Avry Holmes, and Chris Adams.
Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time.