Courtesy: Santa Clara University Athletics

Broncos Visit Portland in WCC Battle: Game Preview

The Santa Clara Broncos storm into Portland to take on the Pilots in a WCC battle at Chiles Center.  The Broncos (19-9, 7-6 WCC) lost to Gonzaga 85 – 42 in Spokane, WA Wednesday.  The Pilots (11-18, 4-10 WCC) defeated San Diego 70 – 67 in Portland, OR on Thursday.

The Broncos are led by Kevin Foster (17.9 points per game), Marc Trasolini (15.1 ppg), Evan Roquemore (12.1 ppg), and Raymond Cowells III (9.6 ppg).  Trasolini leads the Broncos in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game, followed by reserve Yannick Atanga (6.0 rpg).  Roquemore is the leading playmaker with 5.6 assists per game, while Foster dishes out 4.4 apg.

The Broncos shoot 43.8 percent from the field, 36.1 percent behind the 3-point line, and 71.9 percent from the free throw line.

The Pilots are led by Ryan Nicholas (13.1 ppg), Kevin Bailey (11.4 ppg), and Thomas van de Mars (7.9 ppg).  Nicholas and van de Mars lead the Pilots in rebounding with 8.8 rpg and 5.6 rpg, respectively.  Derrick Rodgers leads the Pilots with 3.3 apg.

The Pilots shoot 41.6 percent from the field, 31.2 percent behind the 3-point line, and 67.7 percent from the free throw line.

The Broncos like to push the tempo and will look to run after each missed shot.  They aren’t gun-shy from the perimeter, but will need to be more selective from distance.  Foster and Roquemore are prolific scorers, but their field goal percentages could be improved.  Trasolini and Atanga control the glass, while Cowells and Roquemore crash the boards from the perimeter.

The Pilots have height underneath with the 6’11″ van de Mars and 6’10″ Riley Barker, but Nicholas will be the key to the Pilots’ fortunes.  He will need to score another double-double for the Pilots to pull the upset.

Tip off is 2 pm Pacific time.

Tags: Broncos College Basketball Derrick Rodgers Evan Roquemore Kevin Bailey Kevin Foster Marc Trasolini NCAA Pilots Portland Raymond Cowells III Riley Barker Ryan Nicholas Santa Clara Thomas Van De Mars WCC Yannick Atanga

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