Welcome to what will become a new daily feature at Golden Gate Sports, The Docket.
The Docket will provide a daily rundown on what’s coming up today and tomorrow.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Santa Clara Broncos vs. South Florida Bulls at Las Vegas, 5 p.m.
The Broncos took one on the chin Sunday night from UNLV in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Classic and will try to salvage third place in the tournament being staged at the Orleans Arena. South Florida lost its semifinal to Mississippi State.
The 49ers play their final game at Candlestick Park tonight when they host the Falcons in prime time and can clinch their third consecutive playoff berth with a victory. On a night when the ghosts of Super Bowl titles past will be hanging heavily in the air, sending the old ballpark out with a clinching celebration seems just about right.
The Warriors got off the schneid Saturday night with a win over what’s left of the Los Angeles Lakers and will look to gain some momentum when they venture back to the Pepsi Center for the first time since eliminating Denver from the first round of last spring’s playoffs.
The Kings play the Pelicans for the first time since the franchise changed its name in the offseason. The Kings return home after a 1-3 road swing that included blowout losses at Atlanta and Miami before salvaging a win in the trip finale at Orlando Saturday night. Don’t look for this game if you have the League Pass—it’s being televised on NBA-TV.
The Sharks welcome in the Avalanche for the first of their four meetings this season. New coach Patrick Roy has Colorado playing well; the ‘Lanche are third in the Central Division with 48 points a year after finishing with the worst record in the Western Conference. Who knew Roy would be such an effective coach? I would have thought the Stanley Cup rings in his ears would make it hard to communicate with his players.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Saint Mary’s Gaels at Hawaii Warriors, 8:30 p.m.
The Gaels took their first loss of the season Sunday night to open up the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and now face the host Warriors in the consolation bracket semifinals. Hawaii lost to Boise State 62-61 in their first game. Win or lose, the Gaels will play either George Mason or Oregon State on Christmas Day to wrap up the tournament.
Buehler? … Buehler? … There’s nothing, nada, zip, squadoosh on the schedule for Tuesday.