College basketball dominates The Docket today, with some West Coast Conference play opening and a couple of Bay Area teams playing tune-ups closer to home
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pacifica College at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
The Spartans (5-6) play their final non-conference game this afternoon when they host the Gladiators (3-13), an independent small college out of Anaheim. San Jose State has won three straight games after a 2-6 start, including a come-from-behind win over NAIA member Westminster last Saturday.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Furman at Cal, 3 p.m.
The Golden Bears (8-4) will be without guards Ricky Kreklow and Jabari Bird when they host the Paladins (5-6) out of the Southern Conference in their final game before opening their Pac-12 slate. Kreklow is out four to six weeks with a shoulder injury and Bird injured an ankle in their loss last weekend at Creighton.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 5 p.m.
The Broncos (7-6) won three of four games in the Las Vegas Classic, including a 66-65 thriller over South Florida in the consolation game. Now they head to the always-tough McCarthey Athletic Center to open West Coast Conference play against the No. 24-ranked Bulldogs (10-2). Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge give Santa Clara a nice 1-2 punch in the backcourt, averaging 15.8 and 14.7 points per game, respectively.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Stanford at Fresno State, 6 p.m.
Fresh off last weekend’s win over then-No. 3 Tennessee, the fourth-ranked Cardinal (10-1) head to the SaveMart Center to take on the Bulldogs (6-4) in their final game before opening conference play. Chiney Ogwumike has scored 32 points in each of Stanford’s last two games and is averaging 26.3 points and 11.5 rebounds for the season.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: USF at Portland, 7 p.m.
The Dons (7-5) head north to open their WCC slate against the Pilots (8-4). Cole Dickerson leads the club in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.5 boards per game), while Portland’s Kevin Bailey is averaging 17.1 points a game and Ryan Nicholas leads the conference at 9.7 rebounds per game.
Denver at Raiders, 1:25 p.m.
49ers at Arizona, 1:25 p.m.
Warriors at Cleveland, 3 p.m.
Kings at San Antonio, 4 p.m.
Anaheim at Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
UC Riverside at Sacramento State, 2:05 p.m.
Cal Poly at Stanford, 4 p.m.
Lafayette vs. Cal, 2 p.m.