banner

College Basketball

more stats

Portland (12-10) at Santa Clara (10-13)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 10 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Leavey Center (4,500) -- Santa Clara, California. Television: None. Home Record: Portland 8-6, Santa Clara 6-6. Away Record: Portland 2-4, Santa Clara 3-6. Neutral Record: Portland 2-0, Santa Clara 1-1. Conference Record: Portland 4-6, Santa Clara 3-7. Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 56-27.

GAME NOTES: The Portland Pilots and the Santa Clara Broncos will both try to halt losing streaks on Saturday night, as the West Coast Conference rivals square off at the Leavey Center.

Portland has lost back-to-back games, falling to San Diego on Jan. 25 (65-63) before dropping an 84-71 decision at San Francisco on Wednesday to dip to 4-6 in the WCC and 2-4 on the road. Despite their recent woes, Portland still sits with a solid 12-10 record on the season.

Santa Clara's slide has been much more severe, as it has dropped five straight to slip to 10-13 overall and 3-7 in conference action. The Broncos most recently lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night to Gonzaga, 54-52, and are now just 6-6 on their home floor.

The Broncos won the first matchup between the squads on Dec. 30 in Portland, 76-68, to improve their standing in the all-time series to 56-27.

The Pilots shot an impressive 49.1 percent from the field in their latest contest but could not keep pace with San Francisco, which shot 56.3 percent from the field as it handed them a convincing 13-point setback. Bryce Pressley and Alec Wintering scored 15 points apiece, with the duo combining to shoot 6- of-8 from 3-point range. Kevin Bailey and Riley Barker each chipped in 10 points to the losing effort.

Scoring points has not been an issue for Portland this season, as it pours in 78.1 ppg on 45.6 field goal shooting, while draining 6.1 3-pointers per contest at a 39.1 percent clip, but it has also has been vulnerable on the other end of the floor, allowing 73.5 ppg. Bailey is the team's leading scorer with 16.9 ppg and has been active and effective from the free-throw line (99- of-134, .739). Ryan Nicholas (12.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and Thomas Van Der Mars (12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, .583 FG percentage) have been mainstays in the frontcourt, while Pressley (8.2 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Wintering (8.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg) round out a lineup that has started every game together.

The Broncos appeared down for the count trailing by 10 with under four minutes to play in their most recent contest, but used a furious 13-2 run to take a one-point lead with 28 seconds left on a Brandon Clark jumper, only to fall victim to a last-second Gonzaga 3-pointer to lose the heartbreaker. Although it held the usually-potent Bulldogs to only 34.8 percent field goal shooting, they shot just 36 percent themselves and were outscored at the free-throw line, 17-11. Evan Roquemore led the way with 15 points on 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Clark chipped in 12 points but on just 5-of-16 from the floor (0- of-6 from beyond the arc).

Santa Clara shoots just 42.9 percent from the field this season, while allowing opponents to net 46.4 percent of its tries from the field, but the team still boasts a +1.0 scoring margin thanks largely to its success from long distance (7.5 3-pointers per game at a 37.1 percent clip) and in the turnover battle (+2.2). Clark is the top scoring option with 17.2 ppg. Jared Brownridge is right on Clark's heels with 16.7 ppg and has made 66 3-pointers at nearly a 45 percent success rate. Roquemore rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.6 ppg but oftentimes hurts more than he helps with a lackluster field-goal percentage (.360).

If there's a time for the Broncos to break out of their funk, it's at home against a fellow struggling team. It might not be pretty, but Santa Clara should feed off the energy in the building and knock off the Pilots.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Santa Clara 70, Portland 68

02/01 11:57:03 ET

Other Stories

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Toronto

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. UConn

    Tonight at 8:00 on 620am

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
NYK
8:30pm Tonight
HOU
NOP
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
12:30pm Today
RICE
STTHOMASTX
 
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
CLST
7:00pm Tonight
LIU
FIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
STET
GSOUT
 
7:00pm Tonight
QUIN
LEH
 
7:00pm Tonight
SFLA
SHU
7:00pm Tonight
RICH
SALA
7:00pm Tonight
CAN
USB
 
7:00pm Tonight
DEL
TEMPL
7:00pm Tonight
WCU
WRST
 
7:00pm Tonight
VERM
YALE
 
7:30pm Tonight
SDKST
IDST
 
7:30pm Tonight
RIDE
MRGST
 
7:30pm Tonight
LATU
NICST
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHAR
APP
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
CCAR
 
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
EUREK
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
OAKC
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
SMISS
 
8:30pm Tonight
SD
MNTST
 
9:00pm Tonight
UAB
LSU
9:05pm Tonight
EVAN
OHIO
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
10:00pm Tonight
ORST
DEP
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
NEV
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PORST
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
WALLA
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
COL
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
FLA
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
TOR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
7:30pm Tonight
MON
ANA
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
8:25pm Tonight
JAC
TEN