Time to wrap up the second week of play.
BYU and Santa Clara is the game of the day and it means everything for the Broncos. San Francisco hasn’t beaten Saint Mary’s since George W. Bush’s first term.
Can Pepperdine get back into the win column? Has San Diego found their rhythm?
Here’s a look at Saturday’s games:
BYU (13-4, 3-0 WCC) at Santa Clara (12-5, 1-2), CSNCA, TWC SN, 1:30 p.m.
The Broncos’ loss to LMU is crushing. The same team that challenged Gonzaga and Duke lost to a team with a RPI in the 200s. Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini combined to score 18 points on Thursday. They have to be better. BYU is coming in after a tough game against Pepperdine. They took away Jordan Baker in the second half after he dropped 20 in the first. BYU could do the same to Foster. Matt Carlino continued his strong start to conference play and scored 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting.
Predicted winner: BYU
Portland (7-10, 0-2) at Loyola Marymount (8-8, 1-2), WCC Digital, 7 p.m.
The Lions came through against Santa Clara as the Broncos died by the three. LMU held Foster to 11 points on 4-for-18 shooting. Same guy who scored 29 against Duke and Gonzaga. It always helps when Anthony Ireland is able to do what he can do. The junior guard scored 29 points after scoring 27 total points in his first two conference games. Again, as Ireland goes so does LMU. Portland is the third best field goal defense team in the league, behind Pepperdine and Gonzaga, and the third best three-point defense. This could be Portland’s saving grace and if they can slow down Ireland they could pull this out on the road.
Predicted winner: Loyola Marymount
San Diego (9-8, 2-0) at Pepperdine (9-7, 1-2), WCC Digital, 7 p.m.
San Diego survived in San Francisco to snap a losing streak to the Dons. Cameron Miles has been big for the Toreros off the bench in recent games and is averaging 10 points per game in his last three. This is on top of getting the norm from Johnny Dee and Chris Anderson. They went 11-for-22 from three against USF and that will be Pepperdine’s challenge. The Waves are the best team in the conference in opponents field goal percentage and held BYU to 28 percent shooting for a half. They held Gonzaga to a season-low 43 percent from the field.
Predicted winner: Pepperdine
San Francisco (7-9, 0-3) at Saint Mary’s (12-4, 1-1), CSNCA, ESPN Australia, 8 p.m.
Saint Mary’s proved something in Gonzaga on Thursday. They proved that when healthy they can play with Gonzaga and have a chance to win. The Gaels have improved some of their early season deficiencies such as rebounding. Saint Mary’s outrebounded Gonzaga by 12. They have also gotten offensive support from players not named Matthew Dellavedova and Stephen Holt. Beau Levesque has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games. San Francisco is still searching for its first conference win and has not beaten Saint Mary’s under Rex Walters. But they should keep this game close. The Dons have last eight of their last 10 games and in seven of those losses lost by 10 or fewer points.
Predicted winner: Saint Mary’s
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