Santa Clara (10-8, 1-1 WCC) travels to Moraga on Sat., Jan. 15 to take on rival Saint Mary's (15-2, 3-0 WCC) in a sold-out McKeon Pavilion (3,500) at 8 pm. The Saint Mary's game will be shown on Comcast TV in the Bay Area and will called by Jim Kozimor and Dan Belloumini.
Both teams are coming off Thursday night WCC victories where they came from behind in the first half to win. Santa Clara won 61-52 at San Diego and Saint Mary's came from behind to defeat USF 71-57 in Moraga.
Santa Clara leads the all-time series 131-76. It will be the 208th meeting. The 208 meetings are the most the Broncos have faced a team in 104 years of basketball. USF follows closely behind with 206 games vs. Santa Clara and SCU boasts a 109-97 career record vs. USF.
Saint Mary's won its first meeting with the Broncos, 21-18, on Feb. 26, 1910 and won 74-62 in the last meeting on Feb. 4, 2010. Saint Mary's swept the season series in 2010 on the way to winning the WCC title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. The two teams won on their own home floors to split the series in 2008-09.
The Saint Mary's game will be broadcast via the Bronco Radio Network on both KDOW 1220 AM and Broncos All-Access on the web at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com with the broadcast beginning at 7:45 pm. Anthony Passarelli is in his fourth season as the Broncos' play-by-play announcer. Coach Kerry Keating can be heard on KDOW 1220 AM on Sunday evenings from 9:10-9:20 pm in his radio spotlight on The Sports Ramble with an interview conducted by Passarelli. If you are out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online live at www.1220kdow.com.
The Broncos are scoring 73.9 ppg while giving up 71.3 ppg. They are rebounding 36.4 to their opponents 31.7 and shooting 43.1 percent, including 34.9 percent beyond the arc.
Saint Mary's is averaging 84.1 ppg while giving up 62.0 ppg. The 84.1 ppg are the most a Bronco opponent has averaged this season heading into their game. The Gaels are shooting 50.8 percent from the field, including 40.7 from beyond the three-point line. SMC is grabbing 37.2 boards and giving up 29.4. They are averaging 11.4 turnovers per game compared to Santa Clara's own 15.4 turnovers per game.
Individually, Santa Clara has three players in double figures: Kevin Foster (18.7), Marc Trasolini (12.1) and Evan Roquemore (10.8). Foster leads the WCC and is second nationally this week in threes made and No. 50 nationally in ppg; and he has a team-leading 4.0 apg and 1.4 spg. Scoring double figures in 17 of 18 games this season, Foster scored just nine vs. Rice but hit the game-winning shot. Trasolini leads the team with 6.1 rpg and 1.1 bpg. Trasolini collected his fifth career double-double vs. CSU Bakersfield and had a season-high three blocks three times, scoring a season-high 22 vs. Fordham.
Saint Mary's has four players averaging double figures: Mickey McConnell (14.7), Rob Jones (13.6), Matthew Dellavedova (13.1) and Mitchell Young (11.1). Jones leads the team with 6.9 rpg and Kenton Walker II knocks down a team-leading 1.2 bpg Both McConnell and Dellavedova dish out a team-leading 6.0 apg.
As of Jan. 14, 2011 in WCC statistics, Santa Clara is No. 2 with 7.3 spg, 13.1 offensive rebounds and offensive rebound percentage (37.5). The Broncos are No. 3 in scoring offense (73.9), turnover margin (-0.1) and three-pointers made (7.6).
Individually Kevin Foster is No. 2 in the WCC with 18.7 ppg and leads the league with 3.4 three per game. Foster is No. 5 with 4.0 apg and in free throw percentage (82.2). Marc Trasolini is No. 3 in field goal percentage (55.9), No. 6 in blocked shots (1.1), No. 8 in rpg (6.1) and No. 16 in ppg (12.1). Troy Payne is No. 7 in steals (1.3) and Ben Dowdell is No. 8 (1.2). Evan Roquemore is No. 6 with 3.4 apg and in free throw percentage (81.9). Roquemore is No. 8 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and Foster is No. 9 at 1.4.
There are some interesting comparisons after Santa Clara's first 18 games last season and then first 18 games this year. Santa Clara is 10-8 this season and was 8-10 last season. See the following positives on this season:
* Increased points per game from 65.7 to 73.9
* Increased field goal percentage from .403 to .431
* Increased three-pointers from 4.9 to 7.6
* Decreased opponent's three-pointers from 6.8 to 6.1
* Decreased turnovers per game from 16.4 to 15.4
* Increased assists per game from 10.6 to 13.7
* Increased rebounds per game from 35.5 to 36.4
* Increased free throw % from .694 to .720 and free throws made from 18.0 to 18.4
Kevin Foster crushed eight threes on Jan. 8 vs. USF. On Monday he was No. 3 nationally in threes per game and No. 59 nationally in three-point percentage. Foster's eight threes vs. USF tied the school record set by Steve Nash (8 at Gonzaga on Jan. 19, 1995) and Mitch Burley (8 vs. Nevada-Reno, Dec. 14, 1988). Foster attempted 20 threes in the USF game, shooting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. The mark shattered Burley's attempts school record set back in 1988 (17) and Nash's in 1995 (17). The 20 attempts also shattered the WCC record set by Jeff Fryer of LMU vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 24, 1989 when he attempted 18. This was also the Leavey Center record.
Then-junior Dan Dickau of Gonzaga holds the Leavey Center record. He was nine of 13 from beyond the arc vs. SCU on Feb. 22, 2001. He scored 39 points that day (11 of 18 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line). But SCU won the war that day, coming away with an 84-71 victory as Steve Ross hit 10 of 14 free throws to score 22 for the Broncos.
Santa Clara has hit 12 three-pointers in four games this season, including back-to-back games vs. Bethany and USF. It is the most under head coach Kerry Keating. The 37 threes attempted vs. USF were the most they had attempted as a team since it set the school record with 45 attempts at San Diego on Feb. 5, 2004 in a 74-69 victory.
Prior to the USF game Foster had six threes, his previous career high, three times this year: vs. Bethune-Cookman, vs. UC Santa Barbara and vs. Bethany. He was the first Bronco in school history to hit six or more threes in a game three times (now four games) in the same season. The WCC record for threes in game is nine by two different players three times. Foster has scored 19+ in 10 of 18 games this season, hitting double-figures in 17 of 18 games (scoring nine vs. Rice). He has scored 25+ points five times this year.
Marc Trasolini has 11 games in double figures this season, including three with 19+. He has scored 15+ 25 times in his three-year career. Trasolini's 26 points at USF last season are still his career high.
After not attempting a single three his freshman campaign, Trasolini was 19 of 54 last season and is shooting 35.3 percent this year, hitting 18 of 51. He has hit a career-high three threes in five games this season. Bronco head coach Kerry Keating said he would like to see Trasolini shoot 10 three pointers a game because he has that much confidence in his shooting.
Trasolini has hit 39 of 55 free throws this season (70.9 percent), but has hit 26 of 31 free throws in the last eight games (83.8 percent). He hasn't been hitting the free throw line as often this season. Last year of his 439 total points, 122 came from the free throw line (27.7 percent). This season of his 217 points scored, 17.9 percent are coming from the free throw line (39 made). His freshman year 21 percent of his points came from free throws (43 of 64 made (67%); 201 points total scored).
He is also getting it done in the classroom. The only player from the WCC on the Academic All-American All-District team last year, Trasolini sports a 3.511 GPA in Business.
2 to 1,000
Sophomore-redshirt Kevin Foster has scored 941 career points and junior Marc Trasolini has scored 857 career points. Foster has scored 336 points this season and Trasolini has scored 217. Both are gunning for 1,000 career points this season with Foster needing 59 and Trasolini needing 143. With Foster averaging 18.7 ppg and Trasolini averaging 12.1 ppg, it's very realistic. They would be the first duo to both hit 1,000 career points in the same season since then-seniors Jens Gordon and Mitch Burley did it in 1988-89. Gordon scored 522 points that season to finish his career with 1,356 and Burley scored 377 to finish with 1,258 career points.
Santa Clara has played 18 games this season, including two vs. the WCC. The 18 games are spread out between 12 different conferences and one independent. Of the 18 games, three were vs. the Pac-10 (at USC, vs. Arizona in Vegas and vs. Washington State) and three were vs. the Big West (vs. UC Santa Barbara, at Pacific and at CSU Northridge). They have also played one vs. the following conferences as well: Conference USA (vs. Rice) the Big Sky (vs. Northern Colorado), the WAC (San Jose State), the MAC (vs. Ohio in Vegas), the Great West (Houston Baptist), the MEAC (Bethune-Cookman), the Colonial Athletic Assoc. (vs. Delaware), Atlantic 10 (Fordham) and the California Pacific Conference (Bethany). CSU Bakersfield is an independent.
After breaking Steve Nash's single season record for three-pointers made as a freshman in 2008-09 with 85, it's no surprise Kevin Foster is already climbing up the three point career lists. Foster also owns the record for three-pointers attempted with 232 shot his freshman season.
Foster is No. 6 with 467 three-pointers attempted. His next milestone is down the road: he needs 24 attempts to pass No. 5 Ethan Rohde at 490 (2002-05). Foster has made 169 career threes and with the eight threes vs. USF, he passed Brian Jones at No. 5 (165, 1996-01). He needs 23 threes made to pass No. 4 Ethan Rodhe at 192 (2002-05).
The career record for three pointers made is Steve Nash's 263 from 1992-96. The career record for three-pointers attempted is 679 by Kyle Bailey from 2001-05. Foster will have a leg up on the competition, career-wise, as his six games last season will count towards his career totals as well.
Only playing in six games last year before breaking his foot, he scored 19+ points four times last season. Foster scored 19+ points 11 times in 2008-09, including five of the last eight games of the season. He hit a career-high five three-pointers four times before hitting a new career-high six three-pointers vs. Bethune-Cookman, vs. UC Santa Barbara and vs. Bethany. He later hit a career-best eight threes vs. USF on Jan. 8, tying the school record. He scored 20+ points 11 times his freshman year and has done it seven times this season already. The school record is 17 games by Londale Theus in 1978-79 when he averaged 20.1 ppg.
Foster was nicknamed 'Microwave' by his father during his youth the Detroit Piston's Vinnie Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname 'the Microwave' from Boston Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time, heating up the offense.
He has scored 15+ points in 35 of 57 career games and he has scored 19+ in 25 career games.