11-18 overall, 4-11 in the WCC, coming off a blow-out loss @ GU and have lost 4 in a row.
6-6 forward Marcellus Earlington (17.6 pts, 6.9rebs, 37% from 3)
6-4 Jase Townsend (15.3pts, 2.6 assists, 39% from 3)
6-3 Seikou Sisoho Jawara (11.3pts, 3assists, 38% from 3)
UofO transfer forward and one of the top rebounders in the league, Eric Williams Jr., has been out hurt for several weeks, I assume he’ll be out Saturday. USD starting lineup has been a revolving door for most of league play with Earlington the only constant. Expect to see several other guards play aside from Townsend and Jawara.
USD is a bit like Pepperdine…they score plenty but do not defend or rebound well at all; in particular they have a horrible eFG% (last in the WCC and ~360th overall on Torvik).
USD often plays a 3 guard lineup and their guards aren’t long. Justice and Podz should have a height advantage and shouldn’t have trouble getting their shots off. And a good opportunity to get those two a post touch or two and just let them go to work over shorter guys.
And with Williams likely out, USD’s already poor rebounding suffers…the Broncos should kill them on the glass as they did vs. Pepp.
Hoping to see the energy and effort continue with contributions from a wide range of guys. Would love to see us bury USD early and let Holt and Akametu get plenty of run.
Prediction: The good times continue for the Broncos, 87-72.
Don’t forget that Lavin’s crew had a pretty good lead on SCU a few weeks ago. Like Pepperdine, they have a good amount of offensive firepower. But they have (slightly) more cohesion and maturity than Pepp. I think Santa Clara gets this and would love for Portland-esque domination from wire to wire. But I think USD gives another (brief) scare and keeps it closer than we’d like.
76-71 Broncos. Tongue continues his arrival tour with 10 and 7 boards.
Thought bubble for Brad Holland …“Gosh those nachos look good”
Brad had pretty much checked out his final 3-4 seasons @ USD. That he barely gave a crap back then I can assure you he has no feelings concerning USD hoops these days.