Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Santa Clara game is coming up on Wednesday

This is just a short note with much more to come early next week. While we are fighting the urge to climb atop the barricades and shout "Free Adrian Oliver" to the NCAA suits in their suites -- wouldn't he be useful against intra-county rival Santa Clara next Wednesday and then most formidable road foe San Diego on December 8? -- we will focus our time and energy on a few notes we have compiled about them hated Broncos.

Santa Clara just lost to Arizona 69-66 as part of the NIT Season Tipoff Tournament in Athens, GA while shooting just north of 55%. But Kerry Keating's squad allowed the Wildcats to shoot a scalding 65%.

Prior to the Arizona matchup, Santa Clara tangled with host Georgia, eventually losing 54-48. The Bulldogs scored just a single basket in the last 12:05 of the game but managed to draw enough fouls to nail 14 free throws during that time.

Georgia also nabbed 11 steals and blocked nine shots while holding Santa Clara to 37.8% shooting from the floor. But the Dawgs shot just 35% themselves.

Santa Clara committed 25 turnovers.

How did big John Bryant do in these games? He earned a double-double against Georgia with 12 points and 13 boards and poured in 24 points along with grabbing eight rebounds against Arizona.

It's near impossible to determine 'factors' for the upcoming SJSU - Santa Clara contest due to the earliness of the season and so many other variables in the preceding games so far.

* Does Santa Clara shoot well, a la the Arizona game or poorly, a la the Georgia matchup?

* Does Santa Clara defend poorly, a la Arizona or well, a la Georgia?

* Is Santa Clara susceptible to turnovers, or not so much?

* Are all simply consistency issues?

More next week. Don't gobble too much.

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