- Santa Clara plays Portlandin the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament Thursday in Las Vegas
- Portland has been one of the worst teams in the NCAA Division I at 6-14 straight up and ATS
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No. 7 seed Santa Clara (10-7, 4-5) will play No. 10 seed Portland (6-14, 0-11) within the 2nd of two games that are first-round the West Coast Conference tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Tip-off is Thursday at 11:59pm.
Portland has lost 12 games in a row, tied for the second-longest streak that is current NCAA Division we behind Iowa State. The Pilots, Iowa State and Chicago State, which cancelled the others of its period in December, will be the teams that are only winless in league play this season.
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Santa Clara and Portland were scheduled to play three times in the regular season, once as a makeup game, but all three were cancelled because of coronavirus concerns. It had been the Pilots’ first virus stoppage.
On Friday, the Santa Clara-Portland champion will have fun with the champion associated with the other game that is first-round No. 8 San Francisco and No. 9 San Diego.
A Long, Strange Trip
Santa Clara has spent the season in pandemic hell. The Broncos went over thre weeks between games because of COVID issues in its program, pausing between a Jan. 23 victory over Loyola Marymount and a Feb. 16 loss in the rematch.
The Broncos have had 14 games either cancelled or postponed, and as a result of wellness limitations set by Santa Clara County had been forced to relocate to Santa Cruz, 32 kilometers towards the southwest. Santa Clara played and practiced here through the very first week of December through the 2nd week of January and failed to have a home that is true between Nov. 28 and Feb. 16.
With so many cancellations, Santa Clara played every team in the WCC first division at least once (except second-place BYU) and did not meet last-place Portland. The Broncos’ aggressive non-conference slate included games against USC and Oregon, and their victory that is best had been a 66-64 choice at Saint Mary’s on Jan. 9.
The Broncos might have expected a far more simple season. They came back four beginners and seven of the nine top scorers off a team that is 20-win 2019-20, and they were 6-0 before losses to Colorado State and USC this season.
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Pilots Endure a Coaching Change
Portland has not responded well to the Feb. 5 firing of head coach Terry Porter, losing all three games since assistant coach Ben Johnson was elevated.(*)Porter might have seen it coming. A star guard for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, Porter was 43-301 in four-plus seasons with the Pilots. They never won more than four games that are WCC one period and also have won only 1 meeting game the very last three.(*)Since Porter had been fired after a 106-60 loss to BYU on Feb. 4, the Pilots have actually lost by 21, 27 and 22 points.(*)Portland had been without leading scorer Ahmed Ali in an 80-58 loss to Pacific within the finale that is regular-season and his status for the tournament is unclear.(*)Ali, a 5-foot-11 guard who previously attended Washington State and Hawaii, is third in the WCC in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game.(*)Broncos’ Vrankic Among WCC Elite(*)Santa Clara 6-foot-9 forward Josip Vrankic, a starter that is three-year made the All-WCC very first group after an everyday period by which he averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The league is lead by him in rebounding, is 10th in scoring and has seven double-doubles.(*)Broncos sophomore guard Jalen Williams was named mention that is honorable the all-conference group after averaging 10.8 points and 2.3 assists per game.(*)Both enter the WCC tournament on a roll. Vrankic had 26 points and Williams had 17 in an victory that is 86-82 Pepperdine on Feb. 20, and Vrankic had 14 points and 11 rebounds against Gonzaga. Williams is averaging 14.6 points and 3.7 assists in his last seven games.(*)Peaking at the Right Time?(*)The Broncos rebounded from their loss that is worst associated with the meeting period with two of the better games, the triumph over Pepperdine and an 89-75 road loss to Gonzaga within the last game associated with the regular period.(*)Santa Clara led Gonzaga for nearly 12 mins within their 89-75 loss on Feb. 25, and also the Broncos were within seven points on a Vrankic’s layup with 6:30 staying. Those games arrived after a ome that is two-point to San Diego, which won two WCC games.(*)Guglielmo Caruso had a season-high 19 points against Gonzaga.(*)Portland has lost nine straight ATS, eight as a underdog that is double-digit(*)The choose: Santa Clara -13.5 (-116)(*)