SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After splitting its first two games of the season, Santa Clara men's basketball finishes its season-opening three-game homestand on Saturday when Cal Poly (1-2) visits in a preliminary-round contest in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.
The game between the Broncos (1-1) and Mustangs (1-2) will tip off at 7 p.m. in Leavey Center.
Both teams will play games on Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska, where bracket play begins with the eight-team field.
Last week, the Broncos downed La Verne behind a balanced scoring attack with six players registering double digits, led by KJ Feagin with 21. Freshman Shaquille Walters was an efficient 8-for-9 shooting from the field to score 20. Seniors Emmanuel Ndumanya and Henry Caruso had six rebounds each to lead the Broncos. Caruso had 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the floor and Matt Hauser barely missed his fifth-career double-double with 11 points and nine assists.
On Wednesday, Nevada, an NCAA Tournament team and Mountain West Conference champion last season, rolled past the Broncos. Cody Martin had a game-high 22 points and Jordan Caroline tallied 21 to lead the Wolf Pack who shot 55 percent from the floor, including 15 of 30 from behind the 3-point line. Henry Caruso scored a team-high 18 points and Feagin added 15 for the Broncos who shot just 39 percent from the floor.
Feagin leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg) on 50 percent shooting from the field and Caruso is second at 16.0 ppg, on a a blistering 57 percent from the floor, and ranks second in rebounding (6.5 pg). Ndumanya leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game. The Broncos are plus-7.0 in turnover margin per game, but minus-4.0 in rebounding.
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YEAR TWO UNDER SENDEK
The Broncos are in their 111th year of existence, including second under Herb Sendek, who has been successful in each of his three previous head-coaching stops. With a resume that includes 18 postseason appearances and three conference coach of the year awards, Sendek, was one of the three youngest coaches with 400 or more career victories He is in his 24th season as a collegiate head coach with stops at Arizona State, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio).
• The Broncos play eight of their 12 nonconference tilts in the friendly confines of Leavey Center. In addition to Nevada, the Broncos face another perennial postseason participant in Valparaiso (Dec. 18) and local rival San Jose State (Dec. 21). The Broncos play just one true road game during nonconference play with a trip to USC set for Dec. 14.
• Santa Clara and Cal Poly will be meeting for the eighth time, including first since the 2014-15 season. The Mustangs, have lost twice on the road (Stanford and Cal) and defeated Holy Names at home on Wednesday.
• KJ Feagin, a 2016-17 all-league pick last season, was selected to the preseason All-WCC team. Last season when he missed 14 games, he was one of the most accurate shooters in the WCC. He shot a team-high 49.0 percent from behind the 3-point line, as well a team-best 87.9 percent on free throws. He also shot 49.0 percent from beyond the 3-point line in WCC games, which ranked second.
• In the first two games, the Broncos started three seniors in Jarvis Pugh, Henry Caruso and Emmanuel Ndumanya and a pair of juniors in Feagin and Matt Hauser.
THE CAL POLY SERIES
The teams have met seven times, with the Broncos holding a 4-3 advantage and winning four of the five matchups in Leavey Center, though the Mustangs claimed the last one. Cal Poly defeated Santa Clara, 69-58, in the final game of the 48th annual Cable Car Classic on Dec 23, 2014. Kai Healy and Jarvis Pugh were redshirt freshmen on that squad. Healy came off the bench to score 12 points. The series began on Dec. 13, 1978, with the Broncos claiming a 77-62 win in Santa Clara.
Fun Fact Alert: This will be the first game in the series not played during the month of December.
NORTH TO ALASKA
Four of Santa Clara's 12 nonconference games are part of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, the oldest regular-season college basketball tournament, though it's in its final season. After facing Cal Poly on Saturday, the Broncos travel to Anchorage, Alaska, for a first-round tilt against Idaho on Wednesday. The winner advances to the semifinals to face either CSU Bakersfield or host Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 24. The consolation bracket begins on Nov. 23, and all eight teams will play on Nov. 25. Cal Poly, Central Michigan, College of Charleston and Sam Houston State are the remaining participants. All eight teams will play on Nov. 25, with the championship game set for 9 p.m. Pacific. Santa Clara will be making its third trip to the tournament, which began in 1978 and will end this year. The Broncos played during 1983-84 and 1991-92 seasons, and have a 3-2 all-time record.
Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (analyst) will call the action during the season on radio and through TheW.tv at home. All Broncos home games and West Coast Conference contests (not on an ESPN platform) will also be streamed through TheW.tv (local blackout restrictions apply for games broadcast over the air). At least 22 games can be heard on KDOW AM-1220 or KTRB-AM 860 this season. View the 2017-18 schedule for broadcast outlets.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 season remain on sale (pro-rated once the season starts), but single-game and mini-plan options are also available. The Broncos will play 17 regular-season home games, including nine West Coast Conference tilts. Purchase options are available online or by contacting the Santa Clara ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Doors to Leavey Center will be open 60 minutes prior to the start of the game.
FAN EXPERIENCE PACKAGES
Group-ticket options and Fan Experience Packages are available through the Santa Clara ticket office, which is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contact Jesse Moreno, one of our sales and service consultants, at (408) 554-4628 or email@example.com for further details.
Parking is $10 in the main campus parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main entrance (500 El Camino Drive). The Leavey Center parking lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is reserved for season-ticket holders. Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.