Santa Clara (4-0) vs. Texas Christian (3-0)
Santa Clara (4-0) vs. Fresno State (3-0)
When: vs. TCU - Monday, Nov. 22 • 7:30 p.m. | vs. Fresno State - Wednesday, Nov. 24 • 10 p.m.
Where: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (JSerra Pavilion)
TV Network: CBS Sports Network
Audio: TuneIn (Premium) • Pregame Show Presented by Lunardi's
Radio: KDOW-AM 1220
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Tickets: Click here
Game Notes: Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 4-0 and owns wins over two quality opponents in blowout fashion - Stanford (88-72) and Nevada (96-74). The high-powered offense has been clicking on all cylinders early on. The Broncos currently rank seventh nationally in FG percentage (53.8), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.95), 11th in assist per game (20.5) and 19th in scoring offense (88.8).
- After four-straight home games to open the season, the Broncos are set to play their first games away from Santa Clara with a two-game neutral site trip to San Juan Capistrano to take on TCU and Fresno State.
In their last outing vs. Cal Poly, Santa Clara overcame a sluggish start in the first few minutes of the opening half to go on to a 30-point win over the Mustangs in a game that the Broncos never trailed. Jalen Williams had one of the best games of his career with a career-best 26 points (10-16 FG) and a season-high nine rebounds. Three other Broncos finished in double figures - PJ Pipes (15), Keshawn Justice (11) and Carlos Stewart (11).
Santa Clara has been one of the most efficient teams in the nation early. In addition to their assist numbers, they rank 29th nationally in turnover margin (6.0) and lead the WCC in the fewest turnovers per game (10.5).
Jalen Williams is the team leader in ppg (19.8) scoring at least 16 points in all four games. Last week against Nevada and Cal Poly, he averaged 22.0 ppg. Williams is coming off one of the best games of his career vs. Cal Poly with career highs in points (26), FG (10), FGA (16) and a season-high nine reounds. He currently ranks third in the WCC in total FG made (29) and fourth with 71 points. He is also third in the league and top-40 nationally in free throw percentage (94.1).
Josip Vrankic, a preseason All-WCC pick and three-time All-WCC selection, leads the team assists per game (6.0) and is second at 16.3 ppg. He has two games of at least 16 points and has dished out at least five assists in each game. Vrankic currently leads the WCC in assists per game. In his five-year career, the Canadian product is averaging 12.8 points per game and is climbing his way to the top-10 of the all-time school scoring list.
Keshawn Justice is averaging 14.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. He leads the WCC and ranks 34th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (725). He is currently averaging 43.5 pecernt from beyond the arc, good for fourth-best in the WCC. Justice secured his third-career double-double against Stanford (14 pts, 13 reb) and nearly had his second-straight against Nevada (18 pts, 8 reb). He's coming off a 12-point, six-rebound night against Cal Poly.
Grad transfer PJ Pipes (Green Bay) has had a nice start to his Santa Clara career, currently third at 15.3 ppg. Pipes has reached double-figures in all four games with a season-best 24-point barrage against Stanford. He is coming off a 15-point, five-assist, three-steal night against Cal Poly.
Texas Christian checks into Monday's game with an undefeated mark at 3-0. The Horned Frogs have been one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, ranking fifth nationally with 48.3 boards per game. A good chunk of those boards come on the offensive end. They rank seventh nationally with 17.0 offensive rebounds per game. TCU also has a strong defense, limiting opponents to just 54.0 ppg, good for 14th nationally.
Four games in and Santa Clara continues to put up gaudy numbers on offense. The Broncos currently rank seventh nationally in field-goal percentage at 53.8 percent (second in the WCC behind Gonzaga's 55.1). They are averaging 88.8 points per game, good for 19th in NCAA D1, and rank third in the WCC with an 18.8 point scoring margin.
The Broncos have been incredibly efficient with the ball and finding open scorers. They currently rank ninth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.95) and 11th in assists per game (20.5). Santa Clara also has just a 6.0 turnover margin, which leads the WCC.
HOW TO WATCH
Both games will be brodcast live on CBS Sports Network. Alex Del Barrio (play-by-play), Tim Doyle (Analyst) and Erica Weston (Sideline Reporter) will have the calls live from JSerra Pavilion.
HOW TO LISTEN
All home games and road contests can be heard on the TuneIn app (Premium). A select number of games can be heard on KDOW-AM 1220. Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) calls the action in his 15th season as Voice of the Broncos. The Lunardi's Pregame Show begins at 7:20 p.m. before the TCU game and at 9:50 p.m. prior to the start of the Fresno State game.
There are a number of ticket options for 2021-22. Single-game and game-plan packages are on sale. For questions, contact the Santa Clara Athletics ticket office at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. The ticket office and doors to Leavey Center open at 7 p.m. on Friday.