San Francisco (5-1) at Pacific (4-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150) -- Stockton, California. Television: None. Home Record: USF 4-0, Pacific 2-1. Away Record: USF 1-0, Pacific 0-2. Neutral Record: USF 0-1, Pacific 2-1. Conference Record: USF 0-0, Pacific 0-0. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 62-30.
GAME NOTES: A pair of California-based programs get together at the Spanos Center in Stockton on Saturday, as the San Francisco Dons pay a visit to the Pacific Tigers for a non-conference showdown.
San Francisco, which according to the current standings is the second-best team in the West Coast Conference behind only nationally-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga, has rattled off five straight wins since bowing to Stanford in the season opener. The most recent victory for the Dons came on Tuesday when they crushed visiting St. John's by a final of 81-65.
Meanwhile Pacific, which represents the Big West Conference, was also in action earlier this week but in that case the team needed overtime in order to take down visiting Nevada, 78-72. The win served to snap a brief two-game slide by the program and bring it back to an even .500 at 4-4.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, USF holds a commanding 62-30 advantage over the Tigers thanks in part to a 76-69 win in last year's meeting, which snapped a six-game win streak by the Tigers.
Cody Doolin put together an impressive double-double for the Dons against the Red Storm earlier this week, scoring 18 points and handing out 14 assists in order to keep his teammates motivated in what became a comfortable victory at home. De'End Parker accounted for 21 points to lead the offense, while Mark Tollefsen and Tim Derksen chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Parker, the leading scorer for the Dons three times already this season, is not only pouring in 19.7 ppg for the group, he is connecting on an incredible 15-of-20 (.750) behind the three-point line and that has lifted the entire group to 45.3 percent accuracy out on the perimeter. While Parker corners the market on three-point shooting, Cole Dickerson easily handles the action on the inside with his 13.3 ppg and massive 13.8 rpg, the latter being one of the top marks in all of college basketball at the moment. Because of Dickerson, the Dons are beating opponents on the glass by nine caroms per contest.
Not only did Colin Beatty score a career-high 14 points versus Pacific, but he also knocked down his first three-point shot of the season to kick off overtime and from there the Tigers held on for the unexpected victory in Stockton. Also having a career game for Pacific was Lorenzo McCloud who tallied 24 points and handed out seven assists for the group, while Ross Rivera came off the bench to generate another 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor for a team that made good on 51.9 percent from the field, including 6-of-13 out on the perimeter, but only 64.0 percent at the free- throw line. McCloud and Rivera are both shooting better than 53 percent from the field through eight games, which is why they also are the only double- digit scorers on the roster with 13.5 and 10.1 ppg, respectively. McCloud is also the key figure in the passing department right now with better than three and a half assists per tilt.
Winning five straight is no small feat for the Dons, but the competition is only going to get stronger now and the team has to be at the top of its game in order to take care of Pacific this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 69, Pacific 63
12/08 10:30:41 ET