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Pilots @ Santa Clara, Saturday 2/26, 2:00pm

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Post by up7587 Fri Feb 25, 2022 9:54 am

Santa Clara is 9-5 in conference (19-10 overall). They lost 4 games in preseason that Josip Vrankic missed due to injury, or they would be a bubble team. As is they are #74 in KenPom, 5th in the WCC (Pilots are #182, 6th). In WCC play, they've lost to GU and USF twice, split with SMC, beat BYU once, and beat everyone else they weren't too chicken to play.

They are led by Vrankic, a 6'9" 5th year senior post player, and Jalen Williams, a 6'6". Vrankic will require some play by the Pilot big men Silveira and Vucinic; there is no way Chika and Tyler can defend him all game. And Williams scored 25 with 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead them in all those categories in their game against PU last night. Keshawn Justice and PJ Pipes also average double figure scoring. They are experienced with most of their key players being seniors and juniors

The Broncos are a WCC top 3 team in scoring, but a bottom 3 team in defense, so the Pilots will need to continue their strong defensive play and hit the open 3's to win this one. I doubt we will see the post up strategy used effectively against USD and PUand less effectively against UOP, the Broncos are too big. If I am right, that should also reduce the turnovers since many have come recently trying to feed the ball to a posting up player.

In looking at the Bronco's forum, it seems their fans are not happy that SCU skipped their trip to Chiles; it may cost them a 3rd place seeding vs USF in Las Vegas, if anyone knew how the tournament is going to be seeded. So I don't harbor ill will towards their fans and players. But AD Renee Baumgartner and Coach Herb Sendek are another matter.

The 2:00pm start is not convenient for the traveling team or for fans. The game is not broadcast on TV, so find it on the WCC streaming app. Also, the radio broadcast is on 1080 the Fan, not 910ESPN.

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Post by up7587 Sat Feb 26, 2022 8:28 am

@GregWrubell wrote:Portland has won seven WCC games this season (7-6).

Portland won seven WCC games over the preceding five regular seasons combined (7-72).

I highly doubt Coach Legans will lose the next 66 games in a row. Come on, Pilots, beat that 5-year total today! Go Pilots!

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Post by Urika Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:37 am

I followed the story along with a bunch of other Gael fans and still see Leykam as one of our own.  What SCUm did was nothing short of "bush league" in backing out last minute.  In the "real world", I would have expected UP to file a lawsuit but unfortunately we reside under the confines of the WCC and NCAA, a fantasyland

I don't normally target individuals but I hope the Pilots stick this game up Baumgartner's and Sendek's, you know what....

I hope Legans and the boys make this personal; forgive but never forget

Sending Gael spirit and positive vibes

GO PILOTS!

BUCK THE FRONCOS!

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Post by blacksheep Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:45 am

Urika wrote:I followed the story along with a bunch of other Gael fans and still see Leykam as one of our own.  What SCUm did was nothing short of "bush league" in backing out last minute.  In the "real world", I would have expected UP to file a lawsuit but unfortunately we reside under the confines of the WCC and NCAA, a fantasyland

I don't normally target individuals but I hope the Pilots stick this game up Baumgartner's and Sendek's, you know what....

I hope Legans and the boys make this personal; forgive but never forget

Sending Gael spirit and positive vibes

GO PILOTS!

BUCK THE FRONCOS!

Well said!
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Post by up7587 Sat Feb 26, 2022 9:50 am

East Bay vs. South Bay hate? Thanks for the support. Beat the Zags.

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Post by Dean Murdoch Sat Feb 26, 2022 1:57 pm

Go Pilots
Go USF
Go Gaels
Go Waves

And I just hope Pacific and LMU have fun and no one gets hurt.
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Post by blacksheep Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:13 pm

WCC website is down. I guess they really don't like pilot fans!
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Post by Dean Murdoch Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:38 pm

blacksheep wrote:WCC website is down. I guess they really don't like pilot fans!

This should work

https://watchstadium.com/live/portland-at-santa-clara-10/
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Post by blacksheep Sat Feb 26, 2022 2:38 pm

Figured it out. Use this link instead of wcc site https://watchstadium.com/live/portland-at-santa-clara-10/
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Post by up7587 Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:04 pm

SCU smoked the nets tonight, shooting 60%. Too many guys all alone at the rim, and no answer for Vrankic. Despite pregame indications, Vucinic and Silveira did not make an appearance.

Pilots finish 7-7, USD finishes 7-9. We'll see how the secret WCC seeding plans work out.

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Post by Dean Murdoch Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:05 pm

Tip your hat to SCU, a heck of a performance by a team that is probably very much in the at-large conversation had Vrankic not been injured earlier this year.

A very good possibility the Pilots could be one Vegas win away from a rematch against these guys. I think Coach Legans would like that Wink
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Post by up7587 Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:09 pm

Shoot 51%, 39% from 3P, 86% on FTs, only 7 turnovers, 29 vs 31 rebounds. Pilots gave a good effort, on offense.

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Post by up7587 Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:11 pm

Vrankic scores 30 points inside, and they make 14 3's (56%). That's tough to beat.

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Post by NoPoNeighbor Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:17 pm

If you just look at the Pilots’ half of the box score, you’d think we dominated. SCU was a buzz saw on offense

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