MORAGA, Calif. -- The 13th-ranked Saint Mary's men's basketball team puts its unbeaten home record on the line tonight when they host longtime Bay Area rival Santa Clara at sold-out McKeon Pavilion.
Tickets to the game are sold out and a strong student contingent is expected for the 212th meeting ever between the two programs, dating back to 1910. The contest will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet California with Ted Robinson and Dan Belluomini calling the action and the affable David Feldman producing the telecast.
Mike Bouve will provide a live audio stream via subscription service Gaels Live, while live statistics are available on SMCGaels.com and frequent Twitter updates will provided (@smcgaels).
For those fortunate enough to hold a ticket to the game, SMC-branded water bottles will be provided to 800 fans courtesy of Bay Alarm. Members of the SMC men's soccer team will be in attendance to accept donations for senior forward Emmanuel Sarabia, who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Saint Mary's enters the game with a 22-3 overall record, an 11-1 mark in West Coast Conference play and a perfect 15-0 record at home this season - the nation's 11th-longest home court win streak. The Gaels are coming off a disappointing 73-59 loss at Gonzaga on Thursday that ended their 12-game winning streak.
The Gaels are ranked 13th in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and 16th by the Associated Press. The coaches' ranking is the highest in program history, while the AP mark is the best since the 1958-59 season.
Bob Cousy Award and All-America candidate Matthew Dellavedova leads the team in scoring (15.7) and assists (6.3) and needs just 17 assists to become the school's all-time leader. He is also among the top three in SMC history in three-point shooting and is rapidly moving up the lists for participation, free throw shooting and steals.
Dellavedova, a native of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, scored a team-high 20 points Thursday against the Bulldogs and is the WCC leader in assists, assist/turnover ratio and minutes played. He scored 26 points with five assists and seven rebounds in the Gaels' 93-77 win at Santa Clara last month.
Senior forward Rob Jones is the league leader and one of the best in the country in rebounds with 10.6 per game. He is also scoring 14.6 points per game and has 14 double-doubles so far this season. He grabbed a game-high 15 boards in the win earlier this season at SCU.
Sophomores Jordan Page and Stephen Holt are expected to join Dellavedova in the starting backcourt. Page is the league leader in free throw percentage, while Holt is the WCC's steals leader for the second-straight season. Redshirt freshman Brad Waldow has started the last 17 games on the interior. He leads the league in field goal percentage.
Santa Clara enters the game with an 8-16 overall record, a 0-11 mark in the WCC and is currently in the midst of a 12-game losing streak. The Broncos are expected to be without the services of junior guard Kevin Foster - the team's leading scorer and one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation.
Sophomore guard Evan Roquemore is the scoring leader among the team's active players, scoring 14.0 points per game. He is also among the league leaders with 5.3 assists per game. Junior Niyi Harrison averages a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
Following tonight's game, the Gaels host Loyola Marymount Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available (SMCGaels.com or 925-631-GoTx) and the game will serve as the team's final WCC home game of the season.