UC Irvine (3-1) vs. Santa Clara (5-1)
Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Santa Clara hosts UC Irvine in a non-conference matchup. UC Irvine won easily 82-48 at home against Pepperdine on Saturday, while Santa Clara is coming off of a 59-52 loss in San Juan Capistrano to Fresno State on Wednesday.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams has averaged 18.5 points while Keshawn Justice has put up 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. For the Anteaters, Collin Welp has averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while Dawson Baker has put up 13.3 points.CLUTCH COLLIN: Welp has connected on 37.5 percent of the eight 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 2 for 5 over his last three games. He’s also made 82.4 percent of his foul shots this season.
STREAK SCORING: Santa Clara has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 88.8 points while giving up 70.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Broncos have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Anteaters. Santa Clara has 41 assists on 77 field goals (53.2 percent) over its past three matchups while UC Irvine has assists on 50 of 96 field goals (52.1 percent) during its past three games.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: UC Irvine has held opposing teams to 50.3 points per game this season, the lowest figure among all Division I teams.
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