|Loyola Marymount||A Ireland 20.2||A Hamilton 7.2||A Ireland 3.6|
|Santa Clara||K Foster 17.8||M Trasolini 7.8||E Roguemore 5.4|
Loyola Marymount takes on Santa Clara in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Tournament at Orleans Arena on Friday. It takes place at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Lions fell to the Broncos 79-56 on Feb. 28 and are 5-6 against them over the last four years.
In their last outing, behind 16 points and five rebounds from Anthony Ireland, the Lions defeated San Francisco 61-60 on Mar. 7. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 20.2 points per game, 3.6 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game. For the Broncos, Marc Trasolini finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in the 80-67 loss to Saint Mary's on Mar. 2. He leads the team in rebounds with 7.8 per game and blocks with 1.6 per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Santa Clara has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Broncos have the upper hand over the Lions, 74.1 points per game to 65.4 points per game. One category in which Santa Clara is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 17.8, ranking second in their conference (and 58th nationally).
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- Diaper Dandies love Loyola Marymount. Loyola Marymount has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Santa Clara (2 vs. 0).
- Ashley Hamilton is ranked 6th in the West Coast in rebounds.
- Loyola Marymount has an average margin of victory of 8 over Santa Clara in 29 wins since 1980.
- Loyola Marymount has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Santa Clara ($28,548 vs. $50,730).
- Loyola Marymount has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Santa Clara (No. 60 vs. No. 87).
- Anthony Ireland is ranked 10th nationally in points, 6th in the West Coast in three-pointers, 7th in the West Coast in assists, and 5th in the West Coast in steals.
- Loyola Marymount has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Santa Clara (No. 130 vs. No. 186).
- Loyola Marymount is better under pressure, and has defeated Santa Clara in four out of the last seven games decided by five points or fewer.
- Loyola Marymount has come back to win after being down at half against Santa Clara five times since 1996.
- The Loyola Marymount scoring leader (Anthony Ireland, 630 points) has more points than the Santa Clara scoring leader (Kevin Foster, 551 points).
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