Pre-Game Report - San Francisco

San Francisco Dons head coach Phil Matthews is quite familar with Cal State Fullerton. He was an assistant under Goerge McQuarn from 1981 to 1985. He also coached former Titan great Cedric Ceballos at Ventura JC and was the main reason of Ceballos coming to Fullerton. In fact, if we didn't hire Brad Holland, Matthews could be our head coach today.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Even though they were 12-18 last season, USF might be the second-best team in the WCC. Gonzaga, favored in the preseason coaches poll, also is not the unbeatable ogre it has been the past few years. The primary difference from last year for USF is that starting point guard LyRyan Russell and his backup, redshirt freshman Jason Gaines, are back after missing all of last season with injuries that left the Dons with a rudderless offense.

"But Mathews knows that it is the fifth member of that starting lineup who will determine USF's success. That player is Tucker, the 6-9, 240-pounder known for a sweet shot, the NBA body and the limitless potential. But after being an all-conference pick as a freshman, he failed to make it last year. "

USF is coming off a loss to Seton Hall, 87-79. Shamell Stallworth led the Dons in scoring with 23 points. Tucker, the teams leading returning scorer, had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Game 2: San Francisco
Monday, November 19, 2001 @ Titan Gym

Rankings CollegeRPI Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (0-0, 0-0) 189 188
San Francisco (0-0) 189 168

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The Line from Las Vegas

  • USF by 8 (TitanCentral guess: USF by 12)


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