Breakdown: Clash of the County

The San Jose State Spartans (1-7) host the Santa Clara Broncos (3-4) on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT. breaks down how the two teams match up.

San Jose State 1-7vs. Santa Clara 3-4

Point Guard

#1 Jordan Baker (6-4, 195, Jr.) 10.9 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.7 rpg
#3 Brandon Clark (6-0, 170, Sr.) 18.3 ppg, 4.3 apg.

Jordan Baker has been a solid addition to the Spartans at point guard through eight games. He’ll be matched up with a four-year starter and Santa Clara’s leading scorer in Brandon Clark. Clark can score from 3-point range, drive to the rim and get to the free throw line as well - all without forgetting to distribute the ball to his teammates.

Advantage: Santa Clara

Shooting Guard

#1 Danny Mahoney (6-0, 160, Fr.) 3.2 ppg
#10 Jared Brownridge (6-2, 190, So.) 13.4 ppg

Jared Brownridge completes the high-scoring backcourt duo for the Broncos. Brownridge comes off a 27-point game. He will let it fly from 3-point range - averaging 6.3 attempts per game and making a 43 percent clip. San Jose State will need a good showing from freshman guard Danny Mahoney with Jalen James likely out.

Advantage: Santa Clara

Small Forward

#2 Jaleel Williams (6-7, 220, Sr.) 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
#20 Denzel Johnson (6-3, 190, Sr.) 7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Senior forward Jaleel Williams is expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Williams provides the Spartans length and athleticism with both a presence down low and from the perimeter. Denzel Johnson steps into a starting role after coming off the bench for three seasons. Johnson has made just 3-of-16 shots from the field in his last three games.

Advantage: San Jose State

Power Forward

#14 Frank Rogers (6-9, 230, Jr.) 10 ppg, 5.7 rpg
#3 Kai Healy (6-5, 210, Fr.) 3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg

San Francisco transfer Frank Rogers has been inconsistent as a Spartan so far, but he averages out to a solid 10 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Rogers can do a little bit of everything, even step back past the 3-point line and score from deep. Freshman guard Kai Healy is a freshman out of Australia who serves as a glue guy for the four other starters.

Advantage: San Jose State


#25 Leon Bahner (6-11, 240, Fr.) 2.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
#22 Matt Hubbard (6-9, 210, Fr.) 12 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2 bpg

The center position will feature two freshmen in very different situations. 6-foot-9 Hubbard is a forward playing the center role for the Broncos and flourishing early - scoring 10 points in three of his last five games. Leon Bahner is a 6-11 big from Germany who is a true center, but still has a lot of learning to do at the college level.

Advantage: Santa Clara


San Jose State has one of the best sixth man players in the country in Rashad Muhammad. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.3 points per game as a freshman and after a slower start this season comes of a 20-point performance at UC Davis. Santa Clara will use several players off the bench for spot minutes but won’t get much production on the stat sheet. They had only 5 bench points in their 68-60 win over Rider on Sunday.

Advantage: San Jose State

Coaches: Dave Wojcik vs. Kerry Keating

Kerry Keating is in his eighth season at Santa Clara. He’s had only two winning seasons with the Broncos, but they did result in CIT and CBI Championships. Dave Wojcik is in his second season at San Jose State and his rebuilding project was made even more difficult this season when his team was ruled ineligible for postseason.

Advantage: Santa Clara


The Santa Clara Broncos will wrap up a six-game road trip on Saturday, but they’ve had almost a week to prepare for the Spartans. The Broncos are 3-4 on the season and their top two scorers come off a combined 50-point performance. San Jose State has lost seven straight and is hoping that they can turn it around in the first of three straight home games.

Advantage: Santa Clara

The Count: Santa Clara 5-4


San Jose State has lost their last four games by double digits, but the Spartans put a much better performance on their home court. The Broncos’ backcourt will edge out the Spartans in a close one. The two teams will score more than their 62 (SCU) and 59 (SJSU) points per game averages.

Santa Clara 69, San Jose State 66

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