SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Five games against Power Five Conference programs and a trip to the Vancouver Showcase highlight the 2018-19 Santa Clara men's basketball nonconference schedule.
The Broncos, led by third-year head coach Herb Sendek, will play nine of their 14 nonconference games in the friendly confines of Leavey Center.
"We are excited to release our expanded and competitively-balanced 2018 nonconference schedule," Sendek said. "Our home slate provides the Bronco Nation with some key matchups, and once again, our team will be tested early on the road."
Santa Clara will play four games against teams from the Pac-12 Conference, including a road tilt vs. Cal (Nov. 26) and a home matchup with USC (Dec. 18), and three contests as part of the Vancouver Showcase, including a meeting with Washington (Nov. 18) and either Texas A&M or Minnesota (Nov. 20).
The Broncos open the season at home against Prairie View A&M (Nov. 9) and then play host to UC Irvine (Nov. 15) in a preliminary-round game of the Vancouver Showcase.
Prior to facing Cal, the Broncos meet crosstown rival San José State (Nov. 24) for the 23rd-straight year.
A matchup against Jackson State on Nov. 29, begins a stretch of seven straight home contests, the longest homestand in nine years. Other games include Northern Arizona (Dec. 1), Idaho State (Dec. 7), Sonoma State (Dec. 9), Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 13), USC (Dec. 18) and Idaho (Dec. 21).
The Broncos close the nonconference slate with a road matchup against Washington State (Dec. 29).
Both Cal and Washington State will play in Leavey Center during 2019-20.
Later this summer, the 16-game West Coast Conference schedule, along with nonconference game times, will be announced. League matchups were announced in May.
The season-ticket renewal process begins on Monday, Aug. 6, and continues through Wednesday, Sept. 12. Deposits ($50 per seat) are being accepted for new accounts and the seat-selection procedure for those individuals is from Sept. 13-16. The remaining season-ticket packages go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 17. For questions, contact the Santa Clara Athletics ticket office at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu.
NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE NOTES
• The Broncos are facing five Power Five Conference teams in the same season for the first time since 1995-96 when they met seven - UCLA, Michigan State, Oregon State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Maryland (NCAAs) and Kansas (NCAAs).
• Four Pac-12 schools are on the schedule for the first time since 1993-94 (then the Pac-10) when Santa Clara faced Cal (twice), Stanford, Oregon and Arizona. The Broncos are meeting Cal for the first time since 2006-07 and Washington is on the schedule for the first time since 2002-03. Santa Clara played Washington State in 2016-17 and USC last season.
• Four teams – San José State, Northern Arizona, USC and Idaho – were on the 2017-18 Santa Clara schedule. Santa Clara and San José State have met 35 of the last 36 years, including a stretch of 23 straight seasons.
• Outside of San José State (110 meetings), Cal (72 meetings), and USC (31 meetings), the Broncos have faced the other 11 nonconference opponents a total of 29 or 30 times, depending on the second opponent (Texas A&M or Minnesota) at the Vancouver Showcase. Santa Clara has played Minnesota three times and Texas A&M twice.
• Santa Clara has never faced Prairie View A&M, Jackson State or Sonoma State.
• The stretch of seven in a row at home from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 is the longest for the Broncos since eight in a row in 2009-10.
• The Broncos return four rotational players from last season: guards KJ Feagin and Matt Hauser, and forwards Henrik Jadersten and Josip Vrankic. Feagin is a two-time All-WCC selection who averaged 17.5 points per game (fifth in the league) and 4.0 assists pg (ninth in the league) in 2017-18. Hauser is a two-year starter who possesses a 2.41-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio. Jadersten has appeared in 84 career games and Vrankic was one of the more productive freshmen in the WCC during 2017-18, ranking third on the team in both scoring (10.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 pg).
• Sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy is eligible this season after sitting out 2017-18. He transferred from Southeast Missouri last summer.
• There are eight additions to the 2018-19 squad, including five true freshmen in Guglielmo [Willie] Caruso (Naples, Italy), Juan Ducasse (Montevideo, Uruguay), Keshawn Justice (Madison, Wisconsin), Zeke Richards (Oak Park, California) and Trey Wertz (Charlotte, North Carolina). Fallou Ndoye, DJ Mitchell and Josh Martin are transfers. Ndoye (CSU Bakersfield) and Martin (Cal Poly) are graduate transfers with immediate eligibility. Mitchell played the last two seasons at Wake Forest and will sit out 2018-19.
• The Broncos have two new assistant coaches with Scott Garson and Ryan Madry joining the staff this spring. Garson spent the last five seasons as head coach at College of Idaho. Madry was at Seattle last season after six years at UC Santa Barbara.