SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The 2018-19 Santa Clara men's basketball schedule has been completed with the announcement of the newly-designed 16-game West Coast Conference slate.
The Broncos, heading into their third year under head coach Herb Sendek, will play home and away against Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's and San Francisco, but once against BYU (road) and San Diego (home).
After 14 nonconference games, the Broncos open league play on Jan. 3 at home against the Toreros.
A matchup with Gonzaga on Jan. 24 begins the first of two three-game WCC homestands. LMU visits Leavey Center on Jan. 26 and Portland follows on Feb. 2.
The Broncos close out the regular season with home tilts against Saint Mary's (Feb. 14), Pacific (Feb. 16) and San Francisco (Feb. 23).
Santa Clara plays four of its first six league games on the road, including matchups with Gonzaga (Jan. 5), BYU (Jan. 12) and Saint Mary's (Jan. 17).
Five games against Power Five Conference programs and a trip to the Vancouver Showcase highlight the nonconference schedule which begins on Nov. 9 at home against Prairie View A&M.
Santa Clara will play four games against teams from the Pac-12 Conference, including a home matchup with USC (Dec. 18). There are also 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 adjustment from an 18- to 16-game conference schedule was introduced in May.
The WCC Tournament, set for its 11th season in Las Vegas, will begin on March 7 in Orleans Arena.
All game times will be announced once the WCC finalizes the broadcast schedule.
The season-ticket renewal process began 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.
• 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.