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December 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Scouting report: San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO
Game info:
7 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 4-5. RPI rank: 183.
Previous game: Beat Montana 50-48 overtime
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish sixth in the eight team West Coast Conference by league coaches.
Coach: Rex Walters is 27-42 in his third season with the Dons. He’s 58-75 overall in his five years.
Series: Washington leads 1-0 in a series that began last year.
Last meeting: Quincy Pondexter (above, right) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Huskies to a 87-71 win at Edmundson Pavilion on Dec. 27, 2009.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Michael Williams started the season on the bench, but he moved into the starting lineup in the third game is and emerging as a star for San Francisco. He ranks fourth in the WCC in scoring and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (45.9). He sank a pair of game-winning free throws to beat Colorado and in his last outing, Williams recorded his first double double (23 points and 13 rebounds) lead the Dons past Montana. As a freshman starter last year, he scored eight points in the loss at Washington.
— Junior sharpshooter Angelo Caloiaro connected on 55 of 112 three-pointers last season to set the USF school record for accuracy behind the arc. This season he’s 16 of 44 on treys. Caloiaro is capable of putting up big numbers offensively. His career high is 26 points, which he set last month in a win against Colorado. Caloiaro also leads the Dons with a 6.8 rebounding average that’s fourth in the WCC.
OVERVIEW:
— Former Federal Way High star Cole Dickerson is a freshman forward for the San Francisco. He’s a backup forward who has appeared in all nine games, averaging 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 10.8 minutes.
— Difficult team to figure out. When they’re on, they can shoot the lights out from downtown, put up a lot of points and score at will. Just ask Seattle University, which lost 97-76 to San Francisco in the season opener. But when they’re bad, they’re really bad. Last week, Louisville held the Dons to 35 points, which included an 11-point, 5-field goal outing in the second half.
— San Francisco is 0-4 away from home.
— The Dons play a 1-3-1 zone defense that has allowed opponents an average of 71.3 points per game.
Justin Raffington, a 6-foot-9 freshman center from Germany has started in place of senior Moustapha Diarra (above, left) the past two games. Last year Diarra finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds against the Huskies.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Perris Blackwell, 6-8, 250, So., 10.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg.
F – Angelo Caloiaro, 6-8, 225, So., 10.3, 6.3
C – Justin Raffington, 6-9, 225, Fr., 2.4, 2.3
G – Cody Doolin, 6-2, 170, Fr., 7.3, 2.7
G – Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, So., 15.9, 4.8
KEY MATCHUP:
— Williams is the only USF player who has scored at least double figures in every game this season. He’s a dynamic player who impacts that game with his ability to score and collect rebounds. In three games, he’s hauled in at least eight rebounds. Williams is shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 45.9 percent on three pointers. At the line, he’s 68.4 percent. It’s likely Isaiah Thomas begins the game paired against Williams, however, several Huskies will likely be matched against him including Abdul Gaddy and Venoy Overton.

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