It’s a great time to be a Bay Area sports fan: The San Francisco Giants just won their second World Series title in three years, the release of the Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball, seemed to propel the Oakland Athletics to a strong regular season finish, the San Francisco 49ers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, the Golden State Warriors are in the top eight teams in the West almost 20 games into the season, and the Stanford football Cardinal are headed to the Rose Bowl.And now, as if all of that wasn’t already enough for City by the Bay natives to bask in, the Bay Area has a formidable college basketball presence: The University of San Francisco Dons.
USF has continued to build on recent success, starting the season off with a 5-2 overall record, adding themselves to the list of up-and-coming, quality teams in the West Coast Conference – it’s a very exciting time for fans of the conference.
San Francisco has been victorious in over sixty percent of their games since starting the 2010-11 season 5-9. The Dons currently hold a 45-18 record on their home floor since Rex Walters took the head coaching position, and have begun the year perfect, with a 4-0 record at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Dons are improving – offensively and defensively – on a nightly basis. The players are on the same page, playing as a unit, picking up on schemes, and making the necessary adjustments to put themselves in the best position to win ball games.
USF has three players putting up double-figures in the scoring department: De’End Parker, who is averaging 17.9 points per game and leading the nation in three-point percentage, Cole Dickerson, who is dropping in 13.4 points per game, leading the nation in rebounding with 13.1 boards per game, and has already tallied four double-doubles, and Cody Doolin, who is adding 11.1 points and dishing out seven dimes per contest.
San Francisco is shooting nearly 47 percent as a team, outrebounding opponents by more than six boards per game, and outscoring their opposition by about eight points per contest.
The Dons didn’t begin their season the way they imagined, dropping their first game to Stanford by 12. They had, however, won five in a row before losing a tough-fought rivalry game against Pacific on Saturday night. A win would have marked their longest winning streak since the 2004-05 campaign.
USF will look to begin a new winning streak next Saturday afternoon when they play at the University of Nevada.