Team preview: Santa Clara

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:24 PM ET
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College basketball has become a guard's game for the most part, but it doesn't hurt to have players contribute from other positions.

Such is the dilemma facing veteran Santa Clara coach Dick Davey, who has a solid starting backcourt, but is looking for other players to step up.

While the senior duo of Doron Perkins (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Kyle Bailey (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg) did its part in lifting the Broncos to within one game of the West Coast Conference championship last season, the rest of the Broncos could never quite match the output of one of the conference's top backcourts.

It left the Broncos with a lower-division finish and a bumpy 16-16 mark, one that ended with a heartbreaking 63-62 loss to Gonzaga in the conference semifinals on their homecourt.

"Well, it's obvious we didn't have the kind of year we wanted," Davey said. 'We went 16-16 and I think if we had made some more shots maybe we could have played in the conference finals. But it always seemed we were one player away."

For Davey, that much was obvious when he glanced at the stat sheet, where the numbers told a compelling story: No other Bronco player averaged in double figures in scoring. So it comes with little surprise that Davey would be open to anybody who can take some heat off his talented backcourt.

"I think we had enough improvement, even with some setbacks," Davey said.

"We gave it all we could and we had one of the tougher schedules – BYU and Mississippi State were a couple of tournament teams – out there. I think if we can complement our two guards we can be a good, strong team that's able to compete."