It’s been a wild ride for Saint Mary’s senior guard Matthew Dellavedova.
As a freshman, Dellavedova was contributor on a Gaels squad that made a Cinderella run all the way to the Sweet 16 back in 2010. The 6-foot-4 Australian-native has averaged double figures offensively in each of his four seasons at Saint Mary’s and although he was not the superstar on the 2010 team, his contributions were still very important.
Now a senior, Dellavedova is the superstar, averaging 16.5 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. An all-West Coast Conference performer, Dellavedova has helped pace the Gaels to a 26-5 mark at this point in the season. Saint Mary’s is currently awaiting their opponent within the West Coast Conference Tournament and will play the winner of Friday night’s BYU – San Diego contest.
For Dellavedova however, it’s all about one final run. Saint Mary’s is an NCAA Tournament team with 26 wins so there isn’t much sweat in that regard. However, as the Gaels await their seeding on Selection Sunday, their focus remains on potentially shocking the college basketball world in the coming days.
Saint Mary’s dropped only two contests in WCC play this season, both of which came at the hands of the nation’s number one ranked team; Gonzaga. In what would be a highly-anticipated third match-up, the Gaels could have the opportunity to better their seed and claim a WCC Tournament title in the process. But can they get past the Bulldogs?
Head coach Randy Bennett knows who his leader is.
He knows who is star and go-to-scorer is.
It’s Dellavedova’s time to dig in and take a stand at one final run in the closing weeks.
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