Fresno meets Yuba in battle of conference champions for place in Ventura

Second seeded Fresno (26-3) will host 7th seeded Yuba (25-4) as both teams are looking to make a trip to Ventura to the Elite Eight. The Rams come into the game winners of 24 straight games and the hottest team in California. Fresno picked up a 91-77 victory over Sacramento after using a big second half to pull away from the Panthers. The Rams outscored Sacramento 49-35 in the 2nd half as Ethan Richardson scored 33 points to help the Rams pick up the victory. The sophomore big man went 13 of 23 from the floor and also went to the line 11 times in the victory over Sacramento. Point Guard Georgie Dancer had a big game as well as the sophomore scored 21 points and added 12 assists for the Rams. David Rico made all five of his three point attempts and had 17 points in the win for the Rams.

Meanwhile, the 49ers come into the game on a 14 game winning streak after picking up a home victory against Columbia in their last game. Phillip Judson had 20 points and Isaiah Bates added 16 points in the win over Columbia.

Fresno (26-3): The Rams come into the contest with the longest winning streak in the state as Fresno has won 24 straight games. The Central Valley Conference champions have not lost a game since November 17th and have only had 5 games where the game has been decided by 10 points or less. The Rams went undefeated in conference and will look to make another appearance at the Elite Eight. Fresno has four players that are averaging in double figures as sophomore Ethan Richardson leads the team in scoring. Richardson is averaging 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 63% from the floor. Sophomore Georgie Dancer is another standout for the Rams as the point guard is averaging 12.2 points, and 5.6 assists for Fresno this season. Dancer was named Most Valuable Player of the Central Valley Conference and is one of the best point guards in the state. Jonah Brown (10.4 points) is a floor stretcher that has played well for the Rams, Jared Small (10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds) and David Rico (9.5 points and 3.7 rebounds) have provided a scoring touch for the Rams as well. Fresno averages 85.5 points (4th in the state) per game while the Rams give up 65.0 per contest. The Rams are 2nd in the state in field goals made (31.9), 1st in field goal percentage (53%), 1st in three point field goal percentage (43%), 5th in the state in assists per game (19.4), 3rd in defensive rebounding (29.6), 6th in rebounding margin (12.3) this season. On the defensive side, Fresno is 23rd in the state in blocks (4.0), 10th in opponents field goal percentage (40%), 35th in steals (8.0) and hold opponents to 33% from shooting the three ball.

Yuba (25-4): The 49ers come into the game as conference champions of the Bay Valley Conference and winners of 25 games this season. Yuba has won 14 straight games and will look to pick up the road victory against Fresno on Saturday night. Three 49ers come into the game averaging in double figures as Brandon Recek leads Yuba in scoring. The freshman guard is averaging 15.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest this season. Recek has made 62 three pointers this season and has played solid all season long for the 49ers. Cornell Greenwood has excelled for the 49ers as the freshman is averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Greenwood has played solid and has been a very bright spot for Yuba this season. Isaiah Bates (11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds), Charnpreet Bansal (8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds), and Philip Judson (8.0 points and 3.0 assists) are three other players that could contribute against Fresno this weekend. Yuba comes into the game averaging 73.8 points per game while giving up 62.8 points per contest (3rd in the state). Yuba is a beast on the glass as the 49ers lead the state in rebounding margin per game (16.5), and 5th in the state in offensive rebounds per game as Yuba averages 14.2 per game. One are where Yuba has struggled is from downtown as the 49ers make 5.4 per game (92nd in the state) and are 94th in three point field goal percentage (29%). At the defensive end, Yuba is 5th in the state in block shots, and hold opponents to 40% shooting against them which is 12th in the state. Yuba holds opponents to 31% from downtown which is 13th in the state and they will look to run the Rams off the three point line this weekend.