Waves Host Gaels in Saturday's WCC Game of the Week

Harrison Meads (Nate Edwards/BYU photo)
Jan. 12, 2018

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Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (Malibu, California)
Time: 5 p.m.
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Audio: WaveCasts
Series: Pepperdine leads 71-67
Last Meeting: Gaels 78, Waves 49 (2/23/2017 in Malibu)


2017-18 Record: 3-14
WCC Record: 0-5
Home Record: 3-6
Head Coach: Marty Wilson
Website: www.PepperdineWaves.com
Twitter: @PeppBasketball


2017-18 Record: 16-2
WCC Record: 5-0
Away Record: 4-0
Head Coach: Randy Bennett
Website: www.SMCGaels.com
Twitter: @saintmaryshoops

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  • For the third time in three Saturdays, the Pepperdine men’s basketball team will take part in the WCC Game of the Week. This time, the Waves host Saint Mary’s, which has won 11 games in a row.
  • The game will be shown locally on Spectrum SportsNet and elsewhere on NBC Sports Bay Area+, ROOT Northwest and AT&T Rocky Mountain (Barry Tompkins and Casey Jacobsen). There will also be an audio-only WaveCasts with Al Epstein on the call at PepperdineWaves.com.
  • Pepperdine replica jerseys will be handed out to the first 1,000 Waves fans and students.
  • Saint Mary’s has won the last three meetings after Pepperdine won the previous three.
  • After two previous seasons of dealing with major injury hits, things aren’t going well again in 2017-18. The entire projected starting lineup has yet to play a game together, the Waves have been without two potential starters 10 times in 17 games and nine of the 13 scholarship players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. There has been a total of 43 player-games lost.
  • Kameron Edwards, the team’s leading scorer (15.9) and rebounder (6.8), hasn’t played since December 5 due to a concussion. Nolan Taylor (shoulder) and Jadé Smith (concussion) also didn’t travel to BYU.
  • Colbey Ross is currently the top freshman in the WCC in both scoring (14.8, eighth overall) and assists (5.1, fourth overall). He’s the only Wave to start all 17 games.
  • Amadi Udenyi needs five assists to get to #5 on the Waves’ all-time list.
  • Since recovering from injury eight games ago, Eric Cooper Jr. has scored in double-figures six times and is averaging 12.8 points.
  • Newcomers to the lineup this season have scored 67.0% of the points.
  • KenPom rates the Waves in the bottom 25 teams in the country in terms of both experience and continuity.
  • The Waves are on the road for both games next weekend, heading to Northern California to face Pacific and San Francisco.

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TICKETS — Single-game tickets for most Pepperdine home games are $25 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission. Select premium games are $30 and $20, respectively. Tickets are available via PepperdineWaves.com or by calling (310) 506-4935.

PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 18 schools to have accomplished this feat — and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football and is the only university that has not been affiliated with a “major” conference. The Waves have won a total of 25 team or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, California, the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #46 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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