Men's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule
Seven home games will be played in Firestone Fieldhouse in November and December.
MALIBU, California – Seven home games and road trips to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M as part of the Legends Classic highlight the 2017-18 non-conference schedule for the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, which was released in full today by head coach Marty Wilson.
“I’m excited about the diversity of our schedule,” said Wilson, who is heading into his seventh year as head coach. “I believe we will be playing some high-level teams that are very well-coached. This mix of teams will help us prepare for the West Coast Conference season. I know that our team and staff are looking forward to the challenges that we will face in non-conference play.”
As announced previously, the Waves’ participation in the Legends Classic features a season-opening road trip to Oklahoma State (Nov. 10) along with a journey to Texas A&M (Nov. 24) later in the month. Pepperdine will also be hosting a Subregional event with a total of four games on Nov. 20-21 with UC Santa Barbara, Montana and Oral Roberts.
The Waves will begin home-and-home series with Northern Colorado (Nov. 17), Southern Utah (Nov. 29) and UC Riverside (Dec. 5), all to be played in Firestone Fieldhouse this year. The Waves get Long Beach State (Dec. 9) in Firestone Fieldhouse to close out a home-and-home, and will do the same on the road with Cal Poly (Dec. 2), Belmont (Dec. 16) and Weber State (Dec. 19).
Pepperdine expects to bounce back in a big way from an injury-plagued 2016-17 season that saw four players go down with season-ending ailments, including three starters. The Waves went 9-22 overall and though they return just one regular starter and five letterwinners from last year’s team, two starters from the 2015-16 squad will be back while also adding arguably one of the program’s best recruiting classes in years.
Season ticket information will be released soon.
Here’s a look at the entire non-conference schedule and the series between the Waves and their opponents:
Friday, November 10: at Oklahoma State (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
Pepperdine is 1-5 against Oklahoma State, and 0-3 in Stillwater. The only other time the two schools met in the season opener, the Waves earned a 79-61 victory in Firestone Fieldhouse in 1986-87. The Cowboys have won the last five meetings, including a game in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. Last season, OSU went 20-13 overall, finished fifth in the Big 12 at 9-9 and played in the NCAA Tournament.
Tuesday, November 14: Cal Lutheran (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Waves and Kingsmen have met twice in official games, with Pepperdine earning victories in both 1967-68 and 2014-15. CLU, an NCAA Division III school located in nearby Thousand Oaks, went 20-7 last season.
Friday, November 17: Northern Colorado (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Waves and Bears have only played once, and not since 1964-65, an 85-80 Pepperdine home victory. Northern Colorado went 11-18 last season and tied for eighth in the Big Sky at 7-11.
Monday & Tuesday, November 20-21: Legends Classic Subregional (Firestone Fieldhouse)
Montana, Oral Roberts and UC Santa Barbara will join the Waves for a four-team tournament in Malibu as part of the Legends Classic. The Waves will face UCSB for the first time since 2007-08 on the first night. The Waves enjoy a 38-34 all-time advantage over UC Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara was 6-22 overall and came in ninth in the Big West at 4-12.
Montana and Oral Roberts will meet in the other opening game. The Waves lost at Montana 71-70 last season, while beating the Griz at home the year before that. The all-time series is 4-2 in Pepperdine’s favor. Pepperdine and Oral Roberts have met four times, but not since 1993-94, and each school has two wins apiece. The two schools have not played since 2007-08. Montana went 16-16 last season and tied for fifth place in the Big Sky at 11-7. Oral Roberts went 8-22 and was ninth in the Summit League at 4-12.
The subregional championship game and consolation game will be the next night.
Friday, November 24: at Texas A&M (Reed Arena)
The Waves will be making their first-ever trip to College Station and it will be the first meeting between the two schools in more than 60 years. The all-time series is tied with the Waves winning in 1946-47 and the Aggies victorious in 1954-55, both at neutral sites. Texas A&M went 16-15 last season and tied for ninth in the SEC at 8-10.
Wednesday, November 29: Southern Utah (Firestone Fieldhouse)
Pepperdine and Southern Utah have previously played one home-and-home series, with the Waves winning in Firestone Fieldhouse in 1994-95 and the Thunderbirds winning in Cedar City a year later. Southern Utah went 6-27 last season and finished tied for 11th in the Big Sky at 3-15.
Saturday, December 2: at Cal Poly (Mott Athletics Center)
The Waves are 14-8 all-time against the Mustangs. Pepperdine earned a 77-68 home win in last year’s season opener in Firestone Fieldhouse. Most of the matchups came in 1940s and 1950s, and for much of that time both schools were in the CCAA together. Cal Poly had won the only three meetings in the previous 60 years before last season. The Waves have a 4-6 record in San Luis Obispo with the last win coming there in 1950-51. Last season, the Mustangs went 11-20 and finished seventh in the Big West with a 6-10 record.
Tuesday, December 5: UC Riverside (Firestone Fieldhouse)
Pepperdine is 5-1 all-time against UC Riverside, including a 3-0 record in home games (2-0 in Firestone Fieldhouse). The Waves won both ends of a home-and-home in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the only meetings in the last 30+ years. The Highlanders went 7-21 last season and came in eighth place in the Big West at 5-11.
Saturday, December 9: Long Beach State (Firestone Fieldhouse)
Pepperdine holds a 17-9 advantage in the all-time series with the 49ers. Long Beach State won 75-66 last season in the Pyramid. The Waves won two seasons ago, 77-75, in Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine is 9-2 against Long Beach State in Malibu. The 49ers went 15-19 last season and took fourth place in the Big West at 9-7.
Saturday, December 16: at Belmont (Curb Event Center)
Last season’s 85-77 Bruin victory in Firestone Fieldhouse was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Nashville will be the site of the second half of this home-and-home series. The Bruins went 23-7 last season, won the Ohio Valley Conference’s regular season at 15-1 and made the second round of the NIT.
Tuesday, December 19: at Weber State (Dee Events Center)
Pepperdine is 2-4 all-time against Weber State but earned a 69-68 victory at home last season. The return trip to Ogden, Utah, will close out this home-and-home series and non-conference play. The Wildcats went 20-14 season and 12-6 in the Big Sky Conference for a tie for third place before reaching the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.