Men's Hoops Plays Home Opener on Tuesday

Nolan Taylor
Nov. 12, 2017

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Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (Malibu, California)
Time: 7 p.m.
Series: Pepperdine leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Waves 76, Kingsmen 61 (11/17/2014 in Malibu)

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  • The Waves will look to bounce back in their home opener against NCAA Division III program Cal Lutheran on Tuesday.
  • This is the first of four consecutive home games for the Waves, the last two of which are part of the Progressive Legends Classic.
  • Due to differences between the two divisions, this is a real game for Pepperdine while CLU will consider it an exhibition.
  • Cal Lutheran went 20-7 last year and was picked to finish fourth in the SCIAC this season.
  • The Waves have won six consecutive home openers and are 35-9 in home openers in Firestone Fieldhouse.
  • The game will be shown on with Al Epstein on the call.
  • Six of the 12 players who saw action at Oklahoma State were newcomers, including three starters. The Waves' three true freshman all made an impact, as Trae Berhow had team highs of 13 points and eight rebounds, Colbey Ross had nine points, five rebounds and a team-high three assists and Jadé Smith had three steals and three rebounds.
  • After two years of major injury issues, things aren't off to a great start in 2017-18 as expected starter Eric Cooper Jr. (shoulder) sat out the opener.
  • Amadi Udenyi needs nine assists to move into Pepperdine's all-time top 10 (and 10 to knock head coach Marty Wilson out of the top 10).
  • The Waves were picked seventh in the WCC preseason coaches poll.
  • Pepperdine's second of four straight home games is Friday night against Northern Colorado.

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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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