Men's Hoops Hosts San Jose State, Utah Valley
Pepperdine is looking to extend its 3-0 start against the Spartans on Wednesday.
Nov. 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -- Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1998-99, the Pepperdine men's basketball team hopes to keep its perfect record intact with two home games this week. The Waves host San Jose State on Wednesday and Utah Valley on Saturday. Stacy Davis was named WCC Player of the Week on Monday.
GAME #4 -- Wednesday (November 20) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine (3-0) vs. San Jose State (0-4) at 7 p.m.
GAME #5 -- Saturday (November 23) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. Utah Valley (2-1, at Oregon on Tuesday) at 5 p.m.
WAVECASTS -- A live video broadcast of both the San Jose State and Utah Valley games will be free to all users at www.pepperdinesports.com. Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein is behind the microphone (now in his 29th season, he has a streak going of 848 consecutive broadcasts).
SOCIAL MEDIA -- On Twitter, get the latest news on the men's basketball program at @PeppBasketball and follow our coaches at @MartyWilson4, @CoachMarkAmaral, @Coach_BMoore and @jimpelman. You can also like the Pepperdine Men's Basketball and/or Pepperdine Athletics pages on Facebook.
HOOPS EXTRA -- Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Hoops Extra basketball blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinesports.com/hoopsextra.
MOBILE APP -- Pepperdine Athletics has launched a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and features live scoring updates, news stories, on-demand video, photo galleries and much more. A subscription platform is also available to watch live video of home games. Go to your app store and search for "Pepperdine Athletics."
SAN JOSE STATE -- The Spartans lead the all-time series with the Waves, 24-21. The two schools haven't met since December 2000, a 62-60 Pepperdine victory in Malibu. Most of the meetings took place between 1956 and 1969 when both schools were in the WCC. This will only be the third time the schools have played in Firestone Fieldhouse (one win apiece). The Spartans, picked to finish 11th in the Mountain West, lost their opener at Santa Clara, 89-77, and then dropped three games at the Northern Illinois Invitational.
UTAH VALLEY -- Last season's 67-63 overtime victory by the Wolverines in Orem, Utah, was the first meeting between the two schools. Utah Valley, picked to finish fourth in the WAC, won its first two home games this season before losing at Oklahoma State.
LAST GAME -- A big second-half shooting effort and more strong performances by Stacy Davis and Brendan Lane lifted Pepperdine to an 88-71 win at Central Michigan on Saturday. The Waves trailed 41-38 at halftime but shot 18-for-25 (72.0%) from the field in the second half. Davis tied his career high with 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Lane recorded his second double-double with 15 points (7-for-8 shooting) and 10 rebounds plus five blocks, four assists and two steals.
DEBUTS -- Seven of the 12 Waves that have gotten into a game are in their debut season with Pepperdine. That includes the majority of the starters in all three contests. The new guys (which includes Brendan Lane, a redshirt) have scored 47.5% of the Waves' points this season (113/238).
DAVIS -- Sophomore forward Stacy Davis leads the WCC with a 23.7 points-per-game average. He scored 24, 23 and 24 points in his first three games of the season. The last time a Wave scored at least 23 points in the first two games of the year was 1987-88 when Craig Davis and Tom Lewis both accomplished the feat (Lewis went on to do it in three straight games). No Wave has scored at least 23 points in the first four games of the season in the last 40 years (as far back as single-game statistics are available), and it's possible that it's never happened in program history.
LANE -- Senior forward Brendan Lane's seven blocked shots in the opener vs. San Diego Christian were the most by a Wave since Jarrad Henry set the school record with 11 on 2/5/2007. It tied the seventh-best single-game effort in Pepperdine history and set a school record for a player in his debut. In addition to averaging a double-double with 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds, Lane is leading the WCC in both rebounding and blocked shots (4.0).
TEAM NOTES -- Pepperdine began the season 2-0 for the second time in three years (but also just the second time in the last 14 years) ... Pepperdine began the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998-99 (the Waves were 5-0 that year before losing) ... Pepperdine's 88 points at Central Michigan were the most scored by the Waves since January 2011 against San Francisco ... The Waves had back-to-back road wins for the first time since November 2007 ... The 17-point win at Central Michigan was the largest on the road for the Waves since December 2007.
2013-14 HONORS -- Stacy Davis, last season's WCC Newcomer of the Year, was named to the preseason All-WCC first team ... Davis was named WCC Player of the Week on November 18 after averaging 23.5 points in road wins against UC Riverside and Central Michigan (the Waves' first since December 2010).
INJURY UPDATE -- Jett Raines will miss at least the first few weeks of the season with a hand injury ... Amadi Udenyi suffered a knee injury early in the UC Riverside game. It's not believed to be major, but more details should be available this week.
ROSTER NUMBERS -- At the start of the season, fans might have recognized half of the Waves' team, but the other half is brand new. Pepperdine returns eight players (seven letterwinners plus redshirt Brendan Lane) while bringing in eight newcomers (one JC transfer and seven freshmen). The returners accounted for 49% of last season's points and rebounds. Nikolas Skouen is the only player that entered 2013-14 having already competed in multiple seasons at Pepperdine. The roster breakdown is three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen. All 13 scholarships are being utilized and there are three walk-ons.
WILSON -- This is Marty Wilson's third year as head coach at Pepperdine and his 17th season in Malibu. He has compiled an impressive record here beginning as a student-athlete (1985-89), continuing as an assistant coach (1991-96, which included a brief stint as the interim head coach) and then returning as the associate head coach for three seasons (2009-11) under Tom Asbury. He was then elevated to the position of head coach following Asbury's retirement after the 2010-11 season. Wilson was also an assistant at San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Utah inbetween stints at Pepperdine and has been a Division I coach for 23 seasons. He ended his playing career #5 all-time in assists at Pepperdine with 342 (he's still #9). The team went to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT twice in Wilson's four seasons on the court. As a Pepperdine assistant, the team took part in the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once.
ASSISTANTS -- Almost all of Pepperdine's staff is back, but some are in different roles. Associate head coach Mark Amaral and assistant coach Bryant Moore are both in their third seasons. Amaral and Marty Wilson were assistants together at UC Santa Barbara for four seasons. Moore worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons in a variety of roles, including player development coordinator, during the LeBron James era. John Impelman, who was the director of operations the past two seasons, has been promoted to assistant coach. Impelman is the great-grandson of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. Jon Pastorek, last year's graduate manager, is now the director of operations.
WCC -- The West Coast Conference has gone from eight to nine and now to 10 schools over the last few years. Brigham Young joined prior to 2011-12, and Pacific rejoined in 2013-14. The coaches' preseason poll went in the following order: Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Santa Clara, Portland and Pepperdine. But, in each of the last five years, Pepperdine has finished better than predicted (which coincides with when Marty Wilson came back to the program).
NON-CONFERENCE NOTES -- The Waves will try for a win against a Pac-12 school for the third straight year with their visit to Washington State. They beat the Cougars at home last season and Arizona State on the road two years ago ... The Waves will play in the Great Alaska Shootout for the second time (the first was the inaugural tournament in 1978, which included a Pepperdine win against 10th-ranked Indiana) ... Last season Pepperdine went 3-1 against the Big West, and the Waves will play three Big West teams this season (at UC Riverside, vs. Cal State Fullerton, at UC Irvine).
RECRUITS -- Last year's recruiting class saw Pepperdine stock up on guards and wings. The Waves then went big in their latest group to sign national letters-of-intent. In the November early signing period, they landed 6-foot-10 center Nate Gehring (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee HS), 6-foot-8 forward A.J. John (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS) and 6-foot-10 center Ryan Keenan (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge HS), all of whom will enter Pepperdine in fall 2014.
PEPPERDINE BASKETBALL -- This is the 76th season of Pepperdine men's basketball, and the 41st season that the Waves have called Firestone Fieldhouse home. The Waves began the campaign with an all-time record of 1,152-992 (.537). Pepperdine has been to the NCAA Tournament 13 times (last in 2002) and has won 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles (last in 2002) and three WCC Tournament crowns (last in 1994). Did you know that William "Bird" Averitt led the nation in scoring in 1972-73 with 33.9 points per game?
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT -- In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University's history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves' home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
2013/2015 NCAA WEST REGIONALS -- Pepperdine University was the host institution for the 2013 West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and will do so again in 2015. The Waves partnered with AEG/Staples Center and the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission to bring NCAA postseason basketball to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994.
WAVES IN THE PROS -- Yakhouba Diawara, a former NBA veteran who now plays in Italy, competed in the 2012 Olympics for France. Mychel Thompson is the most recent Wave in the NBA, appearing in five games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12 after making the squad as an undrafted free agent. He and Lorne Jackson are both currently in the NBA's D-League. Pepperdine had a streak of 34 consecutive seasons with at least one Pepperdine alum on an NBA roster, which began in 1976-77 after the ABA/NBA merger and ended in 2010-11. Seventeen former Pepperdine players have seen action in the NBA, a list that includes notables such as Dennis Johnson (a 2010 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee, the 1979 NBA Finals MVP and a three-time NBA champion) and Doug Christie (a 15-year NBA veteran who was a mainstay on the All-Defensive Team).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- 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 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have 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, Calif., 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.