Men's Basketball Competes in Great Alaska Shootout

Jeremy Major

Nov. 25, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine men's basketball team, off to its best five-game start since 2004-05, will face some of its biggest challenges of the non-conference season at the Great Alaska Shootout. Play begins for the Waves on Thanksgiving night against Green Bay in a CBS Sports Network telecast.

GAME #6 -- Thursday (November 28) at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska: Pepperdine (4-1) vs. Green Bay (2-1) at 5:30 p.m. AT / 6:30 p.m. PT.

GAME #7 -- Friday (November 29) at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska: Pepperdine vs. Denver (0-2) or Harvard (4-1). If the Waves are playing in the winners' bracket, the game is at 8 p.m. AT / 9 p.m. PT. If Pepperdine drops into the losers' bracket, the game is at 2 p.m. AT / 3 p.m. PT.

GAME #8 -- Saturday (November 30) at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska: Pepperdine will play one of the following: Alaska Anchorage (5-1), Indiana State (3-1), Texas Christian (2-2) or Tulsa (0-4). Saturday's game times are 12 p.m. AT (7th/8th-place game), 2 p.m. AT (4th/6th-place game), 6 p.m. AT (3rd/5th-place game) and 8:30 p.m. AT (championship).

TELEVISION -- Pepperdine's game against Green Bay will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover and Pete Gillen on the call. All four first-round games and all four winners' bracket games will be shown either live or on tape delay by the CBS Sports Network.

WAVECASTS -- Live audio broadcasts of all three Great Alaska Shootout games will be free to all users at Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein is behind the microphone (now in his 29th season, he has a streak going of 850 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

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."

GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT -- This is the second time that Pepperdine has played in this tournament. The first time was the inaugural event in 1978 (when it was then known as the Seawolf Classic). The Waves beat 10th-ranked Indiana in the first round, lost to 12th-ranked North Carolina State in the semifinals and defeated Lamar in the third-place game. Ricardo Brown made the all-tournament team for the Waves.

GREEN BAY -- The Waves and Phoenix have met only once before, a 57-49 home win for Green Bay during the 1996-97 season. Green Bay was voted the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

DENVER/HARVARD -- Pepperdine has never played Denver ... The Waves have played Harvard once, a 95-63 Waves victory in Malibu in the 1978-79 season ... Denver was picked to finish second in the Summit League, while Harvard was named the preseason favorite in the Ivy League.

OTHER HALF OF BRACKET -- Pepperdine has never played Alaska Anchorage ... The Waves are 1-3 against Indiana State (last meeting: an 83-73 road loss in 1980-81) ... Pepperdine is 1-0 against TCU (57-45 neutral-site win in 1945-46) ... The Waves are 0-1 against Tulsa (a 102-70 road loss in 1983-84).

LAST GAME -- Locked in a close game with Utah Valley, Pepperdine took over in the final four minutes and came away with a 58-53 home win on Saturday. Brendan Lane had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, and he also had the go-ahead basket with a little more than two minutes left. Pepperdine trailed 45-42 at the final media timeout with 3:55 to play, but then went on a 10-1 run over the next three-plus minutes.

DAVIS -- Sophomore forward Stacy Davis leads the WCC with a 19.6 points-per-game average. Davis only reached the 20-point mark once as a freshman, but he did so in each of the first four games this season, making him just the second Wave to score at least 20 in each of the first four games of the season in the last 31 years. He's also leading the WCC in three-point percentage (71.4%, 5-for-7) and is eighth in rebounding (7.8).

LANE -- Senior forward Brendan Lane could give the Waves two straight WCC Newcomers of the Year. In addition to averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, the UCLA transfer is leading the WCC in both rebounding and blocked shots (3.8). Lane only scored in double-figures once in his three years with the Bruins but has done it in each of the first five games this season. His 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.

SKOUEN -- Senior guard Nikolas Skouen just became the 14th Wave to sink 100 three-pointers in a career. He has 100 exactly and he will eventually need 125 to break into the Pepperdine top 10. His career three-point percentage of 38.9% ranks ninth in Pepperdine history.

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 WCC POTW 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. He's expected to miss at least a month.

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 four contests. The new guys (which includes Brendan Lane, a redshirt) have scored 48.8% of the Waves' points this season (182/373).

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) ... The Waves began the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998-99 ... Pepperdine is 4-1 for the first time since 2004-05 ... 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.

ROSTER NUMBERS -- At the start of the season, fans might have recognized half of the Waves' team, but the other half was 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?

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 is currently in the NBA's D-League with Santa Cruz. 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).

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.

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.



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