Men's Hoops Heads to New Orleans for Tulane Classic

Nikolas Skouen

Dec. 17, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine men's basketball team heads east to New Orleans for two games at the Tulane Classic before the Christmas break. The Waves have three games left before West Coast Conference play begins in January.

GAME #11 -- Wednesday (Dec. 19) at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La.: Pepperdine (6-4) vs. Alabama State (1-9) at 2 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. CT.

GAME #12 -- Thursday (Dec. 20) at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La.: Pepperdine at Tulane (7-3, hosts Texas-Pan American on Wednesday) at 5 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. CT.

WAVECASTS -- Live video broadcasts of home games and audio broadcasts of all road contests are free to all users at Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein is behind the microphone (now in his 28th season, he heads into the upcoming games with a streak of 826 consecutive broadcasts). Also on the official website, fans can join an interactive live blog/chat using Cover It Live technology during most Pepperdine games (though not for the Tulane Classic).

SOCIAL MEDIA -- On Twitter, get the latest news on the men's basketball program at @PeppBasketball and follow our coaches and staff at @MartyWilson4, @CoachMarkAmaral, @Coach_BMoore and @jimpelman. You can also like the Pepperdine Men's Basketball and/or Pepperdine Athletics pages on Facebook.

TICKETS -- For the majority of home games, men's basketball single-game tickets cost $15 (reserved), $12 (adult general admission) or $5 (child general admission). Premium games (LMU, BYU and Gonzaga) have different pricing plans. Tickets can be purchased through the Pepperdine ticket office (866-WAVE-TIX) or via Ticketmaster.

ALABAMA STATE -- This is the first meeting between Pepperdine and Alabama State. The Hornets were picked to finish sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches poll. They lost their first seven games of the season, then beat Troy at home before losing the last two on the road.

TULANE -- This is the first meeting between Pepperdine and Tulane. Heading into the Tulane Classic, the Green Wave are 7-0 at home this season and have won 17 straight non-conference home games. In their most recent game, the Green Wave lost at San Diego, 78-72.

LAST GAME -- Both Pepperdine and Central Michigan had their best long-range shooting nights of the season, but the Chippewas were a little better and the Waves suffered their first home loss, 80-77, on Sunday. CMU hit 14 of 29 three-pointers, while Pepperdine was 11-for-22. Although the Waves outshot the Chippewas 53.4% to 50.0% overall and had a 35-19 rebounding edge, Pepperdine couldn't overcome 19 turnovers (CMU only had eight) and Central Michigan's success at the free throw line (16-for-24, compared to 4-for-4 for the Waves). Nikolas Skouen had team highs and tied his career highs with 16 points and four three-pointers. He was one of six Waves to score in double-figures, as the team fought back from a 13-point deficit to get within one point a couple of times in the final minutes.

JACKSON -- Senior guard Lorne Jackson is back at full strength for his fifth and final season. He redshirted last year following ACL surgery, the second one that he's had to undergo during his time at Pepperdine. "LoJack" was named All-WCC honorable mention in 2010-11 after averaging 13.2 points per game (16.6 ppg in conference games, third-best in the league). He became the 37th player in Pepperdine history to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Dec. 1 at Utah Valley. Now with 1,043 points, he ranks 34th, and he's on a pace that would put him among the top 20 scorers in school history. Jackson also ranks #10 all-time at Pepperdine in three-pointers with 122 and is about to break into the top 10 in steals (he has 122, he needs 123). He scored a career-high 28 points in a win against UC Irvine this season. Jackson is the only Wave to score in double-figures all 10 games this season and he's averaging a team-best 15.4 points.

BAKER -- Sophomore guard Jordan Baker is the team's top returning scorer, and he's increased his average to 10.3 points this season. The website College Sports Madness named Baker its WCC Player of the Week after he averaged 14.0 points in wins over UC Riverside and Hawai'i. Baker almost recorded the second triple-double in Pepperdine history (Doug Christie has the only one) with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists vs. Central Michigan.

FRESHMAN FRONTCOURT -- Stacy Davis leads all WCC freshmen in both scoring (10.9, 18th overall) and rebounding (7.2, seventh overall). He's the only freshman ranked in the top 20 in scoring and is one of only two in rebounding. At 7.0 points per game, Jett Raines is also among the league's top freshmen. The pair have been the starting frontcourt for all 10 games.

RANDOM STATS -- Pepperdine has had a better shooting percentage than the opponent in nine of 10 games, including eighth straight ... Pepperdine is unbeaten when allowing 66 points or less, but winless when allowing 67 points or more ... Pepperdine is 6-4 after 10 games for the second straight season ... Pepperdine is 6-1 when keeping the opponent below 43% shooting (the best an opponent has shot in a Waves win was 40.4% by Washington State).

WCC STATS -- (Through 12/16) The Waves are #2 in field goal percentage defense (.389) ... Lorne Jackson is ninth in scoring (15.4) and fifth in free throw percentage (.837) ... Stacy Davis is 18th in scoring (10.9) and seventh in rebounding (7.2) ... Caleb Willis is second in assist/turnover ratio (2.9), sixth in assists (4.7) and eighth in minutes (32.0) ... Moriba De Freitas is tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.0) and tied for 14th in rebounding (5.0) ... Jordan Baker is 23rd in scoring (10.3), 12th in rebounding (5.3), sixth in three-pointers made (1.9) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.442) ... Nikolas Skouen is eighth in three-point percentage (.450) and 10th in three-pointers made (1.8).

INJURIES -- The Waves are finally at full strength. Malte Kramer (knee) missed the first eight games but made his debut at Hawai'i. Jan Maehlen (hand) and Austin Mills (hand) each missed the first two games of the season. With Brendan Lane redshirting, the Waves had only nine players available for the first two games of the season (both losses).

SEASON NOTABLES -- Pepperdine won three straight games for the first time since January 2010, and four in a row for the first time since November 2007 ... The Waves have now beaten a Pac-12 team two consecutive seasons (at Arizona State last year, vs. Washington State this year) ... It hasn't happened often, but WSU was the first one of the old Pac-10 teams to visit Firestone Fieldhouse since December 2002 (Oregon) and the first that the Waves had beaten at home since November 1985 (WSU) ... In Firestone Fieldhouse, Pepperdine is now 3-3 all-time against the old Pac-10 schools, and 6-5 against the current list of Pac-12 schools ... Pepperdine has won road games in Texas two straight years (UTSA last season, Houston Baptist this season) ... According to Pepperdine's records, the Waves won for the first time ever against Hawai'i in Honolulu in their fifth try ... Pepperdine posted a 3-1 record against Big West Conference teams.

OVERTIME -- Pepperdine is 2-1 in overtime contests this season. The last time the Waves played three OT games was 2007-08, and the last time they played four was 1981-82. Pepperdine won back-to-back games in overtime against Washington State and Houston Baptist, which is one of only three known times that the Waves have played consecutive overtime games. Pepperdine has won both contests each time, though it hadn't happened since December 1977, and the first time was in February-March 1976. This is the first time that records show three overtime games among the first seven contests of the season.

ROSTER -- The Waves look much different this year. Only four letterwinners are back from last season, plus three redshirts. They're joined by seven newcomers to bring the roster total to 14. The class breakdown is three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. Twelve players are on scholarship and two are walk-ons.

RETURNERS -- Lorne Jackson's previous numbers aren't included, but returning players account for 36% of last year's points (621/1,719), 28% of the rebounds (267/943), 55% of the assists (197/358), 21% of the blocked shots (18/85), 55% of the steals (74/135) and 40% of the minutes played (2,320/5,825).

WILSON -- This is head coach Marty Wilson's second year as head coach at Pepperdine and his 16th season in Malibu. He has compiled an impressive record here as a student-athlete (1985-89), an assistant coach (1991-96, which included a brief stint as the interim head coach) and 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 22 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 went to the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once.

ASSISTANTS -- Associate head coach Mark Amaral, assistant coach Bryant Moore and director of operations John Impelman all have returned this season. 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. Impelman, who filled in as an assistant coach for a period of time last season, is the great-grandson of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. New to the staff is assistant coach Jason Hart, one of the all-time best players at Syracuse and a nine-year NBA veteran, who coached Taft High School to a Los Angeles City Section Division I title last year.

WCC -- This is the second of two years that the West Coast Conference will have nine teams. Brigham Young joined prior to 2011-12, and the roster will grow to 10 in 2013-14 when Pacific rejoins the conference. The coaches' preseason poll went in the following order: Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Portland and Pepperdine. Keep in mind, however, that the Waves have finished better than predicted in each of the previous four seasons (since Marty Wilson came back to the program).

RECRUITS -- The Waves inked three Southern California high school standouts to be their backcourt of the future during the November signing period. Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), a 5-foot-10 point guard, averaged 25.8 points per game last season. Lamond Murray Jr. (Redondo Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS), a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 20.2 points as a prep junior. Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, made 92 three-pointers last season and helped La Costa Canyon to the state championship game. Major and Murray are teammates on the Double Pump 2013 Elite AAU squad, while Van Dyke plays for Gamepoint.

PEPPERDINE BASKETBALL -- This is the 75th season of Pepperdine men's basketball, and the 40th that the Waves have called Firestone Fieldhouse home. The Waves began the campaign with an all-time record of 1,140-974 (.539). 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 only major step left before the arena can be built is fundraising.

2013/2015 NCAA WEST REGIONALS -- Pepperdine University is the host institution for both the 2013 and 2015 West Regionals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. 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 was in the New York Knicks' preseason camp this year but after being waived he's returned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA 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 enrollment and is the only school not associated with a BCS conference. The Waves earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football D-I school, for the third time 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.



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