The men's basketball team has traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, where the Waves will compete in the Great Alaska Shootout. It begins Thursday night when the Waves (4-1) take on Green Bay (2-1).
According to head coach Marty Wilson, a successful trip to Alaska begins with "first and foremost, packing warm clothes. Flannels, tights and layers are definitely necessary for the players, because a lot of them don't quite realize how cold it's actually going to be."
Aside from the adjustment the players will have to make to the weather, the tournament also requires that the team be prepared to go against multiple opponents. Wilson explains: "The challenge will be playing three games in a row. Creating a game plan for one team could be totally different than the next team in regards to preparation. The next game we have to prepare to play one of two teams, so not knowing where we need to focus is always an immediate challenge."
The Waves do, however, have a plan of action to be as well prepared as possible.
Said Wilson: "We assign specific teams to our assistant coaches, who will have all of the necessary videos and written reports ahead of time. And then as a staff, we review the film and break down what the team is going to need to focus on. We will watch the videos with the team after the first game, and implement the focus on the necessary skills during our one-hour practice before the second game."
The team will play a total of three games in the Great Alaska Shootout. Game one against Green Bay will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network, and all three of the games will also be available to stream with live audio at www.pepperdinesports.com.