Men's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule
July 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Five home games, the Great Alaska Shootout and a road trip to Washington State highlight the Pepperdine men's basketball team's 2013-14 non-conference schedule, which head coach Marty Wilson announced today.
"We've put together a non-conference schedule that will challenge us and that will prepare us to compete in the WCC," Wilson said. "We're going to have a good, young squad that wants to get better and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season. Washington State is a big game for us. We were fortunate to beat them here in overtime, and hopefully we can go up there on the road into a hostile environment and try to beat them at their place. The tournament in Alaska is something that we're all excited about. None of our players have been there before."
The season opener is at home against San Diego Christian on Saturday, Nov. 9. The other four games in Firestone Fieldhouse are San Jose State (Wednesday, Nov. 20), Utah Valley (Saturday, Nov. 23), Cal State Fullerton (Wednesday, Dec. 4) and Houston Baptist (Saturday, Dec. 21).
The Waves will have a total of five games against schools in the state of California, as they'll also make trips to UC Riverside (Wednesday, Nov. 13) and UC Irvine (Saturday, Dec. 7).
With the addition of Pacific, which brings the number of West Coast Conference teams to 10, the league schedule will get an early start on Saturday, Dec. 28. That schedule will likely be released in August.
Following is Pepperdine's full non-conference schedule with notes about each game/event.
Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. San Diego Christian (Firestone Fieldhouse): This will be the first-ever meeting between the Waves and the Hawks, who are a member of the NAIA.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at UC Riverside (Riverside, Calif.): Pepperdine posted its most lopsided victory of the season in a 62-40 victory last year at home against UCR. Prior to last season, the Waves and Highlanders hadn't met since 1977-78. The Waves now lead the all-time series 4-1. They've only played in Riverside twice previously (winning in December 1954 and losing in December 1977).
Saturday, Nov. 16 at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.): A three-year series between the Waves and Chippewas will end with Pepperdine making its first trip to McGuirk Arena. CMU won the first two meetings between the schools each of the past two years, both of which were played in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 vs. San Jose State (Firestone Fieldhouse): The Spartans lead the all-time series, 24-21, but the vast majority of those meetings were in the 1950s and 1960s when both schools were in the West Coast Conference. Since 1969, there have only been four games between the two schools. The Waves won the last one at home in December 2000.
Saturday, Nov. 23 vs. Utah Valley (Firestone Fieldhouse): Pepperdine's visit to Utah Valley last season was the first meeting between the two schools, and the Wolverines pulled out a 67-63 overtime victory.
Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 28-30, at Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, Alaska): Pepperdine will open against Green Bay on Thanksgiving, then will play its second game against either Denver or Harvard. The schools in the other half of the bracket are Tulsa, Indiana State, TCU and Alaska Anchorage. This is Pepperdine's second-ever appearance at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Waves played in the inaugural event in 1978 (when it was known as the Seawolf Classic).
Wednesday, Dec. 4, vs. Cal State Fullerton (Firestone Fieldhouse): Until the last few years, the Waves and Titans played somewhat regularly since the early 1980s, with Pepperdine holding a slim 11-10 lead in the all-time series. Cal State Fullerton won the last three meetings, with the last one coming in December 2006.
Saturday, Dec. 7, at UC Irvine (Irvine, Calif.): The Waves and Anteaters will play for the 10th time in the last 13 years. Pepperdine leads 11-10 all-time after a 72-62 home victory last season. Pepperdine has lost in its last four trips to the Bren Events Center, last winning there in November 1997, and has just two wins in nine trips there.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at Washington State (Pullman, Wash.): This is the final game of a three-year series between the Waves and Cougars. WSU beat Pepperdine, 67-56, in the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle in 2011. Last year, the Waves came from eight points down with four minutes left to force overtime, and rallied for a 58-56 victory in Firestone Fieldhouse. The all-time series is tied, 3-3. The Waves are 1-1 in their two previous trips to Pullman (winning in December 1976, losing in December 1986).
Saturday, Dec. 21, vs. Houston Baptist (Firestone Fieldhouse): In the first-ever meeting between the two schools last season, the Waves traveled to Houston and came back with a 57-53 overtime victory.
Pepperdine heads into 2012-13 with seven returning letterwinners, three of whom were starters, including 2013 WCC Newcomer of the Year Stacy Davis (Fairfax, Ariz./Laveen HS). The Waves will also add UCLA transfer Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS) to the lineup, and they've currently signed six newcomers. Of the current roster, nine of the 14 players are freshmen or sophomores.