Men's Hoops Opens Season at CSUN on Friday
Nov. 6, 2012
Marty Wilson begins his second season in charge with a very different roster than last season, but one that he believes will be tougher and more skilled.
GAME #1 -- Friday (Nov. 9) at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif.: Pepperdine (0-0) at Cal State Northridge (0-0) at 7:30 p.m.
WAVECASTS -- Live video broadcasts of home games and audio broadcasts of all road contests are free to all users at www.pepperdinesports.com. Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein, now in his 28th season with the Waves, is behind the microphone (he enters the season with a streak of 816 consecutive broadcasts). Also on the official website, fans can join an interactive live blog/chat using Cover It Live technology during most Pepperdine games.
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.
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.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE -- Pepperdine leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 8-7, but the Matadors have won the last four meetings overall and three straight in Northridge. CSUN won 73-70 in Malibu last season. Pepperdine's top four scorers in that game are no longer with the team. The Waves' last win in the series came in December 2005 at home. Their last win in Northridge was in December 1995. The Matadors, 7-21 overall last season, were picked to finish eighth in the Big West preseason media poll, and sophomore guard/forward Stephan Hicks was named to the preseason all-conference team.
SEASON OPENERS -- Pepperdine has a 41-33 record in season openers, though the Waves have won just two of the last 10. Since 1945, when the season opener has been a true road game, Pepperdine's record is 6-18. The Waves have lost five straight such games since winning at UC Irvine to start the 1997-98 season. In the only previous time Pepperdine and CSUN met in a season opener, the Waves won 69-59 in Northridge to start the 1962-63 campaign.
LAST GAME -- Pepperdine ran and shared its way to an 81-49 exhibition victory over Division III Cal Lutheran on Saturday (Nov. 3) in Firestone Fieldhouse. All 10 Waves that stepped onto the floor got on the scoreboard, five of whom were competing for Pepperdine for the first time. The Waves shot 52.6% from the field, had a 25-3 edge in fast-break points and accumulated 24 assists on 30 baskets. Strong debuts were turned in by Stacy Davis (21 points) and Atif Russell (11 points) while Jordan Baker had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds and Lorne Jackson returned after a year-long layoff to post 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
INJURIES -- Three players were held out of the Cal Lutheran exhibition due to injury: Malte Kramer (knee), Jan Maehlen (hand) and Austin Mills (hand). With Brendan Lane redshirting, if those three are unable to go, the Waves will only have nine players available against Cal State Northridge.
JACKSON -- Senior guard Lorne Jackson is back for his final season after redshirting last year due to knee surgery. He was named All-WCC honorable mention in 2010-11 after averaging 13.2 points per game. With 889 career points, he should soon become the Waves' 37th 1,000-point scorer and could finish among the top 20 scorers in school history.
ROSTER -- The Waves will look much different this year. Only four letterwinners are back from last season, plus three redshirts. They're joined by six newcomers to bring the roster total to 13. The class breakdown is three seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.
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 16th season at Pepperdine. He has compiled an impressive record in Malibu 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 of the Waves following the 2010-11 season. He 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. Wilson 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 his 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).
NON-CONFERENCE NOTES -- Washington State will become the first of one of the old Pac-10 teams to visit Firestone Fieldhouse since December 2002. The Cougars made the final of the 2012 College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament ... Pepperdine and California have only played once previously. The Golden Bears played in the First Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament ... The Waves will also take trips to Houston Baptist, Montana State, Utah Valley, Hawai'i and New Orleans for the Tulane Classic.
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?
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 will likely return to 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. 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.