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Pepperdine (12-17) vs. San Diego (14-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 7, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (7,471) -- Las Vegas, Nevada Television: BYUtv. Home Record: Pepperdine 6-7, USD 10-6. Away Record: Pepperdine 5-10, USD 4-9. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 1-0, USD 0-2. Conference Record: Pepperdine 4-12, USD 7-9. Series Record: Pepperdine leads, 56-39.
GAME NOTES: The West Coast Conference Tournament continues on Thursday as the Pepperdine Waves and San Diego Toreros square off in a second round matchup at Orleans Arena.
This is the third straight year that Pepperdine and San Diego have played in the 6/7 game. The winner will advance to take on BYU in the quarterfinals on Friday.
This will be a rematch of the regular-season finale for both sides. San Diego completed the season series sweep of Pepperdine with a 76-69 victory at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday. The Waves now own a 56-39 all-time series lead.
Marty Wilson's Waves' second loss to USD marked their fourth in a row and dropped them to a 12-17 overall record. Lorne Jackson produced a career-best 13.7 ppg to guide Pepperdine through his senior year. His efforts have hardly been enough however, as the team has the second-worst scoring offense in the conference at 62.9 ppg. Defensively, the Waves are only three slots higher with 67.6 points allowed per tilt. Jordan Baker and Stacy Davis play big roles for the squad as well. Baker is the second-leading scorer with 11.5 ppg, while Davis posts 11.0 points and 7.1 boards per contest. Davis earned the Waves� first WCC Newcomer of the Year award since 2003 and was All-WCC honorable mention along with Jackson and Baker.
Jackson did all he could for Pepperdine in the regular season finale, tallying 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Davis and Baker scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, but the Waves were unable to avoid the season series sweep despite committing only five turnovers. Although it lost, Pepperdine broke a three-game streak of shooting below 39 percent from the floor it went 24-of-54 (44.4 percent).
San Diego's season-ending win over Pepperdine snapped a five-game losing slide and improved it to 7-9 in the WCC standings. The Toreros notched a few impressive victories earlier in the season over BYU and Tulane while also nearly upsetting Gonzaga and Saint Mary's. In the regular season finale, Johnny Dee led the way with 14 points for USD, while Chris Manresa, Ken Rancifer and Christopher Anderson all netted 13 points.
On the season, USD boasts the third- ranked scoring defense in the WCC, holding foes to 66.5 ppg, but it doesn't have a scoring offense (65.0 ppg) capable enough of supporting it. Dee sneaks into the conference's top-10 in scoring with 14.6 ppg by draining 66 3- pointers at 37.6 percent clip. Rancifer nets 10.3 ppg, and Anderson (9.1 ppg) is among the league leaders in both assists (5.6 apg) and steals (2.1 spg).
Defeating the same team on three different occasions in a season is never an easy task to complete. However, USD has one of the top backcourts in the WCC. The Toreros should be able to get past the struggling Waves once again as Pepperdine could not get the job done despite a strong showing from Jackson in the last encounter.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego 70, Pepperdine 65
03/07 10:31:40 ET
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