DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 11:59 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii.
Television: OCSports. Home Record: Pepperdine 3-0, Hawaii 4-1. Away Record:
Pepperdine 2-3, Hawaii 0-1. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Hawaii 0-0.
Conference Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Hawaii 0-0. Series Record: Hawaii leads,
GAME NOTES: Having had a full week to prepare, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors hit
the hardwood again on Saturday, as they entertain the Pepperdine Waves in non-
conference action at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Hawaii, which played the first five games of the season at home and responded
with four wins, was on the mainland last weekend and was treated to a 77-63
setback by nationally-ranked UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center. The defeat was
the second in the last three outings for the program, the other coming in
overtime versus Illinois by just a single point (78-77).
As for the Waves, they were in action on Wednesday night versus UC Riverside
at home and used the opportunity to record a convincing 62-40 win. It was the
fourth victory in the last five outings for a team that opened the campaign
with back-to-back losses.
Hawaii leads the all-time series by a count of 6-4, but it was Pepperdine that
won the most recent meeting last season in Malibu by a score of 73-67.
Jordan Baker scored a game-high 13 points off the bench as Pepperdine captured
a 22-point win over the UC Riverside Highlanders in non-conference action in
Malibu three nights ago. Also scoring in double figures for the Waves were
Nikolas Skouen and Lorne Jackson with 11 points apiece, as the team held UCR
to only 28.6 percent shooting from the floor and watched the visitors make a
grand total of just two free throws the entire way. Defensively, Pepperdine
has limited opponents to just 38.4 percent accuracy from the floor over the
course of eight games, 31.6 percent behind the three-point line, but those
advantages have been squandered by the fact that the Waves are only connecting
on 64.2 percent of their attempts at the charity stripe thus far. Jackson
continues to pace the team with 16.3 ppg, while Stacy Davis checks in with
11.6 ppg and a team-best 7.9 rpg as well.
For Hawaii, which won't be playing at home again until the Diamond Head
Classic begins in two weeks, the meeting with the Runnin' Rebels was rather
disappointing especially when you consider the team held Mike Moser to just 10
points and five rebounds. The visitors were paced by Christian Standhardinger
who put together a solid double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, both of
which were game highs, but he was also tagged with five of the unit's 17
turnovers and missed all four of his shots behind the three-point line. Vander
Joaquim accounted for 12 points and nine boards, but he too was saddled with
five miscues and shot a mere 1-of-4 out on the perimeter as the team finished
1-of-18 from three-point range. Standhardinger has been a huge addition to
Hawaii this season, his 17.0 ppg leading the team and his 7.0 rpg trailing
only Joaquim (15.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg). However, the group is turning the ball over
at an excessive rate, more than 16 times per game and that has prevented them
from building much larger offensive numbers.
Most visitors have a tough time when they drop in on Hawaii, just ask
Illinois, which is why the Waves could have their hands full this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 69, Pepperdine 64