Pepperdine (7-4) at Tulane (8-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 20, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: Pepperdine 3-1, Tulane 8-0. Away Record: Pepperdine 3-3, Tulane 0-3. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 1-0, Tulane 0-0. Conference Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Tulane 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Both sides look to go perfect in the two-day Tulane Classic as the Pepperdine Waves and Tulane Green Wave square off on Thursday.
Pepperdine earned its third win in four outings on Wednesday with a 66-58 victory over Alcorn State in the first segment of the classic. Coach Mary Wilson's team is now 7-4 overall and 3-3 in away games. Wilson's squad has notched notable decisions over Washington State (58-56 OT), Montana State (76-66), and Hawaii (63-56). The Waves are a very good rebounding team with 37.1 rpg to their opponents average of 32. They are producing 66.5 ppg on the offensive end and own a scoring defense average of 63.5 ppg.
The Green Wave completed a 76-49 rout of Texas-Pan American in their opening round bout to improve to 8-3 overall. All three of the losses occurred in away games. Coach Ed Conroy's squad is knocking down 41.3 percent of its field goal tries to generate 67.2 ppg, which is 9.4 points more than it is allowing opponents to score.
This will be the first-ever meeting between these schools on the hardwood.
In their win on Wednesday, the Waves shot a season-high 53.8 percent from the field and converted 20-of-26 attempts at the charity stripe. Pepperdine displayed a total team effort as Stacy Davis, Jett Raines, and Lorne Jackson tied for the scoring lead with 11 points each. Raines also collected a career- high total of eight rebounds and Jordan Baker added 10 points. Jackson, who has scored in double-figures in all 11 games, is scoring a team-high 15 ppg. Davis (10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Baker (10.3 ppg) are also carrying double-digit averages. Point guard Caleb Willis is not a big time threat to light up the scoreboard, but he does a decent job running the offense and owns a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Tulane took a while to get going versus UTPA as it was held to 37.5 percent shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes before heating up to drain 16-of-24 attempts from the floor in the second half. The Green Wave held an imposing 42-21 edge in the rebounding battle and scored 22 more points in the paint (42-20) than the Broncs. Junior forward Josh Davis finished 11-of-14 to score a game-high 23 points which he accompanied with eight boards. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant chipped in 14 points as 16 different players saw action for Tulane. Davis has been a force inside so far and owns a double-double average with 18.4 points and 10.3 boards per game. Tarrant (14.1 ppg) and Jordan Callahan (11.8 ppg) provide scoring punch from the backcourt.
The Green Wave cannot afford to operate inefficiently at the start of this one as Pepperdine poses a much bigger threat to their perfect home record than UTPA. The Waves have played well at times this season, but not with much consistency. Davis and Tarrant should be able to carry the hosts to another win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulane 68, Pepperdine 63
12/20 10:37:12 ET