Pepperdine (12-16) at San Diego (13-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) -- San Diego, California. Television: TWC. Home Record: Pepperdine 6-7, San Diego 9-6. Away Record: Pepperdine 5-9, San Diego 4-9. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 1-0, San Diego 0-2. Conference Record: Pepperdine 4-11, San Diego 6-9. Series Record: Pepperdine leads, 53-37.
GAME NOTES: The 2012-13 regular season comes to a close for the Pepperdine Waves and San Diego Toreros on Saturday afternoon, as the two teams square off in a West Coast Conference clash at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Pepperdine played their home finale on Wednesday night and fell to Saint Mary's-CA, 87-48, to extend its losing streak to three games. The Waves are winding down a lackluster campaign, as they sit with a 12-16 overall record, which includes a 4-11 mark in WCC play.
San Diego appeared to be a contender early in the conference slate as it got off to a 4-0 start, but since then it has stumbled with losses in nine of 11, including five in a row. The Toreros hosted San Francisco on Thursday night and were handed an 83-70 defeat to fall to 13-17 on the season.
San Diego has won four straight games over Pepperdine, including a 62-50 decision in Malibu in the first meeting this season, but the Waves still lead the all-time series, 53-37.
The Waves had their worst offensive performance of the season in their last outing, shooting just 13-of-53 from the field while committing 15 turnovers, and to make matters worse they allowed Saint Mary's to net greater than 51 percent of its field goal attempts in what wound up being a 39-point differential. Stacy Davis tallied 12 points and seven rebounds in the setback, while Jordan Baker added 11 points. Not surprisingly, Pepperdine boasts one of the more lackluster offenses in the conference, pouring in just 62.7 ppg, and it isn't helped out much by its scoring defense (67.2 ppg), or with its ability to come up with turnovers (-3.4). Jackson is the team's top threat offensively with 13.4 ppg, and he is also a factor at the defensive end with 1.5 spg. Baker adds 11.5 ppg, and Davis is solid in the paint with 10.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg, but the Waves' top three scorers have combined to commit 258 turnovers.
On their home floor earlier this week, the Toreros trailed 18-2 less than five minutes in against San Francisco and they never fully recovered in what eventually became a 13-poin loss. It was actually a productive night offensively for the club, as it drained nearly 46 percent of its field goal attempts, but unfortunately the Dons were on fire from the floor from start to finish (.600). Ken Rancifer led the way for USD with 17 points, while Chris Manresa logged a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Johnny Dee and Cameron Miles and each poured in 15 points, and Chris Anderson was an active floor general with nine assists. On the season, San Diego boasts the third- ranked scoring defense in the WCC, holding foes to 66.5 ppg, but it doesn't have a scoring offense (64.6 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 37.5 percent clip. Rancifer nets 10.2 ppg, and Anderson (9.0 ppg) is among the league leaders in both assists (5.6 pg) and steals (2.1 pg).
Both ice-cold teams will be trying to gain a little bit of steam heading into next week's WCC Tournament, and at home, figure for that team to be San Diego, which should be able to use its stellar defense to stifle the hapless Waves.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego 65, Pepperdine 59
03/02 10:39:18 ET