Indiana State (4-2) vs. Pepperdine (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television: None. Home Record: Indiana State 2-0, Pepperdine 2-1. Away Record: Indiana State 1-1, Pepperdine 2-0. Neutral Record: Indiana State 1-1, Pepperdine 1-1. Conference Record: Indiana State 0-0, Pepperdine 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In the fifth-place game of the Great Alaska Shootout, the Indiana State Sycamores square off with the Pepperdine Waves.
Indiana State got itself mixed up in a shootout during Friday's action. The Sycamores came out on top as they outlasted host Alaska-Anchorage, 97-87, to push forward in the tournament. The win was the fourth in six tries this season for Indiana State.
Pepperdine bounced back from a 97-89 loss to Green Bay to kick off the tournament, with a 68-56 win over Denver on Friday. The victory was the fifth of the campaign for the Waves, who own a 5-2 mark overall on the young season. Pepperdine has not won five games in the month of November since the 1998-99 season.
This will be the first time these two teams have ever met on the hardwood.
All five starters scored in double figures for Indiana State on Friday. The wealth of scoring was helped by the team's efficient shooting, as the Sycamores netted 35 field goals on 55.6 percent efficiency from the floor. The performance included an 8-of-22 showing from beyond the arc.
Despite scoring 83.2 points per game and shooting 51.1 percent from the floor this season, the Sycamores still haven't posted many blowout victories. Indiana State is giving up 76.3 points per game and allowing teams to put in 47.8 percent of their attempts from the floor. Indiana State didn't just have five double-figure scorers against Alaska-Anchorage, but has had five on the roster do so all season. Jake Odum (13.2 ppg) and Justin Gant (13.2 ppg) are the two top options. Dawon Cummings (11.8 ppg) and Manny Arop (12.0 ppg) are the club's 3-point marksmen.
Pepperdine ran over Denver in the first half and then coasted over the final 20 minutes on Friday. The Waves hit a blistering 71.4 percent of their total shots and held the Pioneers to only six field goals in the first half. The Waves connected on better than 70 percent of their shots from the field in the second half as well.
There is no doubt that Stacy Davis (18.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is the leader of this Pepperdine squad, as he paces the team in scoring as one of only two players averaging double figures for the season. Davis was in fine form on Friday, as he led the Waves to victory by scoring 22 points while connecting on all but one of his nine shots from the floor. Brendan Lane (15.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg) is the second member of the unit averaging double digits while also anchoring the team in the frontcourt. Lane isn't just an offensive force up front, as he has blocked 23 shots on defense. The rest of the team has 20 blocks combined.
The Sycamores benefited from some inferior competition for its win against Alaska-Anchorage. They won't have such an easy time against the Waves.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pepperdine 72, Indiana State 66
11/30 10:36:10 ET