Pepperdine (5-3) at Hawaii (4-2)
The Sports Network
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, 6-4.
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
12/08 10:30:37 ET