Pepperdine (0-1) at California (1-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Haas Pavilion (11,877) -- Berkeley, California.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Cal 1-0. Away Record:
Pepperdine 0-1, Cal 0-0. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Cal 0-0. Conference
Record: Pepperdine 0-0, Cal 0-0. Series Record: California leads, 1-0.
GAMES NOTES: Golden State foes square off in Berkeley on Tuesday night, as the
Pepperdine Waves come calling on the California Golden Bears.
The Waves did not fare well in their first game of the season. A team that is
struggling with injuries, Pepperdine played only eight players and despite
leading by double digits in the second half, failed to hang on en route to an
81-75 loss on the road to CS Northridge. That is not the type of start a team
that is trying to earn its first winning season since 2005 wants. Pepperdine
will play its home opener when it tangles with another Pac-12 squad,
Washington State, on Friday.
Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs certainly showed how vital they are for
California, as the two guards combined to score 49 points in the Golden Bears'
78-65 win over CS Bakersfield in the season opener. Only five other players
scored in the contest, with none reaching double digits. The duo's production
is nothing new as it fueled the team's 24-10 NCAA Tournament squad a year ago.
California plays it's first true road game this Friday at Denver.
It was California that won the only previous meeting between these two teams,
taking a 61-58 decision during the 2004-05 campaign.
Pepperdine led 54-41 with 13 minutes remaining against CS Northridge, but
couldn't hang on down the stretch in falling victim to a 17-3 run over the
next six minutes. The Waves were also done in by a 20-8 discrepancy in points
from the charity stripe in the second half, as well as the 23 turnovers they
committed in the game.
Despite getting point guard Lorne Jackson back from an ACL tear last season,
the Waves are still dealing with injuries. Although the three players that are
out (Austin Mills, Malte Kramer and Jan Maehlen) were not contributors last
season, it has left head coach Marty Wilson without much in the way of value
on the bench. Jackson will clearly be the focal point of the offense, but he
looked rusty coming off the injury against the Matadors as he shot just 3-
of-13 overall, including a 1-of-9 effort from three-point range. Thanks to his
ability to get to the free-throw line (9-of-10), he finished with a team-high
16 points, but his six turnovers matched his number of assists. Jordan Baker
(9.0 ppg) fit nicely into the starting lineup, and he scored 21 points on 7-
of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. However like Jackson,
Baker failed to hold on to the ball consistently with five turnovers. Up
front, Stacy Davis (9 points, 6 rebounds) and Jett Raines (11 points, 5
rebounds) played the bulk of the minutes.
Led by the Crabbe and Cobbs, the Golden Bears got out to a big halftime lead
(45-28) against CS Northridge and then held on in the second half to capture
the double-digit win. Despite the strong scoring out of the backcourt, the
Golden Bears were guilty of 18 turnovers which took something away from the
team's effective shooting (.527).
It was no surprise that Cal's dynamic duo took control of the offense, as well
as most of the shots. Crabbe (15.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Cobbs (12.6 ppg, 5.0 apg)
were the two leading scorers on the roster a season ago and with both Jorge
Gutierrez (13.0 ppg) and Harper Kamp (11.6 ppg) gone, the pair have taken on
even more responsibility. Although they did not score much, Richard Solomon
and David Kravish both played well in the frontcourt, with each capturing nine
rebounds while Kravish protected the rim with three blocks. Solomon averaged
almost as many points (6.0 ppg) as rebounds (6.2 rpg) last season, but played
in only 13 games. Kravish (6.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) started 24 games and was one of
five players to average at least five rebounds per contest. Another carry-over
from last season was the Golden Bears' success shooting the ball against CS
Bakersfield. Last season, Cal ranked at the top of the Pac-12 and 20th
nationally in field goal percentage (.476), and also finished 12th in the
country in assists (15.9 pg).
Clearly Cobbs and Crabbe have picked up right where they left off last season.
With such strong guard play, the Golden Bears should be able to run against a
Pepperdine team that lacks talent and depth.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 79, Pepperdine 61
11/13 10:44:58 ET