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Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:49 am

This is kind of an interesting matchup and a game the Pilots really need, especially since the Waves are just half a game behind us in the standings. Pepperdine has been playing better as of late, however they did just suspend Keion Bell, arguably the most talented player in the conference, for the rest of the season. It will be an interesting game for sure, probably not one in which we can get away with 20+ turnovers...

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by PilotNut on Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:38 pm

Agreed on this being a big game. Pepp has been competitive in their recent games, including home wins over LMU & USF, a close home loss to SCU and losing @SMC by 8. (On the flip side, last Saturday @USD, Pepp had to go to OT to get the win... and it took a USD missed FT and a 40 foot desperation 3 at the buzzer to send it to OT...). This is not an easy game, by any means.

That being said, losing Bell will hurt offensively (he was suspended prior to the @USD game), as he averaged 18.9 pts/game. Rumors are circling, however, that this may be an "addition by subtraction" situation, and the Waves might feel they play better without him. I dont see how you can just replace offense like that so quickly.

Pepp will have this game circled, as a needed win to finish in the top 4... Let's hope we shake our road woes and show Pepperdine that we are not going to allow them to take our spot in the top 4.

If we play like we did against SMC and GU, with limited turnovers (unlike the SU game), I like our chances on the road.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:41 pm

Portland (17-7, 4-4 WCC) at Pepperdine (10-16, 4-5)
February 10, 2011 • 7:00 PM • Malibu, Calif. (Firestone Fieldhouse - 3,104)
Radio: 800 AM (KPDQ)
Live Audio: PortlandPilots.com
Series: PEP leads 52-40
Last Meeting: UP 57, PEP 42 (1/5/11 at UP)

This Week in Pilots Hoops…

The Portland Pilots (17-7, 4-4 WCC) return to West Coast Conference play with a road trip to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this week. Portland will take on the Pepperdine Waves (10-16, 4-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Pilots and Lions (9-15, 1-8 ) will meet on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Game Coverage

Saturday’s game against LMU will be televised live on FSN West with Larry Burnett and Mitch Butler calling the action. All Portland basketball games are aired live on the radio on 800 AM (KPDQ) with a 30-minute pregame show. Bill Johnson and Jason Brough will provide the commentary for all road games.

Portland Briefly...

• The Pilots bounced back from a 67-64 home loss to Gonzaga last Thursday with a 71-55 road win at Seattle on Saturday.
• Junior G Nemanja Mitrovic scored 20 points, while senior G Jared Stohl added 16 in the win over the Redhawks.
• Senior Kramer Knutson made his 113th career start on Saturday to become UP’s all-time leader.
• Senior F Luke Sikma is three rebounds shy of becoming UP’s all-time rebounds leader.
• The Pilots are No. 2 nationally in team 3-point percentage (.428).
• Mitrovic leads the nation in three-point percentage (.483) and Stohl is No. 9 (.460).

• Stohl (74) and Mitrovic (70) have combined to make 144 three-pointers, the highest total of any teammate duo in the nation.

• UP is No. 16 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
• Stohl is seventh on UP’s career scoring list (1,290 points).

• Sikma ranks 10th nationally in rebounds (10.9) and leads the WCC with 11 double-doubles.

• Portland’s 57 wins over the last three years are the most of any three-year stretch since the Pilots joined Division I for the 1958-59 season.

• Portland is coming off of back-to-back postseason appearances and tied a school record with 21 wins last year. Head coach Eric Reveno welcomes eight newcomers to the roster, including seven true freshmen.

About Pepperdine

• The Waves (10-16, 4-5) split a WCC road trip last week, following a 79-71 loss to Saint Mary’s with a 70-63 overtime win at San Diego
• Junior G Keion Bell, the team’s leading scorer at 18.9 ppg, was recently suspended for the remainder of the season.
• Junior G Lorne Jackson has averaged a team-best 16.6 ppg in WCC games.
• Pepperdine was picked seventh in the WCC Preseason Poll after finishing 7-24 and 3-11 in the WCC last year.
• Head coach Tom Asbury is in his ninth overall year at Pepperdine, returning to the Waves prior to the 2008-09 season for his second head coaching stint with the program.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by MesaPilot1 on Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:31 pm

Second "trap" game in 5 days for all the fellow worrywarts in the Pilotnation. While Bell was a great athlete in Malibu, it seemed like the other players stood around waiting for him to throw in a 4 ptr ala Harlem Globetrotters or one of his flashy dunks. Sometimes losing a star player brings out the best in the other players.( I would hate to play BYU if they had to play without the Jimmer).

Lets hope that Pam Anderson is courtside with her teenage sons so those fortunate fans get to enjoy some of the "natural beauty" of southern california....

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:45 pm

Oregonian preview:

What: Portland (17-7, 4-4 West Coast Conference) at Pepperdine (10-16, 4-5)

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.

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Radio: KPDQ (800)

Probable starters: Portland -- F Luke Sikma (13.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), C Kramer Knutson (7.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G Nemanja Mitrovic (13.2 ppg), G Jared Stohl (14.1 ppg, 1.7 apg), G Tim Douglas (7.8 ppg, 2.4 apg); Pepperdine -- F Mychel Thompson (13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), F Taylor Darby (7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg), C Corbin Moore (3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg), G Joshua Lowery (4.8 ppg, 2.7 apg), G Lorne Jackson (11.9 ppg, 2.5 apg)

Noteworthy: With six conference games remaining, the Pilots are in fifth place, one game behind Gonzaga and Santa Clara, and two games behind second-place San Francisco. The Pilots are seeking their first conference road win, having gone 0-3 with losses at Gonzaga, USF and Santa Clara. ... The teams that finish fifth through eighth will play in the first round of the March 4-7 WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. The third- and fourth-place teams open tourney play in the quarterfinals on March 5, and the top two teams earn automatic berths into the semifinals on March 6.

A memorial service for Mauro Potestio is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 S.E. 16th and Division. A celebration of his life will follow in the parish hall.

Mitrovic went 4 for 9 from three-point range in Saturday's 71-55 non-conference win over Seattle University at KeyArena in Seattle and is shooting a NCAA-leading 48.3 percent from beyond the arc. As a team, the Pilots are shooting 42.8 percent from long range and rank second in the nation behind the Big Sky's Northern Arizona (43.5). ... Sikma, who leads the WCC with 11 double-doubles, needs three rebounds to break the school's career record of 910 set by Rick Raivio from 1974-78.

In the first meeting, Sikma had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Stohl added 14 points to lead the Pilots to a 57-42 victory over Pepperdine at the Chiles Center on Jan. 15. ... Thompson scored 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the field to pace Pepperdine to a 70-63 overtime victory at San Diego Saturday.

In the San Diego game, the Toreros had a three-point lead with 4.2 seconds to go and Chris Gabriel going to the free-throw line looking to extend the lead. San Diego positioned all of its players behind Garbriel, who missed. Pepperdine got an uncontested rebound and pushed the ball quickly to Thompson, who hit a 40-foot shot to force overtime. Jake Curtis wrote on The San Francisco Chronicle's website: "If San Diego had put one player in rebounding position on the free throw, it's unlikely Pepperdine, with no timeouts left, could have put itself in position for that shot. Even a foul on the rebound would have been better."

Waves coach Tom Asbury announced before Saturday's game that junior guard Keion Bell has been suspended for the remainder of the season for conduct detrimental to the team. Bell, who was averaging a team-high 18.9 points before his suspension, is not expected to return for his senior season.

-- Jim Beseda

http://www.oregonlive.com/pilots/index.ssf/2011/02/pilots_game_day_portland_at_pe.html

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:29 pm

It's almost a guarantee that Sikma will set that rebounding record in this game. I'm sure he'll be well congratulated when he comes home. I'm hoping for a good 15 point win here because the LMU road game will most likely be much more difficult...

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:09 pm

Pepperdine's play-by-play guy (Al Epstein) is really good.

But they need to loosen the knob on the camera or something... they always miss the fastbreaks.

But hey - free video! Gotta love it.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:14 pm

2 questions... Why does the "Wave" wear a Hawaiian shirt? And it creepier than the old Gael?

And yeah, goodness the quick camera movement is going to give me whiplash! (But the price is right at least)

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:18 pm

Blech... we're down 13-11. I think we're 1-7 on threes.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:24 pm

Yeah Tanner Riley!!! Back-to-back threes! He's already got 8.

Up 21-17.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:42 pm

31-29 at half.

Nem has 9, all on threes. Riley has 8.

Pretty sloppy overall... we're having a hard time getting clean looks.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:24 pm

Ok... 6:28 to go, and it's tied up at 53.

Pepperdine went on a big run and went up by 8 or 9, but Portland has clawed back and just tied it with a 3 from Nem.

Jared is cooooooold.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:36 pm

Pilots up 63-61 with 2 to go. Nem with 19, Sikma 18.

Yeeesh! Very nerveracking.

EDIT: And were tied at 63. 1:30 to go.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:39 pm

Ugh. Down 65-63. 1 minute to go.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:44 pm

Ahhhh! Down 1, Waves at the line to shoot one more, 9 seconds left.

We had a chance to take a lost shot to win it, but Tim drove early and took a wild shot. Freshman mistake and a learning experience, I know, but frustrating.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:45 pm

Crud.

66-64 final. Waves win.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by Woodless! on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:48 pm

You've got to be f*cking kidding me...

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by PilotNut on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:51 pm

ugh.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:54 pm

The Waves have been strong as of late, not a HUGE shock (especially on the road), but man oh man Tim... You had 9 seconds to find a better shot than a wild drive RIGHT in front of your coach. Sigh, growing pains.

1-17 from your starting back court doesn't win too many games...


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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by tmac2218 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:59 pm

Well, that's disappointing. Timmy had a couple decent looks there but I think he could have done more. Also that late missed FT by Luke...man. And Jared, talk about cold. Let's hope he snaps out of that quickly.

Just goes to show how difficult it is to win on the road, no matter who the opponent may be. A win Saturday would salvage this trip, but I can't say I'm confident we'll win that. When you win a close game by one or two at home and then play that same opponent on the road later that year, you lose almost 80% of the time, and by an average margin of about 7 points (kenpom - "The head-to-head fallacy").


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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by dholcombe on Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:39 pm

I assume we're saving away wins for Vegas?

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by up7587 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:08 pm

Looks like we'll get an "extra" game in Vegas. I wonder if we'll get to 20 wins before then? Maybe not.

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:03 am

http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2011/2/10/MBB_0210113911.aspx

Sikma breaking the rebounding record is one of the few positivies...

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by oldtimer on Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:41 pm

That one was tough to swallow. Should have had that one but hard to win when the buckets arent falling. Off nights happen, part of the game. Stohl has contributed sooooo much to the team that one cant fault a bad shooting night plus Pepperdine played good defense on him all night.
Why didnt coach go with Tanner after he came out hot? I would have liked to see if he couldnt have contributed in the second half.
BIG congrats to Sikma for his rebounding record, only a "taking charges award" would characterize a more manly record, wait he would have won that too!
Well, heres to getting the win tomorrow!

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Re: Pilots @ Pepperdine 2/10 7:00PM

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:02 am

The new game plan is to lose out, so the Pilots can be Underdogs & a bottom seed for the WCC tourney...not sure if williams, the Prez , or influential alums are on board for that though.. Bad PC (note to self, congrats for sleeping through the Pilots game in Malibu..) one benefity about having a crappy job with jacked up hours of employment...lol

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