UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

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UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:05 am

From their body of work so far this season, UP looks to be about the 4th best team in the WCC, but it’s still all about the matchups on the court and the team’s ability to be “up” for games against teams that are considered “lesser” opponents.

UP should not have trouble looking beyond Pepperdine, as PU (4-3) is currently a half a game ahead of the Pilots (3-3) in the WCC.....and PU should not be overlooked because, despite last night’s dismal performance against GU, they are a team that can surprise you.

Statistically, PU’s overall defensive ability is 3rd in the WCC behind BYU and GU….but they are vulnerable to giving up offensive rebounds….something UP should be able to take advantage of.  Offensively they play at about the same pace as the Pilots, but except for their above average ability to grab their own rebounds, they are at best “average” in about all other categories.

The Pilots will have their hands full with 6-6/245 sophomore Stacy Davis who can flat-out shoot and rebound and is projected to be an All-WCC performer before he’s finished.  Two other players to watch out for are 6-9/235 senior Brendan Lane, and freshman guard Jeremy Major.

The experts are predicting a very close game, but expect PU, the home team, to pull it out by a couple of points.  I haven’t seen Las Vegas line yet, but it might be a “pick-em!”

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:18 pm

Looks to me like Coach Jackson is working with the BIGs and Coach Wolf is reviewing video with the guards on their way to Malibu for practice today.....  #tgif

Umm, Bryce looks like he's still a little "off" from his stomach ailment  pale ....but everyone else is "tuned-in."

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:38 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:The experts are predicting a very close game, but expect PU, the home team, to pull it out by a couple of points.  I haven’t seen Las Vegas line yet, but it might be a “pick-em!”
The opening line in Las Vegas has the Waves favored by 2 points....those were the closing odds at LMU after opening with a 4 point spread.

GU by 9 @ LMU; SMC by 10.5 over UOP; BYU by 7.5 @ SCU; and USF by 5.5 over USD.

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:18 pm

RealTime Rpi has the waves 81-74

Same spread they gave the Zags last week.

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by up7587 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:53 pm

Pilots up 34-30 at the half. Turned on Gamecast at 16-8. Frankly, Pilots should be ahead by a larger score, Waves do not look like they are playing well. But they have gotten several drives for lay-ups, and second chance points. Pilots have missed lay-ups and taken some ugly long shots.

Clean that up and put this away in the 2nd half!

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:10 pm

Ugh. And the Pilots crash back to earth. Missed lay-ups, untimely turnovers, and missed free throws. And, more than anything, inability to score points against the zone. The Pilots seem incapable of playing from behind this year. It was just a mediocre performance all around. Quite disappointing.

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:38 pm

I think the issue was more that they can't play from the front, isn't it? They lead at the half.

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:43 pm

Trend I've noticed about this team - slow starts in the second half. Seven WCC games played so far, FOUR have seen the opposing team go on significant runs to start the second half. I won't count SMC's 6-0 run as a significant one, they mostly traded baskets with Gonzaga for the first part of the second half, and only one time (against Pacific) did the Pilots have the jump coming out of the break.

The numbers -

USF: 9-0 run
SCU: 15-6 run
Pacific: (Pilots, 10-3 run)
SMC: 6-0 run
Gonzaga: -
LMU: 11-2 run
Pepperdine: 9-1 run

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Re: UP @ Pepperdine -- Saturday @ 5 PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:07 am

I think if you were to look over an even longer period, going back several seasons, this starting slow in the second half is nothing new.

I've never felt it was a lack of effort by the players, but instead have credited the opposing coaches for making halftime adjustments.

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