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Post by up7587 on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:12 pm

Note the early start, so old guys *cough* DD *cough* can get home in time to watch the Times Square ball drop in NYC.

The Waves come to town, with an eight game losing streak and losses in 9 of their last 10 games. They are 4-9 overall.  They are led by Sr. Lamond Murray Jr, who is scoring 19 ppg, shooting 49% from 3Pt.  Sr. Amadi Udenyi is out with a torn Achilles heel (he is applying for a medical redshirt 5th year). Other key players are Srs. Chris Reyes and Jeremy Major.  

Pilots need to make sure no other players have a break out game.  They beat PU twice last year, mostly controlling Murray.

So, will Hartwich play better, or will Barreno start playing again regularly?  The coaches are going with D'Marques as the fourth scorer; he also got 6 rebounds last night.  For other subs, there's Maker, Smoyer, Jackson, Ferguson, pick two.

This is a game Pilots need to win; a home game against a struggling conference foe.  No students, so hopefully the kids they let in free make some noise.
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:53 pm

up7587 wrote:Note the early start, so old guys *cough* DD *cough* can get home in time to watch the Times Square ball drop in NYC.
Yup, live at 9:00 PST.. Razz



Remember that in addition to a 5 o'clock tipoff, the game is live on CSN. (Thursday's opponent, SCU, is on ROOT at 3pm and next Saturday's foe, GU, is on ROOT at 5pm).)

Jarrel still not available for action, but last night he had the walking boot off and the ankle heavily taped.  Didn't have a chance to talk to Xavier, but he too was not in uniform.  Apparently Rashad, Alec M., and Joseph were healthy at UOP...just didn't play.
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by Dean Murdoch on Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:45 pm

P LOTS
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by up7587 on Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:58 pm

Dean Murdoch wrote:P LOTS

Haha.  DD explains that you are supposed to stand in as the 'I' for pictures.
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by blacksheep on Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:03 pm

up7587 wrote:
Dean Murdoch wrote:P LOTS

Haha.  DD explains that you are supposed to stand in as the 'I' for pictures.

But it looks dumb when no one is standing there. Maybe they can be put the "I" back during TV games?
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by up7587 on Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:19 am

Observations about the game:
The short bench continues, with only 2 subs, Barreno and Maker. Alec and Jazz both played 40 minutes.
FT shooting settled in at 72%, 13-18. Good thing Alec was 8-8.
3Pt shooting was 45%, with Jazz and D'Marques both hitting 50%.
Pilots outrebounded PU 36-34. Margin would have been more, but PU got 14 offensive boards to 4 for UP. I guess PU got more O-RBs because they had more misses, only hitting 30% of their shots.
Alec got a few traveling calls when starting to drive. We fans protested one during the game, but I watched it in slow motion, and he slightly shifted his pivot foot before dribbling. Good call.
After only 2 TOs on Thursday, they made 14 against PU.

Important win. Home game, against a struggling team, after a Thursday road game. Pilots need to win those to meet their aspirations to be in the top 4 or 5 teams in conference.
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:59 pm

A quicker paced game than on Thursday against UOP, but still not the race horse pace of many of the preseason games that could wear out any 40-minute men.

Kudos to Jazz for going 40 minutes when earlier in the day there was concern he would not play at all due to a "heavy cold."  
The coaches threw in a few new wrinkles last night.....when Ray was in the game the team used a lot more high post moves and ball screens with as many as four players in motion.  I like it....it can eventually create back door looks and open lanes to the basket. As the rotation settles down to 7 or 8 players (I still count Jarrel in the mix), we are seeing the team beginning to jell and the coaches adding a few nuances.

Excellent combined inside play from Ray and Philipp....in addition to their 15 rebounds and 6 block shots, they altered and redirected a number of shots and passes, significantly lowering PU's shooting percentage.

The personal highlight for me was Chier hitting the 3-pointer from the corner....his first of the season.  The guys on the bench loved it too as they flew out of their seats. Cool

The predictors are predicting UP will go 1-5 in their next 6 games....so these two opening wins were important.


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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:54 pm

Wintering has a strong case for WCC Player of the Week.

Averaged 24.5 points, 7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and led the Pilots to two wins.

Other strong contenders: Mika at BYU (avg 18pts, 9.9rb), Haws at BYU (18.5pts, 5asts), Karnowski at GU (17.5pts, 6rb). Mika's already won the award twice this season, and Wintering's numbers were better than all these guys, so maybe the nod will go to Alec.

Does anyone know who makes this decision each week? Is it a vote of the coaches? Someone at the WCC office decides?

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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by Stonehouse on Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:44 pm

NoPoNeighbor wrote:Does anyone know who makes this decision each week? Is it a vote of the coaches? Someone at the WCC office decides?

Players are nominated by their schools (typically via the Sports Information/PR staff), and then the conference staff picks the winners. Usually they try to "spread the wealth" over the course of a season among the different schools.
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by up7587 on Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:42 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote:Wintering has a strong case for WCC Player of the Week.

Averaged 24.5 points, 7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and led the Pilots to two wins.

@PortlandPilots wrote:Congrats to Alec Wintering on being named the men's basketball High-Major National Player of the Week by @CSMadness!

http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/mens-basketball/weekly-awards
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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by PilotNut on Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:33 am

Congrats to Alec.

More breaking news: they consider us a high major!

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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by dholcombe on Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:30 pm

It appears to be a terminology thing? They seem to have the following Categories:

1) National - what I think is called high-major
2) High-major - what I think is called mid-major
3) Mid-major - What I think of as everything else

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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:37 pm

Alec gets the WCC POW! Congratulations!

http://wccsports.com/news/portland-s-wintering-named-wcc-men-s-basketball-player-of-the-week-01-02-2017

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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by dholcombe on Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:45 pm

Excellent! 0 turnovers in the game against Pacific was a big deal.

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Re: Pepperdine @ Pilots, Saturday, 12/31 at 5PM

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:00 pm

dholcombe wrote:It appears to be a terminology thing? They seem to have the following Categories:

1) National - what I think is called high-major
2) High-major - what I think is called mid-major
3) Mid-major - What I think of as everything else

Think of it as major inflation...sort of like grade inflation.
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