BYU seeks revenge as Cougars host Pepperdine

March 03, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Anson Winder (20) chases down the ball ahead of Gonzaga Bulldogs guard David Stockton (11) during the first half of the semifinals of the 2012 West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Cougars (9-7, 1-2) vs. Pepperdine Waves (10-6, 3-1)

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Location: Marriott Center, Provo, Utah

Time: 6:00 PM PST

TV: BYUtv

Video: http://www.byutv.org/

LiveStats:  http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=33648

Last Season: BYU won both matchups.  The Cougars defeated the Waves 76-51 in Provo, and 63-61 in Malibu.

PROJECTED STARTERS

BYU

Kyle Collinsworth, 13.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 5.4 APG

Skyler Halford, 8.3 PPG

Tyler Haws, 21.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG

Eric Mika, 13.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG

Nate Austin, 4.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG

Pepperdine

Jeremy Major, 11.6 PPG, 4.4 APG

Malcolm Brooks, 9.7 PPG

Atif Russell, 3.7 PPG

Stacy Davis, 14.6 PPG, 8.0 RPG

Brendan Lane, 15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG

 

KEYS TO THE GAME

 

BYU

Keep Lane and Davis off the boards: While Nate Austin does a very admirable job of rebounding, he needs to make sure that Brendan Lane cannot snag any offensive rebounds, because Pepperdine offensive rebounds will lead to put backs and inevitable fouls from Austin and also Mika.

 

Pepperdine

Take care of the ball: I don’t know that the Waves necessarily want to make this a track meet with the Cougars at the Marriott Center, which means that Jeremy Major will have to take care of the ball against pesky defenders such as Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino. The more assists and fewer turnovers for major, the better for Pepperdine.

 

KEY MATCHUP

Malcolm Brooks vs. Skyler Halford: Both players are junior college transfers and both have the ability to light it up beyond the arc. Both players are on fire recently, and they have won the last two WCC Player of the Week awards.  Yet, neither player is option one on offense.  Nor option 2 or 3.  Yet they both play a central role in their teams success.  Whoever performs better has a good chance of helping their team to victory.

 

PREDICTION

The Marriott Center is just such a tough place for opposing teams to play at.  BYU will ride their surge of momentum from the San Diego victory and keep it going against Pepperdine.  While I do not see Matt Carlino breaking out of his slump tonight, I do not think BYU will need him.  I predict a 81-68 victory for BYU.

Topics: Basketball, BYU, BYU Cougars, College Basketball, Pepperdine, Pepperdine Waves, WCC, West Coast Conference

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