LMU Lions (11-16, 3-12) vs. Pepperdine Waves (14-13, 7-8)
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Location: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:00 PM PST
This Season: Pepperdine won the first matchup by a score of 80-69 at Firestone Fieldhouse
Anthony Ireland, 18.6 PPG 5.4 APG
Evan Payne, 15.1 PPG
Nick Stover, 4.2 PPG
Alex Osborne, 6.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG
Gabe Levin, 11.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG
Jeremy Major, 9.9 PPG, 4.3 APG
Amadi Udenyi, 6.2 PPG, 2.9 APG
Malcolm Brooks, 10.0 PPG
Jett Raines, 4.4 PPG
Brendan Lane, 13.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG
Keys to the Game
Frontcourt players must step up: Anthony Ireland and Evan Payne have had to handle too much of the scoring burden this season for LMU. The big men, especially those other than Gabe Levin need to provide some scoring punch. If they can get something out of Alex Osborne, C.J. Blackwell, or Nick Stover, they will have a chance to win this game.
Balanced scoring: This team has a lot more scoring options than many do in the WCC. They have four consistent double figure scorers, and many other guys who could very easily go out and get double figures on a given night. If the Waves can get 4 double figure scorers and at least 2 off the bench (one is almost guaranteed now that Stacy Davis does not start), then they should have no problem winning this game.
Anthony Ireland vs. Jeremy Major: Major represents the young, budding star point guard that Ireland did three years ago. While Ireland is clearly the better player as of right now, Major has a lot of potential, and if he outplays Ireland, Pepperdine should come out with a victory.
This is the travel partner game for these two schools. This is the only time either team appears on the ESPN family of networks in conference play. Pepperdine needs to win this game for WCC Tournament seeding purposes. I think they’ll get it done. Pepperdine 72, LMU 65.