Pepperdine vs. Loyola Marymount
Tip off: 10 PM EST
Spread: LOY -3
M/L: LOY -155, PEP +135
While things haven’t went amazingly well, improvement is improvement for Pepperdine. After finishing just 12-21 last season and going 5-9 in the West Coast conf., Pepperdine has come back to start the season 8-9. Last season, they had problems scoring and their defense wasn’t that stellar either, but Tom Wilson has done a godo job of re-establishing their assertiveness no the boards, as the Waves rank a respectable 79th in the nation in rebounds with 37.1 per game.
The Waves are led by the duo of Taylor Darby and Corbin Moore. The two combine to average 21.9 points per game and 15 boards between them, as well.
Darby, a 6’8″ senior forward has scored in double figures in all but 4 games, but has not had any real standout games, with his biggest scoring night having been a mere 16 points. Over his last three games, he is averaging just 9 points per game, due to a 4 point stinker against Gonzaga on the 5th.
Moore, a 6’10” senior center, has posted four double doubles on the year. One would expect more from a player with such physical gifts who averages close to a double double as it is, but his inconsistency offensively has prevented it. He has had a scoreless game and five games with 8 or less points. For the Waves to make waves, they are going to have to get more consistency offensively from their most talented player.
The Lions finished 11-21 last season with a 2-12 record in the WCC. They lost to Santa Clara by 8 in the WCC quarterfinals. This year things seem to be gonig a little better. The Lions are 9-7 thus far, but lost their last game by 8 to BYU. Anthony Ireland played nearly the whole game and scored 21 for the Lions, while Drew Viney and Jarred DuBois each chipped in 13, as well.
Ireland, a 5’10” sophomore point guard, is having an outstanding season. He has posted 14.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per night. He has a horrible game here and there sprinkled in among many good ones, but that is acceptable, especially considering he is only a sophomore. He had a great game against BYU, putting up 21 points and dishing out 7 assists.
Ireland is joined by two other high scrers in Ashley Hamilton and Drew Viney. Hamilton averages 15.5 points per game, while Viney leads the team at 16.2 points per game. The trio of Ireland/Hamilton/Viney accounts for 65% of Loyola Marymount’s offense. Viney, a 6’8″ senior forward, has played very well of late, after missing a slew of games. He put up 29 on 9 of 18 shooting in a blowout victory over Vanguard and he also posted 20 Saturday night against San Diego, as the Lions went on to win by 11 over a conference rival.
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