PEPPERDINE vs. UC SANTA BARBARA
Date: Saturday 10 December 2022
Location: Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California.
Time: 5:00 p.m
TV: WCC network
Series: Pepperdine leads 38-37
Last Meeting: UCSB 86, Pepperdine 74 (2021-22)
|PEPPERS WAVES||UCSB GAUCHOS|
|2022-23 record: 5-3
WCC record: 0-0
Home record: 5-1
head coach: Lorenzo Romar
2022-23 record: 5-2
Big West record: 0-0
Away record: 0-2
Head Coach: Joe Pasternack
HOLIDAY SPIRIT – Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for Willie’s winter wish list! Students in attendance have a chance to win excellent prizes ranging from gift cards to iPads to electric scooters.
CLOCK — Pepperdine will be streaming the competition over the WCC network at WCCsports.com and veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein will be taking the call.
TICKETS — Tickets for home games are available online and must be purchased prior to arriving on campus. To purchase tickets and/or read the viewer policies, visit: https://gowav.es/WavesTix. Due to construction on campus, parking nearby may be limited and early arrival is recommended.
second grader Houston Mallette, Maxwell Lewisand Mike Mitchell Jr. make up over half (56.5%) of Waves scoring output, as 78.1% of teams’ three-point scoring also came from the trio. Lewis currently leads the Waves in scoring, contributing 18 points per event and shooting 52.9% from beyond the arc. He is third in the WCC in field goal percentage (62.4), fourth in points per game, and third in three-point percentage. Defensively, the sophomore has counted eight blocks and steals in each of his eight starts this season. The forward is Pepperdine’s second-best rebounder with 5.6 boards per contest. Mallette, who was named to the preseason All-WCC team, is currently averaging 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Mitchell Jr. is third in NCAA Division I in three-point percentage, shooting 55.1% (27 of 49) from beyond the arc. The sophomore point guard also averages 14 points per game.
WAVES IN SERIES
The Waves are ranked on a national level third in three-point percentage (43.3), eighth in defensive rebounds per game (30.12), ninth in three-pointers per game (10.9), and 15th in effective field goal percentage (57.5%) .
Among other WCC schools, Boubacar Coulibaly leads the league in blocks per game at 1.7 (he has 12 to eight games total). As a team, Pepperdine ranks second in the conference for field goal percentage at 48.6% and fourth for rebounds per game at 37.9%.
Lorenzo Romar is in his 26th season as a college head coach. This time it’s his fifth season with Pepperdine and eighth overall with the Waves. Romar is inducted into the SoCal Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022.
RECORDS WATCH — Houston Mallette is now the sole owner of consecutive games with a three-pointer of 34, breaking the previous record set in 2004. The sophomore also holds the Pepperdine record for most three-pointers in a freshman season with a total of 71 in the 2021-22 season .
SERIES VS. UC SANTA BARBARA
The Waves have a 38-37 lead over the all-time Gauchos in a matchup that was known as “The War by the Shore” during its heyday. Both schools were in the CCAA together in the 1950s and then played 22 consecutive non-conference seasons from 1986-87 to 2007-08. The teams are now meeting for the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five.
In their final appearance of the 2021-22 season, the Gauchos defeated the Waves 86-74 at Thunderdome. Pepperdine saw a 20-point output from the then-junior forward Jan Zidek, as well as seven rebounds from the native Czech. The then senior center Victor Ohia Obioa contributed 15 points and eight boards followed.
EXPLORING THE GAUCHOS
UCSB is currently 5-2 after beating WCC counterpart Pacific 82-71. One of the Gauchos’ two losses came from Northern Arizona, whom the Waves recently defeated 88-69 last week.
Chosen to win the Big West in the preseason coaching poll, the Gauchos added two names to the All-Big West Preseason Team in Ajay Mitchell and sophomore Andre Kelly — a graduate named by Cal.
Mitchell leads the team in scoring (15 PPG) and assists (4.9 APG), while Kelly rebounds nine per contest for 11.3 points (57.9% from the field) and 1.3 blocks per game . Senior forward Miles Norris contributes 12.6 points and 7.1 boards, and three-point threat Cole Anderson is currently shooting 51.7% (15-29) from beyond the arc.
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY — Pepperdine has a unique athletic department with unparalleled success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports — one of only 20 schools to have accomplished the feat — and 10 overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football, and is the only university not affiliated with a “big” conference. The Waves have won a total of 26 team or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also received the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success and given four times (most recently in 2021-22) to the top non-football school. Located in picturesque Malibu, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the university’s campus and athletic facilities are consistently voted among the most beautiful in the country. Pepperdine, affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks 55th overall on US News and World Report’s list of the best colleges.