Scouting Report: Pepperdine

Cal State Fullerton is coming off a horrendous performance against Sacramento State and their reward is to play one of the top teams in the West Coast Conference.

Pepperdine is big, strong and athletic. They are also very good despite their 1-2 record.

Pepperdine lost it's opening game of the season against Dayton (90-77) but then came back and easily handled Big 12 foe Colorado by the score of 94-77. They then went on the road to Oklahoma State this past Saturday and lost a heart-breaker 84-82.

The waves have a great bench as Terrance Johnson, the Waves leading scorer at 18 points a game, doesn't even start. Just about all of Pepperdine's regular players are solid and are led by junior Glen McGowan who averages 17 points a game and is a threat from both inside and outside.

Redshirt and highly touted transfer Jesse Pinegar is slowly coming around. He will be a force in the WCC for the next two year. He is Pepperdine's best shooter from the outside and was deadly in their win against Colorado, hitting 4 of 5 from long distance.

The least impressive of the regulars is freshman point guard Shaun Davis. He has a similar game and form as former Titan PG Chris Alexander. The problem is he is the Waves third leading scorer and has an assist to turnover ratio of 2 to 1. He is quick and brings the ball up the floor very well. Zakee Smith will have trouble guarding him but Bobby Brown would give him fits.

TitanCentral.com Spin: The Titans have no chance if they let Pepperdine dictate the flow of this game. The good news is Pepperdine likes to run and score so if Burton does not panic and revert to the Slo-O, it should he a very high-scoring affair. One way for the Titans to win this game is if they are able to hit shots from the outside and play perimeter defense. Not a likely combination and thus not a likely win.

Another scenario is we catch Pepperdine coming out flat and Pape Sow has such a dominating performance he leaves scouts drooling. Pepperdine is coming off a trip from OSU and they probably have had little time to prepare for this game, so we do have that going for us.

 

Game 4: Pepperdine
Monday, December 1, 2003 @ Malibu, CA

Rankings CollegeRPI Massey Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (0-3, 0-0) 312 391 272
Pepperdine (1-2, 0-0) 18 84 39
The Line: Pepperdine by 17

Here are the projected starting lineups:

Pos Cal State Fullerton Pepperdine
PG Zakee Smith 6-0, 175 Davis, Shaun 5-11, 165
SG Derick Andrew 6-2, 180 Acker, Alex 6-5, 190
SF Anthony Bolton 6-7, 190 Turner, Robert 6-9, 200
PF Hardy Asprilla 6-5, 225 McGowan, Glen 6-9, 230
C Pape Sow 6-10, 250 Pinegar, Jesse 6-9, 225
First off the Bench
  Bobby Brown, PG 6-1, 170 Johnson, Terrance , G 6-5, 195
  Yaphett King, F 6-4, 235 Horning, Cody, F 6-9, 195
  Babacar Camara 6-10, 250 Grubb, Derick, C 6-9, 255
  Brian Pruitt, F 6-6, 225    

 

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THE QUICK SCENARIO: The Titans play their home opener Saturday night vs. Pepperdine and then head across the Los Angeles basin on Monday to visit Pepperdine. Fullerton is coming off an 0-2 road trip to Northern Arizona and Arizona State. In both games, the final few minutes of the first half proved the Titans’ undoing. The Titans are shooting only .375 from the floor, .222 from 3-point and .561 from the line.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine will take a 1-1 record into a Saturday night game at Oklahoma State. The Waves lost at home to Dayton but then came back to rout Colorado on Monday night, 94-77. Six players scored in double figures led by freshman point guard Shaun Davis with 20 points. Terrance Johnson had 16 and the Waves’ bench outscored the Buffaloes’ 35-17. Coach Paul Westphal is in his third season.