Monday, November 20, 2017

UCSB vs. Pepperdine Game Preview, by Gaucho Freg

UCSB @ Pepperdine Preview: 
Progressive Legends Classic
Monday, November 20th, 7:30pm

Coming off a 9 win season last year, the Waves lost a lot and are expected to contend with Portland for the cellar of the WCC this year.  Former UCSB assistant under Bob Williams, now Wave HC Marty Wilson is certainly on the hot seat and should another sub 10 win season be the result, he may be following the path of his former boss.  They have started three true freshman in two of their three games.  The first three games don’t bode so well as the Waves lost both of their D1 games, by 31 on the road to Oklahoma State who was picked last in the Big 12, and by 2 at home to Northern Colorado of the Big Sky who were pasted by Davis in Colorado.  They did handily beat Div III Cal Lutheran.    They don’t shoot the ball well from beyond the arc, 14-49 for a .286 percentage.  They do make their free throws, .709.   Senior PG Amadi Udenyi has not played since their opener and was in concussion protocol last week.  Not sure about his status.  Another player they were looking to rely on, Eric Cooper (yet another transfer out of Nevada) has also been injured and has yet to play.  His status for tonight’s game is also unknown.

The Waves have a balanced attack with 8 players averaging between 6.7 and 13 ppg.  Could be indicative of a team also still searching for go-to players.
True freshman wing Trae Berhow (6’5”, 195lb) leads with 13 ppg including 5-14 from three while grabbing 6.3 boards pg. He also leads the team in minutes played, 32 pg.
Grad Transfer (UW) Mathew Attewe (6’9”, 255lb) is a F/C and is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with 10.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg in only 18m of play per game.
RS Sophomore Forward Kameron Edwards sat out last season after an All WCC freshman season.  He leads the team with 7 boards per game while adding 10ppg.  He has shot 1-5 from three.
Freshman, Colbey Ross, plays pg, leads the team with 15 assists and is adept at getting to the rim & drawing fouls.  He is a perfect 15-15 from the stripe.  That does not extend to 3 pt shooting where he is only 1-7.  Seems he is filling in for Udenyi until he is healthy. 
The third freshman, wing Jade Smith (6’4”, 175lb) is  adding 8.3ppg and 4 rpg and is only 1-8 from three.

Key reserves:
F Nolan Taylor (6’7”, 260lb) is a sophomore, shoots a high percentage from both the field and the line and is contributing 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
JC Transfer Forward Darnell Dunn (6’6”, 205lb) can also get to the line where he is 8-11 and is scoring 8.7 ppg.
Sophomore Guard Knox Hellums (6’5”, 195lb) is a three point threat, making 6-13 and scoring 6.7ppg.

The Waves remind me a bit of last year’s Gaucho team which also had misfortune due to unavailable players and had to rely on contributions from true freshmen early.  The questionable status of Cooper and Udenyi for the Waves and Jackson for the Gauchos does provide some uncertainty, but I think UCSB wins this regardless.  With the assumption that none of the questionable players play, UCSB wins by about a dozen, 79-67.

The WCC message board put together an in-depth analysis of the Waves:
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