Pepperdine (@1.66) vs California (@2.2)
06-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Pepperdine will win

Pepperdine – California Match Prediction | 06-11-2019 22:00

The Texas Longhorns look to keep their momentum from their postseason last year as they will face the Bears of Northern Colorado on Tuesday night at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. ... And while the Longhorns are heavily favored, the Bears also possess a dangerous offensive squad that has been known to put some numbers on the board.

6-8 sophomore forward Andre Kelly started 18 games for Cal last season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Guard Paris Austin does return and led the Bears with 4.3 assists and is the highest returning scorer for California, averaging 11 points per game last season. Sophomore guard Matt Bradley was the teams top shooter, knocking down 41 percent of his shots from the field and 47.2 percent from long range.

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Pepperdine is picked to finish 4th in the West Coast Conference. The Waves return 3 starters in what the coaching staff is hoping will bring leadership and hoping to build off of last season's win total. Colbey Ross is the leading scorer returning, ross averaged 19.4 points per game and dished out an average of 7 assists per game. The Waves had two players named on the All-WCC team.

After their breakout season last year, much is expected of the Toledo Rockets as they prepare for their opener of 2019 on the road versus the Crusaders of Valparaiso on Tuesday night. However, the Crusaders will be looking to turn the page on a less-than-stellar campaign in 2018 by picking up a much-needed victory to begin their season on a strong note. ...

The defense did the rest, as redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann(Paradise Valley, Ariz./Xavier College Preparatory) made six big saves and had numerous other catch/punch opportunities when Stanford was threatening. It marked the first time all season that Stanford had been trailing. GOALSPepperdine 20': Senior forward Hailey Stenberg(Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) sent in a corner kick from the left side, and Nelson met it powerfully in the center of the box, heading it into the back of the net. It was the third career goal for the 2018 WCC Freshman of the Year, and the first this season. Additionally, the Waves' defenders cleared shots off the line on three other occasions, and the Cardinal put one shot off the crossbar. RANKINGS: United Soccer Coaches Top 25But the Waves (2-3-1) made that one corner kick count, as sophomore defender Isabel Nelson(Houston, Texas/The Kinkaid School) scored on a header in the 20th minute.

The 8-seeded Pepperdine Waves kept their season alive and advanced in the WCC Mens Tournament as the Waves defeated the 9-seeded Pacific Tigers, 61-53, last night. Leading the way for the Waves was Colbey Ross who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Pepperdine trailed by a 41-29 margin with just under 13 minutes left in the 2nd half, however, the Waves were outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to pull away after taking a 56-51 lead with 1:42 left in regulation. Pepperdine held Pacific to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 29.4% shooting from beyond the arc.

That should help keep the score below the total. That means the Bears might be a better defensive team than an offensive one. They'll need to be too as the Waves trio of Ross and the Edwards brothers can score a bit but they will also defend. We don't have a Vegas total to point to but what we have is an experienced Pepperdine side against an inexperienced Cal team with a heavy international flavor.

While competing against Gonzaga, Saint Marys and BYU at the top of the conference will be tough, the Waves have the best chance of the remaining seven conference teams to upset the power three. Pepperdine, the fourth-place team in the WCC Preseason Poll, is entering the season with the talent and promise to make a legitimate case for an NIT invite.

While I give the coaching advantage to Mark Fox, Romars ability to lean on Ross and the Edwards brothers gives him a good escape. Look for Ross to go off for stretches at a time and Pepperdine to win by multiple scores. In the end, however, the talent for the Waves may be too much for Cal to overcome.

The set piece was fantastic and Izzy had a world-class goal to win a big game. I'm really proud of the girls considering our last three results. We started the game well, we found some space early on and we had some moments. They hit the bar, we had to clear the line three times. I've never seen a Pepperdine team defend that well. It was a brilliant goal. We rode our luck. STATSShots: Pepperdine 3, Stanford 22Shots on Goal: Pepperdine 1, Stanford 9Saves: Kinsey Ehmann(Pepperdine) 6, Lauren Rood (Stanford) 0Corner Kicks: Pepperdine 1, Stanford 12Fouls: Pepperdine 5, Stanford 8Offside: Pepperdine 1, Stanford 7QUOTABLEPepperdine Coach Tim Wardsaid: "Stanford, that program is good. Kinsey Ehmannhad to make some fantastic saves.