The Loyola Marymount Lions welcome their PCH Cup rivals, the Pepperdine Waves, to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference battle on Prime Ticket. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, with LMU beating Pepperdine 68-58 in Malibu on January 12. Here are the details of Thursday night's contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (13-9, 6-3); Pepperdine (8-13, 2-8)
Location: Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, with Paul Sunderland and Michael Cage on the call.
Streaming: Available online at LMULions.com
Series History: Pepperdine has won 24 of the last 30 meetings between the two schools, but Loyola Marymount with their win in Malibu on January 12 snapped a 13-game road losing streak to the Waves.
Full Strength: Since junior forward Ashley Hamilton returned to the lineup from a foot injury on January 7, the Lions are 5-2, as they have had their three leading scorers all healthy at the same time: Drew Viney (15.9 points per game), Anthony Ireland (15.4 ppg), and Hamilton (12.3 ppg).
PCH Cup: The two schools, separated by 19.1 miles, have joined to battle for the PCH Cup, founded in the 2009-2010 season. The all-sport competition awards one point for a home win and 1.5 points for a road triumph, and Pepperdine leads LMU in the 2011-2012 campaign 7.0 to 4.5 points.
Freshman Sensation: First-year guard Jordan Baker leads Pepperdine with a 13.2 points-per-game scoring average in WCC play, second among freshmen in the conference.