Jan. 19, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
There will be no love lost Saturday afternoon when Pepperdine travels to cross-town rival Loyola Marymount for a 4:30 p.m. PT tip-off at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The game will air via tape delay at 9:30 p.m. on CSTV.
This weekend's game will mark the 44th meeting in the storied history that dates back to a 105-57 Waves' victory on December 15, 1980. Pepperdine is 41-12 all-time against its fiercest rival. The rivalry became more heated last year as the Lions downed the Waves 50-48 in Malibu on a buzzer-beater. In the rematch, the Waves returned the favor with a 53-47 victory on LMU's homecourt. Fueling the drama, Pepperdine ended the Lions' season in the conference tournament after a last-second LMU shot came up short giving the Waves a 59-58 victory and a spot in the conference championship, which Pepperdine won.
Saturday's game was circled on everyone's calendar after the leagues' coached picked Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount to share the conference's regular-season title. Both teams have struggled to keep up their end of the bargain with LMU third in the league with just a 2-2 record and Pepperdine sitting in sixth with a 1-3 West Coast Conference record. But as is often the case, records don't mean much when two bitter rivals square off.
The women's game will be the first of a men and women's double-header against the Lions.