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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Pepperdine at Iowa
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, November 24, 2014
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

Fresh off a rough 0-2 visit to the 2K Classic in New York, Iowa returns home hoping to get back on the winning track when it hosts Pepperdine on Monday. The Hawkeyes took on two ranked teams in Texas and Syracuse, and fell to the Orange by just three, so there were some positives to build on from the trip. The Waves are looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 1998-99 but won't have it easy taking on the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

Forwards Stacy Davis and Jett Raines have been a solid 1-2 punch for Pepperdine, averaging 17.7 and 15 points per game, respectively, as well as giving the Waves strength on the boards with their combined average of 16.4 rebounds. Both teams have been playing solid defense, holding opponents under 63 points a contest. And neither team is going to want to give an inch on the boards, where each is outrebounding opponents by at least seven per game.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT PEPPERDINE (3-0): Coming off a sophomore campaign in which he averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds, Raines wasn't expected to make a great leap this season for the Waves. But through three games, Raines already has the first double-double of his career and set a career high in Pepperdine's last outing with 21 points. The junior forward has been a pleasant surprise, adding to a balanced offense that has the Waves looking like a contender for the postseason.

ABOUT IOWA (2-2): Taking on Syracuse in Madison Square Garden isn't an easy task, so the Hawkeyes took some consolation coming away with a three-point loss to the Orange on Saturday night, though they knew they missed a golden opportunity. Down 15 in the second half, Iowa rallied to be down one in the final minute, but couldn't quite get over the hump. “It's a tough one to lose because the guys fought so hard,” Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff said. “We came back from a 15-point deficit with 12 minutes to go, had a chance to win, but we just came up short.”

TIP-INS

1. F Aaron White currently leads Iowa in both scoring (16.8) and rebounding (8.8). The last player to lead the Hawkeyes in both categories was Greg Brunner in 2006-07.

2. Pepperdine has won three straight games by 15 or more points for the first time since February 1994.

3. Iowa has won 26 straight nonconference home games, a streak that dates to November 2011.

PREDICTION: Iowa 71, Pepperdine 66

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Pepperdine 3-0 W3 2-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0
Iowa 2-2 L2 2-0 0-0 0-2 0-1 2-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Pepperdine Iowa
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Pepperdine N/A
Iowa N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Pepperdine N/A
Iowa N/A
Assists Player  
Pepperdine N/A
Iowa N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Pepperdine S. Davis 53 45.5 12
Iowa A. White 67 58.1 30
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Pepperdine J. Raines 26 6 20
Iowa A. White 35 11 24
Assists Player  
Pepperdine A. Udenyi 15
Iowa M. Gesell 17
Quickchart Matchup
Pepperdine Off vs  Iowa Defense
76.0 Points For
62.3 Points Against
47.8 FG%
36.7 FG%
33.5 Reb
33.0 Reb
Iowa Off vs  Pepperdine Defense
74.3 Points For
59.0 Points Against
42.9 FG%
39.4 FG%
33.0 Reb
24.5 Reb