Alabama State (2-8) vs. Pepperdine (3-8)
Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Alabama State faces Pepperdine in a non-conference clash. Alabama State lost 74-64 to Samford on Wednesday. Pepperdine comes off an 82-69 victory over San Jose State on Monday.
TEAM LEADER: Gerald Liddell is averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds to lead the charge for the Hornets. Jordan O’Neal is also a key contributor, with 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Waves were led by Houston Mallette, who is averaging 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. KIND LIDDELL: Liddell has logged in on 40 percent of the 20 3-pointers he’s attempted and made 2 of 9 in his last five games. He’s also converted 71.4 percent of his free kicks this season.
WHEN WITHOUT A WIN: The Hornets are 0-7 when they score 74 points or less and 2-1 when they exceed 74 points. Waves are 0 to 7 when granting 70 points or more and 3 to 1 when they have opponents below 70.
COLD WEATHER: Alabama State has lost its last six road games, scoring 67 points while allowing 86.2 per game.
DID YOU KNOW: Alabama State is ranked second among SWAC teams with an average of 70.6 points per game.
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