Pepperdine is only a one-point favorite over Louisiana-Lafayette in Malibu. So we're taking Marty Wilson and the Waves.
Jake Johnson has worked as hard as anyone on the Pepperdine roster since joining it a year-and-a-half ago as a walk-on. And for that, he's earned a reward.
Long Beach State hasn't lost to a team ranked outside of KenPom's top 100 all season. And Pepperdine is ranked 118th. So let's take the points and get rich off of the work of Dan Monson.
The Maui Invitational continues on Tuesday, as well as a big group of other games that should be pretty fun. Here's what to expect on Tuesday.
Thursday is the day where early season tournaments tip off in earnest, as the Charleston Classic and Puerto Rico Tip-Off get going. Here's what to expect from the day's action.
Pepperdine was once one of the best mid-major programs in the country. Now, after some hard times, the Waves look to get back near the top with an experience-laden roster.
Gonzaga is still the team to beat in the WCC while it looks like St. Mary's, BYU and Pepperdine will have a fierce battle for second place.
The biggest teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State. The list goes on. They're all playing in something major in college hoops this November.
Besides Gonzaga, CBS Sports Network's Jon Rothstein has his eye on BYU and Pepperdine as teams to watch as he answers five offseason questions on the WCC.
Beyond Gonzaga, the league could end up having a fairly rough season without some improvement from the middle of the league.

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